Monument business rocks

It’s a pretty sure bet that Mike Tilson’s gravestone will say something clever, like “I told you I was sick,” but so far the monument-maker hasn’t nailed down his own epitaph. Perhaps it will be along a more serious vein, like: “He marked the passage of others with care and style.” That is, if the […]

Couple seeks to serve others

When the folks at Snowline Hospice in Placerville asked Lee Hill to volunteer to go to the home of those dying and offer them comfort, he declined. “They told me I would be good at it, but I said no,” recalled Lee, 75. “They said to try it once and if I didn’t like it […]

CHP senior volunteer Robert Leon

Waking up before dawn to drive up and down the freeway as commuters pack the lanes might not sound like fun … but imagine doing so in a car that looks similar to a California Highway Patrol vehicle … in the carpool lane. “We just go up and down … and see how quick (violators) pull over,” […]

Their job is to get their man

The people gathered around a slide projector inside the El Dorado Search & Rescue Lodge on Larkspur Lane in Cedar Grove were so intent on the lesson on the screen that it took two times knocking on the door before one of them tore away to answer. Even once inside, the visitors stood virtually ignored […]

Doug Butler — Life on the fast track

Doug Butler of Pleasant Valley has a quick and friendly smile; there’s an ease about the man who’s nearing 80 years old that says he’s had a good and happy life. As if underlining that fact, the National Hot Rod Association recently gave Butler a Lifetime Achievement Award, a tall silver trophy depicting a victorious […]

It’s about speed, not age

Don’t tell Marc Hoover of Cameron Park that he’s nearing 60 because that means virtually nothing to him — unless you’re talking about the speedometer in his Mazda Miata race car, that is. There’s no slowing down the 58-year-old owner of European Performance automotive repair, who has made quite the name for himself in the […]

Good Living: Senior tripping

Keep this up and everyone will want to turn 60. The wonderful and exciting trips throughout the world offered to senior citizens by the El Dorado County Department of Human Services have proved remarkably popular in the past three years, with the number of silver-haired sojourners quadrupling in that time. “I wish I could go, […]

Wanda Demarest — Angel for the aged

“My mother said I always loved old people,” said Wanda Demarest. “I would always invite them to my birthday parties.” It seems fitting that Demarest, program supervisor at the Placerville Senior Day Care Center, would think of parties and the elderly as a good match, since having fun and enjoying life is the whole purpose behind the […]

Ecstatic about dancing

“I’m happy dancin’, I’m dancin’, I’ll dance on my own.” — Robert Plant It used to be that you’d go to a nightclub, and even though the music was irresistible, you’d sit alone if someone wasn’t willing to dance with you. That’s not the norm so much today but if you’re still the type who […]

Dogs keep it agile

Rainee Johnson of Shingle Springs has a perfect plan for keeping her body in ship-shape as she cruises toward her sixth decade: four furry friends who keep her hopping. “My doctor told me to keep moving,” said Johnson, owner of Sierra Animal Hospital in Placerville.” He said if it hurts, stop, but otherwise just keep […]