PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Bob Billingsley

Heard over the back fence: Holy Humor Time

PONDEROSA CLASS REUNION:
 Heidi Brown provided the following high school class reunion information: The 1975 graduating class of Ponderosa High School is having its 40th class reunion on Aug. 29 at the Shingle Springs Community Center. All other classes are invited, especially 1974 and 1976 members. If you attended or know of someone who did, […]

Heard over the back fence: Ponderosa Class Reunion

A GREAT SUCCESS STORY: 
Logan Bruttig is a very successful student and will continue to be busy for a long time. We received the following information regarding Logan: “Logan Bruttig of El Dorado, CA, and alumni of Union Mine high school, has accepted Pacific Northwest University Medical School’s invitation in WA. to pursue her medical […]

Heard over the back fence: New Phone Scam

MOVIES ON THE GRASS: 
Outdoor movies are shown on the lawn at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, at 7:45 p.m. The August 8th movie is “Gulliver’s Travels.” This feature-length cartoon will be offered plus “Betty in Blunderland” and “Superman.” Bring your own lawn chair, blanket, etc. Donations are welcome. Popcorn is 75 cents. “WOMAN […]

Heard over the back fence: Pooch Plunge Time

CAMERON PARK COUNTRY FEST:
 On Saturday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. the Cameron Park Country Fest will take place at Christa McAuliffe Park, 2400 Merrychase Drive, Cameron Park. Guests can enjoy live music, show off grilling skills in a barbecue competition, take part in old-fashioned games or one of the ‘just for […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Is your world too small?

Mother Teresa once said, “The problem with the world is that we draw our family circle too small.” I am not sure what Mother Teresa meant by her statement. Knowing her, I suspect she had compassion for everyone, especially those in need. All of us were potentially part of her family. At times, my compassion […]

Heard over the back fence: Nutrition Advice

STUDENT SUCCESS STORY:
 University officials have notified us that Tatiana M. Dimugno of Placerville has been named to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Dean’s List. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average. Tatiana is a sophomore. Congratulations, Tatiana! Keep […]

Heard over the back fence: Huge Rummage Sale

STUDENT SUCCESS STORY: 
Officials at Bethel University, St. Paul, Minn., have informed us that Emily Dess recently received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. Emily is the daughter of David and Sandra Dess of El Dorado Hills. Congratulations, Emily! Your future looks very bright! HUGE RUMMAGE SALE:
 The St. Patrick Ladies Society’s annual huge […]

Heard over the back fence: Rock on

NEW ROCKHOUND ENERGY:
 The El Dorado County Mineral Gem Society welcomes the following new members: Sharon Prichard, Jane Deming, David Oates, Karen Lindwall, James Knapp, Fred and Kathy Heymann, Wayne and Shirley Kuykendall, and Nick and Katie Gladding. Welcome and enjoy this fun and friendly club. NEW LION LEADERS: 
Mother Lode Lions Club has elected […]

Heard over the back fence: Goose on the loose

PASS THE POPCORN, PLEASE:
 On Fridays at 1:15 p.m., the Placerville Senior Center is showing free movies in the new Resource Room. Complimentary popcorn is served. The July 24 movie is “The Rewrite,” described as follows: “An Oscar winning writer in a slump leaves Hollywood to teach screenwriting at a college on the East Coast, […]

Heard over the back fence: Musical Joy Ride

STAMPERS UNITE:
 Paul Schrader provided the following information: The monthly meeting of the Senior Stampers will be held on Friday, July 24 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane. The meeting is open to anyone interested in stamp collecting. At this meeting members are asked to bring something from […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Avoid letting pain define you

Do not allow pain or illness to define who you are. You are more than the pain or illness that attacks you. My current dealing with my stroke is quite an education. I feel like I am earning a PhD on who I am. When the stroke hit me on Nov. 20, 2014, it felt […]

Heard over the back fence: Time to stock up

TOP STUDENTS RECOGNIZED: 
Linfield College has informed us that Kyle Belcher and Connor Sende of El Dorado Hills have been named to its Dean’s List for the spring semester. In order to be named to the Dean’s List, students must complete 12 graded credits with at least a 3.65 grade point average. Congratulations, Kyle and […]

Heard over the back fence: Reading to Ruby

READING TO RUBY:
 On Wednesdays, children can practice reading out loud with Ruby, the therapy dog, from noon-2 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. For more information call (916) 358-3500. BINGO TIME!
 On Mondays and Thursdays play bingo at 12:30 p.m., immediately following the Senior Nutrition lunch at the El […]

Heard over the back fence: Free concert and food

LION OF THE YEAR: 
Jerry Didlot, as this year’s president of the Mother Lode Lions Club, announced that Kristi Couchee was selected as Mother Lode Lion of the Year, stating, “With so many hard working, deserving people to select from for Lion of the Year, it was hard to choose, but Lion Kristi Couchee stood […]

Heard over the back fence: Give Dad a Hug

TAKE A HIKE:
 An Emigrant Lake hike is scheduled for July 18. The following information was provided. This hike, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., goes along Caples Lake for the first 2.5 miles, then continues on switchbacks up to Emigrant Creek with views of Round Top along the way. When Emigrant Creek is crossed, hikers reach the […]

Heard over the back fence: The Power of Love

STUDENT SUCCESS STORY:
 Logan Savidge of Placerville recently graduated from Colorado College, Colorado Springs, with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. Congratulations, Logan! We look forward to your bright future! ALZHEIMER’S MOVIE: 
On Monday, July 20 at 1 p.m., the movie “Still Alice” will be shown for free at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 […]

Heard over the back fence: Change of pace

CHANGE OF PACE:
 About twice a year I like to change the format of the Fence column. I get away from events, dates, times, etc. (except for several exceptions below) and offer thoughtful and humorous quotes only. Hope you enjoy the change of pace. From “Life’s Little Instruction Calender” quotes: “Luck may visit, but it’s […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn all about wine

LUNCHES FOR SENIORS:
 Seniors, 60 and over, are eligible to purchase a $3 lunch at Senior Nutrition lunch sites. Lunch is served at noon. For information regarding location of lunch sites call (530) 621-6160. RESEARCH THE GOLD RUSH:
 The El Dorado County Historical Museum is located at 104 Placerville Drive (next to the fairgrounds) in […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Will my marriage survive?

My Nov. 20, 2014, stroke resulted in my driving privileges being taken away until I can convince DMV that I am ready to safely drive on the roads again. This suspension resulted in my wife, Monika, taking over as my unpaid chauffeur. “Unpaid” does not mean she hasn’t paid an awful price for the “privilege” […]

Heard over the back fence: Get on the right track

PONDEROSA CLASS REUNION:
 Heidi Brown provided the following high school class reunion information: The 1975 graduating class of Ponderosa High School is having its 40th class reunion on Aug. 29 at the Shingle Springs Community Center. All other classes are invited, especially 1974 and 1976 members. If you attended or know of someone who did, […]

Heard over the back fence: Fix your bike

FIX YOUR BIKE: 
A new class titled Bicycle Maintenance is scheduled for July 12 from noon-2 p.m. at the Community Services District Pavilion, 1021 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills. This class covers beginner bike maintenance knowledge, detailing the different parts of a bicycle and how the parts work together, just in time to get your […]

Heard over the back fence: Garden tips for July

GARDEN TIPS FOR JULY: 
The Front Yard Nursery newsletter offers the following July garden tips: “Saturday, July 4 — Happy Independence Day! We’re closed in honor of the holiday. • Harvest vegetables regularly. Old fruit left on the plant will inhibit production. • Water early in the day to prevent disease. Mulch to maintain moisture. Keep […]

Heard over the back fence: Tasty Sushi

SCHOLARSHIPS WINNERS:
 Marion West forwarded the following good news. PEO Chapter XA in Cameron Park is delighted to announce the winners of its 2015 Rachel Champion Scholarships. El Dorado High School graduate Brooke Yates and Oak Ridge High School graduate Emma Olds received a $500 renewable scholarship. Brooke Yates will be attending University of Nevada, […]

Heard over the back fence: Great Book Prices

GREAT BOOK PRICES: 
We recently received the following reminder: “Join us and take advantage of some great deals on gently used books sponsored by the Friends of the Library, El Dorado Hills Branch. Our books are now sold by the pound and there are books in every category. The early bird sale starts Friday, June […]

Heard over the back fence: Cooking Advice

SUMMER FIREWORKS: 
Drive out to Cameron Park Lake and enjoy the Summer Spectacular on Saturday, June 27. Gates open at 2 p.m. There is live music all day and fireworks at dark. Organizers say this is the best fireworks in El Dorado County. Enjoy the kids’ carnival, swimming at the lagoon, refreshments, food and craft […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: It’s better not to be stupid

Joyce Sequichie Hifler wrote the book “A Cherokee Feast of Days.” This is a book of daily meditations. She wrote, “If you argue with stupid reasoning you end up being stupid – Expressing an opinion can run you out of bounds and into areas that are not yours to argue. And no one has any […]

Heard over the back fence: Be a stamp collector

FREE COUNSELING FOR SENIORS: Senior Peer Counseling is available to adults, 55 years or older. A wide range of counseling is available. For more information or to make an appointment call (530) 621-6304. RIVER CATS GAME TRIP:
 The El Dorado County Seniors Activities Program has a trip scheduled to a Sacramento River Cats game on Wednesday, July […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s Fair Time!

IT’S FAIR TIME!
 Today is June 17 and tomorrow the El Dorado County Fair opens and runs through June 21. Bring the kids and friends! $3 SENIOR LUNCH:
 Adults 60 years and older can receive a lunch for a $3 donation at one of six locations in the county. Lunch is served from noon-12:30 p.m. The […]

Heard over the back fence: Belly Dance Class

PARK AND RIDE CLOSURE:
 Very recently we received the following notice: “Please be aware that due to sealing and striping being done at Town Center, the El Dorado Hills Park and Ride lot at Post Street will not be served Monday, June 15, through Wednesday, June 17. Please park at the Vine and Mercedes lot […]

Heard over the back fence: Get on board!

ATTEND OUR COUNTY FAIR!
 The following El Dorado County Fair information was recently received. The El Dorado County Fair is June 18-21 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive. Attendees in military uniform get in free. For information visit [email protected] BRIAN’S MAGIC SHOW: 
On June 18 from 10-11 a.m. Brian Scott will put on […]

Heard over the back fence: Ringers Fun Time

THE FAIR IS COMING!
 Round up the kids! The El Dorado County Fair is scheduled from June 18 through June 21 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville. RINGERS FUN TIME: 
Rick Eddy sent the following horseshoe information. Come play with us. The Forebay Horseshoe Pitching Club of Pollock Pines has started […]

Heard over the back fence: Food for the Needy

HUNTER SAFETY CLASS: 
A “Hunter Safety Class” for ages 10 and up is scheduled for Saturday, June 20 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. This is an all-day class. Please bring No. 2 pencil and lunch. Obtain a class book from the CSD and/or study online at […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: Avoid doomsday people

Every morning we choose an attitude to start the day with. We can have an optimistic approach and look forward to the day unfolding, or we can dread the day, assuming there is no joy ahead. • You start each day in bed. If you share a bed, one of you may say, “You snored […]

Heard over the back fence: Watch your balance

SMART STUDENT RECOGNIZED:
 Officials at George Fox University, Newberg, Ore., have informed us that Julia Jacobs, an elementary/education major from El Dorado Hills, was placed on the Dean’s List after earning a 3.5 or higher grade point average in the 2015 spring semester. Congratulations Julia! We look forward to your bright future. YELL BINGO! 
You […]

Heard over the back fence: Fun at the Lake

HARD WORKING STUDENTS:
 Oregon State University has announced that the following students from El Dorado Hills recently graduated: Brian K. Buenzli, bachelor of science, merchandising management; Amy E. Hahn, bachelor of science, finance; Kathryn M. Kasabian, bachelor of science, magna cum laude, economics; Thomas P. Massa, bachelor of science, digital communication Arts; Taylor M. Zetlin, […]

Heard over the back fence: The Fair is back

E-WASTE COLLECTION: The ALT Dolphins community swim team in Cool is raising money to replace 20-plus year-old blocks for the safety and self-confidence for the young swimmers. Dolphin swimmers can begin at age 4 and swim through high school age. All proceeds from the upcoming e-waste event will directly contribute to the purchase. The e-waste event […]

Heard over the back fence: Super Hero party

SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS GRADUATE: Oregon State University officials have informed us that the following students from Cameron Park recently graduated: Hannah L. Hichborn, bachelor of science, merchandising management; Sara L. Orofino, bachelor of science, cum laude, zoology; Evann L. Stabenow, bachelor of science, magna cum laude, exercise and sport science. Congratulations to all of you! We […]

Heard over the back fence: Yell Bingo

GARDEN TOUR CANCELLED: 
The Placerville Shakespeare Club has made the difficult decision to cancel its June 6 Garden & Artists of the Sierra Foothills event. They regret any inconvenience that this may. FREE MOVIE PASS: On Monday, June 1, from 2-6 p.m., you can donate blood at Regal Cinema at 2101 Vine St., El Dorado […]

Billlingsley’s Bullets: Call me Mr. President

It seems like everyone wants to be the next president of the USA. Dull and interesting candidates are running or plan to run. I am convinced that no one is more qualified to run than I am. Giving speeches is fun for me, and applause makes me feel young and handsome. • Having a presidential […]

Heard over the back fence: Kindness is important

GARDEN SHOW AND MORE: The Antique Depot, 4241 Mother Lode Drive, Shingle Springs, is sponsoring a garden show at its store on Saturday, May 23 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be food and fun for everyone. If you bring a can of food for the Food Bank, it will be appreciated. VERY SUCCESSFUL STUDENT: […]

Heard over the back fence: How to succeed

CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY: El Dorado Transit will not operate bus or Dial-A-Ride service on Monday, May 25 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. El Dorado Transit’s business office and dispatch center will be closed. Normal service will resume on Tuesday, May 26. For more information please call El Dorado Transit at 530-642-5383. GET […]

Heard over the back fence: How to pass the buck

ENJOY TALENT SHOW: An Older Americans Day celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 at 1 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Enjoy the free talent show and cake and refreshments. Any donations will be appreciated. For more information call 530-677-2231. UPCOMING TRIP REVIEWS: Star Walker forwarded the following Day […]

Heard over the back fence: Garden tours and more

WILD TURKEY BANQUET: The local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation is hosting its first annual banquet on Friday, May 15 at the American Legion facility at 4561 Greenstone Road, Placerville. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The event will include dinner, raffles, silent and live auctions, games and a warm atmosphere. The cost is […]

Heard over the back fence: Free car show

SPRING DINNER FUNDRAISER: The Community Resource Center is sponsoring a Spring Dinner on May 23 from 5-8 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall, 130 Placerville Drive (next to the Fairgrounds in Placerville). This is a fundraiser to serve veterans, moms and dads who lost jobs, seniors and others who are homeless or in danger of […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: The aging process requires patience

April 17 was my birthday. I would like to share the following birthday card quotes with you: “Drinks well with others.” “Once upon a time, a very special person was born, who was destined to change the world … Calm down — it’s not you. It’s Jesus.” “When you’re old, your butt cheeks droop. Your […]

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