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Serrano ‘finger’ residents get a choice

During the second portion of the Jan. 20 El Dorado Union High School District’s board meeting at Oak Ridge, board members discussed students living in “the finger” and the attendance path that would best serve them. The eastern Serrano neighborhood got its nickname when high school boundaries were redrawn in 2005 and their neighborhood, still under […]

Comments Off / January 25, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Choice wins in high school boundary fight

Oak Ridge High School’s multipurpose room was filled during a special El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting on Jan. 20. During the four-hour public workshop, school attendance boundaries in the Blackstone region and an eastern Serrano neighborhood nicknamed “the finger” were discussed and different scenarios proposed. Though no formal action could be […]

Comments Off / January 25, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Thieves trim Barber Jon’s collection

Six barbers lost all their tools thank to thieves who broke into Barber Jon's earlier this week. Jon Rivera posted this photo of an empty work station on his Facebook page

Thieves broke into World Famous Barber Jon’s in El Dorado Hills on Jan. 21, stealing old and rare barbershop museum items and other valuables and cash. “They broke in through the front window,” said Jon Rivera, better known as Barber Jon. He believes the burglary occurred between 2 and 6 a.m. Barbershop memorabilia, including straight edge […]

Comments Off / January 22, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Little slugger

Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Sylvie Thompson, 5, won the El Dorado Hills Little League T-ball division’s hit-a-thon during the league’s opening ceremonies in March. Results were tallied and winners notified last week. There are a dozen T-ball teams with approximately 10 kids on each, said Sylvie’s mom and Texas Rangers coach Edie Thompson. The Lake Forest kindergartener hit the […]

Comments Off / April 27, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

A treasure trove of art

Cameron Park artist Linda Rothgeb holds a music box filled with handmade books. Guests on the Placerville Arts Association’s 2013 Studio Tour will discover these and many other treasures. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

From El Dorado Hills to Pollock Pines and Coloma to Diamond Springs, art lovers and novices alike have the opportunity to visit 16 studios showcasing the works of 53 El Dorado County artists this weekend. “There will be a great variety of really, really high quality art,” said artist Lucia Rothgeb, who will share Studio […]

Comments Off / September 22, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Pride can only be earned

Can you tell what this is? It’s a clay gorilla, created in its entirety by my 7-year-old daughter. The school assignment was to create a rain forest animal at home and to search for facts for their first little research report. It was a great idea. I loved watching her learn how to take simple […]

Comments Off / July 03, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Pump problem closes pool

A sign tells hopeful swimmers to head to Cameron Park. THe EDHCSD pool closed down Friday due to a pool pump problem. Swimmers retured on Sunday after everything was fixed. Photo by Julie Samrick

Record-high temperatures across the region beckoned crowds to local pools but no swimmers enjoyed the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s pool last Friday and Saturday due to a broken pump. Just before noon on Friday, as public pool hours were to begin, staff discovered that the primary pool pump and motor were not functioning […]

Comments Off / June 10, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »