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Author Archive: Peter Tyner

Sacramento Heart and Vascular serving Placerville area with outpatient physician team

If you need a local primary care physician, Sacramento Heart and Vascular in Placerville may be your next call. Despite the name, this well-known cardiology care provider maintains an active family medicine practice at its Hangtown facility, near the Marshall Medical Center. There, Dr. Matthew Watson is the full-time internal medicine physician. Once per week […]

Cold Springs Dental known for exuberance and compassion

Maybe you’ve seen the seasonal Santa Claus and Frosty on the rooftop of Cold Springs Dental, or the giant inflatable pumpkin at Halloween. Consider it the first clue to the cheerful and uplifting ambiance inside. This iconic green-roofed dental practice, kitty-corner from the Placerville DMV, may bear a Cold Springs address, but the word “cold” […]

Dr. Cummings uses 25 years of experience to make music out of gastroenterology

What does the esophagus, stomach and colon have in common with ragtime piano? Dr. Daniel Cummings, of course. (He also likes classical.) This well-known Placerville gastroenterologist practices medicine for a living, music for relaxation, and does each with thoughtful style. After all, both disciplines operate on rhythms and both are essential for greater harmony. Only […]

New chief of Pines at Placerville Healthcare Center

When Jared Edmunds was offered the job of administrator of the Pines at Placerville Healthcare Center, a 99-bed seniors extended-care facility, he asked himself two questions. Had he accomplished his goals in his current position as administrator of a Modesto convalescent facility after three years in the job. And, was the prospective employer Plum Healthcare, […]

Carter’s Carpet Restoration marks 20th anniversary

Twenty years ago Dean Carter took the plunge into his own carpet restoration business. He was well seasoned and trained, having been in the field since 1988 when he turned down the reins of his family’s nursery, and took a field job with a big-named steam cleaner. Later he bought his own equipment and became […]

Dick’s Carpet One approaching 50th year

In 2014, Dick’s Carpet One will celebrate its 50th year in business, and not unlike the fabled magic rug, it’s been an awesome ride. From its 1964 Camino rollout to today’s giant showroom in Diamond Springs, the floor-covering enterprise has successfully parried the big box stores and dodged the boom-bust building cycle which grounded many […]

Placerville Fruit Growers Assoc. sells great stuff

In 1915 local fruit growers cooperated to market their goods through a central marketplace, and named it the Placerville Fruit Growers Association. Property on Main Street was secured, a cold storage shed was built, distribution deals were fashioned and the PFDA was launched. Almost a century later the co-op is an ongoing operation managed by […]

MORE adding art studio and gallery

Director Susie Davies can’t wait to show off the brand new Something MORE Art Gallery located next door to the iconic MORE building on Placerville Drive. Although the new bay is still under construction, one glance into the adjoining bee-hive of art classes leaves no doubt that many classic pieces are on the way. Under […]

Placerville Glass 36 years in same location

It’s a good thing Placerville Glass doesn’t fall and shatter during economic downturns. When regional home building virtually collapsed a few years ago, and building contractors found themselves without work, owner Rob Powell turned to the home remodeling business with products and advertising, The result — Placerville Glass continued to prosper without a layoff. Powell, […]

Gold Bug Mine keeps past alive

The Gold Bug Mine is Placerville’s uncut jewel of the gold rush legacy, part of the 57-acre Gold Bug Park, owned and run by the City of Placerville. It is an authentic gold mine dating from the era when a hundred thousand determined treasure hunters streamed into the Sierra foothills to get rich quick. The […]

The Lions of Mt. Aukum

Although winemaker Chaim (pronounce Hyme) Gur-Arieh has a doctorate in food science, his wines reflect four distinctly non-food ingredients — simplicity, clarity, diligence and creativity. Add intuition and you have the story of his life. When preparation meets opportunity, according to proverb, good things happen. So where does serendipity fit in? On a road trip […]

John Evans cooks up another winner

Don’t bet against John Evans if there’s food involved. Recently he was invited to compete in a regional cook-off at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort, as part of Pacific Seafood’s fifth annual “Sea to Shining Sea” food show. Evans, owner of ZacJacks Bistro in Cameron Park, was pitted against three other chefs for the bragging […]

Shane Douglas makes some discoveries

Ten years ago El Dorado High Schooler Shane Douglas was barely keeping his nose above the water line. His grades were mediocre, his friends questionable. The teen’s internal compass was, by his own account, AWOL. These days he can be found way under water as one of the elite U.S. Navy Rescue Swimmers. His continuing […]

Tom Dohnke makes a difference

This is the second part of a veteran’s efforts to find and recognize a special group. Tom Dohnke, a member of the 327 Infantry in Vietnam, has a mission — to find the survivors of the Southeast Asian war. Dohnke never saw himself as a people finder. He became a paratrooper after basic training and […]

The mission is to find and reunite

This is the first part of a veteran’s efforts to find and recognize a special group. If you’re a friend of Tom Dohnke and you find yourself lost or separated, don’t worry. You won’t be forgotten or written off, even if you’re a cat. Dohnke arrives early for a meeting. At a distance you see […]

Discover art, wine and Placerville at festival

What: The Art and Wine Festival Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Saturday, Oct. 19 from 6 to 9 Cost: $30 for wine tasting Information: e-mail or phone 530-672-3436 Two of the numerous delights you’ll discover at Placerville’s Art and Wine Festival this year are the, uh, art and the wine. Seriously. This is […]

Sacramento Heart and Vascular brings top-notch docs to Placerville

The nurses, doctors and admins of Sacramento Heart and Vascular Medical Associates have a respected history of Primary Care and Cardiology services in Placerville. The enterprise has had a presence in Hangtown for 17 years, and recently added more staff for a continuing, healthy future. With two physicians, two nurse practitioners, two medical assistants and […]

Precision Eyecare brings adventuresome optometrist to Placerville

Precision Eyecare on Main Street in Placerville wasn’t always the neat, beige, two-story structure across from the Coldwell, Banker building. For years it was a gas station, one of a quintet of gasoline retailers clustered around the Canal off-ramp on Highway 50. So in 2008 when Daniel J. Morrill, OD, wanted to establish an eye […]

Hard work, good treatment from gastroenterologist Dr. Cummings

You can only have a professional 25th anniversary once. If you happen to be gastroenterologist Dr. Daniel Cummings, you celebrate that achievement, of course, at work. His usual regimen is up at 5 a.m., run up to 12 miles, shower, breakfast, groom, review recent studies and head off to the office. That is unless the […]

Singing for more than supper

Like all inspired musical groups, the Singin’ 4 Supper quartet nails the melodic mood in the opening three notes. They seamlessly blend soft rock, folk, country, western and “bluezy-grass” into a lineup of very easy listening. With guitars, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, banjo and harmonica (no drums) plus a deep love for their craft, they […]

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Judy Barlett bakes up more than dessert

If it’s Monday morning at the Placerville Senior Center, Judy Barlett is in the kitchen baking. She’ll produce 12 dozen muffins, 24 dozen cookies and vats of sugarless Jello and rice pudding, enough for the week. Thirty or more day-care members (those enrolled in the Senior Center Club) begin arriving about 9 a.m., many in […]

Cheri Jaggers makes it happen

When Cheri Jaggers was promoted to superintendent of the El Dorado Irrigation District Parks and Recreation a few years ago, she made it a priority that filmmakers could thrive in her bailiwick. The tightening noose of regulations and burdensome waiting had reduced the popularity of El Dorado County’s natural sets among producers and it needed […]

Behind the scenes of popular commercial

The popular Dr Pepper Ten Mountain Man commercial was shot in El Dorado County. Its carefree portrayal of guys having fun is very different from all the work it took to produce the attention-getting advertisement that is a throwback to earlier television ads. From finding the perfect place to film the commercial to organizing the […]

It’s all about the location

For location scout Patrick Ranahan, going the extra mile is a metaphor for life. He flies, drives and hikes to virtually every zip code on earth, often lives in squalid motels and mosquito netting, climbs canyons, calculates deserts, negotiates snow banks and descends mine shafts. Thirty-six years of mental mapping and cross referencing thousands of […]

RVing — a happy way to go

Freedom. That’s what drives recreational vehicle enthusiasts, all 30 million of them.

They go where they want, when they want, stay as long as they want and do whatever they want.

From tents and fishing rods stuffed in camper shells to 45-foot diesel behemoths with built-in spas they redefine the experience of living.

“Rich or not, these are the happiest people I’ve ever known,” said Nancy Poulin, manager of Lake Tahoe KOA (Kampgrounds of America). “Exploring, camping, connecting with others, they just love the whole way of life. And one another.”

She notes RVing isn’t exclusive to retirement. According to …

Things are going swimmingly

  Sometimes the best instructors are volunteers. Bernie Powell teaches water aerobics at the Ponte Palmero Retirement Village in Cameron Park. For this 88-year-old former competitive swimmer, the program is a win-win situation. “Seniors sometimes feel they’re not up to rigorous exercises with weights and such. But when they work out with water aerobics they […]

I love film mixer offers a happy ending

What: I Love Film mixer and El Dorado County Business Showcase Who: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce and the El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film and Media Office Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Forni Building, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Friday, March 15, 4 to 8 p.m. Cost: Free Information: 530-621-5885, 530-626-4400 or visit the website If […]

Pollock Pines aims for an upgrade

Of late, residents of Pollock Pines have been gathering in Town Hall meetings, learning how to beat the odds in the uncertain business of community improvement. Campaigns for municipal betterment often fall to political or funding exhaustion, particularly if the public is absent from the narrative. Not any more, according to District 5 Supervisor Norma […]

Adventures: Mount Aukum Winery — The man and the mountain

In early 2001, three transplanted Texans cleared a mountaintop in the lonely zip code known as Mt. Aukum and planted 5,000 grape vines. The trio, all cousins, named the enterprise Mount Aukum Winery. As their new vineyard would require years to mature, they were eager to partner with local growers. One particular grape farmer stood […]

Adventures: Life springs up in the township of El Dorado

It began as a network of spring-fed watering holes, perfect for the cattle drives between Sacramento and Hangtown. Emigrant miners pitched tents around the springs, while cowboys came and went, swelling the 1850 census to 462 names. But herds of transient livestock soon turned the pristine ponds into meandering muck. In 1851, the Post Office […]

Strawberry Lodge still popular

The first clue that Michael Hicks is a workaholic lies in the 40 cords of firewood he produces each year. He doesn’t use an hydraulic splitter or a team of strongmen. No, he swings a manual wedge-axe (known as a maul) to hand-split the whole 5,100 cubic feet himself. “A few hours at a time […]

Academic stars shine at decathlon

What: Academic Decathlon Super Quiz Who: El Dorado, Oak Ridge, Ponderosa and Union Mine high schools Where: Union Mine High School, Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: Saturday, Feb. 2, at 3 p.m. Information: Susan Carney at or 530-295-2216 For high school students and parents seeking competitive events outside of contact sports, there is a […]

Dr. Cummings and wife fell in love with Placerville

QUOTE: “Why burden the system with automatic surgeries if a more finessed line of action bears equal or greater promise?” —Annamarie Cummings, office manager, wife QUOTE: Then on a white-water rafting trip near Coloma, the couple passed through Placerville, and fell in love with the town. If you have an off-the-chart IQ, a large reservoir of […]

Placerville Natural Foods Co-op

Melisa Clark of the Placerville Natural Food Co-op remembers the dark ages. “The phrase ‘natural foods’ conjured images of slightly goofy denizens of geodesic domes eating bean sprouts and funny mushrooms.” (Not the kind in your salad.) “Obviously,” she gestured toward the well stocked aisles in her store, “Times have changed!” Indeed, except for the […]

Dr. Lyons adds 2nd orthodondist

In 1995 Timothy Lyons and a crew were filming a documentary in the state of Para, a remote section of the Amazon in Northern Brazil. Young Lyons was helping his father-in-law produce a documentary about the Zoe, a recently discovered tribe. That’s when he stumbled upon a Zoe girl who, unknowingly, would change his life. […]

Anew Skin Dermatology can change your self-image

QUOTE: “For me, nothing is as rewarding as restoring a face, a smile, an identity.” “Your skin is the cover of your ‘book’,” said dermatologist Dr. Timothy Rosio, studying the before-and-after photos of his patients in an album. “It’s the largest organ of the human body.” He paused at the acne-scared face of a lovely […]

Fine Arts School growing in the pines

For most of his adult life, Doug Pearson wanted to share the skills that made him prominent in the art and advertising world. In August 2012 he took the opportunity and opened the Fine Arts School in the Pines, a multi-faceted arts center at 6290 Pony Express Trail, Suite G, in Pollock Pines. The curriculum […]

The dream continues at Oakstone Winery

It’s a terrible irony that a retirement dream winery should burn down in a place called Fair Play. The dream went up in smoke in mid 2012. The once and future Oakstone Winery now seeks to repeat its development as a local success story, similar to the Phoenix of Greek mythology which regenerated itself from […]

Customer service is No. 1 at Thompson Toyota

Twenty-four years ago when Ron Thompson of Thompson’s Toyota contemplated becoming a player in the new car scene in Placerville, he vowed his standard would be “customer service is everything.” The city had a long history of automobile stores, but this walk-on from Sacramento would make his dealership a laboratory of respect for the community […]

Boys and Girls Club — a vital resource

The Boys and Girls Club is more than a place to hang out. It is transformational. Sean McCartney is the executive director of the El Dorado County Western Slope chapter. “Try to imagine a more vital resource than the next generation,” he waved a hand at a class of young people. “The only link we […]

Gold Country Artists Gallery starts 21st year

Touring the Gold Country Artists Gallery located at 379 Main St., Placerville, is a journey in history, imagination, and possibilities. It isn’t just the original art, it’s the whole package. The building is 1850-period architecture, replete with interior nooks, thick wainscot, exposed beams, plank floors, odd corners and ancient windows, not to mention the pre-civil […]

Stacks and stacks of books at the Bookery

As digital America dumps its books, a growing shop on Main Street scrambles to keep up with incoming tomes. The Bookery, located at 326 Main St., boasts about 350,000 titles and counting. This emporium is a treasure trove to local and visiting bibliophiles for whom the heft, feel and scent of real printed volumes maintain […]

Placerville Post Office: Oldest business in Placerville

In 1850, newly-appointed Postmaster T. Carr Nugent received a letter from the U.S. Postmaster General Nathan Hall, requesting the selection of a new name for Nugent’s community. It seems there were too many places called “Hangtown.” The name alluded, of course, to the fate of convicted claim-jumpers, horse thieves and murderers. Nugent agreed such a […]

Photographer Jim Ginny – from IBM to framing business

By Hollywood standards, Jim Ginney is a rebel. You wouldn’t know it by his gentle manner and self-effacing style, though. He doesn’t sport a nose ring, ink-up his skin or wear toxic T-shirt messages. But he is authentic, having accomplished what others swear they’re going to do “someday.” He quit a great job and followed […]

Pollock Pines’ Mandarin Restaurant has roots in Guangzhou

The Mandarin Chinese Restaurant in Pollock Pines has a long genealogy. The popular Asian bistro located at 6530 Pony Express Trail opened its doors in 1988, but much work, sacrifice and risk-taking was required of Alex San and his family both before and since. It began in the south China metropolis of Guangzhou, known in […]

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