Open mic is Sunday at the library

By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
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Leading edge ... Western Placer Unified School District presents the second annual Technology Learning Expo from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 in the Lincoln High School gymnasium, 790 J St. All are welcome and admission is free. Student presentations will give the community an opportunity to see how technology is used at all grade levels. For more information, visit More than elementary ... On Friday, Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 4, Lincoln Hills Players will perform two episodes from the “Sherlock Holmes” radio shows. Performances start at 7 both nights in Presentation Hall, Kilaga Springs, 1887 Sun City Blvd. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The first episode is “The Case of the Dead Adventuress” and features Bob Remensberger as Sherlock Holmes, Rudy LaPorta as Dr. Watson, along with Joe Bennett, Paul Gardner, Bob Zimmerman, Alan Lowe, Sandra Mandolfo, Jerry Mandolfo and Bill Becker. Bob Remensberger and Rudy LaPorta appear again as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in the second episode, “The Adventure of the Tolling Bell,” which features Bill Becker and Alan Lowe in new roles along with Paul Krow, Barbara Swerdlow, Marilyn Gold and Jeannine Newcum. Dar Gallaway directs both episodes. Visit for further details. Rhyme time ... On Sunday, Poets Club of Lincoln holds an open mic from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Willow Room, Twelve Bridges Library, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive. All poets, regardless of age, are welcome and invited to read up to three poems. Contact President Sue Clark at 434-9226 or for additional information Just in from Jeeves ... By now, most readers know that Jeeves was born in Lincoln. It’s his hometown. Lincoln is the only city that he has ever known. Sometimes, Jeeves hears Kathy reminisce about her old hometown in Brampton. Brampton is located about 20 miles northwest of Toronto. He wonders how Kathy could leave. Jeeves could not imagine leaving Lincoln for another city. He also wonders why she has no desire to return to Brampton. Perhaps it’s as simple as Thomas Wolfe wrote, “You Can’t Go Home Again.” Yet Jeeves continues to wonder what she might be missing. Some time ago, Lincoln News Messenger reporter Stephanie Dumm taught Jeeves how to use the Internet. She also taught him how to access other community newspapers from around the world and how to retrieve local stories. Based on her instructions, Jeeves conducted a Google search to learn about Kathy’s former city. Once he found the local newspaper’s website, Jeeves decided to poke around. He wondered how Lincoln compares. More importantly, Jeeves hoped to discover why Kathy prefers Lincoln over the city in which she grew up. What he found out amused him. In her former hometown, Jeeves found that the issues there are pretty much the same, except on a much larger scale. It’s to be expected. Brampton is 10 times larger than Lincoln. Ironically, its newspaper is smaller. Jeeves wondered if it’s because there’s not much going or if it’s because the people have nothing to say. Maybe that’s why Kathy left. Jeeves knows that Lincoln always has a lot going on and people here always have something to say. Maybe that’s why Kathy stays. Jeeves dug deeper. He discovered that just before Kathy left, in 1993, Brampton opened a new City Hall. Jeeves discovered that it now has big plans for downtown redevelopment that includes another new City Hall - all of which sounded familiar. The cost of construction for this new building is estimated to be more than $500 per square foot. Yet that city’s newspaper reports that cost of construction should be about $325 per square foot based on cost comparisons in the greater Toronto area. Taxpayers are expressing concern over this cost differential. Taxpayers are also expressing concern over the impact that a new City Hall will have on its historic area. And there’s bickering about Brampton’s proposed 2012 budget. Although it’s supposed to be identical to 2011, the new budget will add an average of about $60 per year to the average property tax bill. Needless to say, those residents are unhappy about paying more taxes. This also sounded familiar. But Jeeves found also learned about Brampton’s plans for downtown redevelopment. This part of the plan isn’t going to cost a lot of money. Jeeves likes those kinds of plans. Brampton’s city councilors believe that “the future of the downtown core can be built on heritage, arts, culture and entertainment.” Already, they have a five-year goal to make it happen. And they approved a five-year economic development plan in its budget that will see city staff “pursue and promote the development of a creative economy in the city.” Jeeves was fascinated by the concept of a “creative economy.” He wondered what such an economy entails. Once again, he searched Google. Jeeves found that a creative economy is a big subject that has many aspects. Simply stated, it’s an economy based on ideas rather than industry. Creative economies are replacing industrial economies. Both Hollywood and Silicon Valley are two examples of a creative economy. They’re based on creative companies. Mountain View-based Google is one of them. Jeeves also found that many cities throughout the world are pursuing this type of economy. Lincoln may have an edge. Our historic downtown already has Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation at 580 6th St. And by moving Lincoln Area Archives Museum to the former City Hall at 640 5th St. where it is more visible and accessible, Lincoln may be on its way to developing its own kind of creative economy. Jeeves learned a lot by searching the Internet. He also discovered a map-search feature that can take you to the front door of just about any home. As a result, Jeeves was able to find a satellite photo of Kathy’s former residence. Kathy was surprised to discover that it has a new stone facade, windows and landscaping. Although she liked what she saw, it no longer reflects her tastes. It’s the home of others and reflects their tastes. She reminded Jeeves that her home is now in Lincoln. And she has no desire to return to Brampton. Jeeves is happy to know that this is where she plans to stay. Even so, Jeeves found out that you can go home again. Thanks to Google, you don’t even have to leave Lincoln. If you have upcoming events that you wish to appear in Scene to be Seen, please call Kathy Dorsey at 645-0660 or e-mail This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.