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The price was right for Nora Roehr

Nora Roehr, mother of seven, grandmother of seven and a substitute teacher in El Dorado County, was a big winner on the game show “The Price is Right.” The show aired on CBS on Feb. 23. For Roehr, like many, the popular game show and the name Bob Barker, host of “The Price is Right” […]

At a glance: Sticking together

On May 27, 1930, Richard Gurley Drew patented adhesive cellophane tape. He worked for Johnson and Johnson, Permacel Co. and 3M in St. Paul, Minnesota and was testing sandpaper for use at auto shops. There was a need for something to help with doing the pinstriping on cars and he worked on coming up with […]

Fun summer camps at Cedar Springs Waldorf

Enrollment is now open for Cedar Springs Waldorf School’s 2015 Summer Camp for students ages 3 through sixth grade. Each one-week session features a new theme with storytelling, singing, crafts, gardening, cooking, games and a mini-musical play prepared by the campers. The camp runs 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday through Friday, with three sessions available on […]

Scout Jacob Lacy helps spirits soar at Eskaton Lodge

To get his eagle wings, Jacob Lacy of Cameron Park decided to help make older folks’ spirits soar by adding color to a local assisted living facility, building raised planter boxes that are accessible to all. “Originally I had not planned on making raised planter beds, but when I talked to the director at the […]

Contestants invited to run for Miss Pollock Pines

Young ladies who grow up strong and lovely as the trees they call home might want to think about running for Miss Pollock Pines, a title being dusted off and held up proudly by the community. Two local women, Kim Sophia and Joyce Harris, got together recently to discuss the upcoming Fourth of July Parade […]

Foothill gourmet: Smoothies are easy to make and good to drink

Smoothies and fruit juice drinks are delicious all year but particularly irresistible in the heat at this time of year. They are so easy to make even a child can be taught how to make them. Even better with all the fresh fruits and juices available, it’s almost impossible to make a bad combination. Probably […]

Things to do: May 22, 2015

ONGOING put gold 522 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through May 31, is featuring jewelry maker, Claudine Wright, who creates elegant necklaces, earrings and bracelets, including stylish watches, with Italian wire mesh and beads. The gallery is also showcasing photographer Mike Ryan and painter Jean Stiles. The new “Shared Inspirations” […]

Wagon Train 2015 offers a challenge

It’s almost like our very own “Game of Thrones” — horses and wagons instead of fighting factions and dragons, a bi-state celebration instead of a multi-country war — but otherwise the 66th annual Highway 50 Wagon Train is a trek into the wilderness, guided only by your wits, skill as a driver and the CHP. Unless […]

Pageant participants win more than titles

Hey, young ladies — why not toss your tiara onto the stage and try out to become the next Miss El Dorado County? It’s not just about physical beauty anymore — there are rewards brighter than the crowns that grace the winners’ heads. Alora Martin is only 19 years old, yet this is the second […]

Take a walk into Gold Rush history at Gold Bug

The rare opportunity to take a walk into Gold Rush history is available Memorial Day weekend, May 23 through 25, when Placerville’s Gold Bug Park opens up the seldom seen Priest Mine to the public. This hard rock gold mine, hand dug at the peak of California’s Gold Rush by Cornish miners, provides a unique […]

At a glance: Spring rings

Get out the telescope for a spectacular sight. Saturn is showing off this May and the best night is Friday, May 22. The ringed planet rises at dusk and is at opposition with the rings almost wide open. Saturn is also brighter than it has appeared in more than a decade. Venus is another bright […]

Eating smart: Spring into cooking

Chef Casey Moore creates eating smart recipes for today’s care free life style at Gold Country Retirement Community, 6041 Center Court in Placerville. Broccolini springs into action with this simple-to-prepare, fantastic spring side dish with great flavors. What inspired this dish is a love for fresh produce. I can always count on fresh produce for […]

Students gain a touch of understanding

The students sit riveted to their seats, fully engrossed. After years of hearing “It’s impolite to stare,” it is awkward at first, but liberating to finally be able to fully take in the wheelchairs, immobile limbs and other forms of disabilities demonstrated and being discussed by the speakers. What the students discover looking into the […]

Things to do: May 15, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through May 31, is featuring Jean Stiles, painter in water color, oil and pastel whose current themes include flowers and local scenes. Claudine Wright, fanciful stylistic jewelry maker, is also featured. Wright works with elegant wire mesh and beautiful beads and also specializes in fashionable watches. […]

Once upon a dance

What: “Once Upon a Time” Who: Union Mine High School dance department Where: Theater at the Mine, 6530 Koki Lane in El Dorado When: May 14, 15 and 16, doors open at 7 p.m. Cost: Adults $6, students $5, students with ASB card and children 7 and under $4, all available at the door Information: 530-621-4003 […]

At a glance: Sticking together

On May 13, 1958, George de Mestral filed a patent application for his hook-and-loop fastener, Velcro, in Switzerland. The patent was finally granted in 1961. The fastener featured a fabric strip of tiny hooks that grab onto another strip of tiny loops. The first strips were made of cotton but those did not work all […]

Three acts of comedy and romance take center stage

What: “You Can’t Take It With You” Who: “Charter University Prep” Where: The Charles Brown Education Center gym, 6520 Oak Dell Road, El Dorado When: Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 14, 15 and 16 Cost: Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children Information: e-mail [email protected] Charter University Prep is pleased to announce the return of a celebrated […]

As we were: Low snow

25 Years ago May 9, 1990 Sierra snow pack alarmingly paltry by PATTY SULLIVAN As of May 1, California still is experiencing dry conditions similar to the 1977 driest drought year on record, according to Pacific Gas and Electric forecasting officials. The snow pack water content for three Sierra sites was 11 percent of average […]

District Church brings people close to God

“I always said I’d never start a church because it can be a tough profession,” CJ Hatlevig said. “You carry the weight of a lot of people on your shoulders.” Hatlevig watched his pastor father while growing up in Wisconsin and he spent the past 15 years involved in church ministries. But the pull was too […]

Foothill gourmet: Perfect paella

Today’s column features paella, the delicious Spanish rice dish that features meats, shellfish, saffron, broth and vegetables. Recipes include a quick riff on a traditional recipe since it is less work intensive and a slow-cooker paella with some prep, but even less labor. I’m looking forward to trying the slow-cooker one. I never thought it […]

Things to do: May 8, 2015

ONGOING put gold 508 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through May 31 is featuring jewelry maker Claudine Wright, who creates elegant necklaces, bracelets, including stylish watches and earrings with Italian wire mesh and beads. The gallery is also showcasing the popular photographer Mike Ryan. His photography captures images and ideas […]

Gold Discovery Park goes Victorian

What: Springtime in Coloma: A 49er Extravaganza Who: Marshall Gold Discovery Park Association Where: Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Highway 49, Coloma When: Saturday and Sunday, May 9 and 10 Cost: Most activities free, Mother’s Day brunch $20, parking fee Information: 530-344-1895 or 530-622-3470   Mother’s Day brunch, which costs $20 per person, the activities […]

Toy Tech strives for excellent customer service

When that knocking in the engine just won’t go away and you pull into the parking lot at the unassuming off-white metal building on Locust Street in Placerville, relax. You’re in good hands at The Toy Tech. Others obviously agree that the business that opened not even three years ago is fast building a solid […]

At a glance: A big hit

Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run on May 6, 1915. The home run by the 20-year-old pitcher came in the third inning at the Polo Grounds off the first pitch by Yankee right-hander Jack Warhop into the second tier of the right field grandstand. It was his 18th time at bat in the major […]

‘Planet Ocean’ completes Wednesday night film series

The documentary film series co-sponsored by the Sierra Club and the Coalition for Change continues on Wednesday, May 13 with “Planet Ocean” at the Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville. “Planet Ocean” is exquisitely filmed at various locations in and around the world’s oceans by Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Michael Pitiot with the help of […]

Placerville Wienerschnitzel owner is a top dog

When he became the janitor at a hot dog restaurant in San Jose 40 years ago, Farouk Diab didn’t think for a second that he would still be working for Wienerschnitzel four decades later. But he took to the store like mustard to a hot dog and now owns 18 of the distinctive yellow, red […]

Foothill dining: Cinco de Mayo celebration

Throw the best fiesta around this Cinco de Mayo. QVC’s resident foodie and best-selling cookbook author David Venable has the most flavorful Mexican recipes to celebrate. Below are some of his favorite finger foods perfect for this year’s fiesta.   Beef and cheese empanadas (Yields eight) Venable’s insider tip: “Don’t have time to make homemade […]

Hangtown Kennel Club wins AKC award

The American Kennel Club’s Public Education and Government Relations Divisions grants a special award for community achievement four times per year to honor exemplary public education and government relations efforts. Honorees receive a certificate of recognition and their club receives $1,000 to further public education and strengthen government relations efforts within their community. Nominations are […]

Things to do: May 1, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, May 4 through May 31, is featuring photographer Mike Ryan. His unique photography captures images and ideas in original and creative statements. Also featured this month is jewelry maker Claudine Wright. This month three pairs of artists are participating in the new “Shared Inspirations” feature […]

‘Disney’s High School Musical’ teaches life lessons

What: “Disney’s High School Musical” Who: El Dorado Musical Theatre Where: Harris Center for the Arts, 10 College Parkway in Folsom When: May 1-17 Cost: $14.75 to $36 Information: edmt.info   If you’ve always thought that the only thing wrong with “Romeo & Juliet” was that the star-crossed lovers died at the end of Shakespeare’s classic, then the play being […]

Dramatic finale for Oak Ridge actors

What: “Twelve Angry Jurors” Who: Oak Ridge High School drama students Where: Oak Ridge High School Theater, 1120 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills When: Thursday, April 30 through May 10 Cost: Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 for students and seniors and $8 for students with ASB cards, youth and groups of eight or more Information: 916-390-3727. Prejudice, […]

At a glance: Zip it up

On April 29, 1013, Gideon Sundback improved upon an existing design and patented a new fastener. It had two rows of teeth on opposing cloth tapes that would interlock. Sundback founded the Hookless Fastener Company and sold the fasteners to the military. The Army Air Service and the Navy placed orders. In 1921, B.F. Goodrich […]

Mental health issues take center stage

If you are alive on this planet, you are struggling with mental health issues, according to three women instrumental in an upcoming Mental Health Awareness Weekend set for May 2 and 3 at Green Valley Church in Placerville. The following Monday, May 4, a half-day mental health workshop will be presented at the church, furthering […]

Foothill gourmet: Saffron is the star

Saffron has starred in several previous columns. I delight in the flavor and color of saffron, so my opinion is that everyone should have the experience of enjoying saffron. Saffron is presumed to be expensive. By weight saffron is the most expensive spice. Since it takes only a small amount to flavor dishes, actually it […]

Small steps are making a big difference

One step at a time, one day at a time — and 11 months later Brian Smith has shed 206 pounds — and is still counting. The steps the young man has taken have brought him a long way from the day he remembers feeling so sick he could barely move his 600-plus pound body […]

Things to do: April 24, 2015

ONGOING put gold 424 here Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through May 3, is featuring Carlotta Tormey, amazing watercolor artist. Also featured is photographer James Canning and raku potter Lisa Bone. The gallery is a cooperative gallery is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. for […]

Campaign finance reform

  First place essay By Riley Wilson Golden Sierra High School Our government has built-in checks and balances to help assure our political systems are fair. When there has been an imbalance, a constitutional amendment has been drafted, voted for and enforced. We have an imbalance in our system right now. Excessive private funding of […]

Essay winner has a passion for life

What: Annual awards luncheon Who: El Dorado Democrats Where: El Dorado County Office of Education, Room B-2, 6767 Green Valley Road in Placerville When: Saturday, April 25 at noon Cost: $17 Information: 530-621-0409   It’s time to turn the tables and cheer for Riley Wilson. The 17-year-old cheerleader for Golden Sierra High School in Garden Valley just won first place […]

At a glance: Look up

Early risers may get more than a worm, they may get some sparkle to start their day. The peak nights for the Lyrid meteor shower are Wednesday and Thursday, April 22 and 23. Get up before dawn to be treated to some nice shooting stars that may not have great trains but can be fireballs. […]

Zombies walk at Edwin Markham School

What: “Alice in Zombieland” Who: Edwin Markham School drama students Where: Edwin Markham School, 2800 Moulton Drive, Placerville When: Thursday, April 30 at 6 p.m. Cost: Free Information: 530-622-0403   If your kids are coming home from school lately and saying strange things like, “I need some zombie clothes,” or “Someday you’ll grow up to be a real witch,” or […]

Foothill dining: Simplify weeknight meals

Busy weeknights call for meals that can be prepared quickly, but there’s no need to compromise on flavor and quality. One way to save time is combining fresh ingredients with frozen sides, such as those offered by Alexia Foods. Made with premium, natural ingredients and creative flavor combinations, they lend a deliciously gourmet complement to […]

Things to do: April 17, 2015

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through May 3, is featuring raku potter Lisa Bone, known for her great style and pottery innovation. Also featured is photographer James Canning and watercolor painter and illustrator Carlotta Tormey. The cooperative gallery is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. for […]

Imagine images of spring and more

“The imagination is a palette of bright colors. You can use it to touch up memories — or you can use it to paint dreams.” — Robert Brault Imagine walking through the Placerville Arts Association’s Spring Member Art Show seeing many of the best local artists’ work covering the walls of the beautiful El Dorado […]

A muddy Confederate flag and the foiled plot

As the defeated Confederate soldiers made a hasty, pre-dawn retreat from Fort Anderson on Feb. 19, 1865, the garrison flag was “captured” by Capt. Hiram H. Darter and his men of Company C of the 140th Indiana Volunteers. This muddy flag became a symbol of the Union’s victory and a coveted trophy of war. Capt. […]

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