Cambrian: Opinion

Cambrian Letters to the Editor June 12

Pet projects

Diane and Kevin Toman, who opened the Cambria Veterinary Clinic in the former Homeless Animal Rescue Team shelter building on Main Street, stepped up to work with their clients to support Cambria. During the month of April, they invited their clients to get their pets vaccinated and support Greenspace —The Cambria Land Trust at the same time. For every pet that was vaccinated, they donated $10 to Greenspace.

That brought 62 pets into the clinic for their shots, and a total donation to Greenspace of $620.

That will pay for more trees to be grown to replace the trees dying in the drought. It’s money that will go toward purchasing land and keeping it in open space. It will help maintain the Chinese Temple at Creekside Reserve. It will pay for the antique bell recently donated to be restored and placed on display.

As a member of the Greenspace board of directors, I’m impressed with the way these people, whose business is domestic animals, are supporting the habitat where our wildlife lives. How our community pulls together! 

Christine Heinrichs


Bike ride helps kids

Once again, the 14th annual Gene Cerise Memorial Country Coast Classic Bike Ride was a successful event. This year, it benefited the youth of Cambria, Cayucos and San Simeon.

Nearly 200 riders from all over California (a large contingent called “Parker’s Team” came from the Fresno and Clovis area) and from as far away as Wisconsin and Arizona to enjoy our town and riding our scenic highways. The ride continues to attract returnees due to efficient “SAG” support, well-stocked rest stops with local, homemade cookies, ultra-friendly volunteers and the delicious post-ride barbecue.

We would like to thank these many generous volunteers and donors for their time, energy and efforts:

Friday’s pre-ride pasta feed: Steve Kniffen and Sea Chest Oyster Bar and Seafood Restaurant, Helen and Jim Pitton, Cindy Gustafson, Jim Aaron, Connie Brauer, Sarah Covello, David Lacey, Audrey Negley, Ron Swierk and Lee McFarland of The Santa Rosa Catholic Church, Matt Clevenger (wine), Galley Restaurant (wine), and The CUHS Interact Club (Asher Armstrong, Miguel Garcia, Lety Mercado, Rima Panchal, Rebecca Tavera, Octavio Villalavazo and advisor Ayen Johnson).

Cookie bakers: Alese Bell, Becky Kincaid, Lauren Younger, Tom Parsons, Elaine Crescenzi, Sharon Heyne, Ginger Wesner, Linda Douglas, Trudy Chapman, Darlene Wadsworth, Brenda Porter, Margaret Booker, Di Cevillo, Barbara Snyder, Pat Johnson, Beth Cannon, Sherry Eislen, Liz Covello, Viv Raives, and, for the salted baby potatoes, Trudy Chapman and Leann Snodgrass.

Raffle donors: Cambria Bicycle Outfitter, Slime, Bassetti Winery, Stolo Family Vineyard, Sea for Yourself Kayak Rentals, Lone Madrone Winery, bike committee members and SteppingStones.

SAG and HAM Radio: Tom Kennedy, Pat Greco, Michael O'Sullivan, Darrell Rohm, Leann Gonchoroff, David Lacey, Corby Lloyd, Mike Davis, Jim Cissna, Shirley and Norm Smyth and Ron Massengill.

Staging, rest stops, check-in and tear-down: Linda and Dan McDonald, Dianne Brooke, Cindy Gustafson, John FitzRandolph, Alex Ferguson, Art and Trudy Chapman, Sylvia and Joel Segal, Luann and Bob Kelley, Ellie Brown, Joanne Evans, Beth Cannon and Jody, Joan and Richard Berry, Bob Heald, Cathy Brown, Ken Eberle, Claudia Westrom, Tom Parsons, Bert Maxted, Erv Rodgers, David Lacey, Greg Stone, Greg Wilson, and Wally of Wally's Bicycle Works.

Others we’d like to thank include: Bill Hughes (web design), Cambria Roasting Company (coffee), Stan, Randy and Tim at The Cookie Crock (special ordering), Supervisor Bruce Gibson (fee reimbursement).

Special thanks to the fabulous Lions Club of Cambria barbecue crew led by Jonathan Greenberg and Greg Wilson. We host the best food at our annual ride!

We are especially grateful to our generous sponsors: Platinum Level — San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club; Gold level — Cambria Bicycle Outfitter; Slabtown Rollers Cycling Club; Lions Club of Cambria; Cambria’s Anonymous Neighbors; Cambria Physical Therapy; and Loud Design; Silver level — Harvey’s Honey Huts; Rabobank; David Lacey; LLC Biopharmaceutical Consulting; Bronze level – Cambria Pines Realty; Rotary Club of Cambria; Linn’s Fruit Bin; Frank Fratto, D.D.S.; Matt Clevenger, Mackey & Mackey Insurance; Voler; B&A Sotheby's Realty; Partner level — Artifacts Gallery; Cambria Hardware; Jim and Pat Clevenger; Cookie Crock Market; Le Bas International; Ragged Point Inn and Resort; Hunt Cellars; Hinson’s Tire Pros; Old Cambria Marketplace; Lynne F. Singer, CPA; The Westerra Group; and surprise donations from The Cookie Crock.

We really appreciate the time and effort of so many locals who give of their time, get up early and brave the elements to support our local youth programs. We know Gene would be proud of you all!

Jim Rogers, Art Chapman, Bill Hughes, Tom Parsons, Matt Clevenger, Tom Kennedy, Dorine McInerney, Jim Pitton and Marcelle Bakula 

The 14th annual Country Coast Classic Bike Ride Committee

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