Saying goodbye to a history buff

By: Don Chaddock / The Telegraph
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Karen Mehring, the lovely lady who oversees the Folsom History Museum, is bidding adieu to Folsom. Mehring’s husband has accepted a job with the U.S. State Department. Soon, she’ll be a resident of Africa. They’ll be moving to Abuja, Nigeria at the end of June. I’m told Karen has been with the museum for eight years, which means her shoes will be hard to fill. The Folsom Historical Society’s board of directors is looking for someone to take over as museum director. According to Jeff Ferreira-Pro, the position pays $32,000 to $36,000 per year. Those interested in the job need a degree in museum science/administration, history, business or a related field and two to five years of experience in a museum-related or non-profit organization. If you think you’ve got the right stuff, send your resume by email to or fax it to (916) 313-3469. I haven’t known Karen for long, but I’m sure going to miss her. Good luck, Karen. ALL THAT JAZZ The Folsom High School, Sutter Middle and Folsom Middle jazz programs were slated to receive a proclamation at Tuesday night’s city council meeting (held long after our deadline). City Councilman Andy Morin pushed for the proclamation, at least according to Folsom Music Boosters honcho Craig Covello. Band directors Curtis Gaesser and John Zimny have reason to be proud. Congratulations to all the students who hit the right notes and represent the town so well. GIDDY UP If early morning is your idea of fun, plan to be in front of the Folsom History Museum on Sutter Street on June 19 to witness a Pony Express ride as it nears the end of its 1,966-mile journey. The National Pony Express Association is holding the ride along the historic route. They will begin the journey at 10 a.m. at Patee House in St. Joseph, Missouri. More than 500 riders and horses and will be stationed at intervals to relay the personal mail and commemorative letters. The final rider will gallop into Pony Express Plaza in Old Sacramento on Friday, June 19 at 8 a.m. On that Friday, riders are scheduled to be at Green Valley Center at 3:19 a.m., Folsom Dam Road at 3:38 a.m., the Folsom History Museum at 3:59 a.m., Willow Creek at 4:19 a.m. and Hazel Avenue (fish hatchery) at 4:39 a.m. For more information and a full schedule, visit ODDS AND ENDS The Friends of the Symphony is looking for volunteers for their 2009-10 season. The Folsom Lake Symphony has some great stuff planned for next year. If you’d like to help, contact Carol Hoge at … Wish a happy birthday to Artie Davies. She turned 96 earlier this month. ... Next week, look for our special section, “50 on 50: Fifty things to do on Highway 50.” It was fun to put together and I hope you enjoy. If you have ideas for the next one, shoot ‘em my way. Don Chaddock can be reached at