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Incumbents hold fire board seats

John Hidahl Jim Hartley

Incumbent fire board members Jim Hartley and John Hidahl retained their board seats in the Nov. 6 general election. As of Friday, Nov. 9, Hartley had 27.97 percent of the vote, a total of 7,839 votes. Hidahl followed with 6,788 votes for 24.22 percent of the total. Challenger Sherry Petersen mustered 5,035 votes: 17.96 percent, […]

No Comment / November 07, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Gertsch bows out with dignity

Guy Gertsch

At 10:10 pm on election night Guy Gertsch submitted the following concession statement to Village Life. Earlier in the day he’d been spotted on the side of the road, delivering encouragement by way of a bearhug to challenger Terry Crumpley, who defeated him that evening, an irony that wouldn’t bother him in the least. Genuine […]

2 Comments / November 07, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

Mattock and Crumpley win CSD board seats

John Hidahl, Jay Lensch, Terry Crumpley

Noelle Mattock and Terry Crumpley survived a polite but crowded contest for the two El Dorado Hills Community Services District board seats contested on Nov. 6. Crumpley held a narrow lead on the day after the election, but when the Nov. 11 results were posted Mattock was on top with 5,295 votes: 21.06 percent, followed […]

3 Comments / November 07, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Huge flag touched post-9/11 El Dorado Hills

During the turbulent days following Sept. 11 attacks Mike Murray, left, fabricated a makeshift, over-sized flagpole and raised a giant American flag on the hill above Blue Shield in El Dorado Hills. Town Center magnate Tony Mansour, center, and Louis Mansour, right, encouraged the project, which stopped traffic on U.S. 50 and stood for more than a year before being replaced with the smaller, properly anchored, county-compliant pole and flag that stands today. Murray recently donated one of the original over-sized flags to the Mansours, who plan to display it in the California Welcome Center. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Local icon inspired by Iwo Jima photo Heavy construction contractor Mike Murray wants no credit for the prominent American flag standing sentry at the westerly entrance to El Dorado Hills — a symbol of community patriotism that’s visible for miles in each direction. We can allow that modesty for the current, properly anchored and regulation-compliant […]

1 Comment / November 05, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Relish’s Righton resurrects Montano pub

Black and tan in the veins — Richard Righton is opening 36Handles Pub in the former Kinnee O’Reilly’s location on or about Dec. 1. The native Brit currently operates Relish Burger Bar, also in Montano, and Bidwell Street Bistro in Folsom. He worked in pubs as a boy, “pouring cream tea in the afternoons,” and went on to manage several pubs as an adult. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

The abrupt closure of Kinnee O’Reilly Irish Pub in August left patrons longing for a proper pint of Guinness. Local restaurateur Richard Righton feels their pain. Last week he announced plans to reopen the El Dorado Hills pub on or about Dec. 1 with the same great Irish brews, a new menu and a new […]

1 Comment / October 29, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

‘Outliers’ catch a break

High school district policy change allows outlying middle schoolers to attend same high school as their classmates Eleven-year-old Steven Phemester approached Trustee Kevin Brown after the Oct. 23 El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees meeting and thanked him for “letting me stay with my friends when I get to high school.” “I […]

1 Comment / October 29, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Superbowl hit piece hurt Hammond in ’98

In Chuck Hammond’s 1998 race for a seat on the Solano County Board of Supervisors he faced Duane Kromm, a squeaky clean, hard-knuckled campaigner who used Hammond’s political history as raw material to construct a devastating attack on the genial former mayor, who despite his indiscretions, had left office on a positive note, and was […]

No Comment / October 22, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »