There's a new dog in town

By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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Stop in and say howdy to local gent Tom Rockenbaugh at his new eatery in Folsom. Rockenbaugh is no stranger to the area. He’s a Cameron Park resident and grew up on the Orangevale-Folsom border. He tells me that as a kid, he delivered papers for the Telegraph. Last week he opened Urban Dog and Sausage at 424 E. Bidwell St. “We have our Vienna beef hotdogs flown in from Chicago,” he said. “We’re the only restaurant in 110 miles to offer them.” One of the dishes receiving a lot of scrutiny is the Chicago dog, billed as “authentic.” “The Chicago guys quiz me all the time,” he said. The dog is served with mustard, onions, “neon” relish, pickle, sport pepper, celery salt on a poppyseed bun. He tells me the ingredients all come from the Windy City. He also offers the Folsom Bulldog and Nhot Dog (meatless hotdog for the vegetarians), among many other varieties. To wash it all down, he sells beer, wine, soda and tea. For entertainment, rather than blaring sports shows at everyone on big-screen TVs, he said they’ve taken a different approach. “We’re playing funny old movies,” he said. To learn more about Rockenbaugh’s hot dog joint, visit DROUGHT TALK Pam Murray, who works for the city of Folsom, gave me a call the other day to remind residents of a free seminar they are hosting from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, in the lounge at 48 Natoma St. The seminar is titled “Drought Doesn’t Denote Dreary: Creating water-efficient landscapes.” The workshop will be led by residential landscape designer Cheryl Buckwalter, a specialist in water conserving, ecologically responsible landscapes. While the city’s water conservation has been lowered to a level two, meaning its voluntary, the limits on lawn watering is still mandatory. “With a little knowledge and planning, we can have beautiful, water-efficient landscapes and gardens during times of drought,” says Don Smith, Folsom’s water management coordinator. “We’re offering this free seminar as a community service to help our water customers learn to create drought-tolerant landscaping that conserves water and looks great.” Topics will include understanding the principles of sustainable river-friendly landscaping, selecting appropriate plants, grouping plants by zones, placing and installing plants, and adding finishing touches. I’m told seminar seating is limited. Call 355-7252 for advance reservations. MAIL BAG The Telegraph received an e-mail from someone upset with our headline in last week’s newspaper, “Murder rocks El Dorado Hills” about the murder of Joanne Witt and the subsequent arrests of her daughter, 14-year-old Tylar, and 19-year-old Steven Colver. “I really, really hope that this headline was just a result of gross ignorance. ‘Murder rocks …’ doesn’t matter what you put after putting these two words together. To millions of teenagers and others it sounds very, very cool! Wanna make some more kids famous at the expense of people’s lives? Not too smart. Wise up, jerks!” Thank you for your input. Whenever a community is hit by a disaster, be it natural or criminal, a common term to use is “rock.” TV newscasters might say, “The town has been rocked following a hurricane” or someone is “rocked” by the news of a death. I’m happy I could clear up any confusion. The Telegraph doesn’t promote or condone murder and I stand by our headline. ODDS & ENDS Did I hear Jim “Digger” Williams and his lovely wife Sharon are celebrating 50 years of wedded bliss this month? The couple, well known for all they do in the communities of El Dorado Hills and Folsom, will have a bash thrown in their honor on July 19. Thank you to their daughter, Sharee Williams, for letting me know. ... I’m sure many folks will turn out for Wednesday’s Cattle Drive and Bullipede along Sutter Street. I’ll be there as well. Look for it to start around 6 p.m. at Folsom City Lions Park. The event kicks off the rodeo. For more information on the area’s biggest event of the summer, visit ... I’ve got to hand it to the Folsom City Council for moving forward on the “Play for All” park. We wrote about the park last week. With a grant from the “First 5 Sacramento Commission,” in addition to thousands already raised by park supporters, the first phase is getting close to becoming a reality. Don Chaddock may be reached at or by phone at 351-3753.