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Straw bale gardening is worth a try

Straw bale gardening is a new method taking the country (and the planet) by storm. It is efficient and fun. Straw bales must be “conditioned” to serve as a safe planting medium for vegetables and flowers. The straw retains water, making it a drought-friendly way to have a veggie garden. Photo by Sue Laird

Last January, as I was reading the latest happenings on Facebook, an interesting item caught my attention. A Master Gardener in the Midwest shared that he is using straw bales to grow produce. This method results in less-to-no weeding, less bending, fewer bugs and bountiful produce. Because straw absorbs and retains water, this is a […]

Comments Off / May 31, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Cameron park shooting: Victim, wife testify

A Cameron Park couple’s private marital struggles turned very public earlier this year when Joseph Hinds allegedly shot his wife’s father. Last month, Cindy Hinds and her father David Klinker, who’s recovering from gunshot wound to his abdomen, took the stand at Joseph’s preliminary hearing, sharing their accounts in El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Dylan Sullivan’s courtroom. During their […]

Comments Off / May 27, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

EDH Crime Watch: May 7-13

The following information comes from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: License, please May 7: Deputies pulled over a vehicle on El Dorado Hills Boulevard and reportedly discovered the 31-year-old driver had no license. The suspect was cited and released. Taken May 8: A petty theft was reported on Birmingham Way. Busted May 10: Deputies arrested […]

Comments Off / May 17, 2015 | Posted in Crime Watch | 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 »

Organic images by El Dorado County artists on display

“Green Venus,” Anton Nemeth, porcelain sculpture.

Two El Dorado County artists share the spotlight in the latest offering at the Gallery at 48 Natoma in Folsom, with stunning displays of organic art in “Organic Origins,” starting Friday. “Organic art? What’s that? Is it veggie art that’s GMO-free?” quipped my hubby. “Silly,” I told him. “Organic art is a vital new movement […]

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

An old story, but a new marker

Bill Mackay puts the finishing touches on the grave marker on the grave of Amelia Plucker at the Placerville Union Cemetery in Placerville.  Cameron Park photo by Pat Dollins

Amelia was only 18 years old when she decided that life was not worth living without the man she loved. Her story could have happened at any time in history, including current times, but it was in 1896 that she took her life in the Central House Hotel in Placerville. “When I read her story, I cried; it was so sad,” […]

Comments Off / April 02, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Featured Stories | Read More »

In health: Getting some Zzzz

Doing this one thing will make all areas of your life better. There, now I have your attention. What is that one thing that makes everything better? Are you thinking of a magic pill, potion or App on your smart phone? The answer is sleep. I know you were looking for some magic bullet that would […]

Comments Off / March 29, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

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