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Carol Patton

“The biggest problem we face is lack of money — and that’s not necessarily a huge problem, because people come up with ingenious ways of thinking when money isn’t handed to you,” said Carol Patton, candidate for Placerville City Council. “People travel the nation to visit heritage towns.We have the real deal here and we […]

Dolls charm Placerville shoppers

Seventy-six dolls marched down Main Street on Friday, Dec. 2, with the assistance of volunteers Sue Young, Toni Conley-Widing, Bill and Carol Mueller. The procession was very much like the 76 trombone players marching in the band of the “Music Man.” The dolls were entered in the annual Holiday Doll contest sponsored by the Fleet […]

It is the guys turn to shop in Placerville

With “Girls Night Out” now a well-established and popular event on Placerville’s Main Street each year, the Placerville Downtown Association wanted to provide “the guys” with a night of their own. “Guys Night Out” is Friday, Dec. 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. With the emphasis on the girls’ and guys’ events being the same […]

Golden Rose named, Rose Pageant set

One Rose has already been picked. Although the 2015 El Dorado Rose will be named Thursday evening, June 18, during the opening day of the El Dorado County Fair, there already is a freshly bloomed Golden Rose who will be fulfilling her duties alongside the new royalty. Sandra Kowalski is this year’s Golden Rose, an […]

Heard over the back fence: Food for the Needy

HUNTER SAFETY CLASS: 
A “Hunter Safety Class” for ages 10 and up is scheduled for Saturday, June 20 from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. This is an all-day class. Please bring No. 2 pencil and lunch. Obtain a class book from the CSD and/or study online at […]

Things to do: May 29, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, June 1 through July 5, is featuring the creative photography of Jack Nissen. His latest work includes a series of exquisite flowers. Other works include wildlife, scenery, old farm equipment and buildings and some of his work explores the digital infrared technique. Also showcased in […]

Things to do: May 1, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, May 4 through May 31, is featuring photographer Mike Ryan. His unique photography captures images and ideas in original and creative statements. Also featured this month is jewelry maker Claudine Wright. This month three pairs of artists are participating in the new “Shared Inspirations” feature […]

At a glance: Zip it up

On April 29, 1013, Gideon Sundback improved upon an existing design and patented a new fastener. It had two rows of teeth on opposing cloth tapes that would interlock. Sundback founded the Hookless Fastener Company and sold the fasteners to the military. The Army Air Service and the Navy placed orders. In 1921, B.F. Goodrich […]

Hilarity is nonstop in ‘Spamalot’

What: “Spamalot” Who: Imagination Theater Where: Imagination Theater on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: March 27 through April 26, times vary Cost: Tickets $12 to $15 Information: imaginationtheater.net or 530-642-0404 For its 50th production as it begins its 16th year, Imagination Theater has pulled out all the stops in presenting “Spamalot,” the Monty […]

Gangs planted in El Dorado County

When Carol Edwards was enlisted to the developing gang unit of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office 23 years ago, the officials were unaware that gangs were already firmly represented in the county. As they did not know how to validate gang members, they had no list of suspects. “We had no clue … no idea […]

Judy Muetz keeps them in stitches

All those gorgeous ladies in their fabulous vintage dresses vying each year to become El Dorado Rose always seem to be smiling and laughing. That’s because for 25 years Judy Muetz of Placerville has kept them in stitches. Muetz, 66, has voluntarily given her time to the task of clothing the El Dorado Rose candidates […]

Sites, vans, drivers needed for homeless

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

At a glance: Happy New Year

Badoo.com conducted a global poll asking for the world’s “Strangest New Year’s Custom.” After all the submissions the social network came up with some pretty strange customs. A town in central Chile won the poll by having locals gather on New Year’s Eve in the town cemetery to welcome in the new year with dead […]

Arians’ sells everything from camping to camo

A few years back, a burglar broke into Arians’ Supply Sergeant on Main Street in Placerville and was quickly nabbed by the local police. When asked why he chose Arian’s as his target, the thief replied, “They have a lot of cool stuff there.” He was right about that, anyway. Established in 1952, Arian’s at […]

Heard over the back fence: Merry Christmas!

CHIPMUNK ADVICE: John Chapman provided the following “Advice from a Chipmunk” T-shirt statement: “Be playful * Hit the ground running * It’s OK to be a little cheeky * Earn your stripes * Plan ahead * Be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed * Stay chipper!” DECEMBER GARDENING TIPS:
 The Front Yard Nursery’s newsletter offers the following garden tips […]

It never rains on the flea market in Mt. Aukum

In April of this year, a new and slowly growing business began in the heart of Mt. Aukum. It is believed to be the counties first year-round indoor flea market and is becoming quite the social gathering place for residents of the surrounding areas of Omo Ranch, Mt. Aukum, Fair Play, Somerset, Pleasant Valley and River […]

City Council sings ‘Kill The Poor’ out of tune

EDITOR: It seems to me that the Placerville City Council members are entirely self-serving (that is except for the one puppet who is pushing the Round and RoundandRoundabout for her buddy Dave ). Well, every Podunck has the government it deserves. Blank the homeless and blank the people … goodbye altruistic homeless shelter and hello […]

Historic homes get decked out for the holidays

Docents at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, on Highway 49 in Coloma, have been working away on a special holiday treat for the public this year, sharing a treasure trove of historical homes in the tiny community where gold was discovered in 1848.

Many of the wooden structures, each with a fascinating story to tell, are not open to the public normally, but this special Historic Holiday Houses tour will swing the doors wide on 13 homes that dot the town.

“It will be kind of like a treasure hunt, complete with maps to all the houses,” said park volunteer Jennifer Steward, who broached the idea of the holiday tour with park officials and got the go-ahead for the venture.

The Historic Holiday Houses tour will be on one day only …

Heard over the back fence: Christmas shopping events start Saturday in Pollock Pines

COOKIE QUIZ:
 John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Do vegetarians eat animal crackers?” GIFT BAZAAR IN THE PINES:
 The “Holiday Gift Bazaar in the Pines” is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center, 2675 Sanders Dr., Pollock Pines. There will be lots of unique […]

Ross Dress for Less OK’d next to Save Mart

Placerville is one step closer to having a Ross Dress for Less store after the El Dorado County Planning Commission approved the developer’s application on July 11. Up for consideration was a proposal by property owner, WRI Goldenstate LLC to tear down an existing 9,500-square-foot building in Prospectors Plaza and construct a new 25,000-square-foot building […]

New park rules ‘onerous’

Changes and additions to the current city park use regulations, drawn up by city staff and the Recreation and Parks Commission, went back to the Commission for tweaking after the June 11 Placerville City Council meeting. The proposed regulations were made at the direction of the Placerville City Council in order to provide a safer […]

Heard over the back fence: Flea market Sunday in El Dorado

LIFE LESSON:
 Thanks to Clara Neilsen, we have the book “Live and Learn and Pass It On,” which offers the following advice: “I’ve learned that you should never sign a contract with blank spaces.” — Age 47 SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: 
The 17th annual “El Dorado Bazaar and Flea Market” is scheduled for Sunday, May 26, […]

City Council upcoming election

EDITOR: A closer look at one City Council candidate raises concerns: 1) Which one of these “experienced” candidates had a Main Street retail clothing shop that was forced to close in 2012 due to bankruptcy? 2) Which candidate was a Kathy Lishman (former City Council member) buddy and pushed for three “Downtown Revitalization Consultations” averaging […]

Lowry, Patton for council

Two seats are up for election on the Placerville City Council and three candidates are vying for them. After meeting with all three candidates the choice seemed obvious to us. The leading candidate is Carol Patton. She is by far the most experienced candidate. Having owned a downtown business for 18 years, she is intimately […]

Things to do: Sept. 7, 2012

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Sept. 3 through 30, is showing the award-winning pastels and oil paintings of Blanche Kawahara as well as her beautiful original hand painted silk scarves and special wire wrapped jewelry. Featured along with her will be painter Joyce Bahnsen. Bahnsen has taught Interior Design and […]

Three city hopefuls

Last minute filing on an extended deadline turned up three qualified candidates for the two open Placerville City Council seats on the November ballot: George Lowry, Carol Patton and Tricia Wilkins. All are Placerville residents. According to his candidate statement, Lowry is 58 and  listed his occupation as assistant chief of telecommunications. He has a […]

Machado stays for full City Council meeting

It was business as almost usual as Placerville City Councilman David Machado sat behind the dais for Tuesday’s City Council meeting — and stayed there this time. The last council meeting he made only a brief appearance and then disappeared. After charges of perjury and conspiracy to commit a crime were filed against Machado by […]

Main Street — ebb & flow or just ebb?

There are at least 12 vacant store fronts on Main Street in Placerville. With the impending closure of Placerville Clothing, established in 1993, there will be 13. Redevelopment, a tool to possibly help with shoring up and revitalizing local business, is in suspension, pending the outcome of a lawsuit between the California Redevelopment Agency and […]

Disturbed by opposition to the roundabout

EDITOR: My name is Carol Patton. Currently I am president of the Placerville Downtown Association. I am also the owner of Placerville Clothing Company. I have been involved with Placerville politics for over 20 years, as a former city planning commissioner, as a member of the Placerville Area Convergence Team, as the chair of the Flower […]

High school district registration information

The El Dorado Union High School District has released the following student registration information for the 2011–12 school year. School will start on Aug. 8. Consult your respective school’s Website for the starting times of your school. El Dorado and Vista High School The counseling office will be closed for summer break from June 20 […]

Heard over the back fence: What a great place to live

DON’T THINK ABOUT MOVING: A study by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation rate El Dorado County as one of the 10 healthiest counties in Calif. . . Here’s to your health! • • • VIETNAM IN THE SUMMER: The “Vets with a Mission” program is offering a trip to […]

Spring fling makes for summer blooms

What: Rhythm and Blooms Spring Fling Party Who: Flower Power Project Where: Wilkinson-Hupcey Building, 681 Main St., Placerville When: Saturday, March 19, 7-11 p.m. Tickets: $30 advance, two for $50 or $35 at the door. Purchase in Placerville at Annieberries, Carter-Kelly, MORE, Placerville Clothing, River City Bank, Susana Banana’s or online at placervilledowntown.com. Information: placervilledowntown.com The […]

Dandelions are for wishing

One of the first things noticed at Dandelions Raising Children Naturally at 3987 Missouri Flat Road in Placerville was a copy of “Barnaby and Thor” by Sue Hegarty on the counter. This extraordinary children’s book written by a local author and illustrated by talented artist Alice Shaw is not only a cute story, it radiates […]

Stepping out: Eat some cake and have some other good things

“It’s a lovely thing – everyone sitting down together sharing food.” — Alice May Brock Cuppa Coffee, Cakes and More Just a short note to say that Cuppa Coffee, Cakes and More, “Where you can eat your cake and have it too,” located at 442 Main St. in Placerville next to Old Town Grill, opened […]

Heard over the back fence: Let’s head to El Dorado

If you want to get into the Christmas spirit, save the date of Saturday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drive out to the town of historical El Dorado, where Poor Red’s is located. The Gold Rush Christmas Faire will feature music, Davey “Doc” Wiser’s stagecoach rides, a “Go for the Gold” treasure […]

Heard over the back fence: Remember your lost loved ones during holidays

Mourning the loss of a loved one is always difficult, especially during the holiday season. The Snowline Hospice “Light a Life” ceremony is a meaningful way to remember your loved one’s life. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Wilkinson-Hupcey Building, 681 Main St., Placerville. You can light […]

Plenty of good places to go

Features editor The American Library Association was founded on this date in 1876. Libraries are a wonderful place to not only find books but there are nice people to help find all kinds of information. Plus the El Dorado County library system offers fantastic places to go. Yes, it is a super place. Drop in […]

The Rose garden blossoms with new varieties

Special to the Democrat On a balmy Thursday evening at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Mary Kay Brancheau, 67, was selected to be the 2010 El Dorado Rose. Roni Pettibone, 2009 El Dorado Rose, placed the white sash over the green silk bibbed jacket of BrancheauÕs award-winning, original, authentic 1895 traveling suite. Undeniably perfect weather […]

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StemExpress counters CMP video and court ruling

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Grand Jury response: EDHCSD stands by parcel tax

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Donors ‘Stuff the Truck’ with toys

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Rails to trails path still unclear

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Jim Buell living up to the deputy Grand Exalted Ruler title

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Promoted chief overseeing Cal Fire firefighting arsenal

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Jeffrey White case moves forward

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Heard over the back fence: A Shot of Love

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Man charged with child sex abuse

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Accused shooter’s bail unchanged

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EDH embezzler faces prison

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23-year project takes flight

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OR 2015 roster

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Heinz-sight: Primal instinct

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Squads kick off season tonight

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Trojan football looks to improve

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Local blogger has his say

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OR 2015 Schedule

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Marcus ready for new adventures

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Ethos girls take Betti Memorial

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Grizzly summer workouts were fruitful

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Schedule: Aug. 24-29, 2015

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Info box scrimmages

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Big money up for grabs

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Things are cool on the set

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Things to do: Aug. 28, 2015

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Music on the Divide launches new season

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Exhibit brings nature to Cozmic Café

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‘Lend Me a Tenor’ auditions at IT

By Imagination Theater | From Page: B3

Cap Stage presents dark comedy

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Let’s get ‘Weird’ at the Harris Center

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Sierra Rep presents ‘Macbeth’

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Folsom Symphony gala

By Folsom Symphony | From Page: B6

‘Banished’ tells forgotten story

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Gabriel returns to Episcopal Church of Our Saviour

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Yoga has come a long way

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Divorces: July 2015

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Lake levels

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News bites, Aug. 26

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Correction

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Building permits issued Aug. 17-21

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Crime Log

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Lake levels

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Corrections

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DUI Log

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Building permits issued Aug. 10-14

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Statewide fire summary

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Crime Log

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DUI Log

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News Bites: Aug. 12

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Lake levels

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Building permits issued July 27-31

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Stephen “Steve” Collins

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Dealing with troubled properties

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July home sales climb to highest level in nearly three years

By California Association Of Realtors | From Page: HM14

Bright, vaulted great room In Strathmore

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Real estate firms confident about future profitability

By National Association Of Realtors

Pending home sales dip in June

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Millennials favor walkable communities, says new NAR poll

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CFPB’s extends TRID implementation deadline

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