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Day Tripping: Cheese and Wine

I love cheese and wine, especially when local and paired together, so I headed to Stepladder Ranch (, a farmstead creamery just north of Cambria on San Simeon-Monterey Creek Road. Jack Rudolph roamed the ranch as a boy after his grandfather...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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Becoming Rich … Rich Ferguson that is!

Luke O’Leary: National FFA President

Honor Flight…You had to be there!

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