San Miguel Scene

Lillian Larsen School honors teacher with mural

Special to The TribuneAugust 28, 2013 

Lynne Schmitz

Last year, Lillian Larsen School lost a talented and dedicated teacher when Ann Granados unexpectedly passed away.

Along with her regular classes Mrs. Granados taught music for Masters at Their Trade, a program began and funded by the San Miguel Resource Connection. She instituted a special fundraiser, Hearts for the Arts, to help continue the programs.

On Monday morning, a combined assembly for Lillian Larsen School and Almond Acres Charter Academy students was held in the Don Wolf Community Center.

After welcoming students back to school, San Miguel Schools Superintendent Dr. Curt Dubost introduced artist Steve Kalar, who designed an iconic mural above the stage to honor this very special teacher. Three generations of the Kalar family joined together to install it this summer. The mural may be viewed on

Special guest Julian Granados thanked everyone at assembly for honoring his wife’s memory.

Dr. Dubost also introduced new principal Judy Bedell. Until this year, the school was headed by a principal/superintendent. Members of the Resource Connection who attended were impressed by the attention and respect of the students.

Good time for old-timers

The San Miguel Lions Club Old Timers Picnic last Sunday was well attended by Pioneer Day royalty.

Queen Norma Moye was with her attendants, daughter Patti Vanderlip Baldwin and cousin Roni Richetti Watkins. Marshall Norm Bridge was on hand. Belle Madison Heely and her attendant belles, Sierra Bryant, Laura Rist and Angela Lorenzo, were also there. Seventy-three people over age 80 received a free dinner.

The oldest man in attendance was Harry Wolf; the oldest woman was Dixie Sinclair Thatcher. They each received a copy of Dr. Stanley’s book, “San Miguel at the Turn of the Century”.

Lynne Schmitz is a longtime resident of San Miguel, and her column is published weekly. Reach her at (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 805-467-3565.

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