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Editor's View: Sutter Street is lookin' good

By: Don Chaddock, Telegraph Managing Editor
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Saturday’s big street party was a hit. Thousands of people flooded the street to be a part of the community snapshot, something akin to a class picture. I spotted many local notables in attendance including Folsom Chamber of Commerce CEO Joe Gagliardi, Lola and Gordon Purdy, Cindy Raley, man about town Kevin Gleave, all the city council members (minus Jeff Starsky who was in Washington, D.C., on the cap-to-cap trip), June Chan, retired fire chief Dan Haverty, Tiger’s Eye Skin Care’s Myriam Liberman, former mayor (and local barrister) Bob Holderness, Folsom Historic District Manager Shannon Cheyne and many others. The folks I spoke to were generally happy with the look of the street. Outside Sutter Street Theatre, the only full-time live performing theater in the historic district, actors from “Nunsense” and “Dorothy Meets Alice” were busy promoting their shows. Connie Mockenhaupt and her beau Mike Jimena crowed over the nice new sidewalks and fresh facades on the buildings. The $11-million project ended up combining the originally planned streetscape project with an ambitious façade improvement project. Jim Snook, of Snooks Chocolate Factory at Sutter and Wool streets, said he was grateful the city combined the projects. “If we had to do (the facades) as individual merchants dealing with contractors, it would have been a nightmare,” Snook said. The next big project, Folsom Historic Station, is fairly well contained and shouldn’t hinder traffic in the district. It’s bounded Sutter and Leidesdorff streets and Reading and Wool streets, near the parking garage. That project, a mix of public and private construction, features the planned roundhouse restaurant (styled after the historic railroad roundhouse), a mixed-use building with condos on the top floor and retail below, an amphitheater and “jewel box” display for a locomotive. Pioneer Village, located next to the Chamber of Commerce, will also get a major facelift. Reader feedback Glenn Liebig, owner of Goodies Yogurt in Folsom, sent an e-mail regarding a recent business spotlight I wrote. “I want to thank you for the write up you did for Goodies Yogurt. The day it came out we had several people come in to try our food. They didn’t know we served anything other than yogurt. I’ve spoken with several individuals that have seen the article and thought it was quite good.” The Telegraph published a story on Goodies and their menu expansion in the May 4 paper. If you have news items, employees being promoted or other interesting tidbits, send them my way at the e-mail address at the end of this column. Golf for a purpose The annual Gold Rush Golf Invitational is slated for Monday, May 23, at Empire Ranch Golf Course in Folsom. Put on by the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom, the tournament benefits phase two of the Folsom Play For All Park. The cost is $100 per golfer, so get registered now. They have a limited number of spots. There are all kinds of contests such as a $1-million hole in one and lots more. To register, visit goldrushinvitational.com. Don Chaddock is the managing editor of the Telegraph. He can be reached at donc@goldcountrymedia.com or by phone at (916) 351-3753.