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Francisco Drive trees replaced

A stump is all that remains of a London Plane Sycamore in front of Lake Forest Apartments on Francisco Drive. A total of 40 sickly sycamores and Black Pines were removed, and will be replaced with more disease-resistant trees. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

The recent removal of 40 sickly sycamores and pines along north Francisco Drive evokes an old arboreal adage: “Losing a tree is like losing a friend.” That boulevard has a lot of friends. It anchors the Lakehills, Marina, Marina Woods, Rolling Hills, Green Valley Hills, Waterford, Winterhaven and Summit neighborhoods. Francisco Drive also has a […]

Comments Off / June 04, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Lakehills couple survived 1988 firestorm

Fred and Cheryl Adler’s story is every homeowner’s nightmare. On a sweltering 1988 afternoon Fred stood on his shake roof, garden hose in hand, and watched the prevailing breeze off Folsom Lake push a fast-moving fire through low lakeside brush. The fire then launched itself past his home onto Iron Mountain, the tree-studded mound at […]

Comments Off / June 04, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Could Lakehills be the next Oakland Hills?

A large-scale fire drill will be conducted in the Lakehills neighborhood on Saturday, June 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. A couple hundred firefighters will hone their skills in a series of challenging, real-world situation drills. Dozens of apparatus will buzz around the neighborhood and, unlike past exercises, this drill includes an evacuation component. An […]

Comments Off / June 04, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EDHCSD’s future parks: New GM encouraged to think big

In preparation for his departure on June 6, and perhaps as a 50th anniversary present, interim El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager Rich Ramirez recently published a 28 page treatise titled “A Potential Road Map for Next General Manager of the El Dorado Hills Community Services District,” an assessment of the district’s strengths, […]

1 Comment / May 25, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Collies brand the magic

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El Dorado Hills’ first family of football, the Collies, will host a series of football camps and receiver competitions this summer. Zac and Austin Collie tore up the gridiron at Oak Ridge in the early 2000s, shattering school and state records along the way. The youngest son, Dylan, is coming off a stellar senior season […]

2 Comments / May 24, 2012 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Community connects with sign shaker

Local celebrity—€” Sign shaker Sierra Hubbard'€™s lithe dancing for 4G Wireless endeared her to motorists at the intersection of Green Valley Road and Francisco Boulevard. That gig ended, and she's now shaking for Barber Jon and District 1 supervisor candidate Ron Mikulaco. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

There’s something about that girl. Sign shaker Sierra Hubbard’s fluid dancing at the intersection of Green Valley Road and Francisco Boulevard has quietly touched the collective psyche of El Dorado Hills. What passers-by have come to enjoy is just one aspect of a multi-talented artist overcoming an Autism Spectrum Disorder, struggling to make ends meet […]

4 Comments / May 21, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Judge clarifies claims

Incumbent Superior Court Judge Warren Stracener called accusations that he’s exaggerated his experience “quibbling and nonsense … a manufactured issue,” after a recent candidate forum. He also had some sharp comments on the judicial vetting process in El Dorado County, suggesting that judge candidates who solicit endorsements and campaign contributions from local lawyers and judges […]

25 Comments / May 21, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »