Democrat Staff

Bruins have solid season

SHINGLE SPRINGS — The Ponderosa girls took fourth place in the 8-team Capital Valley Conference, finishing 7-7. The Lady Bruins placed three on the All League team: Ashley Tank, Ania Lobsinger and Laura Parkyn. “This was a really great season for our girls tennis team in our very competitive Division II league,” Ponderosa coach Don […]

Roundup: Nov. 3, 2015

Volleyball Oak Ridge def. Granite Bay 25-19, 25-11, 25-19 — Monday’s road victory for the Sierra Foothill League champions gave the Lady Trojans a perfect 12-0 record, 33-2 overall.

Oak Ridge 2nd at Masters

STOCKTON — Rain, wind, cold, more rain over six hours could not deter Oak Ridge which placed second at Monday’s Master’s Tournament at the Reserve in Stockton. The Lady Trojans finished with 422 points, 16 strokes behind Granite Bay. Rocklin was third and Vista Del Lago fourth followed by St. Francis. “I am so proud […]

HELP walk raises emergency funds

A walk to raise funds for Housing Emergency Lodging Program (HELP) was a success. On Sunday. Oct. 18 the 54 walkers and six dogs took off from the depot on Mosquito Road in Placerville. A unique factor for this fundraiser was several of the walkers were 80-plus years old and they have walked each year and […]


Regarding the article “Activists threaten recall of all county supervisors” published Friday, Oct. 30, the group behind the recall is El Dorado County Total Recall, a countywide group of individuals spanning from El Dorado Hills to South Lake Tahoe and Georgetown to Somerset.

Roundup: Nov. 1, 2015

Volleyball Oak Ridge def. Rocklin 16-25, 25-13, 23-25, 25-15, 17-15 — The Lady Tojans lock up the Sierra Foothill League title with Thursday’s huge road win. Golden Sierra def. by Bradshaw Christian 25-17, 14-25, 17-25, 14-25 Water polo Oak Ridge boys 15, Nevada Union 3 — Goals: Jack Davidson, 4; Matthew Fehr, 4; Nicholas Thompson, […]

Bruins fall to Tigers

ROSEVILLE — Unable to execute at key moments, turnovers and missed tackles added up for Ponderosa which lost Friday’s Capital Valley Conference game at Roseville 56-21. Five minutes in the Bruins trailed 21-0 but got on the scoreboard on Scott Martin’s 4-yard keeper. Ponderosa was stopped at the 1 on another series, a key moment […]

Schedule: Nov. 2-7, 2015

Monday, Nov. 2 Golf OR @ Masters Meet, The Reverse, Stockton, 8:30 a.m. Volleyball *El Dorado @ Union Mine, 6 p.m. *Encina @ GS, 5:30 p.m. OR @ Granite Bay, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 Soccer Section playoffs D-I: Edison @ OR, 3 p.m. D-II: Del Oro @ PHS, 6:30 p.m. Tennis Section playoffs D-I: […]

Best Flower Shop: Flowers on Main

If you have a wedding, anniversary, engagement or birthday coming up, Flowers on Main is your one-stop floral shopping source. Owner Melissa Cowan has an eye for floral arrangement and it shows in her colorful and classy bouquets, wreaths and center pieces. Flowers on Main can find you the perfect flowers for any special moment. The floral shop also stocks […]

Best Funeral Home: Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home

Losing a family member or loved one can be a trying time. Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home is here to help families and people get through this difficult stage. In business since 1964, the staff values Placerville’s small-town atmosphere and is committed to maintaining a high level of personal service. Chapel of the Pines Funeral Home offers unlimited options […]

Best Hamburger: Old Town Grill

If you’re looking to sink your teeth into a juicy hamburger, Old Town Grill is your place. Chef John Sanders is master of the meaty medium. Old Town Grill has been serving delicious hamburgers and more since 2000. Other menu items include grilled chicken sandwiches, special sirloin, elk, buffalo and seafood specials. One of their most popular side dishes is […]

Best Pizza: Pizza Bene

Pizza Bene is known for traditional Napoletana-style pizzas made using Italian Antico Molino Caputo Flour that produces an incredibly flavorful, crisp crust. Pizzas include the classic margherita, pepperoni and marinara with tasty twists on the genre like the Garlic and More Garlic on the pie line-up. Pizza scientist Ben Butler opened the pizzeria in April of 2014. Pizza Bene also serves […]

Best Recreation: Sly Park

El Dorado Irrigation District’s Sly Park Recreation Area is brimming with all sorts of fun outdoor activities. The lake in the pines attracts 400,000 people a year for boating, swimming, picnicking and for its trail system. The hiking and biking trail system is 8.5 miles long, with a separate trail for horses of about 9 miles. From the Sly Park […]

Best Gift Shop: Country Elegance

Country Elegance carries a wide selection of unique home decor, woman’s trendy apparel, garden art, yard spinners, wind chimes and their famous “cake candles.” The business also off ers a wide selection of quality stoves and fireplaces to fit your heating and design needs. Winter is just around the corner — is your stove and fi replace ready? Over the […]

Best Real Estate Company: Lyon Real Estate

Looking to buy your next home in El Dorado County? What about a condominium? Maybe you’re looking to sell your home, condo or land? Serving the county and the Sacramento region for six decades spanning a two-generation history, Lyon Real Estate has approximately 80 agents and employees who work at the Placerville and Cameron Park branches. Lyon agents receive ongoing education […]

Best Hearing Center: AccuQuest Hearing Center

AccuQuest Hearing Center provides a shining example of quality and personalized hearing health services to the community. Audiologist and Hearing Aid Dispenser Sandra Danz is on the leading edge of the audiology and hearing health field. The goal is to be the premier audiology and hearing health care provider in the county. Hearing evaluation includes high-quality hearing testing, education, consultation and […]

Best Hardware Store: Placerville Hardware

Established in 1852, Placerville Hardware has been family owned for the last 62 years. The hardware business has focused on superb customer service as well as maintaining a unique inventory of items. It is the oldest hardware store west of the Mississippi. Placerville Hardware stocks a variety of items such as tools, gold pans, cast iron pans, candles, plumbing and gardening […]

Best Heating/Air Conditioning: Gilmore Heating and Air

Since 1979, Gilmore has been helping customers in El Dorado County and the Sacramento region live comfortably with quality heating and air conditioning systems. The staff specializes in the latest technology in heating and air conditioning and offers the best repair service for existing systems. John Gilmore, who founded Gilmore Heating and Air, opened his first store in Placerville. John’s son, Darrin, is now the general […]

Best Local Attraction: Gold Bug Park and Mine

At Hangtown’s Gold Bug Park and Mine, visitors step back in time when entering a real gold mine from the Gold Rush days. Explore the Gold Bug Mine and mining museum. Find riches in the gem panning trough. Be sure to visit the historic stamp mill and working blacksmith shop. Don’t miss Hattie’s Gift Shop for that special one-of-a-kind memento […]

Best Jewelry: Randolph Jewelers

Randolph Jewelers has been selling jewelry in Gold Country since its first days in business back in 1852 during the heyday of the Gold Rush. Find watches, rings, bracelets and more at Randolph’s. In addition, the staff also does custom work such as making engagement rings from scratch and bridal jewelry that is considered “one-of-a-kind.” Randolph’s can also give your old […]

Best Lawnmower Repair: Camino Outdoor Power

Need a new chain saw to cut firewood this winter? Maybe the lawn mower could be fixed up before the winter months and ready to go next spring? Camino Outdoor Power is here for those lawn and outdoor needs. They are very proud to be a retailer of the Stihl product line. As an independent dealer, Camino Outdoor Power can […]

Best Printer: Sierra Gold Graphics

For more than 50 years, Sierra Gold Graphics has proudly stood out as El Dorado County’s go-to source for quality printing and superior and client-driven service. Superior production standards and creative cost reduction strategies are prime objectives for the team at Sierra Gold. Services and products include custom graphics, logos, brochures, flyers, business cards and stationery. For people who want to […]

Russells take over as new race promoters

Following a recent proposal and selection process, the Board of Directors of the El Dorado County Fairgrounds have announced that Russell Mototorsports Incorporated (RMI Inc.) has been awarded the contract for the management of the popular quarter-mile dirt track, taking over for Handy Racing Promotions. Behind the wheel of RMI Incorporated are two El Dorado […]

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween Dan and Spring Covington’s Orion Drive yard in Diamond Springs has been transformed into a creepy graveyard filled with zombies and ghouls. Democrat photo by Jackie Penn Happy Halloween Kenny Heal, Sky Nelder and family wowed the judges at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Scarecrow Contest held last week. Night Walker […]

Pastels capture the brilliance of life

The Sierra Pastel Society’s Biennial Signature Member Exhibition is hanging at the El Dorado Arts Council’s Fausel House, 772 Pacific St. in Placerville, through Nov. 20. Judge for this year’s show was artist and teacher Waif Mullins from Chico. He recognized seven artists with awards. Best of Show went to Tina Moore for “Attitude.” Awards of Excellence […]

Musical benefit for children on Halloween

A benefit for Rodney, 3 years old, and Luigi, 16 months old, is Saturday, Oct. 31 at the Gold Trail Grange, No. 452, 319 Highway 49 in Coloma. The children lost their mother in a tragic car accident. Their families have been longtime residents of El Dorado County and are blessed to have the love and support of […]


Regarding the “Apple juice recalled” story published Monday, Oct. 26: The juice voluntary recalled is only High Hill Ranch apple juice. Barsotti’s juice is not involved in the recall or linked to any illness, and is being offered at High Hill Ranch as a substitute while ranch owners confirm the safety of their own product.

Roundup: Trojans advance to Masters

Golf Division 1 North Tournament @ Silverado (18 holes, par 72) 1-Granite Bay, 415; 2-Oak Ridge, 423; 3-Rocklin, 449; 4-St. Francis, 468; 5-Pleasant Grove, 491; 6-Vacaville, 514; 6-Davis, 527; 7-Wood, 588. OR scores: Lexi Perry, 83; Courtney Clark, 84; Emma Sand 84; Natalie Kinney, 85; Caleigh Clark 87; Meha Sodhi, 90. Division II Tournament @ […]

News Bites Oct. 28

Road meeting Caltrans has scheduled a community meeting on the proposed South Fork American River Bridge widening project from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Gold Trail Grange, 319 Highway 49 in Coloma. Caltrans proposes to replace the South Fork American River Bridge on State Route 49 in El Dorado County to meet current […]

Having a ball

DSC_1814 w Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, headed by Troy Andrews from New Orleans, brought jazz and funk to the Hangtown Halloween Ball stage to get the crowd moving Friday night. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum DSC_1836 e w American experimental world fusion and electronic music group Beats Antique wows the crowd with its performance […]

Roundup: Oct. 25, 2015

Tennis Oak Ridge 5, Del Oro 4 Singles (OR first): Madeline Almeida def. Isaac 6-2, 6-3; Lily Wainwright def. by Stough 6-2, 1-6, 1-6; Kassidy Lyons def. Jensen 6-0, 6-2; Margaret Asperheim def. by Conkle 6-7, 4-6; Julia VanBoening def. by Jorgensen 5-7, 3-6; Kapri Lyons def. by Watson 4-6, 3-6. Doubles (OR first): Kelly […]

Schedule: Oct. 26-31, 2015

Monday, Oct. 26 Golf Tournaments D-I: OR @ Silverado Resort, Napa D-II: PHS @ Teal Bend, Sacramento D-IV: ED, UM @ Sierra View CC, Roseville Soccer *Cosumnes Oaks @ PHS, 3:30 p.m. *Rosemont @ UM, 7 p.m. Galt @ ED, 7 p.m. GS @ San Juan, 3:30 p.m. Tennis OR @ SFL Singles Tourney, Folsom, tbd Volleyball […]

Golf: Union Mine wins another banner

WOODLAND — Make space on the gymnasium wall. Union Mine capped a near flawless fall season with Monday’s Sierra Valley Conference-winning tournament victory at the Yolo Fliers Club. Their league run that included two league tournaments meant the Lady Diamondbacks, the SVC defending champions, were awarded 19.5 of a possible 20 points. The title is […]

Roundup: Oct 23, 2015

Volleyball Oak Ridge def. Folsom 25-20, 25-11, 25-14 Ponderosa def. Del Campo 25-12, 25-18, 25-20 Ponderosa def. Capital Christian 25-14, 26-24, 25-11 Union Mine def. Cordova 25-12, 31-29, 26-24 El Dorado JV def. Liberty Ranch 25-15, 25-21 — Serving by Kendall Curtis and Sierra Allen. Back row defense from Julia Somera. Water polo Oak Ridge […]

Buy a pie

Buy freshly made, ready-to-bake pies for the holidays while supporting Oak Ridge High School’s 2016 Grad Night. The due date for orders is no later than 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. Checks must be made out to ORHS Grad Night. Checks and order forms may be dropped off at the ORHS attendance office or mailed […]

Duty: Army National Guard Pvt. Andrew C. Peterson

Army National Guard Pvt. Andrew C. Peterson has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and […]

Duty: Army Pvt. Joel J. Arevalos

Army Pvt. Joel J. Arevalos has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, […]

Roundup: Oct. 20, 2015

Golf League Tournaments Capital Valley Conference 18 holes at Cameron Park CC, par 72 1-Ponderosa, 501; 2-Roseville, 515; 3-Whitney, 517; 4-Cosumnes Oaks, 525; 5-Antelope, 546; 6-Oakmont, 569; 7-Bella Vista, 615; Del Campo DQ. Bruins: Jasmine Monas, 91; Cora Nuttall, 96; Kaylee Wilson, 97; Catherine Dodds, 108; Gianna Barber, 109; Eden Hall, 119. Ponderosa finished in […]

A wonderful present

IMG_6400e The El Dorado County Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated 125 years of DAR community service across the country last week not by receiving presents but giving them. Above, left to right, Xavier Vasquez, 11, Camry Schoenahl, 11, Serena Raymond, 11, Akaya Oelze, Madeline Dugger, 10, and Berlin Patterson, 11, check […]

Cross country: Bronco Invite

Make sure to purchase Wednesday’s issue, as the Sports section will have results of the five El Dorado County high school cross-country teams competing at the Bella Vista Bronco Invitational at Willow Hills on the Folsom High campus on Saturday.

Roundup: Oct. 19, 2015

Golf Ponderosa 247, Roseville 242 — 9 holes at Cameron Park Country Club, par 36. PHS scorers: Medalist Jasmine Monas 44, Gianna Barber 49, Eden Hall 49, Cora Nuttall 50, Kaylee Wilson 55, Catherine Dodds 57. Tennis Oak Ridge 6, Rocklin 3 Singles (OR first): Madeline Almeida def. Attota 6-0, 6-3; Lily Wainwright def. Panedero […]

Schedule: Oct. 19-24, 2015

Monday, Oct. 19 Golf OR @ SFL Tourney, Auburn Valley GC, 10 a.m. PHS @ CVC Tourney, Cameron Park CC, noon UM, ED @ SVC Tourney, Yolo Fliers Club, Woodland, 10 a.m. Soccer Cordova @ UM, 7 p.m. PHS @ Oakmont, 3:30 p.m. GS @ Bradshaw Christain, 3:30 p.m. ED @ Liberty Ranch, Walker Park, […]

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