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Heard over the back fence: Have faith

INTERFAITH BREAKFAST: Baha’i Center, 484 Main St., Suite 6, Diamond Springs, offers an interfaith breakfast prayer service, Feb. 20 from 8-10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to participate. For more information please call Dana Epstein at (530) 306-4699. MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID: Register now for the Mental Health First aid training which provides for those over 18 years […]

Heard over the Back Fence: How does your garden grow?

GARDENING CLASS: El Dorado Master Gardeners offer a free workshop on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Sherwood Demonstration Garden on the Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center campus, 6699 Campus Drive, Placerville, from 10 a.m.-noon. Master Gardener Barry Wold will explain various planting, thinning, pest control needs and needs for a successful vegetable garden. For additional information […]

Heard over the back fence: Big winner

ACTION COMMITTEE: The Camino Community Action Committee announced its second mini grants for Camino. These mini grants will be awarded based on an application process. Applicants must be nonprofits serving the Camino area. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded. The deadline for this first round of mini grants is Feb. 29 at noon. More […]

As we were: Crusin’ in Sac

25 Years ago Feb. 8, 1991 Sacramento Autorama By JOY HAESSLER The 41st annual Sacramento Autorama and Motor Sports Review is currently under way at Cal Expo. The largest rod and custom car show in the western United States will run through Sunday. The 300 entries are valued at nearly $5 million, and include custom […]

Heard over the back fence: Take a swing

CONGRATULATIONS: Sky Divinagracia, freshman, elementary education and Jess Hanson, sophomore, interdisciplinary studies are on the Dean’s List at George Fox University of Newberg, Ore. for fall 2015. Both honor students are from El Dorado Hills. BATTER UP: The Placerville senior softball league is looking for a few good folks to play in the senior softball league on […]

Heard over the back fence: Nice work

GOOD DEED: Lyle Raty is a steady customer at the Greenwood Senior Nutrition Lunch. He has lived on the Georgetown Divide for more than 85 years. While dining he observed one of the doors was sticking so he fixed it. Now the door operates nicely which is a benefit to all who enter or exit the dining room. […]

Heard over the back fence: Remembering Dan Ferrier

NEVER FORGET: It has been three years since Daniel Allen “Dan” Ferrier was killed breaking up a bar fight in Old Town Sacramento on New Year’s Eve. Greatly missed by his many friends, family and clients, Dan inspired many people with learning challenges when he made a major lifestyle change at age 16. After serving two […]

As we were: A dam site

25 Years ago Feb. 1, 1991 Texas Hill Reservoir not just a pipe dream, county’s land buyer says By JOHN SAMMON If you’re planning on building that dream house in the Texas Hill area — be informed — the county is serious about constructing a dam and reservoir there. That’s what Rich Buchanan said. He’s managing the […]

Heard over the back fence: Sunday breakfast

DON’T GIVE UP: “Never give up no matter what is going on. Never give up. Develop the heart. Too much energy in your country is spent developing the mind instead of the heart.” — His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. SUNDAY BREAKFAST: Placerville Elks Lodge  No. 1712, 3821 Quest Court, Shingle Springs, will serve breakfast on Sunday, Jan. […]

Heard over the back fence: Summer Jobs

STUDENTS HONORED: Bailey Ashlyn Eastman, college of arts and sciences and Jennifer Lynn Orr, Louise Herrington School of Nursing have been named to the Dean’s Academic Honor Roll at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Both are from El Dorado Hills. To be named to the dean’s list a student must be an undergraduate with a minimum grade-point […]

Heard over the back fence: Jewel Show

MOVIE DAY: Enjoy popcorn and a movie at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St., Placerville, every Friday. Movies start after lunch at 1:30 p.m. in the dining room. All-you-can-eat complimentary popcorn is provided. “A Walk in the Woods” is about Bill Bryson, returning home after two decades in England, where he decides to connect with […]

As we were: Cleaning up

25 Years ago Jan. 25, 1991 Polluted soil under Spring Street complex By KRISTIN LANG Work to remove three underground oil storage tanks at the Spring Street complex will cost the county an additional $25,172 because one tank was larger than expected and the contractor was forced to remove an extra 120 years of contaminated soil […]

Heard over the back fence: Crab Feed

A CHOCOLATE AFFAIR: A Chocolate Affair will be presented Saturday, Feb. 13 by Soroptimist International of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills and Soroptimist International of Placerville at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. For additional information call (530) 344-1476. CRAB FEED: The El Dorado Hills Rotary’s 23rd annual Crab and Tri-tip Feed is on Saturday, Jan. 30 from […]

Heard over the back fence: Soothing Music

WAKAMATSU HISTORICAL TOURS: Docents are giving a tour from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Jan. 23 of this historical farm that boasts a rich tapestry of wildlife habitat, diverse cultural history, productive farming soils and educational opportunities. The Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can visit Okei San’s […]

As we were: New undersheriff

25 Years ago Jan. 16, 1991 Jim Roth is new undersheriff By PATTY SULLIVAN The suspense within the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department subsided yesterday when Sheriff Don McDonald appointed Jim Roth as the new undersheriff. Roth, formerly a captain, is a 22-year law enforcement veteran. The 43-year-old Pollock Pines resident has served 15 years […]

Heard over the back fence: Calling Bunco Players

HOLIDAY: Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is celebrated today. Many businesses and services will be closed. Call first to see what’s open before planing a trip. WISDOM: “No one is useless in the world who lightens the burdens of another.” — Charles Dickens CALLING BUNCO PLAYERS: A bunco night fundraiser will take place at the Shingle […]

Heard over the back fence: Random Acts of Kindness

JANUARY LUNCHEON PROGRAM: Placerville Fellowship and Newcomer’s Club’s January lunch program is an important and informational presentation. Attorney Al Hamilton, legal advisor for the Placerville Senior Center, will talk about the latest scams and fraudulent schemes being perpetuated against senior citizens. He’ll share how to avoid these problems and offer help in senior estate planning. All this information will […]

Heard over the back fence: Purple Pig Races

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE: Regina Stephens writes in the Placerville Emblem Club, No. 287 “Nugget” president’s message, “I’m starting the New Year with several New Year’s resolutions, the most important one being to actively recruit new members. Please join me on this quest and spread the word that we really need more good people to […]

As we were: Permit process

25 Years ago Jan. 11, 1991 ‘Snow line’ may thaw By KRISTIN LANG Although they do not yet know where they will hold the anxiously awaited event, El Dorado County supervisors voted Tuesday morning to approve an ordinance establishing the first-come, first-served method of allotting building permits for the South Tahoe area this year. After discussing […]

Heard over the back fence: Take control

YOUR MIND DETERMINES YOUR FUTURE: At 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the El Dorado Hills Community Center Mountain Democrat columnist Bob Billingsley will be guest speaker. His encouraging remarks suggest the mind, not the body, determines age. Do you have an optimistic or a doomsday attitude about the aging process. It’s possible, but not easy to […]

Heard over the back fence: Poetry Sunday

POETRY READING: Live poetry comes to the Nello Olivo Tasting Room, located at 643 Bee St., Placerville, on Jan. 17 from 2-4 p.m. This is a free event (not including wine). Monthly poetry Sunday Live is presented every third Sunday by Nello Olivo Wines with production help from Lara Gularte. At this month’s open mic, poets are […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn about Technology

iPAD KNOW HOW: Join AT&T and Friends of Seniors for the Technology Training Workshop Introduction to iPads. Intended for beginners, the course teaches the basics of using an iPad. The next class will be conducted at the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Drive, Wednesday, Jan. 13 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. iPads are provided for a hands-on practice […]

As we were: Holiday DUIs down

25 Years ago Jan. 4, 1991 DUIs down for New Year’s By MARY NEAL Despite the drunk-driving crackdown on the Western Slope, and although the number of drunk driving arrests nearly doubled during 1990, local drunk driving arrests declined over the New Year’s holiday, authorities said. In the city limits, a total of four people […]

Heard over the back fence: Be happy

TWICE THE HAPPINESS: “When someone does something good applaud. You will make two people happy.” — Samuel Goldwyn HONOR ROLL STUDENTS: Oregon State University announced the following local students made the honor roll for the fall term with a GPA of 3.5 or better. From Cameron Park: Holly A. Clauson, junior, digital communications arts; Hannah G. […]

Heard over the back fence: Dance the night away

DANCE NIGHT: The Shingle Springs Community Center will be hosting its monthly dance night on Jan. 1 from 7-9 p.m. Music is by DJ Jamie Faw and light refreshments will be provided. Join the fun at 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs. A $5 donation is welcome. Call Maria Brugger at (530) 306-4614 for […]

As we were: Reservoir land approved

25 Years ago Dec. 28, 1990 Land purchase approved for Texas Hill SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – In an afternoon meeting in South Lake Tahoe Dec. 19, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 to approve parcels of land for the Texas Hill Reservoir site south of Placerville. Supervisor Jack Sweeney was unable to attend the […]

As we were: Land transaction

25 Years ago Dec. 21, 1990 Supes object to proposed plant reserve By KRISTIN LANG A proposed 40-acre plant reserve straddling the South Fork of the American River received criticism Tuesday from El Dorado County supervisors, who objected to the land purchase by the state Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) The land, which is in two […]

As we were: County takes on Caltrans

25 Years ago Dec. 14, 1990 County trying to keep lodge open By URSULA ROSE Twin Bridges is where chain controls are usually required heading east on Highway 50, and for years the rest area at Twin Bridges Lodge has helped motorists stranded during snowstorms. But the building is in poor condition, and the owner […]

As we were: Friend retires

25 Years ago Nov. 30, 1990 Library’s best friend steps down By MARK REICHERTER In 1947 a loosely knit group of Placerville citizens calling itself the Library Committee banned together supporting the improvement of library facilities for the community. In 1958 the committee formally changed its name to Friends of the El Dorado County Library. […]

As we were: More traffic, more prosperity

25 Years ago Mountain Democrat, Dec. 6, 1990 Traffic thickens By Kristin Lang Traffic counts compiled by the California Department of Transportation indicate that peak-hour traffic along Highway 50 has increased by 2,000 cars west of Cameron Park Drive between 1986 and 1989. East of Cameron Park Drive, the peak-hour traffic increase along Highway 50 […]

As we were: Roy Scheiber honored

25 Years ago Nov. 23, 1990 Roy Scheiber awarded fellowship Roy Scheiber of Diamond Springs was awarded a Melvin Jones Fellowship by Mother Lode Lions Club president Michael Raffety on behalf of the club’s membership. The award was presented during a recent Marshall Zone social at the Mother Lode Lions Hall. Scheiber is a charter […]

As we were: Final election results

25 Years ago Nov. 16, 1990 Gerwer wins District 2 by 103 votes By JOHN SAMMON After a week of waiting, the race for Supervisor District 2 is finally over and Vern Gerwer is the man on top. The Somerset vintner won by 103 votes over runnerup Bill Bergmeister after a final count of absentee ballots. […]

As we were: Fire hydrants for the landfill

25 Years ago Nov. 9, 1990 Landfill to get water hookup The lack of a water supply at Union Mine Landfill, where fires break out occasionally due to careless dumping of smoldering debris, will soon be remedied. Both the El Dorado Irrigation District and the Board of Supervisors agreed to run an 8-inch water line to […]

As we were: Past drought

25 Years ago Nov. 3, 1990 Dry ’91 prospects mulled by experts By JOHN SAMMON Even money the current four-year drought will drag into a fifth year. If it does, the only consolation for local residents is that El Dorado County apparently will be in better shape than many areas of California. “What if?” —  was […]

As we were: Water for the future

25 Years ago Oct. 29, 1990 Ditch is no ‘pipe’ dream By JOHN SAMMON To prove the Crawford Ditch is not a pipe dream, the El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) conducted a media tour Friday of the facility. Newspaper and TV reporters got a chance to see the project that will bring water from the North […]

As we were: Great Race cruising to Placerville

25 Years ago Oct. 19, 1990 Great Race ’90 due in town next week By JOHN SAMMON The Great Race, 60 vintage cars on a timed contest run from Reno, Nevada, to Long Beach in Southern California, will arrive at Placerville’s downtown Bell Tower for a rest stop Thursday at 4:15 p.m. Sponsored by Greatrace […]

As we were: Making a plan

25 Years ago Oct. 11, 1990 Supervisor Sweeney says stop Missouri Flat Plan immediately By JOHN SAMMON Supervisor Jack Sweeney made the announcement Tuesday that he would recommend that all work on the Missouri Flat Specific Plan be stopped immediately. Developed by QUAD Consultants and county staff over a two-year period, the study envisioned a possible […]

As we were: Lawsuit dismissed

25 Years ago Oct. 5, 1990 Ewing lawsuit denied by MARY NEAL Undersheriff Don McDonald gets to keep his uniform and his money, because a judge decided Wednesday that sheriff’s candidate Bob Ewing’s lawsuit against McDonald was groundless. Visiting Judge Richard E. Tuttle refused to issue a restraining order against McDonald that would have forced […]

As we were: A bridge to cross

25 Years ago Sept. 28, 1990 70-year-old Chili Bar Bridge to be retired By URSULA ROSE Chili Bar Bridge, built in 1922 to cross the South Fork of the American River in the canyon just north of Placerville, has linked the Georgetown Divide with the east-west route of Highway 50 for 70 years, but it appears […]

As we were: Looking for water

25 Years ago Sept. 24, 1990 County to pursue White Rock Water The county Water Agency and El Dorado Irrigation District now see eye to eye on the selection of an interim water project — White Rock penstock. Both the Water agency and EID have long sought a short-term water source in the wake of […]

As we were: Meeting water needs

25 Years ago Sept. 14, 1990 Looks like it’ll be White Rock By JOHN SAMMON A county Water Agency draft evaluation report obtained by the Mountain Democrat Thursday recommends White Rock Penstock as the project of choice to meet the El Dorado Irrigation District’s short-term needs for supplemental water supplies. Both the county Water Agency […]

As we were: State is at it again

25 Years ago Sept. 7, 1990 Counties, schools unite to protest state budget By Kristin Lang As counties and schools each struggle to cope with massive budget cuts enacted by the state in July, a new law that pits the two against each other is instead bringing them closer together to challenge the state’s lawmakers. Ken […]

As we were: Pretty pictures

25 Years ago Aug. 31, 1990 Seats open in Placerville Center photography class There are still openings in the Wednesday evening photography class at the Placerville Center of Cosumnes River College, Placerville. Photography 40 is beginning photography and will include basic camera operation, film developing and black and white printing. The instructor is Michael Raffety, who […]

As we were: Mountain Democrat to move

25 Years ago Aug. 24, 1990 Building bought by Democrat The Mountain Democrat will move to 1360 Broadway in the spring of 1991, announced Publisher Jim Webb. Escrow closed yesterday and the official recording was to be made today on the acquisition by Mother Lode Printing and Publishing  Co. of the old Safeway store building […]

As we were: BOS fights for state funding

25 Years ago Aug. 17, 1990 Supervisors send ‘veto’ message to state Supervisors haven’t given up the fight for state funding of county-run mental health programs. The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to support an attempt to override Gov. George Deukmejian’s veto of $71.1 million in mental health funding to counties. The […]

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