Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian Letters to the Editor 1-2

Soccer stars shine

A month or so ago, I sent in a letter to the editor of the Cambrian asking the good folks of Cambria to financially assist our Boys Under-12 All-Star Soccer Team so they could continue their fantastic season. I am truly humbled by the response.

Almost $2,000 was sent our way. That enabled us to play in three all-star tournaments, and we had enough left over to purchase each of the boys an all-star uniform.

The team has been very successful in the first two tournaments, earning a second-place finish in each. In both tournaments, we played the same Santa Maria team for the championship. In the first championship game, we lost 3-1; this past weekend, we were tied (2-2) at the end of the game and lost in the penalty shootout (4-2).

Second place (of course) is not as prestigious as first place, but consider the circumstances. Our team is made up of 14 boys — which is practically all of the boys eligible and able to play in our community. Santa Maria, on the other hand, had well over 100 boys to choose from in assembling its team. In that context, we were great!

Our finishes also state that we are one of the two best under-12 teams on the Central Coast. We are genuinely proud of our players for their accomplishments and the manner in which they played to represent Cambria.

In my initial letter, I stated that our season record was 10-2-0 and that we scored 63 goals to our opponents’ 19. Our scoring and record has continued to improve.

As of this letter, we have scored a total of 92 goals to our opponents’ 44, and our overall record so far is 14-5-1.

We are scheduled to play in one last tournament — the Santa Maria Strawberry Cup in Santa Maria — Jan. 14-15.

In the meantime, we will enjoy the holidays with our families and find numerous times to practice in preparation for the tournament.

Hopefully, we can bring “the gold” home to Cambria in this one.

I would like to recognize the following for their extreme generosity and belief in our team (hopefully, I didn’t leave anyone out; if I did, I apologize for my oversight):

  • The Main Street Grill Restaurant (and all of our supporters who ate dinner there the night of our fundraiser);
  • Mr. John Ruml (Virginia);
  • The Manta Ray Restaurant;
  • The Little Sur Inn;
  • The Sow’s Ear Restaurant;
  • Craig and Sharon Heyne;
  • Gary and Rosalie Allen;
  • Aaron Linn;
  • The Old Stone Station Restaurant;
  • Mark and Teri Latcher;
  • Cathy and Steve Brody;
  • Cambria Rock;
  • Maureen Kasper;
  • Old Cambria Marketplace;
  • Christopher Gutierrez; and
  • The parents of our players.

Once again, we feel grateful, honored and humbled by the generosity of our community. Thank you, Cambria!

Coaches Jack Mettier and Andres Garcia; and players Cristian Aguilar, Salvador Aguilar, Ivan Arellano, Damian Fernandez, Diego Garcia, Fabian Garcia, Juan Garcia, Steven Medina, Rigo Mejia, Andrew Mendoza, Julian Mercado, John Mettier, Emany Placencia and Jose Renteia

Cambria Boys Under-12 All-Star Soccer Team

Sweet seasonal song

Our third annual Songs of the Season event at the Fog’s End Barn on Dec. 7 was another terrific success with our heartfelt thanks to you!

This year we raised more than $2,100 in support of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, but more importantly, it was a lovely way to start the holiday season with our supporters. We love the intimate feeling of this event each year.

The attendees enjoyed beautiful music thanks to Mary Schwalbe and Ron Perry (with audience participation for “The Twelve Days of Christmas”), our always-fabulous food (thanks to Alese Bell and friends), wine, and wonderful silent auction and raffle prizes — all the while in chilly, yet seasonal weather on an evening that featured a spectacular sunset.

Thank you, Randy Schwalbe, our wonderful emcee. We couldn’t do this without the help of our great volunteers; Virginia Loe, Maryjean Carroll. Marcelle Bakula, Marsha and Steve Nathanson, Richard Lee, Sue Davidson, Amanda Rice, Jan Meshkoff, Chris and Mark Landgreen, Sharon Heyne, Walt Andrus, Loree Parral, Ken & Kathy Persinger, Curt Snow, Barbara Beuche and Diane Hood.

We thank Jan and Jim Bahringer for lending us their beautiful barn for the event and the Lions Club and CCSD for chairs.

Thanks also to our silent auction/raffle donors; A Matter of Taste, Amphora Gallery, Ruth Armstrong, Marcelle Bakula, Alese Bell, Cambria Bead Co., Cambria Drug & Gift, Cambria Outdoors, Earthsea Pottery, Ephraim Gallery, Exotic Nature, Fermentations, Fog’s End Bed & Breakfast, Foxlo Pottery, French Corner Bakery, Brenda Gale, Grey Wolf Winery, Grow, Harmony Cellars, Harmony Glassworks, Home Arts, J&R Natural Meats, Annie Keohane, Las Cambrita’s, Richard Lee, Linn’s, Lucia Apothecary, Skip Moss, Steve and Marsha Nathanson, New Moon, Patricia Griffin Studio, Ken and Kathy Persinger, Pier 46 Fish Market, Red Moose Cookie Co., Robin’s Restaurant, Brad Seek, SteppingStones, Stolo Family Winery, Sweet Offerings, Teresabelle Gallery, The Place, Trader Joe’s and Verde.

We strongly rely on the generosity of businesses and people like you to keep the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve open and enjoyed by all. We know those who attend love getting into the swing of this festive season while knowing “our” Ranch is a unique jewel of our community. Thank you to all who attended. Happy holidays! The Songs of the Season Committee and Jo Ellen Butler


Lighthouse success

The Piedras Blancas Light Station annual Holiday Volunteer Appreciation Celebration event was held in December. The weather was perfect and the view was fantastic at the light station point, including the sighting of gray whale blows and a beautiful sunset which ended with a green flash. Park Manager Jim Boucher presented highlights of the impressive accomplished and ongoing work at this spectacular historic lighthouse site. Volunteers have logged more than 100,000 hours for the Piedras Blancas Light Station, and there are future exciting work projects ahead. More information about the Piedras Blancas Light Station, including tours and upcoming events, is available online ( or at (805) 927-7361.

We were very fortunate to have a smorgasbord of delicious food donated for this celebration by various local businesses: restaurants including Linn’s, Robin’s, Cavalier, Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill, Madeline’s, Dragon Bistro, Lombardi’s, Tea Cozy, El Chorlito’s, JJ’s Pizza, Manta Rey, and Sebastian’s Deli; Allocco’s Italian Bakery and the French Corner Bakery; Soto’s Marketplace and the Cookie Crock Market.

Everyone at this special celebration extends their sincere appreciation to these very generous and supportive local businesses. Thank you!

Abel Martinez

Piedras Blancas Light Station Volunteer

Fill that tip jar

On behalf of our local musicians, I would like to point out that the tip jar one sees at their performances serves more than a decorative or ceremonial function.

These highly talented members of our community are not wealthy. I am willing to bet that although they probably enjoy chatting with us during the break, they most likely would appreciate more than a wave, a “thank you,” and a “see you next week.” Come on, folks, show your love; fill that tip jar!

Kathy Stukenberg


Thanks from UWC

On Dec. 9, the University Women of Cambria held its annual Holiday Raffle and Auction Celebration at the beautifully decorated Cambria Pines Lodge. This yearly event is the major fundraising activity, which provides scholarship money for our local graduating seniors. All money raised by the University Women of Cambria throughout the year and at this event goes into the scholarship fund.

We would like to thank the following local merchants: the Olallieberry Inn, Cambria Drug and Gift, Once Upon a Tyme, the Dragon Bristo, Pacific Hair Design, Linn’s, Casa de Oro, Allied Arts Theater, Pewter Plough Playhouse, Trader Joe’s Templeton, San Simeon Beach Bar and Grill, Chris Carter One of a Kind Design, Sebastian’s General Store, Exotic Nature, Allocco’s Bakery, Christine at Diva Day Spa, Diva Day Spa, Brett White Gallery, Moonstone Beach Bar and Grill, Sea Chest Restaurant, Manta Rey Restaurant, Cookie Crock, Red Moose Cookies, French Corner Bakery & Sandi’s Deli, Cambria Pines Lodge, Robin’s Restaurant, The Place, Froggies, Skin Care of Cambria, Morro Nails, Gym One, Hearst Ranch Winery, Fermentations, Core Care, Richard Lee, Harmony Cellars and Emily Pimley quilts. Through their extraordinary generosity in donating items for the raffle, we raised about $3,000 for our scholarship fund.

A special thanks also to those who donated items for the auction, participated in the event and luncheon and made monetary donations to our scholarship fund, raising an additional $2,900.

Thanks to the entire board of the University Women, especially Eunice Wilson and Cynthia Lee, first and second vice presidents for their competent coordination of our Holiday Raffle and Auction.

Information about the University Women of Cambria: Kristi Jenkins 927-8307 or Gloria Ohlendorf 927-3538.

Kristi A. Jenkins

President, University Women of Cambria