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Giving thanks as we burn calories, benefit community

Autumn is, without question, one of the most beautiful times of the year. The fall color is simply amazing and the crisp morning air just begs us to get out for a morning walk. There is an exterior beauty to be found in our community. Two fall events bring out an interior beauty that is […]

No Comment / November 11, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for it! Peach Leaf Curl

By Kit Smith UCCE El Dorado County Master Gardener Peach Leaf Curl is a fungus called Taphrina deformans. It infects both peach and nectarine trees. Overhead irrigation and rain wash the fungi onto buds and new leaves and from leaf to leaf. The Peach Leaf Curl fungus spores infect the trees through bud scales as the […]

No Comment / November 03, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Boo-tiful’ autumn in the Sierra Foothills

Autumn views like this one at Vermont’s Strong House Inn are what that state is famous for. But a Sierra foothills' fall gives the Green Mountain State a run for its money. Photo by Susan Laird

I recently attended a retreat for writers in the Green Mountain State of Vermont. It was the beginning of the fall color season — the landscape was alight with crimsons, golds and greens. As a writer, I wanted to experience this. With other writers from around the country, I hiked through the Robert Frost Wayside […]

1 Comment / October 20, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘Extraordinary Collections’ on display at Folsom History Museum

Vintage cash registers vie with railroad brake wheels in the wild and wonderful collections exhibit on display at the Folsom History Museum this fall. Photo by Susan Laird

And now, for something completely different. A fun and extremely eclectic set of private collections is currently on display at the Folsom History Museum. “Extraordinary Collections” showcases the stuff we humans collect. And what an interesting bunch we are. This year, more than 20 individuals generously share their passions with the community at large … […]

No Comment / October 13, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Grow for it! Perennials – easy and beautiful

By Deborah Nicolls UCCE El Dorado County Master Gardener My favorite gardening season is fall. Other than watering and dead-heading I don’t garden in the summer because I rely primarily on perennials in my yard and they don’t need a lot of attention during the summer. With the arrival of fall it is time to […]

No Comment / September 29, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Folsom Symphony kicks off 10th season with free EDH concert

Town Center will be the setting for an evening of great music and culture this Thursday, Sept. 19, as the Folsom Symphony kicks off a decade of bringing beautiful music to the region.  Free concert Bring your chairs to enjoy this outdoor concert. And what a concert it will be…no “mini sampler concert” this. It […]

No Comment / September 15, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

‘All Aboard!’ for 4th annual Folsom RailFest 2013

Enjoy a ride on the Skagit – a motorized railcar – at the Fourth annual Folsom RailFest, Sept. 21-22. Photo courtesy PSVRR

Imagine a time before modern engines. Travelers to California came here through the use of muscle — human and animal. Technology helped some, via sailing ships (and more human muscle). But once you landed here … you walked, rode or drove animals hitched to something. Even Native Americans, who came here via the Bering Strait […]

No Comment / September 03, 2013 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »