Read Our Current Issue Day Tripping: Cheese and Wine I love cheese and wine, especially when local and paired together, so I headed to Stepladder Ranch (www.stepladdercreamery.com), a farmstead creamery just north of Cambria on San Simeon-Monterey Creek Road. Jack Rudolph roamed the ranch as a boy after his grandfather... Read More School News: Central Coast students at the PAC Last month, schools across our country, state and nation participated in Read Across America. Several schools throughout the county invited me to share some of my favorite books such as “Green Eggs and Ham” or “Huevos Verdes con Jamón.” One of my favorite Seuss quotes... Read More James Louis Gillis: Our country’s ‘father’ of the modern library In any community retrospect, there are influential figures from the past who left a notable imprint upon the life of future generations only to eventually recede into the mists of time and memory. Some are so important, so remembered, a grateful heritage may erect... Read More Nick Deshon: Inn at the Pier’s new executive chef Nicholas "Nick" Deshon--newest executive chef at the Inn at the Pier in Pismo Beach—got his first taste of the Central Coast when he and his family would leave their Huntington Beach home for the sunny shores of Lake Nacimiento. “I have been coming up to (Lake)... Read More Halfway Station alive on Highway 41 After months of anticipation, as frequent commuters and visitors trekking up Highway 41 between Atascadero and Morro Bay wondered what might become of a landmark watering hole, doors at the Halfway Station tentatively opened in early April. Most recently known as Last... Read More Candice Hubbard: Giving back in everything she does Candice Hubbard spends her life giving to others and loves what she does. At present, she is a virtual special education teacher, ambassador for Noonday Collection and a site director for a summer exchange program, and that’s just for her working life. As a volunteer,... Read More I CARE INTERNATIONAL, Inc.: Miles, smiles and giving the gift of sight “Do you live in a house, ” I asked? “No, la calle (the street), ” he said. I knew that without asking. People with disabilities end up desperately poor in countries like Honduras. And poor people end up on the street. It was his lot. He reached for my hand and held it... Read More Nate Bass: Paso Robles Fire Engineer My father fought fires in Philadelphia, where I grew up, from the end of WW II until 1975 when he retired as a captain. My childhood memories include many stories and visits to the fire houses where he was stationed. And, yes, I did get to slide down the fire pole and... Read More Eldonna Edwards: Never. Give. Up. IN THE AWARD-WINNING DOCUMENTARY, PERFECT STRANGERS, Eldonna Edwards’ three-year odyssey to become a kidney donor is chronicled. She would later write her own memoir of that journey, Lost in Transplantation, a first book that would launch her career as a writer and... Read More Live Oak Music Festival: Back to its San Luis Obispo roots at El Chorro Regional Park After nearly three decades of musical performances staged at Live Oak Camp in Santa Barbara County, the annual Live Oak Music Festival is going back to its roots and will be held at El Chorro Regional Park in San Luis Obispo this year. In addition to moving locations,... Read More Read this month’s cover story Becoming Rich … Rich Ferguson that is! Will Kraemer: Skills USA National Champion and Collegiate Logging Champion Phyllis Madonna passes the touch…and the love lives on Luke O’Leary: National FFA President Honor Flight…You had to be there!