Category: Colony People

Welcome Back Conrad

The AHS band will experience a significant change this year when it skips marching competitions to focus on musicianship and local events, says director Nate Conrad.

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Doug Filipponi savors the good life in Santa Margarita

It’s Monday in the tasting room at Ancient Peaks Winery in downtown Santa Margarita. What was pin-drop quiet minutes after unlocking the front door is bustling moments later. In an adjacent room, co-owner Doug Filipponi remains attentive while juggling a smartphone and mental calendars. He’s tying loose ends and stealing time for a meeting before leaving town the next day. It’s a busy life for this grape grower, well driller and cattle rancher. Doug’s many ventures all serve to underscore his affinity for the North SLO County terrain, in which he is well-rooted.

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Karen McNamara: Realtor, business owner, community advocate

Karen McNamara has not lived in Atascadero all her life but she loves Atascadero as though she had. She moved here with her late husband, Mike McNamara, who died in
June 2015. Since moving to Atascadero, she started the Printery Foundation with Nic Mattson, who had started discussing the fate of the historic building with Mike, but Mike died before anything could be done.
“He didn’t like to complain,” Karen said. “If he didn’t like something, he did something about it. He was just a really good man… Mike and Nick both grew up here, it’s a building they both
care about.”

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Jeannie Malik: Atascadero’s Leading Lady

Jeannie Malik loved watching actors dance in musicals as a child, but she was more interested in choir and baton twirling.
Yet, in 2012, at the age of 56, the novice dancer dazzled the crowd at the Dancing with Our Stars competition, performing an impressive tap dance with county supervisor Jim Patterson.

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