Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian Letters to the Editor May 22


Several years ago I wrote a letter to The Cambrian reporting the organization that had sponsored that year’s Cambria Oktoberfest had decided to discontinue its sponsorship of the event. A few days after the letter appeared, American Legion Post No. 432, Santa Rosa Roman Catholic Church and St. Paul's Episcopal Church formed a new Oktoberfest Committee and Cambria’s Oktoberfest was born again.

I am writing to The Cambrian again because the committee that has produced Cambria’s Oktoberfest for several years has opted to do so no longer. The passing of time has taken its toll and most of us no longer have the will and the energy to do the work it takes to put on an event like this.

Through the years the Cambria Oktoberfest has lived up to its claim that “Oktoberfest in Cambria is wunderbar!” while generating approximately $50,000 for local charities.

Hard-earned and well-deserved kudos go to the members of the original committee who have served continuously since the Oktoberfest in the tent on the Pinedorado Grounds: Lee McFarland and Ron Swierk (Santa Rosa), John Ehlers and Jerry McKinnon (Post 432) and Barbara Marks and the undersigned (St. Paul’s).

A sincere Dankeschön (Thank you!) is due to the many merchants and businesses of Cambria who generously supported Oktoberfest with advertising and gifts and to the dozens of volunteers who helped make Oktoberfest happen every year.

We have accumulated quite an inventory (hall decorations, table decorations, glassware, entertainment contacts, etc.) and considerable experience, which we would be happy to share with any organization interested in continuing the tradition of Oktoberfest in Cambria. Contact Lee McFarland (927-2860) for more information.

Don Dallmann, for the 2013 

Cambria Oktoberfest Committee

Amgen volunteers

I would like to send a huge thank you to all of the fantastic volunteers who tirelessly worked in the heat last week Wednesday to assure safety and efficiency at the Fourth Stage finish of the Amgen Tour of California race. You made our part of this enormous endeavor a great success with grace, humor and unbelievable flexibility. We experienced many on-the-spot changes in plans, and you took it all in stride. Many of you offered to stay long past your assigned times to take on another job when we needed you.

And you were definitely noticed! One race organizer said she was thrilled to see all the yellow volunteer shirts as her car sped down Main Street ahead of the sprinters.

I hope you had fun and feel the experience was time well spent. I enjoyed meeting many of you for the first time and truly appreciate your contribution to this truly amazing event in Cambria. I look forward to seeing you again. Big hugs to all.

Susan McDonald, volunteer director

Amgen Local Organizing Committee, Cambria

Vote for Gibson

I have often thought how fortunate we are in this beautiful place we live to be free of the gutter crawling and mud slinging that characterizes so many campaigns statewide and nationally. I have found Bruce Gibson and Muril Clift to be honorable men and true public servants.

I do feel that Bruce is better qualified to face the road ahead, and to deal with the serious problems our state is facing.

Also, I have been particularly impressed with his efforts regarding our great new library — libraries are so important to a literate, civilized society.

Bob McLaughlin

San Simeon

Feeding neighbors

About 3,000 pounds of non-perishable food was collected by letter carriers in the recent postal food drive. The collected food helped refill the pantry at the Vineyard Church, which will distribute the food to those in need.

Thanks to the Vineyard Church, my fellow employees at the Cambria Post Office and especially to all the generous people who donated items.

Scott Colangelo


Thank you Cambria!

What an amazing town this is! In less than a month we were able to put together a very successful fundraiser for our beloved employee Angie. Not only did our staff volunteer their time and dollars but many local vendors donated wonderful auction and raffle items. Wineries gave wine to sell, other suppliers offered food and linens and paper goods. Angie is doing well and thanks you from the bottom of her huge heart!

Thank you to all that attended and especially those listed here: Dennis and Shelley White, Marcelle Bakula-Davis, French Corner Bakery, Jordano’s, Newport, SLO Paper, Mission Linen, Black Cat, Cambria Glass, Cinnabar, Fermentations, Donna Ortiz, Earthsea Pottery, El Chorlito, Indigo Moon, Kori Savoie Photography, Las Cambritas, Linn's, Lombardi’s, Manta Rey, Moonstones, Nancy Moss, Patrice Wyse, Sarah Blair, Sea Chest, Sow’s Ear, Spellbound, Stony Wilson, The Garden Shed, Matter of Taste, Sweet Offerings, Coastal Peaks Coffee, Creekside Garden Café, New Moon, Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill, Luna Red, Ace Hardware, Cambria Chevron, Gerber’s Auto, Cambria Tap House, Boni’s Taco’s, Petit Soleil B&B, Ocean Heir, Exotic Nature, Wine : Taste, Harmony  Wines, J Lohr Winery, C&M Wines, Moonstone Winery, Tolosa Winery, Kenneth Volk Winery, J&L Wines, Southern Wines, Bianchi   Winery, Stolo Family Winery, Martha Stephens, Jim Chalifoux, Brett & Julie Mitchell, Sunny Wright, Cambria Nursery, GOWA,, Pat Riley, Lombardi’s and Debbie Kaperonis.

Shanny Covey, owner

Robin’s Restaurant

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