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Scouts, patriotism and Elliott the robot

Editor's column
By: Don Chaddock/The Telegraph
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GOOD NEWS DEPT. — Danielle Jolette of El Dorado Hills recently pitched in to liven up the scenery at the Folsom Zoo Sanctuary. Armed with a paint brush, the Girl Scout created a mural as part of her Silver Award project. She started the process by holding a community art contest and using the winning piece as inspiration for the mural. But, she took things up a notch by getting El Dorado Hills Girl Scout troops involved. With the help of about 40 scouts, they gathered and created what the zoo calls “enrichment” items for the animals. I’m told business such as Sherwin Williams, Kelly Moore and Orchard Supply Hardware donated supplies. Danielle is a freshman at Oak Ridge High School. Nice job, Danielle. Thank you for your hard work. * * * FLYING COLORS — About 200 persons braved a chilly Saturday morning to attend the flag-raising dedication ceremony at the Folsom Aquatic Center. You may recall Dallin Johnson, a young man profiled in the Telegraph last week, who took it upon himself to raise funds and install a flagpole at the city facility as part of his Eagle Scout project. The flag now flying high over the pool was once flying at the Pearl Harbor Memorial. “I’ve always believed our pool was incomplete without a way to present the American colors,” Johnson said. “Prior to a swim meet, we play the National Anthem. For me, without a flag salute, it nearly destroys the reason for playing it.” * * * THE FUTURE IS HERE — On Friday, Mercy Hospital unveiled a new robot (see the story on A1) to aid stroke victims. The emergency department waiting room was packed with around 40 persons trying to catch a glimpse of the future of medicine. Some of those in attendance included Folsom Police Chief Sam Spiegel, City Councilman Andy Morin, Rosemary Younts, Folsom Chamber CEO Joe Gagliardi, City Manager Kerry Miller and District 4 County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan. Morin told the crowd he believed the robot is another reason Folsom is such a great place to raise a family. “That robot does look a little bit like Rosie from ‘The Jetsons,’” Morin joked. “This is significant. This is one more piece to the quality of life of Folsom and beyond. I know this hospital serves (those residing) beyond the city limits.” * * * SUTTER SATURDAY — Comcast Cares Day was in full swing Saturday in Folsom at Sutter Middle School. More than 150 Comcast employees, friends and family volunteered. “This is one of 25 projects in California using 4,000 volunteers,” said Candice Andrews, an employee. Audrey Milligan-Parrish, also an employee, said Comcast Cares Day is a nationwide effort. “We’re doing 500 across the U.S. with over 50,000 volunteers,” she said. “That’s a lot of people. We do community centers, parks and things like that. It’s community focused.” They were hard at work planting shrubs, replacing broken bricks and painting. Also at the school, another group was busy finishing up their own project. The Rotary Club of Folsom was hard at work planting a few trees and putting the final touches on planters, benches and landscaping. “We’re providing these four picnic tables, one of them with handicapped access,” said Ray Klug. “We call this an outdoor classroom.” Sutter Middle School Principal Keri Phillips said the club has been working many weekends on the project. “It’s going to be wonderful because the science kids will be able to use this for a life science unit on plant growth,” she said. Don Chaddock may be reached at donc@goldcountrymedia.com.