Friday, April 25, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS
SNOWSHOE PALMER Mike, 56, and Judy Palmer, 54, snowshoe down Main Street in Placerville Monday morning after a storm left a foot of snow overnight. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
THE OLD GOLF COURSE turned into a winter wonderland Monday after a storm brought low snow to the community not accustomed to the powdery white stuff. As many as 4 inches fell, according to weather reports. Village Life photo by Andy Laughlin
SUTTER'S MILL at the astate park in Coloma looks peaceful Monday. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
PG&E EMPLOYEE ALAN MEYER finishes work on a new power pole Tuesday evening on Pleasant Valley Road at Lumpy Lane east of Diamond Springs. Meyer, who usually works in Sonoma County, was one of many PG&E employees who traveled to the foothills to help restore power after MondayÕs storm. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
COFFEE BLENDS Ñ Cheryl Obereiner holds up a fresh glass of brew at the Shingle Springs Coffee Company. Photo by Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa
CAFE Ñ Sue and Nick Demidoff planned and built the Sierra Banquet Center and Log Cabin Cafe that includes 3.5 acres of landscaped property. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
ALL-TOURNAMENT selection Megan Griswold takes a shot against Burbank in ThursdayÕs Shoot-Out opener. Photo by William A. Scales
BRUIN Tyler Waldo, right, moves into the front court pressured by a Granite Bay defender in MondayÕs Foundation Game. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
THE ORIGIN of the tree at the corner of Main Street and Bedford Avenue is not clear but one thing everyone agrees on is the beauty and joy the tree brings at Christmas time. Democrat file photo by Pat Dollins
SOME COLORFUL CHARACTERS will be carousing at the ÒRepeal of Prohibition CelebrationÓ Saturday at Boeger Winery, David Girard Vineyards, Gold Hill Winery and Wofford Acres Estate. Suzanne Kuehn, Chris Bailey, Debbie Emmett, Susie Davies, back row left to right, and Jessica Knox, Robin Chronister and Pam Clark sitting are getting into the spirit or spirits for the fund-raising benefiting Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
HIKERS cool their feet in the rushing water of upper Eagle Falls with its view of Emerald Bay. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
ROCK Creek Road was carved into the north canyon wall above the South Fork of the American River in 1937 as a Civilian Conservation Corps project, and was an immediate success. The road, also called Chili Bar Road in the early going, was manageable for large logging trucks, which shared the road with locals. Mother Lode News photo by Mike Roberts
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Deb Johnson, left, and Ellen Rush at the senior center in Placerville Thursday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
EL DORADO’S Travis Allec has no room to run as D’back Dakota Ward wraps him up — and no where to hide as Kona Teixiera, right, is ready if needed.Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
BRUIN SETTER Madison Macauley, right, sets while Oak Ridge’s Katie Vaughn awaits the return in Thursday’s Delta River League match.Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, right, sprays champagne on Chris Dyer, Chief Track Engineer for Ferrari, after winning the Korean Grand Prix at the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
Legacy teacher and tutor Alicia Blacknell hands out algebra books to Shayla Hill, 13, right, and Anjelika Riggins, 13, center, during a afterschool study session at Sullivan Middle School Thursday afternoon.
THERE’S NO EXCUSE not to have a jack-o-lantern shining from your porch this season, as a glut of gourds at Save Mart in Placerville attests. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
LOVE THE BASKETS - Mark "Star" Mitchell, 52, of Garden Valley waters flower baskets on Main Street in Placerville. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
THE FRONT YARD NURSERY resident cat. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
A LAZY KITTY streches out in the swiss chard patch at Sacred Paths farm in Camino. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
BOOKWORMS browse hundreds of used books during a huge book sale at the Shakespeare Club on Bedford Avenue in Placerville recently. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
BOOK BY THE COVER - Marge Britting checks out a plot description to learn whether the novel is to her liking. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
SHOPPERS browse through tables of used books Saturday at the Placerville Shakespeare Club. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Margret Roloson from Grizzly Flat sorts through a table full of used books Saturday at the Shakespeare Club. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
17 mo. old Chloe Cornelius from Placerville checks out the festivities Saturday in the Mountain Democrat. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Cars on display Saturday in the Mountain Democrat parking lot. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
THERE’S NO EXCUSE not to have a jack-o-lantern shining from your porch this season, as a glut of gourds at Wal-Mart in Placerville attests. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, right, sprays champagne on Chris Dyer, Chief Track Engineer for Ferrari, after winning the Korean Grand Prix at the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Greg Baker)
THERE'€™S NO EXCUSE not to have a jack-o-lantern shining from your porch this season, as a glut of gourds at Save-Mart in Placerville attests. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
LOVE THE BASKETS - Mark "Star" Mitchell, 52, of Garden Valley waters flower baskets on Main Street in Placerville. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
THE FRONT YARD NURSERY resident cat. Mountain Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
A LAZY KITTY streches out in the swiss chard patch at Sacred Paths farm in Camino. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
BOOKWORMS browse hundreds of used books during a huge book sale at the Shakespeare Club on Bedford Avenue in Placerville recently. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
BOOKWORMS browse hundreds of used books during a huge book sale at the Shakespeare Club on Bedford Avenue in Placerville recently. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
BOOK BY THE COVER - Marge Britting checks out a plot description to learn whether the novel is to her liking. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
SHOPPERS browse through tables of used books Saturday at the Placerville Shakespeare Club. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Margret Roloson from Grizzly Flat sorts through a table full of used books Saturday at the Shakespeare Club. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
SNOWSHOE PALMER — Mike, 56, and Judy Palmer, 54, snowshoe down Main Street in Placerville Monday morning after a storm left a foot of snow overnight. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
Fine living Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum A sculped snowman and his faithful snowdog companions sit on a bench outside Tony Matthews Fine Goods for Fine Living in downtown Placerville Tuesday.
Lake effect snow CAMERON PARK LAKE looks like a Christmas card Monday with snow on its shoreline. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
AN EL DORADO COUNTY plow shoves aside fallen trees and branches on Green Valley Road Monday. Road crews later followed with power branch trimmers. Democrat photo by Michael Raffety
SUTTER’S MILL at the state park in Coloma looks peaceful Monday. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
NO ONE was visiting Coloma Monday to pay a fee. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
SKI TOURING - Kathryn Hayes and Terry Levinson, both of Placerville, cross country ski downtown Monday. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
School work SCHNELL SCHOOL teachers did more than lesson plans Wednesday. Left to right, second grade teacher Petria Gallardo, fifth grade teacher Beth Peterson, fourth grade teacher Julie Dewater clear sidewalks at the Placerville Union School District elementary school. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
THERE’S NO EXCUSE not to have a jack-o-lantern shining from your porch this season, as a glut of gourds at Wal-Mart in Placerville attests. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
LOVE THE BASKETS - Mark "Star" Mitchell, 52, of Garden Valley waters flower baskets on Main Street in Placerville. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
THE FRONT YARD NURSERY resident cat. Mountain Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
A LAZY KITTY streches out in the swiss chard patch at Sacred Paths farm in Camino. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Wild Art Preening in the Parking Lot Mt. Democrat Photo Shelly Thorene
Fall colors along highway 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday . Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Distant peaks glisten with a dusting of snow as aspens put on a show of color in Hope Valley along hwy. 88 Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall color along highway 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall color along hwy. 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall colors along hwy. 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall colors along highway 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday . Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall color along hwy. 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall color along highway 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall colors along highway 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday . Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Distant peaks glisten with a dusting of snow as aspens put on a show of color in Hope Valley along hwy. 88 Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall color along highway 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall color along hwy. 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall colors along hwy. 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Autumn Splendor Fashion Show, Roxi Brown, 61, Rescue escorted to the runway by Bob Billingsley at the Autmn Splendor Fashion Show at the Cold Springs Golf Course Clubhouse on Thursday, 10/21/10 Mountain Democrat Photo Shelly Thorene
Autumn Splendor Fashion Show, Cindy Medici, 60, Placerville models for Off Broadway and is also a member of the Newcomers Club. Mountain Democrat Photo Shelly Thorene
Residents near el dorado trail, left, Lynn Harrington, and Shirley Cotten, right, talk about trail use near their homes on Old Depot Road in Placerville Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Bond Measure Story New Bathrooms at EDHS Mountain Democrat Photo Shelly Thorene
THE WEST FORK of the Carson River meanders along Highway 88 through Hope Valley in Alpine County. The river catches up with the Carson River in Carson Valley in Nevada. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall colors along hwy. 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall color along hwy. 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Distant peaks glisten with a dusting of snow as aspens put on a show of color in Hope Valley along hwy. 88 Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall colors along highway 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday . Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Red lake in the distance as seen from Hwy 88. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall color along highway 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall colors along hwy. 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall color along hwy. 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Fall colors along highway 88 near Hope Valley Wednesday . Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Sheriff's candidate John D'Agostini, right, checks a cell phone message as supporters Ray Nutting, center, and Placerville resident Tim Mingle look on. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
PUBLIC DEFENDER Steve Tapson and client Nancy Garrido listen as Judge Phimister discusses the media's request to unseal documents from the investigation. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
REPRESENTING media groups, attorney Karl Olson fields questions from reporters about the motion to unseal documents in the Garrido trial. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
ATTORNEY Susan Gellman representing Phillip Garrido, both seated, listen as District Attorney Vern Pierson, foreground, talks to Judge Phimister in Thursday's preliminary hearing. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
PUBLIC DEFENDER Steve Tapson and client Nancy Garrido listen as Judge Phimister discusses the media's request to unseal documents from the investigation. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
REPRESENTING media groups, attorney Karl Olson fields questions from reporters about the motion to unseal documents in the Garrido trial. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
ATTORNEY Susan Gellman representing Phillip Garrido, both seated, listen as District Attorney Vern Pierson, foreground, talks to Judge Phimister in Thursday's preliminary hearing. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
Union Mine Diamondbacks celebrate after their 36-14 victory over the River City Raiders Friday night at Union Mine high school. 4 Col. X 7 in Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Union Mine quarterback Graham Bennett runs the ball for yardage against River City Friday night. 3 Col. X 9 in. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Union Mine's #17, Sean Tow heads for the end zone during friday night's championship game against River City. 4 Col. X 7 in. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
14 year old El Dorado High School freshman Mika Tong, left, and 15 year old sophomore Annie VanDenBroeke pack finished bowls into boxes at El Dorado High School Friday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Union Mine's #17, Sean Tow heads for the end zone during friday night's championship game against River City. 4 Col. X 7 in. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
EL DORADO's Anne Donegan led the Cougar girls varsity team to an eighth-place finish in Saturday's subsection meet.
Veteran's Day Assembly. Veterans with service dating from 1941 until present day enjoy the children of Providence Christian School's Veteran's Day assembly honoring military veterans in our community on Friday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Wreath Hanging, Bell Tower. Scott Garther, 39, Somerset, owner of Eco Signs and Dave Rudolph, 37, Placerville, Eco Signs employee, hang the holiday wreaths on the bell tower on Main Street on Friday. Democrat photo Shelly Thorene.
Friday Night Jamboree
AN OVERFLOW crowd at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Monday waits to hear grim news about which programs will fall victim to the budget ax, which has been sharpened to a worrisome edge. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
POSSIBLE BUDGET cuts include those to youth programs including 4-H, as 10-year-old Anna Hicks hears Monday.
EL DORADO COUNTY Sheriff-elect John D'Agostini, left, listens as the budget ax hangs over his new department. Also attending Monday's special budget session is Al Hamilton, legal counsel for county programs that aid seniors.
DIAMOND SPRINGS Veterans of Foreign Wars member Pete Bell, left, goes over the agenda Monday as a crowd waits to hear what the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will end up cutting in order to balance a lean budget.
NOT AN EMPTY chair was to be seen Monday as the supervisors struggle with cuts that must be made to the El Dorado County budget.
AN OVERFLOW crowd at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Monday waits to hear grim news about which programs will fall victim to the budget ax, which has been sharpened to a worrisome edge. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
POSSIBLE BUDGET cuts include those to youth programs including 4-H, as 10-year-old Anna Hicks hears Monday.
The remains of a wooden fence near the west fork of the Carson River near highway 88 in Hope Valley. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Union Mine quarterback #8, Graham Bennett hands off to #17 Sean Tow during friday nights game against the Sonora Wildcats. Democrat phto by Pat Dollins
Nimbus Fish Passage Channel-EIR/EIS Nov. 2010 Proposed Public Access Facilities
AFTER A HARD FREEZE Wednesday morning a water pipe under Conrad Street in Placerville shot water into the air creating this blow-hole type scene. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
Democrat photoby Pat Dollins
Fall Color. Just Wait 'Til I grow Up! Young Chinese Pistasch in the late afternoon sun in El Dorado. Democrat photo Shelly Thorene.
FUN FOR ALL AGES–Children play in the snow on Saturday at Christmas in Coloma. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
GOLD RUSH PLAYER–Robert Valentine Clark (Steve March, 65, Cool, entertains the audience with tales of gold rush life in the 1800's at the Christmas in Coloma celebration on Saturday. Participants present but not pictured: Kathleen Young, Diamond Springs, Artistic Director, Robert Chalmers (Alan Fuller, 65, Placerville) Emma Davis Hooper (Nancy March, 63, Placerville) Robert Valentine (Steve March, 65, Placerville)Jeremiah Crane (Mark Hallbourg, 54, Auburn) at the Christmas in Coloma celebration on Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene.
WAITING THEIR TURN–to tell their tales on the Gold Rush Stage are Kathleen Young, Diamond Springs, Artistic Director, Robert Chalmers (Alan Fuller, 65, Placerville) Emma Davis Hooper (Nancy March, 63, Cool) Robert Valentine Clark (Steve March, 65, Cool)Peter Y. Cool, (Jerry Pozo, 61, Cool.) Not pictured, on stage, Jeremiah Crane (Mark Hallbourg, 54, Auburn) at the Christmas in Coloma celebration on Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene.
CHRISTMAS CRAFTING–Grandmother, Sandy Stanfield, Placerville, helps her granddaughter, Kaylee, 4, (Parents, Jake and Megan) make Christmas decorations using yarn and pipe cleaners at the Christmas in Coloma celebration in Coloma on Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
FUN FOR ALL AGES–Children play in the snow on Saturday at Christmas in Coloma. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
GOLD RUSH PLAYER–Robert Valentine Clark (Steve March, 65, Cool, entertains the audience with tales of gold rush life in the 1800's at the Christmas in Coloma celebration on Saturday. Participants present but not pictured: Kathleen Young, Diamond Springs, Artistic Director, Robert Chalmers (Alan Fuller, 65, Placerville) Emma Davis Hooper (Nancy March, 63, Placerville) Robert Valentine (Steve March, 65, Placerville)Jeremiah Crane (Mark Hallbourg, 54, Auburn) at the Christmas in Coloma celebration on Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene.
WAITING THEIR TURN–to tell their tales on the Gold Rush Stage are Kathleen Young, Diamond Springs, Artistic Director, Robert Chalmers (Alan Fuller, 65, Placerville) Emma Davis Hooper (Nancy March, 63, Cool) Robert Valentine Clark (Steve March, 65, Cool)Peter Y. Cool, (Jerry Pozo, 61, Cool.) Not pictured, on stage, Jeremiah Crane (Mark Hallbourg, 54, Auburn) at the Christmas in Coloma celebration on Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene.
CHRISTMAS CRAFTING–Grandmother, Sandy Stanfield, Placerville, helps her granddaughter, Kaylee, 4, (Parents, Jake and Megan) make Christmas decorations using yarn and pipe cleaners at the Christmas in Coloma celebration in Coloma on Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Moutain Democrat and Life Newspapers Publisher Richard Esposito has a big smile on his face after he and his wife Janie chowed down on delicious crab at the 2010 Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills' Crab Feed. Village Life photo by Noel Stack.
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HIGH HOPES FOR THE FUTURE —€” Oak Righe sophomores Garrett Brockschmitt, Emma Larsen, Alexa Hill, Matt Landay and Carina Williams, left to right, competed in this year's El Dorado Hills Rotary Club Speech Contest. Their speeches wrapped around Rotary International's theme, "Dare Mighty Things." Village Life photo by Noel Stack
FIRST PLACE —€” El Dorado HillsRotary Club President Bill Tobin, left, and speech contest coordinator Kathe Russell, right, congratulate winner Matt Landay. The young man now moves on the Rotary District 5180 semi-finals in March. Village Life photo by Noel Stack
Pond Next To Finnon Lake's Dry Bed Where The Fish From The Lake Were MovedTo. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Animal Tracks And Cracked Mud Form Interesting Patterns In Finnon Lake's Dry Bed. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
I just took my boots out of my car last week. Good thing I had spare socks, pants and shoes in the car today!!!!!!
ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT . . . NOT! - Dalton Markgraf,16 of Placerville and friend, Dusty Etheridge, 19 of Swansboro find live catfish, crawdads and pollywogs inside this sunken boat on Finnon Lake's dry bed. They later released their catch in the pond next to the area. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
FLOTSAM, JETSAM - Brad Markgraf, 43 of Placerville finds an old 45 rpm record at the bottom of Finnon Lake on Saturday. He and his son, Dalton, 16 and friend, Dusty Etheridge, 19 of Swansboro (not pictured) were exploring the dry lake bed. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Emergency personnel respond to Folsom Lake College as a result of a bomb threat Thursday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
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FORNI ROAD was closed Wednesday afternoon as law enforcement officials tried to arrest a domestic abuse suspect barricaded in an apartment building east of Herbert Green School in Placerville. EDSO's SWAT team was sent in to negotiate with the suspect. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
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DEFENDANT STEVEN COLVER walks into the Placerville courtroom where jurors would return a unanimous verdict of guilty in the first-degree Wednesday. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
THE DEFENDANT'S father, Richard Colver, listens as verdict is read. Pool photo
STEVEN COLVER reacts to the guilty verdict in the El Dorado County Courthouse in Placerville. Pool photo
JAN COLVER, Steven's mom, upon hearing the guilty verdict regarding her son. Pool photo
DEFENSE ATTORNEY Dain Weiner, left, hears the guilty verdict. Pool photo
Workers place straps around a caboose so that it can be lifted by a crane onto a truck for transported to the El Dorado Co. railroad park in El Dorado. The caboose, owned by Barbara Hillmer , was donated to the El Dorado Western railroad foundation. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Workers keep a close eye on the underside of a caboose as it is being lifted by a crane to be loaded onto a truck for transported to the El Dorado Co. railroad park in El Dorado. The caboose, owned by Barbara Hillmer , was donated to the El Dorado Western railroad foundation. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Workers gently lower a caboose onto a flat-bed truck for transport to the El Dorado County railroad park in El Dorado Thursday. The caboose, owned by Barbara Hillmer , was donated to the El Dorado Western railroad foundation. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Workers gently lower a caboose onto a flat-bed truck for transport to the El Dorado County railroad park in El Dorado Thursday. The caboose, owned by Barbara Hillmer , was donated to the El Dorado Western railroad foundation. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
El Dorado Western Railroad Foundation president and railroad director of rail operations Keith Berry snaps a photograph as a caboose is lowered onto a trailer for transport to the El Dorado County railroad park Thursday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
COME AND GET IT! - Kassidy McComb, 8, right, and sister Karissa, 4 (parents, Tasha, 28 and Cody) of Medera, feed the Canadian geese on Jenkinson Lake, at Sly Park Recreation Area. The family gathered at the lake to celebrate Grandmother Vicki Weaver, of Pollock Pines 55th birthday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
JENKINSON LAKE - Swimmers and boaters enjoy the lake at Sly Park Recreation Area. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
JENKINSON LAKE - Swimmers and boaters enjoy the lake at Sly Park Recreation Area. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
JENKINSON LAKE - Swimmers enjoy the lake at Sly Park Recreation Area. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
JENKINSON LAKE - Swimmers and boaters enjoy the lake at Sly Park Recreation Area. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
A PIRATE'S TALE - of life aboard ship being told by Sergeant Innes MacAllister (Ken Brooks) 50, of El Dorado Hills and member of "Privateers of the Dauntless," to children and parents participating in the summer reading program, at the El Dorado Hills Library on Silva Valley Parkway. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
TALL TALE - Sergeant Innes MacAllister (Ken Brooks) 50, of El Dorado Hills and member of "Privateers of the Dauntless," tells children that his hand was injured by a cannonball aboard ship and that the doctor wanted to cut it off and give him a hook, but he bandaged it instead. The pirates participate in the summer reading program, demonstrating sword fighting and telling stories of what life was like for a pirate at the El Dorado Hills Library on Silva Valley Parkway. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
BE CAREFUL! - Buchanan MacAlister (Alec Brooks, 16 of El Dorado Hills) lets Kim Rokahr, 5, (mom, Liv of El Dorado Hills) handle a real sword. The pirates are members of "Privateers of the Dauntless," and entertained children and parents participating in the summer reading program, at the El Dorado Hills Library on Silva Valley Parkway. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
PINT SIZED PIRATE - Luther MacAlister (Samson Caico, 20 of El Dorado Hills) lets William Frago, 6, (parents Leslie Cox and Bradley Frago of El Dorado Hills) handle a real sword while Jake MacAlister (Jake Brooks, 21 of El Dorado Hills) looks on. The pirates are members of "Privateers of the Dauntless," and entertained children and parents participating in the summer reading program, at the El Dorado Hills Library on Silva Valley Parkway, Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
RAFTERS FLOAT down the American River near Coloma Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
A KAYAKER paddles down the American River near Henningsen Lotus Park in Coloma Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
ASHTON COOK, 8, from Fort Lewis Washington checks his gold pan for for a gold nugget Wednesday at Henningsen Lotus Park in Lotus. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
RAFTERS FLOAT on the American River in Coloma Wednesday. Democrat Photo by Pat Dollins
ASHLEY CAIN, 8, from Sacramento looks for a speck of gold at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park in Coloma Wednesday while her grandmother Lynn Saal looks on. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Tony Runyon, 7, from Portland Oregon throws a stick for Lilyrose , a 4 year old border collie mix at Henningsen Lotus Park in Coloma Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
LILYROSE, a 4 year old Border Collie mix retrieves a stick from the river at Henningson Lotus Park in Lotus Wednesday. Democrat Photo by Pat Dollins
CHILLIN' ON the American River in Coloma Wednesday. Demcorat photo by Pat Dollins
VISITORS COOL off in the American River at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma Wednesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Pro tennis player, Christina Fusano, 30, of Plymouth. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Pro tennis player, Christina Fusano, 30, of Plymouth. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Pro tennis player, Christina Fusano, 30, of Plymouth. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
BMX RIDER and bicycle mechanic, Trevor Anderson, 21, of Diamond Springs tunes up a bike at his place of employment, the Golden Spoke Bike Shop on Placerville Drive. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
BMX RIDER and bicycle mechanic, Trevor Anderson, 21, of Diamond Springs tunes up a bike at his place of employment, the Golden Spoke Bike Shop on Placerville Drive. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
BMX RIDER and bicycle mechanic, Trevor Anderson, 21, of Diamond Springs tunes up a bike at his place of employment, the Golden Spoke Bike Shop on Placerville Drive. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Joey Smith. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
A VEHICLE collision between a Honda 4 door sedan and a Dodge Ram 1500 V-8 pick-up occured on Coloma Road at approximately 3:00 p.m. The female teenage driver of the Honda was transported by ambulance to the Placerville airport for a helicopter life flight. The female driver of the pick-up was not injured and declined medical treatment. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Lesley Yates of Folsom playing bridge Tuesday at the Shakespeare Club in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Cards in a bridge game Tuesday at the Shakespeare Club in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Bridge players at the Shakespeare Club in Placerville Tuesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Reba Trask of Placerville playing bridge at the Shakespeare Club in Placerville Tuesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Card bouquet made by Margaret Lockwood of Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Edna Kknutsen, 74 is the offical scorekeeper for the "Lets Make A Deal" bridge tournament Tuesday at the Shakespeare Club. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
PERFECT PITCH —€” This tall ponderosa pine tree grew in the shape of a mouth harp or tuning fork and stands along Carson Road on the way to Apple Hill. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
PARTICIPANTS in this year's Kacie's Ride for Hope fill Placerville's Main Street in preparation for a ride to Hope Valley. The annual run is arranged by Placerville resident Pat Barron, whose sister Kacie Barron died in 2006 as a result of domestic violence. The ride, which seems to grow bigger and bigger every year, raises money for the El Dorado County Center for Violence Free Relationships. Photo by Jason Bross
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Ribstock at Cameron Park Lake Saturday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Judging beef brisket Saturday at the Ribstock event at Cameron Park Lake Saturday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Judges Ralph Michel , left, and table captain Thomas Sharp, right, prepare to sample beef brisket at the Ribstock Saturday at Cameron Park Lake. Ribstock is a barbecue cook-off and festival sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society and includes live music, venders and rides for the kids. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Beef Brisket. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Venders at Ribstock Saturday at Cameron Park Lake in Cameron Park. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Beef Brisket Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Royal Smokin' Hot BBQ's Denise O'Grady from Novato turns in her beef brisket entry for judging with only minutes to spare at the Ribstock event at Cameron Park Lake Saturday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
8 year old Logan Peterson from Cameron Park smiles as he reaches the top of the rock wall Saturday at the Ribstock event at Cameron Park Lake. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Kevin Barteaux, owner of Smokey Luv BBQ in Novato cuts into a beef brisket as his wife Maria looks on Saturday at the Ribstock event at Cameron Park Lake. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
The Highway 50 Wagon Train rolls down towards horsetail falls shortly after 2 p.m. Monday to layover in Strawberry.
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A SUSPECTED burglar is taken into custody by Placerville police and other officers following a foot pursuit and tracking by a California Highway Patrol helicopter team early Thursday afternoon in Placerville, near the Waffle Shop on Broadway. The unidentified suspect was pursued on Carson Road near Schnell School Road, with officers deployed at one point to Mosquito Road before the eventual arrest on Broadway. More details will be reported as they become available; check mtdemocrat.com for the latest news. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Ponderosa High Lady Bruin #10, Lianna Sybeldon. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Ponderosa High Lady Bruin #10, Lianna Sybeldon, right and #4, Hailey Bellmer. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Ponderosa High Lady Bruin #10, Lianna Sybeldon. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Adelyn Franks, 4 years, daughter of Ricahrd Franks, 37 years, of Longview, WA, as they register for the 6 and under costume contest at El Dorado Hills Town Center on October 31, 2011 for the Halloween Festivities. register for the 6 and under costume contest at El Dorado Hills Town Center on October 31, 2011 for the Halloween Festivities. Andelyn is showing the registrars her devilish face.
This little ups guy (Wyatt Dabney, 19 months, son of Chris and Nicole) trades in his brown truck to receive a special treat of sitting behind the wheel at the Eldorado fire station on Halloween
Image # 5592 Mom Angela Taylor with her children Mariah (8) and Abbie (5) hold hands with Brian Patrick while crossing the street in Eldorado for trick or treating.
Bluebirds sit on the wings of a statue at the Veterans Memorial in Placerville Friday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Bluebirds sit on the wings of a statue at the Veterans Memorial in Placerville Friday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
DEFENSIVE LIBERO Maddie Berridge of Union Mine receives and starts running a play as teammate Mikayla Tucker looks on in Monday night's match with Vista del Lago. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
IRONMAN ATHLETE Richard Hunter, 44, of Folsom, right, runs with his coach, Jon Klingensmith, 36, of El Dorado Hills on the bike trail near his home. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
SMILE FOR THE CAMERA —€” Park volunteer, Jeremy Mease, 33, of Auburn uses a digital camera in an old fashioned wooden housing to photograph Danielle Wheeler, 32, and her daughters, Aubree, 4, and Haley 10, of Placerville at the Christmas in Coloma event on Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
CAUGHT IT! Emma Klinsmann, 8, (parents, Bob and Michelle) catches a hoop thrown by dad in the old fashioned schoolyard game, "Graces," at the Christmas in Coloma celebration on Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim, left, and Geshe Lhopa Lobsang, right creat a sand mandala Wednesday at the Cosmic Cafe in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim creates a sand mandala Wednesday at the Cosmic Cafe in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Tibetan Monks create a Peaceful Fire Puja Mandala Wednesday at the Cosmic Cafe in Placerville. Democrat phot by Pat Dollins
Tibetan Monks from the Garden Shartse Monastery prepare to make a sand mandala Wednesday at the Cosmic Cafe in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
LADY TROJAN #25, Jenna Klein jumps with the ball. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
EL DORADO COUNTY Deputy District Attorney Michael Pizzuti tastes the triple IPA Pliny the Younger with his scrutinizing palate. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
BRICK OVEN PUB owner Ken Fay jokingly pretends to drink the last of a 5 gallon keg of Russian River Brewing Company's Pliny the Younger. The Brick Oven Pub was one of ten Sacramento area tap houses to recieve the rare beer for Sacramento Beer Week. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
CONSIDERED ONE OF THE BEST beers in the world, Ken Fay, owner of Brick Oven Pub holds a glass of Pliny the Younger that was on tap at his eatery for Sacramento Beer Week. Pliny the Younger is a triple IPA made by Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa and recieved a perfect rating from beeradvocate.com. Only 300 kegs are produced each year which sells out in two weeks every Spring. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
A specially decorated wine glass at Crystal Basin Cellars Saturday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
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LADY GRIZZLY GOALIE Kayla Anderson blocks the goal. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
A GROUP of kids wait for the start of the Spring Egg Hunt at the El Dorado Hills Community Park Saturday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Hundreds gathered for the annual Spring Egg Hunt Saturday at the El Dorado Hills Community Park in El Dorado HIlls. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
MADISON WANLAND, 7months, from El Dorado Hills checks out all the eggs in her basket after the Spring Egg Hunt Saturday at the El Dorado Hills Community Park. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
ALEX GROTH, 20 months, from El Dorado HIlls finds an egg to add to his collection Saturday at the Spring Egg Hunt at the El Dorado Hills Community Park. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
REESE GEBO, 2&1/2 years old from El Dorado Hills gets ready for the big egg hunt at El Dorado Hills Community Park Saturday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
L to R. Ado Annie Carnes (Carly Speno), Andrew Carnes (Matt Surges) and Ali Hakim (Alex Levy). Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Curley McLain (Jonathan Cranmer), Laury Williams (Julia Adams) Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
El Dorado Music Theatre Artistic director, Debbie Wilson rehearses a dance routine for the up coming production of Oklahoma Thursday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
COUGARS Grace Abela completes the final lap of the Girls Varsity 4x100 race April 18, the at Union Mine High School. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
COUGARS Andrew Peterson crosses the finish line in the Boys Varsity 4x100 relay April 18 at Union Mine High School. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
COUGARS Courtney Macklin leads the pack in a track and field event April 18th at Union Mine High School. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
DIAMONDBACK'S Nick Rankin wins the boys varsity 100 meter hurdles April 18th at Union Mine High School. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
COUGAR'S Caralyn Smet competes in the girls varsity triple jump April 18th at Union Mine High School. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
COUGARS Joe Soik runs in the 3200 meter race April 18th at Union Mine High School. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
DIAMONDBACK'S Carl Hughes, clears the bar in the varsity Pole Vault event April 18th at Union Mine High School. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
COUGAR'S Matt Johnson clears the bar at 12 foot 6 inches during the varsity Pole Vault event April 18th at Union Mine High School. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
JOHN HAROLD LUEBBERS arrives in El Dorado Superior Court Tuesday. The defense rested their case, calling no witnesses to the stand. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
GOLDEN SIERRA HIGH students participant in a "Pick Up Sticks" exercise, using various sized dowels at the El Dorado County Math Steeplechase event at Marshall Gold State Historic Park on April 27th. Five local high schools participate in solving hands on math problem exercises. Left to right, Stephen Lee, Michael Robetson, Sam Holman, Brooke Brown, and Andrew London. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
MAT COX, representing Assemblyman Ted Gains speaks at a Republican gathering in Cameron Park Monday May 15, 2012. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
REPUBLICAN ASSEMBLY candidate Les Baugh speaks at a Republican gathering in Cameron Park Monday May 15, 2012. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
A GATHERING of Republican women listen to Michael Ross, representing Assemblywoman Beth Gains at a Cameron Park luncheon Monday May 15, 2012. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
MICHAEL ROSS representing Republican Assemblywoman Beth Gains speaking at a Republican gathering Monday May 15th in Cameron Park. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
FRANK BIGELOW, District 5 Assembly candidate speaking at a Republican gathering in Cameron Park Monday May 14, 2012. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
A GROUP of Republican women listen to Republican speaker candidates and their representatives at a luncheon in Cameron Park Monday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
ROWS AND ROWS of colorful Iris are in full bloom at the Bluebird Haven Iris Garden at 6940 Fairplay Road in Somerset. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
BLUEBIRD HAVEN Iris Garden owner, Mary Hess, 62, right, and her mother, Dorothea Young, 92, both of Somerset collect spent blossoms from irises as they walk through the garden at 6940 Fairplay Road in Somerset. Hess states that there are more blooms than ever this year and that irises that haven't bloomed in five or six years are now in bloom. Visitors to the garden can view the 2,500+ varieties and place orders which are shipped in August. The garden is open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through May 27th. For more information, go to www.bluebirdhavenirisgarden.com. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
BLUEBIRD HAVEN Iris Garden owner, Mary Hess, 62, right, and her mother, Dorothea Young, 92, both of Somerset collect spent blossoms from irises as they walk through the garden at 6940 Fairplay Road in Somerset. Hess states that there are more blooms than ever this year and that irises that haven't bloomed in five or six years are now in bloom. Visitors to the garden can view the 2,500+ varieties and place orders which are shipped in August. The garden is open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through May 27th. For more information, go to www.bluebirdhavenirisgarden.com. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
IRISES BLOOM at the High Sierra Iris Garden on Hassler Road in Placerville Wednesday May 17, 2012. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
MARK AND CINDY Nelson stroll through the High Sierra Iris and wedding gardens on Hassler Road in Placerville Wednesday May 16, 2012. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
OAK RIDGE #14, Alex Fitchett pitches against the Davis Blue Devels in the final innings of Thursday's division play off game at Sacramento City College in Sacramento. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Trojans #15, Lance Berringer drives a ball deep to left field in a stand up triple Thursday May 17, 2012 against the Davis Blue Devils at the division 1 north playoffs at Sacramento City College. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Trojans pitcher #5, Austin Root throws to first #13, Zack Mahon in a pick off attempt Thursday May 17, 2012 at the division 1north playoff game at Sacramento City College in Sacramento. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
TEAM POWERHOUSE #1, hand car race team, stands near the track after their qualifying run of 750 feet in 26.320 seconds. Left to right, John Echoff, 40, of Sacramento, John Baser, 48, of Folsom, Ken Benedict, 42, of Folsom and Johnny Guest, 33, of Folsom. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
QUADRAPEDE COMPETING - John Baser, 48, of Folsom and Karen Mangels, 38, of Rancho Cordova practice for the hand car races on the train tracks on East Bidwell in Folsom. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene.
TEAM POWERHOUSE #1, hand car race team, powers down the track on their qualifying run for the hand car races held on the train tracks on Eat Bidwell in Folsom. Front left, John Baser, 48, of Folsom, front right, Johnny Guest, 33, of Folsom, left rear, John Echoff, 40, of Sacramento, right rear, Ken Benedict, 42, of Folsom. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
PRECINCT 303 INSPECTOR Diana Chu, left, helps Placerville resident Diana Chu complete the voting process Tuesday June 5, 2012 at the Veterans Memorial building on Placerville Drive in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
PRECINCT 303 volunteer Natividad Paz, right, watches as Placervile resident Nancy Ahern signs her name in the voting roster Tuesday June 5, 2012 at the Veterans Memorial building on Placerville Drive in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
I VOTED stickers lay on top of a ballot box at the Veterans Memorial building on Placerville Drive in Placerville June 5, 2012. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
"SUNZILLA E FARFALLA" by Marianne Kalem
BANNER JUDGES Rod Williams, left, and Blanche Kawahara look at a banner that won first place called "Lighten Up" by Kayla Elrod. Democrat Photo by Pat Dollins
"BRILLIANT" by Sherrie Toti Johnson
"BUT I WANT TO PLAY" by Lori Bernardo
"FLEUR LA VIE" by Gina Crosariol
Artist Carlotta A. Tormey puts the finishing touches on her banner "Roses on Main" that features a woman smelling a rose with the Belltower in the background. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
"EDEN" by Karen Greene
SPIRAL PEAKS" by Spencer De Coste
"BRILLIANCE OF SPRING" by Laura Freeman
"PAEONIA" by Morgan Blodgett
"MANGOS FOR MAIN STREET" by Skye Kjelson
"LUNA MEDLEY" by Kayla Grace
"CAMELLIA" by Jamie Cola-Bersamina
"100 YEARS OF GIRL SCOUTING" by Donna McPherson
"FLIRTING WITH NATURE" by Bonnie Maas
"FIRST BLOSSOM OF LOVE" by Heather Vierra
"DAUGHTER OF SPRING" by Rebekah Scher
"A PROMISE OF SPRING" by Sandra Wilson
"FLEURS JOIE" by Barbara Tankersley
"PETITE FLEUR" by Ariana Souza
"V FOR VICTORY" by Dolores Zombory
"SUNLIT POPPIES" by Lucia Rothgeb
"SUMMER FLOWER" by Marguerite Rosoz
KARLY MARTINEZ wears a shirt with a reminder to fight back against Cancer. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
CANCER SURVIVOR Karly Martinez, 9, center front, stands with her sisters Kathy, 8, left, and Corrina 6, right , her parents, Geovani, and Corrina, rear. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
MIKE ABBEY, 65, of Placerville loads yard waste into the back of an El Dorado Disposal collection truck at Clean Up Day. Also pictured, Linda Abbey, 62 and John Kish, 46, of Pine Grove. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
VINCE CIUFIA, 12, of Placerville holds a bag of clothing and toys he and his father, Matt Ciufia, 38 will donate to Snowline Hospice at Clean Up Day on June 23rd at Placerville Station on Mosquito Road. Accepting the donation is Josh Schultz, of Placerville with volunteer Scott Stone, also of Placerville, second from right. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
VOLUNTEERS, Josh Grissom, left, and Scott Stone, both of Placerville, lift a donated television into a metal container at Spring Clean Up Day, at the Placerville Station on Mosquito Road on June 23rd. Snowline Hospice accepted donations of used items and electronic waste and El Dorado Disposal provided bins for trash, recycling and yard waste. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
NINETY YEAR OLD Ursula Smith follows along with the exercises in the "Take Control With Exercise" video based on the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at the Senior Center at 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
YVONNE GRIFFIN, 74, Administrative Assistant at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, center, exercises with others using the "Take Control With Exercise" video based on the Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program at the Senior Center at 990 Lassen Lane in El Dorado Hills. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
WORMS GALORE! - Paul Mader, of Dollie Wolfe and Paul Mader Produce and Products, of Placerville holds a handful of red worms with their castings at the Saturday Farmer's Market in Placerville. Mader sells a kit, complete with bedding, worms and container for the purpose of creating fertilizers for plants and vegetables. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
MAGGIE YOST, 4, (parents, Amy and Darrin) of Placerville examines a red worm at the Saturday Farmer's Market in Placerville. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
RED WRIGGLERS - Paul Mader, of Dollie Wolfe and Paul Mader Produce and Products, Placerville finds red worms for Betsy Yost, 7, right, and her sister, Maggie, 4, (parents, Amy and Darrin) of Placerville at the Saturday Farmer's Market in Placerville. Mader sells a kit, complete with bedding, worms and container for the purpose of creating fertilizers for plants and vegetables. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
FIRE AND EMERGENCY personnel close Forni Road in Placerville Wednesday July 11 at the scene of a structure and wildland fire. The fire started around 3pm and did major damage to a home at 3972 Forni Road. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
FIREFIGHTERS WORK to extinguish a structure fire at 3972 Forni Road in Placerville Wednesday afternoon. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
FIREFIGHTERS WORK on the roof of a home partially distroyed by fire at 3972 Forni Road in Placerville Wednesday afternoon. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
HOMEOWNER Judy Sonky looks at a pile of splintered wood gathered from her yard after a bolt of lightning struck a tree near her home on Diamond Drive in Pollock Pines early Monday morning. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
POLLOCK PINES resident Judy Sonky looks at the damage to a tree in her front yard after a bolt of lightning struck the tree during a lightning storm early Monday morning. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
THE POWER of lightning is demonstrated by the damage to a Pine tree in the front yard of Bob and Judy Sonky on Diamond Drive in Pollock Pines.The tree was struck by lightning during a powerful storm Monday morning around 3 a.m. July 23. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
POLLOCK PINES resident Judy Sonky looks at the damage to a tree in her front yard after a bolt of lightning struck the tree during a lightning storm early Monday morning. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
A PASSERBY slows down to look at a minivan covered with Internet memes at the Grocery Outlet on Broadway in Placerville. An "Internet meme" is a popular idea used for humor or entertainment and spread on the Web through photos, phrases or art. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Comedian/actor Ray Romano takes his golf game very serious as he gives a fist pump after sinking a putt on the 17th hole during the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship.
Former Washington Redskin and Super Bowl MVP quarterback Mark Rypien sets to hit his tee shot on the 17th tee. The 17th hole is a popular spot to wacth the celebrites tee off.
Actor Brian Baumgartner, Kevin from The Office, signs an autograph for fan Jordan Hardt, age 12 from Cameron Park, as he leaves the 3rd green.
A J Hawk, Green Bay Packer All Pro Linebacler, muscles a tee shot down the 18th fairway.
WAITING AND SALIVATING - A St. Bernard drools, creating a large puddle on the pavement, in the Placerville parking garage while waiting for its owner. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
BLACKSMITH ROBERT Meyer hammers a red hot wall hook into shape at the blacksmith shop at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma Tuesday September 4. The blacksmith shop welcomes over 30,000 visitors a year. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
At 6:05 pm September 12, EID experienced a broken main at El Dorado Hills Blvd and Serrano. Photo courtesy EID
ESKATON MARKETING DIRECTOR, Pamela Dallas, stands near an architectural drawing of Eskaton at 3380 Blairs Lane in Placerville. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
ESKATON MARKETING DIRECTOR, Pamela Dallas, stands in the memory care center near a bingo game in progress at Eskaton at 3380 Blairs Lane in Placerville. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
A SUNFLOWER grows along Carson Road near Placerville Tuesday September 25. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
A BUNCH of wine grapes grows at Goldbud Farms Tuesday September 25 near Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
ADELE TRAPP, 7, from El Dorado Hills puts the finishing touches on her Eco-Bot robot Saturday during the fifth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day at the El Dorado Hills Library. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
RONAN EGAN, 7 from Shingle Springs holds his Eco-Bot at the fifth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day at the library in El Dorado Hills. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
FUTURE ENGINEERS left to right, Molly Egan, 9, from Shingle Springs, Adele Trapp, 7, from El Dorado Hills, and Ronan Egan, 7, from Shingle Springs build a course for their Eco-Bot robots at the fifth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day Saturday October 6 at the El Dorado Hills Library. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
ECO-BOT Challange participants left, Henry Colwell, 7 from Marin County, and right front to back, Adele Trapp, 7, from El Dorado HIlls, Molly Egan, 9, and Ronan Egan, 7, both form Shingle Springs test their Eco-Bots oil cleaning ability on a mock oil spill Saturday at the El Dorado Hills library. The Eco-Bots are small robots constructed from a toothbrush, a pager vibrating motor, foam mounting tape and a 1.5 volt button cell watch battery. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
HENRY COLWELL, 7, from Marin County tests his Eco-Bot Saturday October 6 at the El Dorado Hills library. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
TEAM NOVA members are on hand at the El Dorado Hills library Saturday October 6 to help El Dorado County 4-H members be robot builders for the fifth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day at the El Dorado Hills Library. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Stem Express lab technician Dan Hereen separates mononuclear cells (similar to white blood cells). Photo by Roberta Long
STEM EXPRESS — Cate Dyer and Josh Wood made a presentation to the BOS Oct. 23. Photo by Roberta Long
GINO DIMATTEO is arrested by an El Dorado County DA investigator on federal charges in El Dorado County Superior Court on Friday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
INFORMATION on services related to foster care is given out to interested parties by volunteers at the Foster Awareness Network's Foster Youth Support Fair at M.O.R.E. Rehabilitation on Oct. 27. Left to right, Todd White, Suzanne Allen De Sanchez, Jeanne Hall, Christine Thiel and Barry Harwell enjoy conversation. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
A JOLLY SANTA hands a candy cane to Ory Garmy (c.q.) 8, of Cameron Park while Jenna Mautte, 9, of Cameron Park waits in line to purchase an elf at the Snowline Christmas Spectacular on Coach Lane in Cameron Park on Saturday.
HOLDAY SHOPPING - Kathy Tourtillott, left of Rancho Cordova and Georgene Ferris, of Orangevale look for holiday decorations at the Snowline Holiday Spectacular in Cameron Park on Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
EL DORADO'S Sean Gregg, above, rounds a bend on the Willow Hills course Saturday on his way to a third place finish in the D-III Section race. Democrat photos by Pat Dollins
SENATOR TED GAINES congratulates Sharon Scherzinger, Executive Director of El Dorado County Transportation Commission for her work on the Missouri Flat Interchange Phase 1B Project and the U.S. %0 HOV Lanes Phase 2a Project at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Missouri Flat park and ride on Tuesday afternoon. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
CALIFORNIA TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION member Jim Earp, speaks at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Missouri Flat Interchange Phase 1B Project and the U.S. 50 HOV Lanes Phase 2a Project at the Missouri Flat park and ride on Tuesday morning. Other guest speakers include County Supervisor, Jack Sweeney, Caltrans District 3 Director Jody Jones, Senator Ted Gaines and Laurel Brent-Baum, CEO, El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
EL DORADO COUNTY Supervisor Jack Sweeney speaks at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Missouri Flat Interchange Phase 1B Project and the U.S. 50 HOV Lanes Phase 2a Project at the Missouri Flat park and ride on Tuesday morning. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
STATE AND LOCAL officials cut the ribbon in a ceremony for the Missouri Flat Interchange Phase 1B Project and the U.S. 50 HOV Lanes Phase 2a Project at the Missouri Flat park and ride on Tuesday morning. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
The annual Placerville Christmas parade may be canceled if conditions are deemed unsafe, according to the City of Placerville. Democrat file photo by Pat Dollins
CARBON COPY OWNER, Mark Scott stands in the front office of his business on Main Street in Placerville. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
CARBON COPY OWNER, Mark Scott stands in the warehouse at his business on Main Street in Placerville. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
TROJAN Shelby Peters eyes the bucket in Thursday's Toss Up opener to score two of her game-high 14 points in the win over Will C. Wood. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
OAK RIDGE #15, Jenn Hoffman. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
OAK RIDGE #10, Ali Bettencourt. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
OAK RIDGE #44, Jenna Ford. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
OAK RIDGE #24 Nikki Dow. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
OAK RIDGE #2, Sydney Stigerts. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
OAK RIDGE coach, Stephen White. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
OAK RIDGE #32, Shelby Peters. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
OAK RIDGE #25, Gabby Flores. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
OAK RIDGE #3 Grace Derksen. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
PANCAKES AND SAUSAGE - Joseff Johnson, 11, and mom, Tamara of Placerville are served breakfast at 7:00 a.m. before the CASA/Rotary breakfast and shopping event at Target in El Dorado Hills on Saturday morning. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
JOSEFF JOHNSON, 11, of Placerville tries on a baseball glove while Big Brother, Glen Ingram, of Diamond Springs looks on at the CASA/Rotary breakfast and shopping event at Target in El Dorado Hills on Saturday morning. Children are given $175 to spend on clothing and personal items and $25 on toys. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
JUST MY SIZE! - Joseff Johnson, 11, of Placerville holds up a 49er's jersey to check the size while Big Brother, Glen Ingram, of Diamond Springs looks on at the CASA/Rotary breakfast and shopping event at Target in El Dorado Hills on Saturday morning. Children are given $200 to spend on clothing, personal items and toys at the annual event. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
ON THE SPOT - Marie LoPresti. Age: 24. City of residence: Placerville. Hometown: Placerville. Occupation: Library Assistant. Hobby: Reading, drawing, video games and music. Favorite movie: The Boondock Saints. Favorite book: The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss. Favorite vacation spot: San Fransisco. Best quality: Outgoing, bubbly personality. What would you do if you won the lottery? I would fund library projects and buy a 1967 Shelby GT 500. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
CHIPS, A four and one half month old Bobcat kitten emerges from her temporary home provided by Sierra Wildlife Rescue in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
EMERGENCY PERSONEL respond to a mobilehome fire at 2801 Hidden Springs Circle in Placerville Thursday morning after a neighbor reported smoke in the structure. The occupants Richard and Pam Kaefer were not home at the time and the extent of damage was not known at press time. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
CHIPS, A four and a half month old Bobcat kitten looks at visitors to her temporary home in Placervile Wednesday December 19. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
CHIPS, A four and a half month old Bobcat kitten emerges from her temporary home provided by Sierra Wildlife Rescue in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
CHIPS, a four and a half month old bobcat kitten checks out visitors to her temporary home in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
CHIPS, a Bobcat kitten looks through a wire cage Wednesday December 19. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
THE DAY AFTER Christmas the setting sun casts a warm glow on Serrano in El Dorado Hills as viewed from Ridgeview Drive. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
AN OLD red barn is bathed in the warm glow of the setting sun along Gold Hill Road. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Union Mine high school senior Daniel Stevenson rehearses his speech presentation outside a classroom during the essay and speech portion of the Academic Decathlon at Union Mine high school Wednesday January 30. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Union Mine seniors left to right, Sean Fitch, Daniel Stevenson, and Jordan Hyatt-Miller take a break outside a classroom during the essay and speech portion of the Academic Decathlon at Union Mine high school Wednesday January 30. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Oak Ridge High School senior Abraham Lewis plans his presentation during the essay and speech competition Wednesday January 30 at Union Mine High School.
Ponderosa High School Senior Morgan Henry presents her essay Wednesday January 30 at the speech and essay portion of the Academic Decathlon at Union Mine High School. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Union Mine High School senior Sean Fitch delivers his speech before a panel of judges Wednesday January 30 during the speech and essay portion of the Academic Decathlon held at Union Mine High School. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
VISITORS ENJOY a beautiful day as they walk along the shore of Cameron Park lake Thursday January 21. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
PACO PENA is performing at Three Stages in Folsom on Monday, Feb. 25. Courtesy photo
THE ALVIN AILEY American Dance Theater Foundation is presenting a three-day residency at California State University, Sacramento. Courtesy photo
FATHER SEAN COX at the Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park Tuesday February 12. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
FATHER SEAN COX stands near a sign at the main entrance to his church in Cameron Park Tuesday February 12. lDemocrat photo by Pat Dollins
FATHER SEAN COX at the Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park Tuesday February 12. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
CHANNEL 13's Dave Benderporter serves auctioneer during the live auction Saturday evening February 9 at A Chocolate Affair in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
MIKE BIGGS, from Shingle Springs, left, and Sharon Breuer, right talk at A Chocolate Affair in Placervile Friday evening February 8. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
BRIAN BUMGARNER, from Bumgarner Winery, right, pours wine for Camino residents Rhonda and Ross Frank at A Chocolate Affair in Placerville Saturday evening February 9. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
CHOCOLATE DRIPS from a strawberry at A Chocolate Affair in Placerville Saturday February 9. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
TOM AHRENS, left, and Kathy Ahrens, right, check out some of the silent auction items on display at A Chocolate Affair in Placerville Saturday February 9. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
ANNABELLE FIFLE, from Annabell's Chocolate Lounge, left, gives a chocolate treat to Somerset resident Cyndi Clarke at A Chocolate Affair in Placerville Saturday February 9. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
HUNDREDS GATHER for A Chocolate Affair Saturday evening February 9 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
CUPCAKES on display at A Chocolate Affair in Placerville Saturday February 9. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
FRANCIE DILLON enjoys the show at a fundraiser put on for her on Feb. 15 at the library in El Dorado Hills. Dillon, a children's entertainer who performed Jazz Babies at the library, is suffering from an unidentified malady that has forced her to stop performing. Democrat photos by Shelly Thorene
THE POODLUMS, Anne and Jason Howard, of Sacramento, sing songs in English and Spanish to families attending a fundraiser for Francie Dillon.
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DAVE NUNEZ
LANIEA DOMINGUEZ
CHERYL "THE SOCCER MOM" ANDERSON
ANDERI BAILEY
LADY TROJAN, Grace Derksen, breaks through the Berkeley Yellowjacket's defense at Sleep Train Arena on Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
LADY TROJAN, Jenn Hoffman, breaks through the Berkeley Yellowjacket's defense at Sleep Train Arena on Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
LADY TROJAN, Haley Anderson jumps for the basket in the game against the Berkeley Yellowjacket's at the Sleep Train Arena on Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
LADY TROJAN, Michelle Barkley jumps for the basket in the game against the Berkeley Yellowjacket's at Sleep Train Arena on Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
LADY TROJAN, Michelle Barkley jumps for the basket in the game against the Berkeley Yellowjacket's at Sleep Train Arena on Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
LADY TROJAN, Michelle Barkeley jumps for the basket in the game against the Yellowjacket's at the Sleep Train Arena on Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
LADY TROJAN, Haley Anderson is consoled by Coach Stephen White after she was injured in the game against the Berkeley Yellowjacket's at Sleep Train Arena on Saturday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
LADY TROJANS support Haley Anderson as she returns to the bench. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
CURVES MEMBERS from left to right: Jessica Wright, Lorna Lanning, coach Sue Austin, and manager Ky Bessom show off their collection of donated food. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
KEVIN RALPH kneels in front of signs he painted at the Missouri Flat Trailhead to help pedestrians and bicyclists better manage the El Dorado trail between Missouri Flat Road and Forni Road in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
ALL OF THE newly built cottages at Eskaton come with a flat screen television. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
PAMELA DALLAS DEMONSTRATES a new handle designed to make opening pocket doors easier at one of the newly built studio apartments on Blair's Lane in Placerville. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
THE NEWLY BUILT cottages at Eskaton feature a commbination kitchen/living area. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
EL DORADO COUNTY Courthouse workers carry signs in a protest at the courthouse on Main Street in Placerville on May 14. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
BEING A PERFECT gentleman, Bob Burnley, of Placerville assists Cindi Medici, also of Placerville with her wardrobe on the runway at the Shakespeare Club Fashion Show on May15. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
JOAN GEEL, left, receives a gift certificate for the Lighthouse from Sara Edwards, right, as Darlene Tarlton looks on at the Shakespeare Club Fashion Show on May15. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
BEING A PERFECT gentleman, Bob Burnley, of Placerville assists Annie Patterson, of Pollock Pines onto the runway at the Shakespeare Club Fashion Show on May15. Patterson is wearing a tunic, tank top and capris from Leah Marie in Cameron Park. Fashions by Off Broadway were also featured in the show. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
BEING A PERFECT gentleman, Bob Burnley, of Placerville assists Cindi Medici, also of Placerville with her wardrobe on the runway at the Shakespeare Club Fashion Show on May15. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
BEING A PERFECT gentleman, Bob Burnley, of Placerville assists Annie Patterson, of Pollock Pines onto the runway at the Shakespeare Club Fashion Show on May15. Patterson is wearing a tunic, tank top and capris from Leah Marie in Cameron Park. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
JOAN GEEL, left, receives a gift certificate for the Lighthouse from Sara Edwards, right, as Darlene Tarlton looks on at the Shakespeare Club Fashion Show on May15. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
CASA VOLUNTEER Michelle Carlson at her home in Shingle Springs Wednesday May 22. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
GOLD COUNTRY convalescent resident, Alda Gomes, 87, sees eye to eye with Layla. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
GOLD COUNTRY convalescent resident, Richard Carenen, 88, left, visits with Layla, a 1 year old rescued miniature horse owned by Stacey Boyd, right, of Shingle Springs as her son, Ryan, 5 and Betty Hock, 96, look on. Boyd volunteers her time to allow residents to visit with her horses as horses are not as allergenic as cats and dogs. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
Lieutenant Stacey LaFave, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, with the gill net and 70 trout he seized on June 7.
ON THE SPOT - Bro D Barber. Age: 25. City of residence: Citrus Heights. Hometown: Sacramento. Occupation: barber. Hobby: Long board and billiards. Favorite movie: Free Willy. Favorite book: Hot Mahogany, by Stuart Woods. Favorite vacation spot: Monterey. Best quality: I'm happy. What would you do if you won the lottery? I would buy the best tools and expand and have a mobile barber shop. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
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HAILEY HUNTINGDON smiles as she plays at her home in Placerville, Friday October 10. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Hailey Huntingdon, right, snuggles with her uncle David Sterkin, left, at her home in Plcerville Thursday October 10. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
HAILEY HUNTINGDON, right, plays with her mom Alexa, left, at her home in Placerville Friday October 10. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
HAILEY HUNTINGDON, right, plays with her mom Alexa at her home in Placerville Friday October 10. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
MT. AUKUM FLEA Market vendor, Franz Nadermann, of Mt. Aukum, shows off his collection of coats and a hamburger hallowe'en costume on October 12. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
MT. AUKUM FLEA Market Manager, Carolyn Upton of Mt. Aukum, shows a collection of children's coats donated for kids in need at the flea market on October 12. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
MT. AUKUM FLEA Market vendors, Myrna Glick, of Mt. Aukum, left, and Anita Bergquest, of Omo Ranch, right, look over their wares on October 12. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
MT. AUKUM FLEA Market vendor, Larry Upton, of Mt. Aukum, holds a ceramic bowl next to his display of Native American collection on October 12. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
A COLLECTION OF ANTIQUE bottles, buttons and toy trains sit on a table at the Mt. Aukum Flea Market on Oct. 12. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
ANDY HALL OF Hall and Associates Real Estate in Diamond Springs hold a photo of Hall's Supermarket in Mt. Aukum on Oct 12. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
ANDY HALL OF Hall and Associates Real Estate in Diamond Springs looks through photos of Hall's Supermarket in Mt. Aukum on Oct 12. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene
VISITORS BROWSE the Gold Country Artists Gallery Saturday evening during the 16th Annual Art & Wine Festival on Main Street in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
VISITORS to the 16th Annual Art & Wine Festival on Main Street in Placerville check out some of the colorful banners on display Saturday evening October 19. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
A WINE LOVER holds up a glass of wine in the Gold Country Artists Gallery during the 16th Annual Art and Wine Festival in Placerville Saturday evening October 19. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
RUHSTALLER BEER founder Jan-Erik Paino talks with Kristine Mazzei, COO and Managing Partner of Valley Vision and Meg Arnold, CEO of the Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance before the Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce Farm to Fork panel discussion Friday Oct. 25. Paino's brewery not only makes beer, but also owns it's own hop farms in the Sacramento region. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
Tim Johnson, President and CEO of the California Rice Commission speaks to the visiting Sacramento Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce at Smith Flat House Friday Oct. 25. “Of the top 20 exported crops grown in California, seven come from the Sacramento Valley including wine, rice, tomatoes, almonds, seeds and dried plums,” Johnson said. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
CEO of the Sacramento Regional Technology Alliance, Meg Arnold, talks about technology in agriculture as part of the Farm to Fork panel presentation.
Maryann Argyes, Chairperson of the EDC Community Economic Development Advisory Committee spoke about Apple Hill; “we do not export commodities, we import tourists and it’s a model that very successful.”
MOUNTAIN DEMOCRAT Advertising Representative Chris Jones, center, and Advertising Manager Ian Balentine, right, greet 2013 Readers' Choice winners, including Jeff Molinari of Placerville Bike Shop, at the awards ceremony on Oct. 29 at Cielo Estate Winery. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
CATHY DUDLEY, left, Catherine Aisner, center, and Jeremy Heath with Anytime Fitness check out the Mountain Democrat Readers Choice winners publication at the awards banquet. Anytime Fitness was voted best gym by readers of the Mountain Democrat. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
MOUNTAIN DEMOCRAT PUBLISHER Richard Esposito welcomes winners to the 2013 Readers Choice winners award night at Cielo Estate Winery Tuesday Oct. 29. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
CHARLIE STEPHENS, owner of Randolph Jewelers waves to the crowd as he accepts his 2013 Mountain Democrat Readers Choice award for best jewelry store Tuesday evening at Cielo Estate Winery. Best jewelry store: Randolph Jewelers
ATTENDEES of Tuesday's Readers Choice awards ceremonies enjoy the appetizer spread.
ROSIE GRIER of Off Broadway celebrates her Readers' Choice win for "Best Women's Shop" after receiving her commemorative plaque from Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
THE CAST of Hotel Paradiso Tuesday November 5 at El Dorado High School. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Victoire "Natalee Eggen" left, seduces Max "Adam Ainsworth" right during a scene of Hotel Paradiso at El Dorado High School Tuesday November 5. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
OPENING SCENE at Mr. and Mrs. Boniface's home. Left to right, Cot, "Raymond Thompson", Max "Adam Ainsworth" sitting, Boniface, "Tyler Land", Marcelle "Hannah Van Vleet" and Angelique "Colleen Crooks". Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
MARCELLE AND BONIFACE having an affair at the Hotel Paradiso. Marcelle, "Hanna Van Vleet", left, and Boniface "Tyler Land" right. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
BONIFACE LECTURES Cot about his cruel behavior towards his wife. Left to right, Boniface "Tyler Land", Angelique, "Colleen Crooks", and Cot "Raymond Thompson". Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
THE POLICE have come to the Hotel Paradiso and are about to arrest everyone. Left to right, Marcelle, "Hannah Van Vleet", Police, "Giavana Duke", Boniface "Tyler Land", Police, "Sami Jumper", Pervenche, "Camille Woicekowski", Paquerette, "Taylor Carlisle", Martin "Caleb Morris", Anniello, "Justin Clare" sitting at desk, Violette, "Alexa Flickinger-Renzi", Marguerite, "Olivea Flickinger-Renzi" Police Inspector "Thoren Jorgensen", and sitting front George "Gwen Lacher". Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
DIANA FONTANA sits in a chair at Reflections Salon and Spa in Folsom Wednesday December 4 prior to getting her hair cut. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
DIANA FONTANA grimaces as her daughter Joely 13, left, and son Cole, 10, right, cut off locks of her hair at a gathering of friends and family Wednesday December 4 at Reflections Salon and Spa in Folsom. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
FRIENDS AND FAMILY look on as Diana Fontana seated and longtime friend and hairdresser Kelly Mosher hold a lock of hair just cut during a celebration at Reflections Salon and Spa Wednesday December 4 in Folsom. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
DIANA FONTANA looks at a photo of her hair getting cut off Wednesday December 4 at Reflections Salon and Spa as her son Cole 10, right, looks on. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
DIANE DENNIS, left, California Retired Teachers Association member, gives Star Walker, coordinator of the El Dorado County You Are Not Alone program, a basket assembled by CalRTA members. Courtesy photo
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR looks about as full as can be in the Crystal Basin where snow has transformed the landscape into a winter wonderland. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR looks about as full as can be in the Crystal Basin where snow has transformed the landscape into a winter wonderland. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
A MOUNTAIN DEMOCRAT reader stopped by our offices Tuesday 1/7 concerned about a leaning tree near Cold Springs Road and Combellack Road in Placerville. The grey pine, seen here, is the leaning tower of pine cones over traffic traveling on Cold Springs Road. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
STUDENT CONTESTANTS compete in the Poetry Out Loud Finals at the Imagination Theater Thrusday Feb. 6 in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
GLEN Carlisle from Golden Sierra High School competes at the Poetry Out Loud finals at the Imagination Theater in Placerville Thursday Feb. 6. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Nicole Sutherland from Independence High School competes at the Poetry Out Loud finals at the Imagination Theater in Placerville Thursday Feb. 6. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Leora Mazumdar from Oak Ridge High School competes at the Poetry Out Loud finals at the Imagination Theater in Placerville Thursday Feb. 6. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Becky Glaister from Union Mine High School competes at the Poetry Out Loud finals at the Imagination Theater in Placerville Thursday Feb. 6. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
Connor Ricketts from Charter University Prep competes at the Poetry Out Loud finals at the Imagination Theater in Placerville Thursday Feb. 6. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
//sam King from the County Office of Education Program competes at the Poetry Out Loud finals at the Imagination Theater in Placerville Thursday Feb. 6. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
POETRY OUT LOUD first place winner Connor Ricketts, right, looks at his award as El Dorado Arts Council Executive Director Deb Jensen looks on Thursday Feb. 6 at the Imagination theater in Placerville. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins
ELAINE REID, center left, and Irene Reid, left, of Sign Banner Print in Cameron Park, show samples of wedding invitations to future bride and groom Heather Nelson and Albert Hui of Sacramento. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
GUITARIST Michael Sean Miller, a resident of El Dorado Hills, seranades attendees of Sunday's wedding vendor showcase, It's a Wedding Affair, at the Cameron Park Community Center. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum
LOW CLOUDS hang in distant pine trees along Mormon Emigrant Trail near Sly Park Monday March 3. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins