Rattlesnakes are coming out … beware

California Poison Control System (calpoison.org) reminds Californians that rattlesnakes are waking up from hibernation, and even baby snakes possess dangerous venom as soon as they hatch. A rattlesnake bite can produce painful swelling, bruising, tissue destruction, bleeding problems, and in rare cases, can be fatal. Most bites occur between the months of April and October. […]

Preparing now is best defense against wildfire

CAMINO – Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit  of Cal Fire (California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection) is reminding the public that the risk for wildfires is upon us as fire season began Monday, June 13. Keenan said, “We have had an unusually wet and extended spring, however temperatures are quickly […]

Heard over the back fence: Rotary Youth Exchange program needs families

RELATIVELY SPEAKING, AGING IS OK: Mary Ellen Ware provided the following T-shirt statement: “Age is relative – when you’re over the hill, you pick up speed.” … GO INTERNATIONAL WITH AN EXCHANGE STUDENT: Placerville Rotary is offering families the opportunity to see the world through an exchange student’s eyes. Host families enjoy the company of […]

End in sight: Hwy 50 work wraps up this year

EL DORADO HILLS — Just one more summer — that’s all construction crews working on the Highway 50 carpool lanes project in El Dorado Hills need to get the job done. “Their patience is sincerely appreciated,” said John Kahling, deputy director of the El Dorado County Department of Transportation’s Construction division, of the residents who’ve […]

Don’t kidnap wildlife babies

Many members of the public find an orphaned or injured wild baby, and wildlife rescue organizations such as Sierra Wildlife Rescue could not carry out its work without their assistance. Sometimes, however, a rescuer may mistakenly assume that a baby has been abandoned when the mother is actually nearby. She may be foraging for food, […]

Local mom creates dish washing device

EL DORADO HILLS — Frustrated when your dishes flip in the dishwasher? Tired of hand-washing things that fill with that icky water? Then Gina Jackson has the solution for you — DishwasherMATE  by Gina J. The El Dorado Hills mother of three daughters invented DishwasherMATE, a thermoplastic rubber mat that goes on top of the […]

Mother Teresa Maternity Home needs basic supplies

PHILOSOPHICAL FISH: My friend John Chapman of Folsom gave me the following “Advice from a Bass” T-shirt statement: “”Find a new angle – Know when to keep your mouth shut – Don’t take the bait – Prize clean water – Be lively and swift – Don’t give up without a fight – Be a good […]

Prosecution attacks Colver’s testimony

In the second day of his testimony, Steven “Boston” Colver admitted to prosecutors that he repeatedly lied to friends, family and authorities not only to protect himself, but also the forbidden relationship he had with then 14-year-old Tylar Marie Witt. Deputy district attorney Lisette Suder, in her cross-examination of the 21-year-old murder suspect, drove home […]

6-22-11 Friends of El Dorado County Seniors meet at PV Sr. Center

SENIOR ADVOCATES: The “Friends of El Dorado County Seniors” is a non-profit organization that supports wellness, life enrichment, dignity and independence of El Dorado seniors and their caregivers through advocacy and financial assistance. If you want more information about this group or if you are interested in joining this organization, their next meeting will be […]

6-20-11 New officers for the Association of Calif. Car Clubs

LOCAL LEADERS PREVAIL: The Association of Calif. Car Clubs has announced their new slate of officers for 2011/2012. The following local residents are part of the new team: Rex Roden, El Dorado – president and editor of newsletter; Mary Ramsay, Forest Hill – membership chair; Butch Gardner, Shingle Springs – conference chair. Congratulations to all […]

6-20-11 “Tain Your Brain” workshop at EDH Sr. Center

BRAIN THERAPY: A workshop titled “Train Your Brain” is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. The workshop facilitator will be Judy Bakke. Workshop topics will include the latest research in neuroscience, 4 components to strengthen your cognitive […]

6-20-11 Fun at the EDH SR. Center

FRIDAY FUN TIME: On the first Friday of every month, creative fun is offered during the Senior Nutrition lunch time. The following activities are offered: Friday, July 1 – Patriotic Ice Cream Social. Friday, August 5 – Trivia & Treats. For more information, call 916-358-3575. All these activities take place at the El Dorado Hills […]

6-17-11 Bipolar support groups in Placerville

BIPOLAR COMFORT: The Bipolar Insights group informs us that the following bipolar support groups are available: Every Monday, 7 – 8:30 p.m. – Green Valley Community Church, 3500 Missouri Flat Rd., #304, Placerville. Every Tuesday, 7 – 8:30 p.m. – Marshall Medical Health Library, 681 Main St., #103, Placerville.

6-20-11 Henna tattoos for teens workshop at EDH Library

TEMPORARY TATTOOS: The El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills, has a teen summer reading club. On Tuesday, July 5, Henna tattoos will be available at the workshop at 1 p.m. at the library. Teenagers must have a permission slip signed by their parent or guardian to participate. The Henna ink […]

6-20-11 Communication Skills class at EDH Sr. Center

CREATE A HAPPY UNIVERSE FOR YOURSELF: I will be teaching a class titled “Communication Skills – Part 2″ on Tuesday, July 19, from 1 to 3 p.m., at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. By improving your communication strategies in all relationships, you create inner peace and happiness for […]

6-20-11 Life Ring Service Center meetings

ARE YOU READY FOR A SOBER LIFE? I received a pamphlet from the Life Ring Service Center. It describes the Life Ring group as a “network for support groups for people who want to live free of alcohol and other ‘drugs’.” Life Ring has a group in our community. For more information about Life Ring, […]

Prepare for heat, officials urge

MATHER – Even though the official start of summer is a week away, state officials are urgingd Californians to prepare now for the prospect of prolonged periods of hot weather later this summer and fall. “Summer isn’t here yet, but it’s not too early for Californians to prepare for the possibility of several days of […]

6-17-11 New members for Sewing Guild

FRESH ENERGY: The Placerville Gold Country Chapter of the American Sewing Guild rolls out the red carpet for new members Laura Fisher and Irma Homesley. Welcome aboard, ladies!

6-17-11 Teenager activities at EDH library

TEENAGER ACTIVITIES: The “Teen Tuesdays” program continues at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills. Art activities for grades 5 through 12 are available at 1 p.m. The following activities are scheduled: June 21 – Duct Tape Wallets; June 28 – Textiles (embroidery, knitting, weaving). For more information, call 916-358-3500.

6-17-11 Yvonne Griffin – Senior of the Year

SENIOR OF THE YEAR! Yvonne Griffin is the 2011 Senior of the Year! I have seen Yvonne in action for the past couple of years. She is an energetic dynamo when it comes to her commitment to helping seniors. Her commitment involves many hours of service, each and every week. She treats everyone with great […]

6-22-11 Harvey Edward West remembered

WEST FAMILY LEGACY: WEST FAMILY LEGACY: Whenever I think about the Harvey Edward West family, the words generous and commitment to community come to mind. We recently learned that Harvey Edward West, Jr., died on April 26. We also learned that, like the rest of the West family, Harvey was a community leader in Graeagle, […]

6-17-11 Fire safety discussed at EDH library

ASK YOUR LOCAL FIREMAN/FIRE WOMAN: On Thursday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to noon, El Dorado Hills Prevention Captain Brad Ballenger, will discuss wild land fire safety, home safety, general escape plans, when to call 911, smoke detectors, and rattle snakes. This presentation will be at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, […]

6-13-11 Farmers’ Market coupons for seniors

COUPONS FOR FARMERS’ MARKET: Farmers’ Market coupons are available for those over 60 years of age who meet income guidelines (one-person household with annual income less than $20,036 or a two-person household less than $26,955 annually). The coupons are good at all authorized Farmers’ Markets. Coupons will be distributed from 8 to 11 a.m. at […]

Colver murder case: Tylar ‘did it for us’

After three weeks of attorneys telling and re-telling the story of Steven “Boston” Colver and Tylar Marie Witt, Colver was finally called to the witness stand Thursday to testify in his own defense. Colver, 21, told jurors that Tylar, his then 14-year-old girlfriend, called him to the house she and her mother shared on the […]

Fairies coming to Main Street

Fairies will soon flit into historical downtown Placerville and land on the walls of  the community garden at Old City Hall, next to the W.S. Kirk/City Hall Parking lot. Community Pride has organized and will pay for the mural project, with artist Deb Power doing the artwork. Community Pride, an organization of volunteers who are […]

Local horseman featured at annual Expo extravaganza

CAL EXPO — The 13th annual Western States Horse Expo this weekend will find Garden Valley’s own Dean Lacey teaching clinics and entertaining crowds with his gorgeous Arabians and Friesians in tow. Actually, the towing will be done by the horses, from Lacey’s Arabian Ranch on Andy Wolf Road, as they demonstrate the fine art […]

Rising from the ashes: Rescuer, rescued reunite in El Dorado Hills

Part 2 of Rising from the Ashes– On April 5, 1991, 15-year-old Israel Jaure was trapped in his family’s burning second floor apartment in Eureka. Jim Christian, a 39-year-old Eureka firefighter, dove into the flames and smoke to rescue him and, with the help of another firefighter, pulled the burned boy out of the building […]

Colver trial: Attorneys debate DNA evidence

Attorneys in the Steven “Boston” Colver murder trial spent much of Wednesday and Thursday arguing over DNA evidence that could be used by jurors to link the defendant to the murder of El Dorado Hills woman Joanne Witt. Deanna Kacer, a senior criminologist with the state’s Department of Justice, testified Wednesday that male DNA was […]

Jaycee Dugard to be on ABC

Jaycee Lee Dugard, the South Lake Tahoe kidnap victim whose story made headlines around the world, will give her first public interview since being found alive to ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer. The network announced Wednesday morning that Sawyer’s interview will air in July, sometime after the release of Dugard’s memoir, “A Stolen Life.” […]

Brown slashes cell phones

SACRAMENTO – Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced last week that the state has eliminated 29,398 cell phones, achieving a 44 percent reduction in the number of phones issued to state employees in state agencies and departments under the governor’s direct authority. Deeper cuts will be made in the next 30 days in order to […]

Amtrak California ridership and revenue rises dramatically

SACRAMENTO — California motorists left the highways in record numbers over the past 12 months to ride two of California’s highly successful intercity passenger rail corridors, Caltrans announced June 8. Led by the San Joaquin corridor, which serves the Central Valley, linking Los Angeles and Bakersfield with Sacramento and the Bay Area, California’s state-supported intercity […]

Supes increase Social Services funding

Sometimes you don’t get the choices you think you have. This sad fact was brought home to the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors at its 2011-2012 budget workshop June 6. In plain language administrative analyst Terri Knowlton explained the dilemma. A dollar cut is a dollar saved in most government programs. However, when it […]

Officers key in on robbery suspect

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Shore narcotics officers say they were able to foil an attempted robbery at El Dorado Savings Bank Tuesday afternoon after getting a hold of a critical part of the thief’s plan: his keys. South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team agents arrested Danville resident Kyle Facchain, 26, on suspicion of armed […]

Tahoe council favors two-supe option

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The South Lake Tahoe City Council recently found two of the five redistricting options presented by El Dorado County would be the most beneficial to South Shore residents. Two of the proposals split the South Shore between two supervisor districts. The council recommended the county’s Alternative 3 as its first choice, […]

6-15-11 Aybrey Hutcheson at Student Leadership Conference

A LEADER IDENTIFIED: Aubrey Hutcheson of Cameron Park will represent Ponderosa High School at the National Student Leadership Conference on Journalism and Mass Communication this summer at UC Berkeley. The National Student Leadership Conference’s mission is to identify and recognize outstanding young leaders from around the world and provide them with a unique environment that […]

Heard over the back fence: Short hike to commune with nature

DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK: John Chapman of Folsom dropped off the following “Advice from the Night Sky” T-shirt statement: “See the big picture – Be a star – Keep looking up – Don’t be afraid of the dark – Stay full of wonder – Expand your horizons – Turn off the lights!” • • • […]

6-15-11 Ponderosa H.S. Class of 1971 reunion

PONDEROSA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1971 REUNION: On Saturday, June 25, from 4:30 to 10 p.m., the Ponderosa High School Class of 1971 will have their 40th year reunion gathering at Sunny Oak Farm, 3100 Ponderosa Rd., Shingle Springs. For more information, call Penny Hocking at 530-677-2636 or contact Ann Wolterbeek Hawkins at www.annhawk.com/phs1971.htm.

6-15-11 Georgetown area hike

GEORGETOWN AREA HIKE: On Saturday, June 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tom Petersen, an American River Conservancy volunteer, will lead an eight-mile, moderate hike from Ellicott’s Bridge to Hale’s Camp and back. You also have the option to turn back mid-way and make this a four-mile hike. There is an opportunity to eat […]

6-15-11 “Let’s Talk” discussion group

ARE YOU TALKING TO ME? “Let’s Talk” is a topical discussion group led by Terry Provenza. Participants engage in informal conversation with their peers on an assortment of senior-related topics. The group will meet on July 7 at 10 a.m. at the El Dorado Hills Moni Gilmore Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. […]

6-15-11 “Discover Your Inner Artist” class

FIND THE ARTIST IN YOU: A class titled “Discover Your Inner Artist” is scheduled from July 5 to July 26, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. Participants will create art using different techniques and combinations of drawing, painting, collage, etc. Please […]

6-15-11 Ghost hunters from “Calif. Haunts”

IS CASPER A FRIENDLY GHOST? A new class tilted “Who Ya’ Gonna Call . . . El Dorado County ‘haunts’” is scheduled for Tuesday, June 28, at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen Lane, El Dorado Hills. Ghost hunters from “Calif. Haunts” will take you on a unique journey to […]

6-15-11 Claire Sheehan graduated from university

SUCCESSFUL STUDENT GRADUATES: University of Portland officials have informed us that Claire Sheehan of El Dorado Hills has graduated from the university with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Claire, hard work and discipline has its reward. We salute your success!

6-15-11 Pollock Pines Night Out needs Eagle Scouts

EAGLE SCOUTS NEEDED: The Pollock Pines National Night Out committee is seeking Eagle Scouts of all ages, including 1950’s men, to help out with the flag ceremony on Tuesday, August 2, at 4-30 p.m., at Pinewood Elementary School, 6181 Pine St., Pollock Pines. If you would like to participate, call Teresa Hague at 530-644-1174 or […]