Free bus rides kick off new schedule
A new bus schedule connecting Cambria with Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo and Hearst Castle kicks off with a week of free rides starting Sunday, Aug. 7.
Two brand new, 20-passenger Regional Transit Authority buses, each decorated with graphics that highlight the route and communities they serve, go into service that day.
The new North Coast Route 15 from Morro Bay and Cayucos to Cambria, San Simeon and Hearst Castle is to provide two additional trips per day, seven days a week, for a total of five trips. It replaces the former Route 12B.
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The expanded weekday North Coast route is funded by a two-year “Jobs Access Reverse Commute” grant. Expanded weekend service was paid for in part by grants that had been funding Cambria’s trolley, designed primarily to provide other-than-car transport for visitors and residents. According to Regional Transit (RTA) statistics, the change was due in part to low trolley ridership and a lack of the required local-match funding of about $14,000.
In combination with the new Route 12 (formerly Route 12A), the North Coast route will offer some faster trip-times to Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. A new Route 11 bus will operate every other hour, Morro Bay Park to Los Osos, so North Coast riders can get to that community, too.
Go to www.slorta.org for a full schedule, ticket costs and list of pickup and drop-off locations.
Hit-and-run driver still sought by CHP
As of Monday, Aug. 1, investigators still hadn’t determined the name of the driver who apparently caused a two-car, hit-and-run, head-on crash July 28 about 1.5 miles south of Cambria.
CHP Officer Bill Irons said, according to a witness, the Hispanic male appeared to be about 30 to 35 years old, of short-to-average height and was wearing jeans, a red or pink polo shirt and a hat.
The responding officer’s report shows the driver “appeared to be injured,” Irons said, “and was holding his abdomen and doubling over in pain” when he ran into dense brush along the roadway.
The address to which the 1987 Toyota pickup was registered is vacant, and the supposed owner apparently didn’t have a driver’s license.
If members of the public have details about the accident, they can call CHP at 434-1822 or a 24-hour Crime Stoppers hotline at 549-STOP (7867). In either case, information may be submitted anonymously.
— Kathe Tanner
Marine Band concert tickets still available
The Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band from the Miramar Air Station is to be a headliner in this year’s Pinedorado Parade on Saturday, Sept. 3, and the public will have other Labor Day weekend opportunities to hear the music.
A few tickets still are available for a pre-Pinedorado concert and catered dinner with the band members on Sept. 2 and a separate concert on Saturday, Sept. 3.
Tickets have been on sale for about two weeks, and a sell-out is expected, according to Terry Farrell, one of the coordinators for the functions sponsored by Cambria American Legion Post No. 432. There originally were 112 concert-dinner tickets available to the public, and 200 tickets for the Saturday concert.
Farrell said that on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 16 tickets ($65 each) remained for sale for the dinner-concert, and 87 tickets were still available for the Saturday concert (a $15 donation is requested). No tickets will be sold at the door.
Proceeds will go toward the cost of transporting, housing and feeding the approximately 40 band members. Income from the events won’t completely cover the costs, Farrell said, so donations are welcome.
Both events will be at the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St. For details or to order tickets, call Kim Maston at 909-8163.
— Kathe Tanner
Lighthouse Day turns back clock
National Lighthouse Day will be celebrated during the regularly scheduled — but enhanced — tour of the Piedras Blancas Light Station on Saturday, Aug. 6. Guides and assistants will be in period attire and enactors will re-create scenes from the 1890s, depicting life at the light station.
The special tour is offered at the regular tour fee of $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-17, and no fee for children 5 and under.
Tour takers should meet at the former Piedras Blancas Motel, north of the road to the lighthouse, at 9:45 a.m. to help celebrate National Lighthouse Day.
Transformational music show Sunday
A transformational healing music concert with Celtic songs and sacred chants from around the world begins at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at the Pewter Plough Playhouse, 82 Main St., Cambria.
Performing will be Mount Shasta keyboardist, harmonica and tabla player Anton Mizerak and singer Laura Berryhill. Mizerak’s music has been featured on the nationally syndicated radio show “Echoes” and on the digital New Age music “Soundscapes,” and on the CD series “When Angels Dream.”
Berryhill’s musical styles range from early European music, to fold music of the Celtic cultures, to new age and jazz.A donation of $15 is suggested. Proceeds will support the Cambria Center of Spiritual Living. Call 927-2607 for details.
— Bert Etling