EL DORADO HILLS — In a do-or-die softball game for the final Delta River League playoff spot, St. Francis ran circles around host Oak Ridge in a lopsided, five-inning, 15-0 loss. “Sometimes you catch teams at the wrong time and they were on fire today. I mean, they hit everything. I knew we’d have to [...]
EL DORADO HILLS — Playing in the annual Breast Cancer Awareness game Thursday, the Oak Ridge Lady Trojans led from the start in a 7-1 Delta River League victory over visiting Ponderosa. “That was the best game we’ve played all year. We got our bunts down, we moved runners, we made little fielding mistakes. Even [...]
March 1 2:37 a.m. A suspect, Michael Tidwell, 54, who had been excluded from a business on Red Hawk Parkway in Shingle Springs allegedly returned and was cited and released for the county ordinance for trespassing. 8:45 a.m. A crime report was made regarding possible vandalism to the front door window of a residence on [...]
Alison Ehlers’ success in the classroom has earned her one of the highest academic awards at California State University, Sacramento. The Placerville resident is one of four students who earned the Love of Learning scholarship. Ehlers, who recently graduated with a master’s degree in psychology, received the $500 scholarship for her academic achievements. She was in [...]
El Dorado County Undersheriff Rich Williams spoke of the annual report, the department’s budget and more at the El Dorado County Taxpayer’s Association meeting on Feb. 11. Williams, who was to speak along with Sheriff John D’Agostini, first noted that the sheriff was ill and could not attend. He then launched into a short recap [...]
One of the stories from 2012 that was a continuing story for the last 25 years if not longer is high smog readings in El Dorado County. The reason, of course, is because of the smog that blows in from the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento County. We are a victim of imported smog. [...]
EDITOR: School and workplace shootings, adolescent abuse of prescription pills, overcrowded prisons, post-traumatic stress disorder in returning soldiers, adolescent and young adult suicides, marital discord, gang violence, dependence on medications, including alcohol and marijuana, and various addictive behaviors — the list of individual and social ills are thriving. As can be seen in our societal response [...]
CLOCKS HAVE APPETITES: Carlyn White forwarded the following “Your Laugh for Today” pun: “What does a clock do when it’s hungry? It goes back for seconds.” TOYS FOR TOTS TIME: Sometime in the next few weeks, the Toys for Tots barrels will be appearing at several locations. Bring an unwrapped new toy to your nearest [...]
It should be perfect weather to view the Perseid meteor shower on the nights of Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug.12. This is one of the best annual displays and can deliver a spectacular 90 meteors per hour. Get those shooting star wishes ready and enjoy the show. Rocking dance An other great night [...]
THE MAGIC OF LOVE: If you leaf through the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar, you will discover the following belief: “Something magical happens to your life when nothing is seen as more important than love. “Small stuff” is kept in its proper perspective and consciousness opens to the beauty and joy of life. Our [...]
What: Wine and Olive Oil Tasting Event Who: Suicide Prevention Education Action Resources (SPEAR) Where: Holiday Inn Express, 4360 Town Center Drive in El Dorado Hills When: Saturday, Aug. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $20 per person and $35 per couple in advance. The day of the event it’s $25 per person. Information: Call Vivian [...]
LEARN TO RELAX: The “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar notes the following advice: “Being more relaxed involves training yourself to respond differently to the dramas of life — turning your melodrama into a mellow-drama.” MR. PEABODY TO SPEAK ABOUT WAY-BACK: Historian and author George Peabody will discuss Spanish Hill history on Monday, July 30, [...]
ACCEPTING CONTRADICTIONS OF LIFE: Check out the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar, and you will discover the following thought: “Inner peace is accomplished by understanding and accepting the inevitable contradictions of life — the pain and pleasure, success and failure, joy and sorrow, births and deaths. Problems can teach us to be gracious, humble, [...]
NATURE LOVER ADVICE: John Chapman forwarded the following “Advice from a Heron” T-shirt statement: “Wade into life – Keep a keen lookout – Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet – Be patient – Look below the surface – Enjoy a good reed. Go Fish!” GET RID OF E-WASTE: Snowline Hospice informs us that [...]
DAVEY RIDES AGAIN: For the past 35 consecutive years, Davey “Doc” Wiser has been a member of the famous Wagon Train that travels from Zephyr Cove, Nev., to Placerville. This year he was the oldest traveler. He also participated in the Studebaker Wheelbarrow Races and the Pony Express Ride. OK, Davey, what’s the secret for not [...]
It is much easier to take what’s available and popular and use it, rather than to create something personal and new. It’s particularly ambitious to do so in theater, where well-known plays and musicals are likely to succeed, whereas original work more often leads to frustration and rejection. Don’t tell that to Ingrid Laurentiis-Wilson, director [...]
El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies converged on El Dorado Hills Town Center on June 12 after a construction worker found a woman’s body hanging in an enclosed trash area. Though originally deemed suspicious — 911 calls made to the Sheriff’s Department the night before the body was discovered reported a woman screaming for help in [...]
The Mountain Democrat was chosen as the best overall newspaper among 33 others in its circulation category Saturday when the California Newspaper Publishers Association awarded it first place in the category of General Excellence.
Accepting the award at the ceremony in San Jose was Publisher Richard Esposito.
The judges’ comment said, “Strong coverage of crime news was nicely complimented by stories exploring local government policies and schools. Editorial page gets a big boost from letters to the editor. Clean layout and admirable focus on Placerville people.”
This is second time the Mountain Democrat has won first place General Excellence since Michael Raffety has been editor, winning in 1996. The Mountain Democrat won second place in that category in 1981 when Ursula Smith was editor and Raffety was city editor.
Pollock Pines resident Michael Misch is talking to kids about distracted driving. The fact that he is talking at all is a miracle of sorts because Misch was involved in a horrific car crash in 2007 that left one person dead and himself confined to a wheelchair with brain and motor function injuries. The accident [...]