On the Town

Here are some future leaders of America

By: Joel Gordiejew
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Stories of accomplishment are dear to my heart. And I really get excited when I hear of young people reaching milestones in their lives.

Recently, three 14-year-old friends — Jake Kolander, Seth Grayson and Jakob Grimsman — received the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program: Eagle Scout.

The requirement to reach this level includes earning 21 merit badges and demonstrating, by service and leadership, Scout Spirit through the Boy Scout Oath and Law.

This journey also includes an extensive service project that the scout plans, organizes, leads and manages. And that’s what these young men did.

Jake led a team of volunteers and built a kiosk at Folsom Elementary School so the PTA could display upcoming activities and school information. This project has been welcomed by the school and community.

Seth led a team that refurbished a softball backstop for the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints in Rancho Cordova. The facility is used by many groups as well as teams on a regular basis.

Jakob’s team of volunteers built a working gold mining exhibit at Pioneer Village in Old Town Folsom. The exhibit, open to the public, has a mine shaft, sluice boxes and running water for gold panning.

So, as you can see, all three did something to enhance the community and all three were rightfully presented their Scout awards — a medal and a badge — that visibly recognize their accomplishments.

Our congratulations go out to these fine young men.

If you know of anyone in the community that has contributed or made a difference in others lives, let us know. We’d be more than happy to share with our readers.  

Things moms used to say

Clean your glasses, you can’t be optimistic with misty optics. … Don’t be scared – if it doesn’t have teeth it won’t bite you. … Did you meet anyone today you liked better than yourself? … When your head swells up, your brain stops working. … You have to have an answer for everything, don’t you? … If you’re quiet, you must be up to no good. … It’ll never get well if you pick it. … If you have a head, you’ll have headaches. … Silence is golden.

Upcoming events

Marshall Tucker Band plays at Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln at 8:30 p.m. Friday.

Catch the Wine Makers October Dinner at 6 p.m. Sunday at Bacchus House Wine, Bar & Bistro, 1004 East Bidwell St., Folsom. Enjoy a multi-course tasting menu prepared by chef Victor Octavio. Tickets are $85 per person. More info available at

Who said it?

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder. (Alfred Hitchcock)

Birthdays and Anniversaries:

This week’s greetings go out to Gayle Scott (from her peeps at GCM), Jennelle Baker, Cathryn Kostaroff  (from uncle Joel), Tess Armour-Bowman (from all the family and friends), Elizabeth Adgers (who just recently got engaged), Julie Elliott, Bryan Greenwalt, Don Supat (US Bank manager) and Maureen Frear.

Congrats to Mike and Sara Daily on their 43rd wedding anniversary.

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Thought for the week

Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece – by thought, choice, courage and determination. (John Luther)

Joel Gordiejew’s On the Town is a weekly entertainment and social news column. He can be reached at or (916) 774-7934.