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At a glance: Let’s do something

The 25th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified on Feb. 10, 1967. Minnesota and Nevada were the 37th and 38th states to ratify the amendment, respectively. On Feb. 23, 1967, in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, General Services Administrator Lawson Knott certified the amendment’s adoption. The amendment was […]

At a glance: Super time

Super Bowl 50 is set for Sunday, Feb. 7 with the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers facing off at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The National Football League has decided to sack the usual Roman numeral designation and go with the 50 because Super Bowl 50 has more pizzazz than Super Bowl L. Next year […]

Winter Funtastic: 2015-16 Calendar

Winter Funtastic 2015-16 Calendar December PHOTOS WITH SANTA Santa Claus will be spreading cheer while spending time in El Dorado Hills Town Center to Dec. 24. Families are invited to visit with Santa to share wish lists and to take purchased photos. Meet Santa at the California Welcome Center on Post Street next to Cold […]

At a glance: See Jupitor

It is supposed to be clear this week so when Jupiter rises before midnight on the Leo and Virgo borders it will make a bright statement as it hangs out above the Moon on Jan. 27.   Down to Earth After checking out the sky take some time to check out the Earth at “300 […]

At a glance: MORE fun

Just a shout out to everyone at Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. for a great event last Saturday. The Art and Wine with Something MORE was wonderful and the art was the best ever — way to go.   Guy stuff The Antique Depot, 4241 Mother Lode Drive in Shingle Springs, is featuring decoys, tools, […]

At a glance: Funny mouse

The Mickey Mouse comic strip debuted in newspapers on Jan. 13, 1930. The strip was written by Walt Disney and drawn by Ub Iwerks and featured Mickey building his own airplane. Like all of the other Mickey Mouse stuff, the comic strip was very popular and soon it was in 40 newspapers in many countries […]

At a glance: Glance skyward

The new year starts out with the Quadrantid meteor shower through Jan. 10. Hopefully it will clear up so everyone can see this show of about 25 bright fireballs per hour. January is California Restaurant Month and there are some brilliant culinary adventures to enjoy at some of El Dorado County’s bright spots.   Some […]

At a glance: A colorful world

The first color television using the current national transmission standard was sold on Dec. 30, 1953 according to Tom Genova, amateur TV historian and creator of the website It was an Admiral and it was not exactly a big seller. The cost, the size and lack of color programing made it a tough sell. […]

At a glance: Who wrote it?

The “Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” was published on Dec. 23, 1823 in the Troy, New York, Sentinel. It was published anonymously causing some question as to who actually penned it. It was first thought to have been written by Clement Clarke Moore and he took credit when he included it in a […]

Color me Christmas

An excited group of Mountain Democrat Christmas Coloring Contest winners and their families gathered at the paper to learn who had placed first, second and third in the annual contest. For several of the winners it was a repeat visit to the winners’ party but the thrill of winning was visible as each child stepped […]

At a glance: Winter arrives

Winter is coming. If the cool temperatures are not enough of an indicator, the Sun and the Tropic of Capricorn hook up to provide the official start of winter on Dec. 21 at 8:48 p.m. in El Dorado County. At that time the Sun reaches its most southerly point making for the fewest number of […]

Hangtown Christmas Parade shares two miles of smiles

The 37th Hangtown Christmas Parade had something for everyone. Music, horses, marching units, performing groups, vehicles of all shapes and sizes, fire engines, floats, law enforcement, military and Santa made their way down Broadway and Main Street in Placerville to an appreciative crowd Sunday afternoon.

A few sprinkles of rain might dampened the day’s early hours but didn’t put a damper on the McIntire Family tradition presented by the Mountain Democrat. More than hundred entries strutted their stuff under a winter sky, which provided a cozy blanket for spectators and parade participants.

At a glance: Star power

The Geminids are peaking on Sunday, Dec. 13 starting around 8 p.m. These meteors should put on a good show due to the moonless sky and the placement of the constellation of Gemini. Geminids are usually bright and slow. Maybe viewers can get two wishes per “shooting star.”   Special delivery For those wishing for […]

At a glance: Get into the spirit

The holiday season is full of great events so be sure to get out and enjoy the festivities.   Fun ride Enjoy evening carriage rides on Fridays, Dec. 4 to 19 from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 5 to 9 p.m. at El Dorado Hills Town Center Theater Plaza. The decorations are really nice […]

At a glance: Hard to swallow

The first performance by a sword swallower in the United States occurred on Nov. 25, 1817. Sword swallowing was quite the attraction by street performers. The skill originated in India before 2000 BC and spread throughout the world. It began to fade from popularity when audiences demanded more sophisticated entertainment.   Thanksgiving dinner Swallowing a […]

At a glance: Get animated

The animated short film “Steamboat Willie” premiered at Universal’s Colony Theater in New York City on Nov. 18, 1928. The film’s initial run lasted two weeks. It was produced by Walt Disney Studios and was notable at the time for being a fully synchronized sound cartoon. The cartoon also had a post-produced soundtrack. The music […]

At a glance: Have fun

The Leonids are active during November with the peak nights on Nov. 17 and 18. This is not a good year for the comet Tempel-Tuttle with activity expected to only produce weak showers but when there is a show it usually presents bright meteors with persistent trains. Put on a warm jacket and be patient. […]

At a glance: Ship propels invention

On Nov. 4, 1879 James Ritty patented the first cash after some employees stole money from his saloon in Dayton, Ohio. The idea for a machine that could keep track of sales came to him when he was on a ship headed for Europe in 1878. There was a machine that counted the number of […]

At a glance: Terrific trio

Early risers will have a nice treat to look at from Nov. 1 to 3. Check out the eastern sky just before dawn to see Venus, Mars and Jupiter in close proximity. Mars is the dimmest of this trio.   Clothes tell a story Fashions dating back to the 1800s will be showcased at the […]

At a glance: Innovative time

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened in New York City on Oct. 21, 1959. The unique cylindrical structure was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and presents the collection along a ramp that starts at the ground floor and spirals up to a skylight. An adjoining tower was added from 2005 to 2008. There is an […]

Wining at the Art and Wine Festival

The Placerville Downtown Association is hosting its 18th annual Art and Wine Festival on the evening of Saturday, Oct. 17 from 6-9. More than 30 foothill wineries will be pouring tastes of their award-winning wines in business locations on Main Street in Placerville. Wine tasting events provide oenophiles and wine-tasting novices a great opportunity to […]

At a glance: Bear with a brain

“Winnie-the-Pooh” was published on Oct. 14, 1926. The story by A. A. Milne about a “Bear of Very Little Brain” has more charming insights about things than many supposedly scholarly writings and blatherings made by intellectuals and leaders. Maybe some of the talking heads should read “Winnie-the-Pooh” and “The House at Pooh Corner.”   Beary […]

At a glance: In the pink

The Pink in the Night campaign to support Breast Cancer Awareness is going on during October. Some of the businesses on Main Street in Placerville have joined the fight against breast cancer by displaying pink lights shining in the night. All the businesses should be joining the campaign to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month with […]

At a glance: The Sultan of Swat

On Sept. 30, 1927 George Herman Ruth set a record that would stand for 34 years. He hit his 60th home run during the last game of the season against the Washington Senators. What’s kind of interesting is that everyone thought he would not break his record of 59 home runs set in 1921. He […]

At a glance: Hello, autumn

The autumnal equinox is at 1:21 a.m. on Sept. 23. Another sign that autumn is here is the start of the football season and the baseball playoffs are coming up. Now all that is needed is for the weather to get the memo.   Healthy time The Ponte Palmero Community Health and Wellness Festival is […]

At a glance: Support for vets

The American Legion was chartered by Congress on Sept. 16, 1919. The organization was conceived to help improve services for veterans after World War I. Over the years it has grown to an important nonprofit group with membership in the millions with posts worldwide and getting benefits for veterans and creating many important programs for […]

At a glance: Happy birthday

Sept. 9 is California’s birthday. After several unsuccessful attempts by President James K. Polk to make California a territory, California was given statehood by Congress on Sept. 9, 1850. The discovery of gold in Coloma was a major factor in the motivating Congress to grant statehood to the 31st state. Happy birthday California.   Beautiful […]

At a glance: Making money

The Department of the Treasury was established by an Act of Congress on Sept. 2, 1789. The department takes care of the revenue, prints and mints all the paper currency and coins in circulation and collects all federal taxes through the Internal Revenue Service and manages U.S. government debt instruments. The first Secretary of the […]

At a glance: See ball

On Aug. 26, 1939 Red Barber called telecast of the Brooklyn Dodgers-Cincinnati Reds doubleheader from Ebbets Field. This was the first major-league baseball TV broadcast. It was watched at the RCA Pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair and the RCA Building at Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan on 9-by-12-inch television screens. Not a lot of […]

At a glance: Plenty to do

The Golden Hills Investment Club is seeking a few new members for its all-women’s club. Prospective members can have a little or a lot of financial knowledge to be a part of this dynamic group. It meets on the third Wednesday of the month in Placerville. For all the details contact Judy Cook at (530) […]

At a glance: Catch a falling star

The peak night for catching the Perseid meteor shower is Wednesday, Aug. 12 to Thursday, Aug. 13. The debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle could generate 100 meteors per hour in a clear, dark sky away from light pollution. The Perseids happen every August and are active through Aug. 26. Meteor showers are named after the […]

At a glance: A base to stand on

The cornerstone for the Statue of Liberty pedestal was laid on Aug. 5, 1884 on Bedloe’s Island (now Liberty Island) in New York Harbor. The gift from France, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, with the frame work designed and built by Gustave Eiffel, would be dedicated on Oct. 28, 1886. “Liberty Enlightening the World” still […]

At a glance: Blue Moon

On Friday, July 31 there is a Blue Moon or a second full Moon moon in a calendar month. Noted in songs and stories a Blue Moon occurs around every 2 1/2 years.   Moon dance There will be a fantastic show of talent under the beautiful Moon at the 25th annual Showcase Spectacular presented […]

A good time was had by all

Locals and visitors flocked to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville to get a taste, and look at cowboy culture and western living at Cowboys and Cornbread on July 19. The day-long event, presented by the El Dorado County Visitor’s Authority, El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce and El Dorado County Fairgrounds, featured old-fashioned fun, […]

At a glance: Look up

A clear summer night sky is needed to catch a glimpse of the Delta Aquariids in the southern sky through Aug. 23. The peak night is July 28 to 29 for the faint meteors that usually don’t produce persistent trains or fireballs but are still good for making a wish or two.   Wish for […]

At a glance: Interesting trio

July 15 is the birthday for Clement Moore, born in 1779; Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, born in 1606; and Linda Ronstadt, born in 1946. A birthday party for the trio and their friends would be an interesting affair.   Books and wine Maybe they could get together at Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center […]

At a glance: Rowdy celebration

On July 8, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was read aloud by Col. John Nixon of the Philadelphia Committee of Safety at the State House in Philadelphia. It was then read that night before the militia on the commons and on following days in other towns. According to reports every reading was greeted with celebration. […]

State Fair wine winners

The California State Fair is proud to announce the top wine awards from the 2015 California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Three El Dorado County wineries earned top honors at the state exposition. The Best of Show red was awarded to the Grace Patriot Wines 2012 Tempranillo. It scored a double gold and 98 points. […]

At a glance: Plenty to do

Looking for some fun things to do during the summer months? There is quite a bit to do in El Dorado County.   Find Waldo Face in a Book, 4359 Town Center Blvd., Suite 113, in El Dorado Hills, is challenging children to discover Where’s Waldo in El Dorado Hills? Pick up a Find Waldo […]

Fairest of the fair

El Dorado Rose 2015 A new El Dorado Rose and her court were named at the El Dorado County Fair last Thursday. The 2015 El Dorado Rose Bonny Robertson received the news with grace and as she waved to a cheering audience said, “I am so surprised. I am going to cry.” The beaming Robertson […]

At a glance: Steller events

The beautiful summer nights just keep getting better with the nearly full Moon by Saturn on Sunday, June 28 and a five-day conjunction between Venus and Jupiter starts. Be sure to take a look.   Stars at Danette’s It will be a stellar performance at Danette’s Brick Oven Pub, 2875 Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville, […]

At a glance: Summer is here

If the thermometer wasn’t enough of an indicator, the calendar signals the beginning of summer with the summer solstice on Sunday, June 21 at 9:38 a.m. Two other signs of summer — children out of school and the El Dorado County Fair opening on Thursday, June 18 — really make it official.   Oink oink […]

At a glance: Keep on rolling

László Bíró applied for a fresh patent on June 10, 1943 in Argentina for his ballpoint pen. The Hungarian journalist realized that ink used in newspaper printing dried quickly and figured that a pen using that kind of ink would be smudge-free. The problem was that the thicker ink would not flow from a regular […]

At a glance: A big hit

The poem “Casey at the Bat” was first published on June 3, 1888 in the San Francisco Examiner. The poem’s author Ernest L. Thayer had been on the Harvard Lampoon staff with William Randolph Hearst and when George Hearst gave the Examiner to his son, the younger Hearst hired some Lampoon staffers. Thayer had written […]


The two members of the El Dorado County royal court in the photograph that ran Wednesday, May 20 on B-2 are Kylee Hunter, Junior  Miss El Dorado County, and Tristan Hunter, Miss Teen El Dorado County, participating in the American Legion’s Fourth of July parade in South Lake Tahoe.

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