Editor’s note: Freelance journalist Jeffrey Weidel makes regular contributions to the Mountain Democrat during the winter season reporting on the various area ski resorts. Occasionally, Weidel provides writeups on spring and summer locales as is the case here with a trip he took to Carmel, the location Ponderosa golfer Corey Pereira will visit in early [...]
Cat owners still have an opportunity to enter their cat in the local CFA cat show, coming to North Highlands on June 1. Entries are open for pedigreed and non-pedigreed cats. The household pet division is reserved for those entries that are non-pedigreed cats. Deadline for entries is May 28. Persons interested in entering their [...]
GARDEN VALLEY — Leading 2-1 at halftime of its CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI playoff opener, the Golden Sierra High girls soccer team wanted additional momentum going into the final 40 minutes against Gustine. Kaleigh Brothers provided that momentum in the first minute of the second half. The Grizzly forward fired a shot into the [...]
FOLLOW YOUR OWN PATH: My friend John Chapman forwarded the following “Advice from the Solar System” T-shirt statement: “Follow your own path * Give yourself some space * What goes around comes around * Be attractive * Pull yourself together * Have a stellar attitude * Stay centered!” HOME AND GARDEN SHOW TODAY! The El [...]
What a great public service. The El Dorado County Historical Society conducts monthly tours of historical downtown Placerville during the summer and at other times by request. A couple of weeks ago the society volunteers hosted 30 visitors from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Placerville has some great history to relate, having hosted Mark Twain, newspaper editor [...]
A tour group from out-of-town got a snapshot history of Placerville last Friday.
Sponsored by the El Dorado County Historical Society, the tour was led by Don Uelmen and Debbie Hunger Lightfoot. Dressed in period costumes, the duo took a group of 28 members from the Daytona Ski and Travel Club on a quick 60-minute tour of the long and colorful history of downtown Placerville.
Starting at the elegant Cary House Hotel, where many of the tour group were staying, Uelmen noted at one time it housed the Wells Fargo Office and was a stage stop.
I had the great fortune of spending my high school years growing up in Quartz Valley, Siskiyou County, a picture postcard little valley with a river running through it. It was nestled between Scott Valley with its busy little towns of Greenview, Fort Jones and Etna to the east, and Marble Mountain Wilderness Area to [...]
May 10, 1935 — April 10, 2013 Georgia Williams, of Placerville, Calif., was born to Francis and James Stone on May 10, 1935, in Rooney, Ky. She graduated from Pleasant High School in Marion County, Ohio, in 1953. She went home to join the Lord on April 10, 2013. Georgia married Harry Williams on May [...]
New Aries Moon The new Aries moon wants your wishes, and he’s in a generous mood, too. You don’t only get three; you get as many as you can think of. They won’t all come true, but they have a much better chance than those wishes you never make. Late at night, the moon shifts [...]
March 28, 1939 — March 29, 2013 Loretta was born on March 28, 1939, in Santa Cruz, Calif. She lived in a number of cities throughout California before moving to El Dorado County in the late 1980s. She was a hard worker, holding many different jobs since the time she was an adolescent in Sacramento. After [...]
From where the dog sits, there’s not much that beats the thrill of the chase. It’s in their blood — the prey drive, the chase instinct. It’s an urge once based on survival, one passed on from the dog’s early brethren: the wolf. But times have changed. For the African spotted dog, also known as [...]
If the eyes are the window to the soul, then Placerville artist, E. Richard Colburn was one of those who was able to capture them in his portraits. Colburn, who died March 4 at the age of 82, always strove, in his words, ”to reveal his subject’s soul through the eyes” and to “discover and portray [...]
Full Moon Eve On the eve of the full moon in amorous Libra, love for love’s sake seems like a fun thing to aspire to. When the discerning Virgo moon gives way to Libra’s spell in the evening, it will be tempting to let go and invite romance to lead the way. Mars and Pluto [...]
Thursday Joy Haessler died. She was a feature writer for the Mountain Democrat for more than 20 years, about the same number of years that the late Rosemary Moore spent as features editor, which we then called Foothill Life editor. Joy had a personality that matched her name. Here at our Broadway office she sat [...]
Pisces New Moon If you’ve ever hit a key on the piano and resonated the same string from an unmanned guitar hanging on the wall across the room, you have firsthand experience of the science of sympathetic resonance. The celestial music is very much in tune now, as the new moon in Pisces promotes sweet [...]
STOCKTON — No first overtime, no second, no thrilling battle, no section title, no Sleep Train Arena … at least for now. Oak Ridge’s quest to avenge last year’s double OT loss in the section finals to Kennedy fell well short Thursday at Stockton’s Spanos Center as the Cougars established early control to eliminate the Lady Trojans 65-42 in girls [...]
On Sunday, March 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Episcopal Church of Our Saviour, 2979 Coloma St. in Placerville, the Cahersiveen Irish Band will perform a benefit concert for the preservation fund of the beautiful and historical church. Church of Our Saviour is the oldest church in continuous operation in El Dorado County and [...]
Pirates of the Caribbean, Haiti’s Path from Underdevelopment to Catastrophe was the theme of a talk at Federated Church on Saturday, Feb. 16. Part of a series of presentations called the “Season for Nonviolence,” two sociology professors from Cameron Park discussed the work they have done in Haiti over the past 10 years before a [...]
This is part one of a two-part article featuring an interview with consulting economist John Williams, who believes that many of the statistics issued by the government misrepresent the true state of the economy. On Feb. 1, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released the latest national unemployment figures, saying that unemployment in January was [...]