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San Miguel School Board to weigh in on oil trains

The San Miguel School Board, which meets Thursday night at Lillian Larsen School, will hear a presentation from Beth Kean of the California Nurses Association and Lee Perkins of ProtectSLO, representing a North County group in opposition to the proposed transportation of oil through San Luis Obispo County by train.

The proposed mile-long trains would transport 2.4 million gallons of oil through the county five times a week.

The board will then consider Resolution 2015-16-03 Opposing Oil Trains and Rejecting Phillips 66 Proposed Oil Train.

Open session begins at 6:30 p.m., and meetings are open to the public.

Potluck and bingo

Thursday night, the Community Potluck starts at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center at 601 12th St. on the east side of the railroad tracks off N Street. All are welcome to bring something to share.

On Friday, bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. This will be the only bingo night in November because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Help plan parade

The Christmas Light Parade meeting will be held on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the CSD meeting room at the Fire Station, 1150 Mission St.

All are invited and welcome to share in making it a wonderful day of fun and activities. The saying “many hands make light work” is certainly true!

Carpenter kudos

In a recent Tribune story, The Carpenter Shop of San Miguel received recognition for a beautifully restored fireplace. Rick Decater is very talented in both restoration and finish carpentry.

Advisory council

The San Miguel Advisory Council will meet a week early on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Community Building in the park, due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

Go to for current information on San Miguel events, businesses, organizations, churches and opportunities to volunteer. A history section features stories and pictures from early-day families, the town and area.

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the number of oil trains that would travel through San Luis Obispo County under a proposal by the Phillips 66 refinery. The proposal calls for one train per day — or five trains per week.

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