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Former ORHS principal files lawsuit

Former ORHS Principal Paul Burke is seen here welcoming students back to school at the start of the 2015-16 year. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Former Oak Ridge High School principal Paul Burke has filed a federal lawsuit alleging wrongful termination against the El Dorado Union High School District. Three district employees are also named in the suit filed June 14, including Superintendent Stephen Wehr, Assistant Superintendent and Director of Human Resources Tony DeVille and Burke’s former administrative assistant Courtney Soto. Burke […]

2 Comments / June 20, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Tasmanian Devils earn another big win

SACRAMENTO — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team earned its third straight win Saturday, a crushing 554-231 road victory over the College Green Gators. Sixteen-year-old Leon Kassianenko also broke the first Taz team record of the season in the 100-meter backstroke swimming four laps in 55.03. “The kids were excited to swim at College Greens; they […]

No Comment / June 19, 2016 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

EDH swimmers heading to U.S. Olympic Trials

Bryce Mefford and Dylan Kubick — El Dorado Hills residents and Sierra Marlins (Mefford current, Kubick former) swim team members — have qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials taking place in Omaha, Neb., June 26 through July 3. As the only selection meet for the U.S. swim team competing at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Mefford […]

No Comment / June 19, 2016 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Growing up with ‘The Greatest’

El Dorado Hills resident Chuck Hammond, left, poses with Muhammad Ali during an event in Louisville in 1995. Courtesy photo

When El Dorado Hills resident and youth sports coach Chuck Hammond was growing up in Louisville, Ken., the highlight of his week was Wednesday night. “Whatever part of Louisville you lived in, all the black people got together at Grace Community Center for a potluck,” Hammond remembered. “The kids played basketball and boxed. No one […]

No Comment / June 15, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Taz Devils outswim Dolphins

The El Dorado Taz girl swimmers get after it in one of Saturday's races against Loomis Basin. Photo by Eric Boucher

LOOMIS — The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils swim team had a big win against the Loomis Basin Dolphins Saturday. As the visiting team, Taz handily won the meet 508-279. Head coach Jenn Soto credited swimmers for getting out of comfort zones. “We had only five 15-18 girls today, which was a challenge with relays,” […]

No Comment / June 13, 2016 | Posted in News,Sports | Read More »

Crib Notes: I love New York

Every summer vacation I’m reminded of the lessons learned when my four kids are away from the classroom, when they have the chance to take their noses out of textbooks and their bodies aren’t set on scheduled time. Our oldest child spent the last week on an eighth-grade trip to the East Coast. First, I […]

1 Comment / June 08, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Kraus stands out in crowded Senate race

Jason Kraus

“I believe in freedom, the truth and I’m the most loyal person you’ll ever meet,” El Dorado Hills resident Jason Kraus told Village Life on why he’s the candidate to fill Barbara Boxer’s U.S. Senate seat, which 33 others are also seeking. He is listed under no party preference, preferring to be labeled “an American,” […]

No Comment / June 06, 2016 | Posted in News | Read More »