July 25, 2010

Colonel Allensworth SHP Now has a Bike Rental Fleet!

Thanks to a donation from Walmart you will able to rent a bicycle next time you visit Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. The park now has a fleet of two step thru ladies bikes and three heavy duty Sun Atlas beach cruisers.

Ranger Steven Ptomey said Allensworth is the perfect place to bike.

Stephen Hill, Sr.

July 22, 2010

Passing of Mrs. Josephine Blodgett Smith

Mrs. Josephine Blodgett Smith

1914 – 2010

We recently learned of the death of Mrs. Josephine Blodgett Smith, the granddaughter of Colonel Allen and Josephine Allensworth. Mrs. Smith was a member of the Advisory Committee that performed the site study that lead to the Department of Parks and Recreation acquiring and developing the historic town site of Allensworth into a California State historic Park.

Mrs. Smith recently celebrated her 96th birthday and was surrounded by family at the time of her passing. The family is preparing a small private service and has requested that no flowers be sent. We ask that you keep the family in your prayers.

Stephen Hill, Sr.

July 16, 2010

Star Gazing Party

Star Gazing Party

“Star Gazing” party at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park on Friday, July 30th, 9 pm to midnight.

Colonel Allensworth SHP’s location, away from the glow of bright city lights, makes it an ideal place for star gazing.

Come out and see how many constellations you can identify. Maybe you will be lucky enough to witness a shooting star crashing and burning high in Earth’s upper atmosphere. Or maybe you will spot an earth grazer, a long, slow and colorful meteor that skims the Earth’s atmosphere like a stone skipping across the surface of a pond.

Bring a comfortable chair, bug spray, food and drinks, blanket, and a red-filtered flashlight for reading maps and charts without ruining your night vision. Binoculars and telescopes are optional.

Stephen Hill, Sr.

July 07, 2010

California Major Newsletters Support Prop 21

The State Parks and Wildlife Conservation Trust Fund Act of 2010 is now Proposition 21.

Major newspapers throughout California have written editorials supporting Proposition 21.

The San Luis Obispo Tribune:

“State parks are far too important to our economy, our health and our quality of life to continually be at the mercy of the ups and downs of the economy or the whims of politicians.”

“Proposition 21 is the most expeditious and practical way to generate the revenue we need to repair our endangered parks, beaches and historic landmarks.”

The Sacramento Bee:

“The parks have more than $100 million worth of maintenance needs each year. But shrinking budgets mean that only a portion of the work gets done. Projects get delayed and accumulate. Today, the state parks system has a maintenance backlog of $1.3 billion.”

KNBC-TV Los Angeles highlighted the poor maintenance conditions in Southern California State Parks in a two-part report.


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Stephen Hill, Sr.