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               What's New!

    Feb. 9...Deadline for comments on temp. close of 101 to bicyclists
    Feb. 12...Bingo at Sr. Center
    Feb. 12...Fish Fry
    Feb. 14...Trail Ride Fundraiser
    Feb. 24...San Miguel Advisory Council mtg.
    Feb. 25...San Miguel Chamber Business Expo
    Feb. 25...San Miguel Community Services Dist. Board mtg.
    Feb. 25...Public Hearing at CSD mtg. on proposed increases to trash collection fees.
    Feb. 26...Fish Fry
    Feb. 26...Bingo at Sr. Citizens  ( have fish for dinner and then go play Bingo!)

    Mar. 4...Fish Fry
    Mar. 11...Fish Fry
    Mar. 25...Fish Fry


    The San Miguel Chamber of Commerce and Pleasant Valley Wine Trail Presents...
    2016 Business Expo 

    The San Miguel Chamber of Commerce (SMCC) and the Pleasant ValleyWine Trail invite you to the San Miguel Business Expo February 25th from 11am to 4pm at the San Miguel Parish Hall. Tables for business display are $25. Admission is free with your business card. A $15 luncheon will be provided; proceeds go to the Native Sons and Daughters of the Golden West and the San Miguel Chamber Scholarship Fund. 

    For more information:  info@sanmiguelchamber.org

        • Fish Fries at the San Miguel Community Center on Friday nights beginning February 12th through March 25th.  You can dine in and catch up with old friends or take it home to enjoy. Dinners are $12.00 which includes fish, French fries, cole slaw, a drink and an ice cream cup.

          For more information, please call Lion Pug at (805) 459-4722 or Lion Terry at (805) 459-4722

          Caltrans invites Public input on temporary closure to bicyclists during construction of 101 from Camp Roberts to Wellsona road. Please see attached fact sheet on the Caltrans US 101 North Paso Rehab Project featuring a planned temporary closure for bicyclists during construction from fall 2016 through fall 2018. We are inviting public input on this closure and request comments submitted to Project Manager Amy Donatello by Feb. 9, 2016. She can be reached at 805-549-3014 or amy.donatello@dot.ca.gov . Please distribute this fact sheet to all those interested. 

          Please note that if you click on top right corner of document below you can zoom in or use the arrow to see full document on separate screen.  You can also scroll through the document as it is displayed here.

          Fundraiser Trail Ride 
          to Benefit Partners in Equestrian Therapy

          Have a little extra time and interested in helping change a kids life, check this out.

           Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  Find out how you can change your community through the life of a child www.slobigs.org or 805-239-3534

          San Miguel  Advisory Council  next meeting Feb. 24 7pm @ Community Center   Public Reports,  Council Reports, Community Reports, County Planning Report,  --     You can contact Mike Sanders for more information:  805-712-9120

  • All members or interested members of the SMCC are invited to join each month's Board Meetings.  Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at6:30pm at Mars Mega Storage off Hwy 101 on Wellsona.  (Just past Vines RV.) more info:   www.sanmiguelchamber.org 

    District Board Meeting Highlights—January 21st and January 28th      

    At a Special January 21st Board meeting, District Board Members conducted a Closed Session to deal with an anticipated litigation matters.  There were no reportable actions from the Closed Session. 

    At its Regular January 28th Board meeting, Board Members approved the set-up of a Vehicle Replacement Fund to be used for future replacement of

     District vehicles.  Board also set up a Capital Projects Fund to handle Board approved Capital Projects for enhanced accountability. 

    Board also approved the fireworks fees for 4th of July 2016 fireworks sales.  More news on dates and fees will be published when this annual event is closer to the holiday.


    A Special Board Meeting is scheduled for February 5, 2016 at 11:00a.m.

    The next Regular Board Meeting is scheduled for February 25, 2016 at 7pm in District Meeting Room, 1150 Mission Street.  

    At that meeting will be the Public Hearing on proposed increases to TRASH COLLECTION and DISPOSAL SERVICES CHARGES.  Come and let your voice be heard 


    New District Webpage:  The 
    ew District webpage is done and will go live very shortly.  Meantime, anyone can find the new webpage by using the old webpage address, www.sanmiguelcsd.org. Once there, click on the “Go There Now” tab to visit the new webpage.

    Agendas, notices, Board Member information, special information and links to other useful websites can be found there, especially fire information.  Also including information about drought tolerate landscaping, rain barrels and other important drought information.

    For more information, contact   www.sanmiguelcsd.org.

    Save Our Water’s website is available in English and Spanish and is filled with tips and tools to help everyone wanting ways to conserve water inside and outside the home.  Save Our Water is a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies and California Department of Water Resources.  Go to http://saveourh2o.org/ for more info.

     Enjoy a fun night out playing bingo!     San Miguel Senior Citizens host Bi-monthly Bingo at Senior Center East 12th St.  
  • Bingo the 2nd and 4th Friday  
    They invite all interested adults to join in.  Doors open at 6 pm. They play 10 games at  only 50 cents per card and you can enjoy refreshment while you play.  Also, once a month they host a Sunday morning Pancake Breakfast from 8:30-11:30. Scheduled on the last Sunday of each month,  

  •  Highway Gateway Signs for San Miguel are almost complete.  
  • Picture is of the sign underway at North end of San Miguel. Another is also almost complete at far South end of town. With the bell, wording and final touches they will be awesome!
  • Second Photo as of January 28, 2016
  •  Thought you would enjoy the details.
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    Save Our Water’s website
    is available in English and Spanish and is filled with tips and tools to help everyone wanting ways to conserve water inside and outside the home.  Save Our Water is a partnership between the Association of California Water Agencies and California Department of Water ResourcesGo to http://saveourh2o.org/ for more info.

    San Miguel Joint Union School District 
     School Board Meetings  information

    next meeting  Thursday,  

     The board packet may be accessed at our district website -- Select District, Governing Board from the drop down menu and select the agenda and board packet you wish to view. 

    Thank you,  Jan Brown,  Administrative Asst. to the Superintendent 

    Who are Friends of the Adobes?

    Friends of the Adobes, Inc. is a non-profit organization incorporated in 1968 for the purpose of bringing together persons interested in history, especially the history of northern San Luis Obispo county and southern Monterey county. The organization’s major function is to promote the restoration and maintenance of adobes and other landmarks of historical significance in these areas.  

    It's time for their annual membership renewal drive.  Memberships are available for as little as $10, and Lifetime memberships start at only $150.  

     Rios-Caledonia Adobe

    California Historical Landmark No. 936

    This former residence, inn, and stage
    stop was constructed in 1835 and is
    located on the old mission trail
    between San Francisco and Los
    Angeles, adjacent to the San Miguel
    Mission. Preserved adobe buildings
    currently house a Museum and Gift
    Shop, with a Research Library in the
    works. Picnic spots and restrooms
    are available. If you haven’t yet visited, please stop by! The Adobe is open Friday through Sunday from 11 AM to 4 PM. Take the San Miguel exit on Highway 101 (eight miles north of Paso Robles) to 700 S. Mission Street, San Miguel. For more information  www.rios-caledoniaadobe.org.

    History Project: 

     From the archives, Paso Robles Press, an article from 1955, written by pioneer San Miguel resident, Lena Matthis Clemons: One Room Schools Still Recalled in San Miguel

    "The first school at San Miguel was a small adobe one room school under an oak tree just across the railroad tracks from where the San Miguel flour mill is located. From there, part of the pupils who then lived in Vineyard Canyon went to a new school built nearer their homes. Others went to "Old Town" southwest of Old Mission to a one room school located at the north edge of the cemetery.
    As the new town of San Miguel started in 1886 and people began to move in this area, part of the classes were moved to the Caledonia south of Old Mission. School was held there until the students were driven out by fleas that accumulated by the millions from hogs that lived in the old barn just back of the Caledonia.  One day a band of Gypsies came and a teacher, Miss Clara Canoung, and the children were so frightened that they locked the doors and the students crawled under the desks.  

     BRICK SCHOOL    In 1889 they were moved into San Migel to a vacant store building and remained there a year until the new four room two story brick schoolhouse was ready for occupancy.  It was situated on the site of the park and new swimming pool.  By then the town was quite a thriving little city with several hotel, stores, and other business places.

    In the fall of 1886 the railroad had gone through and in the spring of 1887 it had reached Templeton.  Until 1886, "Old Town" had several lovely homes with beautiful flower gardens and shrubs with colorful climbing roses over verandas.

    The Jeffreys Hotel was quite a large building and there was a general store, saloon, meat market, blacksmith shop and Episcopal church next to the school-house on the mesa.   

     MOVE BUILDINGS    As new San Miguel began to grow, several buildings in "Old Town" were moved there, including the Jeffrey Hotel, church, store buildings and so on.  At this time there are only two of those buildings still standing on the old site, which at present are an eyesore to humanity.  New San MIguel through the years had had its misfortunes in the way of hazardous fires, when nearly whole blocks were burned to the ground in a few short hours.  Across the railroad tracks from the depot was a street of business places, consisting of two livery stables, harness and saddle shop, grocery store, large baker, meat market, two Chinese laundries, and a paint shop, of which some of those were burned and others torn down or remodeled.  There are four of these buildings still standing.

    STILL USED  One of the livery stables which was built by John Matthis and Sons is now Louis Bayer' blacksmith shop.  The harness and saddle shop built by Joseph Cramer is now the San Miguel Tavern.  The Fayne Hotel was built by a Mr. Fayne who also was a section boss.  The place is now occupied by the Adkins family.  On the corner at the south end still stands one of the Chinese laundries.

    To finish up this story I will include some of the scholars still alive who attended the first adobe school   Miss Mamie Fitgerald, Paso Robles Walter Thompson, Solvang Edith Bayer, Palo Alto.

    Of those who are know to be still living that attended "Old Town" Lena Matthis Clemons, San Miguel; Walter Thompson, Solvang; Cecelia Milman Bierer, Templeton; Percy Bayer, New York City; and Winnifred Jeffreys All, Palo Alto. " 


     We have been meeting to work on sorting and filing documents.  We'd be happy to hear from you if you'd like to help.  If you have any old photos or maps or information about San Miguel's past that you would be willing to share with us or if you'd like to get involved, we'd  love to hear from you. We're interested in your stories and especially your stories of your ancestors in San Miguel.   2011SMRC@gmail.com.  Be sure to check out the posts on the history discussion board  You may have input to add or you may find something about where you live  or lived in town

    Were you born in California? Then maybe you would like to celebrate your heritage , get involved in your community, and become a member of the San Miguel Native Daughters or Native Sons..

    San Miguel Native Daughters Parlor No. 94 was established in February 1897. They meet at the San Miguel Senior Center the second Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM.The San Miguel Parlor participates in the Sagebrush Parade, the Christmas Parade, and the Pioneer Day Parade are just some of the regular activities of both the Native Daughters and Native Sons.

    The  upcoming Pioneer Ladies Tea that honors the Pioneer Women of our area is sponsored by the San Miguel Native Daughters Parlor.  The Father Reginald Park  close to the Mission is maintained by the San Miguel Native Sons.  They also help with Caledonia Days which is coming up soon.

    The Order works to preserve California’s history, support of children who have special needs, provide scholarships, honor our veterans, participate in local community activities and service groups, support the preservation of our missions and lighthouses, and protect and preserve California’s natural resources.

    Contact information:     dicknjean@tcsn.net  805-467-0194          Jean Hoffmann for Native Daughters,  Dick Hoffmann for Native Sons

    Please jo

    in the Almond Country 

    Quilters’ Guild for their February meeting

    Date: Monday
    ,  Feb. 12, 2016

    Location: Trinity Lutheran Church, 940 Creston Rd., Paso Robles

     Social Time begins at 6:30 pm  Cost: Free  

     Visitors are welcome at our meetings so please join us. February's program will be a truck show with instructor Judy Sisnerso.  She is an author of Rectangle Pizzazz, 9 Patch Pizzazz, and Simply Landscapes.  Our Feb. 13 workshop will be from her book Circle Pizzazz.  Dora Espinosa is coordinating and can be contacted at sunzia2@charter.netFor meeting information contact lisajguerrero@msn.com 

    For further information about the Almond Country Quilters Guild, check out our website www.almondcountryquilters.org.  

    For further information about the guild, check out their website www.almondcountryquilters.org

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              • San Miguel Fi



                next Clean up Day

                0n January 9th at CSD 8 am-- 'til full

                Please be aware that this is only for San Miguel residents and Your donations are needed in order to keep this program going. It costs $350 or more each time for dumping fees.


          • Large household items such as furniture, mattresses ($10 fee for each), and generally things that won’t fit into your regular garbage can

          • Metal items such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, freezers, scrap metal of any kind

          • SMALL batteries &electronic items such as TV’s, VCR’s computers, monitors, stereos, etc.

          • Donations are appreciated to help cover dumping fees The

          • Garbage Company donates their service as the Firefighters donate their time for the clean up days, but they have to pay a $350 dump fee plus $10 per mattress, so your generous donations are needed to insure that this event continues.

        • All donations should be addressed to :  SMFA Cleanup Committee

        • Thank you San Miguel Firefighters Association Volunteers

          and San

          Miguel Garbage Co. for all your efforts in making this event possible!