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Knitting team gives back, one cap at a time

When Terry Wagner was asked to be part of the White Rock Village knitting team she jumped at the chance to knit caps for area newborns and cancer patients. “The reason I help is a selfish reason really,” the White Rock Village resident said. “It feels good to volunteer and help others.” That sentiment flows […]

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 […]

Heard over the back fence: Nutrition Advice

 University officials have notified us that Tatiana M. Dimugno of Placerville has been named to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Dean’s List. To qualify for the dean’s list, a student must complete 12 or more letter-graded credits while attaining a 3.66 grade point average. Tatiana is a sophomore. Congratulations, Tatiana! Keep […]

Joyce Marilyn (Herda) Almer

Oct. 25, 1933 — July 6, 2015 Joyce Marilyn Almer passed away peacefully on July 6, 2015, at Sutter Roseville hospital, after a long illness. She was born in San Francisco, Calif., to Claudine and Clarence Herda. She was raised in Burlingame, Calif., and graduated from Burlingame High School in 1951. Joyce spent a majority […]

Heard over the back fence: Super Hero party

SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS GRADUATE: Oregon State University officials have informed us that the following students from Cameron Park recently graduated: Hannah L. Hichborn, bachelor of science, merchandising management; Sara L. Orofino, bachelor of science, cum laude, zoology; Evann L. Stabenow, bachelor of science, magna cum laude, exercise and sport science. Congratulations to all of you! We […]

Jean the ‘dancing machine’ turns 100

Family, friends and members of the jazz band gathered to celebrate Jean Dahlinger’s 100th birthday at the Barton Mountain Café. Hugs and smiles filled the room as the South Lake Tahoe High School jazz band kicked off the party with “America the Beautiful” and a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” Dahlinger was born on Nov. 12, […]

Group knits together a business plan

If the rapid fire exchange of ideas in the back of Lofty Lou’s Yarn Shop was a ball of yarn, a really big sweater would be knit every time Lou Andersen and the new managers of Lofty Lou’s, LLC get together. Despite rumors to the contrary, Lofty Lou’s Yarn Shop, 585 Main St. in Placerville, is not […]

Heard over the back fence: Christmas Parade Sunday

MODESTY IS BETTER: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Unless you’re an owl, stop tooting your own horn.” DON’T FORGET THE PARADE: The annual Christmas Parade will start at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, on Broadway and Main Street, Placerville. Come early and get a good spot. Don’t forget your lawn chair! HOLLY FAIR: Episcopal Church […]

Heard over the back fence: It’s Toys for Tots time

THE SMILE THAT MADE MILWAUKEE FAMOUS: Mitzi Stockel of Somerset sent the following “29 Lines to Make You Smile” quote: “Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.” TOYS FOR TOTS TIME: Many volunteers are needed for the very successful “Toys for Tots” program. Wouldn’t it feel great to help make sure that needy kids have […]

Shirley Rebecca Forbes

March 18, 1944 – Oct. 30, 2014 Shirley Rebecca Forbes neé Stratton, wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, went to be with Jesus early Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. She was born in Fay, Okla., on March 18, 1944, firstborn to Paul and Lula Mae Stratton. She grew up in the farmhouse she was born in, […]

Tamara “Tammy” Arlyne Morgan Sullivan

April 12, 1942 — Sept. 25, 2014 Tamara “Tammy” Arlyne Morgan Sullivan, 72, a third generation Galt, Calif., resident, passed away quietly, surrounded by family and friends, on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento, Calif., of complications from heart failure. Tammy, the granddaughter of Lucille Cox of Galt and daughter of […]

Cedar Springs Waldorf School celebrates 25 years

What began 25 years ago as a small group of parents concerned about the quality of their children’s education has transformed into the Cedar Springs Waldorf School. The program offers a complete education from early childhood through eighth grade. Cedar Springs commemorates its 25th year on Friday, Sept. 26 with a play and annual Michaelmas […]

Horoscope, Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mars Sign Change  Mars yells, “Watch me now” as he sails into the adventurous, worldly realm of Sagittarius. This is a passionate place for the already hotheaded energy of the warrior planet, and it will surely inspire aggressive moves. The good news (especially for those prone to neurosis) is that fearlessness will take hold. The […]

Heard over the back fence: ‘Touch a truck’ in Cameron Park

I NEED SUPERVISION: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I am currently unsupervised. I know, it freaks me out too. But the possibilities are endless.” I have many bosses at the Mountain Democrat. Whenever Susie is absent, I feel lost, afraid and alone! TOUCH-A-TRUCK FUN: On Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., […]

Heard over the back fence: Posse fundraiser Sept. 6

KNOW WHEN YOU ARE OLD: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “I’m so old, my birth certificate expired.” SHERIFF’S POSSE FUNDRAISER: The Sheriff’s Posse’s fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6, at Zac Jaks Trading Post, 1821 Pleasant Valley Rd., Placerville, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tickets are $30 each. There will be a […]

Sacramento area museums offer summer fun

When it comes to summer fun, think Sacramento Museums. There are plenty of activities, camps and more still happening.   Aerospace Museum of California, 916-564-3437,, Amazing Aerospace Camp, Aug. 11-14, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., ages 13-17. The Aerospace Museum of California is proud to introduce aviation to interested students with a hands-on and amazing summer camp. This memorable summer camp […]

Jean Lachelle Taylor

March 12, 1929 — July 17, 2014 Jean L. Taylor passed away at home surrounded by her family on July 17, 2014. She was a devoted wife of 65 years to Tom Taylor; loving mother of Vicki (Daryl) Stockdale of Greenville, Calif., and Timothy James (Kimberly) Taylor of Placerville, Calif.; beloved grandmother of Brian, April […]

Heard over the back fence: Father’s Day BBQ in Coloma

CAREFUL WHAT YOU EAT: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Ponders” (some things to think about): “I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.” FATHER’S DAY FUN: A Father’s Day barbecue supper featuring pulled pork, potato salad, calico coleslaw, a chocolate eclair dessert, lemonade, ice tea or […]

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. […]


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