Author: Chuck Desmond

Templeton Milk Delivery

Famous Crescent Dairy Farm Bottle Has A New Home Perhaps you’ve seen it standing along 101 by an Oak tree. It’s been there for years. If you’ve lived here for a long time or were born here many years ago, you probably know the story — or some of it anyway. We’re talking about the 12-foot tall milk bottle synonymous with the dairy industry that was a huge factor in our area’s development. Back about 1886, Ray Rossi’s grandfather, Vincent, landed in Ellis Island, NY from Switzerland. He was 19 or 20 years old, and in those days you...

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Stornetta has a passion for his job On a warm October day, City Manager Tom Frutchy swore in Jonathan Stornetta as the new Interim Fire Chief in Paso. 55 people in attendance listened closely to Mr. Frutchy’s comments about Jonathan as he spoke about his duty, honor, service-above-self, values and community. Clearly, there was great respect for Mr. Stornetta —“Fire Chief” may be the title but the position is so much more than that. The sign outside the building says Department of Emergency Services. Let’s take a look.. Jonathan’s age puts him right in the prime-time of when a career becomes defined...

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Kate McKinley — Paso’s Newest 9-1-1 Dispatcher

“I REALLY LOVE MY CAREER” “It’s better to know me and not need me than to need me and not know me.” This holds true for that time when you need to call 9-1-1 and have that gut-wrenching and sinking feeling of wondering if someone will actually answer and really be able to help in time. It’s been awhile since we’ve looked at the Dispatch Department in the Emergency Services building and this is a perfect time to get refreshed, with the arrival of KATE McKINLEY. Firstly, remember, NEVER BE AFRAID you are “bothering someone” by calling 9-1-1. They are...

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Camp Roberts is celebrating its seventy-sixth anniversary this year. We know the story but if you somehow don’t, it’s time to learn it. Camp Roberts is massively important to Paso and San Miguel for many reasons 
including the boost it gives our local economy, which is often overlooked. Half-million troops took their basic training there for WW2 and 200,000 for the 
Korean War. Thousands of men and women from America and our allies still train there each year under the direction of the California National Guard managed by Col. Nicole 
Balliet and Lt. Col Kevin Bender. It was in...

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CHAPTER 2: SURVIVE TO THRIVE Last month in PASO Magazine, we explored the foundation of a relatively new program called RESTORATIVE PARTNERS. We’ll now look at this important work being specifically done in Paso to help women suffering from addiction to rebuild their lives. I know you still have last month’s issue so might I suggest you read (or re-read) that chapter beginning on page 40 before starting this one. Addiction doesn’t play favorites. It’s ruthless and it’ll take whomever it can snare. Here in our county, it’s hard to imagine there are women who are trafficked. It happens....

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