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Last Login: Sun May 24 14:00:30 2015

Plans stalled for Village J5 park

What seemed like a sure plan to construct a public 11.5-acre sports park is tied up until another Parker Development property’s future is made certain. At its April monthly meeting Area Planning Advisory Committee members favored plans for the multi-use park to be located at Sienna Ridge Drive and Bass Lake Road, Parker Development-owned land […]

No Comment / May 24, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Serrano HOA winners ready to work

Catie Phemester, Robert Thompson and Bryan Payne claimed victory after the ballots were counted May 11 for three open seats on the Serrano HOA Board of Directors. With 1,734 votes, Phemester, who ran on her record as the local school boundary Erin Brockovich and Serrano Mello Roos detective, said she wants to put the election […]

No Comment / May 18, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Students get hands-on history lesson

Oak Ridge juniors Ryan Hurst, Parker Doshier, Shri Shankar and Maddie King, back row left to right, and Lilly Alcozy, Binwant Kahlon and Kelly Ryoo, front row left to right, recently presented research papers on Clarksville and early El Dorado Hills at the El Dorado Hills Library. The students collaborated with members of the Clarksville Region Historical Society, a partnership both sides said they hope continues to keep local history alive. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

How do we keep local history alive? In an attempt to bridge the gap between generations, members of the Clarksville Region Historical Society mentored Oak Ridge students from Matt Hodgins’ AP U.S. History class during the course of the school year. Mentors who know the history of the Clarksville region (a pre-cursor to El Dorado […]

No Comment / May 18, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Farewell, ‘Dan O’

Dan Gothier turned in his keys after 26 years with the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Dan Gothier may be leaving the building, but the El Dorado Hills Community Services District lead maintenance worker’s mark won’t be forgotten. For 26 years Gothier, or “Dan O,” has kept the CSD’s parks and facilities beautified and trained many others along the way. At his retirement party April 28, newer parks supervisors said Gothier paved […]

No Comment / May 11, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Taz turns 50

Every Taz is Awesome — Taz swimmers and supporters dressed in style to cheer on the home team at a meet last year. Courtesy photo

For 50 years El Dorado Hills youth have competed on the Taz swim team. What began as an immigrant’s dream with only 20 swimmers on its roster is a powerhouse today, boasting nearly 500 swimmers strong. Any local kid from any generation will say the same thing: The friendships and memories made kept them coming […]

No Comment / May 11, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib Notes: A homeschooling summer

As I’m gearing up to have four kids home all summer, I’m remembering what it took me a few previous summers to realize. There just isn’t as much time to hang out with them during the traditional school year and there are lots of things to learn that don’t happen in a classroom. Before they […]

No Comment / May 10, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

District Church brings people close to God

El Dorado Hills resident and District Church's lead pastor CJ Hatlevig, seen here with wife Becky and son Owen, want to draw people back to Christ. District Church meets at 9:30 a.m. Sundays inside Oak Ridge’s theater. Courtesy photo

“I always said I’d never start a church because it can be a tough profession,” CJ Hatlevig said. “You carry the weight of a lot of people on your shoulders.” Hatlevig watched his pastor father while growing up in Wisconsin and he spent the past 15 years involved in church ministries. But the pull was too […]

1 Comment / May 04, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »