The Amador El Dorado Forest Forum recognized three of its members posthumously at the Spring Honors Dinner held at the Institute of Forest Genetics in Placerville on April 17. Robert E. “Bob” Flynn, 1919-2011, U.S. Forest Service 1936-1975 Bob Flynn, born in Georgetown, went to work for the Forest Service before he got out of [...]
Connecting new generations to the land, the third annual Wakamatsu Farm Festival reached out to new audiences on May 18 by celebrating all the diverse groups that have populated the historic site.
Acquired by the American River Conservancy in 2010, the 272 acre Gold Hill Ranch is notable for the many groups who have called it home. In the past, the focus was on its use as the first permanent Japanese settlement in North America. However, according to Michael Dotson, Director of Development and Communications for the American River Conservancy, this year’s festival was designed to be different.
“Our vision is to educate people on the diverse cultures in the area to bring in a wider audience and connect them to the land,” he said.
In line with that goal, spread out over the ranch were four venues reflecting the four main groups that lived on and drew their sustenance from the land. Trooping from staging area to staging area on Saturday were an estimated 700 people who traveled by foot, in buggies and covered wagons, or in golf carts across the grass and oak-studded landscape to sample the culture of each group.
The venue pertaining to the earliest residents went to the Miwok and Nisenan Indians …
Born in 1632 in the Netherlands, Antony van Leeuwenhoek was a self-taught man who made microscopes — ultimately producing some 500 of them. Van Leeuwenhoek’s microscopes could magnify objects up to two hundred times. That opened up a range of investigations to him and he took advantage of the new devices he was creating to [...]
Barsotti Books and the Barsotti family are thrilled to partner with five local organizations for the second annual El Dorado Reads program. The focus book will again be the updated version of Joan Barsotti’s book, “Okei-san: A Girl’s Journey, Japan to California, 1868-1871.” This is a story written by local author, Joan Barsotti based on [...]
The body of a woman from Reno, Nev. was found east of Strawberry on May 10. At 9:09 a.m., the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Reno Police Department asking for assistance in finding a missing woman, a press release stated. Sherilyn Renstrom, 66, had dementia and was at-risk, EDSO was [...]
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 [...]
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.
Lost books are commonplace at the El Dorado Hills Library, but the one Peter Ferraro brought in recently was something altogether new, if a 127-year old Bible can be called new. The former San Francisco sanitation worker pulled the old Bible from the trash back in the 1980s and thought it was time to find [...]
A woman fought off a kidnapper, enabling law enforcement to arrive at her apartment and take the man into custody April 30. Placerville Police Department received a 911 call from an apartment at 2838 Schnell School Rd. at 8:03 a.m., a press release stated. The caller stated than an unknown man was in her apartment, [...]
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 [...]
EDITOR: Last Wednesday morning (April 17), I was driving past Poor Red’s and observed what appeared to be a raid by people dressed in coveralls with “Police” on the front and back. I thought that, oh, oh, someone has put their foot in it again. I did wonder who the police officers were as their [...]
What: “How to Succeed in Business with Really Trying” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Three Stages, Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom When: Friday, April 19 to Sunday, May 5 Cost: $18 to $36 Information: threestages.net or edmt.info or call 916-608-6888 By today’s standards, mid-1950s Americans were living in fairytale land. It was a time when [...]
In February, I happened to be at the Fresno County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden. Imagine my delight to see the event happening that day. The Plant a Row for the Hungry (PAR) project was sponsoring a drive-through citrus drop-off. I watched in amazement as car after car pulled up to unload trunk loads of oranges [...]
BE FAIR AT WORK: Clara Neilsen provided the following “Share the Glory” statement: “Promote yourself but do not demote another.” – Israel Salanter. FUNDRAISER FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS: The Society of Wood Heads Only is sponsoring their 9th annual fundraiser for school woodworking programs in El Dorado County. The fundraiser is scheduled for Monday, April 22, [...]
What do the following comments have in common? “I’ve given her tongue lashings that would wake the dead and ostracized her to the point of feeling guilty like an abusive jailer.” “I’ve bitten her on the neck and stared her straight in the eyes.” “I use a pronged training collar, which makes a world of [...]
READ THE SIGN, LADY! Thanks to Carlyn White, we offer the following “Just Grins and Snickers” statement: “I was in the six-item express lane at the store, quietly fuming. Completely ignoring the sign, the woman ahead of me had slipped into the check-out line, pushing a cart piled high with groceries. Imagine my delight when [...]
“Teaching provides an unlimited opportunity to do good,” said Steve Seely. Seely, an Oak Ridge High School social science teacher, who was selected from over 90 educators to be the California League of High Schools’ 2013 State High School Educator of the Year. “I see these kinds of awards as a way to recognize the teaching profession, not just individuals,” said Seely. “Teaching is a noble profession and I am surrounded by gifted people.”
Doing good by helping kids develop the skills to master their lives is the focus of Seely’s 25 years of teaching. In the speech before the CLHS selection committee Seely recounted his first days as a new teacher: “I learned that kids are not just kids, they are people. People first. Then students. Those students taught me that to think of them as any less was likely to diminish the power to matter in their lives …It’s an old cliche, but apt I think: They don’t care how much you know unless they know how much you care.”
The woman accused of murdering her husband appeared briefly in court Monday morning to schedule a preliminary hearing. Deputy district attorney Joe Alexander told El Dorado Superior Court Judge Douglas C. Phimister that he had delivered a CD containing the bulk of discovery to attorney David Weiner concerning Colleen Harris. He said that a few [...]
The American River Conservancy (ARC), a non-profit conservation organization, seeks one or more partners to develop portions of a historical farm into a destination, agricultural tourism enterprise. Selected partner(s) would lease farm acreage and/or buildings, make capital improvements, and operate business enterprises consistent with protecting the site’s cultural, natural and agricultural resources. The selected partner(s) [...]
It might be hard not to hate Jennifer Cutler. She’s a tri-athlete, a former wide receiver for the Sacramento Sirens, partner in a law firm, mother of three boys, two of them twins, and a successful litigator who has just received a life membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. And she’s slender. At her [...]