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Reader response is welcome and encouraged

By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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READER RESPONSE – While still settling into my new post at the Telegraph, I welcome the calls, e-mails and drop-ins. One reader, who left me a voicemail message but didn’t leave her name or phone number, took me to task for the Telegraph’s lack of coverage of Folsom Live in the following Wednesday’s paper. While the print edition was extremely tight, and there were plenty of events and good-news items to cover, we opted to give Folsom Live and the Breakout Car Show extra coverage on our Web site at folsomtelegraph.com. Here readers will find two video reports of the event, including band performances and a virtual “walk through” of the cars, as well as a special photo gallery. We had already planned to cover the event in a later edition, allowing the Folsom Chamber of Commerce ample time to compile all the information and to take a breath after putting in so much effort pulling off an event that brought thousands to town. ... About five people have called me regarding the Telegraph’s lack of information on the Folsom History Museum, the Historical Society and the Preservation Society. We are working diligently to change that perception. Expect to see more about the area’s rich history and ways you and your family can learn more through activities, books and events. Museum director Karen Mehring is very excited about all the nifty stuff they have coming up such as this Saturday’s (Oct. 11) “Steppin’ Out: A Vintage Fashion Show” from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, 307 Montrose Drive, Folsom (see story on page A1), and the education program going on Wednesday nights through October for teachers and groups. For more information, call the museum at 985-2707. … * * * MUSIC MAVEN – Singer Courtney Bowles is set to make a big splash when she returns to her old stomping grounds. Courtney is from El Dorado Hills, attended St. John’s Notre Dame School in Folsom and graduated from Oakridge High School in 2002. Her singing skills landed her a full-ride scholarship to San Diego State where she sang in a number of operas and toured So Cal in a chamber choir. She graduated in 2006 and just finished her first album (I can’t stand calling an album a “CD”). Courtney is slated to perform on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 3111 Tierra de Dios, El Dorado Hills. Suggested donation is $15 at the door. To get tickets early, call 530-677-3234. Be sure to give her a warm welcome home. … * * * TELEGRAPH HAPPENINGS – You can expect to see more video coverage of local events on our website, making it your source for local news. From events to interviews with local officials and local sports, the Web site offers us another way to connect with readers and provide the best service possible. Readers who fancy themselves video nuts are also welcome to upload their own footage. Simply register on the site and get started. … * * * FOLSOM HOMECOMING – Karen Day wanted to make sure the Telegraph knew that the Folsom High class of 2009 “swept” the float competition all four years of their homecoming parades. She wrote, “First of all, winning as freshmen was unprecedented, but to win all four years is just awesome.” She said student Matt Walsh has been heavily involved with preparing the float each year. Congrats! ... * * * HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS – With Halloween right around the corner, I’m asking readers to send me any Halloween-related event information to my e-mail address below. Give me the scoop on haunted houses, safe and sane trick-or-treating or costume contests. We will publish them in our Halloween edition and online at FolsomTelegraph.com. Don Chaddock is the editor of the Folsom Telegraph. He may be reached at donc@goldcountrymedia.com or by calling 351-3753.