Hangtown Kennel Club training classes start in April. Beginning Thursday, April 10 the Hangtown Kennel Club of Placerville is offering its first six-week training session for 2014 in both obedience and conformation at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville. For those preparing a dog for the breed ring, the conformation class focuses on […]
Eric Brace was born at a brand-new Marshall Hospital back in 1960 and although he spent only the first three years of his life in Placerville, the romance of the Old West and the lure of gold that brought the world to El Dorado County in the late 1840s remained firmly fixed in his psyche. […]
Beginning Thursday, April 10, the Hangtown Kennel Club of Placerville is offering their first 6-week training session for 2014 in both obedience and conformation at the El Dorado Fairgrounds in Placerville. For those preparing a dog for the breed ring, the conformation class focuses on the finer points of handling your dog in AKC shows. […]
The first ever Hangtown Holiday Ice Rink was a huge success, said Mike Kobus, president of the Placerville Drive Business Association. The PDBA brought ice skating to the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Dec. 14-Jan. 5, with the help of local businesses and community support.
With more than 6,100 skaters gliding on the ice during the three-week event, Kobus said, “For our first year, that is incredible.”
The learning curve to put the ice rink on the Placerville map was sharp, according to Kobus, but, “It was an amazing adventure. I’m really proud of the little core group that worked so hard to pull this together: Gordon Vicini, Bridgett Hartshorn, Gordon Helm, Pete McQuillen, John Zachry and myself. Nothing was going to stop us.”
The physical setup of the ice rink posed some challenges …
EDITOR: During the last year, Hangtown Haven, the innovative facility for homeless people, has drawn national attention because of its success in getting homeless people off the streets and into rehabilitation and job training opportunities. The Haven has developed a community, a “family,” as it were, of mutual support and care, and has worked to […]
It was an experiment that worked, depending on your point of view. And it is gone. Hangtown Haven, the only legal encampment for the homeless in El Dorado County, received national recognition for its approach in building a self-governing homeless community that supported its residents in their personal goals, provided a safe, clean environment for […]
EDITOR: The Placerville City Council at its Nov. 12 meeting voted to close Hangtown Haven and force the residents out of their unobtrusive, clean and orderly site with its effective support community. Did these conscientious residents of Placerville disappear? No; they are still with us. Many are struggling just to survive rather than focusing on […]
They love puttin’ on the dogs, and the Hangtown Kennel Club has kept in active service since 1980 without a “paws.” The reason for the success of the club, which not only focuses on dog shows, training and knowledge of man’s best friend, is that it also is positively philanthropic, sponsoring scholarships and committing to […]
EDITOR: We went to the Hangtown Holiday Ice Rink on Christmas Eve and had a ton of fun. I think that it should become a holiday tradition, as there aren’t any close holiday ice rinks. People we saw there seemed to be having a lot of fun and it is a great opportunity for some […]
DIAMOND SPRINGS — Camino’s Julian Lamers-Noble won the USA Fencing Regional Youth Circuit event for fencers 14 and under in Redwood City last month. “This is Julian’s first gold medal, and it’s probably more a testament to the development of his mental game than his physical one,” said his coach, Ted Smith, of Hangtown Saber […]
What: 35th Hangtown Christmas Parade Who: Mountain Democrat, city of Placerville, Placerville Police Department Where: Broadway and Main Street in Placerville When: Sunday, Dec. 1 at 1 p.m. Cost: Unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots Information: 530-344-5088 Jim McIntire is a family guy — not just a person with a family, but a person […]
The 35th Hangtown Christmas Parade will be rolling down Broadway and Main Street in Placerville on Sunday, Dec. 1 rain or shine. This year a consortium including the Mountain Democrat, city of Placerville, Placerville Police Department, Parade Marshals, McIntire family members and parade volunteers are working to make sure the tradition continues. Jim McIntire started […]
Want to buy a great small town hardware store? You still have a couple of weeks left before Hangtown Hardware closes its doors and another little piece of rural Placerville is gone. Owner Art Hardie said he is ready to retire, but “it would be the best Christmas present ever to have someone else want […]
EDITOR: I used to be proud of my hometown — a place that cared about the less fortunate and was held up as an example of the good that can be done at the local level. Today I am disgusted with Placerville’s mayor, city council and members of the business community who have all turned […]
On the chilly morning of Nov. 15, Hangtown Haven in Placerville was being broken down. Personnel effects packed, tents taken down and residents shipped off to new destinations with tears and an air of quiet, somber optimism. On Tuesday, there had been 24 residents. Friday had about 20. Saturday would have zero.
Tom Carney, a volunteer helping to take the upper Broadway camp apart, said that the “big stuff” — like one of the offices on site — could stay for a few months, but residents and whatever they owned had to be out by the end of the day …
EDITOR: This is a plea to our City Council to please extend the requested extension of Hangtown Haven. Through their organization, running safely, they have become a national example of how our country’s homeless can be self sufficient while they try to bring some kind of normalcy back into their lives. How can you read their personal stories […]
Hangtown Haven, the city’s legal encampment for the homeless, will end its one-year experiment in communal living on Nov. 15 when its Temporary Use Permit expires. The camp has more than 30 residents, a Community Council of four residents who run the camp and enforce its regulations for the safety of all and a host […]
EDITOR: I am a resident of Placerville. I am a retired correctional officer, and I am also a volunteer at Hangtown Haven. Having been there, I’ve seen the exceptional job that the committee members do, such as providing a clean and safe living area, enforcing rules — like no alcohol or drugs, and seeing to […]
Hangtown Haven, the city’s legal encampment for the homeless, will end its one-year experiment in communal living on Nov. 15 when its Temporary Use Permit expires. The camp has more than 30 residents, and a Community Council of four residents who run the camp and enforce its regulations for the safety of all and a […]
The following are excerpts from Hangtown Haven resident Rebecca Nylander’s profiles of the camp residents: “R” served our country in the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. He struggles with alcoholism but has done better in controlling his addictions at the Haven than he ever was able to do prior to coming into our family. In […]
Guy “Ed” Johnson has lived in El Dorado County for 51 of his 56 years. He graduated from El Dorado High School and he currently resides in Hangtown Haven where the Mountain Democrat talked with him on Oct. 23.
He’s a slight man with sad blue eyes, anxious not to make a …
On Oct. 30, the city of Placerville received a new request from Hangtown Haven Inc. for a renewed extension of the Temporary Use Permit that allows a legal encampment for the homeless to exist on Broadway. The current TUP is set to expire on Nov. 15 and the camp is scheduled to close at that time. […]
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Larry and Cary Park make their mark This is the ninth part in a series about music in the foothills. The prior episode of Hangtown’s Musical Roots described Larry Park’s upbringing in Placerville’s vibrant 1970s music scene. Larry and his brother Cary clawed their way up the Southern California country music ladder in the 1980s […]
At the Oct. 8 Placerville City Council meeting, Mayor Wendy Thomas announced that Hangtown Haven, the legal camp for homeless on Broadway, will close when its temporary use permit expires on Nov. 15. The mayor issued the following press release at the City Council meeting: “Hangtown Haven, the legal campground for homeless folks in transition, […]
Larry Park comes home This is the eighth part in a series about music in the Foothills. Larry Park is back in town. He was just 4 years old when his father, west-coast bluegrass pioneer Ray Park, put a guitar in his hands. The boy was strumming chord changes to popular country songs the following […]