Editor's view: Remembrances, the fair and food

By: Don Chaddock, Managing Editor
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Cathy Runnels, the assistant superintendent of Human Resources for the Folsom Cordova Unified School District, passed away Feb. 20 after “valiantly fighting … breast cancer … for (more than) 11 years,” according to a statement released by district public information officer Stephen Nichols.

“Cathy leaves behind a loving family including her daughter Tara Koelzer, a teacher at Folsom Middle School, and son-in-law Dustin Koelzer a network engineer in ETIS; their 16-month-old daughter ‘Lexi’ was Cathy’s pride and joy.”

Runnels was hired by the district on Sept. 5, 2006.

“During her tenure she worked tirelessly to bring more collaboration to the negotiation process, shepherding the implementation of interest-based bargaining,” Nichols wrote. “Cathy was a great role model for those suffering from terminal illness and she consistently encouraged the women around her to get frequent breast examinations. “

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 3 at the Bayley House Barn, located at 4300 Highway 49 in Pilot Hill.

Bidding farewell to Folsom’s Herb Puffer

From March 1-4, a fixture of Folsom will be remembered at the store he founded, Pacific Western Traders.

Herb Puffer passed away Dec. 6. He was born May 30, 1925, and passed away in his home at the age of 87.

Puffer grew up on Persifer Street and received his primary education here in town. During high school, he was a proof reader for the Folsom Telegraph as well as an errand boy and was often seen on assignment with Hazel McFarland, according to longtime friends.

He is survived by his daughter, Kathe Puffer and her husband, Gregory Hittleman, his sister Margaret Voorhees, of New Mexico, as well as nieces and a nephew.

He is preceded in death by his wife Peggy Jean Puffer and son Courtney Charles Puffer.

He went through the journalism program at UC Berkley and then went on to join the US Navy in the 1950s. In October 1971, he and his wife started Pacific Western Traders, located at 305 Wool St., above Snook’s Candies.

A small private service for Puffer was held in Newcastle on Jan. 31.

A video tribute will be played at the store from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 1-4.

Odds and ends

Candy Miller is excited to get the word out about a special wine bottling bash.

Benefiting the Folsom Historical Society, 35 bucks will give you a chance to bottle wine at Vintner’s Cellar in the historic Nimbus Winery building from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8.

The price “includes tasting of three wines of your choice, delicious appetizers, an entry into a raffle of wine-related prizes and the chance to bottle your own wine to take home,” she said.

You can drop in an any time during the two-hour party. TIckets are limited.

You must be 21 years old to attend. For tickets, stop by the Folsom History Museum at 823 Sutter St. or call (916) 985-2707.  You can also visit to purchase tickets online.  Proceeds from this event will benefit the Folsom History Museum and Pioneer Village.

Check out this week’s Folsom Lake Entertainer magazine. The cover story features the International Culinary event put on by the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom. Tickets to the event are $25 for adults and $10 for children. You can purchase tickets at the Telegraph office, 921 Sutter St.

The event is being held 2-5 p.m., Sunday, March 24, at the Folsom Community Center, 52  Natoma St., Folsom.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

I wrote about special bedding last week in my Saturday Skinny online column, which also published in a print edition. The bedding, SmartSilk, will be featured at Costco in Folsom during regular store hours, Feb. 28-March 10.

Learn more about them at

Only one ‘official guide’

The El Dorado County Fair is something we at the Telegraph wholeheartedly support.

It’s not only oodles of fun, but it’s a great place to spend some time with family and friends. Those involved with the fair have apparently been having an issue regarding other publication trying to lay claim to producing the official fair guide and they hope to set the record straight.

Our good friends at Windfall, a publication in the Placerville area, is producing the official guide and the Telegraph is inserting the guide in our El Dorado Hills publication.

“There is an imitation of our Official 2013 El Dorado County Fair Guide circulating in the area. ... The Windfall is the only one in contract, endorsed and authorized by the El Dorado County Fair to produce, publish and distribute their Official 2013 El Dorado County Fair Guide. In fact, we proudly mention that this is our third consecutive year to have the honor of doing so. ... Don't be fooled or intimidated by imitators,” writes Tina Henderson, with Windfall.

In a letter dated Feb. 12, Jody Gray, CEO of the fair, spelled it out even clearer.

“The Windfall and El Dorado Hills Telegraph (sister newspaper to the Folsom Telegraph) will be publishing the only 2013 El Dorado County Fair Guide, which will have all information regarding the fair, its schedule, the map and articles about the fair. ... No other publication has been authorized to promote, publish or distribute the official ... guide,” Gray writes in a letter addressed to local businesses.

If you have something you want to set straight, shoot me an e-mail at the address below. I also welcome feedback regarding our stories, columns and layout.

Thanks for reading.

Editor Don Chaddock can be reached at or follow him on Twitter@anewsguy. His column usually publishes every week.