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Planning Commission give Wilson Estates thumbs up

The Planning Commission heartily recommended approval of the 28-acre, 49-home Wilson Estates project, located between Green Valley and Malcolm Dixon Roads in El Dorado Hills, citing it as a model for how developers can work cooperatively with residents. The couple dozen residents in attendance at the Dec. 13 meeting voiced oft-repeated concerns about traffic volumes […]

3 Comments / December 17, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Senior daycare advocate pursuing mission

Moni Gilmore, seen here with former EDH Fire Chief Brian Veerkamp, was a tireless senior advocate. Resident Hal Erpenbeck has carried on her mission to get a senior daycare in El Dorado Hills. VIllage Life file photo by Mike Roberts

Senior advocate Hal Erpenbeck wants El Dorado Hills to have a safe place for working adults caring for elderly parents to drop off their charge for the day, similar to the way childcare works. It’s called senior daycare, and Erpenbeck said he sees it as an important public service and valuable amenity in a community […]

Comments Off / December 17, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

‘Mik’ names picks

Supervisor-elect Ron Mikulaco won his District 1 seat in the June primary, giving him ample time to decide on an administrative assistant and fill a couple dozen appointments that go with the job. He named former manufacturing executive Michelle Elliston, 45, as administrative assistant and also announced Rich Stewart, 53, as his choice for the […]

Comments Off / December 10, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Retiring fire chief Ballenger to volunteer back

Rough day at the office — Then-Capt. Brad Ballenger enjoys a moment with his wife Laura after the 2005 Souza fire, which threatened the lives of firefighters when a portion of a tile roof collapsed. Ballenger went on to become a division chief with the El Dorado Hills Fire Department. He officially retires on Dec. 28, and plans to volunteer as a much-needed back-up chief.

Brad Ballenger began his fire service career in 1987 as a barely paid reserve for the West Sacramento Fire Department and landed a roster spot on the El Dorado Hills Fire Department the following year. On a clear winter morning 24 years later he stood at attention and received his department’s highest honor, its “colors,” […]

1 Comment / November 26, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

UPDATED: Del Rio outlasts Muse for second high school board seat

David Del Rio beat out Mary Muse for the second contested seat on the El Dorado Union High School District Board. Lori Veerkamp retained the other contested seat.

El Dorado County election officials worked late on Thanksgiving eve to finish counting an estimated 2,400 provisional ballots that remained after the Nov. 6 election, including 1,800 cast by residents of the El Dorado Union High School District. The Official Final Report, posted at approximately 6 p.m. Wednesday night, was good news for challenger Dave […]

3 Comments / November 22, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Seniors get a new tree

Crews tip the tree into its new home in front of the El Dorado Hills Senior Center. The Coastal Redwood will become the new "€œunofficial"€ El Dorado Hills Christmas tree, replaing a tree that died earlier this year. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

It’s been a rough year for the trees on El Dorado Hills thoroughfares, with stalwart sentries on El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Francisco Drive either struck down by disease or condemned for the crime of busting buried water pipes. The most recent victim was the landmark Christmas tree that towered above the El Dorado Hills […]

Comments Off / November 19, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Parker Development unveils new projects

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Projects include Marble Valley, Serrano Westside, Pedregal and Lime Rock Parker Development officials unveiled proposals for four large residential projects this week. If approved and built, the projects will further shape the community Bill Parker helped define, pumping more than $1 billion into the local economy, bringing jobs and providing rooftops local business owners say […]

Comments Off / November 13, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »