La Honda’s local radio club has laid its plans for 2016. Now 40 members strong, the club is always welcoming new members, and increasing its ability to serve the community with emergency preparedness and radio communications. Meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 10am, often at the La Honda Fire Brigade. You can check their website, sc4arc.org for more information.
February 20th’s technical session will highlight several local emergency groups, and the differences between them. Also demonstrated will be the use of dual band radios, which offer the ability to monitor two frequencies, or stations simultaneously. This ability has shown itself to be extremely useful in emergency situations, where local communications need to be conducted, but remaining in touch with another coastside or bayside station is critical.
Dual Band Radio
In March, the focus will be on Communication Skills: how to effectively and efficiently communicate when in an emergency. In an emergency, it’s easy to let adrenalin take over and cloud your ability to speak clearly and calmly. This class will share ways to collect your thoughts and deliver essential information in a concise way. In a true emergency, many people will have important information to pass along, and clogging the airwaves with unnecessary chatter could have life-threatening implications.
Other activities this year include Field Day, an annual 24 hour event to demonstrate the ability to set up radios with emergency power and contact ham operators far and wide. This event the last weekend of June is often held in La Honda Gardens. Club members also support events like Dream Machines in April, and the Half Moon Bay Marathon in September with radio communications.
Club meetings are open to the public, and begin at 10am with club business, followed by the technical session. Anyone with an interest in emergency preparedness or radio communications is encouraged to attend. You may become the next person in your neighborhood to get your ham license, or become part of the growing number prepared to help in an emergency!
Hidden away as it is, up Sears Ranch Road, a person could live in Cuesta for months and not realize there is a church in town if they never drive up the road to the school. The church you see today was built in the mid-20th century, but the church community has existed since before 1883.
Someone recently came across pictures of the 1954 dedication of Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church. Along with St. Anthony’s in Pescadero, Our Lady of Refuge is a mission church of the parish of Our Lady of the Pillar in Half Moon Bay. The following is adapted from a portion of a booklet published in 1968 for the celebration of the centennial of Our Lady of the Pillar parish.
The chapel of Our Lady of Refuge in La Honda, built in 1953, was dedicated on May 16 1954, by Most Reverend Merlin J. Guilfoyle, Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco.
In the 1880s, when La Honda was a summer resort destination, Catholic services in La Honda were held in various places until a suitable building was found. But with a shift in population, the original church was later sold and the property on which it stood reverted to the owner. Parishioners then attended St. Gregory's in San Gregorio. Later on, when the La Honda congregation built up again, the priests from Half Moon Bay began offering Mass at La Honda--in the pre-1953 days in available halls. (Editors note: the banquet room at Boots and Saddles Lodge was one of those places).
General construction of this church is wood frame and concrete. The main frames which span the structure are of reinforced concrete and weigh about 10 tons each. The interior of the church is simple. The altar is executed in walnut and the focusing of attention on the altar is facilitated by carefully planned lighting. The finishes are creosote stains and natural oils. The wide overhangs are designed for protection of the structure in an area where considerable rains fall in the wintertime. The structure is heated by a forced warm air system. The cost was $67,295.25.
The propane heater was replaced last year. We believe that it was the original from 1954.