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Author Archive: Roberta Long

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 […]

Hwy 50 fire touches EDH neighborhood

A unified command of three fire agencies attacked a fast-spreading grass fire south of Highway 50 around the Folsom-El Dorado County line on Friday afternoon, July 19. It was another in a series of hot, dry days with light E-NE winds. The temperature was 95 degrees when the fire was reported at 2:12 p.m. California […]

Women’s Fund El Dorado announces $50,000 in 2013 grants

Six years ago, a group of women came together to put their philanthropic dollars where they thought they would be most needed in El Dorado County. On June 6, the Empire Ballroom at the Wedgewood Sequoia Mansion in Placerville was overflowing with members eager to learn the results of their awards to 2012 recipients and […]

Dedicated to socializing dogs

Kerry McBride is a professional groomer and dog trainer. “Dogs have been my life since I can remember,” she said. Her focus is on training dogs to socialize with other dogs and with people. Her motto is, “Every dog deserves a good education, and so does every owner.” McBride is the owner of El Dorado […]

Forest Forum honors three

The Amador El Dorado Forest Forum recognized three of its members posthumously at the Spring Honors Dinner held at the Institute of Forest Genetics in Placerville on April 17. Robert E. “Bob” Flynn, 1919-2011, U.S. Forest Service 1936-1975 Bob Flynn, born in Georgetown, went to work for the Forest Service before he got out of […]

Alpine Exteriors wraps homes in beauty, energy efficiency

Not everyone is lucky enough to work at what they love. Dale Myrick is one of the lucky ones. Myrick has always loved windows, at least since he was 20 and began working for a local window installer. “Whenever I go into a building, I always look at the windows­ — where they are placed, […]

EDMT succeeds in ‘How to Succeed without Really Trying’

What: “How to Succeed in Business with Really Trying” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Three Stages, Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: Friday, April 19 to Sunday, May 5 Cost: $18 to $36 Information: or or call 916-608-6888 By today’s standards, mid-1950s Americans were living in fairytale land. It was a time when […]

Flooring that fits your lifestyle

When it comes to flooring there are so many choices. Soft surface or hard? Styles? Colors? Patterns? Price? One good place to start is your lifestyle. Do you live in the country or in a neighborhood? Are you a young adult with your first home, or retired and staying in the family home or relocating? […]

Vegetables become tasty treats when you grow your own

When it comes to vegetables, fresh is best. Canned, frozen or pickled, they can be eaten year-round. But when it comes to taste, there is nothing like picking your vegetables out of the garden and serving them at the next meal. And it’s not cheating if you pop a few cherry tomatoes or fresh peas […]

Connector JPA OKs design guidelines, finance plan

The Southeast Capital Connector Joint Powers Authority took a big step forward at its March 8 meeting at Rancho Cordova City Hall, approving project design guidelines and a finance plan. Both measures received unanimous support from the board: Chairman David Sander, Rancho Cordova; Patrick Hume, Elk Grove; Don Nottoli, Sacramento County; Jeff Starsky, Folsom; and Ron […]

Students create management plans for private forestland

Mary Lory and husband Ernest Lory own 80 acres of forestland in Grizzly Flat. It’s been in Mary’s family more than 100 years. The Lory property was deeded to Mary by her aunt, Margaret Morey Odlin, in 2003. Her great-grandfather, Edward Morey, originally purchased the land from the Mount Pleasant Mining Company in the late […]

Mountain counties protecting source water

In view of recent and potential changes in water laws and regulations, water leaders in the Sierra Nevada mountain counties are concerned that the historic rights to the use of their waters are in jeopardy. At the quarterly joint meeting of Mountain Counties Water Resources Association (MCWRA) and the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) […]

Shrek visits Three Stages

What does it take to play the role of Shrek in a musical touring company? Well, a good baritone voice, naturally. Acting chops — goes without saying. Dancing with expression and agility. Basic stuff, maybe. Now add a 65-pound costume (really a hot suit) and 7 pounds of make-up, and see if you can play […]

Women’s Fund El Dorado examines community needs for 2013

Nearly 150 members of the Women’s Fund El Dorado gathered on Jan. 24 for a dinner meeting at the Cold Springs Country Club in Placerville to learn more about the community needs they had identified as most important. Currently, the Women’s Fund has 275 members, with an endowment of $181,000. The proceeds from memberships are […]

Adventures: Eden Vale is a perfect place

A romantic getaway is a special type of vacation. Couples fantasize about places to go where they can stay in a beautiful place, where they will be pampered, where they can discover regional surprises, and where they can create wonderful memories of their time together. Three years after opening, Eden Vale Inn was named one […]

Bloo Solar advances from design to pre-production

If it succeeds, Bloo Solar will transform the world from traditional energy sources to clean renewable energy, said Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Larry Bawden, in an interview at the company in El Dorado Hills. “We’re on track,” he said.

Bloo Solar moved to the El Dorado Hills Business Park on Oct. 30, 2011, when the company was still refining the design of its three-dimensional trademarked Solar Brush technology.

Now, at the beginning of 2013, it is at the next stage, pre-production.

Realtor Sally Long Johns revs up for busy year

Sally Long Johns’ office with Coldwell Banker is at 111 Main St. in Placerville, but she is on the road a lot. Living “out in the sticks” herself, she has clients all over El Dorado County. Twenty years ago she and her husband, Chris Johns, moved from Sacramento into their 2,000-square-foot dream home with 20 […]

Realtor Gay Berge rides the waves of change

Gay Berge has been selling homes in El Dorado County for nearly 29 years. She is now selling to the grandchildren of her first clients. That says a lot about the trust she has built with buyers and sellers throughout the years. Berge joined Re/Max in 1999 and moved into new offices at 3317 Coach […]

Shari Merle helps simplify financial planning

After 26 years as a Certified Financial Planner, Shari Merle said nothing surprises her anymore. From her LPL Financial office in El Dorado Hills she has seen some things stay the same and some things change. In spite of the fact that more women are college graduates, and work outside the home, Shari finds that […]

Realtor Stephanie Haley specializes in serving seniors

Stephanie Haley didn’t start out to serve the real estate needs of seniors. She fell into it, and found she liked it — enough to devote her career to senior buyers and sellers. It’s a special world, as she will tell you. She became a certified Senior Real Estate Specialist to work professionally in that […]

Oral surgeon serves EDH

Born in Korea, raised in Guam, educated and trained in Indiana, Donald Liberty, Doctor of Dental Surgery, opened Golden Foothills Oral and Facial Surgery at 4913 Golden Foothills Parkway in the El Dorado Hills Business Park in 2011. Just as he was starting to get established, Dr. Liberty, who is also an Army Reserve officer, […]

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