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Rain can’t dampen San Miguel’s holiday spirit

The Holiday Craft Faire and Lights Parade was a lot of fun in a little rain.

Parade winners were: Dos Hermanos, Best Overall Entry; Almond Acres Charter Academy, Floats; “Japeth the Juggler,” Individual Vehicles; Paso Robles Model A club, Group Vehicles; Native Daughters of the Golden West, Walking Group; and “Chaz and Marty,” Other/Humor.

A special award for Community Spirit was given to “Friends at Christmas Time,” a group of San Miguel residents. Dave Hovde and Eileen Rogers provided commentary in English and Max Elisarraras in Spanish.

Next month, the Parade Committee will begin planning Sagebrush Days, which is in April.

Dick Hoffman honored

At its annual meeting Dec.1, the Native Sons of the Golden West Hall Association honored Dick Hoffmann of San Miguel Parlor No. 150 as its “Native Son of the Year” for his efforts in fundraising and 20-plus years as a member of the Native Sons Charitable Foundation.

The foundation supports Craniofacial Anomalies Clinics at three major California hospitals.

Hoffmann, who grew up in San Miguel, was presented a plaque, and $5,000 was donated by the association to the Charitable Foundation in his name. He has held both state and local offices in the organization over the years.

For information about NSGW, contact him at 467-0194 or at Men born in California are eligible to become members.

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The San Miguel community wishes everyone a very merry Christmas Day!

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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 805-467-3565.