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Summer arrives early in the SCV

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Posted: May 19, 2008 8:07 p.m.
Updated: July 19, 2008 5:01 a.m.
While it seems that summer has arrived with guns a-blazing in the SCV, we were fortunate to have the best weather I've ever experienced for Taste of the Town on May 4. Let's hope that June gloom returns ASAP!

Seen at Taste of the Town
Spotted at the annual Taste of the Town event held at the Mann Biomedical Park in Valencia: Don and Cheri Fleming, Greg Amsler, John and Janice Hoskinson, Kiki and Jeff Hacker, John Dow, Dennis Poore, Linda Lambourne, Betty and Rick Fung, David Gauny, Debbie and John Heys, Charlotte and Frank Kleeman, Ingrid and TimBen Boydston, Mary and Murray Siegel, Peter Goossens, Karen and Brian Whiteley, Shelley Hann, Pam and Steve Ingram, Steve and Julie Sturgeon, Bruce and Gloria Fortine, Jay and Teresa Harn, Mark and Eileen Winger, Vanessa and Scott Wilk, Bob Russ, Bob and Sharon Spierer, Jill Mellady, Kris Hough, Jim and Julia Hicken, Chris and Jane Fall and Elizabeth Hopp.

Fabulous food, wonderful desserts
Who had the longest line at Taste of the Town? By my reckoning it was Claire's Cake and Candy Supplies. The goodies they were passing out looked wonderful! (I was too impatient to wait in line!) The food this year was amazing, among my faves: Always the cheesesteak sandwich from Philly's Best; the gazpacho and crab claw from the wonderful Daniel Otto, of the Oaks Grille at TPC; RSVP Catering and Cindy Smith offered up several superb selections, including the pomegranate cocktail and de-lish Chinese chicken salad; Earl of Sandwich was yummy!; Elda of the Tea Gardens offered up a full plate of tiny tea sandwiches and the best scone I have ever tasted; and the bacon-wrapped shrimp from Salt Creek Grille is always a crowd favorite!

The Miss SCV Scholarship Program
The Miss SCV Scholarship Program is unlike any other pageant program. It requires the contestants to perform hours of community service to participate. The pageant queens can often be found at Chamber of Commerce ribbon cuttings, selling fundraising raffle tickets, helping out at numerous non-profits or otherwise giving back to the SCV. I spotted several members of the new royal court at Taste of the Town, helping with the super silent auction and other duties. It's a joy to watch these young women grow into lovely, confident young ladies. When I attended the pageant a few weeks back I neglected to mention how much I enjoyed sharing the evening pageant with attendees Mayor Bob Kellar, Kathy Keysor Smith, Bruce Fortine, Gloria Mercado Fortine and Barbara Myler.

Thanks to all...

Thank you to all for all the wonderfully kind cards, flowers and e-mails on the death of my mother-in-law, Delores Buttelman. Your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten.

Michele E. Buttelman is the specialty publications manager for The Signal. She can be reached by e-mail at


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