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James Albert Imes

April 11, 1945 — Oct. 3, 2015 James Albert Imes, born April 11, 1945, in Placerville, Calif., died peacefully at home Oct. 3, 2015. He was the son of James Alex Imes and Grace Read Imes. Jim graduated from El Dorado High School in 1963, attended college, and married Rosemary Hofmann in 1967. They were […]

Imogene Louise (Gray) Kling

Oct. 16, 1913 — Dec. 12, 2014 Imogene Louise (Gray) Kling was born Oct. 16, 1913, in Sacramento, Calif., to Euell Young and Nora Marino Gray of Placerville, and passed away at the age of 101 on Dec. 12, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, Elbert Harbin, Euell Y. […]

Jameson Lee Villano

Dec. 11, 2011 – Jan. 20, 2012 Jameson Villano was born Dec. 11, 2011, in Folsom, Calif. He passed away at UC Davis Pediatric Cardiac Care Unit in Sacramento. We are forever greatful for the time that we had with him. He was loved intensely by all. He is survived by his parents, Hope Merrill […]

Marni Jameson: Design: some rules need not apply

Just when I thought I had this decorating business down, I find out a basic rule I had relied on — pick your wall color first — is just as wrong as a purple cat. I learned this the same week I learned that a 13th zodiac sign (Ophiuchus) had wedged its way into the […]

Norma Gray

March 6, 1934 — Nov. 20, 2010 Norma Gray Norma Gray went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 20, 2010, after a fun day of Christmas shopping with her family. She was born in 1934 in Pocatello, Idaho, to James and Viola Waltman. When she was 8, her family moved to Los Angeles, […]

Oak Ridge High School 2012 graduates

Kristian Thomas Aahl, Chelsea Nicole Abelia, Carly Jean Abney, Ethan David Ackerman, Ryan Cass Adair, Alexander George Adams, Haley Robin Adams, Samia Anne Alaywan, Hailey Alexis Albert, Kathryn Danielle Allen, Amy Alvarez, Brigette Elizabeth Amidon, Maya Chunping Andrus, Roman Merrill Andrus, Dominac Vincent Angelucci, Madison Katlyn Arenchild, Alyssa St. Claire Armstrong, Holli Alexandria Arrieta, Khadija Baharah Atebar, […]

Artists primed to paint Something MORE

What: Art and Wine With Something MORE Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Inc. Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, Jan. 16, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $30 each, $50 per couple Information: (530) 622-4848   Randy loves to mug for the camera as he draws his brightly colored cartoon characters, called Uncle […]

Vet helps keep PT boats afloat, during and after war

“Give me a fast ship, for I intend to go in harm’s way.” — John Paul Jones

At 93 and still full of spunk, Rolf Bruckner sipped his whiskey seven and recalled a life that has included serving in both World War II and Korea, helping Navy servicemen earn college degrees and participating in the restoration of a PT boat to mint condition — an accomplishment he still relishes to this day.

One of those selected to be honored at local Veterans Day events this past Wednesday, Bruckner was born in Hamburg, Germany. Still a toddler, he and his family immigrated to the United States in 1924 where they settled in New Jersey.

Divorces: September 2015

Julie Bourriague and Michael Gilbert Bourriague, Sept. 23 Daniel Chartraw and Martha Chartraw, Sept. 23 Teresa E. Valazquez-Torres and David Zavala, Sept. 23 Christina Bowes and Timothy Bowes, Sept. 23 Helen Brady-Taylor and John Taylor, Sept. 23 Petria Hope-Gallardo and Christopher Lee Gallardo, Sept. 23 Annette Lee and Lewis Erving Lee, Sept. 23 Brett Tilley […]

Cougar boys take it; girls tie D’backs

FOLSOM — The Sierra Valley Conference completed its season with Wednesday’s championship finals at the Willow Hills course on the edge of Folsom High’s campus. El Dorado’s varsity boys, winners of five straight SVC titles, left no doubt about No. 6 — dominating the race with placers, led by Dalton Douglas-Hiley, in the top six […]

There’s more to picking an area rug than love 

I am so sick of those in the home design world who say, “If you love it, get it!” Or “Fill your home with things you love.” As if that’s all there is to it. This reminds me of that absurd diet advice: “Eat what you love and still lose weight.” I’m sorry to be […]

When furniture shopping, watch what you wear  

From across the furniture showroom we could hear Gloria approaching before we saw her. Her big warm laugh and the clacking sound of her eight-inch heels preceded her by a good 30 seconds. DC and I stood blindly at the store entrance, the way one does when faced with more options than a Chinese menu. […]

Despite high-tech ways to pick paint, low-tech still best

If any system is due for an overhaul — even more than the nation’s health care — it is the way we pick paint. Think about this for a minute. You start by looking at a color swatch the size of a subway ticket in light that is not your home’s light, on a surface that is […]

Riches of the river include more than gold

It didn’t take the eagle flying overhead to convince tour goers that this is an incredibly remarkable part of the world, this river flowing through Coloma past the site where gold was discovered in 1848. But it didn’t hurt that the bald eagle chose just that moment, when the four rafts full of folks who […]

Independence HS announces graduates

The following students graduated from Independence High School on May 29, 2015: Michael James Beebe Cody Russell Bell John Esley Bright Andre Joseph Buchanan Harris Matthew Joseph Budd Robert Scott Charles Burkhart Jackson Phillip Campbell Christian Martin Campos Esparza Juan Rodriguez Canales Dylan Bradley Casarez Morgan Laurel Cedar Chapman Selena Linda Lillian Chase Haleigh Marion […]

Arthur “Bo” Paul Garrahan

Oct. 19, 1941 — May 30, 2015 Art Garrahan was born in Newark, N.J. He passed away in his sleep from a heart attack at his home in Cameron Park, Calif. He lived in El Dorado County for 40 years. Art is survived by his wife of 51 wonderful years, Dee; his children, Jeff (wife […]

Lee Roy McGuire

Aug. 14, 1933 — March 31, 2015 Lee Roy McGuire, age 81, passed away on March 31, 2015, while residing in Fernley, Nev. He was a resident of El Dorado County for many years, prior to moving to Nevada. He was an ambitious man, hard working and an avid land developer. He started his own […]

Capital Stage presents ‘The Homecoming’

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of its London premiere, Capital Stage Theater continues its 10th anniversary season with ” The Homecoming,” by Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter. Winner of the 1967 Tony Award for Best Play, “The Homecoming” exposes issues of sex and power and challenges the place of morals in family life. Capital Stage […]

Creating a sleep haven

I have been sleeping around this week. I mean that literally. In the space of seven days, I have bed bounced from Phoenix to Washington, D.C., to San Antonio and back to my own bed in Orlando. Nothing makes me appreciate my own bed — heck, my own bedroom — more than a string of foreign mattresses, […]

Divorces: December 2014

Brenda J. Sims and Perry J. Sims, December 30, 2014 John Christian Paper and Sarah Ruth Paper, December 30, 2014 Andrea Wright and Daniel C. Wright, December 30, 2014 Serena Pittman and Brett Pittman, December 30, 2014 Megan Leigh Wilson and Jesse Wilson, December 30, 2014 Janeth R. Nicolas and Sherman T. Nicolas, December 30, […]

Columnist seeks help letting go of the tough stuff

Unless you don’t have a soul, and I know some people like that, you probably have what can only be called feelings. While in the feelings line, I got an extra helping, which may explain why some people lack them. Anyway, I get waylaid by feelings often, including when I am confronted with stuff in […]

Griz grapplers finish third

GARDEN VALLEY — A 30-point swing cost Golden Sierra the lead and match Thursday as visiting Vacaville Christian posted the come-from-behind 42-28 victory to close the Sierra Delta League schedule. Up 22-6 at one point, the injury-decimated Golden Sierra squad forfeited four of the next five bouts — never to recover. Tuesday at Bradshaw Christian, the […]

Vivacious, neutral, classic … what’s your home personality?

Years ago, I went to a party that had a wallet reader — like a palm reader only she read your wallet and told you about yourself. Cash carefully segregated, facing the same direction by denomination signaled an organized planner. Bills stuffed in willy-nilly telegraphed impulsive spontaneity. Lots of credit and rewards cards equaled an over-extended shopper. […]

Fair seeks to ‘de-organ-ize': Rare pipe organ 1 of 2 in CA

She was the first pipe organ in El Dorado County; she might be one of the only two Bergstrom Pipe Organs left in California; she might be the largest surviving Bergstrom and now, this vintage lady of El Dorado County history needs a home as the county fair is asking the Historical Society to move it.

Built by John Eric Bergstrom, a Swedish immigrant who learned the science of organ building in Sweden before coming to the United States in 1850, the Bergstrom pipe organ is the only occupant of the Organ Room at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Usually the background for exhibits during the county fair, the organ hasn’t been played for many years.

According to “History of El Dorado County Federated Church,” by Malcom E. Wright, the organ was purchased by the Placerville …

El Dorado teams sweep SVC crowns

Union Mine runners take 2nd FOLSOM — Not one but four Sierra Valley Conference titles have been bestowed onto the El Dorado cross country program — and then some — after Wednesday’s Sierra Valley Conference finals at Willow Hills in Folsom. The Lady Cougars edged intra county and conference rival Union Mine for the crown. The El […]

Truck collides with multiple vehicles

Traffic was delayed on westbound U.S. Highway 50 west of Mosquito Road on Monday afternoon due to a non-injury traffic collision involving 11 vehicles. Occurring at 2:56 p.m., James Kimmel, 64, of Pollock Pines, lost control of his gray Chevy pickup truck. Unable to stop, he split the traffic, driving between the number one and two lanes […]

Exterior house color: public service or public nuisance

The problem with home design is there is only one kind of mistake. One everyone sees. That’s what makes home improvement decisions so nerve-wracking. Your taste — whether enviably good or so bad you need to hand out motion-sickness bags — is on display. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the color of your house. For […]

Humor and fiddling’ at Sierra Rep

Small-town antics, homespun humor and foot-stompin’ fiddlin’ come to Sierra Repertory Theater’s Fallon House Theatre in Columbia State Park from Sept. 26-Oct. 26 with Mark Twain’s  “A Murder, A Mystery and A Marriage.” Set in Deerlick, Mo., the musical fits Columbia’s historic feeling and should delight audiences seeking a taste of the wit of legendary humorist […]

From traditional to modern and everything in between

Back in my college days of idealism, when I worked for no pay, I wrote a paper called “From Fiction to Non-Fiction: Writing Along the Continuum.” I looked at writing at its extremes, from fantastified fiction to stripe-straight reporting, with stopovers at essay, memoir, humor and opinion writing. I did this for selfish reasons. If […]

Sharks back in the win column

CAMERON PARK — The Sierra Sharks’ swim team bounced back after last week’s loss at Park Terrace by defeating the Folsom Sea Otters 513-273 at the Cameron Park Community Center pool Saturday. Of the 83 events, Sharks touched first 65 percent of the time. That number held for both individual and relay races. Sierra evened […]

Get ready for the gold rush

Just as hemlines rise and fall with the stock market, colors, too, wax and wane with consumers’ bank accounts. During the recession — you know, that indulgence drought that was the last six years — any color that smacked of luxury was run out of town like a corrupt politician. But after several years of living with […]

Sharks win first meet of season

There were 21 Sierra Sharks swimmers who had qualifying times for next month’s Meet of Champions at the team’s first dual meet of the season against College Greens, who the Sharks took a bite out of with a 474-313 win June 14. Boys with qualifying times for the MOC were Avery Pellicano (ages 7-8), Kai Curry (9-10), […]

Love wood floors but not the price?

Ever heard anyone walk into a home and say, “Yuck. Wood floors?” Didn’t think so. And you won’t. Ever. Wood floors are always right. They are at home in any home. And unlike wall color, tile, carpet, windows, cabinets or any other home finishing or furnishing choice that is easy to blow, you can’t miss […]

Time to spring outdoors and fix them up

Ahh, Spring. Finally. After The Winter That Wouldn’t Quit, we’ve come to that welcome slice of  time between shiver and swelter, those few months when it’s warm enough to work in the yard but not so hot you spout sweat like a rain bird. Excuses thaw. You can’t say it’s too cold or  too hot, […]

As we were: Highway 50 is always a topic of discussion

25 Years ago April 14, 1989 Highway 50 plans: city wants traffic lights eliminated by JOHN SAMMON After months of reports, planning, study, public hearings, endorsements and condemnations of various alternatives, the wheels for an improvement of Highway 50 are beginning to turn. The Placerville City Council debated the issue during the televised evening meeting that […]

Tales from the Cellar — a novel sojourn

El Dorado Winery Association members continue the wine journey with a second weekend of Passport on Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13. Passport holders can tour the wine country of El Dorado County enjoying the award-winning wines, visiting with the winemakers, sampling food pairings, listening to music and seeing amazing art. The theme for […]

FBI-wanted criminal from Montana may be traveling to Calif.

The Salt Lake City FBI office is requesting assistance in the apprehension of a fugitive from Montana who may be traveling to California. Kevin Anthony Briggs, a convicted felon and registered sex offender, is wanted for his alleged involvement in the assaults of a female and a police officer in Bozeman, Mont., a wanted poster […]

McCavitt trial begins

On Sept. 15, 2012, Robin “Scott” Caldwell followed his wife, Denise, home from dinner in Rancho Cordova to their home off of Pony Express Road. Before they left, they visited in the restaurant, went to Scott’s truck and checked e-mails. Scott wasn’t paying too close attention to his wife’s car ahead of him when she […]

2013 lessons learned, part 2

As I close out a year that saw more changes than a newborn — a year during which I cleared out and sold my childhood home, sent my youngest off to college, moved into my fourth home in three years. and still managed to cover the gray. I am raising a Waterford crystal flute filled […]

Purple reign: Color pros call violet Color of the Year

While many people dream of being in the winner’s circle at the Kentucky Derby, I want to be in the inner circle of the group that calls the color shots. Think of the power! Two years ago the Color Marketing Group, which forecasts color trends, predicted that Boyz-N-Berry – a jam-like violet – would be […]

Spike that room

This time of year, I have eggnog on the brain and soon, perhaps, also on the hips. But the big question when considering a holiday beverage is not how fattening is it? But is it spiked? One way is good; the other, well, can be extra good — if you go easy! The same holds […]

Football: Bruins-D’backs, Trojans-Pacers

Two El Dorado County high school football teams square off in an intra-county/nonleague contest tonight as Ponderosa takes the short trek to play at Union Mine in their 14th but final meeting on the gridiron. In another good matchup, Oak Ridge faces one of the most strongest/quickest teams in the Sac-Joaquin Section in Grant while down in […]

Home show blogger shares 10 hot trends

Everyone over 40 needs at least one person in their life who is at least 20 years younger, and can help him or her dodge the dreaded dowdies. Though much emphasis gets placed on the need for the younger generation to listen to those who’ve lived longer, and appropriately so (slow down to think, send […]

At home with Marni Jamison: Motif — what’s it all mean?

Thank the universe for symbols. If it weren’t for that stick figure wearing a triangle, think how many men would have barged into the wrong restroom and been arrested. But not all symbols are so well recognized. In decorating, many common motifs, which show up repeated in fabrics, tiles and decorative arts, mean something. However, […]

Shop talk – dads, kids and garages

Dear eeaders: My father died last week. Though heart-breaking, this wasn’t unexpected. Dad was 90. In his memory, I’m re-running a column I wrote about him, which ran in 2005. It’s a tribute to great dads and to the American garage. My dad was a garage kind of guy. As a girl, I remember him […]


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