The Cambrian

In Brief: All four stolen cats found in good health; Early morning fire damages Mustache Pete’s restaurant; Fishermen rescued off Cambria shore; Donations support Cambria fireworks; Free food distribution time changes; Cambrian makes bid to join Oprah’s O

Kac Young says you don’t need to eat like a rabbit to make healthy meals.
Kac Young says you don’t need to eat like a rabbit to make healthy meals.

All four stolen cats found in good health

Four kittens taken from a Cambria animal shelter about four days earlier were found Thursday, June 10, on Rogers Drive on Lodge Hill, where they had apparently been abandoned.

A neighborhood resident told the Homeless Animal Rescue Team they’d read in The Cambrian about the feline abduction on Sunday night or Monday morning, June 6 or 7, from the Main Street animal shelter, and saw someone leaving the quartet of kittens on a lot near Cambria Pines Lodge.

Two of the kittens were recovered by shelter volunteers responding to the call; the other two were picked up later by a construction worker who brought them to the shelter. All the animals were in good health, a shelter volunteer said.

—Bert Etling and Kathe Tanner A fire early Wednesday, June 16, in a storeroom for Mustache Pete’s Italian Eatery at 4090 Burton Drive was extinguished quickly, but left the restaurant and some adjacent shops filled with the stench of smoke.

As of later that morning, the restaurant was closed as managers awaited the ar-

rival of insurance adjusters and experts who could verify that the restaurant’s wiring was safe to use.

The fire is still under investigation, according to Denis de Clercq, a lieutenant with the Cambria Fire Department, who is initially estimating the structural damage at between $5,000 and $10,000, not counting the cost of supplies in the room and loss of business while the restaurant is closed.

He said the fire may have been electrical in nature.

The small storeroom is located behind the Planet Yahats gem and rock shop.

In a bit of a sprinkler-system-like fluke, the blaze melted the solder on a copper water pipe, and the resulting spray of water helped extinguish the fire.

The 1:30 a.m. fire “could have totaled that building,” deClercq said.

“If the fire had gone through that crawl space, it could have gotten really ugly…especially at that hour, if it hadn’t been noticed.”

The fire was reported at about the same time by a person in another part of the multi-unit complex who smelled smoke and by an automatic alarm system in Mustache Pete’s.

More than 20 firefighters from Cambria, Cayucos and Pismo Beach responded to fight the blaze.

Engines from San Luis Obispo covered the Cambria Fire station while its crews were busy.

—Kathe Tanner

Fishermen rescued off Cambria shore

T hree boaters were rescued unharmed from their overturned fishing skiff from ocean waters along Moonstone Beach in Cambria about 1:15 p.m. Monday, June 14.

As the experienced fishermen from Cambria headed back to shore because waves were getting big and choppy, their boat was hit by a rogue wave close to the surf line.

“They did everything right,” said Steve Bitto, a Cambria Fire Department captain and member of North Coast Ocean Rescue Team. “They all had their lifejackets on, they stayed with the boat and they stayed together.”

Within about half an hour, rescuers had motorboat owner Don Sather, Bill Walters and Jim Webb safely on shore, then righted the boat and dragged it to shore, too.

“The North Coast Ocean Rescue was extremely professional and knowledgeable and really did, in my view, prevent some serious injury,” Sather said. “(It went) really beyond the call, and I appreciate it very much. … It was one of those freak things. None of us saw it coming.”

Mary Webb, wife of Jim Webb, added “a huge thanks from all of our families to the North Coast (Ocean) Rescue team members for their quick response. Our heroes!”

—Kathe Tanner

Donations support Cambria fireworks

With the continuing support of public contributions, Cambria’s American Legion Post No. 432 is going ahead with its traditional, free Independence Day fireworks displays.

Several nonprofit organizations work with the Legion on the festivities each year; all count on community members’ donations to pay for the fireworks, which will cost $11,000 this year.

Fireworks fans can drop donations in collection cans on shop counters throughout Cambria; mail contributions to American Legion Post No. 432, P.O. Box 697, Cambria CA 93428; or deliver them to the post’s club at the back of the Veterans Memorial Building, 1000 Main St., after 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

The Fourth of July festivities in Shamel Park include everything from youngsters’ games, all-day raffles and live entertainment to a waiter-waitress race and a new pie-eating contest sponsored by Linn’s.

Prospective pie-eating contestants should submit their names now at Linn’s Main Bin Restaurant, 2277 Main St., or Linn’s Easy-as Pie, 4251 Bridge St.; finalists will be selected from names submitted.

On July 4, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and tri-tip, beer, wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

The fireworks display is scheduled to start soon after dusk. Sunset is at 8:24 p.m.

All profits support local charitable groups and programs.

Meanwhile, law enforcers and firefighters are preparing for a busy holiday period. They stress that, primarily because of fire danger, personal fireworks are forbidden in Cambria and most other areas of the county.

—Kathe Tanner

Supes to hear bridge appeal Tuesday

A Cambria woman is contesting preliminary county approval of a $3.2 million project to replace a narrow, 88-year-old bridge on Main Street near Santa Rosa Creek Road.

The county Board of Supervisors is to review the project on Tuesday, June 22.

Lynne Harkins of Cambria appealed the county Planning Department hearing officer’s approval of the project plan and its environmental documents in April. According to Airlin Singewald, North Coast planner for the county, Harkins’ concerns center on how the project could affect existing mercury contamination in Santa Rosa Creek.

Staff disagrees with her contention that mercury levels in the creek exceed “thresholds of concern,” Singewald said. He said

staff based their opinion on tests performed by the state Water Quality Control Board. Also “staff does not see any nexus or reasonable relationship between the impacts of the project and existing levels of mercury in the creek.”

Public Works has deemed the old bridge “functionally obsolete,” and designed a new one that would be built parallel to the old location. After the new bridge is complete, plans call for the old bridge to be removed. That way, staffers say, the busy thoroughfare that connects Highway 1 to Cambria’s historic East Village area would remain open through most of the construction period.

Planners say the longer, wider new bridge will have a bike lane on each side. The cast-in-place concrete bridge, 37.5-feet wide and 150 feet long, would span the creek without an in-creek pillar, leaving more space for a flood waters to flow underneath and reducing the chance of trapping debris.

—Kathe Tanner

Celebration of life set for Mary Davidson

Mary Elizabeth Davidson, a former resident of Cambria, died at her Morro Bay home on June 4.

Born in Springfield, Mass., and raised in Southern California, Davidson was a top-selling real estate agent, licensed vocational nurse, massage therapist and a professional caregiver. For 12 years she was the companion and caregiver of Eleanor Boit, a longtime Cambria resident.

Davidson is survived by her three children, Matthew Stevens of Cambria and Sarah and Roseanna Stevens of Berkeley; six siblings; and her mother, Charlotte Greathouse of Cambria.

A celebration of Mary Davidson’s life will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Drive. For more, call Connie Davidson at 909-9794.

More briefs: Additional briefs appear on Pages 12 & 18

Free food distribution time changes

The time for free food distribution at Cambria Vineyard Church has changed. The twice-monthly pickup time is now noon to 2 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each

month, earlier in the day than the prior time. The next pickup day is June 24.

Free food is available for anybody in need, with “no questions or judgments,” said Pastor Gary White, at the church facility at 1617 Main St., Cambria.

For details, call 927- 5550 or go to

Cambria’s Anonymous Neighbors also distributes free food in Cambria. That distribution starts at 7 a.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month at Santa Rosa Catholic Church, 1174 Main St., Cambria. For more on that distribution, call 927-5673. —Bert Etling

Adult recreational program underway

A adult sports program is underway starting at 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday at Shamel Park, 5455 Windsor Blvd., Cambria, continuing through Aug. 31.

The independent group for men 50 years old and over and women 25 years old and over participates in recreational sports, including softball, basketball, volleyball, two-person sand volleyball and horseshoes. In the fall, the program will continue with basketball and volleyball in one of the school gyms.

Each session lasts one and one-half hours and offers exercise, instruction

and play, organizers said — “This is not a league; it is a fun exercise program,” with each sport tailored to the ability of the participants. There is an insurance and facility-use fee of $4 per session.

For details, contact coordinator Bob Kelley by e-mail at r.kelley@charter.netor by phone at 927-3407. —Bert Etling

Tennis Club names tournament winners

The Cambria Tennis Club has announced winners of its tournament on June 5: Dwight Olden, Kyle Reed, Adam Steventon, Craig Knox and Pam Hostetter.

Cambrian makes bid to join Oprah’s OWN

K ac Young of Cambria has entered a video in an online contest to earn a spot on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), due to launch in the fall.

The contest is accepting entries through June 21.

Young’s video, which starts out saying “you don’t have to eat like a rabbit to eat healthy” as Young, a heart-attack survivor, wears a pair of rabbit ears, shows how to make a heart-healthy pizza.

“Say good bye to artery-clogging saturated fats and hello to great taste and mouth watering meals,” says a summary accompanying the video. “Let’s make America healthier, one kitchen at a time.”

It was filmed in Young’s Cambria kitchen.

Young is hoping fellow Cambrians will view the video and cast an online vote for it.

To view the video, go to http://bit. ly/kacyoung.

As of Wednesday morning, June 16, the video had 935 views, 1,214 votes and 21 comments, most raving about Young’s content and presentation.

—Bert Etling

Coast Classic Bike Ride June 26

The San Luis Obispo County YMCA will host the 10th Annual Gene Cerise Memorial Country Coast Classic Bike Ride on Saturday, June 26. For details, go to fees for the rides are: 25-mile ($40.00), 50-mile ($45.00) and 100-mile ($50.00).