Living

Placer County resident publishes memoirs of Peace Corps Duty Written Home from Caribbean Island of Dominica in the Early 1990s

Mary Ann Bachman Kollenberg, who has roots in Lincoln and lived in other Placer County cities, recently self-published letters she wrote during her Peace Corps duty in the early 19 ...

Holman Ranch a place of weddings, retreats and its own wines

It’s tucked away but not off-grid. Fairly dripping with the nostalgia of Old California but embracing all that’s good about the new. The place is Holman Ranch. Growing ...

High Sierra sets the scene for horticulture tour

Landscaping in the Sierra will be on view for the Lake of the Sky Garden Club’s 2015 Truckee Garden tour Saturday, July 25. The tour, in its 27th year, takes in eight garden ...

Lavender farm is couple’s field of dreams

Bywater Hollow Lavender farm is a unique stop along Placer County’s Wine Trail between Auburn and Lincoln. The 13-acre farm is a family owned and operated establishment that ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Control fire blight as soon as it appears

Question: My Aristocrat pear tree’s leaves started to turn black in May, as did the branches that held them. And many blooms also looked burned.  What is wrong and how d ...

Media Life: Of Weimar TB cemetery, Star Wars, Constable Jack’s

A massive effort since 2012 to document the 1,000-plus graves at what was once the Weimar Sanatorium for tuberculosis sufferers has yielded a book that should provide some good rea ...

Colfax's Got Talent strikes a chord

Musician Connor Hanley has a rapt audience as he asks for help in singing “Old McDonald Had a Farm” at the Colfax’s Got Talent preview Wednesday afternoon at the ...

Wine taste at your own pace in the foothills

Sierra Vintners has taken the guesswork out of enjoying an afternoon of wine tasting. Nevada County’s wine association launched a trio of regional wine trail tours in May, wi ...

For two Colfax teens, it’s nice work and they’ve got it in Rocklin play

Two Colfax High School students have featured roles in Rocklin Community Theatre’s performance of the Broadway musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” featuring th ...

The Food Dude: Make time with your family to make a meal unforgettable

It’s my opinion that among other distractions, the busy lifestyles we all lead these days are not helping with the direction our society is heading. We all talk about how t ...

Ask the Master Gardener: Rototilling does more harm than good in the garden

Question:  I always rototill the ground every spring before I plant my vegetable garden — and almost always have great results. Of course, I always plow in fully aged ma ...

Bear River program nurtures green thumbs

With a harvest of onions, lettuce and other vegetables, Bear River High School completed a successful return of horticulture to the campus. Students and faculty of the 2014-2015 ...

Picture perfect means having the right frame in mind

For 19 years, Kelli Fortenbaugh Lopopolo operated High Street Gallery in Downtown Auburn. She recently moved her shop to Meadow Vista and renamed it Sierra Art Services. The Colf ...

Bryan McPherson a product of his environment

Though born and raised in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Bryan McPherson considers home “right here, right now.” At the time he said it, he was rolling through ...

Saving Water: From the basics to a cell phone app

Looking for ways to cut back on irrigation in the drought? Consider recycling water, making more efficient use of sprinklers or even removing most or all of the lawn. Xeriscaping ...