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Garden Guru: A winter wonder … camellia

Camellias should be moist at all times, but caution should be taken against their being wet at all times. Too much water, too often, will cut off the air the roots must have. Photo by Brent Dennis

What can make the New Year any happier? Certainly the colorful show of winter blooming shrubs within our landscapes and gardens brings delight to our eyes. A particular favorite of mine happens to be the camellia. I have always found it to be botanically intriguing that many of the varieties of camellia rely on a […]

Comments Off / January 10, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib Notes: Those hard lessons learned

As we settled back into school, work and life after the holiday season, resolutions fresh on many minds, I was shocked back into remembering crises can occur anytime and to anyone. My healthy, strong 15-year-old nephew almost died on a typical Tuesday afternoon at the typical time he would normally be in school, but had […]

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My Turn: EID raises salaries and your rates

On Dec. 14, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors voted 3-2 to raise General Manager Jim Abercrombie’s salary by 10 percent ($18,000) and Chief Counsel Tom Cumpston’s by 8.7 percent ($15,000). Including pension and other benefits, Abercrombie’s new total compensation is about $298,000 per year and Cumpston’s is about $277,000. Abercrombie’s subordinate, HR manager […]

4 Comments / January 03, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Rules of the road

EDITOR: I have been driving for 32 years and I have never seen so many people drive with their lights off when they should be on. Driving with your lights on at certain times of the day and when it rains is the law. People nowadays are in such a hurry they forget to stay back from […]

Comments Off / January 03, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: New beginnings are fun

It is that time of the year when I think about what I want to add to my life or subtract from my life. Most of the time, even years have been better than odd years in my life. Feeling better physically is my ultimate goal in 2016. I am still recovering from a stroke […]

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Senior news: January 2016

Happy New Year’s eve’s eve (get it!). Are you ready to head into 2016 with us? You should have received your new El Dorado Hills Community Services District Activity Guide in the mail a couple of weeks ago. We have 13 pages chock-full of Senior Center activities just for you. We hope you will join us in […]

Comments Off / December 28, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A bad fairy tale

EDITOR: Once upon a time a discovery was made, not gold, but danger in these hills. Naturally occurring asbestos in the land, not the fault of anyone, but a poor choice for profit if you own it. Some people say it can be found everywhere. True. The state rock is serpentine, they say. True. It […]

3 Comments / December 28, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »