Going shopping? Remember your bag

Editor's view
By: Don Chaddock
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Picturing the comedy classic “Blazing Saddles,” I can almost hear an actor saying of WalMart’s move to go bag-free in Folsom, “Bags? Bags? We don’t need no stinkin’ bags!” The message WalMart is actually sending is BYOB, or bring your own bags. Barb Till, of WalMart, handed out blue bags at a recent business mixer to remind residents that the megastore would no longer offer the plastic variety. “They are supposed to be washable,” she said. Asked if customers are upset over the move, considering the Folsom store is one of only a handful of WalMarts making the switch, she said most approve. “One in every 1,000 people are against it,” she said. “Overall, I think it’s being received well.” Till enthused over the move saying it’s better for the environment. “I think it’s exciting,” she said. “The elementary and middle school kids are all for it.” Mark Chan, with the Healing Station, said the BYOB plan is a good one. “They’re going green,” he said. “That’s a good thing.” Bags are available inside the store for 15 cents, but any other bag (such as those from Trader Joe’s or Target) is also welcome. “Just remember to bring them with you,” Till said. Thanks for the reminder. In the spotlight Stage Nine Theater/Garbeau’s hosted the last Folsom Chamber of Commerce mixer on Tuesday, Oct. 20. Some of the cast and crew from previous and current stage productions greeted business folks as they made their way through the Sutter Street theater to gather in their back building rehearsal and class area. Theater partners Mark Ferreira, Connie Mockenhaupt and Mike Jimena were all smiles. I spotted Sharon Williams, chamber CEO Joe Gagliardi and plenty of others at the soiree. The theater has reason to brag, snagging the most Elly Awards of any other theater in the contest. I’ve seen a few productions there myself and am always amazed by the level of talent Folsom has somehow managed to keep secret. To learn about their current and upcoming shows, visit Turkey Trot needs help The annual Turkey Trot, held Thanksgiving morning in Folsom, is looking for volunteers. Renee Drybread is trying to get all of her ducks (or turkeys?) in a row before the big run that benefits the Twin Lakes Food Bank. She writes, “We are expecting a big turnout for this year’s event and ... help will be greatly appreciated.” She said those who volunteer either the afternoon before Thanksgiving or the day of the run should be in for some fun. If you’d like to pitch in for a worthy cause, contact Ride the rails Betty January wants to remind folks of the next meeting of the Clarksville Region Historical Society at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. “We have Philip Rose from the Folsom, El Dorado & Sacramento Historical Railroad Association as our speaker,” Betty said. “We will hear about the history of the first railroad west of the Mississippi and the current efforts of the association to resurrect the old railroad for trips up the tracks to Shingle Springs.” The railroad group recently offered a sample ride on the old tracks from Old Placerville Road, behind In-N-Out at Highway 50, up to the Latrobe washout area. I rode the rails with Betty and others from the historical society that day and was impressed by the scenery. “What fun we had riding in the restored Skaget,” Betty said. “Our John Thomson made a video of the ride and we will show this along with (the) presentation.” Admission to the meeting in El Dorado Hills is free and open to all. Managing Editor Don Chaddock can be reached at