Photographers perfectly frame Folsom in new show

By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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MAILBAG – We’ve received plenty of feedback on our recent three-part series titled “From the Depths.” Greg Jones, of El Dorado Hills, writes, “Don, I’ve really enjoyed your series on Mormon Island and Salmon Falls. And the online pics are great, too.” … Susan Covington, El Dorado Hills Branch Librarian, writes, “I am so impressed by the depth of your historical articles. They have been fascinating to read.” … Ellen Hester, the retired archivist at the Folsom History Museum for 10 years, writes, “I loved the large (headline); it really caught my eye. Then I read the whole article. It was very interesting; Myrna Davies Brown was my schoolmate. … I will see that the three articles get into the (research archives).” … * * * ARTISTIC LICENSE – The photographs have been submitted for the annual Folsom Focus contest but you’ll have to wait until the reception on Friday, Nov. 14 to find out which photographs won in their respective categories. The reception will begin at 6 p.m. at the Gallery at 48 Natoma Street. … * * * TV TIME – El Dorado Hills resident Roberta Bradley appeared on the TV game show Millionaire last Thursday. One of her “lifelines” was the famous game show contestant Ken Jennings, but she never got to use him. Roberta ended up winning $25,000. A few years ago Bradley suffered a brain aneurysm and a series of surgeries that forced her to retire. In 1992, she became the first African American woman to run an electric company in the U.S. and was even named one of the “most promising African Americans in Corporate America” by Ebony, according to a press release supplied by the TV show. Congratulations Roberta. … * * * HELPING HANDS – Jackie Bassler tells me that Monroe Salon Spa is searching for a local family facing financial challenges so they can lend a helping hand. If you know of such a family, and would like to nominate them, email or mail your nomination to the spa at 707 Natoma Street, Folsom, 95630. Nomination letters are due by Jan. 15, 2009. On March 1, the salon will host their first “Open House to Help a Family in Need” fundraiser from 4 to 8 p.m. If you’d like to donate silent auction items or cash, contact Jackie at 985-9500. Jackie hopes it will be an annual event. “We hope with donations and bidders to make this event better every year,” she said. “All the money raised will then be given to the family we feel is most in need.”… * * * TIMELY SUBJECT – Dr. Ken Owens, a history professor at Sac State, will be the guest speaker at the El Dorado Hills Library at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19. He will be discussing early Mormon history and how it helped shape the West. It’s a timely subject in light of the Telegraph’s recent Mormon Island series. For more info, give Betty a call at 933-3173. … * * * TELEGRAPH HAPPENINGS – Check out this week’s Inside the Telegraph blog by going to and clicking on the staff blogs button on the left. Consider this week’s blog the unofficial fourth part to the “From the Depths” series as it includes information that didn’t make it into the print edition. We have a great quote about what is still underwater. … The video report for the annual Folsom Renaissance Faire is now live on our Web site. Check out the jousting footage as well as the poor guy who eats fire. Click on the “our videos” tab at the bottom of the home page. … * * * ODDS AND ENDS – Be sure to wish longtime Folsom resident Mary Dodd a happy birthday. She turned 90 on Sunday. ... The Black Rooster, a coffee shop/café on Sutter Street in Folsom, is now offering gelato samplers. Owners Pia and April are excited about their new idea and present the gelato on a map (you have to see it for yourself, really). They’ve also started doing table service lunches. Good luck you two! … Folsom’s Joanna Peterson finished 7th at the Oct. 25 “48Straight” Mountain Bike Competition in San Luis Obispo. Congratulations, Joanna. … Don Chaddock is the editor of the Telegraph. His column publishes weekly. Submit possible column items to