Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian Letters to the Editor Jan. 30

Help Sober Grad

Fundraising efforts for the “Safe and Sober” Graduation party for the senior class of 2014 are underway. In past years, the venue and activities of the all-night celebration have been grand in nature and undisclosed to the students until the night of the party.

We have some big ideas for our exceptional senior class this year, but we need your help in pulling them off. We’re currently selling raffle tickets for a drawing to be held during halftime at the last Coast Union High School home boys varsity basketball game Feb. 14.

Prizes include a grand prize of $2,014, catering for 50 people from Boni’s Tacos, and an overnight stay at the charming Sunset Inn, Cayucos. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased from any Coast Union senior, or at the following locations: Friday Farmers Market at the Veterans Memorial Building, the Cambria Chamber of Commerce and the Coast Union High School office.

In addition, donation boxes are placed at various locations in Cambria and Cayucos, including Cookie Crock Market, Texaco station and Ace Hardware.

Please show your support for these extraordinary young men and women and purchase your tickets today.

Kirsten Mathieson

Coast Union High School Sober Grad Committee

Art appreciation

We would like to thank the 2012-2013 Coast Union High School Booster Club for providing the funds to transport 50 CUHS high schoolers and six chaperones to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on Monday, Jan. 13. (You know who you are!)

Our 50 ninth- through 12th-grade art students were attentive, polite, inquisitive and engaged during the 90-minute docent-led tour through “What is Modern about Modern Art?” and while on their own exploring the museum for a couple hours after lunch.

Many hours went into planning for the day-long excursion, from choosing which museum to visit (which museum had the most variety of exhibits and school group accommodations for tours), no conflict with other school activities, bus charter, dinner stop, arranging lunch (we made 50 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches), chaperone sign up and planning and implementing four classes of “art game” activities as an introduction to the museum.

Thank you to the parents of the 50 participating students for making sure their kids were at school promptly by 5:15 a.m. and our chaperones Shannon Jackson, Wade Lawrence, Sue Nash and Erich Marthaler for spending the day with us.

None of this would have happened if it weren't for the generous support of our Booster Club.

Suzette Morrow

Coast Union High and Santa Lucia Middle school art teacher

Stephanie Arehart 

Cambria Grammar and Leffingwell High school art teacher

Proud to be a citizen

To be a community volunteer is easy in this village that we love and to be recognized is much appreciated.

Thank you, Cambria Chamber of Commerce, for this esteemed honor: “2013 Citizen of the Year”.

My gratitude is beyond definition.  

Thank you friends and family for your love and support, for attending the ceremony or expressing good wishes in numerous other ways.   

As founder of the Cambria Scarecrow Festival, I am aware that a big part of this award belongs to our community. Without your participation we would not have a festival. The  scarecrow festival brings us and binds us together.

Our oldest daughter said the “ultimate definition of community is: shared ownership and Pride.”

I am proud to share this award with all of you.

Taylor Hilden


Remembering Tracy

The immediate family of Tracy Baumberger Covell — mother, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and companion — would like to send a heartfelt thank you and appreciation to all those who attended the memorial service on Monday, Jan. 20, at the Presbyterian Church. We felt a tremendous love for the overwhelming amount of people who attended. Our gratitude cannot be expressed in words. 

Although Tracy’s remains are not under the control of our immediate family we all know she was there in spirit. We love her beyond words and will miss her dearly. 

We want to extend our deepest gratitude and thanks to Tracy’s special friends who worked tirelessly in helping us locate a new venue for our reception when the Sheriff’s Office advised the church not to allow us use of their facilities. 

No one knew Tracy Covell better than those who loved her. She was beautiful inside and out, full of life, happy and looking forward to a positive new future. 

Please know there is no formal ruling or determination as to the cause of death of our beloved family member at this time. Please keep Tracy and her family in your prayers.  

Once again, a heartfelt thank you to the good people of Cambria who donated their love, time and energy in helping our family create a wonderful good-bye to a loved one who will NEVER be forgotten. 

From all of those who know and love Tracy Covell,

Kosette Vargas

Diamond Bar

‘Fight like a girl’

We are all so very fortunate to live in a community full of caring and sharing people.  Our wonderful friend, teacher and volleyball Coach Pam Kenyon from Coast Union High School was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. When someone in our community needs help, the phones start ringing, the emails fly, committees start to form and everyone asks the same question “what can I do to help?”

Jan. 15 was a testimony to the love and admiration this community has for Pam Kenyon. At a fundraiser spaghetti dinner, 950-plus dinners were served, and close to 50 beautiful gift baskets were auctioned off to help ease the burden of growing medical costs for Pam. It was a beautiful event with so many people giving of their time, labor and talents to make this event happen with one goal and that was to help Pam.

Shannon Jackson did an amazing job as event chairman with a large group of volunteers helping. It was a community effort with friends, parents, students, co-workers, family members and community members working side-by-side. With heart-felt thanks, I would like to thank the following individuals and businesses for contributions to this fundraiser:

He who prefers not to be mentioned and crew; Loni Zaragoza and crew; Cheryl Seay and crew; Todd Steeb and crew; Sharon Bisso and Nancy Thompson; the students, staff and parents of Coast Union High, Santa Lucia Middle and Cambria Grammar schools; CUHS and SLMS Associated Student Bodies; the CUHS volleyball team; Among Friends; Cambria Pines Nursery; Lacey Winters; Coast Unified School District Office; Grow Nursery; Christy Fiscalini; Rita and George DiMundo; Debbie Soto; Sharon Bisso; LaVonne Rodgers; Ann Bernal; The Ravine Waterpark; Wine County RV Resort; Pam and Ron Baima; Zack Gingg; Nancy Thompson; Robin’s Restaurant; Shanny Covey; David Stoothoff; Dennis and Shelley White; Jayme Peterson Brunson; Courtney Koprowicz; Opolo Vineyards; Orchard Hill Farm B & B; Coast Unified School District Support Services; Patricia Stieler; Nancy Fiske; Jim and Rosie Hurley; Nicole Parry; Sarah Garret Morrow; Daniel Gowdy; Ayn and Lisa Johnson; Kandy Henslin Siroonian; Colleen Poynter; Kyle Martin; Mary Ann Paul; Cyndie Wilson; Sherry Aguilar; Mechelle Medhurst; Rosalind Vieira; Jayne and Bruce Koontz; Tiffany Silva; Cayucos Pharmacy; Cuesta Athletic Department; Bob Kaster; Justin and Krissy Rhoades; Pam Rhoades; The Sea Chest; Moonstone Beach Inn; Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill; John McKinnon; Main Street Grill; Shoreline Inn; Cayucos Cellars; Cindy Sassaman; Jim Clarke; Indigo Moon; Jay Sommers; Linn’s; Aaron Linn; the General Store; Louie Gutierrez; the Manta Rey; Miguel and Theresa de Alba; the San Simeon Restaurant; Fidel Figueroa; the Cookie Crock; Del Clegg; The Black Cat; Deborah Scarborough; KTEA Radio; John FitzRandolph; Steve Kniffen; The Lions Club; the Rotary and Interact clubs; the American Legion family; the Odd Fellows; the French Corner Bakery; Jill Knight; Barbara Lee and Hannah Pearl Lee Gallant; Linda Melendy; Sarah Moore; and John Raethke

Monica Soto-Raethke


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