The following is an updated version of a column that originally appeared April 26, 2012.
Copies of the latest Original Community Directory for Cambria, San Simeon & Harmony are due to be delivered in the mail today, April 25, marking the 29th consecutive year The Cambrian has published the compendium of local information.
As it has since 1985, the directory includes phone numbers, emergency contacts, business listings and information about local organizations, education, community services, public transit and zip codes.
Phone books will be mailed out to all local post office box and rural route addresses.
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Extra copies will also be available in the post office lobby at 4100 Bridge St.; on the front porch at The Cambrian office, 2442 Main St.; at the Cambria Chamber of Commerce, 767 Main St.; and at the annual free chamber Business Showcase from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Veterans Memorial Building. (Mark that showcase date on your calendar now; even if you’ve already got your phonebook in hand by then, there’s lots of door prizes, free goodies, music and food offered by Cambria area businesses — and it’s all free!)
This year’s directory has 188 pages. The cover features a photo by Cambria resident and photographer Kitty Greene of a sunset reflected on the mouth of Santa Rosa Creek at the south end of Moonstone Beach — an iconic Cambria setting.
Other finalist photos were submitted by Nancy McKarney, Marcia Rhoades, Igor Fedoroff, Catherine Ryan Hyde and Kathy Hemphill.
Among the many features included in the phone book is a local evacuation map on pages 6 and 7 that shows where to find refuge in case of a wild fire. We encourage you, when you get the phone book, to find a highlighter and take a minute to trace two routes out of your residential area to a safe gathering place.
Talk about the escape routes with your family and any others who live in your house. When a fire hits, you won’t have time to think about it. Do that thinking now. It can make a big difference when an emergency comes, and help avoid uncertainty, confusion, panic and missed connections with those you love.
The directory also includes information about representation of community interests by Cambria and San Simeon services districts and chambers of commerce, as well as the Cambria Parks, Recreation and Open Space commission, the North Coast Advisory Council, and Coast Unified School District and its schools.
There’s more — lots more: Information on 63 clubs, from AA to University Women, and 16 places of worship; information about transportation via public transit to Cayucos, Hearst Castle, Morro Bay, Los Osos and San Luis Obispo, and the Cambria Community Bus; maps of San Simeon and Cambria; a 2013-2014 events calendar (pages 78-79) with listings of community events throughout the year; and resources for education, enrichment, and social engagement like the Cambria Library and Joslyn Recreation Center.
Yellow page listings are your guide to local products and services from necessities to indulgences. There are 242 local businesses listed, from 12 Toes Productions to Zumwalt Electric, in 207 categories from Accounting to Yoga (some are listed in more than one category).
Supporting these local businesses works out well for you, as the local businessmen and women understand your needs. It also keeps your money in the local economy and ensures a vibrant community that offers a breadth of nearby opportunities.
We’re in the business of putting information at your fingertips — and in your eyeballs. Find us weekly in your mailbox in the pages of The Cambrian, online at thecambrian.com, on Twitter @TheCambrian — and yearly with the authoritative, comprehensive information resource, The Original Community Directory.
We do it for you, and couldn’t do it without you. Thank you to all the people, businesses and organizations that helped us put the book together to help you. We hope you find it useful.
Phone book correction:
We discovered after this year’s directory had gone to press that, due to incorrect information included with the white pages furnished to us, the listing for the Cambria Community Services District on Page 26 should list the phone number as 927-6223 and the address as 1316 Tamson Drive, Suite 201. (The correct number does appear on Page 10.)
We encourage you to make a note of the correction in your phone directory now; don’t wait until there’s a water leak!
— Bert Etling, editor