Editor's View: Bears, parties and deals make for full week

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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This has been some week. For starters, I attended a Folsom Chamber of Commerce mixer at the Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary. There were lots of docents who volunteered their time to stay after hours for the business folks to take a tour of one of the city’s crown jewels. Not many towns Folsom’s size can claim they have a zoo so this was a great opportunity to open it up to the business community. I dragged my wife and youngest child, Liam, on the tour. He saw the fox and said, “woof.” Yes, Liam, doggies say “woof.” Since he’s not quite 2, he has some language skills still to develop. Rachel (my wife) thought the zoo was top notch. She’d like to return when Liam isn’t quite so fussy. After all, 7 p.m. is his bedtime. Read about the after hours tour on page A1 in this week’s paper. Honoring the best The Telegraph’s first ever Best of the Best party was Wednesday last week and Lake Bowl in Folsom served as our hosts. It’s only fitting, since they bowled a strike in many categories of the Telegraph’s annual Best of the Best readers’ choice awards. The staff was great. The food, supplied by the grill at Lake Bowl with help from Mexquite Mexican Restaurant and Acorn Café, was also superb. And what about the cake? Costco, another winner, did a great job with the cake meant to help honor our winners. I met two of the lovely ladies of Folsom City Ink along with many other business owners. Folks turned out just to help praise the contest’s winners. Did I spot our local Chief Chucklemeister Jim Pelley? Yes I did. Was that Lola Purdy, president of the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom? Check. And hey, wasn’t that Ray Klug, past president of the Rotary Club of Folsom? I think I even saw local Realtor Mati Rosa Morphis, with the new Rotary Club of Folsom Lake. It was nice to have so many people turn out for our inaugural party. While we’ve had the contest for years now, this was the first official shindig to mark the occasion. Let’s hope it’s the first of many. A moment in time On Saturday, the Telegraph opened its doors to the Chan family. They were pioneers in the area’s early history. Oak Chan has an elementary school named after him in Folsom. His great-grandchildren gathered early Saturday morning along with other local dignitaries and members of the Folsom Historical Society and the town’s Preservation League to ink a deal that could pave the way for the town’s first Chinese history museum. Located next to the Telegraph office at 917 Sutter St., the old boarded up house was once home to the Howard Chan, Sr., and Mabel Chan as they ran their C&C Market (now the Telegraph newspaper office at 921 Sutter St.). June Chan, a nice lady many are familiar with due to her frequent appearances before the Folsom City Council, was all smiles as the deal was signed between her family and the Folsom Historical Society. What’s next? They will be raising funds and renovating the historic domicile. I wish them luck. Don Chaddock is the managing editor of the Telegraph. He can be reached by e-mail at