I am not at all sure why there is such a volunteer vacuum. We’ve been here 10 years and have noted less and less participation. (We’re in our mid-60s).
Yet the numbers of visitors to our region continues to grow, with nearly 750,000 to Hearst Castle this past year. Tourism is a big reason people discover Cambria — many in the past have retired here, and younger people have moved families here and either started businesses or found employment.
I suspect that our water woes have discouraged investment (the real estate people might know). Now that there is a backup water supply, perhaps there will be some younger newcomers who eventually have the time to volunteer.
There is another trend that might mitigate against relocations, however, and that is that more and more boomers are finding small or medium sized-city life to their liking.
We ourselves are drawn to San Luis Obispo for its cultural offerings, night-life, youthful spirit, medical facilities, Cal Poly etc. I suppose it is tough for a town like Cambria to compete with such a desirable city only 35 miles down the road.
Things seem to be changing since I wrote “Moving to Small Town America” in the mid-90s and advised people where to settle.
William L. Seavey
I want to clarify information on a story that was written about my son, Hector Merlos, and published recently. He has been diagnosed with testicular cancer and has been receiving chemotherapy at Stanford Medical Center. There are two separate bank accounts set up on his behalf to cover all medical needs, basic necessities and travel costs, as well as an online account his older brother set up on gofundme.com.
Any expenses for services needed that are not covered through his insurance, the Merlos family is providing on their own. During the first 90 days of treatment, those expenses are covered by Hector’s health insurance. Once that lapses, the donations received through this account will help cover additional expenses.
This is to let the public know that the account at Wells Fargo Bank is the only authorized account that is being used to cover the cost of Hector’s medical expenses, which continue to increase throughout his treatment. The Merlos family is very grateful for all the support and generosity that the community has given Hector during this time.
Changes at CCAT
In case you haven’t noticed, huge changes are underway at the Theatre in the Cambria Center for the Arts. Not only the elevated seating with comfortable chairs, a forward extension of the stage, and the newly painted walls, but the schedule of events is absolutely astounding for a town the size of Cambria.
Besides the major productions (“Evita” is coming in August), two different series of one or two-day concerts are underway. Jude Johnstone kicked off the “Cabar-esque” series near the end of January. New artists are coming for these cabaret-style concerts in mid-March and in September.
Jazz legend Charlie Shoemake has been drawing major musicians from the jazz world with performances every two weeks. Next up Sunday, Feb. 15: international sax player Tim Armacost brings his Standards Quartet. Huge kudos to the theater’s tireless artistic director, Nancy Green, for making all this happen. Schedules for 2015 are available at the center or online at its website.
Take those photos
I would like to comment on the column written by Kathe Tanner (Feb. 5).
This past year, I also lost a member of my family. I had a little more warning than did Kathe. My sister, Janice, phoned me at the end of March to tell me she had cancer. I flew to Arizona to be with her for a week, and then a month later my granddaughter, Morgan, and I drove there to be with her for a few days. The end came June 2. We did not expect her to pass so soon. It was a shock.
Like Kathe’s sister, my sister hated to have her picture taken. She always got mad and said “that’s enough, Judy.” Like Kathe, I took it anyway. I am a “photo fanatic” and have tons of photo albums of family and friends. I am so thankful that I have all of these photographs to bring back precious memories of her.
Thank you, Kathe, for sharing your column with us.