Heroes, writers and riders

Editor's column
By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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GOOD DEEDS You don’t need to grab an ax and a fire hose to help out the local smoke eaters. The El Dorado Hills Fire Department breakfast runs from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 23, at Station 85, 1050 Wilson Blvd. in El Dorado Hills. Those flapjacks will cost you $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under, but the moolah goes to a good cause. For more information, call 933-6623 or visit … The Fallen Heroes Memorial Ride will be held Saturday, May 23, to honor those who have lost their lives while serving the public. The event is set to begin and end in El Dorado Hills. Proceeds will benefit the public service memorial wall at Deputy Jeff Mitchell Field in EDH. If you’ve got a motorcycle and $25, you can take part in the ride by calling 933-6624. If you want to register the day of the ride, the cost is $30. Debbie Kiley, with the community services district, tells me the ride is 100 miles long and goes through Amador and Sacramento counties. Mitchell, a Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputy and EDH resident, was killed while on duty on Oct. 27, 2006. For more info, visit … Speaking of good deeds, a local church group is pitching in to help Powerhouse Ministries. Sally Niessen, with Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, is helping organize a rummage sale fundraiser slated for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at the church’s fellowship hall at 320 Montrose Drive in Folsom. The Mount Olive youth group will also be selling hot dogs and sodas to raise money for their 2010 trip to the National Youth Gathering of the Lutheran Church. ARTISTIC LICENSE Emily Abraham and Alison Bamford, students at Marina Village Middle School in El Dorado Hills, have written a play that is being produced for B Street Theatre. It will be performed on May 29. The young ladies entered their play in a contest through their school and won. The play will be performed at more than 105 locations throughout Northern California. This isn’t the first writing credit for Emily. She also had a poem published in “Brilliance,”a book put out by the American Library of Poetry. Emily’s mom is none other than Cindy Abraham, the gallery coordinator for the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom. Congratulations Emily. QUEEN FOR A DAY The Folsom Pro Rodeo is looking for a matriarch. The Rodeo Queen contest is seeking those who are hungry for the crown but can manage to stay in a saddle. The rodeo is July 2-4 at Folsom Lions City Park on Natoma Street. The annual cattle drive will take place on Sutter Street at 6 p.m. on July 1 as the kickoff to the festivities. Ladies who are between 18 and 24 years old may pick up an application by calling the Folsom Chamber of Commerce at 985-2698. Deadline to submit an application is May 15. The contest for the crown will be June 9 at the Sacramento Horsemen’s Association, 3200 Longview Drive in Sacramento. You have to know how to handle yourself in a saddle, I’m told. Good luck! MORE THAN ENOUGH The Clarksville Historical Society had more than enough show up on Saturday at the ghost town’s big bash. According to Betty January, more than 3,000 braved the heat to see the remnants of the original townsite. The parking lot filled before 11 a.m. and by 12:30 p.m., families with young children were busy pushing strollers, buying shaved ice and munching on hot dogs. It was a nice day for all. Don Chaddock may be reached at or by phone at 351-3753.