Master Food Preservers: Preserving pumpkins

In October, many people in the United States purchase at least 10 pounds of a vegetable that no one in the house intends to eat. What vegetable could that be? Why, the pumpkin, of course. That round, orange squash decorates homes across the country after being carved into various scary, funny and fantastic shapes. Is […]

Kiwanis Club installs new officers

The Kiwanis Club of Placerville recently held its annual installation of officers during a ceremony at Cold Springs Country Club in Placerville. New officers for the 2011-12 administrative year are: Lanny Langston, president; Lori Warden, president-elect; Paul Zappettini, vice president; Rita Timewell, secretary; Bill Snodgrass, treasurer; Charlie Wiglesworth, immediate past resident; and John Zachry, advisor to the […]

At a glance: The big dude in the sky

The cool nights are perfect to step out and take a look at Jupiter. The big planet is out all night at a brilliant magnitude -2.9. This is the brightest it ever gets. Also of note the night gains by 3 minutes a day at the start of November and goes to about a minute […]

Book about Rescue captures the spirit of the past

Book review Title: “History of a Place Called Rescue” Authors: William C. Teie and Francis M. Carpenter Publisher: Deer Valley Press, Rescue,, November 2011 Price: $75; flex-binding, 11 x 8.5 inches, 380 pages, four-color. (pre-publication price $52.50 plus tax and shipping. Visit for particulars) Available From: Publisher, November 2011 (predicted) As you know, I […]

November 02, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 2 Replies

Tradition vs. change explored in ‘Fiddler’

What: “Fiddler on the Roof” Who: Oak Ridge High School Where: Oak Ridge High School theater, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills When: Nov. 3, 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12, and 2 p.m. on Nov. 5, 6, 12 and 13, at 7 p.m. Information: 916-947-7529. A poor man with five daughters is bound to face challenges. […]

Grow For It! Bats — Pest management for garden and orchard

Bats usually get a lot of attention at Halloween. However, savvy gardeners are looking at ways to encourage and support bats all year long because of their natural role in managing insect pests. Bats eat the insects that eat our crops. Favorite meals are cucumber beetles, coddling moths, leafhoppers, mosquitoes and stink bugs. When female […]

As we were: Mt. Aukum postmaster retires

25 Years ago Oct. 31, 1986 Mt. Aukum postmaster to cancel last stamp By KURT DAVIS MT AUKUM — Betty Tolle, 60, postmaster here for the past eight years, is retiring today. Tolle has worked at the Mt. Aukum office 27 years; she replaced former postmaster Viola Watson in 1978; the post office clerk, Viki Eannie, […]

Conference cites benefits of bilingualsim

Sacramento State University, Sacramento invites the community to attend the 18th annual Multicultural Education Conference, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, in the University Union. There is no charge for admission or parking in Structure II. The 9 a.m. keynote speaker is Professor María de la Luz Reyes, author of “Words Were […]

Students gain experience in mock interviews

Paul Zappettini sits at the center of a table interviewing Brayden Jordan, Dustin Lind, Shiloah Kelley, Nicole Orr and Sebrina Hicks for the position of legal secretary/paralegal for The Law Offices of Zappettini and Brady in Sacramento. During the Friday morning interview, Zappettini, a Placerville resident who also has a home office, tells the candidates that if […]

‘Panteon de Sacramento’ returns to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO — La Raza Galería Posada, Sacramento’s Latino art and cultural center, will offer “Panteon de Sacramento,” for this year’s commemoration of Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead. The dalería is located at 1022 22nd St. in midtown Sacramento Día de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors; it honors both […]

The show goes on at STC

The Sacramento Theatre Company continues its 2011-12 “A Seaon of Mystery, Music and Mayhem.” On the Pollock Stage, comes the very funny “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks”  by Richard Alfieri to Dec. 18. This comedy about two unlikely partners (a Baptist minister’s widow and an acerbic dance instructor) brings lots of laughter and some […]

State Indian Museum to hold holiday fair

What: Arts and Crafts Holiday Fair Who: State Indian Museum Where: 2618 K St. (on the grounds of Sutter’s Fort) When: Friday, Nov. 25, and Saturday, Nov. 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cost: $3 for adults, $2 for youths 6-17 and free for children 5 and under Information: 916-324-0971 or Just in time for holiday shopping, the “Arts and […]

Treats with no tricks

Halloween is an anticipated night for just about every candy loving youth. But as children dream of candies; parents worry about the negative effects of all that candy on their children’s health, especially their teeth. Some families opt to hand out pretzels or raisins in lieu of candy, but let’s face it, that stuff just […]

Foothill dining: The perfect pumpkin

Pumpkins are to fall as Santa Claus is to Christmas. Pumpkin production, which climbed to 1.5 billion pounds in 2010, reaches its peak in October as Americans prepare to celebrate Halloween. As pumpkins have become ingrained into the Halloween and Thanksgiving cultures, the number of creative ways to use and enjoy them has increased. Dawn […]

Soroptimists seek women who have made a difference

Contact: Tanya Moran Cell: (530) 919-4612 Work: (530) 642-9984 Email: [email protected] Soroptimist International of Placerville is searching for applicants for its Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women. The award honors women who — through their professional or personal activities —make extraordinary efforts on behalf of women and girls. Women can nominate themselves or another […]

Master Food Preservers: Herbs for the winter

Winter is just around the corner and the ability to go into the garden to get fresh herbs for cooking will be gone. Several methods can be used to preserve the last of the fresh herbs before the first frost spoils them. Drying is the traditional method for preserving herbs. Chervil, chives, dill, mint, oregano, […]

As we were: More discussion needed

25 Years ago Oct. 24, 1986 Historic district guidelines discussed at special hearing The City Council Oct. 14 failed to pass a resolution adopting Placerville Historical District Guidelines after property owners asked for a special hearing. Although the city Planning Commission held a public hearing Sept. 16 and voted unanimously to recommend adoption of the guidelines, […]

Renaissance man Kieth Merrill lives life on a large scale

What makes a person interesting is often a different perspective than most and actions and accomplishments that reflect that perspective. “Everybody has a story. The longer I live, the easier it becomes to step into someone’s story,” said Kieth Merrill, 71, author, film director, screenwriter, artist and producer. Merrill’s own story comes from a bigger […]

Partners in Care is an important collaborator

Nancy Symons is part of the bigger picture and that’s a good thing. When she accepted the position of executive director of Partners in Care in March, she knew she would be giving up time serving clients as the organization’s chaplain, but being part of a collaborative effort to serve the needs of the community […]

Newcomers and guests enjoy the latest fall fashions

“Hats off to Scholarships” was the theme for the Placerville Fellowship and Newcomers Club’s annual luncheon and fashion show at Cold Springs Golf and Country Club in Placerville. The event not only offered a peek at the latest in fall fashion from Leah Marie Fashions, Off Broadway and Renfros, it also raised money for scholarships […]

Freaker’s Ball to rock Tahoe

STATELINE, Nev. — Whether it’s the 16 foot clown, Lady Gaga lookalikes, entire Addams Family, Tricky Dick Nixon, a deck of playing cards, a human lobster bib or a zombified super hero, there’s only one place at South Tahoe to see the outrageous unveil itself through costume and it could be worth a $10,000 in […]

Fall show is full of color

What: Fall Art Show and Sale Who: Diamond Springs Art Association Where: El Dorado County Government Center, Building B, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville When: Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 Information: 530-672-2302 or e-mail [email protected] The Diamond Springs Art Association is presenting its Fall Art Show and Sale beginning Monday, Oct. 31 through Friday, Nov. 4, at […]

Oran Miller showcases new art

“Ghosts Let Go” featuring new woodcuts by Oran Miller are showing at Mira Flores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in the Pleasant Valley area, from Friday, Oct. 28 to Sunday, Nov. 6. There will be an opening reception on Saturday, Oct. 29, from noon to 8 p.m. There will also be woodblock carving and printing demonstrations on Sunday, […]

It will be happening at the Hangtown Halloween Ball

Grab your tents, costumes and dancing shoes, Railroad Earth, in conjunction with Pet Projekt, has booked a three-night Halloween extravaganza in Placerville for the first Hangtown Halloween Ball. The event will take place at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, on Friday, Oct. 28; Saturday, Oct. 29; and Sunday, Oct. 30, and will […]

Trick or treat and help, too

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with KNCI Radio and other local agencies to provide children an opportunity to participate in a very safe trick or treating experience on Sunday, Oct. 30, from noon to 2 p.m. The trick or treat event will take place in the brand new neighborhood of Blackstone in […]

Put on a scary face

Sarah Wolfe comprehended at a young age that she could multi-task or multi-mask in the entertainment world. The 2003 Union Mine High School graduate, 25, started off at Imagination Theater under the direction of Peter Wolfe, her father and co-founder of the theater company. “I grew up dancing and doing all that behind the scenes […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 3 Replies

Stepping out: Chipotle Mexican Grill has many tasty menu choices

“You know how I feel about tacos. It’s the only food shaped like a smile.” — Spoken by the character Earl Hickey in “My Name is Earl,” (2006) Chipotle Mexican Grill A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that Chipotle had delivered a number of burritos to the folks at the newspaper to try, as […]

Pumpkin Patch Festival returns to Western Railway Museum

On Saturday, Oct. 29, and Sunday, Oct. 30, the Western Railway Museum will run special Pumpkin Patch Trains from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Now in its 14th year, this old-time harvest festival is a highlight of autumn and for many, a family tradition. Gather the family and begin at the Western Railway Museum. The […]

Harvest a good time at Gold Oak

Every year hundreds of kids, moms, dads, grandparents, and neighbors come to the Gold Oak Harvest Festival at Gold Oak Elementary School. The festival is Saturday, Oct. 29, at the school, 3171 Pleasant Valley Road in the Pleasant Valley area and is from 4:30 to 8:15 p.m. This year the organizers are pumping up the volume […]

October 28, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Golden Sierra has ‘A Very Rainey Day’

What: “A Very Rainey Day” Who: Golden Sierra High School Drama Department Where: Golden Sierra High School, multi-purpose room, 5101 Garden Valley Road, Garden Valley When: Thursday, Oct. 27 through Saturday, Oct. 29 Cost: Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students with student body ID cards. Information: Contact Golden Sierra High School’s main office at 530-333-8330 GARDEN VALLEY — […]

Have a safe and spooktacular time in Pollock Pines

The Halloween Spooktacular Fun Fest will have a bag full of treats for children from 1 to 12 years old. Pinewood Elementary School, 6181 Pine St. in Pollock Pines, will be Spooktacular central on Monday, Oct. 3, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Children are encouraged to dress up and take part in the activities like […]

Blues, Beatles and barbershop meet in El Dorado Hills

What: Blues, Beatles and Barbershop Who: Placerville Gold Rush Chorus Where: Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmore Lane in El Dorado Hills When: Saturday, Oct. 29. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show starts at 7 Cost: Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for youth Information: Call Keith Eckhardt at 530-644-4151 or e-mail [email protected] Do you like to hear blues music? […]

Memory screening set in El Dorado Hills

National Memory Screen Day marks the focal point of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America’s national initiative to promote early detection and intervention for those concerned about memory loss. The event will be hosted by Senior Day Care Services, a program of the El Dorado County Department of Human Services on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 9 […]

Haunts to benefit the Food Bank of El Dorado County

When we think of holiday food drives and fundraisers, the most common events typically surround Thanksgiving and Christmas. In El Dorado County the community begins its holiday generosity as early as Halloween to benefit the Food Bank of El Dorado County. This year a wide variety of local haunts will benefit El Dorado County’s most […]

At a glance: A nice time in Placerville

The absolutely gorgeous weather is not the only nice thing going on in El Dorado County. The other day a very nice woman stopped her car by a man sitting on a curb in a parking lot in Placerville. She hopped out, opened the car trunk and pulled out a beautiful winter jacket and handed […]

October 26, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Grow For It! Steps to good landscape design

Over the past year, the concepts of good landscape design have been presented, including site selection and preparation, plant materials, hardscape and decoration. This article recaps the steps in a successful garden plan. 1 — Consider the site. Match the intended uses and the style of surrounding structures to the design plan for the garden. […]

The Hangtown Halloween Ball bands play on

The line up for the Hangtown Halloween Ball offers an impressive array of music. The festival is three nights and two days of music and more at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville, from Friday, Oct. 28, at 8 p.m. to Saturday, Oct. 29, at noon and Sunday, Oct. 30, ending at 10:45 […]

A jammin’ Halloween in Hangtown

What: Hangtown Halloween Ball Who: Pet Projekt Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Friday, Oct. 28, 8 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 29, noon; Sunday, Oct. 30, 10:45 a.m. Cost: $64 for a one-day ticket to $119 for a three-day pass, kids 12 and under are free. Information: Hangtown Halloween Ball Website at Placerville isn’t […]

EDMT presents ‘Disney’s Beauty and the Beast’

What: “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”  Who: El Dorado Musical Theater Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: Friday, Oct. 28, and runs through Sunday, Nov. 13. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturdays; and 2 p.m. on Sundays Cost: $14.50 to $29, Information: or 916-941-SING Talking furniture, […]

Bipolar Insights: What does Bipolar Insights represent?

I recently was asked to be a guest on the community access television channel in Sacramento. With date and time determined, I looked forward to being able to represent Bipolar Insights. Over the past several years I have been interviewed many times, and normally I am comfortable answering questions and explaining our program. On this […]

Foothill gourmet: Two ‘deliciously great’ recipes

Imagine loaning a cookbook, to a friend, that you had used enthusiastically for more than 30 years. Two years ago, my friend, Dee, did just that for me. The cookbook was created by army officers’ wives in 1973 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the officers’ wives’ club of Fort Benning (1923-1973). Dee’s excellent […]

On Duty Christopher C. Retallic

Army Pvt. Christopher C. Retallic has graduated from the Fire Support Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. The field artillery specialists serve in intelligence activities including target processing in field artillery, cannon battalions, division artillery, artillery and maneuver brigade and headquarters and fire support elements. The course is designed to train […]

On Duty Kayela Irene Marsh

Army Pvt. First Class Kayela Irene Marsh has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. on Friday, Oct. 7. During nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

Cedar Springs offers a fun pumpkin patch

Discover a magical and wholesome new world lit by luminaries as Cedar Springs Waldorf School presents its annual Pumpkin Path on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. If you have children or grandchildren, third grade and under, and are tired of the over-sugared fright fest that Halloween has become, then this adventure is […]

October 21, 2011 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged | 1 Reply

The ‘Phantom’ comes to Carson City

The Northern Nevada premiere of “Phantom of the Opera,” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic tale of forbidden love, comes to the Carson City Community Center in November. Set in the 1880s, the play features a deformed man — a  master magician, technician and musician, who lives beneath the Paris opera house and falls in love with a […]