There's no danger in this county show

By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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Now you can learn a little about home and be entertained at the same time. Many are familiar with the popular Discovery Channel TV show “Deadliest Catch” and now the guy behind that show is turning his attention to El Dorado County. Todd Stanley, the Emmy-winning cinematographer and producer for “Deadliest Catch,” is launching “Experience El Dorado.” The show represents a collaborative effort between the county and private sector. Last week, the show made an early premiere at Red Hawk Casino. New shows will air on News10 at 5 p.m. the first Sunday of every month, according to organizers. Actor Perry King, from TV’s “Rip Tide,” is the host of the half-hour show. He’s also a Cool resident. To learn more, visit PAGING THE PAGES Rep. Tom McClintock is looking for a few good pages. If you’re a junior or senior, you can apply to take part in the Congressional Page Program. Deadline for applications is July 20. Here’s the skinny. Applicants must be at least 16 and may not have reached 18 during “any point in the term.” The prospective pages must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in English, foreign language, math, science and social studies with official supporting transcript documentation. I’m told that pages file the Congressional Record, deliver legislative materials to locations throughout Capitol Hill and other duties as assigned. The fall session runs from Aug. 20 to Jan. 22, 2010. There are currently 66 pages serving in the House of Representatives, so it’s an honor to be chosen. You can get an application at the Web site. For more information, call McClintock’s Washington, D.C., office at (202) 225-2511. MAIL BAG I received a letter from a young man who asked that I not publish his name. “I am a 16-year-old high school student, and I work at the Community Services District as a life guard. As usual, I rode my BMX bike to work and parked it close to the entry gate where I usually leave it. When my shift ended, my bicycle was gone. A parent reportedly saw a kid grabbing a backpack and taking off on a bicycle. I can only assume that he stole my bike. “It is my transport to and from work. I really need that bike. If anyone has any idea of where it might be I wonder if it could be returned to the CSD and left with no questions asked. I just want my bike back.” Hopefully, the bike thief will read this, or hear about it, and return your bicycle. Good luck. COUNTY CHATTER Speaking of the county, Betty January tells me the 7 p.m., July 8 meeting of the El Dorado Community Council will feature guest speaker Sam Driggers, the county’s economic development director. The meeting is coupled with the Area Planning Advisory Council, during which developments for El Dorado Hills are presented. The meetings will be held at the Community Services District Pavilion on Harvard Way. If you’d like more info, call Betty at 933-3173. ARTISTIC LICENSE Janet Kenneweg is excited about some of the latest offerings at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. She tells me that budding artists age 55 and older are welcome to learn techniques about drawing still life, landscape and portraits using pencil, pen and colored pencils. All materials will be supplied in the class. The classes will run from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays through July 27. The fee is $40. To register, call (916) 933-6624. ODDS & ENDS I hear the Folsom Lake Lions Club is looking for some help putting together care packages for our troops. They are asking for things like baby wipes, foot powder, eye drops, paperbacks, AA batteries, chapstick, and crossword puzzles. Drop off supplies at Marchant Drive and Montrose Drive in Folsom by July 15. ... Our online blog, “Inside the Telegraph,” has returned after an extended hiatus. Check it out at and click on “staff blogs” located under the “news” tab. Don Chaddock may be reached at or by phone at 351-3753.