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Engagement: Madelyn Grace Esposito and Alexander Douglas Smith

Richard and Janie Esposito of Cameron Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Madelyn Grace Esposito to Alexander Douglas Smith, son of Tim and Cindy Smith of Mahomet, Ill. Esposito received a bachelor of science in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and master of arts in marriage and family […]

The county chamber welcomes public to 100th birthday party

What: El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce 100th anniversary Where: Gold Country Retirement Community, 6041 Golden Center Court, Placerville When: Tuesday, Aug. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Information: (530) 621-5885 Keeping the community informed of all the local news, happenings, marriages, divorces, births and funerals, since 1851 the Mountain Democrat has been the glue that has held […]

Publisher’s Ink: Playing chess in Placerville

It was hard to miss the “Going out of Business” advertisement for Evergreen Footwear Store appearing in this newspaper last month. It’s something everyone hates to see. Much changed since Judy Stanfield took over the shoe store in 2002. Online shopping took a bigger slice of her retail pie. According to Judy, it wasn’t uncommon to […]

Stuff the Truck with Toys for Tots this Sunday

Come out and donate to a great cause to help kids have a wonderful Christmas, this Sunday, Aug. 23 at Stuff the Truck. Local law enforcement, including California Highway Patrol, the Placerville Police Department, STAR and Shield volunteers, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue will be collecting toys for the Toys for […]

Publisher’s Ink: Grave robbing — no shovels required

Victor Frankenstein, the young student of science portrayed in Mary Shelley’s novel, was on a quest to create life. The movie based on Shelley’s work depicts Frankenstein robbing graves in search of human body parts to use in his scientific experiment. The result of his endeavor was an 8-foot creature stalking the countryside and terrorizing […]

New editor at Mountain Democrat

It’s been a year of changes at the Mountain Democrat with the latest one being the selection of a new editor. Noel Stack, 36, currently the editor of Village Life and Cameron Park Life, will assume the editor role of all three publications effective June 22. With a degree in journalism, Stack began her newspaper […]

Publisher’s ink: The ‘WMD’ has been located — it’s in Chicago

After several failed attempts purchasing subway passes, my wife and I were aided by a friendly Chicago Transit Authority employee. Trying to navigate the subway token vending machine was more difficult than traversing the city and its outlying neighborhoods. “I hope that was the most challenging part of our visit,” I stated as we boarded […]

Billingsley’s bullets: Appreciation — the ultimate compliment

When anyone tells you that they appreciate you, your world suddenly becomes special, maybe even perfect, at least for a while. It also means that whatever you did or said to deserve your compliment made a difference in that person’s life — sometimes for the moment and sometimes for a lifetime. • The appreciation compliment […]

This drought emergency is ‘nuts’

“This executive order is done under emergency power. It has the force of law … It affects lawns. It affects people — how long they stay in the shower. How businesses use water.” — Gov. Jerry Brown So there you have it. Our drought-time governor has officially declared an emergency. We’re still in a drought […]

Accolades for retiring editor

Michael Raffety, who is retiring as of Feb. 23, leaves behind a wake of good will and respect for his time as editor. Described by bosses, colleagues and those he wrote about as honest, fair and intelligent — with a bit of good-humored quirkiness thrown in — Raffety is a man who put all his talents at the […]

Ponderosa wins again

Some teams get all excited when they repeat or three-peat, try 23-peating. The Ponderosa High School Bruins navigated through the 10 disciplines in the El Dorado County Academic Decathlon to take the county title for the 23rd consecutive year. The brain bowl took place at Oak Ridge High School on two days — Feb. 4 and […]

Publisher’s ink: This logic went out the window years ago

The best four words a father hears from his child are “Dad, I love you.” The second best four words this father heard recently from his daughter were, “I GOT A JOB!” It’s been three months since our youngest excitedly gave us the good news. I decided to wait the customary 90 days before sharing […]

Christmas parade entries rock out

The Hangtown Christmas Parade rocked down Broadway and Main Street in Placerville on a perfect parade Sunday. Starting on time, the procession was headed by military entries featuring decorated personnel and vintage equipment. Law enforcement was also represented with classic CHP vehicles, an El Dorado County Sheriff’s contingency, El Dorado County Search and Rescue and […]

Chamber looks forward to 2015

Christa Campbell took the president’s gavel at the 91st annual El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner and announced, “Small business is the core of our community.” The play on words was fitting for one of the principles of the family-owned Rainbow Orchards, a member ranch in the Apple Hill Growers Association. Holding an apple, Campbell […]

Parade still rockin’ Christmas in Hangtown

You may not have heard the jingle of sleigh bells over the sound of falling leaves, but Christmas is coming and so is the 36th Hangtown Christmas Parade, a McIntire Family Tradition presented by the Mountain Democrat. The theme for this year’s parade, “Rockin’ Christmas,” is designed to introduce more music into the parade said […]

2014 Grand Marshal is having a rockin’ good time

A parade grand marshal is the person who has the honor of leading the parade and it is often a celebrity or community leader. The 2014  Hangtown Christmas Parade Grand Marshal, Davey “Doc” Wiser, is a local celebrity that almost everyone knows from the Highway 50 Wagon Train, Pony Express re-ride, stagecoach rides on Main Street and […]

WinterFuntastic: Parade particulars

Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito decided it would be a good idea for the newspaper to step up and keep the Hangtown Christmas Parade going, after health problems and other issues several years ago made it difficult for Jim McIntire and his family to continue the family’s gift to the community. McIntire, who owned McIntire and […]

Parade still rockin’ Christmas in Hangtown

You may not have heard the jingle of sleigh bells over the sound of falling leaves, but Christmas is coming and so is the 36th Hangtown Christmas Parade, a McIntire Family Tradition presented by the Mountain Democrat. The theme for this year’s parade, “Rockin’ Christmas,” is designed to introduce more music into the parade said […]

Kid Obama vs. Little Bear Putin

EDITOR: Richard Esposito’s world title fight is in Round 4 of the Kid Obama vs. Little Bear Killer Putin fight. It seems Richard is managing, refereeing and judging the fight. To make it fair, I’ve decided to get in the ring to do some managing and judging, allowing a fair referee to keep the fight […]

‘Kid Obama’ down three rounds — world title fight continues

All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts, his acts being seven ages. — William Shakespeare To Shakespeare the world was a stage. Today, in the throes of war and terrorism, it resembles one […]

Board of good sports

El Dorado County supervisors  Brian Veerkamp and Ron Mikulaco took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge at the government center Thursday afternoon. Veerkamp noted that the challenge began when Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito challenged Placerville City Councilwoman Wendy Thomas, who passed it on to the supervisors. County Youth Commissioners led by Lisa Boyle administered the […]

Publisher’s ink: Was this trial all for ‘Nutting?’

Now that the dust has settled following the trial of Supervisor Ray Nutting, many readers are wondering what cost to county taxpayers was spent on this losing endeavor? Losing you ask? Wasn’t Supervisor Nutting found guilty of something? Let’s see. District Attorney Vern Pierson charged Supervisor Nutting with four felonies and at the end of […]

Commenting system to change on mtdemocrat.com

How users of mtdemocrat.com comment on online articles is about to change. After several attempts at a free-and-open platform, the Mountain Democrat has decided to tighten up the way readers participate on the site, for several reasons, according to Publisher Richard Esposito. “We received several complaints over the last few months about inappropriate behavior of […]

Publisher’s ink: In search of another parking space

There are approximately 2,038 road miles between Placerville and Chicago. When you factor in four miles needed to locate the historical Wyoming Frontier Prison at Rawlins, Wyo., five miles searching for an Outback Steakhouse in Cheyenne, and two extra miles including an illegal u-turn at Gallally, Neb. (missed the exit for the motel), the total […]

Colonel Blimp

EDITOR: Publisher Richard Esposito’s latest op-ed page criticizing Obama’s foreign policy initiatives as disasters in Lybia, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and now Ukraine, reminds me that, so far, not a single American has been killed as a result of these “disasters.” Mr. Esposito seems to prefer the more “robust” approach to foreign policy: invade first, ask […]

Publisher’s ink: ‘Bear Killer’ vs ‘Kid Obama’ — Round one goes to Putin

With the closing of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin has cast his sights on Ukraine. Political upheaval in that strategically important country gives Putin an opportunity to move Russian troops onto the Crimean Peninsula. This is all under the guise of protecting Russian citizens living and working in the country. President […]

The ‘State of the Mountain Democrat’

I was recently invited to speak to the Pollock Pines–Camino Rotary Club. It’s always enjoyable to break bread (or in this case a breakfast Danish) with business leaders of this small but highly respected service club. It’s amazing what 16 Rotarians can accomplish. One of their key projects is to provide free dictionaries to students […]

Publisher’s ink: Puppies, cats and pork chops

Our oldest daughter called me the other day. It’s always nice to hear from her. Now that she has a full-time job and is officially off my payroll, her incoming text messages and phone calls are that much more enjoyable. Actually with this particular call she was reaching out to her mother. “Looking for mom?” […]

El Dorado Western Railroad thank you

EDITOR: The El Dorado Western Railway Foundation Board of Directors would like to thank everyone who came out to take a train ride and supported the El Dorado Western Railroad in 2013. This unique Living History program happens every Sunday, either in Shingle Springs on the second and fourth Sunday, or at El Dorado on […]

Wrongheaded comments on Head Start

EDITOR: Recently, Richard Esposito, publisher of the Mountain Democrat, wrote a column trying, and failing, to mock the idea that climate change is here, and it’s real. He ought to leave telling whoppers to Larry Weitzman, who has years of practice. What got my attention, however, is the Mountain Democrat editorial’s argument that the Head […]

Publisher’s ink: All dams leak

“All dams leak” were three interesting words I heard prior to taking a tour of the inside of Norris Dam located at Norris, Tenn. This dam was the first one constructed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in 1933. While it’s not the largest of the TVA dams, standing 265 feet below it gives one […]

The chamber is the natural resource

The 90th annual Installation and Awards Dinner for the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce focused on natural resources. Not only is the chamber the natural resource for businesses in El Dorado County, the many natural resources in El Dorado County support local business and make a positive impact on everyone’s daily lives, El Dorado […]

Publisher’s ink: Polar vortex is vexing

As temperatures plunged below zero last week, people across many parts of the country were forced into survival mode. The report from our older daughter living and working in Chicago was as follows: “It’s so cold outside my eyes hurt.” Not quite sure what this meant so my advice to her was to keep them […]

Publisher’s ink: President Houdini inspires 2014 predictions

Another year has passed, as if acclaimed magician Harry Houdini waved his wand across the calendar while reciting a few mystical words and the past 12 months just went …“poof!” Houdini, “The Handcuff King,” master illusionist and grand entertainer, thrilled his audiences with feats of magic. Obviously this talent isn’t a lost art. Our present […]

Publisher’s ink: Christmas memories in the ‘clutch’

By the time anyone gets around to reading this column our family will be gathered by the Christmas tree opening presents. Of course our greatest gift is having both our daughters home for the holidays. It’s a time for sharing joy, good food and making new lasting memories. Christmas memories… Like the year we decided […]

Publisher’s ink: Davey ‘Doc’ Wiser is our living history

On Oct. 26, 1881 at approximately 3 p.m., an event occurred that would be long remembered across the country. Four of the men involved would become infamous and the community to this day is still recognized for this single action that depicted what living in the west was all about. It wasn’t the discovery of […]

It was a perfect parade day

Oh the weather outside was delightful and the parade was so joyful and since everyone was there, let it roll, let it roll, let it roll. The weather for the 2013 Hangtown Christmas Parade in Placerville was perfect. In fact it was so good, some veteran parade viewers were actually commenting that it was “too […]

Santa Claus is coming to town and so is the parade

It’s looking a lot like a Christmas parade as plans are finalized for the big event. Slated for Sunday, Dec. 1, at 1 p.m. along Broadway and Main Street, the parade will have something for everyone, including Santa Claus. The weather won’t be a problem as it’s predicted to be sunny, if a little brisk. […]

Readers’ Choice awardees honored

The 116 businesses and individuals selected by Mountain Democrat readers as their best choices were honored and feted at Cielo Estate Winery on Oct. 29. The Great Hall at Cielo’s was filled with honored guests enjoying the beautifully presented and delicious food catered by Carrie Nave, who also poured estate wines for guests. Some businesses, […]

Mountain Democrat to continue McIntire Family tradition

Disappointed that last year’s Christmas Parade was cancelled due to a downpour, a committee of local residents, with the Mountain Democrat taking the lead, have promised that this year’s parade will take place.

Last year’s parade was cancelled after the city of Placerville decided inclement weather made it too hazardous to proceed.

But that decision was roundly criticized by those who spent hundreds of hours organizing and preparing for the parade and who braved rain, wind, snow and sleet in years prior.

Also upset were the Toys for Tots volunteers who rely on the parade to supply a large portion of the toys they give to …

Corvette coverage

EDITOR: I want to take an opportunity to thank the many individuals responsible at the Mountain Democrat for their coverage of our events concerning the theft of, and the subsequent recovery of our 1962 Corvette. As many of you know by now, our ’62 Corvette was stolen on the evening of Aug. 17. It was […]

Forsberg returns to victory lane

Mountain Democrat host Kids Night In 1983, Andy Forsberg tasted life in the victory lane.He stood on the front stretch holding a precious trophy after winning the Kid’s Night bicycle races with his father Richard by his side. On Saturday night, the younger Forsberg exercised his nostalgic ways, driving to victory at Placerville Speedway before […]

Great memories

Editor’s note: The Mountain Democrat Sport’s Department has regularly tapped into the community in search of student writers and many, like Shane, have gone on to pursue journalism or communications in college and are now in the business. Despite his best attempts to give his own send-off an aura of finality, Shane has accepted a […]

El Dorado County Fair Commercial Wine Competition winners

Sixty-four wineries entered 414 entries in the 25th El Dorado County Fair Commercial Wine Competition presented by the Mountain Democrat. The judging took place on Friday, May 17 at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville. A panel of 34 judges sampled the entries and the results were announced at a ceremony hosted by the […]

Winning wines bring home gold

Thirty-four wine judges convened at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville to look, swirl, taste and select the best wines entered in the 25th El Dorado County Fair Commercial Wine Competition presented by the Mountain Democrat. After a full-day of judging on Friday, May 17, the verdicts were revealed at an evening ceremony hosted […]

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StemExpress counters CMP video and court ruling

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

Grand Jury response: EDHCSD stands by parcel tax

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Donors ‘Stuff the Truck’ with toys

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Rails to trails path still unclear

By Chris Daley | From Page: A1

Jim Buell living up to the deputy Grand Exalted Ruler title

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Promoted chief overseeing Cal Fire firefighting arsenal

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A3 | Gallery

Jeffrey White case moves forward

By Amanda Williams | From Page: A3

Heard over the back fence: A Shot of Love

By Bob Billingsley | From Page: B1

Man charged with child sex abuse

By Tahoe Daily Tribune

Accused shooter’s bail unchanged

By Amanda Williams | Gallery

EDH embezzler faces prison

By Amanda Williams

Stadium Club destroyed

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Search leads to three arrests

By Amanda Williams

23-year project takes flight

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Chess Club coverage

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Trivial pursuit

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I agree with Jennifer

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From little acorns mighty oaks do grow

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Live with it or leave

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Good job, Eileen

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Stealing the show

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Flier not from GDPUD

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National Night Out ripples

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Mental illness must be addressed

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Explaining my position

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State of Jefferson can help

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Special thank you

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Liberal in conservative country

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OR 2015 roster

By Democrat Staff | From Page: A6

Heinz-sight: Primal instinct

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6

Squads kick off season tonight

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6

Trojan football looks to improve

By Mike Bush | From Page: A6 | Gallery

Local blogger has his say

By Jerry Heinzer | From Page: A6

OR 2015 Schedule

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Marcus ready for new adventures

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PHS 2015 Schedule

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PHS FB roster

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Ethos girls take Betti Memorial

By Special to the Democrat

Grizzly summer workouts were fruitful

By Mike Bush | Gallery

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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Prospecting »

Things are cool on the set

By Pat Lakey | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Things to do: Aug. 28, 2015

By Democrat Calendar | From Page: B2

Music on the Divide launches new season

By Music On The Divide | From Page: B2 | Gallery

Exhibit brings nature to Cozmic Café

By Cozmic Café | From Page: B2 | Gallery

‘Lend Me a Tenor’ auditions at IT

By Imagination Theater | From Page: B3

Cap Stage presents dark comedy

By Capital Stage | From Page: B4

Let’s get ‘Weird’ at the Harris Center

By Harris Center for the Arts | From Page: B5

Sierra Rep presents ‘Macbeth’

By Sierra Repertory | From Page: B5

Folsom Symphony gala

By Folsom Symphony | From Page: B6

‘Banished’ tells forgotten story

By News Release | From Page: B11

Gabriel returns to Episcopal Church of Our Saviour

By Episcopal Church Of Our Saviour

Yoga has come a long way

By Catherine Aisner

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Divorces: July 2015

By Noel Stack | From Page: A2

Lake levels

By Contributor | From Page: A2

News bites, Aug. 26

By Noel Stack

Correction

By Democrat Staff

Building permits issued Aug. 17-21

By El Dorado County Community Development

Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

By Pat Lakey

Corrections

By Chris Daley

DUI Log

By Amanda Williams

Building permits issued Aug. 10-14

By El Dorado County Community Development

Statewide fire summary

By Noel Stack

Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

DUI Log

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News Bites: Aug. 12

By Noel Stack

Crime Log

By Amanda Williams

Lake levels

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Building permits issued July 27-31

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News Bites: Aug. 5

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Obituaries »

Stephen “Steve” Collins

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Jack Canright

By Contributor | From Page: A2

Walter John Zabel

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Robert M. Dawson

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Lois Faye Raffety

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Christopher Inzano

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Cecelia Ann Varenkamp

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Eric Moss

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Cyril Ray Moore

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Roger Caesar

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Tyler Jason Allen

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Jim Ray

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George Walter Haruff

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Myrtle May Sherman

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Michael Scott Hallenbeck

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Margrit Kuratli Hendricks

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Anton “Tony” Schuh

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Real Estate »

Dealing with troubled properties

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HM3

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

Press Release | From Page: HM18

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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Shoe

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TV Listings

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Rubes

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Sudoku

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Horoscope, Friday, August 28, 2015

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Horoscope, Saturday, August 29, 2105

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Horoscope, Sunday, August 30, 2015

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New York Times Crossword

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Shoe

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Sudoku

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Rubes

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New York Times Crossword

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TV Listings

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Speed Bump

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Tundra

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HomeSource

Dealing with troubled properties

By Ken Calhoon | From Page: HM3

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