Living

Placer High’s built-in-1936 gym getting the Crabbe Stare

Venerable. Awe-inspiring. Nostalgic. The 78-year-old Earl Crabbe Gymnasium at Placer High School inspires plenty of superlatives as visitors enter the Depression-era building and ...

Old Town’s Tsuda name gone but memories kept alive

A well-known Old Town Auburn building is undergoing major changes and is targeted for reopening in early 2015 as a bistro restaurant. Owners Patty and John Dooley have been workin ...

Infected caramel apple concerns strike Placer County

A nationwide outbreak of a potentially fatal infection linked to caramel apples is believed by health officials to have touched down in Placer County. While naming neither the ret ...

Christmases past inspire Auburn Festival of Lights Santa

It’s the biggest parade of the year in Auburn and the star of the show is Santa Claus. Here he comes at the end of the Festival of Lights Parade in Downtown Auburn riding in ...

How a saloon keeper changed the look of Old Town

If you’ve stood at the intersection of Lincoln Way and Sacramento Street in Old Town, you may have wondered about the unusual street configuration that leaves a roughly trian ...

Veteran Santa looks back on Christmas seasons filled with joy

At 76, Jack Kenny can chuckle over the many years and the many wonderful experiences he has been part of at Christmas time as Santa. Kenny, who sports a Santa-thentic snow-white b ...

Bad caroling, good cause

They may not have the best singing voices – in fact they’re downright terrible – but they have no problem piping up for a good cause. For the raggedy band of mis ...

Traditions are an aromatic thing

There are many traditions that surround the welcoming of the New Year. The ringing of church bells, firing of guns, lighting of fireworks, sounding of party horns and even hitting ...

Slow and steady Santa gives kids time to wish

As Dave Blau recalls, his brush with destiny occurred when his Christmas shopping stroll through Roseville’s Galleria about a dozen years ago was interrupted by an elf with a ...

Hell Hole Dam collapse 50 years ago today continues to teach

The photos were spectacular as the Highway 49 bridge gave way 50 years ago today. But the lasting story was the upstream collapse Dec. 23, 1964, of the Hell Hole Dam that sent a s ...