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Greenwood School being restored

The Georgetown Divide Recreation District, Native Sons of the Golden West and Greenwood Civic Organization are teaming up to make urgently needed improvements to the Greenwood Schoolhouse on Greenwood Road, but they also are calling on the help of community members. The historical building is badly in need of repairs, and although the Native Sons of the Golden West, Georgetown Parlor No. 91 has taken the task to its Grand Parlor and the Historical Preservation Fund for help, grant money provided will only cover the first phase of a two-phase restoration project.

“The Native Sons are dedicated to the preservation of California’s history,” said …

No update on Divide Wellness Center closure

Lourdes Edralin, marketing director for Marshall Medical, when asked about the recent (temporary) closure of the Divide Wellness Center, said they have not received any new information or been contacted by the Department of Justice since the original search warrant. “The clinic has hired an interim nurse practitioner, who is still going through the credentialing […]

Biz gives medical cannabis recommendations

After more than five years of managing the Cool Medical Clinic for Dr. Cristal Speller, Bobby and Daisy Eisenberg have severed those ties. The Eisenbergs are now managing a new cannabis practice, Cool Consultations Inc., on Highway 49, which just opened on Feb. 17 in Cool. Dr. Beverly A. Mikuriya, who also has a practice […]

Buffalo Hill Center anchored by Mar-Val

Success in business comes in many ways and for Mark and Irene Smith of Georgetown it came over a number of years. The Smiths, married on April 1, 1951, and moved to the Georgetown Divide shortly thereafter, beginning their lives together and their family of five. “My father was a copper mining engineer in a […]

House fire in Greenwood

A house fire in Greenwood on Wednesday, Dec. 4, resulted in more than 70 percent of the home consumed and some wild land fire behind it as well, according to Georgetown Fire Chief Greg Schwab. “The call came in at 7:01 a.m. without an exact address,” he said. “It first came over as a smoke […]

Domestic dispute leads to shooting

A domestic argument and shooting on Citabria in Georgetown on Wednesday evening around midnight was the beginning of two days that sheriff’s deputies were looking for suspect Douglas Martin. The victim of the shooting, Ruth Clark, was hospitalized and no word on her condition was received prior to press time. Martin was discovered Friday in […]

Finnon Lake revived; stocked with additional fish

In early October, members of the Mosquito Volunteer Firefighters Association and the Georgetown and El Dorado Resource Conservation districts put the finishing touch to a two-year-long project. Finnon Lake, south of Georgetown, was restocked with fish after seismic studies by the California State Division of Safety deemed that the embankment for the lake and dam […]

National tech program promotes skills

Entrepreneurship and confidence are two terms not usually associated with teenage girls but a new program that envisions gender parity in computing fields may be changing that perspective. With only 160 young women chosen nationwide to participate in the program, Golden Sierra High School senior Violet Dressler-Zimmerman, 17, is one of those young women. “It […]

Alfonso Elena plays with grapes

A long-awaited project for both the residents of the Divide and the owner of the land, Jose Wine Caves on Prospector Road, opened the first part of May. With a view overlooking the Coloma Valley it is ready to serve guests on weekends, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and for special events. Proprietor Alfonso P. […]

Injury in Garden Valley July 4th Parade

The 44th annual Garden Valley Fourth of July Parade and Celebration turned slightly chaotic last Thursday when a horse participating in the parade became spooked and stepped on a young child and a woman’s foot. “Everybody seems to have come out of it OK” though, according to Fire Capt. Charles Frost of Garden Valley Fire […]

Golden Sierra presents ‘Divorce Southern Style’

What: “Divorce Southern Style” Who: Golden Sierra High School Drama Club Where: Golden Sierra High School multi-purpose room, 5101 Garden Valley Road in Garden Valley When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 14 to 16, at 7 p.m. Cost: $8 for general admission and for students without an Associated Student Body card, and $5 for those with an ASB […]

Celebration to honor Coppa Hembo

At this year’s Nature Fest on April 27, a group of people have plans to place a large quartz stone monument in honor of Coppa Hembo, the last Hill Nisenan (Maidu) chief on the Georgetown Divide. Local historian Guy Nixon, Howard Hiemke, and This Old Rock, the company from where the stone is being donated, […]

Corner Kitchen: The reflection of a community

Georgetown’s history is reflected in its many buildings on Main Street, but success in business does not come from the physical habitation of the proprietor. Success comes from what is created within and the perspective of the community. Inside the Corner Kitchen, a building that has seen the likes of a banking house, telegraph, post […]

Local band to record at TRI Studios

Local band, MerryGold, once the duo of Trout and Parrot, may have hit the big time or at least will have a crack at a great opportunity. Entering a songwriting contest in September, the band made the final 10 and earned a chance to record an audio and video at TRI Studios in San Rafael. The […]

Fire victims ID’d

A house fire at 4531 Salmon Falls Road, off Highway 49, in Pilot Hill on Sunday evening took the lives of two local residents. The deceased were identified to the Gazette by Xanthyia (Stephens) Fain as her sister, Steve Etta, and brother-in-law, Steve Cook. The couple had moved to the family home from Alaska more […]

Miller discovers history in Texas

Steve Miller of Cool recently found a Feb. 26, 1888 issue of the Georgetown Gazette in an antique store while visiting in San Antonio, Texas. When he realized it was Georgetown, Calif. and not one of the many other communities with the name of Georgetown throughout the country, he purchased the document for $12.50. Inside […]

Georgetown celebrates Founders Day Sept. 23

The community of Georgetown, north of Placerville, celebrates its 163rd birthday this year at Founders Day on Sunday, Sept. 23. The event is sponsored by the Georgetown Divide Rotary Club and is always a family, fun-filled day. The day begins with a pancake breakfast at the VFW Hall on Main Street starting at 7 a.m. […]

60th Jamboree: Adventure worth experiencing

Despite a horrific accident July 28 that ultimately claimed the leg of a young woman and more than 75 percent of her skin to burns, the 60th anniversary of the Jeepers Jamboree was an adventure worth experiencing. The accident itself was responded to by sheriff’s deputies from main camp; rock rollers of the Jamboree; numerous […]

Georgetown office staff busy all year long

This year the Jeepers Jamboree celebrates its 60th anniversary of providing off-road, four-wheel drive family adventure. With this anniversary comes the same great trail experience as well as the stress of getting all the particulars in line. “It’s been insane,” said Lacey Stiles, office manager, bookkeeper, custodian and more at the local Georgetown office on […]

Nationally-known band to hit stage in Rubicon Springs

For this year’s 60th Jeepers Jamboree celebration, musical entertainment at Rubicon Springs’ main camp has been stepped up some with the national sounds of Whiskey Dawn. The group originally consisted of members who met 15 years ago in high school — Jeremy Hughes, Michael Cook and Troy Ferris. “We went to high school together in […]

Transplant survivor a Donate Life ambassador

This year, Donate Life California and the California Department of Motor Vehicles celebrate a six-year partnership, which has resulted in more than 9 million Californians registering as organ and tissue donors through the state’s Donate Life California Organ and Tissue Donor Registry. Georgetown resident and recipient Janet Bales is a miracle story she would like […]

BOMUSD talks teacher hires, honors students

The Black Oak Mine Unified School District Board of Trustees honored its schools’ selections for students of the year and teacher retirees at a meeting recently. This year’s honorees for student of the year included valedictorian MaryAnn Haynie of Golden Sierra High; Sara Iversen of Independent Study; Tyler Hudson of Divide High; Erin Belloumini of […]

Three honored as valedictorians for Golden Sierra

This year’s Golden Sierra High School graduation shared by the school’s three valedictorians — Kyle Cerniglia, MaryAnn Haynie and Caitlin Hess. The students were chosen based each of their overall cumulative grade point average.  Students earn credit points generally up to 4.0 for classes regular required courses they take. Based on if the class is an advanced […]

BOMUSD deficit reduced but additional cuts projected

The Black Oak Mine Unified School District Board of Trustees heard a budget presentation from Chief Fiscal Officer Peter Rosenberry at its May 10 meeting. The budget report came prior to Gov. Jerry Brown’s May revised budget. “I was anticipating a negative end balance for this year,” said Rosenberry, who was hired by the district […]

Fire captain awarded prestigious honor

SUBHEAD: Placerville resident named Training Officer of the Year Captain Greg Bueghly of Georgetown Fire was named the 10th annual California State Fire Training Officer of the Year this past February in San Diego at the Firehouse World convention. “It was a total surprise to me,” said Capt. Bueghly, who was born in Redding and […]

Stuffed wolverine wrenched from Georgetown Hotel wall

California Department of Fish and Game wardens removed a stuffed red tail hawk and wolverine from the Georgetown Hotel bar on Tuesday in what some claimed was nothing less than “too much government regulation.”

Wardens Lt. Christy Wurster and Bob Pera came to the hotel prior to the 11 a.m. opening on Tuesday so as not to interfere with customer service either at the bar or the attached Mexican restaurant.

Warden Pera said the official complaint was made anonymously and originally entailed the report of two stuffed vultures.

“I received an e-mail from my chief and investigated the complaint Friday (May 4),” said Pera …

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May Day demonstration for Cal’s Market

On Tuesday, May 1, major cities and businesses across the nation were disrupted and experienced violent occupiers in support of what they celebrate as International Workers Day, known as Labor Day in many countries around the world. Greenwood occupiers at Cal’s Market, however, stood their ground peacefully in support of local businessman Vincent Cal.

Carrying signs with slogans that read “Permit It,” “Occupy Everything,” “Support Cal’s” and “Less Regulations More Ice Cream,” occupiers greeted each other with hugs, handshakes and familiarity. The local businessman goes to trial July 10 in El Dorado County Superior Court for operating his business without a license much to the disapproval of the 40-50 people present. Cars passing by honked their horns in support of the “unrest,” which was far from disobedient (as no public or private property was damaged), but still carried an air of rebellion.

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Georgetown Nature Fest moves toward first decade

This year the Friends of the Nature Area celebrate nine years of the arts in nature, nearly one decade of Nature Fest. The event will provide two-days of festivities this year on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29. The history of FONA is short compared to the history of the nature area on the […]

Local teen enters regional pageant

Francheska Erika Cal of Greenwood has been chosen to participate in the 2012 Miss Junior Teen Sacramento Pageant. “I chose to participate for something different and to make new friends,” said Francheska, 14 and an eighth-grade student at Northside School. “I just moved here (from Destin, Fla.) in January. This is a great honor for […]

Fire Chief Bill Dekker responds to credit card allegation

After another online article by CBS13 news regarding Garden Valley Fire Portection District was printed on the Internet last week, Chief Bill Dekker was contacted for comment. As of this printing, he said he has not been contacted by the District Attorney’s Office, which CBS13 stated has “opened a criminal investigation” to look into suspected […]

Chief Dekker responds to CBS13 Website article

In what he calls “slandering his name,” Garden Valley Fire Chief Bill Dekker commented last Friday on an article that appeared on the CBS13 Website. The lead states, “El Dorado County’s auditor (Joe Harn) says a fire chief’s 10-year, $1 million contract is an outrage.” But perhaps the question should be, “Why did Mr. Harn […]

February 24, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 7 Replies

Popular G’town Mexican eatery to reopen soon

Local eatery to reopen soon “I just want to go back to work,” said Clara Parra, owner of Parra’s Mexican Restaurant. A fire at the eatery closed the doors, temporarily, on Jan. 5 after a passerby saw flames through a window coming from the kitchen’s stove. “The clean-up is going OK,” she said. “We’re getting […]

February 15, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 1 Reply

Report: G’town-Garden Valley fire merger prospects dim

On Jan. 18, at the Georgetown Fire Protection District’s monthly board meeting, a “final draft report” from the joint consolidation committee of Georgetown and Garden Valley Fire was presented. The report began by providing some background information on why the report was being made in the first place. “In the early part of 2010, the […]

February 10, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 2 Replies

Prof. Ken Deibert — What a guy! What an award!

A new adjunct or part-time faculty award at American River College has been named for Georgetown Gazette and Mountain Democrat columnist and retired Associate Professor Ken Deibert of Garden Valley. The award’s full name is the Ken Deibert Adjunct Faculty of the Year Award. ARC President David Viar said, “Because of his tireless efforts, the […]

Smiths a majority on Garden Valley fire board

Wendell Smith of Garden Valley is the newly appointed member to the Garden Valley Fire Protection District board. He was sworn in at the December meeting, and fills the spot left vacant by 2010 elected former Director Rick Nelson. Nelson, who served as chairman of the board for two years, left to pursue his own […]

February 01, 2012 | Posted in News | Tagged | 4 Replies

Backyard Highline Festival continues locally

Over the past few months local residents may have noticed a group of people off Black Oak Mine Road in Garden Valley literally climbing through the trees. The Balance Community Backyard Highline Festival is the brainstorm and work of Jerry Miszewski, 25, of Davis. “I started Balance Community in August of 2009,” he said. “That […]

Greenwood man dies after two-car accident

On Wednesday, Jan. 4, morning at approximately 8 a.m., Kirby Root, 68, of Greenwood was traveling southbound on Highway 193 when his car left the roadway and hit a tree just past South Kelsey Road. According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident involved Root’s 2010 Mercedes GLK350 and 45-year-old David Edwards’ 1986 Toyota pickup. […]

Kitchen fire closes Mexican eatery in Georgetown

An early morning fire last Thursday at Parra’s Mexican Restaurant in Georgetown has closed the local eatery until further notice. A passerby called 911 after seeing flames through a window of the building on the corner of Highway 193 and Church Street. According to Georgetown Fire Capt. Theresa Snoke, the fire was not severe and […]

Divide Supply aims to be fair and competitive

In 1999 Janice and Jerry Hoyt bought themselves a business. They have owned and operated Divide Supply in Greenwood ever since and have expanded the once-lumber yard into a full-service hardware and nursery outlet. “Neither one of us had any experience in retail,” said Janice, who had sold real estate on the Georgetown Divide for […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Secrets of Success 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

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