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Special coins from Placer supes honor residents who shine

Commemorative Coin program recipients received awards Tuesday
By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - One advocates for seniors. Another pushes to give her community a voice.

One is a tireless advocate for youth. And three are publishers reaching out to Placer County residents.

Another two are long-time political leaders.

On Tuesday, Placer County supervisors shone the light on community service by honoring a select group of honorees with 2012’s commemorative coin presentation.

The program, now in its 11th year, recognizes Placer County residents for longstanding community service, heroic acts or exceptional acts that have dramatically improved or had an impact on people’s lives.

“This recognizes people who have done amazing things,” Chairwoman Jennifer Montgomery said.

The recipients of coins at Tuesday’s ceremony were:

n Applegate senior activist Dave Wiltsee, who works with the Senior Living Group of the Sierra Foothills to find ways to make the area more senior-friendly, including better public transportation and reaching out to older homeless residents.

n Mayumi Elegado, publisher of the 10-year-old Moonshine Ink, a monthly newspaper in the Tahoe area that is bilingual and helps the Hispanic population keep in touch with community issues and events.

n Granite Bay’s Sandy Harris, a member of everything from the Granite Bay Community Association to the Model A Ford Club in Auburn.  She was credited by Supervisor Kirk Uhler with helping shape Granite Bay into the community it is today.

“She probably should have a tiara and banner that reads Ms. Granite Bay,” Uhler said.

n Husband and wife publishing team Liz and Gregg Goldtharpe, whose quiver of publications include the Antelope News and Sun Senior News. Roseville-area Supervisor Jack Duran said the two have worked tirelessly on a number of issues and their papers “don’t turn anybody away” in an ongoing effort started 23 years ago to help connect residents with their community.

n June Stewart was lauded by Supervisor Jim Holmes for her work over more than three decades with the 4-H Club. Working with the UC Davis Cooperative Extension Program she oversees that annually allows 6,500 students to witness the development of real baby chicks, he said.

Absent from the meeting but expected to receive the silver coin awards at a future meeting are outgoing Rocklin City Council members Peter Hill and Kathy Lund.