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McNaughton Newspapers names Esposito COO

Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito has been named chief operations officer for McNaughton Newspapers Inc., the Placerville newspaper’s parent company announced. The appointment was announced Tuesday by CEO Foy S. McNaughton and was effective immediately. Esposito will oversee daily operations for all company operations, which include the Mountain Democrat, the Daily Republic, The Davis Enterprise, among […]

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 […]

Publisher’s Ink: Jefferson — Just another ‘lost’ state

Several proposals calling for secession were advocated during the Civil War, primarily from regions straddling the front lines between the Union and the Confederacy. In southern Illinois, for example, counties siding with the confederacy sought to split from Illinois and establish a new state called Little Egypt. Conversely, five Arkansas counties voted against the state’s […]

Heard over the back fence: Remembering Dan Ferrier

NEVER FORGET: It has been three years since Daniel Allen “Dan” Ferrier was killed breaking up a bar fight in Old Town Sacramento on New Year’s Eve. Greatly missed by his many friends, family and clients, Dan inspired many people with learning challenges when he made a major lifestyle change at age 16. After serving two […]

Fire engines making personal calls

EDITOR: As a subscriber of your paper for more than 27 years I have been impressed with your attempt to provide the residents of El Dorado County with a professional product with small-town America flavor. I have agreed with 99.9 percent of your personal opinions/articles but as a retired 30-plus year career firefighter I must correct, inform and educate you […]

Belltower: Some news items

In the Dec. 30, 2015, Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito wrote a long dissertation about technological change as part of his first message as newly installed county Chamber of Commerce president. What caught my eye was an item about the first computer housed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1965. I worked my way through college in the […]

New Gazette editor named

Michaela Johnson, 36, will be taking the reins next week as editor of the Georgetown Gazette. Johnson is a mother, wife and writer, as well as a licensed marriage and family therapist. Johnson graduated from Golden Sierra High School in 1997, studying under the tutelage of journalism instructor Mark Hendrix. She was features editor of the Bear […]

First and goal: Excellent memories

For the last four and a half, almost five years, many El Dorado County high school athletic teams have been very successful. The 2011 to ’15 Oak Ridge football teams had great runs in the regular season and the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs. The Lady Trojans’ volleyball and basketball teams that won many league titles and had deep […]

Democrat publisher handed the gavel

Reflecting on the astonishing changes in the world over the past couple of centuries, including the changing face of the communication industry from word-of-mouth to newspapers to today’s social media that delivers information in a flash, Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito was sworn in last week as president of the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce.

Hangtown Christmas Parade shares two miles of smiles

The 37th Hangtown Christmas Parade had something for everyone. Music, horses, marching units, performing groups, vehicles of all shapes and sizes, fire engines, floats, law enforcement, military and Santa made their way down Broadway and Main Street in Placerville to an appreciative crowd Sunday afternoon.

A few sprinkles of rain might dampened the day’s early hours but didn’t put a damper on the McIntire Family tradition presented by the Mountain Democrat. More than hundred entries strutted their stuff under a winter sky, which provided a cozy blanket for spectators and parade participants.

Ready, set … go! to the Hangtown Christmas Parade

What: 2015 Hangtown Christmas Parade — A McIntire Family Tradition Who: Mountain Democrat, city of Placerville Where: Broadway and Main Street, Placerville When: Sunday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. Information: (530) 344-5088 Saturday morning cartoons just aren’t enough, so this year the Hangtown Christmas Parade will present Cartoons and Christmas as its theme, bringing the funnies to life for an […]

Winter Funtastic: Get in step with the season at Hangtown Christmas Parade

It wouldn’t be December without the Hangtown Christmas Parade, which this year marks the 37th time the festive, fun and entertaining event has wound its way from Broadway at the east end of Placerville to the intersection of Main and Pacific streets to the west. This year the parade will brighten up the town with […]

Belltower: Two famous stagecoaches

I read with interest Pat Lakey’s story in the Mountain Democrat about the Wells Fargo stagecoach joining the Christmas Parade. Credit, of course, belongs to Trisha Campbell, manager of the Broadway Wells Fargo branch, for getting the Wells Fargo stagecoach to come to Placerville. Credit also Richard Esposito, publisher of the Mountain Democrat, for taking […]

Hangtown Christmas Parade — a must-see, crowd-pleasing favorite

It wouldn’t be December without the Hangtown Christmas Parade, which this year marks the 37th time the festive, fun and entertaining event has wound its way from Broadway at the east end of Placerville to the intersection of Main and Pacific streets to the west. This year the parade will brighten up the town with […]

There’s something MORE to parade Grand Marshal Susie Davies

Choosing Susie Davies as this year’s Grand Marshal for the Hangtown Christmas Parade was an easy decision. For 32 years this fun-loving, down to earth and simply delightful lady has led one of the most respected and venerated programs for developmentally disabled adults in Northern California and beyond — Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises. The program lovingly shaped by […]

A loss of moral, political will

EDITOR: I really enjoyed Publisher Richard Esposito’s “Walking & Talking Dead” editorial regarding the presidential debates. Funny and  right on. Also the cartoon of Lady Liberty saying “I’m Coming” published in the Mountain Democrat was one of the most touching I have ever seen. It really choked  me up in two ways. First, the reference back to Lafayette […]

Hangtown Christmas Parade Grand Marshal is really tweet

What: 2015 Hangtown Christmas Parade — A McIntire Family Tradition Who: Mountain Democrat, city of Placerville Where: Broadway and Main Street, Placerville When: Sunday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. Information: (530) 344-5088 Showing up for a recent photo shoot to publicize the upcoming Hangtown Christmas Parade, the dozen or so cute little kids in their […]

Murphy leaving the Gazette

Georgetown Gazette managing editor Rebecca Murphy has announced her decision to step down effective Dec. 31. Murphy has served as the Gazette’s editor since May 2008. “I have truly enjoyed my time as editor of this community newspaper,” said Murphy. “I have other things I want to do and now is the time to do […]

Publisher’s Ink: Debates expose the talking and walking dead

Fans of “The Walking Dead,” a popular AMC series, are being treated to an exciting sixth season. The non-stop action in this zombie apocalypse mini-series keeps viewers riveted to their seats. On the opposite side of the television spectrum we have the presidential debates where viewers last Saturday night were treated to a scene of the […]

Mountain Democrat debuts Stars and Stripes

The newspaper that has given American service members around the world the news and information they needed since World War II has arrived in El Dorado County. Beginning on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Stars and Stripes will be published through the Mountain Democrat. The publication will then be included with the newspaper every other Monday, starting Nov. 23. “Readers will be getting […]

Stealing our money

EDITOR: Publisher Richard Esposito’s editorial on the El Dorado County Economic Divisions “free workshop” for local business owners was spot on. El Dorado County giving a workshop to local business owners is akin to communist China giving a workshop on the joys of capitalism. The biggest roadblock to running a small business around here is […]

Christmas parade applications due soon

The time is now to get your entries in for the hottest cool-weather event of the season, the Hangtown Christmas Parade that celebrates the diverse and enchanting community with a theme this year of Cartoons and Christmas.

That leaves the imagination free to run wild as floats, animals and other entries wind from Broadway down Main Street, Placerville, in the much anticipated annual parade. Deadline for entries into the 37th Hangtown Christmas Parade is Nov. 16 — no late entries are accepted.

Publisher’s Ink: This workshop is just window dressing

Marshall Fields department store on State Street in Chicago was always a favorite destination during the Christmas holidays. People waited in line down the sidewalk for an entire city block just to stroll by the store’s windows. Parents with children in tow gazed in awe at the holiday decorations, including tiny villages with Christmas lights, […]

Publisher’s Ink: Newspaper editors of special note

Time marches on and after 164 years the Mountain Democrat named Noel Stack its newest editor. She becomes the 20th person in our history to hold that title. Having worked with Noel these past six years, I’ve come to appreciate her talents and newsroom savvy. I selected her knowing she’ll move our newsroom forward in […]

Publisher’s Ink: Trump touching a nerve and making people nervous

Political pundits, pollsters and the old guard of the Republican Party are shocked by the resilient support businessman Donald Trump is receiving. “He’s touching a nerve in the country” has been the most recent explanation by his rivals and the media. Could that be the same nerve that propelled Republicans to sweep elections in 2012 […]

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 […]

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