The Cambrian

In Brief: Fourth fete as American-Cambrian as apple-olallieberry pie; North Coast has a new commander

Cmdr. Jason Nefores
Cmdr. Jason Nefores KATHE TANNER PHOTO

4th fete as American-Cambrian as appleolallieberry pie

The annual free Cambria Independence Day celebration runs from 11 a.m. to after sunset Sunday, July 4, at Shamel Park, 5455 Windsor Blvd., hosted by American Legion Post No. 432 with the cooperation and help of many other nonprofit organizations.

Events run from tug-of-war to waiter-waitress races to the traditional evening pyrotechnic fireworks display over the beach. New this year is an olallieberry-apple pie eating contest sponsored by Linn’s Easy as Pie Café, a sweeter Cambria alternative to the annual Fourth of July hot dog eating contest at Coney Island on the East Coast.

At noon, pie-eaters will have a 10-minute deadline to dive face first into a pie and eat it. It’s a no-hands competition — forks, plates and other niceties are out. The first contestant to devour an entire 4-pound pie, or the one who eats the most, wins.

Today, July 1, is the deadline to sign up for the contest. Up to 20 participants will be selected. To enter, call Mike Shanley at the café at 927-3050 or drop by at 4251 Bridge St.

Events at the family-friendly fête start with brief opening ceremonies and Jerry Demorest singing the National Anthem, followed by a series of old-fashioned children’s games and competitions are and, at 1 p.m., area waiters and waitresses start their races.

There’ll be music, dancing and drawings all day, food and beverages for sale, face painting and the fireworks show at about 9 p.m. (the sun sets at 8:23 p.m.).

Community donations pay for the pyrotechnics; donation cans are out at area businesses and donations will be accepted at the event.

No personal fireworks —even so-called “safe and sane” fireworks—are allowed at Shamel Park, on area beaches and in pocket parks, or anywhere within Cambria, Cayucos and San Simeon and most other areas of San Luis Obispo County. Penalties range from confiscation of the fireworks to citations and a fine of up to $2,000.

Bonfires are forbidden from Shamel Park to Leffingwell Landing, as well as in any State Parks (other than in park-furnished fire rings).

— Kathe Tanner

North Coast has new commander

County Sheriff’s Department deputies patrolling the North Coast have a new boss, Cmdr. Jason Nefores, who took over the reins on June 6 at the department’s Coast Station in Los Osos.

He traded posts with former North Coast Cmdr. Ben Hall, who’s now heading up the North Station in Templeton.

According to department records, Nefores has been with the department since 1987, serving for eight years as a deputy out of the station he’s now commanding. He was promoted to sergeant in 1998 and to commander in 2007.

The Templeton resident introduced himself to Cambria Community Services District directors at their June 24 meeting, and assured them that he and his team are geared up and ready for another July 4th holiday weekend on the North Coast. — Kathe Tanner

Weeks to reopening of singed eatery

Smoky residue from a June 16 fire will keep a Cambria Italian café closed for a few more weeks of the peak summer season.

Denis Blume, owner of Mustache Pete’s Italian Eatery at the corner of Burton Drive and Center Street, estimated June 28 that it would be another three to four weeks before his restaurant could reopen.

“There was a lot of smoke damage, and we have to repaint the whole restaurant,” he said.

The fire, which began in a storage room beneath the restaurant’s upstairs dining room and behind the Planet Yachats gem and rock shop, damaged electrical and plumbing as well as a framing truss in the ceiling of the storage room, according to Matt Varvel, supervisor of the county’s Building Division.

But it’s the cleanup that’s the holdup, he agreed. “Anytime you have a fire, the smoke just permeates everything and it sticks” to walls, floors and everything else.

He said he thinks the fire was caused by things stored close to a light in the storeroom, “but that’s just a guess. I’m not a fire inspector.” Those inspectors haven’t yet issued a formal ruling on the fire, according to Cambria Fire Chief Mark Miller. —Kathe Tanner

Cambrian receives two-county honor

Priscilla Mikesell of Cambria is helping people in so many ways they had to invent a special category for her: Intergenerational Effort of the

Year/Senior Citizen of the Year. That’s the blended individual honor Mikesell received at the Older Americans Month celebration luncheon May 11 in San Luis Obispo hosted by the Area Agency on Aging for San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties.

Mikesell, 63, is assistant director of the Cambria Teen Center, operated by the county YMCA and supported by the Lions Club of Cambria. There, she’s motivated youth and center supporters alike, playing a key role in keeping the community resource a viable part of the Cambria community.

Mikesell has supported the program since the early 1980s when she was instrumental in raising funds to start a youth center in Cambria.

At the other end of the age spectrum, Mikesell has been a volunteer for Cambria Resources, Education& Support (CARES) adult day care center since its creation in 1999. There, she helps both seniors who need help and those caregivers, often the seniors’ family members, who need a respite from care-giving responsibilities.

Mikesell is also a longtime member of the county Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board, Cambria Connection Board of Directors, and helps with the Wellness Community and Family Care Counseling.

She’s also involved with the Senior Legal Services Project in San Luis Obispo, offering hours of her time each week to help provide legal support for senior clients.

Mikesell is a broker-associate with Sea&Pines Realty in Cambria. She donates 10 percent of her commissions to community causes.

—Bert Etling

Editor’s Notes

Front Porch Friday

To make it easier for readers to share suggestions and ask questions, you’re encouraged to stop by between 2 and 3 p.m. the first Friday of the month — this month, that’s Friday, July 2 — for “Front Porch Friday.”

I’ll be on the front porch to hear your ideas and talk about how The

Cambrian can better serve the community.

If you can’t make it during that time, you’re welcome to drop by the office at 2442 Main St. or call the newsroom at 927-8895. You can also find us online at

— Bert Etling

One of Cambria’s main attractions is the temperate weather we enjoy all year round. A study of Cambria’s weather pattern has been put together utilizing the last 12 years of temperature data as recorded at the Waste Water Treatment Plant by Park Hill and reported weekly in The Cambrian.

This data, combined with a subjective evaluation of the type of day that Cambria experiences (sunny, partly sunny, cloudy and rainy), contributes to the following report.

A clear day is defined as clear skies from early morning to sunset. A partially clear day means that the fog or clouds clear out during the day followed by sunshine for the remainder of the day (or vice versa).

Since this evaluation is conducted at or near the ocean, where fog and low clouds are more prevalent than all other parts of town, the temperatures and weather information reflect lower temperatures than one might expect to see due to the many microclimates in Cambria.

The weather year starts July 1 and ends June 30. (Weather year 2010 began in July 2009 and ended June 30, 2010.)

Spring 2010 (April, May, June)

This year Cambria recorded

25 inches of rain. This is the most rainfall recorded in five years. Prior years’ rainfall reflected the following (weather year ending):

2009 –13 inches

2008 -15 inches

2007 -10 inches

2006 -22 inches

2005 -31 inches

Summer 2010 (July, August, September)

On June 21, the longest day of the year, the sun set at 8:23 p.m. On that day, we experienced over 14 and a half hours of daylight, which represents almost five more hours of daylight than we experience on Dec. 21, the shortest day of the year.

From May 13 through Aug. 8, the sun sets after 8 p.m. in Cambria. This late sunset provides close to three months (88 days) for daylight evening activities during this time frame

These are the weather condi-

tions for an average week during the summer season:

• Two days per week—Clear sunny days.

• Four days per week — Early morning fog followed by partial clearing and sun

•One day every other week — No sun (cloudy and foggy all day).

Contact Cambria resident Mark Kramer by e-mail at markali@chart or by phone at 924-1101.