From the emails, voicemails and other trusted sources:
AUTHOR! AUTHOR! Sally Cofer-Lindberg's relationship with Community Hospice began with the death of her first husband, Bob Shepherd, from brain cancer in 1989 and resumed as her second husband, Bert Cofer, died in March 2005 from a rare disease called amyloidosis.
"There's nothing I can do that will repay what Hospice did for me and my family," she said.
No way to repay emotionally, perhaps. But producing a book about the organization's history which took her several years to research and write was both therapeutic for her and should be beneficial to Community Hospice.
"Hospice Heart" is available for a $50 donation (that's "price" in lexicon of the nonprofit world). She took on the project at the behest of former Community Hospice CEO Harold Peterson, and the book covers three eras of the organization beginning from 1979 to the present.
Visit hospiceheart.org for more information.
COMING ATTRACTION San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Jeremy Affeldt will be in Modesto on June 21 to dedicate the ballfield at Enslen Park.
The project is paid for by the Junior Giants Foundation and the Good Tidings Foundation. The local connection between Affeldt and Modesto? None, really, other than he pitched a couple of rehab starts against the Modesto Nuts for the San Jose Giants in San Jose in 2010.
He's coming for the field ceremony because he's one of those professional athletes who truly gets it when it comes to giving back to the fans and the communities that support baseball.
DEDICATED EFFORT Last summer, I wrote about the efforts to rebuild the ballfields at the historic Sonora Dome, the elementary school campus built in 1909. Using funds from Major League Baseball, various local businesses and organizations, contractors and the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 391, the ballfields are once again a showplace.
An open house at the Dome June 22 begins at 10 a.m., with the ballfield dedication at 11 followed by the rededication of the adjacent Sonora Lions Park, which includes barbecue areas and a path to the Tuolumne County Arts Alliance.
CROWD CONTROL My May 30 column told the back story of how Ripon resident Floyd Due once posed for a sketch by famed Americana depictor Norman Rockwell.
The Due family's copy is now on display in at the Ripon museum, and is piquing some interested. The small community museum routinely draws about 10 to 20 people from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a normal Saturday. But June 1 the first exhibit's first Saturday the museum more than doubled normal attendance, curator Connie Jorgensen said.
"We had 44 visitors," she wrote in an e-mail. "Most came because they saw the Norman Rockwell (column). Modesto, Ceres, Waterford, Turlock, plus many more towns that don't normally grace our doorstep. They all enjoyed the entire museum and were very impressed with the wedding display and were impressed with a small town having such an extensive array of artifacts and articles of Ripon history."
GRAFFITI HANGOVER Between The Bee's print and online editions last weekend, I suspect we might have set some sort of Guinness World Record for the most photos of George Lucas waving from the back seat of a convertible.
Jeff Jardine's column appears Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in Local News. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, @jeffjardine57 on Twitter or at (209) 578-2383.