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Board Presents Commemorative Coins to Outstanding Residents

November 21, 2012

The Placer County Board of Supervisors honored several outstanding community activists Tuesday by presenting them with commemorative coins created for a county citizen-recognition program.

The board created the program in 2002 to recognize acts of heroism, longstanding community service and exceptional acts that dramatically improved or impacted people’s lives.

Tuesday’s coin recipients were:

  • District 1: Gregg and Liz Goldthorpe, a husband-and-wife team who publishes several local newspapers devoted to keeping readers informed about what is happening in their communities;
  • District 3: June Stewart, a passionate champion of 4-H programs who served as a volunteer 4-H leader for aboout15 years and has been a 4-H Program Representative for the University of California Cooperative Extension for more than 22 years;
  • District 4: Sandy Harris, a community activist who has published more than 300 newsletters in her effort to keep residents informed of planning and development issues in Granite Bay;
  • District 5: David Wiltsee, an Applegate resident with a long track record of community service that includes membership on several local advisory bodies and a founding role in a grassroots organization working to make the Sierra foothills more senior-friendly.
  • District 5: Mayumi Elegado, owner, editor and publisher of Moonshine Ink, an independent, bilingual newspaper and online news site that serves North Lake Tahoe.

At Tuesday’s meeting, District 2 Supervisor Robert M. Weygandt announced he will present his district’s commemorative coins early next year to two long-time Rocklin City Council members and former mayors: Peter Hill and Kathy Lund. Hill currently is Vice Mayor and Lund left the council about two years ago.

The commemorative coins feature the county seal on one side. On the other side are the word "hero" and the image of an eagle with a star and sun rays in the background. The second side of the coin was designed by J. Randal Smith, an Auburn native who is a nationally known artist. His design won a competition coordinated by the Arts Council of Placer County.

District 1 – Liz and Gregg Goldthorpe

Supervisor Jack Duran, center, presents the Commemorative Coin Award
to Liz and Gregg Goldthorpe.
The Goldthorpes founded their first newspaper, the Antelope News in 1990, focusing on positive people, events and meetings. Their hope was that an informed community would be a more active and unified community.

Over the last 22 years, the couple has started several other newspapers: the Woodcreek News, the Sun Senior News for Sun City Roseville and the Sun Senior News for Sun City Lincoln Hills.

“Their publications are an integral part of the communities they cover, and there are thousands of readers who wait to receive these papers so they can stay informed,” explained 1st District Supervisor Jack Duran. “To understand how dedicated the Goldthorpes are, we need to only look at the fact that in producing community newspapers for more than two decades, they have never missed a deadline.”

Publishing community newspapers also has kept the Goldthorpes busy helping raise funds, volunteering for worthy causes and logging countless hours at community events and meetings.

Their efforts have been recognized by organizations from local school boards and community organizations to the California State Legislature, which honored Liz Goldthorpe in 2000 as “Women of the Year.” She was one of 113 women in California to receive the honor that year.

District 3 – June Stewart

“June has been a long-time Placer County 4-H leader,” explained 3rd District Supervisor Jim Holmes during the awards ceremony. “It has been a way of life.’’

Supervisor Jim Holmes with June Stewart, the Third District Commemorative
Coin Award recipient.

Stewart considers 4-H a family affair where youth participants are supported by other family members and everyone learns together. It allows all participants to gain knowledge and experience in such fields as science, engineering and technology that can be applied to future endeavors.

Stewart has attended the Placer County 4-H summer camp each year for the past 28 years and currently manages the camp facilities. She also developed an embryology program that reaches more than 6,500 students each year.

June and her husband, Jim, have raised four daughters and four sons while being active in volunteer leadership roles in youth organizations such as 4-H, the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, and church youth groups.

District 4 – Sandy Harris

Fourth District Supervisor Kirk Uhler and Commemorative Coin Award
recipient Sandy Harris.
“Sandy, I think it’s safe to say there is probably no one who has had a greater impact on our Granite Bay community,” 4th District Supervisor Kirk Uhler told Harris during the awards ceremony.

A Placer County resident since 1977, Harris settled in her community even before it was known as Granite Bay.

She participated in a petition drive that led to the community being officially named Granite Bay in 1987 and was a founding member of the Granite Bay Community Association.

She participated in development of a Granite Bay Community Plan that the Board of Supervisors adopted in 1989 and was on a subcommittee that helped with a community plan update that was finalized in February 2012. She did not miss any of the subcommittee meetings.

Sandy has participated frequently in meetings of the Granite Bay Municipal Advisory Council. She served on the advisory council’s Safety Committee and on a Parks Subcommittee that was involved in development of Granite Bay Community Park, Ronald L. Feist Park and other parks in the area.

In 1994, she was on a Friends of the Library Committee that brought the Granite Bay Branch of the Placer County Library to its current location at 6475 Douglas Blvd. She also served on the Place County Grand Jury in 2001-2002.

District 5 -- Dave Wiltsee

Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery and Fifth District Coin Award recipient
Dave Wiltsee.
Wiltsee has been a member of the Weimar-Applegate-Colfax Municipal Advisory Council since 2006, serves as 5th District representative on the Older Adult Advisory Commission and is a member of the Seniors First Board of Directors.

“David, as you can see, has a lot on his plate,” explained 5th District Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery, adding, “He manages it all with a smile.”

As a member of the advisory council, he helped create a committee in 2010 that became the Senior Living Group of the Sierra Foothills, the grassroots group committed to making the foothills senior-friendly. The group brings together local seniors, service providers and other organizations to identify and meet community needs.

Wiltsee’s long track record of community involvement includes service on the Placer County Planning Commission from 1989-91, the Placer County Board of Zoning Appeals from 1989-1990 and the California County Planning Commissioners Association from 1989-1991.

He had a long, distinguished career as a planner and planning consultant in both the public and private sectors. From 1986-1995, he owned a consulting business.


During Tuesday’s awards ceremony, Supervisor Montgomery recalled that one of Moonshine Ink’s associate editors described Elegado

Commemorative Coin Award recipient Mayumi Elegado with
Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery.
recently as a fearless leader who inspires its writers, photographers and graphic designers to produce their best work month after month.

“She is absolutely inspirational to those of us who know her,” Supervisor Montgomery said.

Though her official titles are owner, editor and publisher, Elegado has several informal titles given to her by the associate editor: seller of ads, bookkeeper, chief cheerleader, graphic designer, and extinguisher of fires.

Moonshine Ink recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary. “Congratulations on that. It is quite a feat,” Supervisor Montgomery told Elegado.

The print edition of the newspaper comes out monthly and publishes its articles in both English and Spanish. Supervisor Montgomery applauded Moonshine Ink’s decision to be a bilingual publication, emphasizing that the area has a large Spanish-speaking population that was largely underserved before Moonshine Ink came along.

Moonshine Ink’s target audience is primarily the Town of Truckee and unincorporated communities at the eastern ends of Placer and Nevada counties.