Going to the dogs

By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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GOOD DEEDS Folsom Police Officer Nathan Ventioner is helping organize a fundraiser for the K9 program. Due to health issues, three police dogs have been retired. The Folsom Police K9 Officers Association has been established to help in the medical expenses of the retired four-legged officers. To that end, the group is holding a fundraiser from 4 to 10 p.m. on Monday, May 18, at BJ’s Restaurant, 2730 East Bidwell St. in Folsom. If you bring a coupon with you, available at, the eatery will make a donation. It’s for a worthy cause and you’ll get a decent meal. … The Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride will be held Saturday, May 23, to honor those who have lost their lives while serving the public. The ride is set to begin and end in El Dorado Hills. Proceeds will benefit the public service memorial wall at Deputy Jeff Mitchell Field in EDH. If you’ve got a motorcycle and $25, you can take part in the ride by calling 933-6624. If you want to register the day of the ride, the cost is $30. Debbie Kiley, with the community services district, tells me the ride is 100 miles long and includes Amador and Sacramento counties. There will be a pancake breakfast served that day from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the EDH Fire Station at 1050 Wilson Blvd. Cost for the pancake breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12. Mitchell, a Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy and EDH resident, was killed while on duty on Oct. 27, 2006. For more, visit … Speaking of good deeds, a local church group is pitching in to help Powerhouse Ministries. Sally Niessen, with Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, is helping organize a rummage sale fundraiser slated for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the church’s fellowship hall at 320 Montrose Drive in Folsom. The youth group will also be selling hot dogs and sodas to raise money for their 2010 trip to the National Youth Gathering of the Lutheran Church. ARTISTIC LICENSE Emily Abraham and Alison Bamford, students at Marina Village Middle School in El Dorado Hills, have written a play that is being produced for B Street Theatre. It will be performed on May 29. The young ladies entered their play in a contest through their school and won. The play will be performed at more than 105 locations throughout Northern California. This isn’t the first writing credit for Emily. She also had a poem published in “Brilliance,” a book put out by the American Library of Poetry. Emily’s mom is none other than Cindy Abraham, the gallery coordinator for the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. Congratulations Emily. RUNS IN THE FAMILY Folsom resident Yvonne Sabolboro has reason to be proud. Both of her boys were voted into the “royal court” for their proms at Folsom High School. Joseph, 18, was crowned Senior Ball King at the senior prom on May 2. A few months earlier, his 16-year-old brother, Jesse, was named Junior Prom King on March 28. Congratulations to you both. QUEEN FOR A DAY The Folsom Pro Rodeo is looking for a matriarch. The Rodeo Queen contest is seeking those who are hungry for the crown but can manage to stay in a saddle. The rodeo is July 2-4 at Folsom Lions City Park on Natoma Street. The annual cattle drive will take place on Sutter Street at 6 p.m. on July 1 as the kickoff to the festivities. Ladies who are between 18 and 24 years old may pick up an application by calling the Folsom Chamber of Commerce at 985-2698. Deadline to submit an application is May 15. The contest for the crown will be June 9 at the Sacramento Horsemen’s Association, 3200 Longview Drive in Sacramento. Good luck! MORE THAN ENOUGH The Clarksville Historical Society had more than enough show up on Saturday at the ghost town’s big bash. According to Betty January, more than 3,000 braved the heat to see the remnants of the original townsite. The parking lot filled before 11 a.m. and by 12:30 p.m., families with young children were busy pushing strollers, buying shaved ice and munching on hot dogs. It was a nice day for all. Don Chaddock may be reached by emailing