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Garden guru: The color purple

One of the standout trees in the El Dorado Hills area landscapes and gardens has to be the Purple Leaf Plum. Especially when planted with a contrasting backdrop or flanked by green deciduous or coniferous counterparts, the beautiful vibrant purplish/maroon foliage is quite striking. At maturity, the Purple Leaf Plum tree grows to a height […]

Comments Off / May 17, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: The aging process requires patience

April 17 was my birthday. I would like to share the following birthday card quotes with you: “Drinks well with others.” “Once upon a time, a very special person was born, who was destined to change the world … Calm down — it’s not you. It’s Jesus.” “When you’re old, your butt cheeks droop. Your […]

Comments Off / May 12, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Fire season is coming

Gov. Brown and Cal Fire officials recently shared a strong message to the public about the expected severity of the upcoming fire season. It’s obvious everyone is on edge. With the drought causing a major impact across the state, the campaign to educate the public about fire safety is in full effect. And despite it being […]

1 Comment / May 10, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: A homeschooling summer

As I’m gearing up to have four kids home all summer, I’m remembering what it took me a few previous summers to realize. There just isn’t as much time to hang out with them during the traditional school year and there are lots of things to learn that don’t happen in a classroom. Before they […]

Comments Off / May 10, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Have you had the conversation?

After my husband’s father suddenly passed away, my mother-in-law had to manage her life. She had always been a strong and independent woman. Nevertheless, after the loss of her partner of almost 50 years, she acknowledged her vulnerability. Mary became proficient in the management of all finances (with the assistance of her financial advisor), she […]

Comments Off / May 07, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Serrano HOA election: Another ‘Peyton Place’?

EDITOR: After witnessing Parker Development’s involvement in the last El Dorado Irrigation District board election, many of us have recognized the same pattern emerging in this seemingly minor Serrano Homeowners’ Association board election. Parker’s actions in these elections indicate a need to seat certain candidates on various boards who would be inclined to render policy decisions […]

Comments Off / May 03, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

EDH Fire’s ‘5-star restaurant’

EDITOR: We were recently treated to a fabulous dinner hosted by the crew at the El Dorado Hills Fire Department and wanted to express our appreciation for their hospitality, fine cuisine and the after dinner rides in the buckets. Our neighbors, Drew and Lois Horning, won the very generous bid at a recent Hands4Hope auction and […]

Comments Off / May 03, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »