Toys for Tot's train needs transport trailer

By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
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Fran Neves reports that the 20-foot Toys for Tots Train is being assembled and painted by Lincoln High School students under the supervision of shop teachers Jeff Gillming and Scott Seacrist. The three-piece train includes an engine, tender and caboose and is modeled after the Toys for Tots train designed by Walt Disney in 1947. The engine sits on a riding lawn mower that was donated by Clay Bolt of Folsom while the tender and caboose sit on utility trailers. Initial funding for the train came from individuals and area businesses including Home Depot and Lowe?s. Kiwanis Club of Lincoln?s Jak Everett donated a brass bell and Gale Hall donated a CD that will broadcast real train sounds from the train. A trailer is required to transport the train to parades, displays and other events. Toys for Tots is sponsored by nonprofit Semper Fi Association, which now seeks donations to help cover the trailer?s cost. Send contributions to Toys for Tots Train, 1535 Delta Wind Lane, Lincoln, CA 95648 or call Frank Neves at 408-7205 for more information. Gleeful ... Lincoln High School Concert and Chamber Choir present their Choral Spring Concert tonight at 7 p.m. at Lincoln High School Theater, 790 J St. Tickets are available at the door for $5 per adult, $3 per student and $10 per family. Call 645-6360 for more information. And Saturday, June 2, Lincoln High School bands will present a concert in downtown?s Beermann Plaza to benefit the school?s music department. This concert starts at 6 p.m. There?s no admission charge although donations will be accepted. Call Friends of Lincoln Kids President Jeff Greenberg at 408-7503 for more information. Inside outside ... Last Saturday, Placer Arts held its fifth annual ?Outside the Box? live auction. Proceeds will support PlacerArts? public programs throughout Placer County. The auction featured submissions from more than 80 artists, including Lincoln?s Marilyn Anhalt and Maggie McGurk. On hand to bid and show their support were Placer County Supervisor Robert Weygandt plus Joanne Neft, Laura Kenny and Sarah and Michael Prince. Neft and Kenny now have a second cookbook available, ?The Art of Real Food,? which follows their successful first cookbook, ?Placer County Real Food.? In addition to ?seasonal recipes for every day of the week,? their new book features photographer Keith Sutter, sculpture Anthony Maki-Gill and painter Paula Amerine. Visit to learn more about ?Outside the Box? as well as other PlacerArts events. Visit to obtain more information about the cookbooks. Just in from Jeeves ... Jeeves is always proud to be associated with The Lincoln News Messenger. This week, he was prouder. He learned that The Lincoln News Messenger won first place in ?Local Breaking News? from California Newspaper Publishers Association. Jeeves congratulates Editor Carol Feineman and Reporter Stephanie Dumm for their award-winning coverage of last year?s tanker fire. This year?s award is not the first time that Lincoln News Messenger has won awards. Last year, it won first place under the weekly newspapers? ?Public Service? category. And Lincoln News Messenger won awards in prior years too. Jeeves learned about these awards from the association, not from The Messenger. He wonders why Lincoln News Messenger doesn?t let readers know about its awards. Jeeves assumes that humility prevents it from informing readers. Humility is often what prevents many others from letting the world around them know about their good news. Jeeves believes that good news is more important than bad news. Yet bad news often receives more attention. From week to week, Jeeves hears many good news stories. Last week, was no exception. Jeeves discovered a Facebook page called Volunteer Connection of Lincoln that Kathleen Grover created less than 2 weeks ago. He accessed this page through another Facebook page called Good Neighbors of Lincoln that Tammy Aslanian Lindstrom created less than a year ago. Volunteer Connection of Lincoln seeks to connect ?Lincoln residents who would like to volunteer their time and talents to help people/causes in our community, and to assist those in need to achieve their goals and pay it forward.? These two Facebook pages represent the best in social networking. They bring like-minded people together to build a better Lincoln. That?s good news! Ironically, Lincoln Volunteer Center?s Tour de Lincoln was the first to make a request on the Volunteer Connection of Lincoln?s Facebook page. Last week, Jeeves also discovered that Lincoln High School band received support. Readers of this column last week (May 17, page A6) may recall that Ken Marlow asked City Council to ?negate the cost? of the $80 parade fee that Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce charges the band to play. Marlow was happy to report that Rotary Club of Lincoln and Police Activities League came to the band?s financial rescue. And Marlow was equally happy to report that he and Friends of Lincoln Kids President Greenberg have arranged a fundraising concert for Lincoln High School?s bands in Beermann Plaza on Saturday, June 2. Both Marlow and Greenberg expressed gratitude for Mayor Spencer Short?s support. Like-minded people came together to build a better Lincoln. That?s good news! And Jeeves discovered that his pet friends at Old Fruitvale School may not have to worry about losing their home. Downtown Dog Luna?s letter to the editor (May 17, page A5, ?Calling all animals and their owners?) brought about a great response. Both Luna and Jeeves have been overwhelmed by donations, which will help pay the school?s insurance premiums. Nails by Kendal?s sheltie, Shae, made a contribution. Rancho Roble Vineyards? springer spaniel, Billy, also pledged his support. Not to be outdone, Lincoln Florist and Gifts? cat, Ashley, and Labrador retriever, Duke, came to the rescue. And Jeeves? best girlfriend, Cindy, and his cousin Toast sent checks. Jeeves? buddy, George Fotopoulus of Foto?s Market, is supporting Old Fruitvale School?s barbecue on Sunday, June 3. Umpqua Bank Manger Kari Swartzke?s four rescue dogs, Titus, Sugar, Fendi and Frank, have organized an event for Lincoln?s pets on Thursday, May 31 from 10 until 11:30 a.m. in the bank?s lobby at 571 5th St. All pets and their owners can have their photos taken for free. Lincoln Hills Photography Group members Jack Wartleib (also Lincoln News Messenger?s guest photographer) and Walt Callahan have generously offered to take pictures. And Krystal Pierson of Fashion Fo Paws is donating pet treats and a raffle prize for the event. Jeeves? friend, Judy Bond, offered to inform his friends at SCOOP (Sun City Owners of Pooches). From Fruitvale School?s Dr. Lyndell Grey, Jeeves learned that the largest donation came from Kim Strong of Kim?s Country Kitchen. Like Luna and Jeeves, Umpqua?s dogs, Titus, Sugar, Fendi and Frank, hope that all their pet friends will contribute to Old Fruitvale School by dropping off donations at Lincoln City Barber Shop, 670 5th St or Lincoln News Messenger 553 F St. and by attending Old Fruitvale School?s June 3 barbecue ( Like-minded people and pets are coming together to build a better Lincoln. That?s good news! Jeeves is proud to be associated with The Lincoln News Messenger. And he?s proud to be associated with Lincoln. They?re an award-winning combination. 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.