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Hats off to the Mad Hatters for knitting baby caps

Mother Lode News For eight years each baby born at local hospitals received a special, homemade gift Ñ a knitted hat. Sadly this summer that tradition will fade away as the Mad Hatters, a knitting group formed in El Dorado Hills, has disbanded. Founder Leal Thompson said the decision didnÕt come easy. ÒThe kind of […]

Ellen “Kitty” Feather

Aug. 12, 1921 — Feb. 7, 2014 Ellen (Kitty) Feather, 92, died peacefully Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, with loved ones by her side. She was born Ellen Graham on Aug. 12, 1921, in New York City and grew up in Woodmere, N.Y. She was nicknamed Kitty in early childhood for her habit of curling up […]

Lofty Lou’s is color central

Should there be any doubt that the inside of Lofty Lou’s Yarn Shop is full of colorful, quality yarns and fabrics, that notion is quickly dispelled when Lou Andersen herself greets you at the door. She’s 65, she’s nothing but fun, and her hair is streaked with turquoise, bright red, orange and blue that instead […]

Elves at work in Gold Country

Santa’s elves have a lot of toys to make each year, so sometimes they have to outsource. Some of the helpers this year are retired individuals who pulled together to create something special for little girls.

Retired contractor Roy Carter, 86, is a member of Gold Country Wood Workers. “We make toys for Toys for Tots and the Center for Violence-Free Relationships every year,” said Carter, “but they are mostly trains, airplanes and cars — not too much for little girls.”

During a discussion with Mary Fatooh, activity director for Gold County Retirement …

Heard over the back fence: Be a volunteer next year

WAIT A MINUTE! John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Never ues a preposition to end a sentence with.” CREATIVE WRITERS CLUB: Do you love to write and discuss your ideas with other high school students? The Creative Writers Club meets on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. Drop-ins […]

California rambling: Heading inside this winter

Snow began falling on El Dorado County’s three ski areas: Heavenly Mountain Resort, Kirkwood at Tahoe and Sierra-at-Tahoe the last week of October. With the West’s largest snowmaking system at Heavenly, snowflakes will continue to fall until the area opens — as planned presently — on Nov. 22. All that snow, however, may not be […]

Kathryn Mary Merritt

Jan. 14, 1943 — Oct. 1, 2013 Kathy Merritt, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, went to be with the Lord, Oct. 1, 2013, in Pollock Pines, Calif. She was born in Albany, Calif., and grew up and attended school in Vallejo, Calif. She was a homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her family, […]

Cancer — no one does this alone

For Nikki Parr, every month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The 28-year-old mother from Pilot Hill is undergoing treatment for Stage 3 Invasive Ductal Carcinoma — breast cancer. On this unexpected journey, she has discovered resources she had no idea were available to her and made friends she never knew existed. “My breast cancer journey […]

DIY disasters — the upside of failure

“I can do that!” Who hasn’t lived to regret those words? Those four little turbo-charged words have led many well-intentioned do-it-yourself home improvers right off catastrophe cliff. We start off emboldened by a deceivingly simple tease on Pinterest or in Martha Stewart Living magazine. “It’s easy,” the copy alongside the craft project promises! We forge […]

Janet Sue Vincent

Aug. 17, 1940 — Aug. 21, 2013 Jan has left us after a courageous seven-year battle with colon cancer. Her final days were spent in the loving care of her husband and daughter. Jan was born in Tulsa, Okla. She moved to California in 1958. She enjoyed a long career with E & J Gallo […]

New Lotus postmaster

On Wednesday, Aug. 7, Lisa Craviotto followed a tradition dating back to Jan. 6, 1881, when the first Lotus Post office was operated out of a general store and the storekeeper, Mr. Gallaner, served as the first postmaster. Craviotto will raised her right hand to take the official oath of office as postmaster at the […]

Donna Lee Nicolls

Feb. 22, 1931 — June 16, 2013 Donna Lee Nicolls was one of the most energetic, loving, fun, creative, kind and giving people on the planet. She passed peacefully in her sleep in her home in Placerville, Calif., on June 16, 2013, after complications from medication for Atrial Fibulation. She will be sorely missed by […]

Heard over the back fence: Camp-over and pizza in EDH Gym

Thanks to John Chapman, we offer the following T-shirt observation: “I started the day with a big box of patience. The box is now empty.” PARENT NIGHT OFF:
 To offer parents a “night off,” the El Dorado Hills Community Services District has scheduled an overnight event for children, ages 6 to 12 […]

El Dorado Rose candidate: Rowe stays active with various clubs

Ask El Dorado Rose 2013 candidate Dianna Rowe anything about the historical Shakespeare Club in Placerville, and watch her already friendly face light with enthusiasm. A love of local history is one of the prerequisites for attaining the title of El Dorado Rose, a competition that has been a highlight of the El Dorado County […]

Marjorie Sutton

May 21, 1926 — March 4, 2013 Marjorie Allen Sutton of Placerville, Calif., passed away peacefully on March 4, 2013, in Sacramento, Calif. She was born on May 21, 1926, in Salt Lake City, Utah, one of six children to John Edwin and Dessie Allen. She is survived by her three children, Preston, Janet and John […]

Heard over the back fence: Colored glass day at Snowline store

 Clara Neilsen provided the following “Zoom Out” statement: “You can’t see the whole sky through a bamboo tube.” — Japanese proverb. GLASS COLLECTORS DAY:
A “Cavalcade of Colored Glass” will be presented tomorrow, April 13, at the Snowline Hospice Thrift Store, 455 Placerville Dr., from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be […]

Kelly Wheeler

Dec. 24, 1959 — March 12, 2013 An inspiration to us all, Kelly Wheeler passed away peacefully at home in Cameron Park, Calif., with friends and family at her side. It was important to Kelly, as she strove to be able to see her young son reach his 18th birthday and to graduate from high […]

The Hangtown Fibers Guild helps keep the mind active

Although the Hangtown Fibers Guild is open to members of any age, this volunteer organization is a great way for people in El Dorado County who are over the age of 50 to keep their minds and lives active. With membership between 80 to 100 people, the Hangtown Fibers Guild offers something for everyone. Members’ […]

Bob Marley birthday bash in Reno

This year to celebrate the birthday of the reggae legend Bob Marley, Jahzilla will be teaming up with some of Reno’s finest talent to bring a very special tribute to one of the most influential artists of our time. They will be featuring 10 vocalists from different Reno bands of various genres all singing their […]

Elinor McGee Melson

Jan. 27, 1947 — Dec. 12, 2012 Elinor passed on Dec. 12, 2012, after battling with ovarian cancer. She was laid to rest at Westwood Hills Memorial Park on Dec. 17. Born and raised in Placerville, Elinor was the daughter of Elinor Cole McGee and Omer Martin McGee. She is survived by her son, Matthew Melson; […]

On the spot: Traci Matkoski

Age: 42 City of residence: Placerville Hometown: Placerville Occupation: Owner of business, Traci the Petsitter Hobby: Knitting Favorite movie: Out of Africa Favorite book: Redeeming Love, by Francine Rivers Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii Best quality: Kindness What would you do if you won the lottery? I would go to the Caribbean and after that, start […]

Leaving the mine behind

Pat Cook is a force of nature. Just ask anyone who has dealt with her when it comes to Gold Bug Park. Energetic, funny and often unorthodox, Cook, chairman of the Gold Bug Park Development Committee, has been involved with the park for 32 years, helping it grow from weed-covered Bedford Park to one of […]

Find your own style at Mostly Natural Fabric and Yarn

“High quality fabrics are amazing to wear. I never realized how nice it was to wear great quality fabrics, I feel like a new person,” said Lenore O’Neill, owner of the Diamond Springs sewing and knitting haven Mostly Natural Fabric and Yarn. Mostly Natural sells natural fiber and organic sewing, knitting and crocheting supplies. New […]

Heard over the back fence: Craft Fair on Main Street

 If you review the “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff” calendar, you will discover the following suggestion: “If you spend less time running away from problems and trying to rid yourself of them — and more time accepting problems as an inevitable, natural, even important part of life — you will […]

Knitters send hugs to soldiers

The third successful season for “Hugs from Home,” a local project to send handmade afghans to a designated unit of the U.S. military stationed in Afghanistan — this year, Marines, was completed. In addition to the dedicated women — and men — who have knitted or crocheted afghans over the past three years, 10 members […]

Genevieve Dolores Marsh

Aug. 1, 1922 — April 16, 2012 Genevieve Dolores (Houde) Marsh was born on Aug. 1, 1922, in Kankakee, Ill., to Zepherin Houde and Leah (LeSage) Houde. She passed away on Monday, April 16, 2012, in Lodi, Calif. Known always as Dolores, she was then the youngest of three sisters — the eldest being Mary […]

Elizabeth Jane Pillsbury

June 4, 1919 — April 1, 2012 At her request, no memorial service will be held for Gardnerville resident Elizabeth Jane Pillsbury, 92, who died April 1, 2012, of natural causes. Born June 4, 1919, in Cado, Texas, to Cecil and Warren Smith, she married James W. Pillsbury on Oct. 14, 1939, in Santa Cruz, Calif. […]

Mary Kraintz Harwell

Oct. 26, 1916 — March 27, 2012 Mary Kraintz Harwell, age 95, passed away on March 27, 2012. She moved to Gold Country in Placerville five years ago from Concord, Calif., where she had lived from the time she married Fred Harwell in 1938. She was widowed for 30 years; Fred died of emphysema in 1982. […]

Family knits an interest in space

Camino resident Krista Deal’s interest in space exploration has been a continuing theme in her life that got sparked during her childhood growing up in Oak Ridge, Tenn. It was there that her grandmother helped make one of the least expensive items ever used in America’s space program. It was a Teflon pad knitted by […]

Ethel Robinson

April 10, 1911 — Feb. 2, 2012 Born 100 years ago in Littleton, Utah, Ethel Robinson peacefully passed away on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. A resident of Placerville, Calif., for nearly 80 years, she was born on April 10, 1911, and was one of three children. Her family moved from Utah to Gridley, Calif., when […]

Mildred Pearl Grahek

Dec. 24, 1919 – Jan. 19, 2012 Mildred Pearl Grahek passed away peacefully at home January 19, 2012. Born Mildred Pearl Lindholm in Virginia, Minnesota, she enjoyed fishing, canoeing, and photography as a young woman. She received a bachelor degree in nursing from the University of Minnesota and shortly thereafter joined the Army Nursing Corps […]

Heard over the back fence: Nominate an outstanding young person

 Thanks to one of our readers, Bob Henley of Placerville, the following Will Rogers’ quote from the book “Will Rogers, His Life and Times” by Richard M. Ketchum is offered: “Outside of traffic, there is nothing that has held this country back as much as committees.” • • • RECOGNIZING OUTSTANDING YOUNGSTERS: 
The El […]

Heard over the back fence: Candy Shack open; Bill Murray not starring

 John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “I’m a Master at Productive Procrastination?” • • • SWEET SALE: Mother Lode Lions Club is selling See’s Candy at their Candy Shack in the parking lot of the Mother Lode Lions Club, at the corner of Pleasant Valley Road and Missouri Flat Road, Diamond Springs. Candy […]

At a glance: Welcome fall

This has been one of the best summers weatherwise ever for those of us in El Dorado County. Fall officially begins Friday and already there is that tinge of coolness in the air as the sun comes up. The sunlight is also moving to that fall mode and acorns are starting to drop. There will […]

Anniversary: Schussing through 50 years together

Theodore “Ted” and Cherie (Klesczyk) Dashnaw met at the Mayo Clinic Medical School in Minnesota more than 50 years ago. Ted was completing training as a physical therapist and Cherie was visiting her older sister Kay who was a student at the clinic. The couple became engaged six months later and married on Sept. 16, […]

Heard over the back fence: Learn wildland home safety

ADVICE FROM MOTHER EARTH: Thanks to John Chapman, we have the following “Advice from the Earth” T-shirt statement: “Be well rounded – Keep a positive atmosphere – Have a magnetic personality – Celebrate diversity – Think globally – Be good to your mother – There’s no place like home! … ASK YOUR LOCAL FIREMAN/FIRE WOMAN: […]

6-17-11 Teenager activities at EDH library

TEENAGER ACTIVITIES: The “Teen Tuesdays” program continues at the El Dorado Hills Library, 7455 Silva Valley Parkway, El Dorado Hills. Art activities for grades 5 through 12 are available at 1 p.m. The following activities are scheduled: June 21 – Duct Tape Wallets; June 28 – Textiles (embroidery, knitting, weaving). For more information, call 916-358-3500.

Make a memory and get creative at Craft Castle

Fire breathing dragons in Cameron Park? Not really, but that’s what the staff at Craft Castle calls their kilns, according to “Her Royal Highness” herself, Cheryl Morris, owner of the new crafty business. “It’s not an ego thing, it just makes me laugh,” Morris said of her whimsical and castle-appropriate title. “I love arts and […]

Crocker Art Museum to offer classes

The Crocker Art Museum will present more than 20 classes for children, tweens, teens and adults during the museum’s spring session of “Studio Art and Art History” courses. Highlights of the spring classes for children include “Green Days,” an artistic celebration of Earth Day, “Crocker Art Camp,” a spring break adventure for ages 5 to […]

Heard over the back fence: Outstanding volunteers abound

SEDENTARY SWEATSHIRT: John Chapman of Folsom forwarded the following sweatshirt statement: “My doctor told me to walk one mile a day, so I got another doctor.” • • • MEDICAL EXPENSES: Emma Gene Stedman is 16 months old and has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Emma’s family continues to have huge medical expenses for her. If you would like […]

Knitters team up to help youth

SACRAMENTO — Seventy-five women donated 66 stockings and more than 140 gifts through United Way’s Women in Philanthropy so that 116 local foster youth, and those emancipated, would have holiday wishes fulfilled. Fifty foster youth in Sacramento County’s Gifts From The Heart program received the holiday gifts they requested, and 66 emancipated foster youth at […]

Organic fabric store a hit with customers

Crafting clothes out of organic fibers has never been easier, thanks to a business in Diamond Springs that specializes in selling fabric made from bamboo, llama, alpaca and organic cotton. Llama and Aalpaca wool are available in yarn. Mostly Natural Fabric and Yarn, located at 4806 Pleasant Valley Road, No. D, in Diamond Springs is […]

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Cornelia Alida “Kea” Hofman

June 19, 1930 – Nov. 2, 2010 Cornelia Alida "Kea" Hofman Cornelia Alida “Kea” Hofman, born in the Netherlands on June 19, 1930, passed away in Sacramento, Calif., on Nov. 2, 2010. Preceded in death by her husband Basil Liggio, Kea is survived by her loving children, Marisa Johnson of Aptos, Nicoline Richardson of San Diego, Steven Liggio […]

Gloria Doloris Clark

Jan. 13, 1927 – Oct. 7, 2010Gloria was born January 13, 1927 in Elbow Lake, Minnesota, to Edward and Mabel Zelinske. She passed away at age 83. Gloria graduated from Herman High School in 1945. She married Ralph Russel Clark in June 1948. They moved to Inglewood, Calif., and lived there until 1970. She attended […]

Gloria Doloris Clark

Gloria was born January 13, 1927 in Elbow Lake, Minnesota, to Edward and Mabel Zelinske. She passed away at age 83. Gloria graduated from Herman High School in 1945. She married Ralph Russel Clark in June 1948. They moved to Inglewood, Calif., and lived there until 1970. She attended El Camino College, Torrence from 1952 […]

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