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Billingsley’s Bullets: Spend your time wisely

Lately it seems like everywhere I go someone is discussing the presidential debates. People argue, debate and often become angry before they leave the scene. The talking and occasional shouting appear to be a waste of time. Nobody changes his/her mind and compromise sails out the window. Why do people waste 45 minutes on an […]

Comments Off / April 03, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Tour features stunning, water-wise gardens

Water collects in a pond, complete with waterlilies, in Linda Fuller's gorgeous backyard. See her garden and seven others during the Gardens of the HIlls Tour. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Roses and fountains and yard art … oh my. Guests on this year’s Gardens of the Hills tour will undoubtedly feel like they’ve traveled over the rainbow when they enter some of the county’s most beautiful yards. The annual event hosted by the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills on May 3 & 4 features eight […]

Comments Off / April 24, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

CSD fields get a water-wise makeover

The buzz around EDH is "Why's the field brown?" Crews are working to beautify the area and, more importantly, conserve water with drought tolerant turf and modern irrigation infrastructure. The fields are closed to the public until August. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Heads turned last week as the north and south fields at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Community Park turned completely brown, but they’ll be greener and more vibrant than ever after they undergo irrigation infrastructure and turf renovations. “Irrigation technologies have come a long way and it’s increasingly important for the EDHCSD to […]

Comments Off / March 31, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Be water wise

By Barbara Finley UCCE Master Gardener of El Dorado County  By now most of you know California is in a drought. We are all being asked to cut back on water usage. What does that mean for the gardener? Changes both in watering and in what we plant. A type of gardening known in some […]

Comments Off / January 30, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

TaxWise takes the fear out of taxes

With a staff of five, TaxWise handles more than 500 tax returns every year on top of providing top-notch accounting and bookkeeping services. Bob Wellman, MBA, said his business’ focus is to help people develop a solid financial plan. The experts at TaxWise offer CPA services (providing financial reports, setting up trusts, corporations and partnerships, […]

Comments Off / April 12, 2012 | Posted in Best of 2011 | Read More »

EID employee costs far higher than claimed

EDITOR: In the El Dorado Irrigation District’s January newsletter to its 40,000 ratepayers and in a “My Turn” article in this newspaper, General Manager Jim Abercrombie asserts, “(EID’s) average personnel expense increase of 0.5 percent per year since 2010 is extraordinary, particularly since it has been achieved in the face of sharp, ongoing increases in […]

No Comment / January 11, 2017 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Garden Guru: Ornamental garden tips

During this time of year when frost blankets our mornings and the daylight doesn’t last quite as long as we’d like, there may not seem to be a lot to do in the ornamental garden. Nothing could be further from the truth. I often receive questions from concerned gardeners inquiring what measures need to be […]

No Comment / January 11, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »



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