Reader in a pickle

By: Don Chaddock
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HISTORY HAPPENING – Anne Rhea tells me The Heritage Preservation League of Folsom will be honoring some outstanding community-minded folks at their general membership meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8 at the Folsom History Museum, 823 Sutter St., at 5 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and there is no admission charge. The Bud Davies Award for Community Partnerships will go to The Lincoln Highway Association and Hubbert Booze for their collaborative effort to protect and preserve the Orangevale Avenue Bridge and the continuing effort to discourage development in its immediate environs. The Joseph Folsom Award for Civic Partnerships goes to former Folsom Mayor Glenn Fait for his many contributions while mayor and as a city councilman to promote historic preservation. According to Rhea, he helped push for the adoption of the city’s Master Plan for Historic Preservation and Inventory of local historic resources and the protection of the Historic District. He also helped establish the Historic District Commission and save the Broder Ranch. The June Hose Award for Preservation of History will be presented to Ellen Hester, former Folsom History Museum volunteer and manager of its Research Department. She was recognized for the countless hours of work she put in to organizing and documenting the town’s history, particularly that of the historic district. Award for Lifetime Commitment to Historic Preservation goes to Betsy Strand for her decades of advocacy for the preservation of the Chinese Diggings and for all of her preservation efforts over the years. Congratulations to all who will receive awards and thanks for your hard work. ... * * * IN A PICKLE – A 10-year subscriber to the Telegraph, Kathy Bramall, sent us an e-mail with an odd request, but we did our best to lend aid. “I was hoping you could help me with a pickle of a problem. Recently, there was a small craft fair at the Folsom Community Center. We found out about it because of a notice in the Telegraph’s upcoming events section. On sale at the fair were jars of Peg-O’s Award Winning Pickles. Several of us bought a few jars. “Over the next few weeks, as the pickles were consumed, a serious craving for more Peg-O’s pickles developed among the culinary-minded members of the group. Unfortunately, the pickle jars have no contact information for Peg-O and attempts to locate them online were unsuccessful. “Can you help us? One of our party is having Peg-O withdrawal issues so if you can give us any assistance, we would thank you from the bottom of our pick-loving hearts.” Realizing the severity of Kathy’s pickle plight, I contacted Pam Murray, the city’s marketing person. She directed Kathy to Lori Willie, of the Sutter Street merchants group, who was able to make a connection. Kathy sent a follow-up note to let us know how her search went. “Thank you to all of you who helped me find Peg-O. Contact has been made and pickles will be purchased to the great relief and rejoicing of all who craved more. Your efforts have made us very happy. Thanks again.” Glad we could be of assistance, Kathy. … * * * HEART AND SOLE – The Folsom Cordova Unified School District Learning Express annual shoe drive provided shoes for 168 students. Sponsors included businesses, neighbors, non-profit organizations, retired and current school district employees and their relatives. Payless Shoe Source stores in Rancho Cordova and Folsom partnered with Learning Express staff and Rancho Cordova Optimists to help make the event happen, according to Kathleen Heinz. In addition to new shoes and socks, students also received a bag of fresh fruit, homemade cookies, a handmade quilt, mittens and a knit beanie as well as some personal care items. “Our sincere thanks go to the cities of Folsom and Rancho Cordova for being involved communities that care about our students,” Heinz said. … Don Chaddock may be reached at