SLO County Roundup


A fire in Nipomo on Wednesday night damaged a detached workshop and caused about $20,000 in damage, Cal Fire officials said Thursday.

A firefighter was injured when he stepped on a nail, Cal Fire dispatcher Karen Sullivan said. He was treated at a local hospital and released, she said.

No other injuries were reported.

The fire started about 9:50 p.m. along Sierra Road — between Primavera and Cielo lanes, Sullivan said.

About 15 firefighters responded to the blaze, including a fire investigator, a chief officer and four engines. One of the engines came from the Santa Maria Fire Department, Sullivan said. The cause is under investigation.

— Cynthia Lambert

North County

A fundraising event to benefit the North County Women’s Shelter will feature the home-based businesses of several San Luis Obispo County mothers.

Representatives from Dove Chocolate Discoveries, Scentsy, Planet Jill, Morro Bay Story Tree, Mary Kay, Jewel Kade Jewelry, Bellasboutique, Aloette and Avon will collect monetary donations as well as coats, toys and nonperishable foods from 1 to 4 p.m. today at K-Jon’s Fine Jewelry, 5255 El Camino Real in Atascadero.

The businesses will also take orders for items to be donated to the shelter. For details, call 704-1126.

— Julia Hickey

Cuesta College

Mary Schwartz and the late Dale Schwartz were recently named one of 10 recipients of the Community College Benefactors Award — the only national recognition of philanthropists to two-year higher education institutions — for their contributions to Cuesta College.

“Community college donors don’t typically get the kind of recognition and accolades that other colleges receive,” said Dr. Barbara George, interim executive director of Cuesta College’s Foundation and Institutional Advancement, in a press release.

“It was heartwarming to see such humble, motivated and loyal donors like Mary get recognized.”

The national award is given annually to 10 donors who make what its presenters consider outstanding contributions to community college efforts, whether it be support for scholarships, faculty and staff professional development programs, equipment acquisition, workforce development programs or bricks and mortar.

The award winners were recognized at a gala awards banquet on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 5.

Schwartz is Cuesta College’s third donor to receive the award. Previous winners include Gene Miller and Berna Dallons.

— AnnMarie Cornejo