People in these mountain communities lead interesting lives, and Maggie Van Ostrand has the journalistic background in interviewing to write their stories.
A freelance writer and humor columnist, Maggie divides her time between homes in Pine Mountain Club and Guadalajara. Her columns appear in local newspapers and internet publications, and her articles are published in national newspapers and magazines. For further information, see her website: http://www.maggievanostrand.com
The stories below are listed alphabetically by last name. Use or Ctrl+F (Windows) or Cmd+F (Mac) to search for a name or business. Newest additions are marked .
It's been two years since Steve Blaisdell arrived in Lebec from his Indiana hometown, where he learned the plumbing trade from his stepfather. Back then in his spare time, he mined the mineral, opal, an iridescent variety of which is used as a gem.
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Sage & Cinnamon
Kim Bucio recently opened Pine Mountain Club's newest restaurant, Sage & Cinnamon,. "I learned a lot about this business from working at a bed & breakfast in Santa Barbara" said Kim. Before that, she was receptionist at Bayshore Chevy, where she met future husband, Marco Bucio (pronounced "Boo-sio"), then their Service Manager.
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In 1988, Toronto-born Kate Donahue arrived in Frazier ("I love it here") Park after leaving her Lebec job as a heavy-equipment operator (snow plow) for Cal Trans and later, for State Parks. Growing up in the San Fernando Valley with eight siblings hinted that she could do anything she set her mind to.
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The Bear Claw Bakery
Is that a real bear standing in line at The Bear Claw Bakery, or just a very large person in a fur coat? That's not as weird as it sounds.
Pine Mountain Club Transfer Site
In 1987, the Iran-Contra scandal hit the nation, Dirty Dancing, and Moonstruck were box office hits and an Emmy went to The Golden Girls. That was the same year Pine Mountain Club got a golden girl of its own, Barbara Elmore.
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Happy House Pre-School
One of the wonders of our mountain communities is British-born Hazel Helliwell, proprietress of "Happy House Pre-School" in Pine Mountain Club.
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Frazier Park Market
No place in our area was more popular during the long supermarket workers' strike of 2003-2004 than Frazier Park Market. Business picked up considerably and, happily, many shoppers outside the immediate area who "discovered" it at that time, have remained loyal.
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Frazier Mountain Internet
It doesn't matter whether you have a computer and use Scott Rosen's ISP, frazmtn.com. It doesn't matter if you have a horse and know Scott's quarterhorses, Uno and Woody (Woody belongs to his daughter). Doesn't even matter whether you live in Frazier Park, Pine Mountain Club, Lebec, Pinon Pines or Lockwood Valley, you probably still know Scott Rosen. Why?
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Tecuya Feed & Animal Supply
The name Tecuya comes from the Yokut Indian name for the Chumash Indians who occupied this region, but when Neal Smith answers the phone, he just says, "T Feed."
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Frazier Park Pharmacy
Greg Thompson, soft-spoken resident of Frazier Park, could easily have been the model for a Norman Rockwell painting of a small-town pharmacist. In fact, he is a small-town pharmacist.
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Books are more than what they make a movie out of for television. They are friends, teachers, they stir the imagination and, as someone called "Anonymous" once said, "Book lovers never go to bed alone."
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Carol Lee Weber
Pine Mountain Club Post Office
California's infamous rolling brownouts do not affect Pine Mountain Club residents as they do other towns, because we have a special source of electricity -- the smile of Postmistress, Carol Lee Weber. It can light up the entire community.
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