Dingus McGee's, Canyon Inn were in the news

By: From the files of the Colfax Record
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10 YEARS AGO Oct. 3, 2002 – The surprise movie hit of 2002, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” will open Friday at the Colfax Theatre. “We also hope to be lowering our ticket prices to $6 soon,” said theatre manager Phillip Jacob. Colfax High School cheerleader Michelle Moore is in the running for Homecoming Queen, while Desirae Huber is running for Junior Class Princess. The homecoming game against West Campus will be Friday at Marson Stadium. The Rainbow Company, a gallery of art and music, and the Arts Council of Colfax are organizing an Art Stroll of Colfax. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24. A reception for the Art Stroll will take place at the Way West Building from 6 to 9 p.m. 20 YEARS AGO Oct. 7, 1992 – Colfax High School art department students who had winning entries at the fair included Sara Bagley, Alycia Cable and Gretchen Houk. Dingus McGee’s Restaurant is now serving art to the public. The restaurant will open its new art gallery from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, with a tasteful and unique collection of original art from the nationally recognized talents of the Sacramento Illustrator Guild. Bob Townsend, one of the restaurant owners, said the gallery will showcase a host of talented artists representing all media. Classical guitarist Gregory Leupp will perform music during the reception. The Colfax High School girls volleyball team owned an impressive 7-2 overall mark. 50 YEARS AGO Oct. 4, 1962 – Canyon Inn, which was recently purchased by Herstle Jones from Pete and Olive Cortopassi and George Ryer, has been sold by Jones to Ray Ailor and Bill Sullivan, who have been employed in Auburn. Sullivan, who has been employed in LaBonte’s restaurant as chef, will be in charge of the kitchen and dining room, and Ailor, who was tending bar at Champ’s in Auburn, will operate the bar. The menu at Canyon Inn features the best in steaks. Other specialties are lobster and prawns. The new owners invite everyone to attend their opening next Wednesday, Oct. 10. They will have a free smorgasboard-type buffet. The Placer-Nevada Couunty Medical Auxiliary has awarded four scholarship checks to girls enrolled in schools of nursing in the area. The Colfax recipient of a portion of the $1,000 fund is Elizabeth Jean Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Walker, who has enrolled at the University of California in Berkeley. She Is a June graduate of Colfax High School. A frostie stand and snack bar is being erected near the Charles Prince Union Service station that is located near the Colfax overhead, east of the freeway. Charles Prince will operate the stand in conjunction with his service station and proposed garage at the east Colfax location. Iowa Hills news by Emma Jacobsen – Gil Whetstone, keeper of the American River bridge, was unable to attend the gathering of the clan at Iowa Hill Saturday night. Traffic being so heavy this weekend he decided to send his two most cable lieutenants, Duke and Larry Novak. And Larry Valliere, C.P.H.T.P.A., has again officially graduated with a couple of more letters behind his name. This time S.H. (Sheepherd to you). We understand Larry is a past master of the Woolies in case you don’t understand these initials – cowpuncher, horse tender, pigeon attendant. Chicago Park news by Pat Jones – Traffic is bottled up by winding roads for miles both sides of Chicago Park so when drivers reach our straight stretch they just naturally romp. We also have an abundance of logging trucks on our highway and those babies can’t stop on a dime. We are not even allowed to put a sign on the road to warn strangers there is a school quite close. Yesterday two youngsters on small bikes and accompanied by two small dogs had traffic snarled both ways as the pups crisscrossed the highway ignoring their young master and mistress. This could lead to tragedy for the children if one of their pets is hit by a car or worse by far it could cause an accident.