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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,800 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Uncategorized


Memorial Day Tribute

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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Uncategorized


Mike’s Top Ten Facts about Labor Day

The Labor Day Holiday seems to be the Last Holiday where people are vacationing for the last time, closing up summer homes and barbecuing for the last time before school officially begins.  I thought it would be fun to give you the top ten facts about Labor Day.

10.  The first Labor Day was celebrated on a Tuesday, September 5th 1882 in  New York.  Matthew McGuire led 10,000 workers who took an unpaid holiday down the streets of New York City.

9.  President Grover Cleveland signs the bill as a National Holiday in 1894 making the first Monday after September a National Holiday

8.  Labor Day is always held on the first Monday of September

7. Labor Sunday was dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor union

6. Traditionally Labor Day marks not wearing of white until Memorial Day.  This tradition has gone by the wayside in recent years

5. Traditionally Labor Day serves as the unofficial end of summer

4.  Labor Day is the 3rd most popular grilling day of the year

3.  The most popular grill foods for Labor Day in this order is burgers, steaks, hot dogs and chicken.

2.  According to the national hot dog and sausage council hot dog season starts on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day

1.  Labor Day Weekend traditionally is the start of the football Season.   



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Posted by on September 3, 2012 in Uncategorized


Home Survival Kit

Unfortuantely I have to be the bearer of bad news and tell you summer is almost over (sorry!)  The good news is we get to look forward to my favorite season which is fall.

The trees will begin to turn their beautiful hues of color; we will soon get the morning crispness, the beautiful sunny days and cool evenings.  Along with this come changes in weather.  Storms will begin and typically fall months are considerd very high in fire danger.  I thought it would be good to put out a reminder to every one to do a check list to see  if you are prepared for a disaster.

One of the most important things every home should have is an old rotary or push button phone.  If power lines go down and you are without electricty for days, the old phone can be plugged right into the phone lines giving you access immediately.  This is really important in case of an emergency.

Every emergency kit will be a little different in each case depending on family’s specific needs.  Make sure that everyone in the family knows what is in the kit and how to use the items in it.  Below you will find the most basic list of items that every emergency kit will need.

  • Bottled water
  • At least 3 days worth of food
  • First-Aid kit Glow Sticks AND Flashlights (don’t foreget batteries)
  • Blankets
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Copies of important documents
  • Change of clothes
  • Extra set of car and house keys
  • Spare set of glasses or contact lenses
  • Paper and pen
  • One-two hundred dollars of cash in case you don’t have access to an ATM

Make sure to have an established plan and escape route and have your emergency pack somewhere close to that.  It also doesn’t hurt to have one of these kits kept in each one of your vehicles.

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Posted by on September 2, 2012 in Uncategorized


School in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s

While we were enjoying our travels through the Museums on the Herritage Trail Museum Tour we ran across these rules for teachers and students in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and with the new school year just beginning I thought everyone might enjoy the read as much as I did.  If  you didn’t get a chance to do the museum trail this year make sure you put it on your calendar for next year.

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Rules for Students 1872*

1.  Respect your schoolmaster. Obey him and accept his punishments.

2.  Do not call your classmates names or fight with them.  Love and help each other.

3.  Never make noises or disturb your neighbors as they work.  Be silent during classes.

4.  Do not talk unless it’s absolutely necessary.

5.  Bring firewood into the classroom for the stove whenever the teach tell you to do so.

6.  If the master calls your name after class, straighten the benches and tables, sweep the room dust and leave everything tidy.


Rules for Teachers 1872 *

1.  Teachers each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys.

2.  Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day’s sessions.

3.  Make your pens carefully.  You may whittle nibs to the individual taste of the pupils

4. Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they go to    church regularly.

5. After ten hours in school, the teachers may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.

6. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed.

7. Every teacher should lay aside from each pay a goodly sum of his earnings for his benefit during his declining years so that he will not become a burden to society.

8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a barber shop will give reason to suspect his worth, intention, integrity and honesty.

9. The teacher who performs his labor faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of twenty-five cents per week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.

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Rules for Teacher 1915 *

1.  You will not marry during the term of your contract.

2. You are not to keep company with men

3. You must be home between the hours of 8:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M. unless attending a school function.

4. You may not loiter downtown in ice-cream stores.

5. You may not travel beyond the city limits unless you have permission of the Chairman of the Board.

6. You may not ride a carriage or automobile with any man unless he is your father or brother.

7. You may not smoke cigarettes.

8. You may not dress in bright colors.

9. You may not under no circumstances dye your hair.

10.You must wear at least two petticoats.

11.Your dresses must not be any shorter than two inches above the ankle.

12.To keep the school room neat and clean you must

  • Sweep the floor at least once daily
  • Scrub the floor at least once a week with hot soapy water
  • Clean the blackboard at least once a day
  • Start the fire at 7:00 A.M. so the room will be warm by 8:00 A.M.

*The source of these rules and whether authentic remains unknown but widely circulated, marketed and attributed to a variety of sources around the country .

—-Placer County Historical Society

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Posted by on September 1, 2012 in Uncategorized


It’s Football Season in Placerville

It is football season and our local High Schools here in Placerville are in full swing. We have attached the full schedule for El Dorado High School and Union Mine High School. If you click on the link at the bottom of each respective High School you will be directed to the schedule complete with mapping links for your convenience. Be sure to get out and root for your home team!


Union Mine High School football schedule – 2012


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Posted by on August 23, 2012 in Uncategorized


Let’s remember One of Our Own Fallen Heroes

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote who was killed in action in Afghanistan on Friday August 10th.

Sky was a graduate of Union Mine High School in 2003 and joined the Marines in July of that year.  He was assigned to the 1st Marines Special Battalion based out of Camp Pendleton, and eventually became an explosive ordinance technician.

He was deployed for both Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom and was a decorated Marine who earned the Purple Heart, a Navy-Marines Corps Commendation medal, a Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two combat ribbons and three Gold Conduct medals.

He will be arriving today August 16th at McClellan Air Force Base at Hanger 3 at 4:30 P.M.  From there a procession will travel east on Highway 50 to El Dorado Hills Blvd., up Serrano Parkway and left onto Silva Valley Parkway to pass Silva Valley Elementary and Rolling Hills Middle schools at approximately 6:30 P.M., then to Green Valley Mortuary.

If you can’t make this procession there will be another one on Sunday August 19th, starting at Blue Oaks Elementary school and then continuing on to Faith Episcopal Church 2200 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park.

Services will be held immediately after this procession.

If you can make either or both of these days, all are welcomed to line the streets with flags and banners in support of Staff Sgt. Sky  and his family who gave so much for our Country.

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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Uncategorized