Roy and Bonnie Burke have been named grand marshals of the 73rd Arroyo Grande Harvest Festival.
The pair, who have lived in Arroyo Grande since 1958, are being honored for their history of community service and involvement over the years.
Roy Burke has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Pismo Beach for more than 44 years, is a charter member of the Oceano-Five Cities Elks Club, and in 2001 was named the Arroyo Grande Chamber of Commerce’s citizen of the year.
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In 1958, two of Burke’s brothers opened lumber yards in Santa Maria and Arroyo Grande. Burke has owned and operated the company with his family since 1962.
The Burkes have four children, eight grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
The Harvest Festival kicks off today with a fish fry hosted by the Arroyo Grande Rotary Club. The fish fry starts at 4 p.m. on Short Street, near East Branch Street and the gazebo in the Village. It will end at 7:30 p.m. or when the fish are gone.
Tickets are $10 and are available from any club member or at the event. The fish fry is one of the Rotary Club’s biggest fundraisers.
A parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday on East Branch Street at Traffic Way, proceeds east to Mason Street and ends on Mason Street between Nelson and Poole streets.
There will also be booths, entertainment, food and contests. For information, visit www.agharvestfestival.com.
— Cynthia Lambert
San Luis Obispo
The Disabled American Veterans mobile service office will be in San Luis Obispo today to help veterans learn about and receive benefits and services they have earned.
The DAV will be at the Veterans Memorial building, 801 Grand Ave., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Help from the mobile service office is free to all veterans and members of their families.
For information, call Paul Varela at 310-477-2539.
— Bob Cuddy
The Morro Bay National Estuary Program has a new director.
Adrienne Harris, a former policy analyst for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will start her new job Nov. 1. She replaces Dan Berman, who left the position in March to oversee a fisheries watershed management program in Northern California.
Harris’ job in Washington involved working with NOAA’s National Ocean Service and Congress on federal ocean programs. She also worked with state and local governments to protect water quality.
Since Berman’s departure in March, Michael Multari has been interim director. Multari led the program from 2000 to 2004 and later worked as a planner at Cal Poly.
— David Sneed