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Best Preschool: Froggie Frontier

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Owner Joelle Faulkner credits the staff at Froggie Frontier Preschool & Childcare as what sets them apart from other schools in the area. “Our teachers are experienced and kind. They hold college degrees and are all so warm with the children,” she said. Parents also appreciate the program’s flexibility. They can choose which days work […]

Comments Off / April 19, 2013 | Posted in Best of 2012 | Read More »

Best Heating & Air Business: Comfort Solutions Heating & Air Conditioning

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Over the 30 years Comfort Solutions Heating & Air Conditioning owner John Buonauro has been in business, he has gotten so skilled at diagnosing and treating clients’ most difficult heating and air problems, he’s been called as an expert witness in court and is a part-time vocational college instructor. A self-described “one-man shop,” running a reputable business […]

Comments Off / April 18, 2013 | Posted in Best of 2012 | Read More »

Best Tire Store: Big O Tires

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Chris Evanson, owner and general manager of Big O Tires, credits his thriving business to two simple, but very important, rules: “Hiring the right people and treating each customer the way I’d like to be treated.” Since moving to El Dorado Hills and opening their business 14 years ago, Evanson and his wife Dawn today […]

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Best Attorney: Peter Vlautin

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His 40-plus years of experience is why Peter Vlautin believes he’s the people’s pick for favorite attorney in El Dorado Hills. “I’m your lawyer for life,” he said. ‘You’ll always travel first class with me.” The San Francisco native was a criminal defense attorney for the public defender’s office in Sacramento County for many years. […]

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Best Travel Agency: El Dorado Hills Travel

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For 30 years El Dorado Hills Travel has brought the world to its town’s residents. Owner Genny Arietta said when a potential client calls or walks through the doors, she or one of her staff begins with the person’s interested destination. “By asking more questions, we then customize the trip,” she explained. One perk of […]

Comments Off / April 18, 2013 | Posted in Best of 2012 | Read More »

Parents, teachers rally for smaller classes, better pay

Jackson teacher Gerry Neal holds up signs supporting teachers at the RUSD board meeting. Photo by Julie Samrick

Emotions ran high at last week’s Rescue Union School District board meeting where parents and teachers implored the five-person board not to lay off more teachers, but instead spend some of the district’s surplus funds to save jobs and give all teachers a pay raise. Fourteen of the lowest tenured, or non-tenured, teachers in the district received pink […]

1 Comment / April 15, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib notes: How are kids affected by same-sex marriage?

Marriage equality is in the headlines once more because of oral arguments presented before the Supreme Court both for and against striking down California’s Proposition 8, which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. Regardless of what the Supreme Court rules later this year, the movement has more support than ever and […]

7 Comments / April 04, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »