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Marshall Medical celebrates 55 years

The beginning Marshall Medical Center’s 55-year history is a story of dedicated local people who periodically faced a cliffhanger and came through. When Marshall Hospital opened its doors in 1959, it was the culmination of three years of organizing and fundraising by El Dorado County residents and business people to provide quality health care locally. […]

Best Fitness Center: Anytime Fitness

With two locations locally to service El Dorado County clients, Anytime Fitness in Cameron Park and Placerville offers affordable memberships that could inspire anyone to get back into shape. In a safe and clean work out environment, with 24-hour access to strength and cardio equipment, Anytime Fitness offers the opportunity to get your heart rate […]

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Heard over the back fence: Arts Council moving to Fausel House

BRING TWO BLANKETS: Paul Chafer provided the following “Church Bulletin” quote: “This evening at 7 p.m. there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.” ART COUNCIL MOVING: The following “moving” announcement is provided: “After five years at 459 Main St., the El Dorado Arts […]

Heard over the back fence: Fireworks July 3 at Town Center

BAD HAIR CONSEQUENCES: “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar notes the following information: “Yale Study: Having a ‘Bad-Hair Day’ really can negatively affect a person’s whole day.” Did we need a university study to know this? FIREWORKS SHOW: On Thursday, July 3, there will be a fireworks show at the El Dorado Hills Town Center. The “Fireworks Jubilee” […]

My turn: Dispelling the stigma and myths about mental illness

Chances are you know someone with mental illness. It could be a friend, family member, neighbor or acquaintance. Studies show that about one in four people will experience some kind of mental health issue in their lifetime. Mental illness is actually quite common, and yet we as a society seem to be uncomfortable even discussing […]

Heard over the back fence: Family Wellness Event Feb. 4

IF IT IS BROKE, FIX IT! John Chapman provided the following doormat statement: “Doorbell broken. Yell ‘Ding Dong’ really loud.” FAMILY WELLNESS EVENT: Five community partners and the Marshall Medical Center are presenting a “Family Wellness Event” on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Marshall Community Health Library, 3581 Palmer Dr. (upper Marshall […]

Couple brings Massage Envy Spa to EDH to promote wellness to community

There may be over 800 Massage Envy Spas all across the United States, but business owners Danny and Laurie Vaqueiro have made their El Dorado Hills location unique and all their own. With an aim of contributing to El Dorado County’s wellness and fostering a compassionate environment, it’s clear to all who step through their […]

Diamond celebration sparkles

Jan. 7, 1939, saw the introduction of a new service club in Placerville. Unlike the other service clubs of the times, this club accepted women. In fact, it was all about women. Soroptimist International of Placerville held its first meeting at the Raffles Hotel on Main Street, now the Historic Cary House Hotel. Members of […]

Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center: Healthcare for the whole family

When it comes to choosing the right healthcare provider, the doctors and staff at the Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center know patients aren’t only concerned about themselves — they’re also concerned about their families. That’s why the Shingle Springs Health & Wellness Center is committed to providing personalized, compassionate, high-quality care for the whole […]

Heard over the back fence: Elks offer Sunday breakfast

SPOUSAL BOSS REIGNS: 
John Chapman forwarded the following T-shirt statement: “Retired: Under New Management – See Spouse for details.” BISCUITS AND GRAVY TIME:
 The Placerville Elks Club is offering breakfast on Sunday, April 28, from 9 a.m. to noon, at their clubhouse, 3821 Quest Ct., Shingle Springs. Adults pay $7.50, and children over 3 years […]

El Dorado Community Foundation expands community parnerships

Anyone who has lived any length of time in El Dorado County knows the depths of the hearts of its residents.  Those who are new to our community and who take the time to listen, will soon learn the simple fact that El Dorado County cares and is full of individuals and organizations who put […]

Women’s Fund El Dorado examines community needs for 2013

Nearly 150 members of the Women’s Fund El Dorado gathered on Jan. 24 for a dinner meeting at the Cold Springs Country Club in Placerville to learn more about the community needs they had identified as most important. Currently, the Women’s Fund has 275 members, with an endowment of $181,000. The proceeds from memberships are […]

It’s going down at The Cellar at Smith Flat House

“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”  — Luciano Pavarotti The area of Smith Flat is named for rancher and farmer Jeb Smith who settled in the area in the years after the Gold Rush. […]

Flu shot clinics begin at El Dorado County Fairgrounds

Needles were sharpened, syringes were loaded and locked, customers lined up in good order, and so began the 2012 “Flu Games.”  Tuesday afternoon at the county Fairgrounds in Placerville, public health department staff geared up to poke and plunge vaccine into a couple of hundred local arms. “It is always important to get the flu […]

My turn: Celebrating the expansion of Marshall Medical Center

Marshall Medical Center is growing … to care for you, and its new Emergency Room and luxurious Birth Center marks a tremendous accomplishment that will have lasting, positive economic impacts on our community. The Grand Opening of the South Wing is a celebration of excellence, of vision, of service and care, of community. Most importantly, […]

Restore your quality of life with Oak Hills Chiropractic Center

Quality of life is first and foremost in the mind of Dr. Caroline Mohlstrom at Oak Hills Chiropractic Center. And key to that quality of life are the aspects of Integrity, Respect and Trust. Dr. Mohlstrom knows what it is like to have an injury put one’s life on the sidelines. It happened to her. […]

Community health center serves all

If you’re sick and you only speak (Farsi) or (Hmong) or (Other), help is just a phone call away. In fact, if you don’t speak English, the El Dorado County Community Health Center can help you with telephonic interpreting services in 17 languages. Many of the center’s staff are bilingual as well — from Spanish […]

6-22-11 Friends of El Dorado County Seniors meet at PV Sr. Center

SENIOR ADVOCATES: The “Friends of El Dorado County Seniors” is a non-profit organization that supports wellness, life enrichment, dignity and independence of El Dorado seniors and their caregivers through advocacy and financial assistance. If you want more information about this group or if you are interested in joining this organization, their next meeting will be […]

Martin F. Welsh, M.D.

March 20, 1954 — Oct. 28, 2010 Martin Welsh The community of Placerville lost a unique and special man on Thursday Oct. 28, 2010. Dr. Martin Frederick Welsh, 56, passed away at his Camino home surrounded by his family. This gentle man’s remarkable spirit will be sorely missed. He was born in Los Angeles on […]

Bark Avenue celebrates with a huge splash

Bark Avenue celebrates three years in business with a fundraiser for the El Dorado County K9 Unit, PAWED and EdDog. The event is Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 4311 Town Center Blvd., Suite 420, in El Dorado Hills. ItÕs going to be a wet, wild and absolutely wonderful party Sunday. The highlight […]

WeÕd like to help residents, too

President, Camino Fiber Network Cooperative EDITOR: John Conforti, owner of the Smith Flat House Center for Health in Placerville, offered a laudable vision of economic development in El Dorado County: Homegrown small businesses that serve not only local residents but also out-of-town visitors. ÒIf people would come to El Dorado County for that concept, then […]

Hopes high for local wellness center

Democrat staff writer Susan Frazier and John Conforti have high hopes for El Dorado County. They want it to be a destination spot for health and wellness. It starts with the Smith Flat House Center for Health in Placerville. Frazier and Conforti are director and owner of the center. Once a stage stop during the […]

Yoga for health and relaxation presentation at FLC in Folsom

The community is invited to attend a presentation entitled, ÒKundalini Yoga for Health and Relaxation,Ó on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway in Folsom. Dr. Krishna K. Khalsa and Hari Darshan Khalsa will share Kundalini Yoga teachings, which combine postures, breathwork, and meditation to mobilize the internal energies […]

Heard over the back fence: How to pass the buck

ENJOY TALENT SHOW: An Older Americans Day celebration is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20 at 1 p.m. at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive. Enjoy the free talent show and cake and refreshments. Any donations will be appreciated. For more information call 530-677-2231. UPCOMING TRIP REVIEWS: Star Walker forwarded the following Day […]

Friends of Seniors opens 2015 grants process

The El Dorado Friends of Seniors is proud to announce the opening of its 2015 grants process. The Friends partnered with the El Dorado Community Foundation in 2013 and through the Friends of Seniors fund at the El Dorado Community Foundation, the group will be offering a total of $10,000 in support of programs and/or […]

50 Shades of Green

It’s a bit early for St. Patrick’s Day, but whether you are a leprechaun or not, you can be green, be healthy, have fun and help support local 4-H youth programs all at the same time on Saturday, March 7. The brainchild of five members of the 4-H Leadership Team, Alana Cardinalli, Brook Haynes, Nichole […]

Heard over the back fence: Car info for women

TELL MY WHY: Jewel Blair-Smith sent me the following “Susan Grote” quotes: “Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pen to the counter?” and “Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in our driveway and junk in the garage?” WAFFLES AND FLAT TIRES:
 The annual “Women, Wheels, and Waffles” event […]

Heard over the back fence: ‘Ultimate Crooner’ at Cold Springs lunch

A LOUD ARRIVAL: Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith we offer the following “Life In Signs” quote: “Outside a muffler shop: ‘No appointment necessary. We hear you coming.’” NEWCOMER CROONER: Have lunch 11 a.m. Dec. 18 at the Cold Springs Country Club and be entertained by Bob Rawleigh aka the “Ultimate Crooner. The event is the Placerville Fellowship […]

Heard over the back fence: Wakamatsu tours offered

BEING A FATHER ROCKS: John Bruno provided the following “Positive Quote of the Day:” “Being a father is the only thing that lives up to the hype. When I’m with my daughter — when we’re doing homework together or hanging out watching a movie or kicking a soccer ball around or doing any of the things […]

Things to do: Oct. 31, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Nov. 2 through Nov. 30, is featuring watercolor paintings of Valerie Bye. Her intricate, detailed story telling work is influenced by her Asian travels. Also featured are the beautiful and subtle pastel paintings of Judith Perry and the delightful hand painted gourds of Sandra Wilson. […]

At a glance: Spooktacular boonanza

The Hangtown Halloween Ball was a boonanza for music fans and with the number of people attending and performing it should be a spooktacular monetary bonanza for El Dorado County. Hopefully all the entertainers, crew and attendees will come back to Placerville for another visit and to see all the other great things going on […]

Low-cost flu clinics upcoming

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division is reminding residents to be prepared for the coming influenza season by receiving their annual flu vaccine. The Public Health Division began conducting low-cost community flu vaccination clinics last week and will continue offering the clinics through the beginning of November. “Due to […]

At a glance: Good sport

On Sept. 24, 1934 Babe Ruth played his last game with the New York Yankees. Soon Derek Jeter will play his last game with the Yankees. With so many athletes doing stupid things it is nice to honor an athlete that has represented his team and himself with good sportsmanship.   Tapping around The Cameron […]

Workshops aim to care for caregivers

How do you talk to a loved one who can’t remember your name? How do you fulfill their wishes if they can’t communicate them? Caregivers who have loved ones suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia encounter these emotionally draining questions and much more every day. That’s why Ginger McMurchie, facilitator of the El Dorado Hills Senior Center’s […]

Heard over the back fence: Nature’s Wonderland — Pollock Pines to ponder sign

T-SHIRT WARNING: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Ammo is expensive. Don’t expect a warning shot.” If you see someone with this T-shirt — walk away from them — quickly. WELCOME TO POLLOCK PINES: On Sept. 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., there will be a community meeting at the Pollock Pines Elementary School District multi-media […]

Low-cost flu clinics announced

The El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Division will begin conducting low-cost community flu vaccination clinics starting Sept. 24, with additional clinics offered through the beginning of November. The seasonal influenza vaccine will be available in nasal mist and flu shot forms at the clinics. The cost per vaccine is $10, […]

Heard over the back fence: Attorney to warn about scams

SIMILAR VIEW — DIFFERENT OPINION: Carlyn White provided the following quote: “I Believe . . . Two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.” This quote reminds me of visiting art galleries or movies with my grandchildren. SCAMS AND ID THEFT: A new class titled “Protection from Scams and ID Theft” […]

Women’s Fund addresses mental health

Mental health or more precisely, mental disease, is one of the most difficult issues to talk about, much less do anything about. Mental illness has such a strong social stigma that people who experience it are reluctant to seek help. The members of Women’s Fund El Dorado, all 300 and some, noted the seriousness of […]

Tibetan monks visit

EDITOR: On this auspicious day when the His Holiness the Dalai Lama offered the opening prayer for the U.S. Senate, on behalf of Placerville Friends of Tibet we’d like to offer a hardy “Tashi Delek” (thank you) to the people of Placerville and El Dorado County who all together made this year’s (the 10th) visit […]

Heard over the back fence: Museum seeks 20th century recollections

FOOTBALL AND DEPRESSION: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I divide my year into two categories: (1) Football Season (2) Severe Depression.” YOUR MEMORY IS NEEDED: In partnership with the El Dorado County Historical Museum, the Placerville Library is looking back at the 20th century, decade by decade. You can share your memory story by […]

Heard over the back fence: Meet the author at CP Library

COMMON SENSE IS NOT COMMON: John Chapman gave me the following T-shirt statement: “Common sense is like deodorant, the people who need it most never use it.” USED BOOKS FOR SALE: On Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Cameron Park Library, 2500 Country Club Dr., will be selling used books for $5 a bag. […]

Heard over the back fence: Crab feed at Lions Club

OVER THE HILL: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I’m so far over the hill, I’ve started up the next one.” ALL YOU CAN EAT FUN! Mother Lode Lions Club is presenting an “All You Can Eat — Crab and Shrimp Feed” on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Mother Lode Lions Hall, corner of Missouri Flat […]

Cameron Park CSD offers diverse programs

Cameron Park CSD is holding its monthly senior and caregivers get together on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the Cameron Park Community Center, 2502 Country Club Drive in Cameron Park. This month’s presentation will be Transition to Senior Living. Staff from Eskaton Village Placerville will be presenting this information session on the transition to senior living […]

EDH chiropractor expands holistic practice

After four years of practice in El Dorado Hills, and 3,000 patients, Douglas Murray, DC, and his wife and business partner Myrnalyn are more enthusiastic than ever about the success of their approach. Last March they moved from their 1,200-square-foot office in the El Dorado Hills Business Park to their new 2,800-square-foot location at 1106 […]

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