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Goings on in the El Dorado County Foothills areas

Jan 07, 2013 08:12AM ● By Style

Photo courtesy of WIN.

Welcome to 2013 – here’s to a happy and healthy new year!

On November 27, an improved freeway interchange and more than six miles of new carpool lanes were unveiled on Highway 50 in El Dorado County at a ribbon-cutting event. The ceremony at the Mother Lode Drive Park and Ride culminated approximately five years of work that created an estimated 1,800 jobs, said El Dorado County Transportation Commission Senior Transportation Planner Dan Bolster. Improvements were made on the Missouri Flat Road interchange and between Missouri Flat Road and Placerville Drive; carpool lanes were added from Bass Lake Road to Cameron Park Drive.

Congrats to Lieutenant Colonel David Kauffman of Placerville for being appointed inspector general at the California Military Department. Kauffman has served with the California Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve for nearly 20 years; he was also deputy district attorney at the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office from 2000 to 2005 and staff counsel at Liberty Mutual Insurance from 1997 to 2000.

No-cost business training workshops and one-on-one business consulting are being offered by the Northeastern California SBDC Greater Sacramento/Sierra El Dorado County Micro Enterprise Technical Assistance Program (MTAP). To be eligible to participate, the business must have five or fewer employees, including the owner(s), and must fall under the household income scale identified on SBDC’s Web site. Taking place until February 7, 2013, the 12-week program will be held across Cameron Park, Placerville and South Lake Tahoe. For enrollment inquiries and more details, email [email protected] or visit

Buy used books on the first Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Placerville Main Library’s back parking lot. Please note that books are now priced both by the bag or individually.

The El Dorado Hills Nite Knitters is a knit and crochet group that meets on the second Monday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center (990 Lassen Lane). Drop-ins and those new to knitting and crochet are welcome. For more information, call 916-358-3575.

The WIN (Women In Networking) of El Dorado Hills group is a relationship/referral network designed to support local businesses through developing relationships and synergistic partnerships. The group meets every Tuesday for lunch and networking at Side Bar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. To learn more, visit

El Dorado County has low-interest rate loans available for home repairs to income-qualified homeowners in unincorporated areas of the county. Funding is provided through the state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and the county’s Housing Rehabilitation Revolving Loan Funds. The money may be used to repair or replace roofs, foundations, plumbing, electrical, heating/air conditioning systems, termite damage and more. To qualify, household income must fall at or below 80 percent of the area median, based on household size. For more details, visit or call 530-642-4863.

That’s all for this edition, but check back next month for Style’s annual Home Design feature.

That’s all for now, but check back in February for Style’s annual Home Design feature!