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More golden days lie ahead

With an eye on reminding the world of El Dorado County’s prominent place in Gold Rush history, organizers of next year’s World Gold Panning Championship in Placerville will head to Spain next month …

Taekwondo sisters bring back gold

AUSTIN, Tex. — Three El Dorado Hills sisters, all El Dorado Hills Taekwondo Center students, struck gold on USA Taekwondo’s largest stage this past week in Austin, Texas at the USAT National Championships. Amongst 7,000 competitors overall, Aleena, Sharlene and Catarina Duong were among the contingency of more than 700 competitors from California to make […]

Goat good as gold for mutton bustin’

Midas is an easy touch.  All it takes is a couple of Wheat Thins to get the gold-colored goat to cooperate as young Drew Foltz climbs on its back to practice for the real thing: riding a sheep during the MuttonBustin’ competition at Cowboys and Cornbread coming up Sunday, July 19 at the El Dorado […]

EDHCSD director Priest discusses goals, golf course

Allan Priest, the newest addition to the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors, talked with Village Life about why he ran for the seat last fall and what influence he hopes to have during his four-year term. The married father of two teenagers has lived in El Dorado Hills since 2000. When […]

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 […]

County strikes gold with 2016 gold panning championships

The United States Gold Panning Association recently announced the 40th annual World Gold Panning Championships will take place in Placerville, Sept. 11-18, 2016. More than 600 international competitors from 30-plus countries will vie for title of World Champion Gold Panner. El Dorado County last hosted the World Gold Panning Championships in 1998, when it was held in Coloma — the 1848 gold […]

Gold Country Sons of Italy scholarships awarded

The Gold Country Lodge No. 2705 Sons of Italy in America awarded three annual scholarships at its recent dinner meeting in El Dorado Hills. For 15 years this lodge has selected graduating high school seniors attending El Dorado Union High School District campuses. This year was the first time that all recipients were from Oak […]

Golden bubbles at the brewfest

What: 15th Bell Tower Brewfest Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Saturday, June 27, 6-9  p.m. Cost: $35 Information: placerville-downtown.org or (530) 672-3436   Ales, lagers, pilsners, Hefeweizen, Belgian-style — there are liters of beer coming to the 15th Bell Tower Brewfest on Saturday, June 27 in downtown Placerville. So much to choose […]

EDH golf course ballot measure in the works

El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Board of Directors agreed to support the strong sentiment expressed by residents to keep the former executive golf course at Serrano zoned open space. At a special June 18 meeting, the directors agreed 4-1 to pursue an advisory vote measure on the next ballot, which would ask the local […]

Field trip for gold

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Wining for gold at the fair

Three El Dorado County wineries earned top honors at the 27th annual El Dorado County Fair Open Wine Competition. Windwalker Vineyard’s 2012 Barbera — Dick Cooper Ranch won the Best El Dorado County Winemaker and Best of Show awards. Illuminare Estate garnered the Frank Herbert Memorial Award sponsored by the El Dorado Wine Grape Growers for the […]

See California’s gold mining history

Collectors of mining artifacts or those simply interested in California’s gold mining history can visit the Western Mining Antique Show in the historic town of Sutter Creek. Mining artifact collectors from throughout the country will gather to show and sell artifacts from California’s rich gold-mining era. Scheduled for Saturday, June 20 at the Sutter Creek […]

Golden Rose named, Rose Pageant set

One Rose has already been picked. Although the 2015 El Dorado Rose will be named Thursday evening, June 18, during the opening day of the El Dorado County Fair, there already is a freshly bloomed Golden Rose who will be fulfilling her duties alongside the new royalty. Sandra Kowalski is this year’s Golden Rose, an […]

Foothill Gold 14U softball team playing well

CAMERON PARK — The Foothill Gold 14U fast-pitch softball team out of Cameron Park won an earlier tournament and were also, more recently, the runner-up in the Gold Bracket of a USSSA Tournament. The team is coached by Danny Vaqueiro and Steve Lee. The players, from both Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills are: Brooke […]

Gold Bug Park subject of PBS NOVA program

Placerville’s Gold Bug Park and Mine was the location for a day of filming in April for a new PBS educational series called “Treasures of the Earth.” The three-part NOVA program is being produced for WGBH in Boston by London based Pioneer Productions. Deep inside the narrow mine shaft, the cameras captured geochemist and Stanford […]

County home to three Gold Ribbon schools

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that 193 middle schools and 180 high schools have been honored under the state’s new Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program, which is temporarily taking the place of the California Distinguished Schools Program. “These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” Torlakson said. […]

Take a walk into Gold Rush history at Gold Bug

The rare opportunity to take a walk into Gold Rush history is available Memorial Day weekend, May 23 through 25, when Placerville’s Gold Bug Park opens up the seldom seen Priest Mine to the public. This hard rock gold mine, hand dug at the peak of California’s Gold Rush by Cornish miners, provides a unique […]

Golden Sierra conducting physical examinations for 2015-16 school year

GARDEN VALLEY — If you’re a current Golden Sierra High junior, sophomore or freshmen, or current eighth grader who will be a freshman for the 2015-16 school year, and planning to take part in the school’s athletic program for the 2015-16 school year, Thursday is your day. Sports physical exams at only $10 — cash […]

Gold Country Artists features Shared Inspirations

Beginning in May, Gold Country Artists Gallery is presenting a new feature, “Shared Inspirations.” Gallery member and award-winning artist Randy Honerlah has challenged the artists in the gallery to collaborate, with each artist creating an entirely new piece of art based on the work of a fellow gallery member. The paired artists may or may […]

Winterhill’s Shakespeare olive oil wins gold

Every spring in New York City, a leading panel of international experts taste more than 700 extra virgin olive oils from around the world to determine which one deserves to be considered the very best. Winterhill 2015 Shakespeare’s Acre Tuscan Blend Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Winterhill Olive Oil of Placerville, won the gold […]

The Goldilocks exercise program

EDITOR: Exercise is like so many other things in life. A moderate amount is better than too much or too little. Data collected from 661,000 adults and 14 years of death records showed: 1. Those who did not exercise had the highest risk of premature death. 2. Those who exercised moderately such as walking 150 […]

Gold Discovery Park goes Victorian

What: Springtime in Coloma: A 49er Extravaganza Who: Marshall Gold Discovery Park Association Where: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49, Coloma When: Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10 Cost: Most activities free, Mother’s Day brunch $20, parking fee Information: 530-344-1895 or 530-622-3470   Mother’s Day brunch, which costs $20 per person, the activities […]

Golden Sierra gets another title

GARDEN VALLEY —  Golden Sierra’s Senior Night sweep of Bradshaw Christian Wednesday guaranteed itself the Sierra Delta League title. The set scores in favor of the Grizzlies were 25-19, 25-20, 25-18. Golden Sierra (12-3, 9-1) has two left on the road but can’t be caught. The championship is the team’s second straight — first under […]

Small fire burns out in Golden Sierra bathroom

A fire in a bathroom at Gold Sierra High School quickly burned out Thursday morning. A small fire was set on the floor of a bathroom in the lower part of campus at about 7:30 a.m., a press release stated. Students and staff were all safe. The bathrooms and immediate area were blocked off as soon as […]

Free passes haunt Golden Sierra girls

GARDEN VALLEY — A base-clearing three-run double highlighted Valley Christian’s seven-run third-inning Monday as the Lions posted a 14-3 nonleague victory over host Golden Sierra. The Grizzlies showed some late life in the fifth inning with a pair of runs — not enough to extend the mercy rule-shortened game further. “It was good to play […]

Gold and boots found on Main

Shades of “Paint Your Wagon” revived Gold Rush dreams in some when gold flakes were unearthed during the water line replacement work being done on Main Street. “We’ve known all along that we might find some flakes of gold during construction,” said Placerville City Manager Cleve Morris, “but it’s nothing anyone is going to get rich […]

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