Heard over the back fence: Terrific swimming achievement

By From page B1 | July 03, 2013

 Jewel Blair-Smith provided the following quote: “An elderly woman died last month. Having never married, she requested no male pallbearers. In her handwritten instructions for her memorial service, she wrote, ‘They wouldn’t take me out while I was alive, I don’t want them to take me out when I’m dead.”

ZACH IS BACK: Zach Pickett, age 17, recently chose to make his recreational swim comeback after suffering a spinal cord injury last year in a diving accident. Zach swam the 50 meter freestyle to thunderous applause. Zach, we are proud of your progress and your courage. Keep moving forward!

A tasty “Spaghetti Fest” fundraiser for the Community Resource Center is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Federated Church, 1031 Thompson Way, Placerville. Tickets are $10 for adults and older children and $5 for children 10 years old and younger. Tickets can be purchased at or at 1864 Broadway – Monday through Friday, 9-2 pm, and at Federated Church – Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

 The monthly used books sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive. Everything on sale for $5 a bag. If you buy a canvas county library book bag for $10, you can fill it with hardcover books for free on that day. Also, the library will be open on Saturday, July 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. If you would like to donate books, please bring them to the used books sale or drop them off at the library front desk; and we thank you.

A new class titled “Care Planning for Change” is scheduled for Tuesday, July 23, at 1 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The speaker will explain how a successful care-plan can reduce stress and help to prevent a crisis from occurring. Call 916-358-3575 to reserve your spot. The guest speaker will be Ginger McMurchie, Geriatric Care Manager, Elder Care Management of No. California.

 Becky Bell, president of Mother Lode Lions Club, recently presented Lion Shawna Sheffield with the “Lion of the Year” award. Shawna has been Mother Lode Lions’ treasurer for many years and is called “Treasurer for Life” by her appreciative fellow Lion members. Not only is she an excellent treasurer, she is always friendly, helpful and a pleasure to be around. Congratulations, Shawna!

 The Breast Cancer Support group, AKA “Hooters,” will now be meeting on the second Friday of each month at 681 Main St., Placerville, upstairs in the Apple/Pear Room, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. This group is for the newly diagnosed to ladies who are years post op. For more information, call “Charlie” at 530-644-3963 or Fay at 530-620-3436.

Check out the “365 Stupidest Things Ever Said” calendar, and you will discover the following information: “Johnnie Worker Red Labial Old Scotch Whiskey.” — Whiskey label, China

 University of Portland officials have notified us that Alison Ryan and Matthew Winterer, Jr., of Placerville were recently selected to be placed on the Dean’s List for academic achievements. A student must have at least a 3.5 grade-point average to be placed on the Dean’s List. Congratulations to both of you! Keep up the great grades and guarantee yourselves a successful future!

On Tuesday, July 30, at 1 p.m., a class titled “History of the Lincoln Highway” will be available at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The Lincoln Highway in El Dorado County connected New York City Times Square with San Francisco’s Lincoln Park, by way of 3,000 miles of interconnecting roadways. To reserve your spot for this class, call 916-358-3575. The speaker will be local historian Don Uelmen.

 For those who enjoy planning ahead, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) will host their annual, major fundraiser, “Casablanca in the Hills,” on Saturday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m., at the Lakehills Church, El Dorado Hills (right behind and above the Regal Theaters). For more information, call 530-622-9882.

 The following message appears in the “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar: “The person who has a tremendous reserve of patience and tolerance has a certain degree of tranquility and calmness in his or her life. Such a person is not only happy and more emotionally grounded, but also seems to be physically healthier and to experience less illness. This person possesses a strong will, has good appetite, and can sleep with a clear conscience.”

Send your jokes and event items for Heard Over the Back Fence column three weeks in advance to Bob Billingsley at the Mountain Democrat, PO Box 1088, Placerville 95667, or drop them off at 1360 Broadway. First and last name of contact person are required. Phone 530-344-5036. Follow @BBillingsleyMtDemo on Twitter.

Bob Billingsley

Bob Billingsley writes Heard Over the Back Fence three times a week, keeping his pen on the pulse of the community. He also writes a biweekly column called Billingsley's Bullets, in which he uses “sideways” thinking to make your day a little easier to handle.
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