EDITOR: It was a lively discussion that filled the Pollock Pines–Camino Community Center last evening as citizens came together with Supervisor Norma Santiago to create the first Pollock Pines Community Advisory Council. It was obvious that some folks might still not have the truth and full knowledge of how citizens across the county are trying to implement [...]
An anthill of workers and activity bustled around the new cottages at the Placerville Eskaton Village on May 14, landscaping and finishing projects to be ready for the grand opening on Wednesday. “The rain put us a little behind,” said Pamela Dallas, sales counselor for the Placerville Eskaton, “so not all of the cottages are [...]
At the May 14 Placerville City Council meeting, four local businesses received beautification awards for their efforts in improving the appearance of the city. Mayor Wendy Mattson presented the awards to Dr. Daniel Morrill for Precison Eyecare; Jose Rodriguez, owner of Torino’s restaurant; Lanny Hardy, manager of the Cary House; and Richard Esposito, publisher of [...]
Recently I had to replace my 11-year-old PT Cruiser with a new car. It caused some grief to relinquish my little red friend, but she had barfed up her power steering fluid on the garage floor and given up the ghost. I decided to purchase a hybrid because a Tesla is right out of my [...]
Placerville garbage rates will be going up by 2.14 percent beginning July 1. A resolution to approve El Dorado Disposal’s request for a rate increase was approved at the May 14 Placerville City Council meeting with a 5-0 vote. Garbage collection is mandatory within Placerville city limits and the rates are subject to review annually, [...]
EDITOR: Wendy Schultz’s front page article in the April 17 Mountain Democrat about the closing of the winter shelters for the homeless was timely and well written. The article gave well-deserved credit to the local churches for opening their doors and providing warmth and comfort to those less fortunate during the coldest and stormiest part of the year. [...]
“Education is the key lever to kids being able to meet their potential,” said Ed Manasala, EdD. On July 1, Manansala will become the new Associate Superintendent of Educational Services for the El Dorado County Office of Education as Jeremy Meyers, the current Associate Superintendent, becomes the County Superintendent. Education as the key to reaching [...]
Last March, a week before her 59th birthday, Lotus resident Deb Tull was diagnosed with cancer. “It was almost nine years to the day that my husband had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, so we were both familiar with the ‘C’ word,” said Tull. “Only this time, we traded places.” Tull had triple negative breast [...]
It was raining and cold in Washington D.C. when George Peabody arrived on April 19, but his welcome was warm. About 28 WWII veterans and 20 Guardians flew from San Francisco on an Honor Flight Tour to visit the WWII Memorial and see the sights, courtesy of Honor Flight of Northern California. Honor Flight of [...]
There’s a definite slump to Deena Court in the Deer Crossing subdivision of Placerville. The center of the street where the water mains are has sunk 8 inches. Of the five houses on the cul-de-sac, four of them have had to replace water regulators due to water pressure in excess of 100 pounds per square inch. One home also sustained damage due to flooding of water lines into the house. There are lumps and ruts in the asphalt, alligator cracks everywhere, loose gravel and failed pavement.
Placerville has many substandard streets, but Deena Court is in a subdivision that is only 23 years old. Deena Court resident Richard Evans has lived on the street since 2002 and he has been trying for a year to get the city to repair it.
“It’s helped me so much, to keep that connection,” said Russell Mote, father of Staff Sgt. Sky Mote, 27, who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 2012, just one day after he was awarded the Navy Marine Commendation Medal for combat heroism.
The connection Russell Mote values is the tie between his family and Sky’s Special Operations teammates, a connection nurtured by the MARSOC Foundation (Marines Corps Special Operations Command).
“Sky was in Special Operations,” said Mote, “and the public is not supposed to know who they are or what they do, so we wouldn’t ordinarily be able to connect with them, but the MARSOC Foundation found a way. We didn’t need financial support, but we did need that …
An underground junction box on Fair Lane near the Superior Court driveway blew out on Thursday afternoon, causing a temporary power outage and a cloud of black smoke that choked the air. The power surge resulted in a power line falling into a ravine at 193 Fair Lane around 1:30 p.m, sparking a grass fire. [...]
They came bearing anonymously delivered flyers that urged them to stop the return of the roundabout, but it was apparent that many of the 60 + attendees of the April 30 Neighborhood Chat between community members and community leaders, did not come with open minds. The topic of the Chat, as introduced by Placerville Mayor [...]
With a waterfall of cinnamon-colored hair and green-blue eyes, she’s 6 years old, a kindergartner at Sierra School, and her favorite colors at the moment are purple and pink. There’s more to Summer Fuller than that, however. Summer has a father named David, a 4-year-old sister named Cheyane, a cat, and cancerous brain tumors behind [...]
The Mountain Democrat is moving — actually, we already have moved. We talked about it for almost a year, but we began bugging out in earnest a month ago. Partitions and cabinets began disappearing, allowing a full view of people we’d always known were somewhere in the office. Ancient equipment, long hoarded in the depths [...]
What: Girls Night Out Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Friday, May 3 from 6-9 p.m. Cost: No admission charge, fees for some events and activities Information: 530-672-3436. Since the sixth Girls Night Out is on the eve of the running of “The Run for the Roses,” the theme is, of [...]
For the past few years, due to economic reasons, the Placerville Aquatic Center has closed in early August, after being open to the water loving community for two and a half months. At the April 23 Placerville City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved a memo of understanding between the city and El Dorado County [...]
At Eco Logical, 320 Main Street in Placerville, you can find a completely unique gift for an affordable price and help save the world — kind of a cool idea for consumers. Owners Jed and Danielle Thorne have gathered a plethora of handmade Fair Trade items and mixed them in with a sprinkling of locally [...]
Sometimes when you receive disappointing news, it saps your energy and makes you want to give up. I recently was told, after a screening was completed on my feet, that I have flat feet. I mistakenly shared this information with my tennis buddies, and they now call me “Donald Duck” when I miss a tennis [...]
What: Link-Up Who: Cameron Park Rotary Club and Snowline Hospice Where: Nugget Market and CVS in El Dorado Hills; CVS in Shingle Springs, Safeway and Food 4 Less in Cameron Park and the Safeway and the Walmart in Placerville. When: Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: Free Information: 530-621-7820 The bells will be [...]