Monday, July 21, 2014

At a glance: Comets to meteors

On July 23, 1955 “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley and His Comets topped the charts. The song was actually the B-side on the Decca recording of “Thirteen Women.” The song “Thirteen Women” did not hit the big time but when “Were Gonna Rock Around the Clock” was used in the movie the “Blackboard […]

Taste the best at the State Fair

Attendees to the California State Fair will have a chance to sample the top wine award winners in the California State Fair Commercial Wine Competition during the fair. This year’s wine competition consisted of 2,829 wine entries received from 746 participating winery brands. Seventy-four judges on 18 panels awarded 2,068 medals, including 52 double gold, 217 […]

How to safely help a horse

Whether you’re a horse owner or just a horse lover, seeing a horse lying on the ground and needing help can be a frightening sight. Knowing how to help a large injured animal or evacuate a terrified horse from a dangerous situation while keeping the animal and the human responder safe, takes special knowledge of […]

Foothill dining: Tasty, healthy and refreshing summer treats

For kids, summer is the season for having fun, enjoying time off school and indulging in favorite warm-weather treats. While on trips to the beach and the boardwalk, they’ll inhale brightly-colored slushies, coat their steaming funnel cakes in powdered sugar and crunch into potato chips until their tiny fingers are covered in grease and crumbs. […]

Things to do: July 18, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Aug. 3, is featuring fine art photographer Doug Parks. Parks’ work emphasizes Northern California landscape. Now, after a career in communications technology including technical aspects of photography and cameras, photography is his full-time passion. Also featured is painter Joyce Bahnsen. Her canvas is paper for […]

Cool artist earns special recognition

Around Christmas of last year Gloria Bilotta’s daughter called to tell her she had found her mom listed as “deceased” on the Internet roster of members of the national Women Artists of the West. It was a mistake, obviously and when Gloria traveled to San Diego for the group’s annual show in May the other […]

At a glance: Launch a fun time

Apollo 11 was launched by a Saturn V rocket on July 16, 1969 from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The fifth manned mission of NASA’s Apollo program landed the first humans on the Moon. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin got to do the Moon walk as Michael Collins piloted the command spacecraft for this important […]

Celebrate cowboy culture

What: Cowboys and Cornbread Who: El Dorado County Visitors Authority Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Sunday, July 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $10 per carload or $2 walk-in fee Information: or 800-457-6279   Christmas comes in July for professional cowboys. It is their busiest time of year. They hit one […]

Foothill gourmet: Sunsational salads

Hot summer days include an abundance of summer produce from the garden and farmers market. What better way to use flavorful summer produce than in stellar summer salads. It’s perfect fare for hot days when appetites wane. Avocado and chicken salad is a unique, delicious salad. It features a delicious, subtle light green dressing of […]

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The Hub Connection — a teen place

What: Open House Who: The Hub Connection Where: 669 Bee St. in Placerville (the former Westside Church) When: Wednesday, July 16, from 6-9 p.m. Information: or call 530-220-0431   “Embrace, Educate, Empower, Equip” is the motto for a new teen center being developed in Placerville. Housed in the former Westside Church at 669 Bee St., the teen […]

Things to do: July 11, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Aug. 3, is featuring painter Joyce Bahnsen. Her canvas is paper for watercolor pictures, but silk for hand painted silk blouses, scarves and beautiful wearable clothing which she also designs and sews. Also featured this month is fine art photographer, Doug Parks. For more […]

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Music scene in Shingle gets lively

What: Summer Concert Series Who: Jamie Faw, musician Where: Shingle Springs Community Center, 4440 South Shingle Road in Shingle Springs When: Saturday, July 12 at 7 p.m. Cost: $10 donation Information: 530-626-6274   For a town with such a rich history, Shingle Springs lacks a strong live music scene today. Looking to change that, Jamie […]

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Film directed and produced by local to screen in Placerville

Placerville native, Todd Huffman will bring his latest film “Penton: The John Penton Story” to Regal Cinemas Placerville’s Stadium 8 Movie Theater on Wednesday, July 23 at 7:30 p.m. After two extremely well-received premieres in Cleveland and Hollywood, plus openings around the country, “Penton: The John Penton Story,” is being released in limited markets nationally including Placerville, […]

At a glance: Just for the hole of it

This is one of Bob Billingsleys favorite days. On July 9, 1872 John F. Blondel received a patent for a doughnut cutter. His machine used a spring-loaded tube to push the dough out of the cakes’ middle. Bob would probably still eat doughnuts with no hole but he favors the old-fashioned style with the hole. […]

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State Fair announces commercial cheese winners

The California State Fair has announced the winners of the 2014 Commercial Cheese Competition. Cheesemakers from throughout California participated in the hope of being recognized as one of the best cheesemakers in the state. This year’s judges for the 2014 competition included: Darrell Corti, Sacramento grocer and food and wine guru; Mary Dedrick, Dedrick’s Main […]

Foothill dining: Make it better with bacon

The rich smell and crisp, smoky flavor of fresh sizzling bacon is a temptation few diners can resist. Indeed, some 53 percent of Americans eat bacon at least once a week, according to a recent survey by Smithfield. This love for bacon is fueling a culinary craze for bacon-infused and — inspired foods — everything […]

Things to do: July 4, 2014

ONGING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, July 7 through Aug. 3, is featuring fine art photographer, Doug Parks. Also featured this month is painter Joyce Bahnsen. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website FRIDAY Oakstone Winery and Obscurity Cellars, 6470 Irish Acres Road in Fair Play, is celebrating […]

Normadene Carpenter — El Dorado Golden Rose

The 2014 El Dorado Golden Rose is Normadene Carpenter, an honor she was surprised and happy to receive since it means that she doesn’t have all the duties of the El Dorado Rose. “The Golden Rose doesn’t go to all the events during the year the way the El Dorado Rose does,” said Carpenter 87. […]

At a glance: Happy Fourth

For those who have been thinking this is an odd weather year just think about this. On July 2, 1843 an alligator reportedly fell from the sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, S.C. It might have been a from a waterspout but whatever it was it had to be surprising for those on Anson Street […]

Families of El Dorado County No. 1 in reading

The El Dorado County Library was presented with a proclamation from the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors for its success in cultivating a community where families read to their young children. According to Children Now, El Dorado County led the state in 2013 with an estimated 79 percent of families reading to their children […]

As we were: Gold Beach under review

25 Years ago June 30, 1989 Gold Beach permit revocation continued by commissioners By DAVID RICHIE Possible revocation of the special use permit for the mobile home park and campground at Gold Beach on the Cosumnes River is still up in the air after the El Dorado Planning Commission decided June 22 to continue the matter […]

A new skin and a new lease on life

Things are looking up for Caddyshack, the gopher snake. On June 6 he become a permanent resident at the American River Conservancy (ARC), 348 Main St. in Coloma, to be doted over by visitors and staff alike. “Doting over a snake,” you ask? In this case, yes, the little fellow had lots of folks pulling […]

Foothill gourmet: Wraps are the in thing

Wraps, instead of sandwiches, are the current go-to food. Easy and flavorful to make, plus you only need a hand to eat them. Lots of fiber in the greens and vegetables and using a tortilla, they are easy on the carbs. Eating a whole sandwich is difficult for me; it’s just too much bread. My […]

West Point cadet second in his family

When the Mountain Democrat caught up with Shelby Lee, he had only three days before leaving El Dorado County and beginning Cadet Basic Training at West Point Military Academy on June 29. The 2014 Ponderosa High School graduate already knows a little of what awaits him since older brother, Andrew, is beginning his junior year […]

Things to do: June 27, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through July 6, is featuring abstract painter Isabella Jeanette Ryder. Ryder works with acrylics, oils and woven forms. Also featured this month is photographer Mike Ryan and jeweler Annette Shachner. Upstairs in the gallery, there is a special invitational show of exceptional student paintings from Fine […]

CP Spectacular gets the party started

There’s going to be a hot time in El Dorado County to celebrate America’s birthday and to get America’s party off to a grand start Cameron Park is having its Summer Spectacular celebration on Saturday, June 28 at Cameron Park Lake, 2989 Cambridge Road. The gates open at 2 p.m. for a full afternoon and evening […]

At a glance: Main Street is looking good

Placerville’s Main Street sure looks great and the party to celebrate Benjamin Moore’s Main Street Matters project was a lot of fun. The new paint and spiffed-up signs really make a difference. Thanks to Benjamin Moore for doing the nation-wide contest and congratulations to everyone who voted to put Placerville in the top 20 to […]

Fair contest honors dad

The theme for the 2014 El Dorado County Fair was “Father’s, Photos & Fair” and to honor dad on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15 the fair sponsored look alike contests featuring dad. The judges had a difficult time selecting the winners from the great entries in the special contest.   Winners Father/son: first Ian and […]

High school district announces registration

The El Dorado Union High School District has released the following student registration information for the 2014–15 school year. School will start on Thursday, Aug. 7. Consult your respective school’s Website for the starting times.   El Dorado and Vista high school students School information: 561 Canal St. in Placerville, 530-622-3634 ext. 1029 or 1028, The […]

Enjoy quick and easy chicken pineapple kabobs

Just A Pinch Recipe Column By Janet Tharpe I love the mix of flavors in Luci Vieira’s chicken pineapple kabob. This is an easy recipe you can fix ahead of time. Then, slide on the skewers for a quick meal after work or a great entrée for the next cookout. You may want to double the […]

Things to do: June 20, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through July 6, is featuring jeweler Annette Schachner, abstract painter Isabella Jeanette Ryder and photographer Mike Ryan, whose unique photography captures images in original and creative statements. In addition the gallery is sponsoring a student art exhibit of Pollack Pines students from the Fine Arts School […]

Expo to showcase everything healthy

What: Healthy Universe Expo Who: Healthcare practitioners Where: Forni Building, El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Saturday, June 28, 10 a..-7 p.m. Cost: Adults $5, 18 and under free, $5 parking fee Information:   If you haven’t got your health, what have you got? Before you can make the best choice for your health […]

Georgiades to demonstrate at pastel society

Thaleia Georgiades will present a pastel demonstration to the Sierra Pastel Society members at the next membership meeting on Sunday, June 22 at 1 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center, 990 Lassen, El Dorado Hills. Her program will be an interactive, hands-on demonstration showing the process of painting with pastels with the audience having the […]

Gold Country Artists Gallery features a special student exhibit

Gold Country Artists Gallery is showcasing a special group of artists along with the June featured artists Mike Ryan, Annette Schachner and Isabella Ryder. The new talent is by student artists from the Fine Arts School in the Pines in Pollock Pines. The gallery has invited some very talented young artists ranging in age from […]

At a glance: It’s a keeper

The first American fly-casting tournament was held on June 18, 1861. The people with fishing knowledge must have known that June 18 was a good fishing day because in 1988 a 9-pound, 6-ounce kokanee salmon was caught in Okanagan Lake in British Columbia and in 2006 a 63-pound, 8-ounce flathead catfish was caught on the […]

Things to get lively on the Boulevard

The weather is heating up and so is the action. It’s time for the popular concert series Live on the Boulevard in El Dorado Hills Town Center. The rocking summer event features a 12-show line-up, June 19 through Sept. 11. Every Thursday night in the Steven Young Amphitheater from 6:30-8:30 p.m. there will be live […]

State Fair announces 2014 Agriculturalist of the Year

For more than 160 years, the California State Fair has showcased the progress and advancements of the state’s agricultural industry. The extraordinary contributions of many individuals and businesses committed to advancing the robust agricultural industry has resulted in growing public interest. In celebration of these accomplishments, the California State Fair annually presents a series of […]

As we were: Cutting edge case

25 Years ago June 16, 1989 Chain saw dispute leads to shooting By MARY NEAL HANKS EXCHANGE — An argument over the mistreatment of a chain saw led to the shooting of a 24-year-old Placerville man Monday evening on Calamity Lane, according to El Dorado County sheriff’s Lt. Ernie Hillman. The victim, Michael John Dillon reportedly […]

Studying pays off with a degree

Gloria Scharer is a life-long learner. On May 21, at the age of 68, she graduated from Folsom Lake College with an associate of arts degree in general education after 22 years of taking classes, mostly one at a time … and she’s just getting warmed up. “I’m like a little turtle, but I arrive,” […]

Things to do: June 13, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through July 6, is featuring popular photographer, Mike Ryan. Also featured this month are jeweler Annette Shachner and abstract painter Isabella Jeanette Ryder who works with acrylic, oils and ink tense watercolor pens and woven forms. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website […]

Horses talk and Mayes listens

He doesn’t call himself a horse whisperer, and in fact it’s quite the opposite: The horses do the talking and for Tom Mayes of Lotus, the message is loud and clear. “She’s talking to me now,” said Mayes as he ran confident, sure hands over the shoulder of a copper-colored chestnut Arabian mare standing in […]

Two new awards at the EDC fair

The El Dorado County Fair announces two new Golden Johnny People’s Choice awards recognizing Tammie Arwood and all she did for the fair. The Tammie Arwood Memorial Awards are special recognitions that will be chosen by fairgoers —  one from the Best of Show winners in foods (baked, preserved and goat by-products) and another from […]