Tag Archive: David Middlecamp

Jun 19

Lovern’s Clam Bell of Oceano

The clam bell called Oceaon clammers to the clams for many years at Lovern's in Oceano

Drifting fog, a bell rings over the dunes a cold clam fork in hand… On Sept. 7, 1989 Telegram-Tribune reporter Carol Roberts wrote about the clam bell. OCEANO — Betty Boyd had a few friends over last weekend to ring a bell. The bell once rang atop her dad Bill Lovern’s store on Pier Avenue, …

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May 31

Building Niblick Bridge in Paso Robles

Municipal Services Director Jay Lyon checks progress on the Niblick bridge. His tenure began with the 13th Street Bridge.

When Jay Lyon retired as Paso Robles municipal services director it was a chance to review accomplishments and predict the future. Phil Dirkx wrote a story and sidebar that ran February 26, 1987 and here are a few of the highlights. Jay Lyon, Paso Robles municipal services director will finish his city career the same …

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Jan 16

Pinnacles National Park, the newest and smallest NP

This photo is from trip to the west side of Pinnacles in 1984. ©David Middlecamp

Pinnacles National Park is the closest to San Luis Obispo, the newest and the smallest in the park system. President Barack Obama signed legislation Jan 10, 2013 upgrading the national monument to the more prominent national park status. The 59th national park is 26,000 acres of volcanic spires and a home to the endangered California …

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Oct 05

Price Anniversary House, before it was restored

The wood covering for the three-gabled house was destroyed by fire a few years after this story and now little is left of the adobe walls. ©David Middlecamp/The Tribune

In the historical preservation process there are happy endings and sad ones. The Price Anniversary house looks a whole lot better than it did in 1987. The story headline was optimistic. It has taken years and a series of efforts by many volunteers but now the once dilapidated house is the centerpiece of a park. …

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Aug 05

Templeton park canon now silent

Civil War era canon in Templeton Park dated 1863 was cast in Pittsburgh, Pa. ©David Middlecamp/The Tribune

This article ran in the October 19, 1962 edition of the Telegram-Tribune but it was easier to make a new photograph while driving by recently than to try to find the 1962 image. Civil War Veteran TEMPLETON — Although the cannon mounted at the Templeton community park was designed for use in the American Civil …

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Jul 11

The Chinese temple in Cambria

The former Chinese temple in Cambria in 1980. ©The Tribune

A century-old lost coin leads to the rediscovery of what was once the centerpiece of a long-gone community. Historical buildings are often taken for granted and allowed to slip away. Sometimes it is an attempt to erase our past; sometimes the culprit is neglect or a lack of money. All three causes intersect in an …

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Jun 06

Why Ray Bradbury loved libraries, dedication in Paso Robles

At the Paso Robles library dedication featured speaker was author Ray Bradbury.© David Middlecamp/The Tribune

Beside his typewriter was a sign that said “Don’t Think.” Prolific author Ray Bradbury came to the Central Coast on several occasions, Telegram-Tribune reporter Patrick O’Sullivan documented a visit to Hancock College in Oct. 1985. “We are ideas bursting to be born,” Bradbury said. “You are the idea beasts of time.” He advocated writing fast …

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Apr 21

Robyn Metchik, drama and art

Aaron Metchik left was featured in a story about his role in the TV comedy "Torkelsons" in this October 1991 photo.  He is with his real-life family, mom Robyn and siblings Ariana and Asher. Published 10-10-1991 David Middlecamp

Robyn Metchik has a talented family. The Lucia Mar drama teacher has seen her son Aaron land roles in a network television situation comedy “Torkelsons”. Both Aaron and Asher were in the film Sissy Spacek film “Trading Mom.” Aaron also was featured in the movie “Baby Sitters Club”. Daughter Ari is an award winning painter …

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Mar 27

Remembering Grace Mitchell

Grace Mitchell prepares to lead the faculty and graduates of Cuesta College into the gym for commencement ceremonies Friday night. ©Tribune photo by David Middlecamp

Grace Mitchell was so popular she was named 1995 Citizen of the Year in San Luis Obispo even though she lived in Morro Bay. Her work in the community in addition to being president of Cuesta College led to more nominations than anyone in the previous 24-year history of the program. She was Cuesta College’s …

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Mar 01

Ft. Ord becomes CSU Monterey Bay

The sign lists it as "Central Campus Meeting House" but it looks like the chapels from military bases. CSU Montery Bay was built on the site of Fort Ord. © 2010 David Middlecamp CSU Montery Bay library. ©2010 David Middlecamp By far the most commented post on Photos From the Vault is "Vietnam basic training …

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