Iva Heuser takes it to another level

Story– Iva Heuser named Senior of the Year Ask Iva Heuser why she was selected “Senior of the Year” and the former teacher pauses before answering. “I’m useful, I guess,” Heuser said. To appreciate the depth of that assessment, take a peek into Heuser’s personal history. Born in Long Beach in 1931 just ahead of […]

Big Wagon Train welcome in Pollock Pines and Camino

The 63rd annual Highway 50 Association Wagon Train will roll out from Zephyr Cove, Nev. on Sunday, June 3 and roll into Placerville on Saturday, June 9. Along the way, there are plenty of opportunities to ride along with the train or to celebrate its arrival, but the areas of Pollock Pines and Camino are […]

On the cover …

It’s been five weeks since the the Bullmastiff puppies on the cover of our “Happy, healthy pets” special section were born in a Placerville home amongst a litter of 15. The Mountain Democrat first published a photo of the newborn, lengthy litter with their 1 1/2-year-old mother Buffy. Today, they’ve all grown under the guidance […]

Tripping together is safe and fun

Canada, San Francisco, Reno, Italy and Fresno. These are just a few of the places that El Dorado County senior citizens have visited via a program offered by El Dorado County Senior Services. The El Dorado County Travelers as they prefer to be called, have many stories to tell of some faraway and not so […]

County Office of Education: Celebrating the joy of play

Children of all ages love to play! In fact, play is so important to optimal child development that it has been recognized by the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights as a right of every child. Play gives children the opportunity to develop an enjoyment of the outdoors, understand and make sense of their […]

A good time for an adjustable rate mortgage

It had been a difficult five years. The rent they received was $500 shy of the mortgage payment. Then the letter came from the lender saying their initial low adjustable rate was expiring and their payments would be recalculated. They decided they could no longer hold on to a bad investment. If the lender would […]

April 04, 2012 | Posted in Real Estate | Tagged | 1 Reply

Congratulations 2011 Top Achievers!

This was an awesome year. There are 158 real estate agents who qualified for this honor — 135 plus 23 sustaining members. This goes to prove that even in today’s challenging market conditions, hard work and dedication provides success. To achieve this designation the Realtor has to qualify and obtain a certain amount of sales. […]

March 09, 2012 | Posted in Top Achievers 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Yvonne Griffen’s joie di vivre blesses El Dorado Hills

Most people move closer to their children when they retire. But when Senior of the Year Yvonne Griffen of El Dorado Hills retired in 2000, she moved away from her daughters in the Bay Area. As it turned out, Marin County’s loss was El Dorado County’s gain. When the annual “Senior of the Year” nominations […]

February 29, 2012 | Posted in The Other Side of 50 Feb. 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

New Marshall Birth Center set to open in fall

Over the past 50 plus years, countless babies have entered the world at Marshall. The attentive care, experienced nurses and exceptional physicians have often been the highlights of the experience, and will remain so. However, in a few months, many more highlights will greet moms and families as they arrive to Marshall’s new Birth Center, […]

February 22, 2012 | Posted in Special Delivery 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

armf sponsors

The American River Music Festival deeply appreciates the support of our sponsors and Partners. Thank you! The Mountain Democrat, El Dorado Arts Council, El Dorado Savings Bank, Madrona Vineyards, Air Quality Management District of El Dorado County, KVMR Community Radio, KDVS radio, Lotus Valley Garden and Nursery, Betty Sederquist Photography, All Outdoors, Whitewater Connection, Earthtrek, […]

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Kaye Irwin is a diamond in the rough

As a young girl Kaye Irwin had design on her mind. She carried around a notebook filled with plans for shopping centers, even whole towns. “I was always creating something,” said Irwin, 59. Her creativity took a turn in her 20s when she made beaded necklaces for her family. Forget those grand buildings in her […]

January 25, 2012 | Posted in Women In Business 2012 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Georgetown’s Chinese restaurant in 2nd decade

Christina and John Ho have operated the Royal Dragon restaurant in Georgetown since 1995. The family business was opened by their brother-in-law, Roger La, in 1993 to rave reviews from the public. With only one other ethnic food eatery (Parra’s Mexican Restaurant) in the town prior, the change of pace for the community was welcome. […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Secrets of Success 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

River City Bank looks toward a bright future

With 28,000 customers at 15 branches, it’s no wonder that River City Bank, with a branch in Placerville, has survived and even thrived in the current economic recession. One of the original River City Bank, Placerville, stockholders and a Placerville resident, Danno Raffetto, said,”The smaller, independent banks have the pulse of the community. They know […]

January 06, 2012 | Posted in Secrets of Success 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Millennium SportsClub — 25 years of health, fitness and fun

With 10 acres and nearly 35,000 square feet of interior space, Millennium SportsClub offers the largest fitness facility in El Dorado County. Located in Shingle Springs at 4242 Sports Club Drive, the club provides a unique, welcoming health and sports experience unlike any other in the region. In 2012, the club will celebrate its 25th year […]

December 30, 2011 | Posted in The Other Side of 50 December 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Santa sends a special message

Well kids (of all ages, of course), it’s that time again. Up here at the North Pole, Santa was so busy making sure the elves were working, and at the same time having fun, that he almost forgot to write you his annual letter. And, as you know, if the elves are not both happy […]

December 16, 2011 | Posted in last minute gift guide 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Placerville Bike Shop has everything bike related

With the El Dorado Trail and other wilderness trails practically in our back yards, the lure of riding a bike and enjoying nature is very tempting and Placerville Bike Shop can help with the yearning. “We are a full-service bike shop where we carry kids bikes and adult bikes and mountain bikes and road bikes […]

November 30, 2011 | Posted in Gift Guide 2010 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Festival of Lights is a sparkling tradition

What’s the best way to get into the holiday spirit? Just bring the whole family down to the Placerville Downtown Association’s Festival of Lights on Friday, Nov. 25. Bundle up in those winter hats, scarves and mittens for an evening of entertainment, shopping, tree lighting and good cheer. The merchants on Main Street in Placerville […]

November 23, 2011 | Posted in Miracle on Main St. 2011 | Tagged | Leave a reply

Elder Options manages geriatric care

After 23 years in business Elder Options is the only geriatric home care management agency in the county, said its founder, Carol Heape. With six certified care managers, 70 field employees and 15 in Tahoe, ElderOptions has more social workers and nurses credentialed in the field of aging than any other agency, Heape said. It […]

HearingMed Hearing Center improves your communication

Located in the Safeway Shopping Center off Missouri Flat Road, the HearingMed Hearing Aid Center is more than a hearing aid store. “We offer hearing solutions, not just hearing aids, said owner Mark Moore. “We help people communicate better.” “A hearing aid device is 60 percent of the solution,” Moore said. HearingMed also has computer […]

American River Music Festival is a good time for all

Thanks for joining us, and welcome to the fifth annual American River Music Festival, Sept. 16, 17 and 18, presenting the “finest in Americana,” on the South Fork of the American River in Coloma, El Dorado County. This year’s festival has more than 25 performances and workshops in 10 locations. Festival patrons will be enjoying […]

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Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, offers many educational opporunities

Folsom Lake College is a comprehensive, public community college, the 109th community college in the State of California and the fourth member of the Los Rios Community College District. In January 2004, Folsom Lake College received initial accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. […]