Rachael A. McCoy

Cold Springs Dental: A pleasant dental experience

A visit to Cold Springs Dental isn’t just another “visit to the dentist;” at least, not if Dr. Madeline Majer has anything to say about it. Majer took ownership of Cold Springs Dental two years ago and currently serves the residents of El Dorado County. Majer has a passion for the job that can be […]

Kiddlywinks Toy Store sells one-of-a-kind toys

Main Street may be losing a treasure with the closing of the Thomas Kinkade Gallery, but its closing will offer manager Nathan Ross the opportunity to focus on another passion. The initial inspiration behind Kiddlywinks Toy Store was to bring something new, different and unique to Placerville and, in particular, Main Street. With a trip […]

Low-overhead Gold Hill Glass offers competitive pricing

They say good things come in small packages. While you may not consider a business a package, there is no doubt one of the smallest in the county delivers nothing but good. Gold Hill Glass in Shingle Springs is approaching its 15th year in business and it is all thanks to owner Mike Smith and […]

Compassionate care found at Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center

More often than not, medical visits are an unfortunate part of life — partly because they signal that something may be wrong, partly because the experience lacks compassion. The latter, however, is not the case at Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center. Located at 5168 Honpie Road in the Shingle Springs area (across from Red […]

Goats need affection, protection and other goats

You’ve probably grown up thinking goats are some of the most durable animals, what with eating tin cans and all. But don’t let those images from childhood cartoons fool you. They require just as much TLC as any other pet and, no, they do not eat tin cans. Kat Mendenhall lives in Georgetown with her […]

Powerhouse Gym trainer helps a husband save his wife’s life

There is no question that exercise coupled with good nutrition can lead to a happy, healthy life. For Doug and Pam Leeville, it also has the potential to life in general. Pam Leeville has been on dialysis for two and a half years and in desperate need of a new kidney. As a loving husband, […]

Holiday joy comes in small packages

We all have them. For some, they continue to accumulate as new fashionable trends lead way to countless shopping excursions. For others, they become personal treasure chests filled with trading cards, pictures or old recipes passed down through generations. This holiday season the shoe box is lending itself to yet another cause. Operation Christmas Child […]

Need a full-body workout? Punch someone … with gloves on

“You hit like a girl!” It’s no longer the insult it was once intended to be. A sport that has long been associated with men has become more readily available and acceptable for women today: boxing. And it’s not just for the athlete competing in the ring. Boxing classes at gyms throughout the county (and […]

Clean eating is vital to women’s health

Diets. We’ve all been there. We have the best intentions to “find the diet that really works” and to “follow through this time.” However, as many of us can attest to, the best intentions only last so long until old habits come knocking at the door again. The clean-eating lifestyle has donned several names in […]

Club makes a difference

Students at Sierra Ridge Middle School in Pollock Pines are learning important life lessons and skills at an early age. Chartered in November 2010, the Sierra Ridge Interact Club is now in its third year, open to seventh and eighth graders 12 years and older. Prior to 2010, students were required to be at least […]

What’s growing?

If you build it, they will come … right? The Boys and Girls Club of El Dorado County Western Slope followed this “golden rule” in its pursuit of implementing and expanding its garden program, “Positive Sprouts.” Meghann Hoard, director of member services for the Boys and Girls Club, got the ball rolling when she reached […]

Discover gold at Eskaton

Golden years rather than golden nuggets are being mined at Eskaton Village Placerville. What better way is there to spend those golden years than in resort-style living in the gold country? Eskaton Village Placerville is a multi-service retirement community located at 3380 Blairs Lane in Placerville. Out of sight to most, the village sits atop […]

The Hangtown Fibers Guild helps keep the mind active

Although the Hangtown Fibers Guild is open to members of any age, this volunteer organization is a great way for people in El Dorado County who are over the age of 50 to keep their minds and lives active. With membership between 80 to 100 people, the Hangtown Fibers Guild offers something for everyone. Members’ […]

CERT comes to the rescue

There is no truer test of human nature than when disaster strikes, whether by natural or man-made forces. The United States is no stranger to disaster. Fortunately, history has shown that we are a country blessed to have so many willing to put themselves in the line of danger and to later help in the […]

Cameron Park CSD has lake, new community center

Many may consider Cameron Park the hidden gem of El Dorado County after learning of all it has to offer. The Cameron Park Community Services District has been in operation and serving people throughout the county as well as visitors to the area since 1961. “We serve all age groups and all demographics; it’s a […]

Montessori school in Shingle Springs educates K-8

A 105-year-old tradition lives on in a Montessori school in El Dorado County. California Montessori Project (CMP), a K-8 Montessori school in Shingle Springs, was opened in 2001 and has been led by Kim Zawilski since its inception. “I always like to say I’ve been involved with the school since before the beginning, because it […]

Folsom Lake College promotes learning for all

College years — the time for late night football games, parties and study sessions in the dorms, right? That may be the case for some, but many of Folsom Lake College’s students have matured past the days of rambunctious outings and term papers written at 2 a.m. All courses offered by Folsom Lake College are […]

Community makes wishes come true

The holiday season is upon us and for many, today is the starting gate for the race of holiday shopping. Every year everyone fusses over finding the perfect gifts for family and friends; wondering what the hottest toys are or what brand new electronics are on the market. Not to mention the ever-present laundry list […]

Bike Hall to honor cyclist Norman Hill

A local family will be recognized tomorrow, July 14, when the United States Bicycling Hall of Fame in Davis unveils an exhibit dedicated to champion cyclist Norman A. Hill. Hill is the grandfather of Vicki Rios, 59, of Pollock Pines. Rios’ family has had memorabilia on Hill kept away for years and now most of […]

Plenty of options for Jamboree’s 60th

What could be more exhilarating than racing a sports car at speeds over 100 miles per hour? Try rock crawling in a Jeep at only three. This year marks 60 years of Jeep aficionados gathering for the adventure of a lifetime at the annual Jeepers Jamboree. The entire event begins in Georgetown and eventually ends […]

Rock Rollers essential to Jeeps navigating trail

An annual event like the Jeepers Jamboree would not continue to be a success year after year without dedicated and hard-working crews working together to make the event, as a whole, something worth celebrating. “Our crews are what make the Jamboree tick,” Dan DeWolf, president of Jeepers Jamboree, said. One such crew is the Rock […]

Going on vacation?

The summer months are fast approaching, and summer means vacations. Nearly every pet owner has been faced with the dilemma of what to do with their pet when they leave for a vacation. Luckily, El Dorado County has many options for pet owners, including Uppity Pup, the boarding kennel and doggie daycare voted the No. […]

Equine Unlimited provides life lessons, new hobbies

Nestled just five miles from Highway 50 on Greenback Road in Rescue is Equine Unlimited Inc., a true horse lover’s dream. Owner Malinda Kregoski has over 30 years of experience to offer those who have the desire to ride and her full-service facility is open year-round, seven days a week, catering to all skill levels […]

Classes, competitions and companionship

Dog lovers unite through the local Hangtown Kennel Club, an American Kennel Club-licensed all-breed dog club. The group includes members who are active and participate in shows across the United States, as well as members who are simply looking for camaraderie from fellow dog lovers. Hangtown Kennel Club is a very active group in the […]

Teaching trio to retire

June will mark the ending of an era for Sierra Ridge Middle School in Pollock Pines. Three beloved teachers will retire at the end of this school year. Leeann Stewart, Jeff Medley and Libby Wheeler have all played integral roles in shaping Sierra Ridge Middle School and its many programs. Medley has been with the […]

A dreamy setting for a wedding

Nestled just a few short miles off Highway 50 in Shingle Springs is picturesque Cielo Estate Vineyards and Winery. Originally home to the Hodgkin and Spinardi families, the estate still boasts the historic Victorian house from the 1800s which is now used as a guest house and venue for smaller functions. Cielo’s 41 acres include […]

February 03, 2012 | Posted in Wedding Planner Feb. 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Wedding gowns galore

Take a drive down Main Street in Placerville and there’s no chance you will miss the Renfro’s display window. The most beautiful wedding gowns overlooking the sidewalk in historic Hangtown are the same gowns so many brides spent their childhood dreaming of. In 1978, owner Margaret Renfro and her family moved from England to Missouri […]

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Floral visions become reality

A bride’s wedding plans may begin with the date, location and dress … but the true beauty of her special day becomes a reality when her florist designs the perfect arrangements for her. Floral guru Dottie Mackenzie has been fulfilling brides’ dreams of the perfect wedding day since 1989. Mackenzie owns Camino Flower Shop, located […]

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