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Firefighters Pipe & Drum Band debuts

El Dorado Hills Fire Department engineer Mike LeBlanc and firefighter/paramedics Brian Wilke and Jason Smith play the bagpipes and firefighter/paramedic Dale Hemlock takes the snare drum in the Pipes & Drum Band. The group hopes to become a fixture at community events. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Yes indeed. The emotive drone of Great Highland bagpipes wafted through the clear morning air in Park Village on a recent Sunday morning. With kilts flapping in the breeze, the El Dorado Hills Firefighters Pipe and Drum Band made its public debut at Bertelsen Park as part of the annual reposting of the colors, aka flag, […]

Comments Off / September 24, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Candidate Crumpley: EDHCSD board needs a CPA

EDHCSD candidate Terry Crumpley said the board could benefit from a CPA who would make sound fiscal decisions. Village life photo by Mike Roberts

El Dorado Hills accountant, Little League mom and Tea Party conservative Terry Crumpley has thrown her three-cornered hat into the ring as a candidate for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors. The self-employed CPA has become a familiar face in local meetings “where others make decisions that affect our lives,” she […]

29 Comments / September 24, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Details of Skeel settlement released

Attorneys for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and John Skeel settled the lawsuit brought by the former general manager over his 2011 firing. The final settlement document was signed on Sept. 11 and released to Village Life on Sept 18. The settlement awards $150,000 to Skeel, half of which will be covered by […]

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Chuck Hammond loves public service

EDHCSD candidate Chuck Hammond said he'd like to see more volunteerism in his community. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

“Anyone who tells you that you can’t be in politics and be a good guy is lying to you.” That’s the gospel according to Chuck Hammond, the effusive candidate for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors who hopes to come six votes closer than he did in 2010, when he lost […]

1 Comment / September 17, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Skeel suit settled; $150,000 award to former GM

John Skeel has had a good summer. He landed a job in July, taking the reins of the Tahoe Resource Conservation District, and now he has some spending money. The El Dorado Hills Community Services District has settled a lawsuit filed by its former general manager, agreeing to a settlement “in the neighborhood of $150,000,” […]

7 Comments / September 17, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

State responsibility areas defined … sort of

The omnipresent El Dorado Hills Fire District encompasses virtually every parcel in El Dorado Hills, yet the state has designated roughly half of the community as a State Responsibility Area for fire protection, which until now has meant little to residents. That’s about to change with the newly enacted state fire prevention fee on parcels […]

4 Comments / September 17, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

Residents see red over state fire fee

The arrival of Fire Prevention Fee notices last week from no less a tax collector than the California Board of Equalization angered many tax-averse property owners in rural areas around the state. It also irked El Dorado Hills residents, about half of whom are subject to the fee. Local property owners argue that they already […]

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