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Harris Center calendar features favorites and new entertainment

Harris Center for the Arts has released its fall lineup of entertainment and special events. Coming up on its fifth anniversary, the Harris Center for the Arts, at Folsom Lake College, is bringing back favorites from previous seasons, as well as introducing a number of new and exciting performances.   New to Harris Center “Bollywood […]

Dr. Cummings adjusts to changes in medical care

In 1989, Dr. Daniel Cummings opened his gastroenterology practice in an office at 941 Spring Street in Placerville. Since then he has treated thousands of patients with digestive disorders. After a 14-year break, from 2000 to 2014, when he moved to an office near Missouri Flat Drive, he is back at the same address where […]

Characters, dreams and story come together

Book: “In the Pockets of Dreams” Author: Wendy Schultz Publisher: Wendy Schultz, 2014 Available: Paperback at Face in a Book in El Dorado Hills, in print at amazon.com and in ebook format on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Smashwords and iBooks. A young man, an “ordinary Joe,” according to author Wendy Schultz, finds he can “read objects.” Through […]

Folsom Lake College athletic complex a slam dunk

Folsom Lake College President Rachel Rosenthal has an answer for anyone who questions why the college should invest in athletic facilities. “The classroom is not the only place where students learn,” she said. Rosenthal made that point loud and clear at the dedication of the college gymnasium at the main campus in Folsom on Feb. […]

Michelle Wenell’s ranch offers endless opportunities

When most people hear that Opportunity Acres provides services for people with autism, they assume that means equine therapy. Not so, says Michelle Wenell, founder and CEO of Opportunity Acres in Shingle Springs. Although interacting with horses can be therapeutic, the programs at Opportunity Acres are far richer. Wenell integrates day programs providing life skills […]

Annette Russell is the sweet voice of Sweet Septic

When Annette Russell was growing up in Santa Cruz, she never dreamed that one day she would own a septic service company in Placerville. She said she “always wanted to do something with finances” and studied two years at Cabrillo College and started a job at World Savings and Loan in Santa Cruz when she was 19. In 1989, […]

‘Let’s go!’ to Diamond Springs for French country food

French sports fans yell “Allez! Allez!” “Let’s go! Let’s go!” to cheer their teams on to victory. French food fans say “Allez! Let’s go!” when they have a hankering for French cooking that lifts your spirits as it delights your taste buds. There is no other place to go than Allez! in Diamond Springs. The […]

Arietta travel agent extraordinaire

Genny Arietta has been in the travel business in El Dorado Hills for 30 years. It is not an exaggeration to say that she has a passion for helping people enjoy their travels. There is literally nothing she would rather be doing. Her interest started when she was a little girl and her grandmother took […]

EID looks ahead at 90th anniversary

Ninety years after El Dorado Irrigation District was formed to provide water for farming, the district continues to work to protect El Dorado County’s rural economy with a reliable water supply at a reasonable price. At the same time, the district is called upon to provide reliable, safe drinking water for the growing number of […]

Marshall Medical celebrates 55 years

The beginning Marshall Medical Center’s 55-year history is a story of dedicated local people who periodically faced a cliffhanger and came through. When Marshall Hospital opened its doors in 1959, it was the culmination of three years of organizing and fundraising by El Dorado County residents and business people to provide quality health care locally. […]

DST advances customer communications

DST Output West, LLC, a member of the DST Customer Communications segment of DST Systems Inc., has been located in the El Dorado Hills Business Park for 27 years. In 1986, the business park was a big, grassy field – perfect for DST, which was seeking a large piece of land at a reasonable price […]

Capital Southeast Connector called vital

SACRAMENTO — A realistic look at the connection between housing and jobs in southeast Sacramento County and El Dorado County was presented by Region Builders Inc. at the Sutter Club in Sacramento on Oct. 17. The focus was the Capital Southeast Connector project.

Region Builders Inc. was founded in 2012 as a …

Local author Salazar Flood to sign book

Book: “Years of Silence” Authors: Michelle Salazar Flood and Douglas Puccini Publisher: Stunning Books 2013 Maggie Sevilla and Carlo Rossini are people of a certain time and a certain place. Their story is ageless, but when and where it takes place colors everything about how they live it. In her first novel, author Michelle Salazar […]

Folsom opens Johnny Cash Trail

On a perfect day for bicycling or walking, the City of Folsom opened the first phase of the Johnny Cash Trail and Overcrossing on Saturday, Oct. 4. A large crowd came to enjoy the festivities and be first to travel the trail that runs from Folsom Lake Crossing to Prison Road alongside Lake Natoma. The […]

Harris Center presents great performances

The Harris Center for the Arts has lined up a calendar full of new and returning performers for the 2014-15 season. Located at Folsom Lake College, the three stages in the center will present more than 400 performances and others will be added throughout the season as they become available. Harris Center features local, national […]

‘Science day’ flows at Delta Stewardship Council

Delta Stewardship Council Chairman Randy Fiorini is fond is saying, “There is no silver bullet” when it comes to meeting the council’s co-equal goals of providing a more reliable water supply for California and protecting, restoring and enhancing the Delta ecosystem. At the council’s meeting on July 25, representatives of two independent science panels confirmed […]

Delta Council rotates members

Four years after the Delta Stewardship Council was formed as an independent state agency, four new members have joined the council. Of the seven members on the Delta Stewardship Council, four are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate, one member is appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules, one appointed by the […]

Smith was ‘larger than life’

Georgetown seems quieter with Mark Smith gone. In his 63 years of living on the Georgetown Divide, he was never still. Even when he was off on an adventure, or traveling, or at his cabin near Butte, Mont., his energy was felt. With the help of others, his dreams continued to become real. “His presence was larger than life,” said Glenda Gau, who worked for him as a Jeep adventure consultant.

An adventurer, an explorer, an outdoorsman, a visionary, a community benefactor, an historian, a promoter, a storyteller, a prankster, a generous friend, an animal lover, a forceful opponent–he was all those things and more.

In his 87 years, Smith was a Marine, a logger, a pilot, a real estate broker, a lumber business owner, a deputy sheriff, a building contractor, an airport manager and a developer of residential neighborhoods and a commercial center.

Smith was an active member of the Georgetown Rotary. To encourage tourism and boost the local economy in 1953, the Rotary members, with Smith …

Amgen Tour starts Sunday

The Amgen Tour of California is the biggest bicycle race in North America. Patterned after the famous Tour de France, which began in 1903, the ninth annual Tour of California is relatively new. Like its French forebear, it is segmented into stages on public roads that include different terrains to challenge the riders. Urban and […]

Forest Forum honors retired forest ranger Bob Smart

Bob Smart grew up in the U.S. Forest Service and devoted his working life to it. He spent 22 years as the Placerville Ranger on the Eldorado National Forest, declining offers of advancement, to work with his people in the field. He retired in 1999. The Forest Forum On April 23, the Amador-El Dorado Forest […]

Delta Stewardship Council appoints new executive officer

On April 25, the Delta Stewardship Council announced that Jessica Pearson was selected to serve as the council’s executive officer starting May 1. Pearson currently serves as the council’s legislative and policy advisor. The Delta Stewardship Council was established by statute in 2009. Pearson is the third executive director for the Delta Stewardship Council since […]

New citizens take oath in Folsom

For the second year in a row, the U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services came to the Folsom Public Library for the naturalization ceremony for new American citizens. Patsy Johnson from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services congratulated the 40 people who had completed the rigorous process to receive citizenship on April 12. She emphasized that […]

Water-miser gardens can be beautiful

The first thing you notice when you walk into Green Acres Nursery & Supply is the large display with the latest in water-saving devices and information. “It can be very simple,” said Green Acres Communications Specialist Kellie Natoli, picking up a water-saving sprinkler head. “This costs a little more than $6.” For personal gardeners to […]

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Women’s Fund addresses mental health

Mental health or more precisely, mental disease, is one of the most difficult issues to talk about, much less do anything about. Mental illness has such a strong social stigma that people who experience it are reluctant to seek help. The members of Women’s Fund El Dorado, all 300 and some, noted the seriousness of […]

Photographer Lisa Richmond focuses on natural beauty

Lisa Richmond’s joy is in capturing life’s milestones in all their natural beauty. Exuberant while she works through a long photo shoot, Richmond maintains a warm relationship with her subjects, all the while composing wonderful backdrops to take advantage of natural light. At the same time, she is adjusting her camera lens to the best […]

Andi Wagner and Shawn Allan join Lyon Real Estate

Realtors Andi Wagner and Shawn Allan joke that they have a common understanding growing up as girls with boys’ names. Perhaps that’s one reason why they work closely together in the real estate business. Their personalities are complementary. Wagner, a high-energy, fast-talking former city girl from Southern California, is a classic extrovert, outgoing and sociable. […]

Dixon & Dixon becomes Pony Express Tax Services

Elizabeth “Beth” Chalaire is carrying on the business started by her father Richard Dixon, Certified Public Accountant, in Pollock Pines. Richard Dixon phased out of his practice and retired. Beth has renamed the former Dixon & Dixon; it’s now Pony Express Tax Services. “We offer the same excellent service. It’s just a name change,” Beth […]

Dawn Durrett helps customers design their own

Dawn Durrett, owner of Dynamic Designs Screen Printing in Diamond Springs, has a big heart for young people. “I remember when my son was growing up. It cost quite a bit to participate in sports and other activities,” she said. “I do what I can to help.” As the owner of a screen printing business, […]

Water execs briefed on Water Action Plan

Going into the third year of minimal snow and rain, and with a long-term forecast for more of the same, a draft public review of the California Water Action Plan was released on Oct. 31. A briefing of the plan was presented to regional water agency and district managers, board members, and county supervisors in […]

Placerville Co-op a growing success

When Placerville Natural Foods Co-op Market took ownership of the former Noah’s Ark in October 2011, there were 250 owners. By January 2014, membership had tripled to 920, and does not appear to be stopping there. The market, located at 535 Placerville Drive, has diversified since it opened just over two years ago. A number […]

Historical Camino Hotel transforms into B+B

When the Hotel Camino opened as a boardinghouse in 1888, residents probably thought they had it pretty good — dry shelter, a bed and regular meals. Bachelors, they worked hard as loggers in the surrounding forest. And when the mill began operating in town in the early 1900s, millworkers residing at the hotel had only […]

Lobster comes in many styles at Rudy’s Hideaway

Rudy’s Hideaway is easy to find. Go south off Highway 50 on Hazel Avenue, turn right at the first light and you’re there. It’s the inside that makes you feel you are in a hideaway. More specifically, in a nautical hideaway. The lobster house, bar and catering service was established 42 years ago. Steve and […]

Cameron Park Country Club is golf and social hub

The Cameron Park Country Club bills itself as the Jewel of the Foothills with justification. The view from the deck of the clubhouse looks deep into a lush green fairway defined by lakes and streams, dotted and lined with oak trees. At an elevation of around 1,200 feet, the course is beautiful and challenging any […]

New Folsom RR Museum rolls into town

The gleaming red-orange-and-yellow railcar sitting on tracks in the Folsom Historical District will be open soon as a railroad museum on weekends. “We’re making every effort to be open before Christmas,” said Bill Anderson, president of Folsom El Dorado and Sacramento Historical Railroad Association (FEDSHRA), the nonprofit that owns and operates the museum. The new […]

Vukovich Insurance about to turn 60

For Troy and Aimee Vukovich, insurance has always been a family business. Their father’s brother, freshly graduated from University of Southern California, was Farmers Insurance Co.’s youngest district manager. He was 21. The first thing he did was to recruit his older brother, Mel. Mel established the first Farmers Insurance Agency in El Dorado County […]

EDH chiropractor expands holistic practice

After four years of practice in El Dorado Hills, and 3,000 patients, Douglas Murray, DC, and his wife and business partner Myrnalyn are more enthusiastic than ever about the success of their approach. Last March they moved from their 1,200-square-foot office in the El Dorado Hills Business Park to their new 2,800-square-foot location at 1106 […]

Water Agency takes Delta scientists on watershed tour

As the Delta Stewardship Council wraps up completion of the Delta Plan and transitions to putting it into action, the El Dorado County Water Agency invited council scientists to view the geography of El Dorado County waters that flow into the Delta. A tour was held on Aug. 29, starting at the County Water Agency […]

Women’s Fund El Dorado celebrates 6 years of philanthropy

When the Women’s Fund was formed in El Dorado County in 2007, many people assumed that its mission would be to provide financial support only for programs targeted at women and girls. Not so.

In fact, the vision of the trio of women who initiated the local Women’s Fund is much broader. Katie Peek, Madeleine Tammi and Stephanie Kress knew that women are generous with their time as volunteers, and also generous with their money when they see a need. As members of the board of directors of the El Dorado Community Foundation, they also knew the power of organized philanthropic giving to strengthen communities.

Create comfortable, energy efficient homes

Dale Myrick, owner of Alpine Exteriors in Diamond Springs, said his customers are spending more time at home. Whether they are retired, working at home, raising children … spending more time at home means higher air conditioning bills in the summer and heating bills in the winter. Two of the best long-term investments to maintain […]

Enjoy tastes, beauty of your fall garden

Summer vegetables fresh from the garden taste delicious, but biting into a newly picked winter vegetable … that’s a special treat. “Fall is a great time to plant,” say the folks at Front Yard Nursery. Employee and American River College horticulture student Luke Geddes can tell customers everything they need to know to get from seed […]

Delta Stewardship Council hears briefing on dry-year water management

One half of the Delta Plan’s co-equal goals, to provide a more reliable water supply for the state, could become even more difficult to achieve if current drought conditions continue into the next year or longer. At the July 25 meeting of the Delta Stewardship Council (DSC), a panel of experts discussed what near and […]

Caucus connects with Mountain Counties

Rich in natural resources, but with a small slice of the state’s population, the rural counties of California often band together to speak with a stronger voice on their issues of concern. California’s Legislative Rural Caucus was formed in 2003 as a bipartisan group of 50 members from both the Assembly and the Senate. The […]

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