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El Dorado Hills Fire contracts for outside review

It took a couple meetings to come to agreement, but the El Dorado Hills Fire Board of Directors approved a contract for a three-part comprehensive review of the district. The contested issue was the selection of a contractor to prepare the district’s community risk assessment, standards of cover and a facilities master plan. On Sept. 15, 2015, […]

El Dorado Hills Travel trains next generation of travel agents

Travel agents wanted. As Genny Arietta enters her 32nd year in the travel business, she has seen a lot of changes. But through the ups and downs, Arietta has continued to serve her travel clients from her El Dorado Hills office. Her philosophy: “Provide a unique vacation experience that will keep you coming back to […]

Health and wellness is the emphasis at Waterfall Salon and Spa

Waterfall Salon and Spa owner Carolynn Minichino said salon and spa treatments used to be seen as indulgences. They were special occasions and almost exclusively for women. In today’s world, these services are part of personal health and wellness and used by both women and men. Everything about Waterfall reflects Minichino’s emphasis on health and […]

Dynamic Images transforms itself and clients in spiffed up digs

Dynamic Images Salon and Day Spa has been in business in Placerville for 40 years. Current owner Fay Linson is the next generation to carry on Dynamic Images, which she purchased from her parents, Eva and Al Molina, in 2000. Linson reviewed the entire business recently and made changes to the operation and the physical […]

New Station 84 now in service

EL DORADO HILLS — Station 84 has been redesigned and rebuilt.

The building looks great and, more importantly, it is safer and more efficient.

“Seconds count when you’re called out,” said Capt. Mark Ali, who heads the B shift at the station.

The station is staffed 24 hours a day by a captain, engineer and firefighter/paramedic in shifts A, B and C. Crews are at the station for 48 hours, then 48 hours off.

T & M Electric is a true partnership

When people ask Tim Closner what the most important thing is to consider when you are thinking about opening your own service business, he doesn’t hesitate with his response: “Your spouse has to be 100 percent on board.” Tim and his wife Mary started T&M Electric together in 1990. They offer 24/7 emergency services. Tim says he […]

Strong values keep Elite Roofing at the top of its game

Darren Jonutz was so young when he started Elite Roofing in 1992 that people were inclined not to take him seriously. But he was confident and he handled himself well. His formula in the beginning was simple: “Do your work. Pay your bills.” Jobs soon trickled in, leading to an established business and a strong […]

Kelley Automotive and Machine offers unique services

Kelley Automotive and Machine owner Mark Mobus said his business is the oldest independent repair shop in El Dorado County. It opened in Shingle Springs in 1975 and has been at the same location for 40 years. Mobus, a certified master engine machinist, also said his business has the only full machine shop in the region. The machine […]

Hangtown Body Shop takes the stress out of car repair

Hangtown Body Shop is named after one of the earlier names of Placerville, where it is located. But it is also a doing business as A1 Collision and Bumper Centers. As satellite bumper center repair shops are opened in different locations throughout the region, they are known as A1 Bumper Centers. Dan Dewater is the […]

Town Center setting for romantic comedy

For two weeks this fall, El Dorado Hills Town Center became the set for the full-length independent romantic comedy film “Not Your Year.” Visitors to Town Center may have noticed film crews at a concert in the Steven Young Amphitheatre by indi-folk musicians Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes. The Austin, Texas-based couple received national recognition […]

Sanders says good-bye to EDH Fire’s front desk

When you have a job you love, with people you enjoy, leaving is bittersweet. And so it was for Sandy Sanders, who served as administrative assistant for the El Dorado Hills Fire Department for the past 11 years. “I have had a unique perspective on just how much our community appreciates their fire department,” Sanders […]

EDH Fire eyes another big change

A year after Latrobe annexation, EDH Fire looks at aiding Rescue A joint meeting of the El Dorado Hills and Rescue fire boards on Oct. 6 gave El Dorado Hills residents a detailed overview of the potential annexation of Rescue Fire Protection District. It was an informal meeting, with 30 or 40 people in attendance, […]

Carter-Kelly’s foundation is built on integrity

How does a contractor survive the ups and downs of the construction business for 35 years in a small town? For Carter-Kelly, the keys to success rely on a focus on integrity in business relations, treating employees like family, adapting to new challenges and being involved in the community. The company began in 1980 as […]

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 […]

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