Don’t stick it there
I moved to Cambria four months ago and bought your newspaper out of stores until I was settled in my house. On occasion you published the paper with sticky adverts pasted to the cover page and usually right over a photograph.On pulling off the advert a portion of the photo was pulled off as well. I verbally objected, but soon the stickies went away. I hoped you had seen the error of your ways.
Now I have a home subscription to The Cambrian and yesterday the sticky returned, yet again it pulled off part of the photo when I removed it. Seems to me that my subscription should entitle me to a “whole” unobscured cover page.I’m not faulting the advertiser. I’m faulting your judgment in allowing this commercial defacement of any portion of the paper not meant for advertising. If you must put advertising on the cover page then allot it its own space.
You're not fooling anyone by thinking it lessens the affect of blatant commercialism by pasting an ad over something they want to see or read, or that the ad is automatically placed in the reader’s hand when they peel it off to look underneath.
All you’ve done is make many Cambrians irate and wonder about the integrity of the publishers.
Not-so Smart Meter
I just received a letter in the mail from PG&E stating that they will be installing a Smart Meter at my house sometime in the next few weeks.
I have read a lot about these new devices and I don’t want one, but it looks like I don’t have a choice.Some have reported health issues and billing issues. I just put a note on my analog meter saying “don’t put The Smart Meter in.” Let’s see what happens.
Anyone with a computer should search for “Smart Meter problems” and see what comes up. It is a bit frightening.Also, there is a number you can call and try to convince PG&E not to install. The number is 877-743-7378.
Join Legion’s efforts
Cambria is a community rich in patriotism and love of democracy. We are a community of diversity of opinions, and I am grateful that all sides can state their opinions freely here. We have these benefits because we live in America. Since the Revolutionary War men and women have defended those freedoms.
In Cambria, one organization represents all of us who have served during wartime since World War I. That organization is the American Legion.
I have lived here full time since 2007. I have never lived in any town where the American Legion does as much as in Cambria.
Think about the events the Legion is involved in from July Fourth and the fireworks show, the Christmas party for kids that is done with the Lions, helping with the Pinederado (like bringing the Marine Corps Band here). The Legion supports the scouting programs, 4-H, school awards and scholarships. We help Cambria’s Anonymous Neighbors and Cambria Adult Resources, Education and Support (CARES), and the list goes on. The Legion is always ready to help any needy veteran or widow in distress and does so frequently.
We have about 6,000 people living in Cambria these days. Less than 300 are members of the American Legion.The Legion family includes the Sons of the Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and the American Legion Riders which now provide a motorcycle escort for returning soldiers. The Sons and Auxiliary are family members of veterans and they work side by side with the American Legion on community support projects. Come on down to the Legion Club or come to a meeting and talk to us about being a member. Our meetings are always announced in The Cambrian. You served our country with honor and pride and now you can continue to serve the community with pride.
Great Kitchen helpers
Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve presented their 11th annual Great Kitchens of Cambria tour on Saturday, July 30. Once again, we thank everyone who helped to make this a sold-out yearly fundraiser.
To the eight homeowners who graciously opened their kitchens for viewing: Richard and Shirley Paulsen Lee, James and Mary Grow, Mike and Nancy Angus, Jim and Jan Bahringer, Kyle and Amby Ronemus, Ronn Harsh and Linda Mayer, Stewart and Connie Edwards, Tim and Karen Chrisman — and to all of our sponsors: A Matter Of Taste, Personal Touch Woodworks, San Simeon Travel, Home Arts, Betty Malone (Realtor), Among Friends, Pacific Hair Design and Idlers, which underwrote the expense of producing this event — a heartfelt “thank you” from the board and members of Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve.
The wonderful raffle prizes were generously donated by the Moonstone Landing, Friends of Hearst Castle, Foxlo Pottery, Bob and Susan Detweiler, Richard Lee, Lorienne Schwenk of Singing Kitchen, The Sea Chest, Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill, Among Friends, Onboard Nautical Events in Morro Bay and several local wineries with the assistance of The Cookie Crock.
A Matter Of Taste provided pulled pork sliders and cole slaw; Linn’s made delicious plum cobbler as our sweet offering, which was served with coffee generously donated by Cambria Coffee Roasting Company. Cookie Crock graciously provided bottled water. David of the Cambria Wine Shop poured wines and Ty Armstrong sampled his TNA Candy Beer. Singing Kitchen cooked up the corn chowder and Dairy Goddess donated three varieties of cheese to round out our cheese table.
Two flautists, Pat Burbank and Susan Masin, serenaded all with lovely background music at one home and Ron Perry on keyboard with Carolyn Kelley on flute entertained our guests in a second garden. Thank you all.
Once more, we thank the smiling ladies and men in blue and red who volunteer to act as our very capable docents by greeting tour goers and guiding people through the kitchens. Some have been volunteers since our very first kitchen tour in 2000. This event would not be possible without them. We are grateful for their cheerful willingness to volunteer for these duties each year.
We are already looking forward to the 12th Annual Great Kitchens of Cambria tour scheduled for Saturday, July 28, 2012. Hope to see you there!
Alese Bell, on behalf of the
Cambria Kitchen Tour Committee
‘Where is Sarah?’
Where is Sarah?
After settling in Spain for her senior year of high school, I read Sarah Wright’s message in The Cambrian, and was saddened to read that school was not steady or reliable, with classes canceled and teachers missing when this ready-to-learn student showed up to learn.
Also an issue was the placing of Sarah in the home of a non-Catholic family and no one bringing her to the church that she longed to attend. And, lastly, with her love for and budding career in singing opera, wouldn’t you think Italy would have been a more fitting destination?
I met Sarah and talked with her when I was drawn to her as she sat alone on a bench after the Dr. Seuss show at the high school. I asked her if she would return to Cambria, and she said maybe for a while, and then off to college.I wonder; I care.
Editor’s note: Look for an update on Sarah Wright in an upcoming “My Turn” column by John Brannon.
927 show a 10
Once again, thank to all those hard-working Allied Arts folks, our generous business donators and the cadre of talented off-beat artists for making the 23rd annual 927 Art Show a roaring success, and providing a hefty check to the Teen Center.
Arthur Van Rhyn, coordinator
Prefix 927 Art Show
A friend stayed at our house several weeks ago and wrote this poem. I don’t know if you publish poems in The Cambrian, but I thought I’d send this to you just in case you might:
By John Harris
From our chair, with the back door open,
my dog and I can hear the surf:
the lullaby which, sooner or later,
rocks every fretful child
back to silence. We can even hear the seals: signs of life,
that comical, barking thing. Coming here answers the question
we ask our frantic selves: what are we?
The answer is: not much. The waves
tell us that on arrival.
We’re some dampness
which made good; very lucky lichen.
And even our stony little homestead
will crumble and dissolve; it too
will return to the ocean, always closer
than we think, steadily depositing
its gravel, its rocks,
the chemicals and specimens it then
scoops up, and drags away.