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New life-size image greets visitors near Mission San Miguel

Artist Steve Kalar stands next to a life-size image of Father Reginald McDonough OFM in San Miguel.
Artist Steve Kalar stands next to a life-size image of Father Reginald McDonough OFM in San Miguel.

A likeness of Franciscan Father Reginald McDonough OFM now greets visitors to the little park next to Mission San Miguel that bears his name.

Local artist Steve Kalar created the nearly life-size image out of wood. Father Reginald spent 36 years at the mission in various capacities and was chaplain for the former Paso Robles School for Boys. He was well known and loved by many people in the North County. Born in San Francisco, he was a longtime member of San Miguel Parlor #150 of Native Sons of the Golden West who take care of the little park.

New store, park update

The new Dollar General store near the Highway 101 interchange on 10th Street is scheduled to open on Monday, according to the banner posted in front of it. People eagerly anticipate shopping there. Hours will soon be posted.

The majority of work on San Miguel Park on K Street should be completed by the week of Aug. 5, according to planner Elizabeth Kavanaugh. There has been a delay on the lights and signs, and seeded grassy areas will be fenced for three months to help the grass grow. The picnic area will be open for the annual Lions Club Old Timers Picnic on Sunday, Aug. 27.


July 27: Community Services Board Meeting at 7 p.m. at the CSD office, 1250 Mission Street

July 28: Community bingo at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center on East 12th Street; open to all.

July 30: Pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Senior Center. Children ages 6 and under eat for free. Menu: pancakes, sausages, scrambled eggs, orange juice and coffee for $8.

Aug. 3: First District County Supervisor John Peschong office hours from 2-4 p.m. at the Parish Hall behind Mission San Miguel.

Go to to (Resource Connection), for current information on San Miguel events, businesses, organizations, churches and opportunities to volunteer. Topical entry forms and applications are available to fill out online. A history section features stories and pictures from early-day families, the town and area

Lynne Schmitz’s column is special to The Tribune. She is a longtime resident of San Miguel, and her column appears biweekly. Reach her at (with “San Miguel News” in the subject line) or at 805-467-3565.