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Editor's View: From Folsom, with love

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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Some locals recently stopped by Folsom’s sister city, Crespano del Grappo in Italy. See the inset photo this week. The Murer House and Learning Center, located at 125 Joe Murer Court in Folsom, is the reason behind the special connection with Folsom and the city in Italy. Murer hails from Crespano del Grappo. When city leaders there heard about Folsom’s efforts to preserve the Murer home, it paved the way for the eventual sister cityhood. Similar signs proclaiming sister cityhood can be found at entry points in Folsom. To learn more, visit murerhouse.org. Unfortunately, the group returned from Italy just in time to see the closure of Pioneer Village. The park will be shuttered for up to two months while the city does its improvements as part of the Historic District Revitalization project. READING FOSTERS LEARNING Jean Irwin, a recently retired teacher, has a few things to say about cuts in education and increasing class sizes. She said some students coming into kindergarten today don’t even know their alphabet. The problem begins at home but it’s the teachers who catch the blame. “You are ripe for language from (newborn) to age 4,” she told a recent gathering of the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom. “If you have to make up for it in kindergarten, it’s like students are wearing lead boots.” She said it is critical that parents take the time to read to their children. Irwin said increasing class sizes means even less time to teach children basic reading skills. Irwin taught for 30 years and recently retired to Rancho Cordova. GOOD DEEDS Matthew Miscisin, the swim director at Tricks in Folsom, recently received the Heart Saver Award at a ceremony put on by Mercy Hospital in Folsom. Back in September, he saved the life of one of his swim coaches when she had a heart attack in the Tricks pool between classes. He also started a push to get people to learn life saving techniques through something he calls “Project CPR.” Congratulations, Matthew. Don Chaddock is the managing editor of the Telegraph. He can be reached at donc@goldcountrymedia.com or by phone at (916) 351-3753. He welcomes reader feedback, news tips and questions.