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Leadership, service nothing new to ‘Grand Knight’ Haverty

Dan Haverty of El Dorado Hills has been named Grand Knight of the Holy Trinity Parish council of the Knights of Columbus. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Former Folsom and Sacramento Metro Fire Chief Dan Haverty has been named Grand Knight of the Holy Trinity Parish council of the Knights of Columbus. He joined the Knights in 1982 and moved with his wife Teresa to El Dorado Hills in 1987. They currently reside in Governors West Village. Holy Trinity is El Dorado […]

Comments Off / July 30, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Valley View Elementary gets held back

Buckeye Union School District Facilities Director Ray Boike and Superintendent David Roth stand in front of Valley View Elementary, a new school nearly finished, but until enrollment in the school's service area increases the school will not open to students. Some buildings will be used to house district administration. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

The Valley View Elementary School is nearly complete, but won’t open its doors to students until more homes are sold in the Blackstone master planned community it serves. Until then, the $16 million school will become an interim district headquarters. Woodland-based Broward Construction is on track to turn the site over to the Buckeye Union […]

2 Comments / July 30, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

Spontaneous combustion avoidance tips

Oil based wood stains, paints, sealers, polyurethane finishes, varnish and other finishing products often contain highly flammable Volatile Organic Compounds, or “VOCs.” Paint brushes get cleaned with mineral spirits or paint thinner, but what about the rags and other materials used that do not get cleaned but just get thrown away? How do you safely dispose […]

Comments Off / July 27, 2012 | Posted in News | Read More »

Lake Hills home spontaneously combusts

A Planeta Drive home in the Lake Hills neighborhood burst into flames at approximately 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, with no one home. There were no injuries, and investigators have ruled out criminal activity. They initially suspected oily rags as the ignition source but haven’t reached any concrete conclusions, said El Dorado Hills Fire […]

1 Comment / July 27, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Public transportation in El Dorado Hills?

Seniors and other non-drivers have bemoaned the lack of bus service in El Dorado Hills for years. Here’s a chance to do something about it. El Dorado Transit and the El Dorado County Transit Commission are currently conducting a Transit Needs Survey for the El Dorado Hills area. If you’d like to see better public transportation […]

1 Comment / July 23, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Fire district watchdog helped find MLK’s assasin

Dick Ross, left, questions spending at an El Dorado Hills Fire District committee meeting, with Director Jim Harley, right, and District CFO Connie Bair looking on. Ross enjoyed a colorful FBI career before undertaking a variety of state agency leadership roles. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Near the close of a January committee meeting, a nuts-and-bolts sit down where El Dorado Hills Fire District policies are hammered out before going to the full board, Director Lou Barber turned to the lone member of the public in attendance. “Dick, do you have anything else to add?” “I’m good,” replied Dick Ross, who’d just […]

1 Comment / July 23, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Mormon Island Dam foundation stabilized

The top of the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam is currently a narrow, 900-foot long gravel strip. Dam foundation reinforcements under way include a 1.3 million cubic yard €œdownstream overlay€ that will widen the dam top an estimated 400 feet to a steep bank 100 feet above Green Valley Road. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

An important step in the 20-plus-year effort to reinforce the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam’s foundation nears completion. Located just east of the county line, the Mormon Island Dam is a weedy and unnaturally uniform ridge that dominates the horizon north and west of Green Valley Road — a squat, anonymous fraternal twin to Folsom Dam, […]

1 Comment / July 23, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »