History of Mormons to be discussed at EDH Library

By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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TV TIME – El Dorado Hills resident Roberta Bradley appeared on the TV game show Millionaire last Thursday. One of her “lifelines” was the famous game show contestant Ken Jennings, but she never got to use him. Roberta ended up winning $25,000. A few years ago Bradley suffered a brain aneurysm and a series of surgeries that forced her to retire. In 1992, she became the first African American woman to run an electric company in the U.S. and was even named one of the “most promising African Americans in Corporate America” by Ebony, according to a press release supplied by the TV show. Congratulations Roberta. … * * * BANKING BUSINESS – Sierra Vista Bank has opened a second branch at 3311 Coach Lane in Cameron Park and they’re planning a big grand opening shindig at Nov. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. And, I’m told longtime EDH resident Donna Mack is the vice president branch manager. “We are thrilled to have Donna on our team and eager to work with her to get the Cameron Park branch off to a great start,” said Greg Patton, the bank’s head honcho. Donna is involved in the local community. She’s part of Ride and Shine Therapeutic Horseback Riding program and served four years on the board of directors for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization. ... * * * TIMELY SUBJECT – Dr. Ken Owens, a history professor at Sac State, will be the guest speaker at the El Dorado Hills Library at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19. He will be discussing early Mormon history and how it helped shape the West. It’s a timely subject in light of the Telegraph’s recent Mormon Island series. For more info, give Betty a call at 933-3173. … * * * TELEGRAPH HAPPENINGS – Check out this week’s Inside the Telegraph blog by going to and clicking on the staff blogs button on the left. Consider this week’s blog the unofficial fourth part to the “From the Depths” series as it includes information that didn’t make it into the print edition. We have a great quote about what is still underwater. … The video report for the annual Folsom Renaissance Faire is now live on our Web site. Check out the jousting footage as well as the poor guy who eats fire. Click on the “our videos” tab at the bottom of the home page. … Keep your eyes open over the next few days as we post part two of our “From the Depths” video report on our Web site. ... * * * MAILBAG – We’ve received plenty of feedback on our recent three-part series titled “From the Depths.” Greg Jones, of El Dorado Hills, writes, “Don, I’ve really enjoyed your series on Mormon Island and Salmon Falls. And the online pics are great, too.” … Susan Covington, El Dorado Hills Branch Librarian, writes, “I am so impressed by the depth of your historical articles. They have been fascinating to read.” … Ellen Hester, the retired archivist at the Folsom History Museum for 10 years, writes, “I loved the large (headline); it really caught my eye. Then I read the whole article. It was very interesting; Myrna Davies Brown was my schoolmate. … I will see that the three articles get into the (research archives).” … * * * ODDS AND ENDS – John Gray, author of “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus,” will visit Folsom on Saturday, Dec. 13. Proceeds from the “up close and personal afternoon” will be donated to the American Heart Association, according to organizer Linda Moeller. If you’re interested, tickets are $35 each and there will only be 100 of them sold. The talk will be held at 990 Riley Street in Folsom. Call Linda at 747-0806 for tickets and more information. … The El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce will hold their monthly mixer at Serrano Country Club, 5005 Serrano Parkway in El Dorado Hills, on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more info, call Cindy Koch at 932-1165. ... Folsom Lake College will host Academy Award nominated documentary filmmaker Larry Lansburgh on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Lansburgh will be discussing his documentary, “Dream People of the Amazon,” in the college’s Community Room (Aspen Hall, room FL1-20). Admission is free, but parking will cost you a buck. For the scoop, call Tom Caramagno at 608-6671. Don Chaddock is the editor of the Telegraph. His column publishes weekly. Submit possible column items to