Wendy Schultz

Ched Drol Healing Ritual at the Cozmic Café

Bogged down in your own life? At times, the negative forces in the world can seem overwhelming. On Friday, Jan. 9, members of the public have a unique opportunity to identify the negative and limiting forces in their lives and have help in releasing them. The Tibetan Monks of Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery will be […]

Lions fix up Diamond Springs hall

The Clara Scheiber building, on the corner of Pleasant Valley and Missouri Flat roads, has been around since 1948, but the freezing temperatures of December 2013 took their toll on its 66-year-old trusses.

Mother Lode Lions Club has owned the building since 1959 and this February, right after the their crab feed, the Lions noticed something amiss. “The roofline was bulging out right over the entrance,” said Jerry Didlot, club president.

A roofing company called out to inspect the problem discovered cracks two to six inches wide in the trusses supporting the roof in the main hall. “We figured …”

Enter Mackenzie: First 2015 county baby born at 1:30 a.m.

The first gift of the new year was a 20-inch long, seven pound, six ounce pink package named Mackenzie Mae Marie Waisner. Born at 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2015, Mackenzie was the first baby born at Marshall Hospital in 2015 as well as the first baby born in El Dorado County. Mackenzie has an […]

Stars in their eyes: Couple reconnects after 35 years

If you loved the movies “Sleepless in Seattle” and “An Affair to Remember,” this story might be right up your alley. In June of this year, Cecilia Maida, 55, met Fred Wilson, 62, in Houston at the Big Texas Dance Hall and they became a couple. That’s not the interesting part. The interesting part is […]

No. 8: Poor Red’s owners convicted, business sold

People all over the world know Poor Red’s Bar-B-Q in El Dorado and most of them have been there. In October, the iconic restaurant and bar was sold to a pair of brothers after being on the market for a year. Previous owners, Michael and Brenda Adams, were convicted of insurance fraud, and failure to […]

No. 10: Roundabouts and roads hot topic in Placerville

The contentious roundabout issue was killed twice, once by Placerville City Council in July and for the second time by the voters in November, as Measure K made sure roundabouts were truly dead, not just mostly dead. In July, City Council removed a roundabout from the list of options for the intersection of Clay Street, […]

District preparing to modernize

Being prepared is half the battle and Pollock Pines School District is gearing up to have a shovel-ready modernization project all set to go if the money ever comes in. “We are working with architect, Kirk Brainerd, to have modernization plans drawn up so that we can get them approved by the Department of State […]

City gives $1.3 million back

Congestion Air Management Quality funding in the tune of $1.3 million earmarked for a roundabout at the intersection of Main/Cedar Ravine and Clay Street was released by the city of Placerville back to the El Dorado County Transportation Commission. The money was removed from the city’s Capital Improvement Project after a resolution adopted by Placerville […]

A Christmas gift from Abby

Abby McGloughlin, 9, is a little bummed that she won’t be seeing the family elf, Lillypippa, again until next year, but Abby has been mostly good. This year, she took to heart a sentence her mother put on the family home-school chalkboard: “Instead of asking what you’re getting for Christmas, ask what you can give.”

Abby is the girl with the hair, golden brown hair that ends just above her knees. She loves her hair; her parents love her hair. But on Dec. 22, Abby and her mother, Bre, went to the Gold Country Hair Salon and Rose Laird cut 14 inches of it off to be donated to Children With Hair Loss.

“We researched different Websites because Abby wanted her hair to go to children,” said Bre. “Children With Hair Loss makes wigs for children without any cost to their parents.”

This is not the first time Abby has donated her hair. At age 3 and again at age 5, she …

Something to think about: Day of Wonder

Happy Boxing Day! In the UK, today is their Black Friday, when everyone returns gifts that don’t fit, don’t work or are otherwise unacceptable, and the merchants offer deep discounts. Boxing Day has nothing to do with the sport of boxing; it started as a day that tradespeople and servants received a Christmas box with […]

Cameron Park vet survived Battle of the Hurtgen Forest

As one of eight survivors of a platoon of 48; a Silver Star awardee from an encounter in the Hurtgen Forest where Allies were surrounded for 21 hard winter days; being wounded three times; a participant in the battle of the bridge at Remagen; successful in the career he loved and the husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather of large and loving family; Tom Vano considers himself to be a lucky man.

Vano, 88, of Cameron Park, gave his Silver Star to a family member, but he really didn’t want it to begin with. It was a symbol of things he wanted to forget and reminder of brave men who died.

He grew up in Astoria, Long Island, and was friends, classmates and bandmates with the singer Tony Bennett, whose family had come from the same part of Italy, Calabria, as Vano’s parents.

High school district approves raises for all

Yes, Tiny Tim, there is something in all the Christmas stockings of El Dorado High School District employees — at least for this year. Certificated employees received a pay increase of 5.75 percent and a 0.26 percent increase in the district’s contribution to the Health Plan Cap; classified employees received a pay increase of 5.75 […]

Community service key for retiring mayor

On Dec. 9, 2014, Placerville Mayor Carl Hagen turned over his gavel to Vice Mayor Patty Borelli and walked into a life a little different from the one he has led for the past 10 years as a member of the Placerville City Council.

Hagen, 69, who has been mayor twice, was appointed from a pool of nine candidates to replace Councilman Robert Salazar, who died during his term in 2004. In 2006, Hagen was elected to his first full term on City Council and to his second in 2010.

“There was a public …”

Ponderosa FFA celebrates 50 years

It’s less about cattle than it is about leadership now, but the Ponderosa High School Future Farmers of America club is celebrating its 50th anniversary and there are still cows, lambs, turkeys, pigs and gardens on the Shingle Springs campus. FFA advisor Andrea Adams doesn’t have to explain much about the program; enthusiastic student members […]

Taking a chance on Logan

It’s not unusual for a sophomore in high school to have a part-time job, but Logan Wright is a little different. He’s a gold medalist, part of the leadership class at El Dorado High School, an avid hunter and fisherman, and he has Down’s syndrome, a genetic chromosomal disorder which causes lifelong intellectual disability and […]

Downtown upbeat about Christmas

The holiday season is usually a retail bonanza for merchants. This November, national retail sales were up by 4-5 percent, with the National Retail Federation predicting a whopping $616.9 billion in sales for this holiday season.

Downtown Placerville merchants have seen steady sales and some of them are hoping for the late season surge they experienced last year.

“Last year, there was a big surge about four days before Christmas,” said Danielle Thorne, owner of Ecological, 320 Main Street, which specializes in fair-trade items.

Behind the lines in WWII

“I was working at the Kaiser Shipyard in Richmond and I got drafted by the Army,” said Ray Haagen. Since shipfitters making Liberty ships (military cargo ships) had a deferred occupation, Haagen had thought he might not be drafted, but he was.

The 94-year-old Pleasant Valley resident hadn’t really talked about his experiences during WWII in the “Thunderbolt Division” — the 83rd Infantry Division, until he received a bottle of 1939 Chateau Lauretan wine in the mail from the son of a former Army buddy.

The unopened bottle had been signed by Haagen and a dozen others in Normandy in 1945 and labeled “Do not open until 1955.” Haagen didn’t remember signing the bottle, but he remembered working with supply sergeant Ben Young, who had held on to the bottle until his death in 2002.

“I was attached to Regimental Headquarters because I had taken typing in high school,” said Haagen. “I rode all over…”

Something to think about: Glide, baby, glide

The strains of Christmas music; the cold air on your warm face; the looks of determination on some faces, joy on others; the brief moment of exhilaration and terror when you let go of the rail and glide on the ice; the rhythmic thwack, rattle of people crashing into the railing, hoping to stay upright; […]

George Peabody dies at 96

George W. Peabody, one of the foremost historians of El Dorado County, died on Saturday, Dec. 6 at a neighbor’s home that he helped build on the top of Lent’s Hill. He had recently celebrated his 96th birthday, but the holy tamales which Peabody attributed to having extended his health by seven months could only do so much against colon cancer.

Born Oct. 23, 1918, Peabody grew up in Southern California and attended South Pasadena College. He married Patricia Cecilia Davies on June 13, 1942, went to work for the Lockheed Corp. as an aircraft …

Construction projects making progress in city

Placerville City Council adopted resolutions at the Dec. 9 meeting to approve consultant agreements for four construction projects in the city. A Consulting Services Agreement with Dokken Engineering in the amount of $49,988 was approved for engineering design services for the Broadway Crosswalks Project. The project is designed to improve sight visibility and pedestrian safety […]


The correct date for Lofty Lou’s Yarn Shop Open House is Saturday, Dec. 13.

Snowball Shopping — pancakes and presents

There might be no better combination than a hot pancake breakfast and some rapid-fire retail therapy — especially just in time for Christmas. If you toss a visit with Santa into the mix and stir it up with a candy cane, you’ve got the fourth annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County Snowball Shopping event. On […]

Group knits together a business plan

If the rapid fire exchange of ideas in the back of Lofty Lou’s Yarn Shop was a ball of yarn, a really big sweater would be knit every time Lou Andersen and the new managers of Lofty Lou’s, LLC get together. Despite rumors to the contrary, Lofty Lou’s Yarn Shop, 585 Main St. in Placerville, is not […]

Parade still rockin’ Christmas in Hangtown

You may not have heard the jingle of sleigh bells over the sound of falling leaves, but Christmas is coming and so is the 36th Hangtown Christmas Parade, a McIntire Family Tradition presented by the Mountain Democrat. The theme for this year’s parade, “Rockin’ Christmas,” is designed to introduce more music into the parade said […]

City sales tax measure loses by 9 votes

After the final vote was counted and double checked, Measure I, the city of Placerville’s initiative to raise city sales tax by 1/2 percent, failed to pass by the tiny margin of nine votes, according to the certified election results released by the El Dorado County Elections Department on Nov. 25. “In addition to the […]

12 Days of Christmas in Placerville

There is no partridge in a pear tree on Main Street and probably not eight maids a-milking, but the 12 days of Christmas are alive and well in downtown Placerville. From Dec. 5-17, shoppers with purchases of more than $15 will receive tickets for a drawing to win one of three gift baskets with $250 worth of Main […]

Something to think about: Glitter and attitude

I do not believe that little boys are made of snips and snails and puppy dog tails; neither do I believe that little girls are sugar and spice and everything nice. I know better, being a girl myself. I do know what princesses are made of:  glitter and attitude. I know this because we have […]

Union Cemetery on Bee Street vandalized again

“It’s so sad and I don’t understand it, ” said Bonnie Wurm, El Dorado County cemetery administrator. She’s talking about the recent spate of vandalism at Placerville Union Cemetery at 650 Bee Street in Placerville. Since June, the 143-year-old cemetery has been the target of four attacks on the crypt area of the cemetery. Damage […]

Pilot shares epic adventures

Book: “Fifty Classic Destinations for Pilots” Author: Ney Grant Publisher: October 2014, by West Coast Flying Adventures, October 2014, 180 pages, softcover, full color photographs The “wild blue yonder” is a vague destination, but “Fifty Classic Destinations for Pilots: Epic Adventures, Romance and Outdoor Fun in the Western USA” offers very specific places to visit […]

Nicholas Effect has far reaching impacts

It’s called “the ripple effect” when something happens and its repercussions continue to have an effect long after and far away from the initial event. To organ donors and recipients, it’s called “The Nicholas Effect.” In 1994, 7-year-old Nicholas Green from Bodega Bay was vacationing with his family in southern Italy when he was shot […]

Light up the night in Placerville

What: Festival of Lights Who: Placerville Downtown Association and El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Friday, Nov. 28, 5 p.m., tree lighting at 6 p.m. Cost: No admission Information: or call 530-672-3436 Main Street will be closed and filled with expectant faces — waiting for Santa, waiting for hot chocolate, […]

EDCOE Headstart grant results in simmering controversy

You may have  received a postcard  in the mail about the treatment of preschool teachers by the El Dorado County Office of Education. EDCOE’s Head Start program was awarded a five-year grant to fund the program at $4.1 million a year on June 17, but certificated and classified Head Start staff found some changes to […]

Rescue woman appointed to private security review board

Last year when Gov. Jerry Brown appointed Susan Tallent Johnson of Rescue to the California Department of Consumer Affairs Dental Hygiene Committee, Johnson was delighted. But, this November when Johnson was appointed to the California Private Security Disciplinary Review Committee, North, she was especially excited. “This was the committee I applied for in the beginning, ” […]

Camino continues to care thanks to youth

When did you first start to give back? Was it when you were in your 20s or 30s? When your family was grown and you had the time and resources to get involved? How about when you were 16, like Nick Van Gilder of Camino or 14-year-old Jessica Combrink? The Camino Cares Giving Program has […]

High school enrollment dropping

There was no discussion and only a few questions after the presentation of a 10-year SchoolWorks study on enrollment projections for El Dorado Unified High School District at the Nov. 18 meeting. The Board of Trustees has heard it before as the district has been in a slow, but steady decline since 2006. The enrollment decline […]

Hangtown Creek to be cleaned up

For the next month, people will be working in Hangtown Creek, cleaning out the understory, restoring the tree canopy and clearing out debris. Director of Community Services Steve Youel notified Placerville City Council of the project at the Nov. 11 meeting. “We’re working with the Department of Fish and Game, Cal Fire and Caltrans to […]

Marina School: State award for Rescue counselor

Her office is constantly filled with students coming and going, but that’s the way Myrna Harp likes it. “This is the comfort room, the safe place, and they know that,” said Harp. “There’s never a dull moment around here.”

Providing that comfort and safety in the perilous world of puberty is why Harp was selected by the California Association of School Counselors to receive the Donald G. Hays Award as Outstanding School Counselor of the Year for 2014. This is not a local or regional award — Harp was selected from out of all of the school counselors in California to represent the state.

Harp, 58, has been the counselor at Marina Village Middle School for 11 years. In that time she has been chosen as “Educator of the Year” for Rescue Union School District, the first time a counselor had been given that award and was the recipient of El Dorado County Child Abuse Prevention Council’s Champion for Children Award and was selected as a top 10 finalist for the American School …

Sites, vans, drivers needed for homeless

Being homeless when the sun is shining and the temperatures are in the 80s is one thing; being homeless when it’s snowing or raining and the temperatures are in the 30s is a whole other thing. For the past six years, faith-based organizations around El Dorado County have collaborated to provide nomadic shelters from November […]

James White aims to ‘make a difference’ with State Farm

For 30 years, James White provided financial services for car dealerships in Placerville — at Stancil’s, at Thompson’s and for the Shingle Springs Nissan/Subaru dealership. But, he always wanted to do something else. In 2012, White “left a perfectly good job,” and started training to become a State Farm Insurance Agent. “If someone’s house burns […]

2014 Grand Marshal is having a rockin’ good time

A parade grand marshal is the person who has the honor of leading the parade and it is often a celebrity or community leader. The 2014  Hangtown Christmas Parade Grand Marshal, Davey “Doc” Wiser, is a local celebrity that almost everyone knows from the Highway 50 Wagon Train, Pony Express re-ride, stagecoach rides on Main Street and […]

Farm Table brings fresh ideas to historic Main Street

At 311 Main Street in Placerville, you could find more than a new restaurant. You might find a new food avenue to explore with the gourmet meats, bulk herbs and spices and cookbooks you need to build your own feast. Farm Table is in a historic building with a beautiful embossed tin ceiling and two-story views of […]

Something to think about: Petrichor and other signs of fall

My favorite day every fall is the first day it really rains. This year, with the drought and the fires, everybody was waiting for that day. But what I wait for is the smell of rain after it hits the dust of summer — that rich, warm smell of wet earth and leaves. If it […]

Herrick Bldg. scaffolding gone

George, the Hangman’s dummy, newly restored and with all of his fingers, is swaying in the breeze; the exterior is painted and the scaffolding is gone — progress is being made on the renovation of the Herrick and Hangman’s buildings at 301 and 305 Main Street.

From snail-pace slow to all-in-a-rush, the renovation happens in fits and starts, but renovating 2-century-old buildings with a common roof and wall is an unknown, said Sue Taylor, who owns the buildings with her husband, Tim. “It’s not a typical remodel job. We’re doing a lot of research with this and it’s not something that can be plotted out and all the contractors scheduled.”

The Taylors have owned the …

Bear attack in Camino

On Monday, Oct. 27, Bart Emry of Camino let his dog Daisy, outside to do her business. It was two o’clock in the morning and Emry assumed Daisy’s nudge had meant the 11-year-old collie/lab mix needed to go.

But instead of heading out into the yard, Daisy froze on the porch. “I kept telling her to go, go, but she was staring at something,” said Emry, 55. He started to open the back door wider, but Daisy suddenly jumped backwards and Emry caught sight of why: 25 feet directly in front of them, a huge black bear was foraging in a bag of trash he dragged from a pile by the side of the house. The bear saw Daisy and charged.

Emry reacted by heaving the dog into the laundry room behind him. “I was bent over picking her up and I tried to kick the door shut, but the bear was on top of us and swiped my foot with his claw. I stood up and he stopped long enough for me to slam the door in his snout, which was only about six inches from my face.”

The wound on Emry’s left …

City sales tax slips by

Almost eclipsed by Measure K, Measure I, the initiative that adds a one half cent general sales tax with 75 percent of the revenue going to city road improvements and 25 percent directed to the improvements of roads or to other public facilities, may have passed by a whisker, garnering 50.94 percent of the vote. […]

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