Every homeless person has a story — the series of events that led to where they are now — the choices, the betrayals. Alexis Asher has a story to describe why she has been homeless for the past 12 months. Choices to ignore documents from immigration, betrayals by abusive parents and husbands, a choice to […]
People love watching a train wreck, wanting to see what will happen next — like watching the baby mamas on Maury Povich and Jerry Springer or Snookie and the other house stooges on “Jersey Shore.” It’s fascinating to see people behaving outrageously without seeming to care about the consequences. I blame reality TV for The Donald […]
They are riding tricycles, doing math, making art, learning letter sounds and figuring out volume and mass. It may look like the kids at Happy Kids Preschool and Child Care Center are playing, but they are learning important skills … and having fun at the same time. Happy Kids owner Sherri Springer believes in education, […]
If you love writing, reading or listening to poetry, there is a way to enjoy it in the company of others who love it as well. The third Sunday of each month, wine and poetry with world-class poets takes place at Nello Olivo Wine Tasting cellar. The second Wednesday of the month finds Poetry Off […]
Book: “The Mean Mom’s Guide to Raising Great Kids” Author: Joanne Kraft Publisher: Leafwood Publishers, March 2015, paperback and e-book versions, 256 pages Tiger Moms, beware! Mean Moms are speaking up, some 75 of them. Instilling boundaries in the lives of children. The Mean Mom “keeps her word when it’s hard; gives, models and […]
I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the news this summer — too busy playing outside and being social. I’ve replaced CNN with gardening and the evening news with camping in the backyard. I’ve missed a few major events, but I’m not sure I really needed to know about them. When I resurfaced, I […]
We woke up at 6:40 a.m., waited around for a bit and then walked downstairs. I made coffee and we let the dog out. We talked with our daughter. Something was wrong, very wrong. At 7:30 a.m. one of them appeared — a tousle-headed granddaughter with mischief in her eyes. This was more like it. […]
It’s Personal Bistro is … more. At its new location, 414 Main St. in Placerville, since the end of May, the wine lounge and bistro has more room, more food, more beer and wine — more of just about everything. The long, narrow space of the new location is decorated in warm, bright colors and […]
Rock music blared as cases of soda, water and beer were placed on ice. High Hill Ranch in Camino was abuzz with activity on June 28 as Jeepers Jamboree set up for the Jeepers Jamboree Volunteer Appreciation Picnic.
Three generations of Jeepers and off-road enthusiasts have carried the Jeepers Jamboree — the first, biggest and the toughest of U.S. off-road events — into the new millennium and a fourth generation is already learning the ropes. The current seven directors all have long-time ties with Jeepers, either as family members of the founding directors or as participants, or both.
“All of our Board of Directors were Rock Rollers, mechanics and work party crew for years before becoming directors,” said Mike Gerondakis, 61, who has been a Jeepers board member for three years and a participant in the jamboree since 1979. He is in charge of the work party crews who set up the camp for participants.
Jeepers Jamboree events July 22: Jeepers Jamboree Outdoor Expo (free to the public) will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street in Georgetown. July 23-26: Jeepers Jamboree four-day event July 24-26: Jeepers Jamboree three-day event July 31 through Aug. 2: Jeep Jamboree event plus Camp Rubicon activities
Book: “Rusty: A Journey of Hope” Author: Terry Sheppard Publisher: Xulon Press, 2015, paperback, hardback and e-book versions, 59 pages “Rusty: A Journey of Hope” is a children’s book, but not really. The brightly colored illustrations by Placerville artist Warren Dayton and the story of a dog and his owner, written in small chunks of […]
An unidentified gray bird with a long tail we’ve named ISIS for her irrational, self-destructive behavior has been attacking our black 4Runner and, like the United States, while we’re bigger and have more resources at our disposal, we don’t seem to be able to do anything about it. Day one — I’m writing in the office and […]
Community Supported Agriculture is not new in El Dorado County, but it’s back. Or it will be when Doug Alberts pulls together Apple Mountain CSA, a multi-farmer CSA. Albert’s Green Acres Organic Farm in Camino will be the anchor farm for Apple Mountain CSA. It’s a risky venture that takes advantage of the current trend of farm-to-fork […]
The longest day of the year has come and gone; the hottest temperature of the year has yet to be. The county fair was last week; the state fair is next month. For children, summer is ripe — most of the summer possibilities are still waiting and boredom has yet to set in. School is still […]
The El Dorado County Senior Activities Program is announcing the following trips: Sacramento River Cats Game — Wednesday, July 22. Depart Raley’s in Placerville at 9:30 a.m. and Raley’s in El Dorado Hills at 10 a.m. to spend the day watching the San Francisco Giant’s affiliate, the Sacramento River Cats, take on the El Paso […]
What: 15th Bell Tower Brewfest Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Saturday, June 27, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $35 Information: placerville-downtown.org or (530) 672-3436 Ales, lagers, pilsners, Hefeweizen, Belgian-style — there are liters of beer coming to the 15th Bell Tower Brewfest on Saturday, June 27 in downtown Placerville. So much to choose […]
“Get up! Get out! Get better!” It’s the motto and game plan for Placerville Mobility Support Group, an organization founded in 2007 by Lynn Murray to improve the physical, mental and emotional well-being of people with ambulatory impairment. Murray, 69, was a coach for 32 years, a teacher and mountain climber. He also worked in construction. In […]
Shingle Springs resident Rochelle Franco was recently honored by the California Community College Board of Governors as one of the four 2015 California Community Colleges Classified Employees of the Year. She was selected for recognition out of thousands of community college classified employees from throughout the state. Franco, 43, works at Folsom Lake College and has been […]
Some community resources for foster children are listed below: Big Brothers Big Sisters — 530-626-1222 Boy’s and Girls’s Club — 530-295-8019 CASA El Dorado — 530-622-9882 Childhelp USA National — 1-800-4-ACHILD Child Protective Services — 530-642-7100 El Dorado County Deptartment of Human Services — 530-642-7300 El Dorado County Mental Health — 530-621-6200 Family Connections El […]
This is the final installation of a three-part series about foster care in El Dorado County. Part one can be found here and part two can be found here. To become a foster parent, applicants must be at least 21 years old and in good physical and emotional health. They must be able to support […]
There is no one kind of foster parent — some are single parents, others are married; they represent all different ages, races and income levels. Some have biological children of their own or adopted children living at home; others have never had children; still others have raised their own children to adulthood. Some are gay; some are not. All have to want to help children and have a lot of patience, said Katie Blankenship. Blankenship and her husband, Mike, have been foster parents for about 75 children over a 20-year period, sometimes having as many as six foster children at a time.
“I retired from working and knew there was a huge need for foster families so I …”
June 9 was my last official day as a Mountain Democrat reporter. I started a decade ago on June 4, 2005. My second day on the job included covering a City Council meeting. With no instructions, I went off to the meeting and was briefly captured by Joe Stancil, who was very excited about the […]
Editor’s note: This is part one of a three-part series about foster children and the families that support them. Read part two here. Sirrele Steinfeld, 21, was in foster care for four years — years he said made him the person he is today. Removed from his mother’s care before he was 2, Steinfeld was placed with […]
The Placerville City Council unanimously approved the city’s participation in the Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) at the April 14 City Council meeting, and on May 26, they approved two companies to implement the financing for city residents who wish to participate in the program. The PACE program, active in 31 states, enables homeowners and commercial […]
Placerville residents are urged to begin reducing their baseline water consumption by 30 percent as prescribed by El Dorado Irrigation District’s Stage 2 Drought Alert. After the State Water Board adopted Mandatory Water Conservation Regulations to implement Gov. Jerry Brown’s Executive Order requiring an immediate statewide reduction of 25 percent, Placerville City Council approved a […]
Book: “Family of her dreams” Author: Keli Gwyn Publisher: Harlequin, 2015, 288 pages, paperback and e-book versions available Too-Tall Tess, Tess Grimsby, forthright in her speech, very capable and absolutely convinced she’ll be an old maid because no man would want such a tall female, arrives in Shingle Springs in 1866. Her prospective employer is […]
George Langley is 102 years old and will turn 103 this summer. It’s an age few people reach and those who do aren’t usually planning for future adventures. But George Langley has a goal: He wants to reward the people who help him in his daily life with an all-expense-paid trip to Hawaii. He plans […]
In the May 28 article “Placerville City Council: Medical marijuana dispensaries report discussed,” Kirt West’s name was incorrectly spelled. Michael Christiansen was incorrectly identified as West’s business partner. Christiansen is not affiliated with West or his business.
Max, the labradoodle, happily bounds into the Marshall Medical Cancer Resource Center, past the comfortable circle of chairs and wall of resource literature in the waiting area; past the Threads of Life quilts on the walls; past the wildly decorated bras hanging on a white picket fence, courtesy of art therapy classes; past the classrooms […]
Every year, El Dorado Disposal reviews their rates and determines the amount of increase. A rate increase is based on two factors, the Produce Price Index for #2 Diesel Fuel and the Consumer Price Index for California. At the May 26 Placerville City Council meeting, Jeff England, district manager for El Dorado Disposal, asked for […]
Placerville City Council heard a report on the status of medical marijuana dispensaries within the city of Placerville at the May 26 meeting. The report, drafted by City Attorney John Driscoll in response to a request by Councilman John Clerici, detailed the history of the Compassionate Use Act and SB 420, which established the Medical […]
On May 15, students in Lance Gunnersen’s woodshop class at El Dorado High School had an opportunity to see the culmination of one of their projects and learn a little bit of history about Diamond Springs. When Linda Wells, Mother Lode Lion and good friend of Clara Scheiber, saw the knotty pine ceiling boards being […]
Sometimes I think I live in the stupidest state in the nation. We are in the midst of a four-year drought and our governor tells us we must all reduce our water usage by 25 percent. We need to do our part and conserve our precious resource. So, we do. We put the brick in […]
Last year, the Highway 50 Wagon Train had a new wagonmaster for the first time since 2001. Steve Downer, a seven-year veteran of the Wagon Train took over for Dianna Newborn with the help of the whole train and this year he’s back again as wagonmaster for the 66th Highway 50 Association Wagon Train which […]
In 1975, Hollis Henderson was a 28-year-old USMC Warrant Officer stationed with Maine Light Attack Helicopter 367 in Futenma, Okinawa after three tours of Vietnam. He’d been in the Marines for 10 years. USMC Lance Corporal Ken Crouse was a 19-year-old serving as an Embassy Guard in Saigon in his first tour of duty. They were enjoying their duty stations — Henderson as helicopter crew chief and pilot, serving as the Logs and Records Chief and Crouse, living in the six-story Marine House in Saigon, five blocks from the U.S. Embassy, with 41 other 19-to-23-year-old Marines. “We could have taught fraternities some things,” said Crouse.
Once upon a time, the Mountain Democrat had a war correspondent — 18-year old USMC Pvt. 1st Class Dennis Kramer, from Camino. His articles, sent to the Mountain Democrat from the jungles of Vietnam, detailed his arrival at Camp Pendleton, his assignment to Vietnam, his arrival in Da Nang, his duties with Bravo Company, third […]
It’s almost like our very own “Game of Thrones” — horses and wagons instead of fighting factions and dragons, a bi-state celebration instead of a multi-country war — but otherwise the 66th annual Highway 50 Wagon Train is a trek into the wilderness, guided only by your wits, skill as a driver and the CHP. Unless […]
“Good luck in the future. Do your homework. Vengeance required. Ass is grass.” These texts were sent, in Latin, to Placerville City Councilwoman Wendy Thomas by former Placerville Planning Commissioner Michael Drobesh on May 6, the day after interviews were held to fill three open Planning Commission seats. Drobesh was not selected for a second term on the […]
On May 17, our wire-haired fox terrier will be 11 years old. When we got her, after 25 years of my gentle hints that I needed a dog, I was working as a corporate trainer and my husband had just sold his business. Bob, at home with a very active puppy, became the alpha dog […]
The May water bills will have a little notice that Placerville residents should pay attention to: Mandatory watering restrictions will hold at two days a week through November. In the past two years of drought, watering in the city and in the county has been restricted to one day a week from November to April, bumping up […]
What: Girls’ Night Out Who: Placerville Downtown Association: Where: Main Street, Placerville When: Saturday, May 16 from 6-9 p.m. Information: 530-672-3436 Speakeasies, flappers, yards of pearls — the Roaring ’20s comes to Placerville for Girls’ Night Out on Saturday, May 16. The free-wheeling, anything goes atmosphere of the ’20s is the perfect setting for an […]
There aren’t too many ammo stores where you can pull up a chair, munch a cookie and watch a slideshow or peruse a magazine while you wait for your partner to buy a box of 9mm Fiocchi target rounds or some Tannerite exploding targets. Foothill Ammo, at 3293 Saratoga Lane in Cameron Park, may be the only place in El Dorado County to offer that amenity.
The shop, which opened on May 8, is the dream of Chris Puehse, a former propane truck driver, miniature motorcycle builder and high-tech salesman. It …
When Ken Brenner returned from Somalia, his wife said he wasn’t the same person. “She always said that I went over there, but I never came back,” said Brenner. The Somalian deployment was a humanitarian mission that turned into a combat mission, and the 21-year-old Marine witnessed many traumatic events as well as many Somalian […]
Three “renegade chicken farmers” in Placerville spoke up at the April 28 Placerville City Council meeting, hoping to get a city ordinance changed to allow the keeping of egg-laying hens within city limits. David and Sue Cooper started the egg rolling in October when they came to the city with their request to keep their two […]
Bud and Jeannie Earnshaw have been glued to CNN since April 25, the day of the 7.8 earthquake in Nepal. Their son, Chris Earnshaw, 42, was hiking his way up to the Mount Everest Base Camp at 17,000 feet when the quake happened.
After a couple of anxious days with no word about Chris or the friend he was climbing Mount Everest with, Bud was contacted by representatives of Bio Bio Expeditions Travel Medicine Trek, with the news that his son was OK and so was his friend, Chris Pereira. The two, although not doctors themselves, were part of a medical expedition studying treatment for …