Friday, August 1, 2014

Two shows remain in the 2014 Music Circus season

Two wonderful shows remain in the 2014 Music Circus season: “Brigadoon” on Aug. 5-10, and “La Cage Aux Folles” on Aug. 19-24. Tickets for all 2014 Music Circus productions are on sale at the Wells Fargo Pavilion box office, 1419 H St. in Sacramento, by phone at 916-557-1999 or online at In the Lerner […]

August 04, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

Placerville student wins scholarship

Lindsey Thomas of Placerville is a recipient of the 2014 Shire Michael Yasick ADHD Scholarship. The program is for individuals in the United States diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) who are pursuing higher education at a college, vocational school or technical school. Fifty-seven award recipients have been selected from 2,380 applicants across the United States. As […]

As we were: New lights — a bright idea

25 Years ago Aug. 4, 1989 School’s new lightbulbs to save $$ CAMERON PARK — Camerado Shingle Springs will save over $3,000 on electricity next year due to a co-operative effort between the Buckeye Union School District, the county Office of Education and California Conservation Corps. The project was organized by county Office of Education […]

Relatives bring history to life

A white wooden trunk that sat in a closet for 30 years held the key to a family’s knowledge about their ancestors and a book that paints a portrait of life on the American frontier. Through more than 200 letters from the trunk, Mary Jo Sonntag and her mother, Mary K. Sonntag traced their family’s […]

Foothill dining: Tequila for summer

Tequila is a good summer liquor for fun cocktails. Partida Tequila wants consumers to take some time to truly appreciate tequila for the complex, nuanced liquor it is. No more throwing back shots and shoving limes in our mouths. Partida Tequila ( wants savvy drinkers to savor the intricate layers of flavor and aroma that […]

Missing the point

July 18 we stated unequivocably that the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors violated the Brown Act. At issue was a My Turn column by all four members of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors printed July 2. The violation came because there was no agenda item for the board members to approve the […]

Arbor Day Foundation offers free dogwood trees

Add color to your landscape year-round by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August. Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting in each member’s […]

Sand Fire reflections

The 4,200 acres burned in the Sand Fire wreaked devastation from the confluence of the South and Middle forks of the Cosumnes River west almost to Highway E-16. It razed 19 homes and 49 structures. From the topographic map provided by the command center it is clear that the steep canyons involved made containing and […]

Property damaged in fire eligible for property tax relief

Property damaged in the Sand Fire is eligible for immediate property tax relief, according to El Dorado County Assessor Karl Weiland. Weiland explained that there are provisions of the Revenue & Taxation Code that immediately reduce the assessed value in recognition of loss caused by calamity such as the Sand fire. In order to qualify […]

California rambling: ‘Same Time, Next Year’

In the 1978 motion picture, “Same Time, Next Year,” actors Ellen Burstyn and Allen Alda return each year to the Heritage House Resort on the Mendocino Coast, where the movie was shot. For decades, they were not alone. Staying at the Heritage House Resort became an annual tradition for many of its guests. That’s because […]

The rural life: Walking — wowza!

In a world where health advice changes like the weather, there’s one prescription you can rely on: walking. I’ve quit trying to keep track of which foods are good and which are bad (they keep trading places), and instead just try to walk as much as I can. I’ve sung the virtues of walking before. […]

Olives need less water

EDITOR: Much has been said and printed about the Small Farm irrigation rate structure. One thing is certain in this controversy: that the definition and proof of production (qualification) is complex and confusing. It appears that one form of a “Small Farm” consists of 24 olive trees. This analysis uses that format. A question arises: […]

Camp draws good numbers

While there’s bubbling anticipation at El Dorado High for the start of the fall volleyball season, it’s too soon. Being July, it’s first things first so the order of business last month was the annual Girls Volleyball Camp at El Dorado High. Ran in conjunction with the City of Placerville Recreation and Parks Department, the four-day […]

August 01, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Larry A. Randall

Dec. 14, 1935 – July 24, 2014 Larry A. Randall, of Camino, Calif., born Dec. 14, 1935, died June 24, 2014. A memorial service will be held Saturday August 2, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Bayside Church, 4602 Missouri Flat Road, Placerville, Calif.

Mark A. Smith

December 13, 1926 – June 9, 2014 Mark A Smith, of Georgetown, born Dec. 13, 1926 died June 9, 2014. A celebration of life will be held Sunday, Aug. 31, at 10 a.m., at Henningsen-Lotus Park in Lotus.    

Jeffie “Jeff” Lee Callahan

Aug. 12, 1922 – July 25, 2014 Jeffie “Jeff” Lee Callahan was born Aug. 12, 1922, in Cartersville, Okla. He passed away peacefully at home on July 25, 2014, surrounded by many of his loved ones. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Geneva Marie Callahan, and only son, Jimmie Lee Callahan. He is […]

Patsy Ruth Wing

Dec. 11, 1941 — July 29, 2014 Patsy Ruth Wing passed away peacefully at her home in Rescue, Calif., surrounded by her family. She is survived by her loving husband and soul mate of 54 years, Gene Wing. She was the loving mother of Kathi (Dave) Hartshorn, Kenny (Lynn) Wing and Kevin Wing; devoted grandmother […]

Cameron Park house burns

A house fire at 3010 Merrywood Circle in Cameron Park burned for 20 minutes before being doused. Called in at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, firefighters from Cameron Park, Cal fire, El Dorado Hills and El Dorado County fire responded. Four engines, a truck and a medic unit were at the scene. Cal Fire Battalion Chief Mark Branton […]

Things to do: Aug. 1, 2014

ONGOING Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, Aug. 4-Sept. 1, is featuring Barbara Steffen, jeweler and lampwork art glass artisan, who creates beautiful glass beads for handcrafted bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Also featured this month is Susan Hayne, printmaker, and Kelly Morris, photographer. The cooperative gallery of 50 local professional artists is […]

New law tackles gridiron concussion problem

El Dorado County varsity high school football head coaches have mixed feelings regarding a new state law Gov. Jerry Brown signed last week. The bill, AD 2127, limits full-contact football practices to two hours a week during the season and prohibits summer full-contact camps, including those out-of-state. The bill’s aim is to reduce the number of concussions […]

Supes delay petition

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors effectively quashed a citizen initiative related to land development July 29. Without killing it directly, the board sent it for a “30-day review” specifically for analysis of its potential economic impact to the county. That process would extend beyond the statewide deadline of Aug. 8, after which time […]

Fire generated small city, inspired volunteers

With the Sand Fire 95 percent contained and everyone breathing a little easier, on Wednesday a tour of the incident command post at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds showed activity had already started tapering off.

Outside the building used as the incident command center, a map showed the extent of the fire.

“It was a topography-driven fire,” said Cal Fire Public Information Officer Kevin Lucero of Butte County as he traced on the map where it began and how it spread. Walking the length of the fairgrounds, he described how all the different planning and logistical units fit together to suppress the fire as well as the role other agencies and community groups played throughout the fire…

Outside with Charlie: Rafting denied

If your summertime fun includes heading up to Tahoe City to rent a raft for the float down the Truckee River to the River Ranch restaurant, you won’t like this. Sad but true, the river rafting outfits in Tahoe City have had to close. The flow of water from Lake Tahoe into the Truckee River […]

Racing returns with big 5-division card

After an unexpected cancellation last Saturday due to the area wildfire support, racing action is back tomorrow night at Placerville Speedway at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds. Five divisions will be on the race lineup as the championship point battles wind toward the final chapter of the season in all three of the weekly divisions, […]

Sand Fire 95% contained

The Sand Fire has been nearly fully contained and management of the fire has been handed to the local Cal Fire unit. A final update Wednesday evening from Cal Fire Battalion Chief Scott McClean revealed the fire was at 95 percent containment. The fire had technically grown in size to 4,240 acres, but this was […]

Roundup: July 31, 2014

Wrestling El Dorado Hills Club wrestler Mikey Mello, pictured at right, an incoming Oak Ridge High freshman when the school year starts toward the end of next week, had an enjoyable summer that included earning honors at the USA Schoolboy National Tournament in Oren, Utah. Mello competed in the Schoolboy division — middle school — of […]

Weather stats

Placerville weather statistics reported by the Mountain Democrat at 8:30 a.m. on last date listed. Date High Low Rain 1-Jul 105 70 0.00 2-Jul 106 69 0.00 3-Jul 101 68 0.00 4-Jul 99 69 0.00 5-Jul 106 68 0.00 6-Jul 101 68 0.00 7-Jul 105 69 0.00 8-Jul 102 70 0.00 9-Jul 104 69 0.00 […]

Sacramento Museums are celebrating

In August, many of the 30 members of Sacramento Association of Museums (SAM) are featuring celebratory events and activities, a few of which include the following: Leo’s Birthday Bash at the Sacramento Children’s Museum on Aug. 2 — The biggest party of the summer and a night of family fun celebrating its mascot, Leo’s, birthday. Activities […]

Guitar group performs in Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main St. in Sutter Creek, presents the New West Guitar Group with its original music, jazz, covers, acoustic and electric guitar on Saturday, Aug. 2 Praised as “sharp and refined” by the Seattle Times, New West Guitar Group infuses its latest disc “Big City” with its signature blend of laid-back virtuosity and […]

Sing while you paint

What: 48th National Mother Lode Art Exhibit Who: Placerville Arts Association Where: Placerville Shakespeare Club, 2940 Bedford Ave. in Placerville When: Aug. 3-17  daily from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Reception on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 3 p.m. Cost: Exhibition free Information: 530-676-3959 or   Have you been hearing more singing in the air lately? Well, you’re not going nuts. Pablo Picasso […]

August 01, 2014 | Posted in Prospecting | Tagged ,

The making of a champion

By Chris Jones In the late 1940s and early 1950s, manufacturers such as Hartland and Breyer began producing the model horse as toy replicas of real horse breeds. With the love for horses a universal passion, it didn’t take long for these replications to become highly collectible. It followed that collectors began sharing their mutual interest […]

Get a groove on in Sutter Creek

Sutter Creek Theatre presents Miss Tess and the Talkbacks — old school country with a little jazz on Sunday, Aug. 3  at 6 p.m. Brooklyn-based singer Miss Tess and her band make grooving modern vintage music that nods to the traditions of saloon jazz, country swing, early rockabilly, and New Orleans second line, yet somehow maintain […]

‘The Flu Season’ stirs emotions

Ovation Stage presents “The Flu Season” by  Will Eno. A different kind of flu, this Sacramento premiere is directed by Maggie Adair Upton and runs now through Aug. 10. “The Flu Season,” winner of the 2004 Oppenheimer Award for best New York debut by an American playwright, is a tour de force not only of emotion but of language. It’s frightening, […]

Chris Young in concert at Carson Valley Inn

Country singer Chris Young appears in concert on Saturday, Aug. 2 at TJ’s Corral, the Carson Valley Inn’s new outdoor concert and event center. The doors open at 7:15 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $49 and $59 and are available at Young has accomplished more by age 28 than […]

Art on the Divide is showing new exhibitor

Art On the Divide Cooperative Gallery welcomes new member, Stacy Pedri. During August, Pedri’s photographs may be seen at Art on the Divide Gallery, 6295 Main St. in Georgetown. Gallery hours are Thursday from 11 a.m-4 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. As with many artists, life got in the way of Pedri’s creativity for […]

Two fires in town

Two fires were contained in Placerville on July 28. The first saw fire crews dispatched at 12:13 p.m. to a mobile home park at 1525 Cold Springs Road, space 49, said El Dorado County Fire Capt. Brandon McKay. The home was “heavily damaged throughout,” but crews stopped the fire from affecting wildland or other homes. […]

The weekly Daley: The wrong side of history

The so-called border crisis doesn’t seem to be getting any better, fewer headlines maybe, but not measurably better. Our own Congressman Tom McClintock did what he could for the cause when he addressed his fellow representatives last week. Using the customary rhetoric and hyperbole about how it’s all the president’s fault, because he wants to […]

Classical concert series is a feast for the senses

Metropolitan Opera Star Matthew Polenzani and U.S. Billboard Classical Chart best-selling pianist Simone Dinnerstein will be thrilling audiences as soloists for the 2014 Lake Tahoe SummerFest. Held the first three weekends in August, the classical concert series will offer two evening concerts, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and a new chamber music series called […]

Billingsley’s bullets: Advice from my psychiatrist

When I visit my dental hygienist, Katrina, it feels like I am in a psychiatrist’s office. She has me lie down on a couch/chair that could fit well into any psychiatric office. Katrina then asks me if I have had any problems since I last visited her. Her soft, friendly voice relaxes me. Her counseling […]

Heard over the back fence: Authors coming to Main Library

GO FOR IT! The “Bits and Pieces” magazine offered the following thought: “Either you decide to stay in the shallow end of the pool or you go out in the ocean.” — Christopher Reeves, actor LOCAL AUTHORS’ PRESENTATIONS: On Saturday, Sept. 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Placerville Library, 345 Fair Lane, the following authors […]

Pending home sales decrease in June

LOS ANGELES — Equity home sales posted their highest level since the housing crisis began, reaching more than 90 percent of all home sales. Meanwhile, seasonal factors, combined with shrinking affordability cooled pending home sales in June, the California Association of Realtors recently reported. Distressed housing market data • The share of equity sales continued in an upward […]

Plenty of golden fun during SlugFest

SlugFest returns to the three wineries in the Slug Gulch area on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on both days. This is not a wine party to honor the shell-less terrestrial gastropod mollusk that crawls around the garden. It is a celebration of wines made from grapes grown exclusively in […]

They’re NOT your mother’s hearing devices!

Having a hearing problem can be debilitating and embarrassing. Asking people to repeat themselves or missing out on conversations can be frustrating. For some women in particular, the fear of the bulky hearing aids of old can deter them from seeking help, due to cosmetic reasons. L. Mark Payne, AuD, audiologist at Marshall Hearing Center, […]

Dump stress and improve your health, productivity

Jennifer Fiterre can teach you to relax and that’s what she’ll be doing at the Marshall Women’s Health and Wellness Expo on Aug. 2. Fiterre, volunteer coordinator for Marshall Medical Center, is a massage therapist, Reiki Master and student of ayurvedic medicine. She teaches classes in stress reduction and relaxation. With three children, a job managing […]

July 30, 2014 | Posted in Women's Health 2014 | Tagged ,