Susana Carey Wey

Mosquito Creek Outfitters: Gear and gifts for all seasons

“One of our biggest things is customer service. Between us and the employees, we have over 80 years of experience.” — Don Rood At the corner of Mosquito Road where Main Street turns into Broadway, Placerville has a showpiece, a building that represents the classy, country elegance found in El Dorado County. From the outside, […]

Atomic bomb kept Marine vet out of war

On a hot summer day in 1945, John Van Sant was just about to graduate from United States Marine Corps basic training on Paris Island, N.C.  Like his fellow recruits, he was primed to defend his country. Then their instructor made an astonishing announcement. “We just dropped something called an atomic bomb on Japan and saved your a–,” he […]

After years of ups and downs Bipolar Insights celebrates 12th anniversary

Special to the Democrat ÒOur innovative program provides education and support for those affected by the disorder via a low cost education center, support groups, counseling, literature and seminars. When you explain that thereÕs hope, that this can be managed, you can positively impact lives.Ó Ñ Marcia Rose On a day highlighted by sunshine, breezes […]

Simms a band evolving like a river and the times

Special to the Democrat What: Music Who: Simms, Circle H and Triage Where: Cozmic CafŽ, 594 Main Street, Placerville When: Saturday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m. Cost: $10 covera Information: 530-642-0738 Above the venerable Cosumnes River, a band practices in a studio surrounded by the ancient oaks and rocks of El Dorado CountyÕs southern reaches. The […]

A Golden Rose is a treasured bloom

Special to the Democrat In nature, it seems that there are actually no roses that are exceptionally golden. There are yellow and golden hues and all colors of the rainbow, but one does not see solid gold. That is, until you meet a Golden Rose. El Dorado CountyÕs 2010 Golden Rose, Vivian Carpender, 80, of […]

July 4th special for Pearl Harbor survivor

Special to the Democrat Not long after leaving the U.S. Navy in 1947, former Cmdr. Joseph E. Sheeks went back to visit his hometown of Valparaiso, Ind. When they sang the Star Spangled Banner on the 4th of July, he cried. Behind the tears, SheekÕs memories of real live fireworks, columns of smoke and mass […]

The Rose garden blossoms with new varieties

Special to the Democrat On a balmy Thursday evening at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Mary Kay Brancheau, 67, was selected to be the 2010 El Dorado Rose. Roni Pettibone, 2009 El Dorado Rose, placed the white sash over the green silk bibbed jacket of BrancheauÕs award-winning, original, authentic 1895 traveling suite. Undeniably perfect weather […]

El Dorado royalty dazzles the crowd

Special to the Democrat A sparkling crown of white lights twinkled on the dark purple inner curtain of the Theater at the Mine stage last Friday night at the Miss El Dorado scholarship competition and pageant. Soon the pretty, simple and elegant stage backdrop was eclipsed by dazzling light as Sarah Miller, 18, and Raeven […]

Pageant sponsors make competition very special

Special to the Democrat It’s a simple fact: girls and young women enjoy pageants, and the Miss El Dorado and Miss Teen El Dorado scholarship competition is a way to garner money for college and to gain self-confidence. For this reason, many local organizations and businesses lend their help to sponsor both the pageant and […]

Rose respects the pioneer spirit and feels at home

Special to the Democrat From the moment Sandra Kowalski, 69, stepped on Placerville soil in September 1998, she felt at home. After a cross-country trip by bus, she empathized even more with the pioneers. ÒI have so much respect and admiration for the early settlers, especially the women. They endured so many hardships. And when […]

This Rose reflects the past and embodies the future

Special to the Democrat Though she wasnÕt born here, Mary Kay BrancheauÕs life has been entwined with El Dorado County history. She arrived in Placerville from Fresno in 1955 when her parents purchased The Quality Shop at 379 Main St. in Placerville. ÒIt was perfect for them and perfect for the community. Placerville is dear […]

To be a Rose is an honor and a nice way to serve

Special to the Democrat With part of a gold mine on her beautiful property and an old photo in hand, Kathy Walter is becoming part of El Dorado CountyÕs heritage. A newcomer by pioneer standards, Walter, 72, moved to Placerville with her late husband William ÒBillÓ Walter in 1984. But she knows for certain that […]

This rose is at home on the ranch

Special to the Democrat Attired in farmerÕs clothes and worn tennis shoes betraying barn duty, Roni Pettibone, 66, works long, grueling hours on her ranch in Shingle Springs. Besides milking and caring for her prize-winning goat herd, Pettibone takes care of her family, dogs, cats, pigs, birds and horses by the sweat of her brow […]

Dynamic duo keeps the streak going

Special to the Democrat What: RockinÕ comedy Who: Ricky John and Johnny Dee Where: The WineSmith, 346 Main St. in Placerville When: Friday, April 30, and Saturday, May 1, at 8 p.m. Cost: $15 Reservations: 622-0516 The greatest tribute paid to a performer in the rodeo circuit is the gift of a treasured belt buckle, […]

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