Jessica Cyphers

SacHeart has a physician team for all your needs

When you hear the name Sacramento Heart and Vascular, what comes to mind? If you say “cardiology,” you’re not alone. But did you know that at Sacramento Heart and Vascular’s Placerville location, you can see not only a cardiologist, but a primary care physician, too? “The name can cause a lot of confusion,” said Dr. […]

Powerhouse Gym: A new gym for a new you

It’s that time of year again: New year, new year’s resolutions, new you! Or so they say. But what if this year it really was a new you, and what if that was due (at least in part) to your newly remodeled, fabulous gym? Since its beginning in 1993, Powerhouse Gym in Placerville has been […]

It’s all about relationships for oral surgeon Dr. McIntire

For Dr. David McIntire, being an oral and maxillofacial surgeon isn’t only about being a skilled physician — it’s also about relationships. “One of my professors in school always used to say, ‘Patients don’t care what you know — they want to know you care.’ You can’t fake that you care,” said Dr. McIntire. In […]

Western States Horse Expo returns to Sacramento

Every summer for the past 10 years, something incredibly exciting has come to the Cal Expo Fairgrounds in Sacramento. This year is no exception. The Western States Horse Expo will be returning the weekend of June 13-15 and promises to be a blast for horse enthusiasts and exhibitors alike. Now in it’s 16th year, Western […]

Man’s best friend … and assistant?

When many dog owners think about their pets, things like wagging tails, lolling tongues, slimy tennis balls and being yanked on a leash come to mind. Most people think of dogs as companions, but have you ever thought about what your dog was actually bred for? Cathy Keeler and Linda Mack are local dog owners […]

High-efficiency machines mean big savings

With summer fast approaching and California’s water levels at near-record lows, water conservation is at the forefront of many El Dorado County residents’ minds. “The cost of water is expensive in El Dorado County and, unfortunately, seems likely to go up,” said Malcolm Dean, owner of Sears Hometown Stores of Placerville and Cameron Park. “Water […]

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Peggie Ryan-Lanigan knows real estate

Experience is important in any field, but for some it’s more important than others. Peggie Ryan-Lanigan knows: Experience is critical in real estate. “You have to start somewhere, but when clients work with me they know they are working with a real estate agent who knows real estate,” said Ryan-Lanigan, senior executive associate Realtor with […]

A thoroughly good time

What: “Thoroughly Modern Millie” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom When: Feb. 14-23 at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Cost: $18 to $36. Information: 916-608-6888 or visit In a day when almost […]

Heidi Drury supports her customers and local economy

Looking to start a new building project around your home? Know what kind of “look” you want but not sure what materials you need or where to begin? Diamond Central Building Supplies is here to help. Located at 520 Truck St. in Placerville, Diamond Central Building Supply staff has helped local homeowners and contractors create […]

Penny Wafford, Intero Prestigio take real estate to new heights

Buying a dream home is one thing. But when it comes time to sell, how can luxury homeowners ensure they get the best price possible? “The only way to ensure you are getting top dollar for your home is to make sure it is properly exposed in the luxury marketplace,” said Penny Wafford, Realtor with […]

Helping you achieve your fitness goals anywhere, Anytime

Everywhere you look these days, it seems there are new workout routines, new fitness gimmicks, new diets to try. But where is there a gym you can count on? One that is always open, where people are friendly and where everything feels “just right?” That is the question that Anytime Fitness co-founders Dave Mortensen and […]

Fuel your fitness at Max Muscle

Want to lose weight? Gain muscle mass? Achieve your fitness goals? Max Muscle in Placerville is the place for you. “Pretty much anyone who is active — this is the store for them,” said Jon Meyer, who owns the store with his wife, Desirae. Max Muscle is a fitness or health nut’s haven and offers […]

A dentistry that aims to be a home away from home

For patients of Dale Stanec, Jr., DDS, going to the dentist feels a little like going home. “We know all of our patients. They’re our friends,” said Dr. Stanec, who works alongside his wife and office manager, Elena, in his Cameron Park office. “The experience in our office is very personal. We’re very small and […]

Peace With Every Step offers new ways to heal

“The form of hypnosis that Tamera uses is so gentle and the results speak for themselves! My sleep is better and I can more easily step away from things that used to push my buttons. I am surprised at how much more clarity I have gained! I think that deep down we all know what […]

Donor recipients ‘Light Up the World’ at parade

On May 17, 2011, Linda Wright received startling news. The long-time Cameron Park resident had been sick for weeks but she’d thought it was the flu. She had no idea there was anything wrong with her liver. “I wasn’t getting any better, so I finally saw my doctor and he referred me to a gastroenterologist. […]

Partners run with healthy business idea

Local runners have a right to feel spoiled since Gold Country Run + Sport opened its doors last November. “I’ve been a runner my entire life and have lived in El Dorado Hills for the past 10 years,” said Leon Shahinian, manager and part-owner at Gold Country Run + Sport. “I and my friend and […]

Charles Mitchell demonstrates the magic of wine

Anyone who knows anything about wine will tell you that there’s an experience to be found in wine that you really can’t get anywhere else. The right wine paired with the right food can outdo a can of beer or Coca-Cola every time. But why is that? And what makes the difference between the right […]

Why buy when you can rent it from All Star

Got a hefty project in the backyard? Planning a big party? What can you do when you need a big piece of equipment, or a lot of it — especially if it’s not something you’ll need again? In 1962, Ted and Esther deVries asked themselves this very question and decided to create Vallejo Rent-All, a […]

50 Grand Steakhouse: Where great food and family come together

It’s a familiar sight for anyone local, and a welcome one for travelers passing through on their way to or from Lake Tahoe. For nearly 50 years, 50 Grand Steakhouse has been serving both regulars and visitors alike with the same excellent food and attention to detail as its founder, Gene Drury, when he first […]

Diamond Springs Hotel restaurant just like home

Amid the hustle and bustle of breakfast on a Sunday morning at the Diamond Springs Hotel, it can be easy to forget the vast history behind this longstanding establishment. Built in 1916 by Antone Meyer, the Diamond Springs Hotel is the lone survivor of many boarding houses and hotels established in Diamond Springs during the […]

Association presents music and reaches out

It all started with a desire to give back. In 1994, a group of Folsom residents interested in the performing arts banded together. Their mission? To bring high-quality concerts at an affordable price to the greater Folsom area. Out of this fledgling concert association has grown the Folsom Lake Community Concert Association. Today, in partnership […]

Sunny side up: Solar power shines

In the consumer world “free” isn’t a word often heard. But with today’s technology, modern solar panels offer customers free electricity. “A few years ago solar energy was not an affordable option,” said Dave Boalt, sales manager for Solar Hut in Placerville. “It was just way too expensive. As technology is changing, however, going solar […]

Considering a kitchen remodel

Cabinets and countertops bring new life to an old space The leaves have just begun to turn but many people are already thinking about the holidays and home gatherings that come with the fall season. The kitchen and dining areas are often hot spots during Thanksgiving and Christmas, so what better time than at the […]

Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center: Healthcare for the whole family

When it comes to choosing the right healthcare provider, the doctors and staff at the Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center know patients aren’t only concerned about themselves — they’re also concerned about their families. That’s why the Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center is committed to providing personalized, compassionate, high-quality care for the whole […]

Barton Health offers cutting-edge surgical care close to home

When it comes time for surgery, many patients are concerned about things like pain, scarring and recovery time. Thanks to recent advancements in technology, however, many of these concerns are becoming worries of the past. In February 2012, Barton Memorial Hospital located in South Lake Tahoe welcomed the da Vinci Si Surgical System, a robotic-assisted […]

Dr. McIntire: It’s all about relationships

For Dr. David McIntire, being an oral and maxillofacial surgeon isn’t only about being a skilled physician — it’s also about relationships. “One of my professors in school always used to say, ‘Patients don’t care what you know — they want to know you care.’ You can’t fake that you care,” said Dr. McIntire. In […]

Flowers bring joy and give hope

Shock took over when Juliet Voigtlander was diagnosed with breast cancer this past May. “I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I’m someone who never sits down, like the Energizer Bunny,” Voigtlander said. “No one would have ever thought that this would happen to me.” Voigtlander, 50, of Granite Bay had a clean mammogram the […]

New restaurant combines Italian and American

When it comes to Italian food, Raj Nouzari, co-owner and chef at the new Americano Grill Italian Bistro located in Town Center, knows best. “Raj is an amazing cook. He makes incredible spaghetti and his Italian enchiladas and palermo are to die for,” said Denice Dorsett, Raj’s partner and friend. Americano Grill Italian Bistro opened […]

Summertime: When the activities are everywhere

Summer is in full swing, and here in Northern California that can only mean one thing: It’s hot. With temperatures soaring into the high 90s and above 100 during July and August, it can often be hard to find the time — and motivation — to exercise. But that doesn’t mean exercise isn’t still important. […]

‘Bye Bye Birdie’ is a classic

What: “Bye Bye Birdie” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom When: July 12 to 21. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. Cost: Ticket prices range from $13.50 to $28. Information: 916-608-6888 or visit A lot has […]

Fireworks Jubilee celebrates America

A parade, live music, chili cook-off, kids’ bounce houses and, of course, spectacular fireworks  — the fourth annual Fireworks Jubilee at Town Center promises to have something fun for everyone. Enjoy it all from 6 to 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3, at El Dorado Hills Town Center.   El Dorado Hills Fire Department 50th Anniversary Parade To […]

The pageant is back

On Thursday, June 13 at 8 p.m., amidst the hustle and bustle of the first day of the El Dorado County Fair, a special excitement buzzed at the Budweiser stage. After a two-year absence, the Miss Teen El Dorado Pageant was back and better than ever. “I just want to thank everyone for being here […]

Three years later: Public safety realignment in El Dorado County

It’s been three years since California’s Public Safety Realignment Plan (AB 109), one of the most significant changes to California’ criminal justice system in decades, went into effect. Due to overcrowding in state prisons, on Oct. 1, 2011, California state legislature shifted responsibility from the state to counties for the custody, treatment and supervision of […]

Ball pythons: A different kind of pet

When many people think of their childhood pets, images of cats and dogs and gerbils and bunnies come to mind. Not so for Julie Jones. “I’ve always been a reptile enthusiast,” said Jones, 29, a resident of Placerville. “When I was a kid, I’d bring home snakes and lizards and frogs instead of playing with […]

Giving cats a second chance at life

Meow! Who doesn’t love the sound of a cat calling? Those big eyes, that twitching tail, the contented purr. Okay, okay. Not everyone is a cat lover, but surely no one wants to see a cat hurting, right? That’s exactly what Cindy and Ed Minghelli thought when they created the Agee Memorial Wildlife Fund, Inc. […]

Grand Jury Assoc. to inform

What is the El Dorado County Grand Jury? What purpose does it serve? How can citizens be involved? At the El Dorado County Home and Garden Show former jurors will be available to answer all of these questions and more. “The primary role of a county’s grand jury is to act as a government watchdog,” […]

Miracle orange cleaner

After more than 15 years of wear and tear, Vicki Lewis’s kitchen cabinets and exterior oak door had had enough. Moisture damage from the dishwasher and coffee pot had turned her cabinet surfaces white. Her beautiful door was damaged from the sun and outside temperatures. She didn’t know what to do, so she picked up […]

Go Geothermal: The green way to stay comfortable

When Bruce Sanguinetti met up with his buddy Ric Rowlatt and Ric’s father on New Year’s Eve, 2009, he had no intention of starting a new business. As the evening progressed, however, Sanguinetti’s interest was piqued. Ric’s father had been running a geothermal heat pump business in Montana for 28 years. Their idea was to […]

Birch Woodworks: Creating the antiques of the future today

It all started in a garage in Cupertino. “Woodworking was my dad’s hobby,” said Tom, owner of Birch Woodworks Co. Inc. “I grew up doing it. Both my dad and I loved it. And high-quality craftsmanship was the natural result.” It didn’t take long for local engineers and other professionals to notice. By showcasing their […]

Pro Power Washing and Painting also removes wallpaper

When Carl Robertson visited colonial Williamsburg more than 30 years ago, he fell in love with what he saw. He had always loved American history, and after visiting the 18th-century historical sites and reenactments in Virginia, he decided he wanted to create a similar experience closer to home — a lot closer to home. Robertson […]

Smits Solar, Heating and Air provides energy solutions

Free. In the world of consumers, “free” isn’t a word often heard. But with today’s solar technology, free is just what Smit’s Solar Heating and Air offers its customers — free electricity, anyway. “Ten years ago solar energy was not an affordable option,” said Tim Murphy, president of Smits Solar Heating and Air Inc. “It […]

Artificial turf: Your lawn made perfect

Who doesn’t want a nice lawn? Lawns are what make landscaping complete. In California, however, it can be difficult to grow a healthy lawn. California’s dry climate requires homeowners to water their lawns regularly, which, in turn, creates large water bills. Maintaining a lawn can also mean worrying about things like too much shade, standing […]

Jurgens Construction: All in the Family

“My whole family has been builders. My father was a commercial builder and my grandfather and uncle were in building, too. So I guess it was kind of programmed into me,” said Jeff Jurgens, owner of Jurgens Construction in El Dorado. Jeff opened Jurgens Construction in the early 1980s. He’s been a licensed general contractor […]

Excel Tech: Experts in turf, weeds and trees

Although there are many advantages to owning a home and property, there is at least one downside: maintenance. Here in El Dorado County, star thistle, poison oak, mistletoe, bark beetles and so on are more than enough keep residents busy. But there’s good news. Excel Tech Inc. specializes in turf control and can handle any […]

Stoves ‘N Stuff supplies stoves, pellets, and warmth

There’s nothing like coming in from the cold to a warm cozy house during winter. Here in El Dorado County, many people rely on stoves to keep their homes warm. But what happens when your stove breaks or your vent becomes blocked — or worse? Who should you call? Stoves ‘N Stuff is a family […]

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