The French Hospital Medical Center Foundation recently received a $9,000 donation from the PUMA Aquatic Swim Club for the Hearst Cancer Resource Center. The donation was raised at the team’s sixth annual swim meet at Arroyo Grande High School. Swimmers from the Central Coast, Central Valley and Southern California participated in the event. The meet raised money through sponsorships, entry fees, an auction and the concession stand, bringing the six-year total donation to the HCRC to $58,000.
The fourth-grade class at St. Patrick’s School in Arroyo Grande recently collected 27 bikes to give to the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Office for its holiday bike collection program. The bikes were refurbished and given to children in need.
Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County recently received a $4,500 donation from the SLO Wine Country’s Rockin’ Harvest Celebration fundraiser. At the check presentation are, from left, Paula Dooley, Anne Boyd, Carolyn Jones, Gail Stoneburg, Bonnie Long, Donna Cummings, Heather Muran, Susan Armstrong and Jean-Pierre Wolff. The donation will be used to help fund ALSLOC’s programs to benefit local youth.
The Estrella 4-H recently held its semiannual cookie auction at the San Miguel Community Center. Proceeds from the fundraiser help the club buy project supplies and send the members to the Mid-State Fair. According to the 4-H Club, a record amount of money was raised, and the Lions Club donated more than $1,000.
Atascadero Rotary Club recently made a $2,000 contribution to the Atascadero High School Drama Boosters in support of drama students and their fundraising drive to attend and perform a full-length show at the international Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. Cory Black of the Rotary Club said the Atascadero High School Drama Club is one of only six schools in the nation and the only public school to be selected to perform at the festival. Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world, according to the festival’s website.
Alpha Gamma Sigma, Cuesta College’s academic honor society and service organization, recently honored 10 instructors for influencing students’ academic success at the third annual Teacher Appreciation Night. The award recipients include: Praveen Babu, chemistry; Lisha Duarte, Spanish; Brian Kreowski, political science; Elizabeth Lobo, microbiology and anatomy; Ann Maliszewski, physiology; Jodi Meyer, math; Christopher Nielsen, political science; Aaron Rodrigues, political science; Ron Ruppert, biology ; and Joe Vasta, math. The faculty members were also recognized for their excellence by the offices of Rep. Lois Capps and Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian. Pictured from left are, Elizabeth Lobo and Brian Kreowski, teachers; Bradford Jungers, Alpha Gamma Sigma chapter president; Praveen Babu, teacher; Gil Stork, Cuesta superintendent/president; and Christopher Nielsen, Ron Ruppert, Ann Maliszewski and Aaron Rodrigues, teachers. Not pictured are teachers Lisha Duarte, Jodi Meyer and Joe Vasta.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County recently presented the members of the Theta Chi fraternity, Zeta Phi chapter, with a Volunteer in the Spotlight award. The Cal Poly fraternity earned the recognition by sending representatives to the agency’s school-based site in Nipomo and community-based activities in San Luis Obispo, where they served as mentors, activity coordinators and child-safety advocates for teens and elementary school students. In addition, the fraternity made a $2,000 donation this year.
The Alpha Mu Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International recently held a fundraiser dress rehearsal of David Sedaris’ “SantaLand Diaries.” The Little Theatre production was directed by Suzy Newman and starred Kevin Harris (also artistic director) as the elf in the one-man performance. Proceeds from the ticket sales raised $2,500 and will help provide scholarships for women students going into the field of education. Kevin Harris, left, star and artistic director of the Little Theatre production of ‘Santaland Diaries,’ with Suzy Newman, director of the show, and Kata Linfield, member of Alpha Mu and organizer of the fundraiser.
The Cinco Ciudades Questers recently donated $930 to the South County Historical Society to refinish wood floors in the Paulding History House. Front row, from left: Joe Swigert receiving the check for SCHS, Sue Harvey and Lee Kuhl; back row: Virginia Maier, Linda Vasquez, Norma Gregory, Zonda Hays, Sandy Allen and Lis Herbertson.
Five freshmen members of Templeton FFA recently competed in the Creed Speaking Contest. The competition consisted of presenting the five paragraphs of the FFA Creed and answering questions about the presentation to a panel of judges. Clarissa Ballo, Carra Kruse, Abi Smith, Hope Fardanesh and Annamarie Anselmi represented the chapter. Four of these individuals moved on to the final round and will compete at the regional competition in March. Smith was named the fifth high individual in the county. Pictured are, from left, Clarissa Ballo, Carra Kruse, Abi Smith, Annamarie Anselmi and Hope Fardanesh.
The Foundation for the Performing Arts Center has announced a new partnership with Union Bank. A team from the San Luis Obispo branch recently presented Heather Cochrane, executive director of the foundation, with a check for $10,000. From left are Dustin Reese, Mark Korenko, Donna Milne, Heather Cochrane, Marian Anderson and Cathy Larsen.
Phil Lang, right, owner of San Luis Obispo restaurant Bon Temps, provided a ham dinner with all the fixings for Thanksgiving at the Prado Day Center. A total of 120 people were provided a meal. He was assisted by Denise and Craig Dingman, who helped prepare the meal.
The Paso Robles Republican Women Federated recently awarded Jessika Lizette Gonzales, center, a $1,500 scholarship to attend San Diego State. The 2013 Paso Robles High School graduate is presented with the scholarship by club members Virge Perelli-Minetti, left, and Sharon Wilson, right.
The San Luis Obispo County Deputy Sheriff’s Association recently donated $2,500 worth of food from Albertsons in San Luis Obispo to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. Pictured are members of the DSA and their family members and staff from the Food Bank and Albertsons.
The Food Bank Coalition and the Senior Nutrition Program were recent recipients of adonation from Senior Volunteer Services and the Paso Robles Senior Center. At the presentation are, from left, Carl Hansen, executive director of the Food Bank; Robin Teunissen, coordinator at the Paso Robles Senior Center; Renee Clark, Senior Nutrition manager; and Elias Nimeh, executive director of the Senior Nutrition Program.
The Five Cities Twirlers recently performed during halftime at a Los Angeles Clippers basketball game. The team, coached by Jeanette Searby, is a program of the Arroyo Grande Parks and Recreation Department.
Janice Fong Wolf, center, of The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County, recently presented a $5,000 grant to Elias Nemeh and Juliane McAdam of the Senior Nutrition Program in support of the meals the program provides to senior citizens.
San Luis Obispo FFA represented California at the second annual National Novice Parliamentary Procedure debate contest held recently in Louisville, Ky. The team, who competed against twenty-one other states, won first place and another national title. The novice team was required to have strong speaking skills through debating a given topic while demonstrating the proper use of Robert’s Rules of Order. The team also placed first overall in the written test of parliamentary procedures and proper order of business. San Luis Obispo High School senior Jessica Judge also competed as California’s State Champion Prepared Public Speaker and placed fifth in the nation. She was coached by Jodi Evans. In addition, eight members received their American FFA degree, which is the highest leadership degree possible in the FFA organization.
Solstice Green Directory, a San Luis Obispo-based resource for finding eco-friendly businesses, improving green awareness, and discovering tips for healthy living, has donated over $8,500 to local nonprofits. From left, members of the Solstice team are Claire Kulda, Diane Parnell, Margaret Hennessy, Madeline Palaszewski and Jan Harris.
Girl Scout Troop 40203 of San Luis Obispo won the First Lego League qualifying tournament and is going to the finals. Team members include, from left, front row, Julie Cushing, Kea Gildersleeve, Teagan Barket and Tairyn Barket; second row, Valerie Pompa, Julie Mei Smith, Terra Guidetti, Annie Pompa, Danica Hergenroeder, and coach Tess Barket; in the back row are mentors Joe Grimes and Hugh Smith.
Laurel Emory, a 1993 graduate of Paso Robles High School, recently earned a doctorate degree in human resource development in the discipline of organizational leadership from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va. She is the daughter of daughter of Diane Ward of Paso Robles and James L. Ward III of Pahoa, Hawaii.
The 5-Cities Men’s Club recently donated $400 to Cameron Storton for his Boy Scout Eagle project. From left are Steve Hayes, John Ziomeck, Cameron Storton and Bill Tappen. Storton’s project is to create and install a message board at the South County Skate Park in Grover Beach.
San Gabriel Elementary School in Atascadero recently held a coat drive for the Coats for Kids organization. Coats for Kids collects items to be distributed to local families in need. From left, students Emma Thies, Jackson Thies, Jace Brett and Celtin Vert helped to sort the coats before they were donated.
The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County recently presented the seventh annual Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award to Community Action Partnership’s Child, Youth and Family Services division director, William Castellanos. The award recognizes a local individual for outstanding efforts in advocacy and caring for local people in San Luis Obispo County. Castellanos supervises CAPSLO’s multiple Head Start programs, child development and child care resource connection programs. His efforts have helped thousands of children and low-income families by ensuring that high quality child care and education are being offered. Pictured are William Castellanos, center, and David Ruiz, left, and Napoleon Ruiz, Isabel Ruiz’s son and husband, respectively.
Morro Bay High School student Conner Stratton has been awarded a Vaya a America Latina Scholarship from AFS Intercultural Programs USA. Conner will study in a high school in Argentina for the 2014 school year and live with a host family. The scholarship covers half the tuition of an AFS student exchange program to Costa Rica or Argentina. Recipients were competitively selected based on academic achievement and a demonstrated interest in Latin American culture. Pictured are Conner Stratten, center, with, from left, Dan Andrus, Morro Bay High School principal; Sharon Bisso, AFS hosting volunteer; Danna Stratten, Conner’s mother; Courtney Stratten, Conner’s sister; and Evelyn Volpa, AFS team development specialist at the presentation of his scholarship.
Pismo Beach Cities Lions Club has awarded over $2,500 in scholarships to local high school students. Recipients from Arroyo Grande High School and their awards include: Nikolas Valente, Joe Rose Memorial Music Scholarship; Janelle Dunn, Llisa Wyrick Math & Science Scholarship; Alec Bergstrom, David Zardeneta Memorial Public Safety Scholarship; and Mikael Morales, Shelby Ford Arroyo Grande High School Achievement Award. Lopez High School recipient Logan Brewer-Jones was awarded the Joe Rose Memorial Music Scholarship.
The Central Coast Condors boys under-14 club soccer team was undefeated in three matches at the International Mayor’s Cup soccer tournament held recently in Las Vegas. The annual event attracts competition from across the U.S., Canada and Mexico and is cohosted by the city of Las Vegas and the Downtown Las Vegas Soccer Club. The team consists of boys from Nipomo, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria.
Girl Scout Troop 40200 from Pacheco Elementary School in San Luis Obispo recently organized a regional Girl Scout campfire and collected school supplies, backpacks and bookbags for Jardin de Niños Joaquin Baranda, a low-income school in Tijuana, Mexico.
The Morro Bay chapter of the American Association of University Women recently sent five girls to Tech Trek camp, a science and math program held at UCSB. Scholarships went to Maia Codron, Lauren Augusta, Allison Rose, Callie Fisher and Julia Graham. Two $900 scholarships were donated by the Cayucos Lioness Club, and three scholarships were provided by AAUW from the proceeds of its annual garden tour. Pictured are, from left, Maia Codron, Lauren Augusta, Allison Rose, Callie Fisher, and Julia Graham, scholarship recipients; and Marianne Flak, Tech Trek chair.
Students at Coastal Christian School filled 247 shoeboxes with gifts as an outreach to needy children around the world. They also raised more than $1,900 through a coin drive to pay for shipping. The shoe boxes were sent to Samaritan’s Purse, an international organization whose project, Operation Christmas Child, helps children in crisis situations worldwide. Sixth-grade teacher Venissa York coordinated the effort at the school.
The San Luis Obispo County Nitro girls under-14 fast-pitch softball team won the championship USSSA qualifier Winter Classic recently held in Fremont. The team players and coaches are, back row, from left, Kyley Mettier, Katie Murphee, Valentina Linn, Hunter Young, Ashley Daugherty, Rebecca Twyman and Payton Tucker, with coach Mike Daugherty in the back; front row, coach Diane Young, Ashley Ingle, Lya Abel, Amanda Treatch, Jasmine Smiley, Crystal Linn and coach Michelle Daugherty. Not pictured are Mattie Lindsey and coach Lindsay Campana.
Eight-year-old Lilyana Bushie of Paso Robles was recently granted her wish to have a play set by Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties through the financial support of Blue Bunny’s 100 Years, 100 Wishes program. Lily's was one of 100 wishes adopted by Blue Bunny this year, according to a news release from the foundation. Lilyana, a student at Virginia Peterson School in Paso Robles, has battled a genetic disorder since a young age. Her new adaptive play set will allow her to grow stronger while spending time with her family. In addition to funding the wish, Blue Bunny provided ice cream for Lily’s wish presentation party.
Paso Robles High School FFA recently sent 15 students to compete in this year's local FFA Project Competition with nine students going on to compete at the countywide Sectional Project Competition. The students competed in agricultural mechanics; poultry, sheep and cattle grain production, various livestock projects and other categories.
Tim Fugate of Boy Scout Troop 450 in Nipomo selected the Oceano WWII Memorial located at the Oceano Train Depot for his Eagle Scout project, which entailed making a new walkway and flagpole for the memorial. During the recent Veteran’s Day ceremony held at the memorial, the Women’s Community Club of Oceano — formerly the Oceano Women’s Club that built and dedicated the memorial in 1949 — Tim was presented with a certificate of appreciation and gift cards from the club.
Atascadero Community Band recently donated $468 to benefit the Atascadero High School Jazz Ensemble. Donations were from attendees at the band’s recent fall concert. The Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Nate Conrad, is currently raising money to attend and compete at the Reno Jazz Festival.
To celebrate Veterans Day, students at Teach Elementary School held their sixth annual Candy for the Troops campaign and collected candy that will be sent to troops in Afghanistan. The students also honored local veterans who spoke in their classes.
Seventeen students recently graduated from the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Training program. Students spent 20 hours of class time and hands-on practice learning light firefighting skills, search-and-rescue techniques, medical triage, utility shut-offs, and how to prepare for a natural disaster.
Paso Robles High School seniors Sydney Throop and Omar Guillen were recently crowned homecoming queen and king for 2013.
The Women’s Community Club of Oceano donated to the Central Coast Seniors and the Senior Nutrition Program in Oceano. Donations were also made to the Boys and Girls Club of Oceano and the Oceano Depot Association. The club, which was chartered in 1944, is dedicated to the good of the local community with a focus on awarding college scholarships, according to club secretary Fran Strauser. Pictured from left are Fran Strauser, club secretary; Gail Alane of the Senior Center; Debbie Altamirano of the Senior Nutrition Program; and Betty Cary and Joan Dralle, club members.
Kennedy Club Fitness recently held its annual Party in Pink Zumbathons to raise funds for Susan G. Komen For the Cure. More than 100 people attended and raised $1,536 for the cause to fight breast cancer.
The Central Coast Crushers 9-and-under baseball team recently won the USSSA Veterans’ Santa Maria Baseball Tournament, beating the San Jose Blossom Valley Bees 10-4. Team members and coaches are, front row from left, Isaac Townsend, Wyatt Quick, Hunter Breese, Zane Canaday and Cody Canady (bat boy); back row, assistant coach Greg Taylor, Colton Wollerman, Austin Taylor, Connor Neall, Carson Turnquist, Christopher Climer and coach Nick Burger. Not pictured is Jackson Howell.
The San Luis Obispo Elk’s Lodge No. 322 hosted its haunted house and game room with more than 1,800 people attending on Halloween. Lodge member Ted Koupal, left, poses with some of the event participants.
The Paderewski Festival has announced the winners of the seventh annual Youth Piano Competition held recently at Cass Winery in Paso Robles. The competition was open to residents of the Central Coast, including San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Santa Barbara counties. Contestants competed for cash awards, an opportunity to perform during the annual Paderewski Festival, and a chance to be selected for the all-expenses paid 2015 Paderewski Youth Cultural Exchange program in Poland. Winners from San Luis Obispo County include: Evan Lin, 16, from San Luis Obispo won the Paderewski Legacy Award for the best contestant from San Luis Obispo County and $500; Daniel Ha, 13, from Nipomo won first place in the junior division and $400; Sydney Haughian, 13, from San Luis Obispo won third place in the junior division and $200; and Bella Oldenburg, 14, from San Luis Obispo won an honorable mention and $100. Kevin Park and Ivan Davidek were winners from Santa Barbara and Monterey counties respectively. Pictured are, from left, Sydney Haughian, Ivan Davidek, Bella Oldenburg, Daniel Ha, Kevin Park and Evan Lin.
Two eighth-graders from Santa Lucia Middle School, Sarahi Beltran and Giovanni Espinoza, recently played an important part in acquiring a donation to the YMCA Youth Institute’s afterschool and summer programs. When the program was faced with budget cuts, they met with a potential donor to explain the program in detail and highlight the benefits it provides to the students involved. They did such a great job, their benefactor, the Sophidion Foundation, presented them a check for $15,000 to keep the program intact. Launched in 2012, the YMCA Youth Institute is a high-tech educational program that teaches middle school students how to create digital media content, according to a news release from the YMCA.
For the third year in a row, students in the AVID program at Paso Robles High School refurbished thousands of used eyeglasses for I CARE International. The glasses were donated by local residents and the Lions Club and were cleaned by Cal Poly students on their Make a Difference Day. Local volunteers will take them to Trujillo, Honduras. I CARE International is a volunteer organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for those in need by providing better vision and health care. For more information, visit http://www.icareinternational.org.
Atascadero’s Mid-State Cruizers Car Club raised a record $6,000 at its annual car show held in August, according to a news release from the club. At a recent meeting, members donated the funds raised to 10 local charities — each receiving $600.
The Alpha Elite eighth-grade boys basketball team has won the Cuesta League championships in their division at the tournament recently held in San Luis Obispo. From left, back row, are team coaches Kevin Bolden and Bruce Galsim and team members Jovan Bolden, CJ Osiris, Griffin Betancourt, Zachary Earl, Jaedon Lyon, Trevor Pollock and Sebastian Galsim; front row, Dante Coletta and Austin Donovan.
The annual California Conservation Corps Volunteer Day was recently held at Price Historical Park. The event included reconstruction of stone corral wall and the clearing of a hiking trail on the hillside. Pictured are corps members, staff and volunteers from Los Padres California Conservation Corps.
The Five Cities Swim School was recently awarded multiple scholarships from the Make a Splash foundation and the United States Swim School Association. The scholarships are for children who cannot afford swimming lessons. The goal is to teach them water safety and how to float in case of an emergency.
The Five Cities Christian Women’s Emergency Food Ministry recently celebrated 40 years of serving those in need in the South County. Third District Supervisor Adam Hill made a presentation to honor the many volunteers who have made the effort possible. The all-volunteer food program, which provides groceries Monday through Friday afternoon year-round, serves 30,000 people a year, according to a news release from the organization. For information, call 295-9092. Pictured are Supervisor Adam Hill and Christian Women’s Emergency Food Ministry President Fern Schlicht.
As part of an ongoing campaign to donate to a local charity quarterly, Marisol at The Cliffs in Shell Beach recently donated $1,308 to Central Coast SurvivOars, a program of Team Survivor San Luis Obispo dedicated to promoting exercise opportunities for women affected by cancer, according to their website. The money was raised through patron donations and the restaurant’s Karmic Pizza Tuesdays, with 50 cents from every happy hour drink being donated to the charity. After the donation was presented, an anonymous donor gave an additional $1,500. Pictured are pastry chef Hannah Ingham, left, Meg Spierling, Christine Tetter, Cindy Crocker, David Kline, Bernadette Tellefson and Jake Bowman attending the presentation of a donation to Central Coast SurvivOars from Marisol at The Cliffs in Shell Beach.
The Lions Clubs of San Luis Obispo County recently launched a new website for the School Children’s Eye Disorders Identified program at http://www.slolionseyes.org . The website was donated by Dr. Derek Lauritzen of Retina Specialists of the Central Coast. The website, built by AR & Co. PR & Marketing of Paso Robles, was initiated by optometrist Doug Major to provide information about the screenings performed every fall by the Lions Clubs of San Luis Obispo County. Pictured are Dr. Derek Lauritzen, left, donates to the Lions Club of San Luis Obispo County for the new website initiated by optometrist Doug Major, right.
The Central Coast Crushers 10-Under boys baseball team took first place in a tournament recently held in Tracy. The team returned to Tracy, winning second place at the October Pink Weekend Tournament for breast cancer awareness and raised $705 for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
The Community Counseling Center of SLO County recently held its first annual Mental Health Awards and Education Lyceum with more than 100 guests in health, education and human services sectors attending. The event featured speakers and the presentation of the inaugural Arlene Chandler Award. The award is given to those demonstrating outstanding dedication and exceptional leadership in mental health services. Jill Bolster-White, executive director of Transitions-Mental Health Association was the first recipient. Bolster-White, who has been working for TMHA for more than 23 years (20 as executive director), was lauded for growing the agency’s operating budget, span of services, community partners and professional reputation. Arlene Chandler, for whom the award is named, helped found and incorporate CCC as a nonprofit in 1968 (formerly the Family Services Center) and spent 30 years in pupil services counseling at Cuesta College and Cal Poly. Pictured are Arlene Chandler, left, Jill Bolster-White, 2nd District Supervisor Bruce Gibson and James Statler.
The San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge recently honored two members of the Sheriff’s Office Crime Lab at the annual Elks Public Safety Appreciation Awards. Forensic specialists Ken Jones and Jeanine West received the recognition for their tireless work, dedication and expert testimony in court trials.
The Morro Bay Community Foundation is the recipient of a $1,000 grant from PG&E. The foundation helps children from disadvantaged families offset the costs of participating in the city of Morro Bay’s Recreation Department sports and enrichment programs. The funds will be used to expand the amount of money each participant will receive with the goal of allowing more children to participate in the program. For more information, call the Morro Bay Recreation and Parks Department at 772-6208. Pictured are Joan Solu, president of the Morro Bay Community Foundation, accepting the grant from John Shoals, government relations representative for PG&E.
Local swimmers, from left, Soci Guidetti, David Church, Anna Petersen, Austin Petersen, Maddie Stratton, Jack Fisher and Mark Lafaille recently participated in the Alcatraz Invitational Swim. Not pictured are Fred Andrews and Blake Chaffee. The 1.25-mile swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park in San Francisco was presented by the South End Rowing Club. Six hundred swimmers participated in the event.
Los Osos librarian Joe Laurenzi reads to 72 students at Baywood Elementary School during the Read for the Record campaign. San Luis Obispo County libraries recently participated in Read for the Record, a national campaign to enhance literacy in early childhood education. Nine libraries and 284 people participated on the same day in an effort to break a world record. Everyone read “Otis” by Loren Long.
Quota International of Morro Bay has donated $3,000 in support of Camp Hapitok. Hapitok is a summer camp for county children with speech and hearing difficulties. Quotarian Bertha Tyler raised the money through the yearly Hapitok Bowlathon, seeking donations from club members, the local community and friends. Quota is an international service organization with an emphasis on helping the hearing impaired. Pictured are Quotarians Bertha Tyler, left, and Nancy Trujillo, right, presenting the donation to Marie Larson.
Members of the Cuesta Doll and Study Club donated $100 to the Exploration Station in Grover Beach in memory of members Alyce Fitzgerald and Sharon French.
Twenty teachers from Fairgrove Elementary School in Grover Beach received $50 gift cards and five received gift bags from the Arroyo Grande Walmart as part of the store’s Teacher Rewards Program. Displaying their gift bags are, from left, Linda Benson, Jasmine Nottingham, Alex Nieri and Ana Schlosser.
The Kiwanis Club of Paso Robles recently purchased and donated a bench in the memory of the late Brig. Gen. Glenn Muggelberg and his wife Millie for their many community contributions. The bench is at 12th and Park streets in Paso Robles.
Sam Wetzel of San Luis Obispo tried out and was selected to play on a roller hockey team representing Northern California in a national competition called State Wars. The three-day competition was recently held in Chicago. After competing in five games, Wetzel’s team beat Colorado in the semifinals and went on to win the championship and a gold medal in its division. Wetzel, an eighth-grade student at Laguna Middle School, started skating at age 6 through the YMCA roller hockey program at Santa Rosa Park.
Canzona Women’s Ensemble, in celebration of its fifth anniversary season, has commissioned a new piece of choral music for women’s voices. The piece was written by local composer and Cal Poly music professor Meredith Brammeier. The lyrics were selected from a poem by Bonnie Young, who was San Luis Obispo’s poet laureate in 2011 and 2012. The ensemble will premiere the piece at a concert to be held at the Cuesta College Cultural and Performing Arts Center on Nov. 10. The commission for Brammeier’s piece was underwritten by R.E. Wacker Associates, a financial planning company based in San Luis Obispo. Pictured are Matt Wilson, left, Bonnie Young, Meredith Brammeier, Jill Anderson, Cricket Handler and Robert Wacker.
Retired Navy Cmdr. Don Morris of Pismo Beach, center, recently was honored with an Outstanding Service Award plaque and Award of Merit medal in appreciation of his outstanding support of the San Luis Obispo General Hoyt S. Vandenberg Chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars. The awards were presented by former Army Ranger Capt. Richard Hathcock, left, and retired Army Col. Jack B. Jones.
The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce Women in Business recently awarded scholarships — one from the family of the Joanne Main Memorial Fund — to four college students. Scholarships were awarded to Cal Poly students Katy Deshotels-Moore (Joanne Main Memorial Fund), Taylor Sturtevant and Heather Fields, and Ottawa University student Eleze Armstrong. The scholarships were made possible through raffles held each month by Women in Business members. Pictured are Atascadero Women in Business representatives Marguerite Pulley, left, and Jessica Hamilton, right, presenting scholarships to, from second left, Heather Fields, Taylor Sturtevant and Katy Deshotels-Moore. Not pictured is Eleze Armstrong.
San Luis Obispo High School students Taylor Gater and Kaesha Freyaldenhoven recently competed in the first Professional Association for City Employees Leadership Contest and were awarded $500 to assist with their startup organization, SLO Spoke Folk. The community organization is dedicated to providing bicycles and helmets to homeless individuals through the Prado Day Center.
Janet Andrews was recently named 2013 Freddy of the Year by the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau. The award is given to an individual each year for outstanding service and contribution to the cause of agriculture through the Farm Bureau. Among many years of accomplishments and volunteerism, Andrews has been a Lions Club member for 14 years, has been on the board of directors for the Women’s Shelter for nearly 36 years, and is in her 38th year as a member of the SLO Cattle-Women, according to the bureau. The award was created in 1995 to honor Fred Righetti, a longtime Farm Bureau director and 1957-58 board president. Pictured are Sierra Cadena, left, legislative representative for Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, presenting the certificate of recognition to Janet Andrews.
Fourteen local piano students ages 9 through 15 were recently given the opportunity to play the 2,767-pipe Forbes Pipe Organ at the Performing Arts Center. The annual event, Pipes, Pedals and Pizza, was hosted by Kathy Wilding of the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Timothy Hansen, Jed Jimenez, Samantha Mucciacito, Michael Mucciacito, Sadie Mae Mace, Tessa Lewis, Ariana Schrantz, Sydney Haughian, Evan Lin, Bella Oldenburg, Nathan Severance, Jessica Lopez, Sophie Long and Camille Sherrod were introduced to the celebrated instrument by piano teacher Alan Boehmer. Boehmer demonstrated the organ’s capabilities, played a short demonstration piece and assisted the students in their music selections. Pictured is Nathan Severance playing the Forbes Pipe Organ at the Performing Arts Center in San Luis Obispo
St. Barnabas Thrift Shop recently donated $943 to the Child Development Resource Center of the Central Coast. The thrift shop, which is staffed by volunteers, gives 20 percent of its monthly proceeds to a nonprofit charitable organization in the community. Pictured are, from left, Michael Passarelli and Chelsea Wallingford of the Child Resource Center receiving the donation from Roger Bailey, a volunteer at St. Barnabas Thrift Shop.
Heart to Heart Real Estate in Paso Robles recently donated $1,380 to The Wellness Kitchen in Templeton. The gift was made possible through Heart to Heart’s new business model, which gives 50 percent of its commissions earned to a charitable organization of their client’s choice. Client Field Gibson chose The Wellness Kitchen to be the first recipient under the new plan. Pictured are, from left, Mark McConnell, Anne Crabbe, Field Gibson, Millie Drum, Nancy Walker, Janice Patterson, Debi Goddard and Liz Lee Marziello.
The Madrid Premier Girls 2001 U-12 soccer team ended its season by winning two championship titles; one at the San Luis Obispo Soccer Club Summer Classic, and the second at the Newbury Park Soccer Club, Thousand Oaks Classic Soccer Tournament. The team trains in the North County.
The Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County recently received a $5,000 grant from the Robert H. Janssen Foundation. The foundation has contributed a total of $20,000 since 2007, according to a news release form the Assistance League. The ongoing support enables the league’s chapter to raise funds for its primary philanthropic program, Operation School Bell, which last year provided more than 1,450 new school wardrobes for children in need. Pictured are, from left, Gail Stoneburg, Lee F. Hollister, Jill Bassi Gentilly and Bonnie Long.
The French Hospital Medical Center Volunteer Guild recently awarded five scholarships to students pursuing careers in the medical profession. First-year Cuesta College nursing students Kate Rouse, Robyn Matteson and Sarah Loftin were awarded $500 each. Volunteer high school students Courtney Rucker and Reet Pabla were awarded $300 each. Pictured are, from left, Courtney Rucker, Kate Rouse, Robyn Matteson and Sarah Loftin.
The Pollination Project, a nonprofit organization that gives $1,000 a day, every day, to individual changemakers and activists, recently awarded a grant to local resident Celia Zaentz, creator and founder of the Blue C Community Garden. The garden, located on 11th Street in Los Osos, will have space for 15 plots, a permaculture demonstration garden and an ocean-friendly garden. The demonstration garden will be used to teach schoolchildren and residents methods to garden in the most sustainable ways possible. “Celia Zaentz is an 88-year-old force of nature and a wonderful example of what one person can do to make a difference for their community,” said Alissa Hauser, executive director of the Pollination Project.
The San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation awarded a $3,400 grant to GleanSLO to develop and implement a produce collection program from farmers at the Thursday night Farmers Market in San Luis Obispo. GleanSLO says it has collected more than 16,000 pounds of produce with its partner agency The Salvation Army since the program began last year.
The Sammy Hagar Family Foundation recently donated $2,500 to the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, which will provide $25,000 worth of food to those in need. From left, Chris Aho and Wendy Lewis receive the donation from Sammy Hagar, who was in town to play a concert at Vina Robles.
The Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach chambers of commerce recently awarded two beautification awards to a residential and a busi ness property. Dennis Christopher of Arroyo Grande won the Residential Beautification Award. Kautz Chevron in Grover Beach — owned by Skip Kautz — won the Business Beautification Award. The awards were given in recognition of the significant beautification efforts made to improve and enhance the properties. Pictured are Dennis Christopher and beautification committee members Adriana Pitchford, Iris Swisher, Nan Fowler and Linda Osty.
The San Luis Obispo Rotary Club recently installed new officers, from left, Deb Linden, past president; Jim Salio, president; and Dave Garth, president elect.
New Frontiers Natural Marketplace shoppers recently raised $3,062 through New Frontiers 5 Percent Wednesday fundraiser to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters’ youth mentoring programs. Pictured are, from left, Patty Carpenter and Anna Boyd-Bucy of Big Brothers Big Sisters receiving a donation from Dusty Colyer and Stephen Dominguez of New Frontiers.
Twin Cities Community Hospital recently completed its seventh annual Way Cool Back to School program to collect and donate new backpacks filled with school supplies for local children in need. The program, founded in 2006 by nurse Cyndi Allan, provided classroom essentials and collected 60 backpacks and 16 $25 gift cards. Since its first year, Allan said the program has helped more than 450 local children. The donations came from all of the hospital’s departments. Pictured are Cyndi Allan, Jo Taylor and Holly Cole, with the 60 backpacks.
Claire Haslett, 9, recently participated in the Los Osos Library’s fifth annual Children’s Craft Faire. Claire, a three-year veteran of the fair, sold yarn-covered hangers, potted succulents and dried lavender sachets. She donated $100 of her profits to the Diabetic Youth Foundation. More than 100 children from the Central Coast participated in the event, sponsored by the Friends of the Los Osos Library.
Arroyo Grande High School student athletes Hannah Angle, Ashlyn Herlihy and Cassidy Ainsworth, recently went undefeated to win the girls high school division of the Nike 3on3 Hoop it Up basketball tournament at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. More than 700 teams competed in more than 20 different divisions over a two-day period. Ten teams from the Central Coast competed at the tournament.
Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab recently awarded $4,016.31 in scholarships to five of its college-bound employees, following its eighth annual Scholarship Day. The recipients from both the Orcutt and Arroyo Grande stores include: Mary Kate Smith, Lacey Stewart, Miriya Rubalcaba, Macie Burd and Aaron Friedman. Pictured are, from left, Greg Steinberger, owner of Doc Burnstein’s Ice Cream Lab, and employees Mary Kate Smith, Lacey Stewart, Miriya Rubalcaba, Macie Burd and Aaron Friedman.
The San Luis Obispo County Garbagemen Association recently donated $2,500 to Lillian Larsen Elementary School in San Miguel to support fine arts and music programs including afterschool keyboarding classes. At the presentation are, from left, Dale and Isiah Gomer of Paso Robles Waste; county Supervisor Frank Mecham; Aron Kardashian of San Miguel Garbage Company; San Miguel School District Superintendent Curt Dubost; board President Randy Kwiatkowski; seated are board members Mary Jo Del Campo and Steve Christian.
Templeton residents Bill and Debbie Fichtner, left, held two garage sales in a campaign to raise money for the homeless. They presented more than $2,500 to their pastor, the Rev. Tom Ferrell of Atascadero Bible Church.Ferrell recently headed up a coalition of local churches in a campaign to provide food and shelter for those in need in the North County. The El Camino Homeless Organization was the recipient of $170,000 earned through church member fundraising events, yard sales and cash donations.The donation will be used to build a new shower and bathroom facility to replace the single shower and two small bathrooms currently in use at the ECHO shelter.Other churches that joined the effort include Atascadero First Assembly of God, Gospel Chapel, Berean Bible Fellowship, Crossroads Church, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Templeton First Presbyterian Church and Cornerstone Community Church.
The Manse on Marsh, assisted living communities for seniors in San Luis Obispo, recently supplied $500 in seed money to kick-start a new program called Mobile Pet Pantry. Deborah Bayles, an advocate for seniors as a geriatric care manager, and Jill Buckley, an advocate for companion animals as an attorney with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, developed the idea of a free or low-cost senior pet food delivery program. The pet food is delivered to elderly clients through the Senior Nutrition Program. For information about volunteering, call Bayles at 931-6001.From left, Jane Lefebre of Manse on Marsh, Elias Nimeh of the Senior Nutrition Program, Julie Ballo of Manse on Marsh, ASPCA attorney Jill Buckley, Deborah Bayles of Age Alliance and Molly the dog.
The Morro Bay branch of the American Association of University Women awarded Cuesta College nursing student Yiren Novoa, left, with the 2013 Mildred Logan Scholarship, presented by AAUW member Alice York.
Liz Summer, right, of Heritage Oaks Bank, presents a donation to Superintendent Julian Crocker, center, and Shannon White Bond of the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education.Heritage Oaks Bank recently donated more than $2,500 to the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education through its Banking on Our Kids program in support of family literacy.In SLO County, the money raised will go to the County Office of Education affiliate of Raising a Reader, a nationwide organization that lends books to local children weekly and encourages reading for the whole family.The B.O.O.K. program, which was launched in mid-2012, will continue to present the donations quarterly.
Recent graduates Thomas Arndt, left, and Savannah McCarthy are presented with $500 scholarships from Jeannie MacDougall of the Friends of the Santa Margarita Library Board. Arndt will be attending UCLA, and McCarthy will be attending UC Berkeley.The scholarships, which will be used to purchase textbooks, were given on the basis of academic merit and use of the community library in Santa Margarita.
The Central Coast Condors B97 soccer team recently won in the gold bracket at the San Luis Obispo Summer Soccer Classic.
The Madrid Premier Girls 00C soccer team recently took first place in its bracket and was named champion at the San Luis Obispo Summer Classic, beating the Orcutt United Soccer League Crusaders 4-0 in the final match. The team consists of players from the South County, San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria and Santa Ynez.
Chris Isler of Los Osos, joined by four other pilots, recently set a new simultaneous world speed record from Omaha, Neb., to Madison, Wis., with four single-engine aircrafts, subject to ratification by the National Aeronautic Association, according to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation website.The formation flight was comprised of all diabetic pilots flying to raise awareness and funds for the foundation.
Gary Hoving and Jean Hubbard were recently honored at the South County Historical Society Charter Day barbecue.Hubbard, who was also celebrating her 90th birthday, was presented with resolutions expounding her more than 45 years of accomplishments preserving history for the society and the community.In addition to being a journalist and author, Hubbard was a founding member of the South County Historical Society in 1976 and served as its president in 1980. She was also Grand Marshal of the Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival in 1994 and honored as Citizen of the Year by the Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce in 1996.Hoving was honored as Historian of the Year. He co-authored “Images of America: Arroyo Grande” with Hubbard.Having served in law enforcement for more than 30 years, he also wrote “Journey of Justice,” which studied the history of SLO County’s sheriffs. Hoving is president of the California Law Enforcement Historical Society and is parliamentarian of the South County Historical Society.
The Paso Robles branch of the American Association of University Women recently awarded Merit, AVID and Tech Trek scholarships to, from left, Jonathan Kleinman, Katelyn Olsen, Alyssa Sullivan, Robbie Malone, Carly Roth, Jamilet Espinosa Flores and Riley Gajados. Not pictured are Jonathan Kisch, Llisel Ayon and Javier Jimenez.
PathPoint’s North County Art Program had 21 people enter 31 items in the Special Stars category of the Mid-State Fair. They won three Judges’ Awards, one Best of Show, 23 first-place awards and four second-place awards. PathPoint provides training and support services that empower people with disabilities or disadvantages to live and work as valued members of the community.
Ariana King and Abby Hagen, students at Bellevue Santa Fe Charter School, recently teamed up for their sixthgrade service project to help dogs and cats at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Services shelter. By making and selling marshmallow pops and soliciting donations, the two were able to raise more than $100 for the shelter’s Animal Welfare Fund and donate several bags full of toys and pet food.
Hal Sweasey was honored at a recent fundraiser with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Legacy Award. Sweasey, a two-time Big Brothers Big Sisters board president, has served on their board since 1998. In the past 10 years, he has personally donated more than $70,000. Each year, he leads the agency’s largest fundraiser. During the past five years, he has raised more than $100,000 for youth mentoring, according to an email from the nonprofit.
Siblings Sean and Julia Harrigan are both recent performing arts graduates. Sean Harrigan, a 2005 graduate of San Luis Obispo High School, received a master’s degree in acting from UC Irvine. Julia Harrigan, a 2006 graduate of San Luis Obispo High School, received a bachelor’s degree in dance with distinction from San Diego State. Their parents are Jim and Polly Harrigan of San Luis Obispo.
The Altrusa Club of San Luis Obispo recently donated $600 to 1st Tee of the Central Coast, Laguna Lake Chapter. The contribution was made possible through the club’s recent golf tournament and silent auction fundraiser. Pictured at the presentation are, from left, Sandra Mason, Laurie Scheemann, Deanne Murrieta, Todd Bunte and Terri Bensen.
San Luis Obispo resident Judy Philbin and her son Garrett were featured singers at the national convention of The Compassionate Friends, which was recently held in Boston. The Compassionate Friends is an international organization that provides support to families who have lost children.
This year, the 5 Cities Men’s Club, a nonprofit service club, initiated its Citizenship Scholarship Program. The first recipient is Alec Bergstrom, a recent graduate of Arroyo Grande High School. Bergstrom will use the $1,000 educational grant to pursue an education preparing him for a career as a Cal Fire firefighter.
The Rotary Club of Cayucos-Seaside recently named Gil Igleheart as the Rotarian of the Year for 2012-13. Igleheart transferred from the Healdsburg Rotary a year ago and stepped into spearheading numerous community projects.
The San Luis Obispo branch of the American Association of University Women awarded scholarships to four recent graduates of San Luis Obispo High School. This year’s scholarships went to Samantha Tsau, who will attend Harvard University; Emma Holtzapple, who will attend Cornell University; Aria Lucchesi, who will attend either Brown University or UC Berkeley; and Zoe Cassady, who will attend either UCSD or Occidental College. Pictured are, from left, Samantha Tsau, Emma Holtzapple, Aria Lucchesi and Zoe Cassady.
Paige Wopschall, a 2011 graduate of Cal Poly, was recently awarded a Fulbright English teaching assistantship to teach in Bulgaria. Wopschall got her bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly in social sciences, concentrating in crosscultural studies and international development. The Fulbright program is an international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.
The Paso Robles Softball League’s 10U Bearcats all-star team qualified and competed in the Western Nationals held in Peoria, Ariz. The team qualified by placing fourth at the ASA B qualifier held in Hanford. The top six teams moved on to the Western Nationals. During their season, the team earned second- and third-place finishes in major tournaments. The team, with coaches standing behind the players, consists of, from left, Chris Homen, Mike Brabenec, Gil Luera, Lisa Tibbetts and Scott Tibbetts; back row, Jaidyn Spaulding, Nevaeh Hinton, Carra Ford, Amanda Mosely-Gilbert and Roselina Luera; front row, Stacie Ruiz, Ava Brabenec, Jaiden Anguiano, Madison Howard and Madison Homen; lying down is Hannah Tibbetts.
San Luis Obispo High School student Taylor McReary recently won the local TrigStar competition and went on to compete at the national level, winning second place in the Richard E. Lomax National TrigStar Awards. Taylor received $1,000. In addition, Blake Bristol, Taylor’s teacher at San Luis Obispo High School, won second place in the Richard E. Lomax National Teaching Excellence Awards and was the recipient of $500. TrigStar, a high school trigonometry program, is presented by the National Society of Professional Surveyors and locally by the Central Coast Chapter of the California Land Surveyors Association. Pictured is George Marchenko, TrigStar coordinator of the Central Coast Chapter, congratulating Taylor McReary.
The nonprofit organization Friends of Carrizo Plain are recent recipients of a$10,000 grant from First Solar, builder of the Topaz Solar Farms in the Carrizo Plain. According to FOCP Board President Ray Hatch, the grant will be used to develop new information panels at the two major entrances to Carrizo Plain National Monument that will inform visitors about the importance of the monument, and what it offers in the way of education, enjoyment, and scenic and historical interest. At the presentation were, from left, Johnnie Taul, First Solar project manager; Ray Hatch, FOCP board president; Dawn Legg, First Solar assistant project manager; David Chipping, Neil Havlik, Ken Anderson, Roger Gambs, FOCP board members; and Carlos Yanez, First Solar assistant compliance manager.
Arroyo Grande Sportsman’s Club President Andy Ralph, second from left, with scholarship recipients Mariah Hilbert, left, Emma Vogan and Dallys Estrada. The recent graduates of Arroyo Grande High School each received a $1,000 scholarship from the club.
The Italian Catholic Federation at St. Patrick’s Church in Arroyo Grande recently awarded four local 2013 high school graduates with ICF First Year Scholarships. Andrew De Sesa, Joseph M. Hall and Sarah Salvini, of Mission Prep, and Anne Marie Smith of Arroyo Grande High School each received a $400 scholarship to use toward freshman year college expenses. Pictured are Joseph Salmeri, left, and Helen Summerfield, right, of the Italian Catholic Federation, presenting scholarships to recipients Anne Marie Smith, Sarah Salvini and Andrew De Sesa. Not pictured is Joseph M. Hall.
The Rev. Robert Travis of Santa Margarita De Cortona Catholic Church Altar Society presented $1,000 scholarships to parishioners, from left, Marianna Lavigne, Erika Smeltzer and Julie Smeltzer, who is standing in for her daughter and recipient Nicole Smeltzer.
The Morro Bay Police Department’s Police Explorers Post 43 competed against 34 other posts in the Ex-Con competition recently held in Las Vegas. Morro Bay police Officer Stephanie Pipan, with assistance from Cmdr. Bryan Millard, led a team of six ranging from 15 to 18 years of age. The post, led by Explorer Capt. Amanda Newport, placed second in the Downed-Officer Rescue scenario. Capt. Newport placed second in the obstacle course. The advisers also placed second in the adviser obstacle course and bicycle agility course. The Police Explorers are chartered through the Boy Scouts of America and hosted by public safety agencies for teens and young adults to learn about the law enforcement profession and public service.
Two career technical education students at Cuesta College won gold and silver at the 49th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference recently held in Kansas City. Simon Rowe is now the 2013 welding champion in the nation, and Michael Mullen is ranked second in automotive services technology. Both students are from San Luis Obispo. Additionally, the college’s welding fabrication team, consisting of students Jon Ellery, Patrick Hickey and Ryan May, placed eighth out of 23 in the nation. About 6,000 public high school and college/postsecondary technical students who are enrolled in career and technical education programs participated in the competition in nearly 100 contests. From left, students John Ellery, Ryan May, Patrick Hickey, gold-medalist Simon Rowe, San Luis Obispo Community College Board of Trustees President Patrick Mullen, silver-medalist Michael Mullen and faculty members Rob Thoresen, John Stokes and Mike Fontes.
Sixth-grader Anne Marie Aiena recently earned $339 from her bake sale and donated the proceeds to the Hearst Cancer Resource Center at French Hospital Medical Center. Anne Marie baked cookies, cupcakes and brownies for the sale, which was her community action project at Monarch Elementary School. The Hearst Cancer Resource Center provides services at no charge to cancer patients and their families. Pictured is Anne Marie Aiena, center, presenting the check to Beverly Kirkhart, Hearst Cancer Resource Center director, left, and Michelle Ellis, HCRC nurse.
The South County Youth Coalition recently received a donation from the Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County for $13,500 in support of its Family Resource Centers in Oceano, Nipomo and Arroyo Grande. The funds will be used to help families in need connect with resources in their communities to build family stability and self-sufficiency. Pictured are Janice Fong Wolf, left, of the Community Foundation presenting the donation to Laurie Morgan of the South County Youth Coalition.
The San Luis Obispo High School varsity football team recently won first place out of 32 teams at the Morro Bay Bash in the Beach Lineman Challenge competition. Pictured from left are, back row, Ivan Cobarrubias, Ryan Clayton, Brandon Cutler, Eduardo Hernandez, Steve Howard and Joe Bravo; and front row, David Marter and assistant coach Alex Klott.
Sydney Orradre was recently awarded Old Mission School’s Julia Morris Memorial Award for her volunteerism and service to the community. Along with a plaque and cash award, Sydney was given $100 to donate to the volunteer organization of her choice; she chose the El Chorro Dog Park.
Forty-five area residents recently completed Community Emergency Response Team training in Paso Robles, bringing the total number of North County CERT graduates to 250, according to a news release from the city. CERT training consists of 20 hours of instruction. Topics include disaster preparedness, fire suppression, first aid, light search and rescue, and disaster psychology. For more information, visit http://www.northslococert.org .
Frank Freitas was recently honored with a Melvin Jones Fellowship by the Arroyo Grande Lions Club for his service to the club and his community. The award is the highest honor a club can bestow on a member, and it represents at least a $1,000 donation to Lions International Foundation. The retired San Luis Obispo County tax collector has been a member for 40 years and was the club’s president in 1975-76. He and his wife, Connie, live in Nipomo. Pictured are Freitas, left, and Arroyo Grande Lions Club Secretary Terry Orton.
Dagmar Malkus, left, was awarded the Jan Breidenbach Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her outstanding support and contribution to the San Luis Obispo County Literacy Council. She received her award from Bernadette Bernardi, executive director of The Literacy Council.
Sixth-graders at Bishop’s Peak Elementary School in San Luis Obispo collected aluminum cans all year and donated $300.05 to Jack’s Helping Hand, a nonprofit dedicated to helping families of children with special needs. Child ambassador, Tyler Borges, a 13-year-old Laguna Middle School Student who has received assistance from the nonprofit, recently accepted the donation on behalf of the organization. Pictured are, from left, Jack's Helping Hand cofounder Bridget Ready; Jack's Helping Hand child ambassador, Tyler Borges; students Kai Montes, Sophie Boettcher and Kaitlyn Sandoval; standing in the back is teacher Kevin Hill.
The San Luis Obispo Lions Club recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to recent graduates Miranda Bolef from San Luis Obispo High School and Jessa Culvar from Mission Prep. They were awarded for their academic achievements, leadership skills and community service. Bolef, a National Merit Scholar, has been accepted to Princeton. Culvar, who is undecided as to which school she will attend, plans to pursue a master’s degree. Pictured are Lions Club member Del Dingus, right, presenting ascholarship to Jessa Culvar, and Lioness Carol Gray, left, presenting a scholarship to Miranda Bolef.
From left, Phil Hobson, Cindy Conn, Ron Giovanneli and Michael Young, staff at the Veterans Center in San Luis Obispo; George Barnes and Donna Donovan of the Elks Club; and Diane Jones, George Moran and Taneasha Evans, also of the Veterans Center, gather after the installation of new picnic tables donated by the Elks Club.
Through the financial success of the Cayucos Garden Club’s recent plant sale fundraising event, the club was able to provide four $500 scholarships to graduating seniors. The scholarship recipients include Emily Holley and Maria Madonna of Coast Union High School, and Gina Spalione and Mario Maffioli of Morro Bay High School. This year the scholarships were presented in memory of longtime Garden Club member Betty Hall. Pictured are Margaret Bretz, left, and Pat Moon, right, of the Cayucos Garden Club with scholarship recipients Emily Holley, second from left, and Maria Madonna. Not pictured are recipients Gina Spalione and Mario Maffioli.
The Nipomo Lions recently donated $1,500 to the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara counties. RSVP provides almost 1,200 volunteers on the Central Coast, serving more than 200 sites including food banks, senior nutrition and senior center programs, veterans and other organizations. According to Bob McGill, Nipomo Lions coordinator for RSVP, the donation will help fund some of the mileage reimbursement offered to volunteers. Pictured are Gerry Brine, left, and Lynn McGill, right, of the Nipomo Lions Club, presenting Marie Binkmeyer, director of RSVP, with the donation.
Karen and Gerald Frigon were winners of the post-World War II Best of Show award at the recent San Luis Obispo Concours event. Other local winners included Scott Grudfor of Arroyo Grande for his 1936 Mercedes Benz 540K, and Fred and Mary Grossi of Arroyo Grande for their 1960 Chrysler 300F. The event benefited Hospice of San Luis Obispo County and drew attendees from all over the state.
Flamson Middle School has a new native Chumash garden that was planted by students with help from Greg Ellis of One Cool Earth, a nonprofit focused on environmental education. Plans for the garden were created by Katy Deshotels-Moore with help from Win Song Li. Half of the plants used in the garden were grown at Liberty High School in Paso Robles. The other half was donated by Las Pilitas Nursery in Santa Margarita.
The Altrusa Club of San Luis Obispo recently announced the recipients of this year’s $500 Nancy Poe Memorial High School Scholarships. The recipients include: Sara Nygaard and Taylor Wampler of San Luis Obispo High School and Shannon Bean of Pacific Beach High School.
Clare Nowel of Morro Bay helped coach the Ohio State University women’s rowing team to a Big Ten and its first-ever National Championship. She was the graduate assistant of OSU’s Varsity 4 boat, which won backto-back national gold in 2012 and 2013. Nowel attended Cuesta College and Humboldt State for her undergraduate degree; she recently received a master’s degree from Ohio State.
The Nipomo Rotary Club recently awarded $7,500 in scholarships to seven students. Harry Walls, left, scholarship chairman, presented scholarships to this year’s recipients, Jesus Aldana, Brandon Buchan, Courtney Cuzick, Diana Krichevsky, Tess Lattimer, Riley Nilson and Nolan Pugh.
The Local Fund Advisory Board for Los Osos and Baywood Park awarded a $2,350 grant to Celebrate Los Osos for restoration of the iconic wooden welcoming bear signs at the two entrances to the community. Celebrate Los Osos undertakes projects that improve public spaces using community volunteers. The signs, which were installed in 1978, are undergoing an overhaul by signmaker Sean Beauchamp of Southpaw Signs. Picture are, from left, Gary Setting, Paul Irving and Alex Benson, all directors of the Los Osos/Baywood Park Local Fund Advisory Board, presenting Pandora Nash-Karner, director of Celebrate Los Osos, with a grant to restore the bear signs in Los Osos.
The San Luis Obispo City Firefighters /IAFF Local 3523 has announced that recent San Luis Obispo High School graduate Tyler O’Brien has been awarded the 2013 John Callahan Memorial Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship will help O’Brien start his education toward becoming a firefighter/EMT. He is enrolled in next semester’s Cuesta College EMT program. Pictured are Lynne Callahan, left, wife of former San Luis Obispo City Fire Chief John Callahan, presenting a scholarship to Tyler O’Brien, center. Firefighter/paramedic Armando Gutierrez was also at the presentation.
Cal Poly senior Tyler Almeida recently collected more than 35 pairs of new and used running shoes to be sent to One World Running, which washes and recycles shoes for needy people in the United States, Africa and South America. All running shoes can be used, even those that are well-worn, which can be ground up into a rubber base for playgrounds.
The Catholic Women’s Guild of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Morro Bay recently awarded eight scholarships of$500 each. The scholarship recipients are, back row from left, Jose Gonzalez, Isaac Williams, Rachel Mackey, with the Rev. Edward Holterhoff (priest of St. Timothy’s), Maritza Lopez, Jerry Ibarra, Riatta Marinelly, and, front row from left, Claire Haslett and Megan Fox.
Students at Paulding Middle School recently participated in their second annual Push Ups for a Cause. Teachers Debbi Pitman, Sean Ricketts, Larry Goldzman, Gary Heckman and Dede Auyong oversaw the raising of more than $5,000 by their students for the following organizations: CASA of San Luis Obispo County, Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, Special Olympics — San Luis Obispo County Region, and the Kinsley Thomas Wong Donation Foundation. Pictured are, from left, CASA Executive Director Teresa Tardiff with a donation from Paulding Middle School students Ryan deKock, Ethan Denneen, Brianna Bossler, Avis Anderson, Libney Salgado and Natalia Come, as well as Principal Chuck Fiorentino.
California High School Rodeo Association District 7 recently announced that Kara Kester, a sophomore at Paso Robles High School, won the annual queen competition. She will serve as the district’s 2013-2014 rodeo queen. Throughout the season, Kara will be involved in promoting high school rodeo to students in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
Joanne Crandall, left, and Emma Phillips are recent recipients of the Social Action Award from Congregation Beth David in San Luis Obispo. Joanne, a recent graduate of Arroyo Grande High School, was honored by the congregation for the years she’s devoted to bringing peace through understanding. Emma is a recent graduate of San Luis High School and has volunteered more than 1,000 hours to Project Surf Camp.
From left, Josh Delk, Jordan Fluitt, Kim Williams, Tess Lattimer and Alicia Cruz are recent recipients of scholarships totaling $5,650 from the Women’s Club of Arroyo Grande.
Gymnazo, a fitness facility in San Luis Obispo, recently held a fundraising walk along the Bob Jones Trail to support Not For Sale, a nonprofit organization focused on addressing the growing sex trafficking issue in this country and abroad. Members and local businesses, including Cloud Star, Powersource Chiropractic and Jan Noll of Cabi Clothing, raised $2,800 for the cause.
The Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club has given the Kathleen Goddard Jones Award to club outings leader and San Luis Obispo resident Carlos Diaz-Saavedra in honor of his longtime commitment of service to the club.
Kelli Peters, a 2009 graduate of San Luis Obispo High School, recently graduated summa cum laude from Ohio State University. The keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony was President Barack Obama. Peters will attend the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a master’s degree in education. She is the daughter of Gary and Katie Peters of San Luis Obispo.
The Los Osos 4-H troop recently made cat toys and donated them to the Cal Poly Cat Program. The Cal Poly Cat Program, in partnership with PetSmart Charities, hosts cat and kitten adoptions at PetSmart and works with cat foster programs to place felines in homes.
The University of San Luis Obispo School of Law held its commencement and celebrated its 20th anniversary. From left, Judge Charles Porter, founder of the school; State Bar Appellate Justice Catherine Purcell; Branden Leach, Adele Schneidereit and Dean DiSandro, who earned juris doctor degrees; and instructors Richard Fanning and Sharon Lizardo.
The Five Cities Twirlers, from left, Helena Miller, Layla Wallace, Ireland Corley, Lily Watson, Hannah Luker, Sierra Fairbanks, Claudia Kennedy, Isabell Dutra, Ellie Fuller, and Liam Searby recently competed in state championships. Lily Watson won for basic strut; Ellie Fuller won California Team Member of the Year — a combined event of basic strut, freestyle twirl, and an interview; and Hannah Luker won in show twirl. The Five Cities Small Juvenile Dance Twirl team took second at state championships.
From left, Val Del Rio, Jed Moore, Kyle Dahmen, Tyler Walsh, Blake Maule and Clay McCall recently achieved Eagle Scout — the highest rank in scouting. They are from Boy Scout Troop 26 of Arroyo Grande.
Every year, Creston 4-H members clean up Creston Cemetery as a community service project. Members and their parents recently helped to keep the weeds and grass at bay. The oldest legible date on a headstone is 1887, according to club reporter Haley Hurdle.
Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center recently held a service awards dinner honoring many hospital employees for their dedication to heath care. Among them, Joyce Amador, was recognized for 50 years of service and Sierra Vista Chief Executive Officer Candace Markwith was recognized for her 35 years of dedication to the health care industry. Markwith recently announced her intention to retire as CEO at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center effective in September. Pictured isCathy Fraser, right, of Tenet Healthcare, congratulating Joyce Amador, center, and Candace Markwith of Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for their years of service.
San Luis Obispo’s Portuguese Holy Spirit Society recently celebrated its 102nd Festa, a major celebration for individuals of Portuguese ancestry. Reigning over this year’s festa was Senior Queen Alexa Young of San Luis Obispo, daughter of Shaun and Connie Young. Her accompanying side maids were Ally and Caitlin Grierson. Junior Queen was Nichole Salazar of San Luis Obispo, daughter of Stephanie Salazar. Her accompanying side maids were Bailee Crawford and Yvette Florintino. Pictured are Alexa Young, left, and Nichole Salazar.
Cuesta College recently held a student art contest in honor of its 50th anniversary. Kris Kalar was chosen as the winner and was presented with a $250 check from the Cuesta College Advancement Foundation. Kalar is an eighth-generation San Luis Obispo County resident and is working toward an associate’s degree in art studio with a graphics certificate and engineering. Pictured is Cuesta College President Gil Stork, right, congratulating Kris Kalar, for winning the art contest.
Jim Steaffens, a math teacher at Paso Robles High School, was recently awarded District Teacher of the Year by the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District. Nominated by high school staff, colleagues cited his dedication to his students and passion for teaching. His classes and the website he created have been described by staff and students as purposeful, intense, fun and motivating. Colleagues also said they respect Steaffens for his success with lowperforming students. In one class this year, more than 80 percent of the students had Individualized Eduction Plans, according to an email from the district. He provided structures, visual aids, humor and manipulatives to make algebra clear. In addition, Steaffens has performed in the past three PRHS musicals, and managed dodge ball tournaments and spirit assemblies.
Ryley Washbish, a student at San Luis Obispo High School, was recently selected as the 2013 recipient of the SLO City Firefighters/ International Association of Firefighters Local 3523 Scholarship of $500. Washbish will be attending Cuesta College to obtain his emergency medical training and Allan Hancock College to attend fire academy. Pictured are Ryley Washbish, third from right, firefighters Greg Logan and Jason Pratt; Ryley’s brother, Scott Washbish; father, Don Washbish; and mother, Connie Washbish; fire Chief Charlie Hines; and firefighter Alec Flatos.
The newly elected 2013-14 sectional officers for the San Luis Obispo Section FFA are, from left, Matt Durian, Luke O’Leary, Mara Basich-Pease, Kara Kester, Lilly Hildebrand, Whitney Whitaker and Anthony Gobea.
The Shanks String Ensemble from SLO Christian Academy won second place among small instrumental ensembles at the 36th annual American Association of Christian Schools national competition, held recently at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C. Approximately 1,700 students and sponsors from 34 states participated in the competition, having captured top honors in their state contests. The ensemble is made up of Joseph, Titus Timothy and Philip Shanks, sons of Rev. Randall and Julie Shanks of San Luis Obispo.
Karen Carlisle’s fourth- and fifthgrade classes at Dorothea Lange Elementary School in Nipomo, representing the California Trucking Association’s Tri-County unit, won first place in the elementary grade division of the CTA’s annual poster contest. As well as winning $600, the winning poster will be displayed at the CTA’s headquarters in Sacramento. St. Patrick School in Arroyo Grande and Hawthorne Elementary School in San Luis Obispo also competed and were awarded $200 each.
Members of Cerro Alto 4-H dog group, from left, Kira Adams, Katie Adams, Lauren Tarica, Cati Neely, Sara Seay, Josh Tarica and Haley Gallo, with leaders Jeral Seay and Shellie Sytsma, standing, recently competed in the Canyon Country Dog Show (Emma Mueller and Paige Stith are not pictured). Many of the dogs and handlers placed in both showmanship and obedience.
San Luis Obispo High School senior Mary Andino recently received a San Luis Coastal Teachers Association scholarship of $1,000. She will be attending Loyola Marymount University in the fall to pursue a career in teaching history. Andino is pictured receiving the award from SLCTA President Paul Orton.
The San Luis Obispo County division of the California Retired Teachers Association recently awarded scholarships to San Luis Coastal Unified and Lucia Mar school district seniors. Recipients from San Luis Coastal are, from top left, Ethan Kirkley, Elaine Beaudoin, Seth Moskowitz, Richard Lemus, Adam Zakaria, Carolyn Teng, Ariana Shakibnia, Emma Phillips, Oksana Moscoso and Graham Johnson. Recipients from Lucia Mar are, from top left, McKenna Murray, Diana Krichevsky, Alicia Cruz, Rebekah Dobbs, Claudia Valles Munoz, Amber Domako, Joanne Crandall, Kyle Berlin, and Chance Adkins.
From left, Rudy Stowell, Jacob Scott, Erin Riffle and Jeff Nichols were recently honored for their service to the community at the Nipomo Rotary’s annual Service Providers’ Award Banquet.
A Peace Corps volunteer is starting a library for the residents of a village in Ghana and members of Estrella 4-H are helping by donating books. From left, Sydney Vinther, Katherine Reid and Garret and Brogan Peterson prepare a shipment of books to their sister group in Bolgatanga, Ghana, West Africa.
The Atascadero Fine Arts Academy String Orchestra and the Honor Choir, under the direction of Jean Collins and Beth Klemm respectively, performed at the Music in the Parks festival recently held in Anaheim. The orchestra and choir earned the Esprit de Corps trophy for the festival weekend. Both groups also earned trophies with ratings of excellent for their performances. Gabi Bruzzo, eighth-grade soloist for the choir, earned the outstanding vocalist medal for all the junior highs and middle schools.Pictured are orchestra members with their trophies.
Morro Bay High School students Emily Delk and Emerson Ricard won gold in digital cinema at the California SkillsUSA competition recently in San Diego. They filmed and edited a documentary at the competition.
The 5 Cities-Pismo Beach branch of the American Association of University Women recently presented scholarships to four South County high school seniors. AAUW members Judy Leonard, left, and Marilyn Corey, right, made the presentations to, from left, Abigail Sandquist and Joanne Crandall of Arroyo Grande High School; and Alicia Cruz and Courtney Cuzick of Nipomo High School.
The Monday Club of San Luis Obispo recently held its annual competition for their Tri-Awards scholarships for seniors in the categories of fine arts, music, and scholastic achievement. First-place winners from San Luis Obispo High School included Emma Philips, Jessica Dalley and Lisa Davis in scholastic, music and fine arts respectively. Second-place honorees included Natalie Brescia, from Mission Prep, and Graham Johnson and Amber Lum from San Luis Obispo High School in fine arts, music, and scholastic achievement respectively. Pictured are, from left, Natalie Brescia, Lisa Davis, Jessica Dalley, Emma Phillips, Graham Johnson and Amber Lum.
Ballerina Madison Price, 13, of Arroyo Grande was recently selected as the first recipient of the Jennifer Thoma Memorial Dance Scholarship which is administered by the San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation. Madison will participate in a summer ballet intensive dance program with funds received from the scholarship. Jennifer Thoma was a longtime San Luis Obispo resident and dedicated ballet supporter who passed away from cancer in 2012. Her husband, Bill Thoma, and children Jeff and Jessica established the scholarship in Jennifer’s name to honor her passion for dance. Madison is the daughter of Jim and Joanne Price of Arroyo Grande and a student at Judkins Middle School. Pictured are Bill Thoma, left, and Jessica Thoma, right, presenting Madison Price with the $2,500 scholarship.
Opolo Vineyards owner, Rick Quinn, was recently presented with a plaque from Atascadero Friends of the Library President Grenda Ernst. Opolo Vineyards was recognized as a major donor for the new Atascadero library.
The California Ambulance Association recently awarded Acina Hansen with the Stars of Life Award in recognition of her lifesaving actions, quality patient care, and exceptional professional achievements. Hansen, a paramedic with San Luis Ambulance, has been a trainer of new staff members and an emergency vehicle operator course instructor. She was also selected as the San Luis Ambulance Staff Member of the Year for 2012.
The Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County honored 16 individuals for their dedicated service to the agency. Certificates of appreciation were presented to, from left, René Bravo, Tom Sherman, Betty Woolslayer, Willo Cashier, Brigitte Falkenhagen, Delores Winje, Ryan Loughlin, Betsey Kelton, Madelyn Koontz and Gerald Shea. Janet Andrews, Jacqueline Frederick, Amy Parkinson, Jack Smith, Elaine Gardiner and Stacey Stanek-Byars are not pictured.
Paso Robles Unit 50 American Legion Auxiliary recently selected its 2013 delegate and alternates to Girls State. Candidates are chosen based on their leadership qualities, high academic honors, and community activities. Delegate Emily Vallejos and alternates, M’Lynn Martin and Samantha Anderson are juniors at Paso Robles High School. The Girls State program is a weeklong hands-on learning session about leadership and government. For more information, visit http://www.cagirlsstate.org. Pictured are Auxiliary Girls State co-chairwoman Cecilia Kliewer, left, and auxiliary member Carrie Place, right, posing with Girls State delegate and alternates, from left, Emily Vallejos, M’Lynn Martin and Samantha Anderson. Not pictured is Girls State co-chairwoman Diane Bellinghausen.
The San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge No. 322 recently made a $3,000 donation to the Cuesta College Foundation, specifically the Jack and Nancy Sullivan Fund, to provide free parking permits for 100 local veterans. The donation was made possible by a combination of $2,000 from an Elks National Foundation Gratitude Grant and a $1,000 fundraiser. Gloria Smith, Elks ENF chairwoman applied for and received the grant. Pictured are, from left, front row, Donna Donovan, of the San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge presenting the donation to Shannon Hill of the Cuesta College Foundation and Austin Feavel, a Marine veteran and student at Cuesta. Also at the presentation in the back row are Cuesta military veteran students Justin Working, Hector Valle, Isiah Robinson and Randy Ryan; Karen Andrews of Cuesta’s veterans affairs office, and Elks Club members Frank H. Rowan, Gary Donovan and Gloria Smith.
Ole Viborg of Paso Robles Boy Scout Troop 60 recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Viborg, who will be attending Cuesta College in the fall, completed community projects, boards of review and required merit badges to achieve the Scouts’ highest rank.
The Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center Volunteer Auxiliary recently named volunteer Bette Retzloff as Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. Volunteer Nancy Rust was also chosen as Sweetheart Volunteer of the Year at the hospital’s 39th Annual Volunteer Awards luncheon. The event recognized the hospital’s 108 volunteers, including 30 college students, for their years of dedicated service. The auxiliary also awarded two scholarships to Cuesta College student Mack Ontiveros and San Francisco State graduate John Santa Marina, who volunteer at the hospital and are studying medicine. Pictured is Bette Retzloff, left, accepting her Outstanding Volunteer of the Year award from Joyce Bauer.
San Luis Obispo High School had its most successful finish to date in the recently held Skills USA California Leadership and Skills Conference. Zoltan Shapiro won gold, and Max Hokit won silver in automotive technology. Joey Arhar won gold, Jono Chadwell won silver, and Austin Wright won bronze in computer programming. Prince Singh won bronze in computer maintenance technology. Alec Griffith won gold in related technical math. Jeremy Rands won gold, and Mason Harper won silver in technical drafting. Anna Mullen won silver in TIG welding. Daniel Thoresen won gold in welding. Will Kraemer won bronze in stick welding. Daniel Herrera won silver in gas welding. Jeff Lehmkuhl was selected as Adviser of the Year for region 2 and all of California. Pictured from left are Daniel Thoresen, Daniel Herrera, Anna Mullen, Will Kraemer, Jono Chadwell, Zoltan Shapiro, Prince Singh, Jeremy Rands, Joey Arhar, Alec Griffith, Austin Wright, Max Hokit and Mason Harper.
The Five Cities Twirlers, a 25-member baton twirling group based in Arroyo Grande, recently competed in the All West Regional Baton Twirling Championships. Twirlers on the competition team with their trophies are, from left, Ireland Corley, Claudia Kennedy, Isabell Dutra, Lily Watson and Ellie Fuller.
From left, Jacob Wright, Aidan Farrell, Alexander von Dohlen, Alexander Cushing and Thomas von Dohlen, members of Paso Robles Boy Scout Troop 60, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. They have completed their community projects, boards of review and the required merit badges to achieve the Scout’s highest rank.
The Morro Bay High School (Rotary) Interact Club recently cleaned up the Morro Rock parking lot and areas near the Rock. The club has monthly community projects and raises funds for local charities.
Cuesta College recently sent 10 students to the SkillsUSA California Leadership and Skills competition in San Diego and earned 10 medals — its highest-ever medal count in a single competition. A team consisting of Jon Ellery, Patrick Hickey and Ryan May earned gold in welding fabrication. In the welding combo category, Simon Rowe earned gold and Faith Foster earned bronze. In auto service technology, Michael Mullen won gold and Melissa Perozzi won silver. Travis Livingston earned silver in collision repair. Eva Saucedo earned silver in culinary arts. Gary Griswold earned bronze in collision refinishing. The gold medalists will attend the national competition to be held in Kansas City in June.
The Central Coast SurvivOars’ Dragon Boat Team recently competed at the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival. It participated in eight races, placing second in the breast cancer division. The SurvivOars’ goal is to promote exercise opportunities for women affected by cancer. The team, which practices out of Morro Bay, has members from Santa Maria to Paso Robles.
Three Fairgrove Elementary students will travel to Knoxville, Tenn. in May to pit their problem-solving skills against other students at the Destination Imagination Global Finals. April Crouch, 10, Laysha Figueroa, 9, and Maria Lopez, 9 — known collectively as the “Periwinkle Petunias” — will compete in a fine-arts challenge that will require them to apply their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math in addition to writing, improvisation, theater arts, teamwork and other skills. Destination Imagination promotes creativity, teamwork and problem solving by having students work in teams to solve challenges and present their solutions at tournaments.
Soroptimist International of San Luis Obispo members recently filled and donated 50 Easter baskets to homeless children at the Prado Day Center and the Maxine Lewis Homeless Shelter.
Steven Hensley, 17, of Arroyo Grande recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout project, he chose to honor two local bike enthusiasts by building Ira’s and Marc’s Bike Shop at Fort Hope, an 1800s replica western town and camp for children in Arroyo Grande. Steven has served as a patrol leader, quartermaster, instructor and troop guide for the First Year Scout program. He is a senior at Arroyo Grande High School and the son of Michael and Lisa Hensley of Arroyo Grande.Steven Hensley stands in front of his Eagle Scout project — Ira’s and Marc’s Bike Shop — at Fort Hope in Arroyo Grande.
The Los Osos Valley Garden Club and community volunteers recently landscaped the front of the South Bay Community Center in memory of former member and Los Osos resident Adelina DiBenedetto, for her work in helping to beautify the area. Contributions for a memorial plaque, plants and other garden materials were provided by the family of DiBenedetto. Pictured are Los Osos Valley Garden Club member Ruth Pimentel, left, and volunteers Richard Pimentel, Dave Smith, Dave Stimpson and Larry Tolson taking a break from the gardening project.
Leslie Moss, left, and Ann Venn, right, members of the Alpha Mu Chapter of DKG, recently presented Ashley Vandervoort, center, with a $125 Penne Ferrell Literacy Award, granted by CHI State of Delta Kappa Gamma International. Vandervoort is a first-grade teacher at Templeton Elementary School and will use the money to buy books for her classroom.
From left, Aimee Aiello, Sonja Waitkus, artistic director Molly McKiernan, Sarah Rutland and Corrina Gemignani of the Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet recently performed ‘Carnival of the Animals’ with the San Luis Obispo Symphony as part of a family concert held at the Performing Arts Center.
The Paso Robles High School FFA Livestock Judging Team recently participated in the Modesto Junior College Field Day. Team members included novices Abbie Johnson, Eden Peterson and Ashleigh Lazzarini; and the advanced team of Branson Medeiros, Kaitlyn Bedell, Anthony Gobea and Jake Dilger, with Matt Durianas as an alternate. Forty teams from across the state competed, and the advanced team took third place in both the beef and swine subcategories, second in the sheep subcategory, first place in the oral reasons subcategory, and High Team Overall award, with Medeiros taking home the High Individual Overall award. Pictured are, from left, Anthony Gobea, Jake Dilger, Kaitlyn Bedell and Branson Medeiros, advanced members of the Paso Robles High School FFA Livestock Judging Team, won honors at the Modesto Junior College Field Day.
At a recent meeting of the Military Order of the World Wars, Leo Dumouchelle of San Luis Obispo was honored for being inducted into the Professional Bail Agents of the United States Hall of Fame. Dumouchelle, a veteran of WWII, was awarded two Purple Hearts and numerous other medals during his time of service to the country. At 90 years of age, he is still writing bail in San Luis Obispo. Pictured is retired San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Christopher Money, left, congratulating Leo Dumouchelle for being inducted into the Professional Bail Agents of the United States Hall of Fame.
The Retired Active Men’s Association recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. From left are members, Don Morris, Marshall Bradford, Adrian Hurtado, Eugene Russell and Richard Roberts.
Atascadero High School’s Greybots robotics Team 973 won the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) national regional competition recently at the Long Beach Convention Center. The win qualifies them to go to FIRST Robotics Challenge World Championships in St. Louis at the end of April. The team won at the world championship two years ago, and it won the Engineering Excellence Award at the world competition last year. For more information, call 466-4195 or visit http://www.greybots.com.
The SeaVenture Restaurant recently held a fundraising dinner to benefit the SLO Noor Foundation Free Clinic. The event raised $6,000 for the free clinic, which provides medical care for people without insurance and at no cost to the patient. Pictured are SeaVenture Restaurant chef Casey Walcott, left, and Ahmad Nooristani, founder of the SLO Noor free clinic, at the fundraiser for the clinic.
Atascadero Elks Lodge No. 2723 recently donated $300 to sponsor the second annual Firehouse 5k Fun Run held by the Atascadero Firefighters Association. Lodge member Gale Crick, second from left, presented the donation to firefighters Matt Vierra, Tom Little and Matt Miranda, from left.
The Templeton Community Library Association is the recent recipient of a $25,000 donation to the Templeton Community Library Building Fund from Margaret Anderson Radunich. Recognizing the need for a library in Templeton, she has shown her support with this gift and also donated to the library building fund in 2002. Anderson Radunich, who is now a Monterey County resident, grew up in Templeton where her father, Elven Anderson, was the first Templeton school bus driver, according to a news release from the association. Pictured are Gwen Pelfrey, left, and Carla Wilhoit, right, with board President Wayne Petersen.
Friends of the Atascadero Library recently held its fourth annual Atascadero: Dancing with Our Stars event and raised $95,000 for the new Atascadero Library. From left are participants and winners at the event, Don Idler, third place, and instructor/choreographer Sharon Davis; Dan and Eileen O'Grady, first place; Dan Davis, second place; instructor/choreographer Mary Uebersax; and Janet McLennan and Christopher Ellwood, who won the People’s Choice award.
The Knights of Columbus, Council 1271, recently held its annual fundraiser for seminarian scholarships and raised $1,303. At the presentation were, from left, Knight Jim Riley, seminarian Justin Bianchi, Knight Sean Hurley and members of the clergy, Russ Brown and Matt Pennington.
John Hosford, left, was recently sworn in as a member of the California State Bar by retired Kern County Judge Charles Porter, who has been running the University of San Luis Obispo School of Law since 1998.
American Morgan Horse Association Region 7 Dressage Reserve Champion Junior for 2012. Region 7 consists of all of California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. This was her first year in dressage. Rusty is being trained by Hailey under the tutelage of Karen Cornelius. Hailey lives in Arroyo Grande and attends Paulding Middle School. She is a member of Huasna Valley 4-H and the Mesa Meadows Pony Club. Pictured is trainer Karen Cornelius holding the ribbon for Dressage Reserve Champion Junior winner Hailey Henley and her horse, Rusty.
St. Barnabas Thrift Shop volunteers Marilyn Sondergaard, left, and Phil West, right, present a check for $809 to the 5Cities Homeless Coalition. Accepting for the coalition are Fred Wolf, second from left, Janna Nichols, center, and Liz Howland. The Arroyo Grande shop is staffed by volunteers and donates 20 percent of its monthly income to a local charity.
Jennifer McMillan was recently honored with the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, a peer-elected awards program the hospital participates in each quarter. McMillan has served as a registered nurse at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton for three years. Paula Moore, chief nursing officer said, “Jennifer is known at the hospital by her peers and patients for her tireless compassion, considerate communication and exceptional methods of putting patients and co-workers at ease.”
In recognition of Arbor Day, Atascadero city employees joined organizations and volunteers who contributed their time and energy to help keep Atascadero green. With the assistance of city staff members Cory Meyer and Chris Horejsi, Atascadero Native Tree Association members planted a California sycamore tree alongside Atascadero Lake; the Multi Flora Garden Club donated and helped to plant a purple robe locust tree at Paloma Park; and a group of students from North County Christian School recently volunteered and successfully planted more than 500 blue oak acorns at Stadium Park.
The Children’s Resource Network of the Central Coast recently received a $2,500 donation from the San Luis Obispo County Garbagemen’s Association. Making the presentation from left are, back row, SLO County Supervisor Paul Teixeira, Lisa Ray of the CRNCC and Tom Martin of the Garbagemen’s Association. In the front row are Teens Closet volunteers Robert Stewart, Irene Thies and Bea Grden. Teen’s Closet is one of CRNCC’s programs that provide free clothing to disadvantaged children and at-risk youth.
The Five Cities Twirlers competition team recently placed first in the Beginners Small Juvenile Dance Twirl Team division at the National Baton Twirling Association sanctioned Winter Spectacular competition. Some of the competitors included, from left, Claudia Kennedy, Isabelle Dutra, Ellie Fuller, Ireland Corley and Lily Watson.
From left, front row, PG&E representative Natalie Schaefer and Shelly Dargatz, regional director of the North County YMCA; and coach Sue Knupper, fourth row, far left, with Paso Robles’ Flamson Middle School girls’ basketball team at the presentation of a donation from PG&E.
The Arroyo Grande & Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce annually grant the Ken Talley Award to an organization or person who has made a strong contribution to youth character building programs on the Central Coast. The 2012 recipient, Lisa Hensley, recently received a $500 donation in honor of Campfire USA. At the presentation are, from left, Judith Bean, Ken Miles, Lisa Hensley, Todd Talley and Ryan Talley.
The SLO Hornets soccer team recently became AYSO Area Q champions. The team includes, from left, front row, Franki Phelan, Hayden Goodwin, Allie Ryan, Raquel Kalpakoff, and Kaylie Hall; back row, assistant coach Kathleen Kalpakoff, Belle Rudd, Aela Louch, Nicole Anderson, Reece Candaele and Coach June McIvor.
A group of San Luis Obispo High School students recently held a fundraiser for SLO Clinicare, a student-run nonprofit organization that raises money for hospitals in poor areas of the world. The event, which included a concert, dinner, dessert auction, silent auction and a raffle raised $2,500. Students Lia Guy, president and founder of the nonprofit, Alec Stallman, vice president, and Rebecca Teng, head of communications, worked together to gather a group of SLO High musicians willing to donate their time and talent to perform at the event. The musicians included: Robbie Kraemer, Ariana Shakibnia, Alex Dill, Kimi McCarty, Chris Toh, Michael Lambert, Ty Goodman, Nick Johnson, Maggie Eppright and Alec Stallman.
Local dentists recently volunteered their time to screen elementary school students in the Paso Robles public schools district for dental abnormalities or decay. At left, dentist Lisa Lu Davis screens fourth-grade student Cadence Armstrong at Bauer Speck Elementary School.
Paso Robles High School’s SkillsUSA Chapter 211 has completed the first of three competitions this season and medaled in 33 different occupational contests.
The Central Coast Psychological Association, the local chapter of the California Psychological Association, recently installed new officers for 2013-2014. The new board members include Janet Pierucci, president (pictured); Julia Buckley, president-elect; Sari Dworkin, past-president; and Jane Fong, secretary/treasurer.
Shell Beach Elementary recently held its fourth annual spelling bee. Sixty-nine students from first through sixth grade participated. Students represented the top 20 percent of spellers from their grades. Judges included Shell Beach Principal Sammie Cervantez and multiple staff members from the Lucia Mar Unified School District offices, including Superintendent Jim Hogeboom. Winners of the fourth annual Shell Beach Spelling Bee are, standing from left: Trip Kelly, Justice Fair, Keyan Patel, Ethan Wolfe, Tyson Campbell, Tommy Atkinson, Erika Schiesl, Claire Holt, Ava Mankins, Hudson Reynolds, Nolan LeMay and Cooper Limon. Kneeling from left: Ryleigh Serpa, Frankie Lawson, Evan Lopez, Evan Nichols and Jadyn Gines. Not pictured is Gavin Beck.
Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County recently received a $2,000 community grant from Heritage Oaks Bank. The donation, one in a series of community grants made by Heritage Oaks Bank to local nonprofits in 2012, will assist CAPSLO in providing services that help local individuals and families move toward self-sufficiency. From left, Mark Stasinis, executive vice president Heritage Oaks Bank; Elizabeth ‘Biz’ Steinberg, CEO of Community Action Partnership; Liz Summer, client relationship manager for Heritage Oaks Bank; and Jim Famalette, COO for Community Action Partnership.
Michael Lambert, right, and Nick Bea, both seniors and varsity athletes at San Luis Obispo High School, were recently awarded their Eagle rank by Jeff Dalley, scoutmaster of Troop 322, at the Elks Lodge of San Luis Obispo. (The awards were presented an hour before Alex Maier’s memorial at the high school, and the boys rushed from their own reception to participate in the farewell to their friend.)
Members of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Advisory Foundation were recently given a tour of the new Sheriff Coroner’s Office. Sheriff Ian Parkinson presented them with a plaque for their donation of $29,000 to help build the new state-of-the-art facility. The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Advisory Foundation is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation formed to provide funding and additional support to the Sheriff’s Office. Pictured are, from left, Tom Patton, James Hunt, Randy Arseneau, Bryan DuVall, Kathleen Martinelli, Marshal Klein, Sheriff Ian Parkinson, James Brabeck, Sylvia Dodd, Daniel Cashier and Jay Conner attend a tour of the new Sheriff Coroner’s Office.
Two Cuesta College employees recently received awards during Spring Opening Day events for faculty and staff at the San Luis Obispo campus English instructor Thomas Patchell of Arroyo Grande received $200 and the Peter and M’May Diffley Award. Patchell, a seven-year Cuesta employee , oversees the college’s annual student literary journal, Tellus.
Two Cuesta College employees recently received awards during Spring Opening Day events for faculty and staff at the San Luis Obispo campus. Loren Buckingham of Atascadero, who works in the Disabled Student Programs and Services office, received $500 and the Service Excellence Award.
San Luis Obispo residents and dedicated symphony supporters Beverly and Jim Smith were this year’s recipients of the sixth annual Symphony Honors Award, presented at this year’s gala Symphony Ball. The Smiths were chosen for their longstanding commitment to the symphony and for their commitment to maintaining a vibrant, interesting and “artful” community for all.
The Atascadero Elks Lodge No. 2733 recently donated $250 to help start Girl Scout Daisy Troop No. 896. “We feel so honored that the Atascadero Elks Lodge decided to support our new Daisy Troop and adopt us as their official Girl Scout Troop,” said Nicole Anderson, Daisy Troop No. 896 leader. Daisy troops are the youngest level of Girl Scouts for grades kindergarten and first grade. They go on trips, learn about nature and science and explore the arts and their communities. The troop, led by Nicole Anderson and co-leader Jamie Kessler, used the donation for setup materials. Each girl was presented with an American flag patch that is required on her uniform.
San Luis Obispo City-County children’s librarian Margaret Kensinger-Klopfer, right, accepts a donation of Jane Addams Children’s Book Award-winning books from Mothers for Peace member Sherry Lewis. The award honors books that promote the cause of peace.
Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries President Vera Wallen and board member Judy Rohr recently attended an open house at the Arroyo Grande Library and displayed a plaque honoring the donation of two early literacy computer stations purchased with funds from the Foundation for San Luis Obispo County Public Libraries, the Friends of the Arroyo Grande Library and the Wal-Mart Corporation.
Tantrum Fitness in Grover Beach recently held fundraisers for 4-year-old Jillian Garcia who has a rare form of leukemia. Over two weeks, a rummage sale, Zumba fundraiser and blood drive were held at Tantrum Fitness and collectively raised $2,700. All of the proceeds went to help Jillian. Pictured are Heidy Mangiardi, Tantrum Fitness instructor; Shelby Bundy, owner of Tantrum Fitness; with her daughter Saylor; Rosemary Garcia, Jillian’s mother; Jillian Garcia; and Claudia Lopez, Tantrum Fitness manager pose for a picture outside the fitness center in Grover Beach.
Attorney John Carsel, a member of the Board of Directors of the San Luis Obispo Legal Alternatives Corporation (SLO Legal Alternatives ), is the recipient of the 2012 John Seitz Award. This annual recognition was recently awarded to him by the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association to “honor an attorney who has made a significant contribution to the community through his or her community activities and involvement.”
The Arthritis Foundation recently announced Alan Iftiniuk, president and CEO of French Hospital Medical Center, as honorary chairman for the 2013 San Luis Obispo Arthritis Walk. Iftiniuk returns for the second year as honorary chairman. The walk will be April 27 at Cal Poly.
Jeannie Malik, coordinator of Atascadero’s Dancing with Our Stars event, accepts a $2,160 donation from Mary Sherwin, owner of K-Jon’s Fine Jewelers, and manager Angela Cisneros. All proceeds from the event benefited the new library in Atascadero. K-Jon’s will be recognized in the library as a ‘business founder.’
Local EMT and paramedic student Patrick Patton has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Christopher Meadows Memorial Paramedic Education Fund scholarship. Patton is enrolled in the Central Coast Paramedic Program at Cuesta College and works as an emergency medical technician at San Luis Ambulance Service. A 2004 graduate of Paso Robles High School, Patton has been an EMT since 2009 with San Luis Ambulance. Patton earned his EMT credential through Unitek Education.
The Avila Beach Civic Association recently presented the 2012 Community Service Award to Pete Kelley. Since becoming a resident in 1976, Kelley has served on many Avila Beach organization boards. He was instrumental in starting the Albacore Feed fundraiser in 2009 and continues to contribute his culinary skills each year to help grow this event. Kelley also has ties with local history and helped to implement a display of the history of Avila Beach on the walls of the Community Center. Pictured is Pete Kelley receiving the award from Executive Director Mary Foppiano and Board President Vicki Book.
Twin Cities Community Hospital recently announced its new chief operating officer, Michael N. Lane, to oversee operations, cost management, service excellence, efficiency, program implementation and new technologies. Lane, a Board Certified Healthcare Executive has over 25 years of leadership experience in hospitals, and outpatient medical and dental practices, and most recently served as senior administrator for Cypress Health care Partners in Monterey.
Gabriella, Maryha, Serena, Kirra, Courtney and Kayla from the Cerro Alto 4H Clothing and Textiles group created a service project to help collect supplies for the North County Humane Society. In the hopes that people were doing a post-holiday clean-out, the group left grocery bags (donated by Trader Joe’s) on doorsteps with a list of items needed by the Humane Society. A week later, they went and collected donations. They were so amazed by how generous people were in helping this no-kill cat shelter. Thanks to all the contributors who helped make their project a success.
The founders of the 2012 Garden Farms Holiday Art and Craft Fair presented a check for $1,430 to Santa Margarita Elementary School’s PTA to be used for arts and music programs. It was the 10th year the craft fair has donated to the school. Pictured are Julie Davis, Santa Margarita Elementary School principal; Lynn Delmore, PTA president; Heidi Lewin-Miller, Garden Farms crafter; and Melinda Forbes, Garden Farms artist and host of the event.
Mission Community Bank recently donated $5,000 to Partnership for the Children of San Luis Obispo County’s nonprofit children’s dental clinic, La Clinica de Tolosa. La Clinica de Tolosa also received a donation of $3,000 from the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance. The donations will help cover costs of dental care at the clinic. La Clinica de Tolosa provides a full range of pediatric dental care and serves thousands of underserved children, age 0-12. For more information on dental services at La Clinica de Tolosa, visit http://www.clinicadetolosa.org . Pictured is Suzanne Russell, far left, clinic director at La Clinica de Tolosa, receiving a donation of $5,000 from Anne Bettencourt, far right, senior vice president and Paso Robles branch manager for Mission Community Bank, as members of her branch team look on.
In celebration of National Thank Your Mentor day, Big Brothers Big Sisters honored longtime mentors and Big Brothers Ryan Miller and Brent Cavender. The presentation was at Etna Interactive, where Miller, company president, and Cavender, business development manager, accepted certificates of appreciation and gifts honoring their three and 10 years of mentoring, respectively. Program director Sarah Rudd-Lawlor said, “These men embody the spirit of mentoring with small actions that help to make a big impact on the children and our community. Ryan has helped his Little build a commitment to education with his love of reading and science. Brent taught his Little to use humor to break through his shyness and make connections with others. Both Bigs have helped their Littles to overcome challenges and become engaged, connected and successful at school.” Pictured is Cavender, left, and Miller, right, with Rudd-Lawlor.
Annually, the Rotary Club selects public Service projects that will enhance a public facility. This year, the Pismo Beach/Five Cities Rotary Club is contributing two projects in Pismo Beach — a set of stairs that will provide better access to restrooms at Dinosaur Caves Park and a dual water fountain at Margo Dodd Park that will serve the public and animals. JJ Fisher is the construction company working on the projects. Pictured, from left: Rotarians Sean Schuur; Ashlea Boyer; Pismo Beach Mayor Pro Tem Ed Waage; Rotarian and Councilwoman Mary Ann Reiss; Vicki Janssen, who is district director for Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian; Dick Dannells; public service Chairwoman Kathy Fissori, Rotary Club President Gary Bayus; and, on the earth mover, future Rotarian Jack Boyer.
Central Coast Funds for Children recently presented ALPHA (a pregnancy and parenting support organization) with a grant for $4,000 to purchase and help train parents on the use of car seats. Central Coast Funds for Children also recently funded a grant in the amount of $5,000 to Assistance League of San Luis Obispo to help with their Operation Schoolbell. In December, Central Coast Funds for Children distributed $80,800 in grants to nonprofit organizations that help children in San Luis Obispo County. Pictured, from left: Bonnie Long, Assistance League grant committee; Donna Cummings, Assistance League vice president of resource development; Charlene Ables, Assistance League president; Leslie Rodman; Central Coast Funds for Children president; and Jeanette Meek, Central Coast Funds for Children grant committee chairwoman.
Central Coast Funds for Children recently presented ALPHA (a pregnancy and parenting support organization) with a grant for $4,000 to purchase and help train parents on the use of car seats. Central Coast Funds for Children also recently funded a grant in the amount of $5,000 to Assistance League of San Luis Obispo to help with their Operation Schoolbell. In December, Central Coast Funds for Children distributed $80,800 in grants to nonprofit organizations that help children in San Luis Obispo County. Pictured, from left, Jeanette Meek, Central Coast Funds for Children grant review chairwoman; Patricia Golden, ALPHA executive director; Devon Baird, ALPHA family resource specialist; and Ricki Pace, president of Central Coast Funds for Children.
The Paso Robles Library recently received a donation of children’s books. The note on the donation reads, “Random act of kindness for the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary. You’re #8!”
Two seventh-graders from Atascadero’s Fine Arts Academy — Sofia Talarico and Lauren Tarica — have been selected to sing as members of the American Choir Directors Association’s 2013 junior high/ middle school National Honor Choir, which will perform at the group’s annual conference in Dallas in March. The girls submitted recorded auditions in September and were among 320 singers selected for the honor nationwide. Pictured is Sofia Talarico, left, and Lauren Tarica, right.
The Atascadero Community Band chose the North County Women’s Shelter to benefit from donations collected at the band’s Holiday Concert in December. Band treasurer Joyce Rabellino, right, presented a check for $832.50 to Cathy Solkshinitz, outreach and development manager of the North County Women’s Shelter.
San Luis Obispo County Womenade President Sandy Richardson, left, receives a donation of $1,295 from Jayne Engle Allen of Engle and Associates Insurance Brokers Inc.
The SLO Noor Foundation Free Clinic recently received $12,000 from the Central Coast Women’s League. The funds will go directly to local women in the area who are uninsured and in need of breast cancer health care services. The funds were raised through the Bingo for Breast Cancer event held in the fall. The Noor clinic will also receive donations of dental products over the next two years valued at up to $25,000 as part of its agreement with Henry Schein Cares. Ongoing participation in the program will enable the Noor clinic to open its new dental clinic and provide free dental care to adults. Since its opening just over a year ago, the Noor clinic’s volunteer medical staff has provided more than 1,700 patient visits for medical and vision care, performed in-house lab tests valued at more than $74,600, and provided free prescription glasses worth more than $143,500. For more information on the clinic or to find out how you can help, visit http://slonoorfoundation.org or call 439-1797. Pictured is Denise Silva Topham, left, and Kathleen Carlson, right, of the Central Coast Women’s League presenting Dr. Ahmad Nooristani of the SLO Noor Foundation Free Clinic with $12,000 raised during the event.
The San Luis Obispo Wine Country Association recently raised $21,690 for Hospice of San Luis Obispo during its Fund-A-Need portion of its Rockin’ Harvest event. Pictured from left are Herb Stroh (Sinsheimer, Juhnke, McIvor & Stroh), Kris Kington-Barker, (Executive Director, Hospice of SLO), Liz Sommers (Heritage Oaks Bank), Heather Muran (SLO Wine Country), Blythe Conaway (Edna Valley Vineyards) and Paula Dooley (Stephen Ross Wine Cellars) with an honorary check.
Bob Patton of Arroyo Grande was honored at a recent luncheon for his more than 27 years of volunteer service to the San Luis Obispo County AARP Tax-Aide program. Moving to Arroyo Grande in the mid-1980s, Patton was instrumental in establishing and growing the program, which provides free tax return preparation and e-filing services to low- to middle-income and senior households. Patton has been a coach, mentor, instructor and leader to the Tax-Aide program volunteers in addition to preparing and filing hundreds of tax returns himself. His Tax-Aide service tenure is one of the highest in the state. Tax-Aide program volunteers prepared approximately 2,500 returns in 2012 across eight county locations. For more information on the program, call 354-1157 or go to http://www.ccfreetax.org. Pictured is Bob Patton, left, and Jim Claypool, county Tax-Aide district coordinator.
The Five Cities Newcomers organization presented checks to two local volunteer organizations at the Newcomers’ annual holiday luncheon. The Women’s Shelter and Hospice San Luis Obispo Pet Peace of Mind each received checks and additional donations made by members attending the luncheon. Both organizations were recognized by Newcomers’ President Lori Hays for the vital contributions they make to local communities. Picutred is Kris Kington-Barker of San Luis Obispo Hospice Pet Peace of Mind accepting a donation from Five Cities Newcomers.
Blades on Ice, a seasonal ice skating rink in Atascadero founded by Derek Ehinger, recently donated $1,000 to the San Luis Obispo County Food Bank. Pictured is Ehinger, right, presenting a check to Food Bank Director Carl Hansen.
Former Supervisor Jim Patterson was recently recognized for his leadership in creating a partnership between Atascadero Friends of the Library and San Luis Obispo County that will bring a new library to downtown Atascadero. Pictured are Atascadero Friends of the Library officers Eileen O'Grady, left, and Grenda Ernst, right, presenting former District 5 county Supervisor Jim Patterson with a drawing of the new library.
Golden 1 Credit Union branches throughout the Central Coast, including offices in San Luis Obispo, Atascadero and Paso Robles, collected food and household necessi ties during Golden 1’s annual company-wide food drive. The food and supplies — as well as a check for $5,000 — were donated to the Food Bank of San Luis Obispo County. Pictured is Food Bank of San Luis Obispo County Executive Director, Carl Hansen, left, accepting a donation check from Nancy Garza, right, sales manager for Golden 1 Credit Union, Paso Robles Branch.
Brian Finger is the newest Eagle Scout from Troop 308 in San Luis Obispo. Finger’s brother Kyle and father Troy Finger both previously achieved this rank.
Tom Hollis, who has taught geology and astronomy at Atascadero High School since 1996, recently received the California League of High Schools’ Teacher of the Year award for Region 8. Eight finalists from Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties attended an awards ceremony event at Woodland Hills Country Club. Hollis is scheduled to attend the California League of High School state awards ceremony in March, where he will join the winners from the other 11 regions as they compete for the State Teacher of the Year award.
The Paso Robles A’s, a Model A Ford club, seated its new officers for 2013 at a recent dinner event at the Elks Club Lodge. The gavel was passed by outgoing President Robert Teitsworth to Dave Krill. The car club is a chapter of The Model A Ford Club of America, whose members are Model A enthusiasts. The club meets on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Pioneer Museum. New 2013 officers for the Paso Robles A’s are, from left, Dave Krill, president; Paul Hohman, vice president; Corky Brandenburg, secretary-treasurer; Anna Hohman, newsletter; and Mildred D’Avignon, historian.
The governing board and medical executive committee at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center recently presented a check for $1,500 to the SLO Noor Foundation to assist in funding the county’s only free medical clinic. Both the governing board and medical executive committee voted to make a donation to charity rather than receive a holiday gift from the hospital’s administration this year and chose the SLO Noor Foundation. Pictured is Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center CEO Candy Markwith and Chief of Staff Dr. James Hannah presenting a check to SLO Noor Foundation founder Dr. Ahmed Nooristani, center.
The Puma Aquatic swim team recently presented a check in the amount of $9,000 to the Hearst Cancer Resource Center. The resource center, based at French Hospital Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, provides care and services for cancer patients free of charge. Puma raised the money at the fifth annual Cancer Awareness Swim Meet that was held at Arroyo Grande High School in October. The meet, which was formerly known as the Breast Cancer Awareness meet, has been raising money for the Hearst Cancer Resource Center since 2008. This latest “Big Check” marks a total of $49,000 that Puma has raised for the cause.
The Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County recently held an event recognizing more than 85 staff and volunteers for their dedicated service to the agency. Those recognized for more than 10 years of service included Beth Raub, Danijela Dornan, Mary Cooper, Liz Ochoa, Erika Saunders, Shona Pruitt and Laurie Fiant. Matt Lackie and Penny Chamousis were honored for more than 15 years of service. Also recognized were Clinical Director Mathews Elijah for 20 years of service and Executive Director Marianne Kennedy for 26 years of service. In addition to emergency shelter, case management and counseling services, the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County offers the county’s only free temporary restraining order clinic staffed by pro bono attorneys. It also offers a California Emergency Management Agencyfunded Child Abuse Treatment Program and 10 units of agency-owned transitional housing. To find out more, visit http://www.wspslo.org . Pictured is Executive Director Marianne Kennedy, left, and Clinical Director Mathews Elijah.
Recently installed new officers for the San Luis Obispo Retired Active Men Branch No. 2 are, from left, Jim Kiraly, secretary; Bill Fieldhouse, treasurer; Steve Lumm, president; Bob Woods, past president; and Hank Campbell, president-elect.
The Women in Business Committee of the Atascadero Chamber of Commerce recently held their second annual Holiday Fashion Show at Castoro Cellars. Kelly Long, owner of Kelly’s Casuals in Atascadero, showcased her latest styles in professional, career and casual attire to more than 80 attendees. Models for Kelly’s Casuals are, from left, Jeannie Malik, Dr. Carolyn McGaughey, Sheri VanFleet, owner Kelly Long, Jessica Hamilton, Barbie Butz and Kim Croft.
During Templeton FFA’s Winter Community Service events, students collected 170 lightly used coats for their Clothe the Needy Drive and 83 toys for Toys for Tots. Templeton was recently recognized in the California Association FFA Chapter of the Year report and was ranked 10th in the state.
Members of Quota International of Morro Bay recently donated $500 and Christmas toys while visiting the de Groot Nursing Home in San Luis Obispo. Sjany and Rokus de Groot and their staff care for developmentally disabled children in their homes, giving the children a family setting. Quota is an international service organization, with a special interest in helping disadvantaged women and children. Pictured is Sjany de Groot, left, receiving a check from Quota member Marge Van Beurden, right, for $500 along with Christmas toys for the children.
Cuesta College graduate Jason Wilson, 24, of San Luis Obispo, received Southern California Gas Co.’s annual $1,000 “Energizing Our Future” scholarship from Timothy Mahoney, the company’s public affairs manager for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Wilson, a former resident of West Shore area of Lake Tahoe, earned a liberal arts degree at Cuesta. He is majoring in agriculture business at Cal Poly and just completed his first quarter.
Members of the Central Coast Classic Motorcycle Club recently delivered a check for $2,500 to the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer at a ceremony at McLintock’s restaurant in San Luis Obispo. The check represents some of the proceeds from the club’s October 2012 classic motorcycle show in San Luis Obispo, an annual event that has raised nearly $10,000 for charitable causes since 2009. More than 1,000 people attended this year’s show at the Mountainbrook Community Church grounds where more than 60 classic, vintage and antique motorcycles were on display. For more information about the club, visit http://www .centralcoastclassicmc.com.
In December, Paso Robles resident Trisha Butcher organized a candlelight vigil to honor the lives lost at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. Devra Akin helped with the event. More than 200 people showed up in the rain to pay their respects. The community gathered to share a moment of silence before balloons were released to honor each of the 26 people killed.
The Vons Foundation and their employees awarded a grant of $2,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters to support the agency’s volunteer engagement and youth mentoring activities. Also during a recent holiday party, local photographers from the SLO Camera Club and ProPhoto Camera Club volunteered their time to photograph the partygoers. In addition to images of children engaging in seasonal activities, photographers also captured time less moments of Bigs’ and Littles’ relationships. Pictured: At right, John Nightingale, San Luis Obispo Vons store manager, is presented a check from Anna Boyd-Bucy, left, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sister; Hal Sweasey, board president; and Monique Carlton, board member.
Students of Children’s House Montessori School donated a check for $6,134.73 to the North County Women’s Shelter and Resource Center as part of their Charity Jogathon. Combined, the students ran 374.1 miles. The funds raised support for the center’s art for kids program as well as other necessary services for those in need. Students also sorted canned food and counted tea bags at Loaves & Fishes in Atascadero to be distributed to families in need during the holiday season. Pictured: Cathy Solkshinitz, center, from the North County Women’s Shelter, is presented a check from Korey Dudley, left, owner and director of Children’s House Montessori School; Zack Rubin, kindergartener; Gabriel Pascual; Ellie Kidd, third-grader; and Joshua Bell, first-grader.Cathy Solkshinitz, center, from the North County Women’s Shelter, is presented a check from Korey Dudley, left, owner and director of Children’s House Montessori School; Zack Rubin, kindergartener; Gabriel Pascual; Ellie Kidd, third-grader; and Joshua Bell, first-grader.>
Alex von Dohlen of Paso Robles Boy Scout Troop No. 60 recently completed his Eagle Scout project for Sherwood Dog Park. Alex built two oversized outdoor bulletin boards and also did the fundraising for many of the materials for the project. Dog park organizers plan to use the boards to post announcements for upcoming events, adoptable or lost dog listings, and general news and rules pertaining to park activities. For information about volunteer or donation opportunities, email email@example.com or call 239-4437. Alex and other Scouts worked under the supervision of Larry Miller, vice president of Parks4Pups.
A Toys for Tots Horseshoe Tournament was recently held at the Atascadero Lake Park. Twenty participants collected more than 20 toys and $375 that was donated to the local Kiwanis Club to help those in need during the Christmas season.
Ashton Salas celebrated his eighth birthday at the Atascadero Skate Park and donated all of his gifts to the Toys for Tots holiday toy drive held in December. Normally, individuals donate unwrapped gifts at any local fire station. However, a friend of the Salas family came up with the idea to have a fire engine go to the boy’s party so that Ashton could personally give his gifts to the firefighters. The Atascadero Fire Department responded by sending a fire truck to Ashton’s party. “I have been a firefighter with the Atascadero City Fire Department for over 25 years and have never experienced such a giving spirit in a child,” paramedic and fire Capt. Scott Satterthwaite said. Pictured is Satterthwaite thanking Ashton for his donation.
Kennedy Club Fitness recently donated $3,000 to the American Heart Association. The funds were raised during two membership drives in 2012. The first was AHA North County Heart Walk at Pear Valley Vineyards in Paso Robles. The second was the AHA Heart Walk on the Bob Jones Trail in Avila Beach. “This past October, Kennedy Club Fitness celebrated our 31st anniversary. It seemed more than fitting to partner up with the American Heart Association, working together to make a healthier San Luis Obispo County,” said Kennedy Club Fitness CEO Kevin Kennedy. Pictured are Barb Kennedy, left, and Kevin Kennedy, right, presenting the donation to Emily Reneau of the American Heart Association.
St. Barnabas Thrift Shop in Arroyo Grande recently donated $785 to Captive Hearts. With its office in Grover Beach, Captive Hearts ministers to women in jail and to women who have returned to life outside jail. Pictured is Captive Hearts Chaplain Judy Bowen receiving a donation from St. Barnabas Thrift Shop volunteers Arlene Fuller, left, and Judy Burdick, right.
Hayden Bye, a Cub Scout in Arroyo Grande’s Pack 425, sold more than $6,000 in popcorn for this year’s Cub Scouts annual fundraiser. His pack sold $21,000 in popcorn. Seventy percent of popcorn sales go to support local scouting.
Alpha Gamma Sigma, Cuesta College’s academic society and service organization, recently honored 10 veteran instructors at its second annual Teacher Appreciation Night. From left, Silvio Favoreto; Wei Xu, ICC representative; Carolyn Weyel; Kathryn Zipperian; Robert Schwennicke; Nicholas Trujillo, Alpha Gamma Sigma chapter president; Anthony Koeninger; Cuesta College Superintendent and President Gil Stork; Roland Finger; Petra Clayton; and Peggy Wright. Not pictured are Jim West and John Fetcho.
A gingerbread castle made by Cal Poly food and nutrition students — from left, Beatrice Lunday, Lindsey Ngo, Sara Adams and Simon Zhao — was donated to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, where it was displayed through December. They spent 22 hours baking and assembling the castle, which used 35 pounds of gingerbread and 15 pounds of icing.
From left, Madge Morningstar, Anna Boyd-Bucy, Janine Kakishita and Sarah Rudd-Lawlor of Big Brothers Big Sisters receive a check from Tim Mahoney of Southern California Gas Co. The company awarded a grant of $7,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters in support of the agency’s school-based mentoring programs.
The Nipomo Lions Club recently donated $2,400 to Project Lifesaver of San Luis Obispo County, a partnership of the Sheriff’s Office, the Lions and Senior Volunteer Services. The mission for Project Lifesaver is to provide rapid response to save lives and reduce potential for serious injury to adults and children who wander because of Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other related cognitive conditions. Pictured is Diane Mairorana of Senior Volunteer Services accepting the donation of $2,400 from Bob McGill, Nipomo Lions Club Project Lifesaver chairman.
From left, Madge Morningstar, Anna Boyd-Bucy, Janine Kakishita and Sarah Rudd-Lawlor of Big Brothers Big Sisters receive a check from Tim Mahoney of Southern California Gas Company. The company awarded a grant of $7,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters in support of the agency’s school-based mentoring programs.
Larry Olsen, the Master of Atascadero Masonic Lodge No. 493, recently awarded this year’s Hiram Award — the highest honor that can be bestowed on a brother by the lodge — to Fidel Arangorin. The award was given in recognition of his service to the community and Masonry. It is a tribute to Masons who have devoted themselves, their time and their talent to become a beacon to others. Pictured is Arangorin, left, receiving the Hiram Award from Olsen.
Local American Paint Horse Association novice amateur competitor Nicole Beaver of Atascadero captured a world championship title at the 2012 APHA World Championship Paint Horse Show held recently in Fort Worth, Texas. Beaver claimed the championship in Novice Amateur Hunter Under Saddle showing All The Way Fancy, a 2007 mare owned by the rider. In the class, riders are judged on their ability to control and guide their horse while maintaining correct posture and accurately completing the course.
Alex Martin of Crush Catering in Paso Robles, center, is the recent winner of the Wellness Kitchen and Resource Center’s first Top Chef Cook-off competition. From left, friends and WKRC board members with Martin at the fundraiser are Johanna Friedrichsen, Millie Drum, Nancy Walker, Nick Mattson, Hayley Mattson, Bob Friedrichsen, Debi Goddard and Scott Benedict.
PG&E recently awarded $15,000 to San Luis Obispo Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to fund nonprofit organizations that provide emergency services. SLO VOAD members, from left, Serena Martinez, Woods Humane Society; Barry VanderKelen, San Luis Obispo Community Foundation; Rick London, United Way of San Luis Obispo County; Ron Alsop, county Office of Emergency Services; Natalie Schafer, PG&E; Grace McIntosh, Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo; Marie Brinkmeyer, Senior Volunteer Services Inc./RSVP; and Carl Hansen and Megan Chicoine, Food Bank Coalition of SLO County.
Nathan Santos, a 2010 graduate of Morro Bay High School, recently traveled to Indianapolis to receive the American FFA Degree. This is the highest degree that can be awarded in the FFA, something only about one-half of 1 percent of the 550,000 members nationwide usually achieves, according to his adviser, Linda Todd. Students must have earned or invested at least $7,500 and put in at least 1,500 hours on their supervised agriculture experience projects, along with other requirements. Nathan is the son of Tony and Natalie Santos of Los Osos and attends Cuesta College. Pictured is Todd and Santos.
Central Coast Quota recently presented a check for $250 to the Maxine Lewis Homeless Shelter at the recent Needs and Wishes fundraiser in Los Osos. The club was also in charge of Rudolph’s Kitchen, serving hamburgers, hot dogs and homemade soup to those attending the annual event.
Current and new volunteer members for 2013 on the San Luis Obispo County Commission on Aging include: front row, from left, Marilyn Hamilton, Deborah Bayles, Margaret Ensminger, Anita Shower, Diane Maiorano and Myra Lathrop; back row, Kelley Sexton, Alice York, Cindy Deibert, Marie Pounders, Carol Schmidt, Kathleen Bellefontaine, Mike Suddarth, Dorothy Schlitz, Judy Mishoulam and Maryanne Zarycka. Not shown are Elias Nimeh, Jo Dennison and Julie Macedo. The commission provides a forum for seniors to learn about resources in the county that enhance their quality of life and a place to express their concerns.
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Natalie Sada, 13, of San Luis Obispo recently raised donations for Jack’s Helping Hand, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the families of children with special needs. She organized a series of bake sales, which she organized and held at various events at Congregation Beth David where she and her family attend. Donations from congregants totaled $600. She then contributed some of her own money - — gifts she received at her Bat Mitzvah — for a total donation of $1,394.
Students at Coastal Christian School recently filled 283 shoeboxes with gifts as an expression of love for children in need. The gift boxes were sent to Samaritan’s Purse, an international organization whose project, Operation Christmas Child, helps children in crisis situations all over the world. In addition, CCS students raised $1,600 through a coin drive to pay for the shipping costs.
From left, Chelsea Lang, Phil Lang (owner of Bon Temps restaurant in San Luis Obispo) and Vic Vacanti prepared a ham feast for People’s Kitchen to serve Thanksgiving Day at the Prado Day Center, which fed more than 100 people.
Girl Scout Troops No. 70452 and No. 40215 recently packaged shoeboxes with gifts inside, such as school supplies and socks, to send to children around the world as part of Operation Christmas Child. Pictured from left; front row, Holyn Sylvester, Aeven Sylvester, Remy Campbell and Makenna Siebenlist; back row, Makenna Osterfeld, Taylor Freitas and Andrea Finn.
The Central Coast Music Teachers Association recently held its 23rd annual CAPMT Piano Auditions. Front row, from left, Jessa Lebens, Bekah Hahn, Keara McCall and Ellie McCall; back row, Michael Mucciacito, Sadie Mae Mace and Samantha Mucciacito were participants in the program. They are all students of Deborah Lagomarsino of Paso Robles.
Alex von Dohlen and Alex Cushing of Paso Robles Boy Scout Troop 60 recently earned Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout. Von Dohlen constructed a community bulletin board at the new Sherwood Dog Park for his Eagle Scout project. Constructed of powder-coated galvanized steel and equipped with sturdy acrylic doors, it will serve as a central communications spot for dog parkrelated news and announcements. Cushing created a permanent display at the Pioneer Museum depicting and honoring the volunteer firemen of Paso Robles. It took a group of 11 Boy Scouts to accomplish his project, which took 100 man-hours.
Alex von Dohlen and Alex Cushing of Paso Robles Boy Scout Troop 60 recently earned Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout. Von Dohlen constructed a community bulletin board at the new Sherwood Dog Park for his Eagle Scout project. Constructed of powder-coated galvanized steel and equipped with sturdy acrylic doors, it will serve as a central communications spot for dog parkrelated news and announcements. Cushing created a permanent display at the Pioneer Museum depicting and honoring the volunteer firemen of Paso Robles. It took a group of 11 Boy Scouts to accomplish his project, which took 100 man-hours.
Loren Leidinger of the Red Cross, left, was recently presented a donation of $1,685 by Nora Zakaria, center, and Liesl Eibschutz from the Community and Social Relations Committee of San Luis Obispo High School’s Associated Student Body. Students at the high school raised the money for victims of Superstorm Sandy and gave it to the American Red Cross. The fundraiser was organized by the Associated Student Body.
One hundred and two students from Children’s House Montessori School in Atascadero ran 374.1 miles recently in their Third Annual Charity Jogathon to raise money for the North County Women’s Shelter. The joggers — preschoolers to sixth-graders — ran laps in the rain to show their dedication to providing support to those in the community less fortunate than themselves. The lead joggers were Joshua Bell, a first-grader who ran 7 miles, followed closely by Ellie Kidd, a third-grader who ran 6.8 miles in the hour.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County recently entered into a new community services partnership with the Kappa Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Pi. The Cal Poly co-ed business fraternity has a history of supporting the agency and expanding the fraternity’s impact on youth mentoring. For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County, go to www.slobigs.org
At a recent Creston 4-H meeting, members brought 20 bags of canned and boxed food for Loaves and Fishes to help feed those in need over the holidays.
The Los Osos Rotary recently donated $750 to the Baywood Elementary School PTA for the sixth-grade trip. From left, Rotarians Jim Quesenberry, Leslie Kasanoff and Keith Hanan present the check to Jennifer Dinielli, principal, and Shelly Joller, PTA president.
The San Luis Obispo County P.E.O. Reciprocity Bureau has installed new officers for 2012-13. They are, from left, Kay Emmons, secretary; Heidi Green, vice president; Joan Burgess, president; and Ann Little, treasurer. P.E.O. is an international philanthropic organization that promotes education for women.
Members of the Estrella 4-H recently hosted their annual Halloween party for residents of the Vineyard Health Center as part of their ongoing community service activities.
The Paso Robles Library Foundation was recently presented with a donation of $2,500 from Wells Fargo Bank. From left, Julie Dahlen of the Paso Robles Library and Kate Morgans of the foundation receive the check from Bridget Eitel of Wells Fargo Bank. The donation will be used to enhance the library’s audiovisual collection, including books on CD, music CDs and DVDs.
Steve Harding of Rabobank, left, presents a $10,000 check to Jim Black, executive director of the San Luis Obispo Symphony, at the symphony’s Free Dress Rehearsal in November. Rabobank has been a supporter of the symphony and its music education programs for more than a decade.
The San Luis Obispo County Community Foundation recently presented its sixth annual Isabel P. Ruiz Humanitarian Award to Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Executive Director Jeanette Duncan. The award recognizes a local individual for outstanding efforts in advocacy and caring for local people in San Luis Obispo County. Duncan’s community advocacy spans 42 years and counting. Under her leadership, many programs have been developed that benefit youths, low-income families, farmworkers, seniors and the homeless. Pictured are Jeanette Duncan, center. With her are David Ruiz, left, and Napoleon Ruiz, Isabel Ruiz’s son and husband, respectively.
Salvador Villanueva, left, and Agus Tio, recently received $3,000 for the Leading Edge 2011-2012 Design Competition. The second-year Cuesta College architecture students competed in the category for third- and fourth-year and graduate students. In addition, Cuesta’s architecture program will receive $1,500.
The congregation at Ohr Tzafon recently held a canned food drive and raised 369 pounds of food for the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County. They delivered the food and toured the food bank warehouse. In addition, the congregation volunteered with GleanSLO, a program of the Food Bank Coalition, which collects and distributes leftover produce to the hungry. They collected apples from an orchard, which were taken to the food bank. Pictured are Congregation Ohr Tzafon volunteers, from left, Grace Mundee, Zac Sidders, Orion Mansberg, Eshley Freed-Doerr, Lia Freed-Doerr, Drew Daner and Haddie Daner with food donated to the Food Bank Coalition.
To improve their abilities to recruit and retain volunteers in support of Habitat for Humanity, Lauren Smith and Tyler McKibben, juniors at Mission Prep, recently attended Habitat’s 25th Annual Leadership Conference in Peachtree City, Ga.
Three members of Cal Poly Surfrider club, Scott Doyle, Adam Rianda , and Jon Howard, recently installed three cigarette receptacles at Morro Bay Beach. The 'Butt Biters' were constructed as a result of the club’s recognition of an increasing need to combat cigarette pollution at county beaches. Another member, Philip Chehade, welded four Butt Biters last year and the club plans to place the last receptacle at another county beach in the near future. The receptacles are located at the Morro Rock parking lot; the second is near the parking lot bathrooms; and the third is in the front row of parking in what is known to locals as 'the pit.' Pictured are Adam Rianda, Scott Doyle and Jon Howard.
Longtime Lucia Mar School District educator, Juan José Olivarria, has been chosen as this year’s Grand Marshal of the 46th Annual Holiday Parade to be held on Dec. 1, in Grover Beach.Popularly known as 'Mr. O,' Olivarria has been serving youth on the South Central Coast for over three decades. He earned a master’s degree and teaching credential from Cal Poly and was an educator in the school district for 36 years before retiring recently. His first teaching assignment and also his final assignment as principal, was at Grover Beach Elementary School.
During the Central Coast Railroad Festival held last month, the city of San Luis Obispo was awarded membership in Union Pacific’s Train Town USA Registry. At the presentation were, from left, Lindsey Miller of the Chamber of Commerce; Liisa Lawson Stark of the Union Pacific Railroad; Brad LaRose, SLO Railroad Museum president; SLO Mayor Jan Marx; SLO City Councilman Dan Carpenter; and Curtis Reinhardt, director of the Central Coast Railroad Festival.
The Nipomo Lions recently donated $3,000 to the Nipomo Food Basket, which serves 150 families weekly. The Nipomo Lions have supported the Food Basket since its inception with financial donations and holiday food drives. In addition, the club also donated $1,000 to the Five Cities Christian Women’s Emergency Food Ministry. Pictured are club members Lynn McGill, left, and Dan Hall, right, present the check to Gerald Fialho of the Food Basket.
Templeton FFA was named the Reserve National Champion Team in the National FFA Livestock Evaluation Career Development event at the 85th National FFA Convention recently in Indianapolis. The team, comprised of Kayla Hildebrand, Vanessa Soto, Amy Hanks and Kayla Welcher, represented California as the reigning state champions at the event. Team members each received a ranking of Gold at the competition, where they competed against teams representing 43 other states from across the nation. Senior Kayla Hildebrand was also named second high individual in the nation. Kayla Welcher, Amy Hanks, Kayla Hildebrand and Vanessa Soto of Templeton FFA were named the Reserve National Champion Team at the National FFA Convention. Pictured are Kayla Welcher, Amy Hanks, Kayla Hildebrand and Vanessa Soto.
Seven sophomore students from FFA’s San Luis Obispo chapter recently represented California in the Parliamentary Procedure national finals hosted by The Society for Agricultural Education Parliamentarians. “After almost eight months of practicing, competing and doing presentations to several local organizations all over San Luis Obispo, the team placed first, making history as the first national champions for this particular contest,” said Anna Bates, the team’s coach. Students must exhibit a strong ability to speak on any given topic while demonstrating their knowledge of Robert’s Rules of Order to conduct an official meeting. Pictured are, back row, from left, coach Anna Bates, Charlie Teaford, Claire Stenger, Kellan Huber, Joelle Lewis and Evan New Schmidt, and front, from left, Avery Martin and Mara Basich Pease.
Arroyo Grande Girl Scout Troop No. 40305 recently participated in Trick or Treat So Others Can Eat. All food collected was donated to the local food bank. Back row, from left are Zoe Doucette, Ashlynn Walker and Breanna Freeman; front row, from left are Taylor York, Kayla Bueno and Kelly Techau.
Elite runner, Norma Thomas recently won first place in her age group in the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.
Eight senior clients and volunteer drivers were treated to a Wine and Dine feast at McPhee’s Grill in Templeton. The five-course meal and wines were donated by Ian McPhee to the Senior Nutrition Program of SLO County.
Jannelle Watson, a 2008 graduate of Paso Robles High School, recently graduated with honors; earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Irvine. She was also inducted into the International Honor Society in social sciences, Pi Gamma Mu, California Pi Chapter at the university. Watson is participating in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Emerging Leaders Internship Program in Washington, D.C. She is the daughter of Lonnie and Janice Griffin Watson Sr. of Paso Robles.
Members of the Templeton FFA chapter recently attended the 2012 South Coast Region FFA, Chapter Officer Leadership Conference where they were named Sectional Chapter of the Year. More than 275 students attended workshops and participated in activities to promote agriculture literacy in their schools and to make a positive impact on their communities. Pictured are, from left, Vanessa Soto, Louis Lindsey, Anna Hinrichs, Ally Reich, Corryn LaRue and Chance Scantlin pose with their trophy.
Five businesses and one organization dedicated to saving energy and reducing waste were honored recently with Green Awards by the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce.
At a recent council meeting the Atascadero City Council honored city employees for their years of service. From left, Charles Dickey, Matt Chesson, Councilman Jerry Clay, Mark Russo, Linda Horjesi, Ellen Perkins, Marcia Torgerson, Mayor Pro-Tem Tom O’Malley, Mayor Bob Kelley, Lisa Cava, City Administrator Wade McKinney, Councilwoman Roberta Fonzi, Councilman Brian Sturtevant.
Students, conductors and coaches of the San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony, now in its 48th year, recently returned to San Luis Obispo High School for their first rehearsal of the 2012-13 season. Sponsors for the new season include Pamela Dassenko, DDS; Susan Polk Insurance Agency Inc.; and the SLO City News. Annually, the San Luis Obispo Symphony awards more than $20,000 in scholarships to eligible students in the Youth Symphony and Strings in the Schools programs, according to an email from the symphony. For more information, call 543-3533 or visit http://www.slosymphony.com. Pictured are Rachel Odom, left, Grace Price, Anastasia Preston and Amy Sze, who attended rehearsal with their San Luis Obispo Youth Symphony coach, Tanya Streder.
Dee Torres, center, director of homeless services, Community Action Partnership, receives a $745 donation from St. Barnabas Thrift Store in Arroyo Grande. Presenting the check is Miegs Ingham, left, and Marilyn Nelson, both volunteers at the store.
Brownie Troop No. 40215, from left, Makenna Osterfeld, Remy Campbell, Makenna Siebenlist and Emmersen Hill recently earned patches at the Society of Women Engineers Girls Scout Day at Cal Poly. Not pictured is Andrea Finn.
From left, Randy Allen of Rand Productions, Carol and Mike Talon of Cold Stone Creamery, Mary Hicks of Total Look Salon, and Greg Malik of Greg Malik Real Estate were recently honored as business founders at a reception hosted by Bill and Linda McFarlen. The business founders donated $1,000 each to help support the mission of the Open the Doors fundraising efforts for the new Atascadero Library.
The Paso Robles Rotary and Elks clubs recently donated more than 300 books and passed them out to third-graders in the Paso Robles Unified School District. Both clubs tied their donation to a national program, The Dictionary Project, whose goal is to provide third-graders with their own personal dictionaries and to promote literacy. Pictured is Traci Dunn of the Paso Robles Rotary Club passes out free dictionaries to third-grade students at Pat Butler Elementary School in Paso Robles.
San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge No. 322 recently hosted an Operation Surf dinner for 17 soldiers — nine were British, eight were Americans — who sustained amputation injuries. The dinner was to thank them for their service in Afghanistan. One hundred eighty people attended the event including staff and volunteers from Amazing Surf Adventures. All money received from ticket sales were donated to help cover the costs of their surfing clinic. Each soldier received a goody bag and a handmade quilt sewn by local women. Pictured is one of the 17 quilts made locally and donated to soldiers.
Joan Bloomfield, the children’s librarian at the Atascadero Library, reads to kids and parents during Jumpstart’s Read for the Record day. The San Luis Obispo County Library system recently participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record, a national campaign held one day of the year to celebrate literacy and promote early childhood education. County libraries contributed to the campaign, which provides books for low-income neighborhoods. Participating libraries included San Luis Obispo, Atascadero, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Cayucos, Santa Margarita and Oceano.
Doc Burnstein's Ice Cream Lab recently awarded $4,500 in scholarships to three of its employees, following its seventh annual Scholarship Day. From left, Greg Steinberger of Doc Burnstein’s awards Sierra Duarte, Deicy Trejo and Casey Storton with a check of the money raised from all sales on that day.
Mimi Stange, 17, recently won first place and best of show at the Morro Bay Art Association Scholarship Art Show. She is shown here with her winning series of pencil drawings called 'If I Only Had a Heart.' The show was an opportunity for local students to display their art and receive positive critique and validation for their work. There were more than 100 entries, which included students from several local high schools and Cuesta College.
Joseph Souza of Atascadero recently donated 15 hours designing, building, and installing new headlights, blinkers and blue neon on the front end of the Hudson Hornet car that is displayed at Studios on the Park art studios and gallery in Paso Robles. The front end was also at one time displayed at Hudson’s Grill restaurant in San Luis Obispo and was donated to Studios on the Park by Laurie and Rob Rossi, according to an email from the studio. The building that houses the studios was the Reinke Hudson Packard Dealership, which opened in 1938.
Soroptimist International of San Luis Obispo celebrated its Founder’s Day by donating 30 bags of groceries and cleaning supplies to women and children in the homeless community. The gift was made to Della Wagner, manager of the Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter, center, by club members Diane Eeckhout, left, and Barbara Farber, right.
First California Bank recently presented Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County with $2,000 for the agency’s youth mentoring programs. Presenting the donation are Jonna Phillips of First California Bank, second from right, and from left, Big Brothers Big Sisters board members Paul White (also of First California Bank) and Jim Hamari, Big Brothers Big Sisters executive director Anna Boyd-Bucy, and Big Brothers Big Sisters board member Hal Sweasey.
New CASA volunteers were recently sworn in by Juvenile Court Judge Linda Hurst, include, front row, from left, Betty Mertens, of Atascadero; George White and Cynthia Concha of Paso Robles; back row, Laura O’Melvaney of San Luis Obispo; and Heather Lewis and Janet Knight Morales of Atascadero. The volunteers received their training in Atascadero and will serve abused and neglected children in North County. Each volunteer completed a screening and background check and received 30 hours of training.
The Atascadero Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee recently awarded its annual scholarships and two Joanne Main Memorial Scholarships — new this year — to six women advancing their educational goals. Recipients for 2012 are Alexis Aguirre, Marissa Bloom, Brittany Davis, Ellen Davis, Mary Firpo and Trace Hollinger. The scholarships were funded through raffles at Women in Business luncheons and by a grant from the Joanne Main Memorial Foundation. For more information, call 466-2044. Pictured are Ellen Davis, second from left, who is presented with a scholarship by Atascadero Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Scholarship Committee members, from left, Marguerite Pulley, Jessica Main and Katy Deshotels-Moore.
Since 2011, K-Jon’s Fine Jewelers has been donating all proceeds from its ear-piercing service to the Food Bank Coalition. So far, the money donated has provided 15 tons of food. From left, Pam Maxvill, Mary Sherwin and Stan Sherwin of K-Jon present a check to Carl Hansen, second from left, of the Food Bank.
The Central Coast Women’s Tennis League held its annual luncheon at the Spanish Oaks Ranch in Santa Margarita. The fundraiser, which featured wine tasting and a silent auction, raised $2,106 for CASA of San Luis Obispo County and was attended by 200 members. CASA provides courtappointed special advocates for children. Pictured at the donation presentation are, from left, Frances Wheeler, Barbara Lehmann Charisse, Jan Lynch, Cathy Orton of CASA, Beverly Detty, Deb Wesch, Jan Dallons, Karen Duncan and Dana Davis of the Templeton Tennis Ranch A team.
The Cayucos Garden Club recently installed new officers who will govern the club from 2012 through 2014. Pictured in front, center, Sandy Alverson, co-vice president. and from left, Ronda Hon, co-treasurer, Margaret Bretz, parliamentarian, Teri Gagne, secretary, Bonnie Little, co-vice president. and Pat Moon, president. Not pictured are Bonnie Lewis, co-treasurer and Elisa Kiesewetter, co-vice president.
The Optimist Club of Paso Robles recently held its Kids Fishing Derby at Santa Margarita Lake. Twenty-nine youths, all younger than 15 from throughout San Luis Obispo County, competed for the grand prize, chosen from a large selection of new rods, reels, tackle boxes and assorted fishing tackle. At the final weigh-in, the biggest fish, a 24-ounce bluegill, was caught by Jayden Dyer, 9, of Atascadero. Second place, a 13-ounce bluegill, was caught by Oliver Everett, 6, of Pismo Beach. Heaviest stringer was caught by Zechariah and Elijah Ecret, 8 and 6, respectively, of Santa Margarita. Their combined effort included several small bass and a couple bluegills. The event included a barbecue lunch and a kids raffle for the remaining prizes provided by the Optimist Club. The Optimist Kids Fishing Derby is a triannual event in the North County. Pictured is Jayden Dyer with the biggest fish, a 24-ounce bluegill.
New Frontiers employees, Steve Domingues, left, and Dusty Colyer present a donation to Pam Hurt, second from left, and Lisa Callaway of the Central Coast Kidney Dialysis/Organ Transplant Support Group.
Tom von Dohlen and Jacob Wright of Paso Robles Boy Scout Troop 60 recently earned Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle Scout. Jacob’s Eagle project was to construct compost bins for students to use in their garden plots at Trinity Lutheran School, where he attends. The redwood bins with removable screen lids took 103.5 hours to complete, including planning, construction and report writing. He was assisted by fellow Scouts Dan Callahan, Steven Preston, Andrew McGuffin and Graham Farrell. Tom’s Eagle project helped the Paso Robles Pioneer Museum by rebuilding the work benches used in the tractor barn. Tom led a team of 20 Scouts in building a wall and benches for repairing old farm equipment and a place to store tools used by volunteers at the museum.
Christina Grimm, left, is welcomed as a new member of the Kiwanis Club of Bay-Osos by fellow members and parents Cheri and Joe Grimm with member and grandmother Deanna Flanagan, front. Christina Grimm became a third-generation member of the club.
The Nipomo Lions Club recently donated $1,000 to the Nipomo Youth Coalition, which benefits various youth programs and children and families in need in the Nipomo community. The resource center in Nipomo is based at Dana School, which is open to all people in need whether affiliated with the school or not. For more information, call 473-5560. Pictured is Mary Squellati, left, site coordinator for the Nipomo Family Resource Center, accepting a donation from Lynn McGill, president of the Nipomo Lions Club.
From left, Atascadero City Council members Brian Sturtevant and Roberta Fonzi, Mayor Bob Kelley and Mayor Pro Tem Tom O’Malley at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on recently repaved Atascadero Avenue.
The Women’s Guild of St. Timothy’s Catholic Church of Morro Bay recently awarded six $500 scholarships to participants chosen for their personal connection and involvement with St. Timothy’s church, community activities, organizational memberships and academic and nonacademic gifts. This year’s recipients are, from left, Katherine Lockwood, Diana Tabarez, Joseph Repucci, Shannon McClish and Kristof Law, aswell as Mary Hwass-Hay, not pictured.
Jason Klumpp, an Arroyo Grande High School graduate, (left) has been honored with a merit award given by Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield (right). The award was created to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated exemplary school citizenship, volunteerism, community service, involvement in extracurricular activities and leadership skills, and have earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Klumpp will attend Stanford University in the fall.
Members of the Sierra de Santa Lucia Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames 17th Century donated funds to cover and protect county tax assessment books at the History Center of San Luis Obispo County. From left, Erin Newman of the History Center and Colonial Dames members Lila Bhuta, Mary Bhuta, Cleone Van Westen, Denise Mortorff and Bonnie Valko.
Four local high school students recently traveled to Steamboat Springs, Colo., to contribute to Habitat for Humanity’s project of building a duplex for two Colorado families, including one for an active service member. Clockwise, from top left, Scott Creel, Tyler McKibben, Lauren Smith and Akasha Greff.
Pete Gallagher, left, and Helen Summerfield, right, of the The Italian Catholic Federation Branch 291 presented scholarships to, from left, Brittany Chartier, Kate Ottrando, Melanie Hendrickson and Tamara Hansen.
Gene Berban of the local tri-county unit of the California Trucking Association presents a $200 gift certificate to United Way volunteer Elizabeth McGregor for the United Way Stuff the Bus campaign held recently at Office Max in Arroyo Grande. The campaign is a school supply drive supporting schools and teachers.
Kiwanis Club of Bay-Osos awarded $1,000 in scholarships to recent Morro Bay High School graduates, from left, Carson Szarek, Jordan Martinez, and Isaac Wilkie at a recent club lunch in Los Osos.
Richard Moore and Gladys Bird were recently honored as Man of the Year and Rotarian of the Year, respectively, by the Cayucos Rotary Club.
Jeannette Tosh, a nurse at Twin Cities Community Hospital since 2003 and a certified infection-control and epidemiology specialist , was selected to present her studies on Valley fever by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology at its annual educational conference, held recently in San Antonio, Texas. Her report, co-authored by epidemiologist Ann McDowell, stemmed from years of researching and documenting the disease. It also featured maps and demographic information of cases in San Luis Obispo County. According to Tosh, Valley fever is the third most commonly reported disease in the county.
The Rotary Club of Nipomo recently awarded $7,000 in scholarships to recent graduates, from left, Melinda Marchiano, Kirk Wilenius, Jenna MacCarley, Mandy Liu, Sierra Dunn and Mikayla Blanchard of Nipomo High School and Elizabeth Spence of Family Partnership Charter School.
Employees from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and Diablo Canyon Power Plant recently raised $15,000 to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. More than 160 Pacific Gas and Electric employees, plant vendors and volunteers took part in the 15th annual Nuclear Challenge Golf Tournament at Monarch Dunes in Nipomo.
The newly elected board of directors for the Retired Active Men’s Association include, from left, front row, Richard Roberts, Doc Lassanske and Adrian Hurtado; and from left, back row, Chet Thomas, John Stilwell, Frank Mackie, Bill Benz, Dan Gaddis and Don Morris.
Donna Loper, left, director of pediatrics and NICU at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, accepts a donation of nearly two dozen blankets handmade by Nalani Haueter, 16, center, and Justine Potter, 15. They recently completed their Emerald Star community service project for the Los Osos 4-H Club by making 125 children’s blankets, a number of which they donated to ill children at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. The blankets, which took the Morro Bay girls more than six months to complete, were funded in part by a 4-H Revolution of Responsibility grant with additional financial assistance from other 4-H clubs throughout the county and Rotary.
Recent San Luis Obispo High School graduate Katherine Miller was selected for and attended the California Youth Leadership Forum for students with disabilities held in July in Sacramento. Miller joined 58 other California delegates for the five-day forum, completing achievementoriented activities in preparation for challenges of leadership in the future. Miller has a learning disability that affects her reading and comprehension. Like many forum delegates, her goal is to work for the rights of the disabled.
Cuesta College student Simon Rowe of San Luis Obispo won a bronze medal at the annual SkillsUSA conference held recently in Kansas City, Mo. Cuesta College sent a team of six students and five faculty members to the conference, which attracted more than 5,600 career and technical education students — all state contest winners — who participated in hands-on competitions in 94 trade, technical and leadership fields.
Seventeen young readers recently completed the Summer Reading Program offered by the Grover Beach Community Library. Participants in first through eighth grades were required to read a minimum of six books during the course of the summer program. Out of the 167 books the students read collectively, fifth-grader Ciarra Baches read 23 books; second-grader Ruby Padilla read 17 books; and first-grader Paul Green read 13 books — all record-setting accomplishments, according to program director Barbara Nicolls.
San Luis Obispo FFA member Karaline Bridgeford, left, and Edna 4-H member AnnaSara Bridgeford won Grand Champion and Reserve Champion respectively in the broiler pen competition at the Mid-State Fair. The sisters are students at San Luis Obispo High School. Pictured with them is judge Don Barger.
Members and friends of the Atascadero High School show choir recently performed with the rock band Foreigner for the encore performance of ‘I Want to Know What Love Is’ at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga. They also sold CDs before the show, with proceeds benefitting the Grammy Foundation to keep music in schools.
Ian Howell recently donated his Eagle Scout project to Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos. Howell built a 19th century replica of a carreta, a two-wheeled wagon used by missions and ranchos. He modeled the carreta after one he saw at La Purisima Mission. Howell, a recent graduate of Nipomo High School, built the carreta in three months using reclaimed wood he received from his father, Jim Howell, and locust branches from friend Jason Tidalgo. “I wanted to pay back the community that I grew up in that taught me so many valuable life skills and some early American history, too,” he said.
Santa Margarita School’s Learning Among the Oaks Program Director Beverly Gingg, second from right, traveled to Sacramento with conservation students, from left, Nathan Sharon, Carson Ogburn and Emma John. They are pictured outside the governor’s office. They presented the 2005-2011 LATO program accomplishments at the California Wildlife Conservation Board’s recent meeting.
Greg Hind, second from left, made a donation to the Atascadero Kiwanis Club for their bandstand restoration project. Kiwanis Club members, from left, Ann Hatch, Lon Allan, Ronda Almodova and Pat Lynch were at the presentation. The local service organization has been collecting funds for the past two years to rebuild the old bandstand in Atascadero Lake Park. They will dedicate it to Atascadero for the city’s 100th birthday celebration in 2013.
Cub Scout Pack 100 recently celebrated its rechartering, which was sponsored by the Paso Robles Optimist Club. Optimist Club members, adult leaders and Scouts are pictured at the celebration.
The Pismo Beach/Five Cities Rotary Club recently elected Gary Bayus to serve as president of the club. Bayus has been a member for six years and grad uated from the Master Potential Rotary Leader Seminars program. He is managing director of Century 21 Hometown and is also serving a two-year term as president of the California Association of Business Brokers.
San Luis Obispo City Councilman Dan Carpenter, left, is presented with a California Senate Memorial Resolution in memory of his father, Bob Carpenter, a longtime businessman, civic leader and volunteer. State Sen. Sam Blakeslee’s San Luis Obispo district director, Hans Poshman, presented the resolution to Dan Carpenter at a recent council meeting.
Wine barrels donated by J. Lohr Vineyards and retrofitted with airplane parts by YouthWorks Paso Robles, a nonprofit job-training program for local teens, were recently installed at Sherwood Dog Park in Paso Robles. The wine barrels, modified to look like airplanes with wings, propellers and rudders, will serve as flower planters.
Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet recently raised more than $1,800 at a car wash fundraiser held in Arroyo Grande. CCYB is a nonprofit ballet company located in Grover Beach. Funds from the car wash will be used for CCYB’s annual ballet production of “Babes in Toyland” to be held at the Clark Center in December. Participating in the Coastal Chamber Youth Ballet’s car wash fundraiser are, from left, CCYB Artistic Director Molly McKiernan and dancers Kira Smith, Olivia Essen, Sonja Waitkus and Ava Auerbach.
The Five Cities 10U Eagles Gold Girls’ fast pitch softball team recently earned a trip to San Diego to play in the Junior Olympic State Championship Central California by finishing second in the Central California ASA Girls’ fast pitch “C” championship tournament. The team is comprised of 10- and 11-year-old girls from elementary schools in the Five Cities area.
Kelly Wilson of San Luis Obispo was awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the San Luis Obispo branch of the American Association of University Women. Wilson completed two years at Cuesta College and plans to transfer to UC Berkeley this fall.
Friends of the Mission recently held their Wine Experiencia fundraiser at Old Mission San Miguel and raised money for continuing restoration and retrofitting of the mission. An additional $2,000 was raised after this photo was taken, bringing the total to $55,000. Presenting the check to the Rev. Larry Gosslin is event chair Raynette Gregory.
Paso Robles High School’s SkillsUSA National Team, first row, from left, Mark Wilde, Dan Hipp, Jessica Yoshida and Matt Camou, second row, Camille Andrus, Makayla Lamere, Sierra Mosely and Hannah Martinez, back row, Austin Brown-Silva, Carson Gorman, Max Blanton and Ryan Scholl recently competed and the SkillsUSA annual conference. Not pictured is Noah Yoshida and Grace Stokes.
Dr. Ahmad Nooristani, second from right, of the SLO Noor Foundation accepts the Innovation Award from United Way. At the presentation were, from left, Rick London of United Way, Don Maruska of Don Maruska & Company Inc., Liz Maruska; Liz Alflen of IQMS, and Erik Justesen of RRM Design Group.
Chris Brown, dean of students at San Luis Obispo High School, presents a check and certificate to recent grad, Madeleine LaVack, winner of the American History Award from the Sierra de Santa Lucia Chapter of the National Society of Colonial Dames XVII Century.
Marina Perry, left, and Amanda Daniels were reining queen and junior queen, respectively, at the recent 88th annual Cayucos Portuguese Celebration.
The Los Osos Valley Garden Club recently installed new officers. From left, outgoing President Barbara Weiss passes the gavel to new President Diane Henderson; Ruth Pimentel, treasurer; Diana Blizzard, co-vice president; and Milly Benson, co-vice president and secretary.
Pismo Beach resident Don Morris, 82, is presented with his three gold medals by California State Senior Games Chairwoman Cynthia Rosedale. He placed first in three basketball shooting events at the California State Senior Games Championships in Pasadena. Morris won the free-throw shooting contest by making 22 of 25 free throws. He shot 50 percent in the three-point shooting contest and won in the one-minute shooting contest.
Kate Morgans, left, and Kitty Hoffman, right, of Plymouth Congregational Church, present a $1,000 donation from the church's endowment fund to Pearl Munak, president of Transitional Food and Shelter. Transitional Food and Shelter provides food and temporary emergency shelter for medically fragile or homeless people with disabilities.
Brothers Bo, left, and Ansel Doub of San Luis Obispo recently earned master’s degrees from UCLA and UC Irvine, respectively. Bo Doub earned a degree in library and information science, and Ansel Doub earned a degree in business administration. They are the sons of Phillip and Mary Doub of San Luis Obispo.
Zoe Murphy, center, with her mother, Diane Murphy, accepts a check from Paso Robles Optimists Club Vice President Chuck Sawyer. The money is to help with costs associated with competing in the National American Miss pageant. The pageant focuses on academics, leadership and interview skills.
The inaugural Golf Ball Drop fundraising event recently presented by firefighters of the Five Cities Fire Authority raised $6,500 for the Firefighters Cancer Support Network and the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation. The firefighters exceeded their goal of 1,000 balls by selling 1,557.
Templeton High School counselor Maria Carroll presents recent Templeton High School graduate Benton Lowerison the American History Award. He received the award and $500 from the Sierra de Santa Lucia Chapter, Colonial Dames 17th Century for his outstanding work. Lowerison will attend Notre Dame University in the fall.
From left, Emily Threlkel, Layla Karimaghayi and, at right, Nick Attala, present Paul Ready of Jack’s Helping Hand with a $2,000 donation from the Penny Wars competition held earlier this year. Jack’s Helping Hand provides support for children with illnesses and disabilities.
Jack Fisher, right, with retired 1st Sgt. James Pickens, who presented Jack with a Commander’s Award certificate from the United States Marine Corps Reserve in recognition of his volunteer service.
Teresa Tardiff, executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates of San Luis Obispo County, with Ashley Mace, who collected more than 400 books.
The Kiwanis Club of Paso Robles 2012 scholarship recipients include, from left, Jacob Talbert, Katherine Wingfield, Emily Cone, Alejandra Mendoza and Jessica Mihelic. Not pictured are Lucia Perez, Reina Santos and Wyatt Bolton.
Solar energy company First Solar recently donated $25,000 to the California Valley Community Services District to help the district reach its goal of creating a recreational park for the community. At the presentation were, back row, from left, Dawn Legg, of First Solar and Tom Ortega and George Ayers of CVSD. Front row, Sharee Washer, Tammy Forrest, Lisa Marrone, and Ruth Legespi of CVSD, and Johnnie Taul of First Solar.
From left, eighth-graders Sabrina Van Beek, Amanda Calmer and Sophie Blanc were selected to go to Tech Trek camp. Tech Trek coordinator Leigh Livick is also pictured. Not pictured is student Gillian Umphenour.
The Cayucos Education Foundation recently sponsored the annual Children's Art Show in conjunction with Cayucos Elementary School's open house. The show was attended by students, parents and members of the community. The foundation provides a bulk of funding for the arts at the school. Cayucos Elementary School eight-grader Emma Suffia displays her winning art. With her is teacher Eric Schofield.
Old Mission School's fourth-grade classes recently raised $550 for Katie's Korner, Jack's Helping Hand's toy lending library in Paso Robles.
Kanani Neel of Nipomo was recently honored with Mesa Middle School's Award of Excellence, which she earned for academic and athletic achievements as well as leadership and citizenship during her two years at the middle school.
Mothers for Peace representative Evy Justesen congratulates the 2012 Mothers for Peace scholarship winners, from left, Eric Brunschwiler, Gemma Garcia and Madelyn Daigle.
Wyatt Hull showing his catch-and-release fish at the annual kids' Adventure Day sponsored by the Arroyo Grande Sportsman's Club in Arroyo Grande. The event is for children ages 8 to 12 who may be foster children, living in single-parent homes, and those who have never had an opportunity to learn about and enjoy the outdoor experience.
Joyce Rabellino of the Atascadero Community Band presents a donation check to ECHO staff members Tillman Moen, Kathie Asdel and Terri Sherwin.
Recent Morro Bay High School graduates, from left, Yoselin Cuevas, Jazmine Franklin and Alyssa Hudson were awarded scholarships from Morro Bay Expo.
The San Luis Obispo County Garbagemen's Association recently donated $2,500 to the Prado Day Center for the homeless in San Luis Obispo. At the presentation were, from left, Thomas Martin of the association, Biz Steinberg of Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County, Adam Hill, county supervisor, Dee Torres, CAPSLO Homeless Services Director, Alex Gough, Friends of Prado Board Member and Mary Matakovich, Friends of Prado board member.
Coastal Christian School students recently participated in their Move-a-thon fundraiser to benefit the school and children in need.
Eighteen students recently graduated from the San Luis Obispo City Fire Department's Community Emergency Response and Training program.
Templeton senior Cody Dye displays his 2012 Grand Champion project, a wood splitter, at the Templeton FFA Support Club Project Auction.
Paso Robles residents William and Ellen Frost, back row, raised a Labrador retriever puppy named Eliza for Guide Dogs for the Blind. The dog, who was matched with Lorna Wilber, left, graduated in a formal ceremony recently. Louis Huismiller, right, of Mountain View is also a volunteer puppy-raiser.
Rachel Bergantzel, 11, of Arroyo Grande has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss California Pageant to be held next week in Santa Clara. She will be competing in the preteen age division. Rachel is the daughter of David and Kathleen Bergantzel of Arroyo Grande.
Larson Patty, a 2012 graduate of San Luis Obispo High School, was recently awarded the Jeff Bryan Memorial 4-H/FFA Scholarship of $500.
The Foundation of the Performing Arts Center recently hosted an open house to celebrate its move to new office space at 550 Dana St. in San Luis Obispo. The San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Rabobank recently donated $1,000 to the Cypress Ridge Women's Golf Club for its Rally for Hope fundraiser to benefit the Arroyo Grande Community Hospital Foundation's breast cancer fund. At the presentation were, front row, from left, Montisa Phelan Lopez of the foundation, Susan Henslin of Rabobank, and golf club members Peggee Davis, Scooter Kidwell, Lynn Dorland and Karen White. Back row, Steve Delgado of Cypress Ridge Golf Course and golf club members Dale Imming and Patti Wright.
Thirty-third District Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian, right, presented the Senior Citizen of the Year Award to George Hinds, a volunteer with the Senior Nutrition Program.
The Nipomo Lions Club recently donated $1,000 to the Nipomo Food Basket. At the presentation are, from left, Food Basket volunteers Chris Lopez and Sandy Stockler, Lions Food Bank Chair Norm Burdick, Food Basket President Leon Leornas, Lions President-Elect Lynn McGill and Food Basket volunteer Sharon Sacchetti.
The San Luis Coastal Teachers Association recently held a retirement reception at the San Luis Obispo Country Club for retiring San Luis Coastal Unified School District teachers and specialists. From left are, back row, Cheryl McLean, Pam Alford, Bruce Badrigian, Mike Guerra, Gary Peters, Marlene Mendes, Susan Belany, Ginny Carr, Suzanne Nichols, Jayne Devencenzi and Elaine Yeo, middle row, Jean Usilton, Debbie Farmer, Laura Brewer, Chris Nunn and Linda Smiley, front row, Ruby Klatt, Naomi Blakely and Ros McQuade.
Volunteers and children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County program line up to participate in a three-legged race at the agency's Volunteer Appreciation Party, funded by the Vons Foundation. The program received a $2,500 grant from the foundation and its employees to support the agency's youth mentoring programs and associated group activities.
The Atascadero branch of the American Association of University Women recently installed its 2012-13 Board of Directors. Pictured from left are Kaye Rasband and Barbara Brogan, newly installed co-presidents, and Marguerite Kelly Pulley, parliamentarian.
The Craft Group from First Christian Church of Morro Bay holds $1,800 in checks made out to local groups, including Hospice Partners, Camp Hapitok, CASA, Maxine Lewis Memorial Shelter for the homeless, Assistance League and the Women’s Shelter Program for San Luis Obispo County. The funds were raised at the group’s annual holiday bazaar. Pictured, from left, are: Pat Mangioni, Eleanor Marchand, Twyla Riley, Betty Rivers, Ethyl Girard and Sue Bigbee.
Courtesy photo Five students from Family Partnership Charter School in Morro Bay recently returned from New York City, where they attended the Montessori Model United Nations conference and visited art museums, the 9/11 Memorial, the Staten Island Ferry, the Statue of Liberty and live theater productions on Broadway, among other enrichment activities. Family Partnership Charter School is a tuition-free public school program serving students from kindergarten through 12th grade in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
Local author and San Luis Obispo native Mike Cowdrey recently spoke at the annual member luncheon for San Luis Obispo Friends of the Library. Having written about horses and bridles of the American Indians, Cowdrey’s presentation focused on the dispersement of horses throughout the North American continent, beginning in the 16th century, and the important social and living changes in the next two centuries.
San Gabriel Elementary School Principal Chris Balogh, left, and third-grade teacher Dennis Eaton make good on their promises to color their hair after the school’s annual fundraiser. Balogh’s hair is “gator green,” the school’s color; because he is a Dodgers fan, Eaton’s hair is colored after his least favorite sports team, the San Francisco Giants.This year's Parent-Teacher Association’s Kick-a-Thon fundraiser brought in more than $31,000 to support school programs, such as field trips, assemblies, and enrichment programs for students.
Six students recently graduated from the University of San Luis Obispo School of Law. From left, they are: Mark Wartena, Stephen Sibbach, Alan Navarre, Jonathan Mankins, John Hosford and Rob Armstrong. The speaker at the commencement ceremony, held on May 11, was retired Kern County Judge John Quinlen. The school is operated in San Luis Obispo by Charles Porter, a retired municipal court judge from Kern County who lives in San Luis Obispo.
Jan Kelly, left, and Susan Hofman, community service representatives for the Central Coast Women’s League, sit with disposable diapers and other baby supplies they and other members of the organization collected during a recently held diaper drive for Womenade in San Luis Obispo. Womenade provides assistance from referrals by local public health nurses in the county.
The San Luis Obispo chapter of the General Hoyt S. Vandenberg Military Order of the World Wars recently honored retired Undersheriff Martin Basti as Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. Pictured from left are: past commander in chief of the military order, retired U.S. Army Col. Jack B. Jones; Capt. Richard Hathcock, former U.S. Army Ranger, presenting the award to Martin Basti. Helping with the presentation is county Sheriff Ian Parkinson and retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Bill Houston.
The Maxine Lewis Homeless Shelter recently received an anonymous gift of $7,500 in memory of Rosemary Julien. As a longtime resident of Mission View Health Center, Rosemary was dedicated to help feed the homeless through the center’s Helping Hands program.Pictured are Della Wagner, manager of the Maxine Lewis Homeless Shelter, left, and Dee Torres, director of homeless services for the Community Action Partnership of SLO County, right, holding an anonymous check for the shelter. Rosemary Julien, who the check is in memory of, is pictured at bottom.
Simply Clear Marketing Inc., the producers of the San Luis Obispo County Health and Fitness Expo’s 5K Run, was pleased to present Community Health Centers Teen Obesity Prevention Program with a $3,300 check at its partnering gym, In Shape City: Santa Maria. The donation was raised with preregistration funds of runners and walkers for the 2012 CHC 5K Run at Madonna Mountain. Pictured are Heather Osgood and Lani Colhouer of Simply Clear Marketing presenting a check to Steve Mahr and Liz Castillejo of Community Health Centers Teen Obesity Prevention Program and the program’s participants.
The Condors B97 Team recently placed first in the Central Coast Soccer Spring League. The team is comprised of local 13-year-old boys from Arroyo Grande, Nipomo, Oceano and Avila Beach, according to the team’s website.
Arroyo Grande High School freshman Maddison Munger has been named queen for District 7 of the California High School Rodeo Association. She will compete in the state finals this month. She will be involved in promoting high school rodeo to students in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, presenting high school rodeo on the radio, carrying sponsor flags and planning for the Mid-State Classic Rodeo.
The Templeton FFA Livestock Judging Team was recently named California State Champions during the 2012 FFA State Finals Field Day held at Cal Poly. Team member Amy Hanks received second high individual in the contest and Kayla Hildebrand was named the high individual overall. The team will represent California at the national contest in Indianapolis in October.From left, team coach Erin Thompson and members Sierra Bryant, Amy Hanks, Kayla Welcher, Vanessa Soto and Kayla Hildebrand.
The General Hospital and Family Care Clinics Charitable Foundation recently donated to the Birth and Baby Resource Network’s midwifery project. Pictured from left are Trina Dart, Tina Pashia Risley, Vita Miller, Terri Woods, Pam Heatherington, Erin Turrentine, Jennifer Stover and Kiwi Ashby.
Atascadero Elks Lodge 2733 recently honored policemen and firefighters at an annual dinner, where 100 public safety personnel and their families ate for free.At the dinner, the Atascadero Elks recognized Caleb Davis as the Police Officer of the Year and Matt Vierra as the Firefighter of the Year.From left are Atascadero police Chief Jerel Haley, Caleb Davis, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Jim Patterson, Hans Poshman from state Sen. Sam Blakeslee’s office, Vicki Janssen from Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian’s office, and Atascadero Mayor and Elks member Bob Kelley.
In no particular order, Atascadero Mayor and Elk member Bob Kelley, San Luis Obispo County Supervisor Jim Patterson, Atascadero fire Chief Kurt Stone, Debbie Arnold from state Sen. Sam Blakeslee’s office and Vicki Janssen from Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian’s office present the Firefighter of the Year award to Matt Vierra, who holds a plaque.
The San Luis Obispo County Retired Teachers awarded 16 scholarships to students in the San Luis Coastal and Lucia Mar school districts. Recipients from the San Luis Coastal Unified School District include: Ellie Morrison, Allison Kirby, Emily MacDonald, Seamus Land, Lauren Harper, Katelyn Guy and Kathryn Lehmkuhl.
At the presentation of the San Luis Obispo County Retired Teachers scholarships were, from left, Betsy Nash, Lucia Mar Unified School District scholarship recipients Kaylie Edgar, Joel Fischbein, Natalie Hagler, Karina Paredes, Christina Grinberg, Cole Holloway and Melinda Marchianol, and Hans Poschman, representative for state Sen. Sam Blakeslee.
San Luis Obispo Brownie Girl Scout Troop 40204 recently painted a rainbow banner on canvas for display on the Kidical Mass rainbow ride. The troop then rode with Kidical Mass to promote bicycle awareness and safety as part of SLO County's bicycle awareness month. Days later, a representative of the troop also carried the flat at a San Luis Obispo High School basketball game.
Ten members of the Friends of Cayucos Library recently celebrated the conclusion of the 2012 Winter Reading Program, "Hot Reads for Cold Nights." Adults were asked to read nine books in assigned genres. Prize winners, from left, were David Riester, Mary Fulton and Jake Rideout.
Burger King recently donated $7,500 to the Family Care Network's annual Miracle Miles for Kids fundraiser, a 10k walk/run from Morro Rock to the Cayucos Pier. The donation provided vital services to local foster and high needs children on the Central Coast. Pictured are Jamie Baker, left, of the Family Care Network, and Mike Humerian of Burger King.
Members of the Elks and Optimist Club meet with Templeton Elementary School students to accept a donation from students. Chele Hatfield’s class collected their pennies, nickels and dimes, spent their lunch periods counting and wrapping the coins, and donated them to be used for programs in the North County.
Pictured are citizen volunteers who were recently honored at the Phi Delta Kappa Lay Citizen’s Luncheon. In no particular order, they include Julie Ashworth, honored by the Cayucos Elementary School District; Stephanie Faulk and Elijah Dobrusin, Santa Maria Bonita School District; Christopher Gutierrez, Coast Unified School District; Liz Krieger, San Luis Coastal School District; Melissa Johnson, Templeton Unified School District; Jana Pruett, Lucia Mar Unified School District; Steve Ripple, Cuesta Community College; Linda Sainz, San Luis County Office of Education Alternative Education; Judy Darbyshire, San Miguel Joint Union School District; Molly Santa Cruz, San Luis County Office of Education Special Education; Jaime Riley-Akers, San Luis Obispo County SELPA. Not pictured are Larry and Janet Price, honored by the Atascadero Unified School District.
Pictured are the top readers at Los Ranchos Elementary School in San Luis Obispo who read 2 million words or more this school year. Fourth-grader Peyton Case, at left, read the most of any student: an estimated 4.1 million words. Also shown are, front row from left: Danielle Halen, Zach Hilty and Audra McNiff. In the back row, from left, are Eddie Smith, Olivia Robertson, Nate Higgins and Ben Martin.