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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Author Archive: Wendy Schultz

Downtown group coordinates painting, awnings

The Placerville Downtown Association is moving forward to supplement the upcoming Main Street Matters painting project, by Benjamin Moore, scheduled for June. The Placerville Downtown Association (PDA) will host a critical community meeting (No. 3) for interested property and business owners, and community members at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at the Placerville Town […]

CTE a pathway to higher wages, higher-demand jobs

Career Technical Education — it’s the new buzz in education, along with Common Core, and there’s a pot of money out there to help.

“There is a lot of CTE stuff happening in our region,” said Christopher Moore, associate superintendent of Educational Services for El Dorado Union High School District. “We belong to a 25-district consortium, along with the El Dorado County Office of Education and Black Oak Mine School District, representing about 80,000 high school students in the Capital region.”

Working with the Capital …

Spend time in River City

What: “The Music Man” Who: El Dorado Musical Theater Where:  Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom When: April 25 at 7 p.m., April 26 at 2 and 7 p.m., April 27 at 7 p.m., May 2 at 7 p.m., May 3 at 2 and 7 p.m., May 4 at 6 p.m., […]

Woman, dog back from Oso

He may not look heroic — in fact, with the tug toy hanging from his mouth and his tongue hanging out, this German shepherd looks downright goofy. When his owner, Noreen McClintok, gives him the “search” command, however, the goofy animal is gone, replaced by a focused, intent dog who does not give up.

On April 8, Cai and McClintok, 63, returned from helping search for victims of the mudslide in Oso, Wash., as part of a California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA) team.

“Washington FEMA put out a call for cadaver dogs, “said McClintok, who lives in El Dorado Hills, “and CARDA responded right away.” McClintok said the search in Oso had changed from rescue to recovery within a day or two of the slide. “I can’t imagine what those first responders were confronted with. In 50 feet of mud, how do you start to look?”

“Our CARDA team had seven dogs and we drove up to Washington as a caravan. Two members of the team came all the way from San Bernardino,” said McClintok. “We got there on Thursday, April 2, and …”

Something to think about: Teach your children well

And there we were again, listening to another horrific account of a school disaster, only this time it wasn’t a gun, it was two kitchen knives. And no one died. A quick thinking student pulled the fire alarm; another applied pressure to a wound; still another offered help to a wounded student and stayed with […]

Take it to the top

Replacing a roof can be a necessary and expensive project, but a new roof is like a new hairdo — it can make all the difference. Rather than replacing it with the same brown composite shingle you’ve had for 25 years, take advantage of the many options available to you and rethink the style of […]

Mercy Way Rescue protests homeless ordinances

They lined both sides of Main Street near Town Hall. Some held signs with “Jesus was homeless” on them; others flourished photographs of trash-filled campsites near Smith Flat and Broadway. For two hours before the April 8 Placerville City Council meeting, Mercy Way Rescue Church organized a peaceful demonstration to ask for a 90-day moratorium against one of two new city ordinances that affect the homeless.

Also demonstrating were neighbors who support the ordinance and applaud city police for enforcing it.

The ordinance in question went into effect on Feb. 13 and authorizes police and the city to enforce regulations against illegal camping in the city.

“With Hangtown Haven closed, the nomadic shelters closed …”

Walk around the block — the Fabulous Fifties at Girls Night Out

Poodle skirts and ducktail haircuts, saddle shoes and cigarettes rolled into T-shirt sleeves — it’s the Fabulous 50s all over again at Girls Night Out in downtown Placerville on Friday, April 11. Merchants, restaurants and artists welcome the ladies and their gentlemen friends, to Main Street for a night of music, bargains, scavenger hunts, dancing […]

Disabled vet helps others, gets help

Former Marine, Don Kearney, 56, used to live in his Pilot Hill home, alone but for the past two and a half years he’s been the guardian of his two small grandchildren, 3-year-old Mahender and 4-year-old  Anastasia. “I’ve had to change my life completely,” said Kearney, “I used to be kind of a recluse but […]

The healing power of food and prayers

After a whitewater rafting trip on the American River, Greg and Mary Kemp thought El Dorado County might make a good place to retire. Mary laughs about the word “retire” now. With a successful restaurant and plenty of community involvement, retirement doesn’t describe her life at the moment. From one wine region, the Santa Ynez […]

Goose on the roof sitting pretty

It sounds like a Dr. Seuss book, but the Canada goose setting on her clutch of eggs atop Harold Warren’s shed roof is very serious about her job. Like Horton the Elephant, the goose has been faithfully on duty through the recent rain and wind, freezing temperatures and thunderstorms. “It’s the second year she’s done […]

Something to think about: Fact or fiction?

My entire second grade year was an exercise in extemporaneous fiction. We had “show and tell” every day after lunch. Since I rarely had anything amazing to show, I took the “tell” part literally. Each day, I told an installment of fiction loosely based on events and characters in my family, fleshed out by my […]

Gold Bug Park a successful destination

One of the most visited sites in Placerville is doing well, but they could use a little help. At the Placerville City Council meeting on March 25, the Gold Bug Park Development Committee presented a report on the park’s status and a check for $21,500 to City Council.

“We have an entirely new board,” said Beverly Disalvo, president of the GBP Development Committee.”We reorganized and we’re working on a lot of new things to bring the park to the public’s attention.”

Disalvo reviewed some of the …

Community Resource Center goes mobile

For the past four years, the Community Resource Center at 1864 Broadway in Placerville has served the homeless population. They’ve provided a day shelter with showers, laundry facilities and computers for job seekers, a place to make and get meals, along with volunteers to help clients build resumes, connect with transitional housing services, mental health […]

‘No Hands Bridge’ becomes landmark

The historic Mountain Quarries Railroad Bridge, known locally as “No Hands Bridge,” has been saved from destruction by many hands, including the hand of fate. On March 23, its 102nd birthday, the bridge became an official California historical landmark.

The bridge, located at the confluence of the North and Middle forks of the American River, with footings in both El Dorado and Placer County, was completed in 1912 at a cost of $300,000. Part of a 7-mile standard gauge railroad built by Pacific Portland Cement …

Grayson Kleinknight learning how to battle ALL

He’s been a Wild Thing and a ghost from Beetlejuice, a Renaissance peasant child and he’s learning to sword fight. Grayson Kleinknight, 7, is also learning, along with his family, how to battle Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. “I learned the most important move in winning,” said Grayson, referring to sword fighting. “It’s to never make the […]

‘Savory Cocktails’ is that and more

Book: “Savory Cocktails” Author: Greg Henry Publisher: Ulysses Press,  August 2013, softcover, 144 pages, available from Ulysses Press Cost: $16.95 Weary of the same old margaritas or rum and Cokes? Why does every cocktail seem to be sweet? Greg Henry’s “Savory Cocktails” will shake up your taste buds and your entertainment status quo with cocktails […]

Something to think about: Sour grapes

I’ve noticed that some people appear to focus their energy in plucking sour grapes from every bunch that presents itself, no matter how sweet. It’s a common phenomenon, but it’s particularly evident in comments people make online. Two recent examples from our newspaper follow, but there are millions more all over the Internet commenting about […]

One-day project to make a difference at Schnell School

One day of volunteering can make an impact on a lot of other people — just one day. On Saturday, April 5 the Kiwanis Club of Placerville is mustering more than 100 volunteers from its club and its service leadership groups to give a few hours of hands-on service at Louisiana Schnell School in Placerville. […]

Newspapers in Education gives students new learning opportunities

The value of reading as a predictor of success is well-documented, especially for children. Real-life reading, from newspapers and periodicals, broadens a child’s view of the world and the depth of their literacy. To support teachers and students in literacy and learning, the Mountain Democrat has participated in the Newspapers in Education program since 2002. […]

Garden woes: Nurseries offer tips during drought

The neighborhood nursery industry has become a vanishing species due to the economy of the past few years. “It’s been brutal,” said Chris Aycock, manager for El Dorado Nursery. “I’ve never worked so hard for so little. There was a time when you couldn’t even give a tree away.”

With many losing their homes to foreclosure, few chose to continue to maintain their yards. So, local nurseries adapted.

“We cut back our landscaping crews and really expanded the nursery,” said Lexi High of Green Valley Nursery.

Bailey Borello

Bailey Borello, 18 Golden Sierra High School College/major: Biola University, majoring in biological sciences in the Honors Program. Career goal: Pediatric hygienist or orthodontist 10 years into the future: I will be finished with school so I’ll be working in the dental field, maybe as my own boss. Community service: Through leadership activities and community service […]

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Whitney Standal

Whitney Standal, 18 El Dorado High School College/major: Azusa Pacific University, majoring in psychology Career goal: Neuropsychologist 10 years into the future: Working in my practice as a neuropsychologist, married and with a family and helping other people. Community service: Through church and in student leadership roles in high school, I worked with local businesses […]

Justin Morrison

Justin Morrison, 19 El Dorado High School College/major: UC Davis, majoring in Civil Engineering Career goal: undecided 10 years into the future: I plan to be out of college with a master’s degree and with a good paying job. Community service: I participated in many community service events through my church and through clubs at […]

Shelby Ganzert

Shelby Ganzert, 18 El Dorado High School College/major: UC Davis, majoring in environmental engineering Career goal: I’m interested in the technology of medical imaging 10 years into the future: I’ll be working in the engineering industry doing research or creating new types of equipment. Community service: In high school I was involved in many community […]

Jasmyn Alexander

Jasmyn Alexander, 17 Shenandoah High School College/major: Folsom Lake College, majoring in communications. Career goal: Broadcasting journalist 10 years into the future: I’d like to be reporting the news on TV or the radio in New York City and I plan to be married, with a child. Community service: Through my work as part of […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Top Achievers 2014 | Leave a reply

Danielle Anderson

Danielle Anderson, 19 Golden Sierra High School College/major: Humboldt State University, majoring in child development. Career goal: Currently planning to specialize in family intervention therapy. 10 years into the future: I will have traveled and studied abroad, and hopefully even finished my master’s program. In 10 years I might even be starting a family of my […]

Colby Zentner

Colby Zentner, 18 Ponderosa High School College/major: UC Berkeley, majoring in Public Health/Pre Med. Career goal: Physician 10 years into the future: I see myself graduated from medical school and attending a residency program. I also see myself married and having two kids, living somewhere in California Community service: I volunteered many hours at Marshall Medical […]

January 07, 2014 | Posted in Top Achievers 2014 | Leave a reply

Lindsey Bowles

Lindsey Bowles, 19 Ponderosa High School College/major: Cal Poly, majoring in Environmental Management and Protection Career goal: Environmental lawyer or something in the environmental field. 10 years into the future: I’ll be done traveling the world and I’ll probably be living in the mountains with an established career and probably married. Community Service: I was […]

Kaitlyn Console

Kaitlyn Console, 18 Union Mine High School College/major: Dominican University, majoring in biology Career goal: Possibly nursing or in bio-medical engineering 10 years into the future: I see myself with a stable job and starting a family. Community service: I have been involved in community service with the Upper Room, the Mother Lode Education Foundation, Teen […]

City budget shows recovery from grim recession

The mid-year city budget report was a snoozer — no great highs, no low lows — but slow, steady recovery has its own merit. City Financial Director Dave Warren made his “Warren Report” to the Placerville City Council March 11 and summed up the extensive report with, “We anticipate year-end operating expenditures to be within […]

Kelly family faces long road to help youngest son

Mason Kelly is 2 years old; he has five older brothers and sisters and a new little sister and he has stage 4 neuroblastoma cancer. For the past four months, Mason has been living in hospitals, after his Oct.11 diagnosis, six days after his second birthday.

On Feb. 11, Mason came home as a trial, something that both delighted and terrified his parents, Brian and Thi Kelly.

“He needs to be home with his family, ” said Thi, “but his immune system is so fragile.”

They worried about what would happen if Mason’s temperature went up; what if someone …

Cops to come back to campus

Deep budget cuts to police services and schools caused the School Resource Officer program to be discontinued at El Dorado High School in 2009, but a grant and approval from the Placerville City Council will put an SRO back at El Dorado High and give them time at Schnell School, Sierra Elementary and Markham Middle […]

Wendy Thomas: Woman of the Year

Placerville City Councilwoman Wendy Thomas was named Woman of the Year for the 5th District by Assemblyman Frank Bigelow. Bigelow, who represents the 5th District, composed of Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Placer and Tuolumne counties, made the announcement Feb. 25. Assemblyman Bigelow recognized Thomas for her work on the Placerville City […]

Griffons open doors

Whiskeytown Brandewyn is the latest of a trinity of dogs from Shingle Springs breeders, Kristi and Graham Rogney, to take Best of Breed at the prestigious Westminster Dog Show in New York. Brandy, a 3 1/2 year old wire-haired pointing griffon follows her mother, Boo, the 2012 Best of Breed winner, and Higgins, the 2013 […]

Something to think about: Flip of the coin

Sometimes you win the coin toss; other times you lose, but you always hold both sides in your hand. Kind of a profound thought for something you stick into your pocket, drop on the floor, pull out from under the couch cushions or throw into that pink plastic piggy bank. In February, Sunny Atkins lost […]

Town’s historical districts expanded

Placerville City Council approved a resolution of interest Feb. 25 to establish a downtown Placerville Historical District and expand the current Placerville Historical District to include four properties on Cedar Ravine Street. The unanimous vote directed city staff to initiate changes to the  city’s Zoning Map, creating a Downtown Historic District that would stretch from […]

Main Street slated for new utilities, pavement

The cracks and potholes on Main Street between Pacific Street and Bedford may become a thing of the past. The Placerville City Council voted a unanimous approval of plans to begin a street overlay of Main Street at the Feb. 25 meeting, and, best of all, there is money to pay for it.

The city has a Pavement Management System with an inventory of city streets and prioritized repairs, but Main Street with its high visibility and usage was the first choice.

“The need is definitely there,”said City Manager Cleve Morris. “There are plenty of streets in Placerville that could use this, but Main Street has high traffic.”

City cuts some slack with wastewater charges

If you’re a Placerville resident who irrigated your yard between December 2013 and February 2014, your wastewater charges beginning in September might be higher than usual. Unseasonably warm weather and dry conditions led some residents to irrigate their yards, indirectly causing higher than usual wastewater charges, which are always calculated using winter water consumption. Typically, […]

Discount cards for vets due

Military veterans have earned the benefits they are offered by the nation, and Bill Schultz, El Dorado county recorder and director of veterans affairs, wants to make sure they know they have community support.

Schultz developed a Veteran Identification Card that he is rolling out on March 9 at the Sunday breakfast scheduled at the Veterans Memorial Building in Placerville. The card, when presented to participating businesses in El Dorado County, offers veterans discounts on goods and services. Currently, there are businesses nationwide that offer discounts to veterans, but the veteran must present a copy of his/her DD 214 to receive it. A small, laminated card is a better fit in a wallet and more durable than a piece of paper.

The process is simple and quick. There is a very brief application that the veteran completes …

Paint Placerville schedule changed

A Feb. 25 conference call with representatives from the Benjamin Moore Paint Co. brought a change in the previously reported painting schedule for Main Street. Earlier, the company had set the schedule for painting some of the downtown buildings — part of a nationwide campaign to revitalize Main Streets — for April, with a celebratory […]

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Downtown museum closing: Fountain Tallman to be restored

After 162 years, it might be time for a little repair. The Fountain Tallman Soda Works building at 524 Main Street, houses a tiny two-floor museum now, after a past filled with a variety of owners and uses, but the stone, brick and mortar that comprises the building is original and it could use some help.

From Feb. 28 to March 19, the Fountain Tallman Museum will be closed while Leland Peterson, restoration engineer and mason, and his crew repair, replace and restore masonry and brick around the windows and door of the first floor of the building.

Built in 1852 with 2-foot-thick brick and masonry walls and iron shutters, the soda works was the only building to have survived all of the early fires that devastated Placerville.

Bench removed from park to discourage loitering

A bench in the little park behind the Ivy House parking lot was removed at the request of Placerville Police Chief Scott Heller, said Placerville Community Services Director, Steve Youel. “There had been complaints about loitering from local merchants, ” said Youel, “and the bench was removed at Chief Heller’s request to discourage people from […]

Hugs make a difference for this pair

One of them is shy and the other is outgoing. One of them is not yet a teenager and the other has grandchildren. One of them has long hair and the other’s hair just brushes her collar, but Ashley Thomas and Angela Cayafas are family. Cayafas is Big Sister of the Year for Big Brothers […]

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