Friday, July 25, 2014

Heard over the back fence: Story of Sierra Nevada Phillips to be told

OLD CAN BE BETTER: Paul Chafer sent the following : “What Seniors Are Up To” quote: “All you young whipper-snappers will never know the satisfaction of slamming down a receiver on a rotary phone.” PHILLIPS CLAN REVISITED: Mary Jo Sonntag, author of “Write If You Live to Get There” will be a guest speaker at the Placerville […]

El Dorado wines win in Amador

After more than 40 years, the Amador County Fair commercial wine competition has evolved to become the showcase for Sierra Foothill American Viticultural Area wines. For the second year in a row a Mourvedre from Amador County was awarded Best of Show, from Morse Wines in 2014. By the end of the day of judging […]

Heard over the back fence: Placerville Hardware a ‘national treasure’

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following quote: “May you have - Enough happiness to make you sweet, Enough trials to make you strong, Enough sorrow to keep you human, And enough hope to make you happy.” PLACERVILLE HARDWARE SHINES: The magazine “This Old House” recognized five USA hardware stores in their magazine. Our very own Placerville Hardware was recognized as […]

A beautiful day at Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm

“They’re coming. I see the buses,” Emogene Haller, event manager, announced over the walkie-talkies. Four schools with their students and teachers were arriving to participate in the second annual Okei-san Experience Field Trip at the Wakamatsu Tea and Silk Colony Farm site in Placerville, near Coloma. “Places everyone,” Haller called out. The morning group of […]

Heard over the back fence: Friends of Seniors fundraiser

WHAT ARE SENIORS THINKING? My friend Paul Chafer sent the following “What Seniors Are Up To” quote: “I’m going to retire and live off my savings. What I’ll do the second day, I have no idea.” FRIENDS OF SENIORS FUNDRAISER: A “Wine in the Vines” fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. […]

District 2 candidates forum Aug. 14

The Shingle Springs Community Alliance will host a candidates forum for El Dorado County Supervisor of District 2 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 at Discovery Hills Church, 4270 Shingle Springs Drive. Absentee ballots will be sent out Aug. 11 and the election is Sept. 9. Each candidate will get a 2 –minute introduction, 2 […]

Veterans receive wildland fire training

GREENWOOD — Corps members from California Conservation Corps Centers in Ukiah, Tahoe, Redding, Placer County, Inland Empire and San Diego attended fire training at the Wildland Fire Training and Conference Center in McClellan Park and the Greenwood Training Center in El Dorado County County. The week-long training included classroom and field training such as the […]

Market data open for local biz

The of El Dorado County Economic Development Division has upgraded its subscription to the Buxton customer analytics database. This subscription allows businesses in the county access to useful customer, demographic, and economic data, at no charge. “With this upgrade in service, businesses in the area have even more access to better market information that can help […]

Heard over the back fence: Attorney to warn about scams

SIMILAR VIEW — DIFFERENT OPINION: Carlyn White provided the following quote: “I Believe . . . Two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.” This quote reminds me of visiting art galleries or movies with my grandchildren. SCAMS AND ID THEFT: A new class titled “Protection from Scams and ID Theft” […]

IRS unveils Taxpayer Bill of Rights

The IRS, on June 10, released a “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” intended to better communicate to taxpayers their existing statutory and administrative protections. The 10 broad provisions were announced at a news conference at IRS headquarters in Washington, D.C., by IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and National Taxpayer Advocate Nina Olson. In meetings with the IRS’s […]

Stay connected through sheriff

As the El Dorado County Sheriff, Coroner, Public Administrator and Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Services, John D’Agostini has implemented a number of ways to keep you informed. Do you want to be notified of breaking news or recent newsworthy events? Would you like to get notified of Public Information Bulletins and Public […]

P’ville hires Camino superintendent

The Placerville Union School District announced the selection of Eric Bonniksen as the district’s new full-time superintendent and Rachelle Ball as the new principal of Sierra School. The school district provides services to students ages kindergarten through eighth grade in the city of Placerville. Bonniksen most recently was superintendent-principal of Camino Union School District. He […]

Discover butterflies of the Sierra Nevada

What: “Butterflies of the Sierra Nevada and Their Plant Interactions” Who: El Dorado Chapter of the California Native Plant Society Where: Planning Commission Room, Building C of the El Dorado County Government Center, 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville When: Tuesday, July 22 at 7 p.m. Cost: No charge Information: or The El Dorado Chapter of the California […]

Heard over the back fence: Public swim times announced

LAWYERS IN COURT: A book titled “Disorder in the Court” lists statements from court reporters’ notes, such as the following: “ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual? WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard. ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female? WITNESS: Unless the circus was in town I’m going with male.” PLACERVILLE […]

Tea Party Patriots of EDH meet tonight

The Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills, which was first with a local candidates night for the June primary will hear an update at 7 p.m. tonight from Ginny Rapini, founder of the Northern California Tea Party Patriots. “Another election season. It’s coming. It’s been an exciting Primary Election season and we’re proud of […]

Pville man hired as NRA regional rep

A Placerville man has been hired as the new Eastern Field Representative of California of the National Rifle Association. Cole Beverly is replacing Steve Wilson in the position, which covers from Stanislaus to Sutter counties and from Sacramento to Interstate 5. His main job, he said, will be to oversee 22 Friends of the NRA […]

Heard over the back fence: Movie star to be at library

DIRT THERAPY: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “Gardening is cheaper than therapy, and you get tomatoes.” MOVIES ON THE LAWN: “Filmfare” program offers outdoor projector movies on the lawn at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, at 8:45 p.m. The Aug. 9 movie will be “Breaking Away,” starring Dennis Christopher, Dennis Quaid, Robyn Douglass. Four […]

July 18, 2014 | Posted in News | Tagged ,

Heard over the back fence: Magic Dan and Poodlums to appear

CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE: Jewel Blair-Smith sent the following “Layman’s 10 Commandments” quote: “All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it; they will not last forever. If going wrong, don’t worry; they can’t last long either.” MAGIC DAN SHOW: On Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., the Magic Dan Magical Show will be presented at the […]

Heard over the back fence: EDHS 55th reunion planned

ANOTHER TEN COMMANDMENTS: Thanks to Jewel Blair-Smith, we have the following “Layman’s 10 Commandments” quote: “So why is a car’s windshield so large and the rear view mirror so small? Because our past is not as important as our future. So, look ahead and move on.” EDHS CLASS REUNION: The El Dorado High School Class of 1959 […]

EMDT goes wild with ‘The Jungle Book’

What: “The Jungle Book” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Stage One at Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway on the Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom When: Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 20 at 7 p.m. and matinée at 2 p.m. Cost: $13.50 to $28 Information: or 916-608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Monday through […]

Heard over the back fence: Mosquito Bridge closing for two weeks

SOME THINGS CAN’T BE FIXED: John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “You can’t fix stupid!” MOSQUITO BRIDGE CLOSURE: The Mosquito Bridge has scheduled its annual daytime closure dates for required maintenance activities. The bridge will be closed to traffic from today, June 11, to Thursday, July 24. The closure hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., […]

July 11, 2014 | Posted in News | Tagged ,

Winning for the community

Family, friends, clients, business associates and Comcast representatives who hosted the event showed up at the Pollock Pines Community Center on June 26 to celebrate with Pollock Pines hair stylist, Patty Becker. Good food, free beverages, karaoke and fun — a typical Becker party — celebrated Becker being selected from 1,500 nationwide applicants as one of  32 […]

Heard over the back fence: A column to enjoy

CAREFREE FENCE COLUMN: It’s officially summertime, so I offer our readers a carefree column for the summer. Play in the water and relax in your hammock. LIFE LESSONS FOR ALL AGES: The “Live and Learn and Pass It On” book, provided by Clara Neilsen, offers the following life lessons: “I’ve learned that no man is a match […]

July 09, 2014 | Posted in News | Tagged ,

Time to celebrate the Fourth

El Dorado County knows how to throw a 238th birthday party for America.   Pollock Pines The Pollock Pines-Camino Community Center is sponsoring a day of fun called the Fourth of July Extravaganza, with help from the area Rotary Club and the Community Economic Development Association of Pollock Pines. The day kicks off with a […]

Message from EID GM: EID customers saving more; more vigilance needed

The Sacramento Bee reported in mid-June that the Sacramento region had cut its water use by 10 percent and California as a whole had cut its water use by 5 percent for the period from January to May. For the same period, El Dorado Irrigation District’s customers had cut water use by 6 percent. Currently, […]

Heard over the back fence: Car show at Elks Club

WATCH OUT FOR ME: 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!” SHOW AND SHINE SHOW: The Placerville Elks Lodge is presenting their “Show and Shine Car and Motorcycle Show” at the Lodge, 3821 Quest Court, Shingle Springs, on July 12. […]

Tahoe Paradise Park fights to stay independent

TAHOE PARADISE – “Tahoe Paradise Park is currently operated by the Tahoe Paradise Resort Improvement District, and at some point in the future, El Dorado County is scheduled to take over operations. This change in management should increase options for re-development and management.” Those sentences come directly from the draft of the South Lake Tahoe-El […]

The party is on in EDH

El Dorado County residents love a party and when it comes to celebrating America’s birthday it is more than a one-day affair. El Dorado Hills gets a head start on the celebration of America’s birthday with its Independence Day fanfare set for Thursday, July 3. The public is welcome free of charge to the evening […]

Reading program is Sense-Sational

The startling beauty of Shawn Weston’s cornflower blue eyes can’t hide the sadness that lies just below the surface, a despair born of raising a child who is autistic. Gabe was diagnosed four years ago and now the 6-year-old child and his younger brother live in a big, beautiful home that sports a swimming pool […]

Heard over the back fence: Wild animal show at EDH Library

PRESS ‘ONE’ FOR ENGLISH: My doughnut pal John Chapman provided the following T-shirt statement: “Why Do I Have To Press ‘One’ For English When You’re Just Going To Transfer Me To Someone I Can’t Understand Anyway?” WILD THINGS IN THE LIBRARY: A “Wild Things Animal Show” is scheduled for Thursday, July 17, at 10 a.m. and at […]

Things are hopping on Main Street

What: Belltower Brewfest Who: Placerville Downtown Association Where: Main Street in Placerville When: Saturday, June 28 from 6-9 p.m. Cost: $30 in advance or $35 at the event, nondrinkers free Information: Cerevisaphiles, zymurgists and beer drinkers will have more than 45 breweries to sample from during the Belltower Brewfest on Saturday, June 28 from 6-9 p.m. The annual […]

Heard over the back fence: Save water!

DEFINITION OF FRUSTRATION: Jewel Blair-Smith forwarded the following “Deep Thoughts” quote: “Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.” SAVE WATER IN YOUR HOUSE: Complimentary water-efficiency devices and services are available to EID and city of Placerville customers. To save water inside your house or office, the following devices and services are available: “Request low-flow bathroom […]

Heard over the back fence: Lego block party at EDH Library

GARDEN PARADISE: John Chapman dropped off the following T-shirt statement: “Nothing bugs me when I’m in my garden.” PLAYING WITH LEGOS: You can enjoy playing at the “Lego Block Party” on Thursday, July 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Library at 7455 Silva Valley Parkway. For more information, call 916-358-3500. FREE MOVIE […]

Smokey Joe’s finds early success

Many people sacrifice a lot to make their dream a reality. Not many people sacrifice a lot to make someone else’s dream a reality. Enter Kimberly Sophia. After the passing of her father in August, Sophia quit her job in the medical field to enter a much more uncertain field. She, along with her mother […]

Heard over the back fence: Dog circus coming to library

I’M BROKE! John Chapman sent the following T-shirt statement: “I’m having an out-of-money experience.” BUSY BEE DOG SHOW: The “Busy Bee Dog Show” will present a one-ring dog circus with amazing tricks on Friday, July 11, at 2 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane. The kids will love it. For more information, call 530-621-5540. USED […]

Strike gold in new Gold Rush-themed video game

Everything seemed fine next to the river. Gold was being panned, providing a steady income to a newly-emerging Placerville in the year 1849. But then, of course, fire struck — the gold panning stations, despite being right next to the river, went up in flames. And then an earthquake took out the gold mine in […]

Heard over the back fence: 4th of July fun listed

PROCRASTINATORS’ OATH: John Chapman sent me the following T-shirt statement: “Never put off until tomorrow what you can put off until the day after tomorrow.” JULY 4TH BLAST! The “Fourth of July Family Blast” will be held at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Dr., Placerville. Gates open at 4 p.m. There will be games and […]

The Big Reveal for Main Street

If you haven’t gawked at the changes on Main Street as you drive past, then the pedestrians and other motorists on the street are probably grateful, but you’re missing the fun. To see what’s been done and celebrate the new look of Main Street, come to the Main Street Matters Celebration on Saturday, June 21 from […]

Heard over the back fence: Take a hunter safety class

FUNNY BOAT NAMES: Review “Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader” calendar, and you will find the following “Funny and Real Boat Names:” ” Cirrhosis of the River – Incredible Hull – Campbell’s Sloop – What’s Up, Dock? – One Moor Time – Naut Fast Enuff – More Than We Can Afford – Ship Happens.” HUNTER SAFETY CLASS: A “Hunter […]

Heard over the back fence: Brewfest time again

HONEY BEE ADVICE: John Chapman delivered the following “Advice from a Honey Bee” T-shirt statement: “Create a buzz -Mind your own beeswax – Always find your way home – Stick close to your honey – Bee yourself!” BELLTOWER BREWFEST: The Belltower Brewfest is scheduled for Saturday, June 28, at the Bell Tower on Main Street, Placerville, from […]