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Heard over the back fence: Nifty 50, you’re the one

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MEAT EATERS DELIGHT: John Chapman of Folsom left me the following T-shirt statement: “I didn’t climb to the top of the food chain to become a vegetarian.” By the way, are you aware that Johnny Appleseed’s given name was John Chapman?

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START LOSING WEIGHT! EDHS Class of 1961: The Reunion Committee for the 50th class reunion of El Dorado Union High School has scheduled the reunion for Saturday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m. to whenever the fun is over, at Sogno Winery, 3046 Ponderosa Road, Shingle Springs. The cost is $50 per person. On the following day, Sept. 11, the annual El Dorado High School Alumni picnic will be held at noon at the High Hill Ranch in Apple Hill, Placerville. There is no cost for the picnic. A memory book is also being created. For more information regarding the reunion or memory book, call 530-622-2691.

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EARTH WORKS: Folsom Lake College’s El Dorado Center at 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville will feature a “Day on the Greens” event on Thursday, April 14, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. with music, games, food, and a free clothing swap in honor of Earth Week.

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LOCAL TRAIN RIDES: On April 16 and 17, at 9 a.m., you can ride a train from Shingle Springs to El Dorado for $10. On April 23 and 24, a train ride is scheduled at 9 a.m. from Shingle Springs to Greenstone for $5. All tickets must be purchased in advance, and seats are limited. Tickets can be purchased at the Train Station Restaurant, 4274 Mother Lode Dr., Shingle Springs, or at the Old Depot Building across the street. You need to buy early!

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DO NO HARM: Richard Lederer’s “Anguished English” calendar noted the following “Medical-Speak: “The patient developed a puffy right eye, which was felt to be caused by an insect bite by an ophthalmologist.”

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DECORATE FOR THE STUDENTS: The Oak Ridge Safe and Sober Grad Night committee needs a few adults to help put up decorations on Friday, May 27, at 5 p.m., and then take down the decorations on Saturday, May 28, at 4 p.m. If you can help, please call Venetia Talbott at 530-845-1959.

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A KIDS’ STAMPEDE: Mother Lode Lions Club is presenting its 13th annual Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 24, at 1 p.m., at Indian Creek School, 6701 Green Valley Rd., Placerville (same location as last year). Do not be late! The egg hunt starts exactly at 1 p.m. By 1:10 hundreds of eggs will be all gone.

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A BREEZY OUTLOOK: Thanks to Mitzi Stockel and Wild Bill Schultz, we have the following observation: “You cannot control or predict the wind, but you can adjust the sails.”

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SPEAR (Suicide Prevention Education Action Resources) is sponsoring a huge “Health Expo and Awareness Spectacular” event on Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Express, 4360 Town Center Dr., El Dorado Hills. There will be a live auction, great raffle prizes, a classic car and motorcycle show, plus many, many vendors’ displays related to family health issues. For more information regarding the health resources available at this unique event, call 530-676-2119 or visit

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EASTER EGGS AND HOT DOGS: Placerville Kiwanis Club is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 23, at Lions Park, off Cedar Ravine Road, Placerville. The egg hunt for kids, ages 3 through 6, begins at 10 a.m. The egg hunt for children, ages 7 through 10, begins at 11 a.m. There will be free hot dogs for the kids, games and prizes, egg relay races, egg toss contest, bean bag bunny bashing, rabbit ring toss and fishing for prizes.

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I AM WHAT I AM AND THAT’S ALL THAT I AM: A review of the Zen calendar resulted in the following thought: “Our goal is to discover that we have always been where we ought to be.” – Aldous Huxley.

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HAVE FUN IN THE PARK: Would you like to be a volunteer for the Gold Bug Park and Mine? All you have to do is pick up your phone and call 530-642-5207 or visit website

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PLEASE HELP! Our local Food Bank needs a few volunteer drivers as soon as possible! The drivers are needed for a day or two, from 8 to 10 a.m. If you would like to help, contact Matt Bustabade at or call 530-621-9950.

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A DALAI DILLY: My “Insight from the Dalai Lama” calendar presents the following thought: “The fact that the population of the rest of the world has an equal right to improve their standard of living is in some ways more important than the affluent being able to continue their lifestyle.”

Send your jokes and event items for the Heard over the Back Fence column to Bob Billingsley at the Mountain Democrat, PO Box 1088, Placerville 95667, or call him Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 530-344-5036. Please submit all requests three weeks in advance to ensure that there will be space available for your important announcement.

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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