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Wehr’s Oak Ridge legacy: Nine years of academic gains and much more

ONE LAST TIME — Principal Steve Wehr mingles with students on Senior Day at Oak Ridge High School. Wehr's trading in his principal hat for a job at the El Dorado Union High School District's administration office. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Senior Day, the traditional day-before-graduation mingle at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, took place in the school’s quad after the last final exams were turned in May 30. This year’s edition was particularly bittersweet when Principal Steve Wehr and Assistant Principal Pam Bartlett showed up. Band Leader Paul Varnoff and Choir Director […]

Comments Off / June 03, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Secret to great barbecue? Just listen

Sibling barbecue team Nicole Burton, left and Brandon Ivey own and operate Boucane in El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Where I come from, the best barbecue is found in the worst neighborhoods. I’ve savored soul food on the south side of Chicago and shouted for ribs through bullet-proof Plexiglas in the Fillmore District. So I was unprepared for Boucane’s Smokehouse and Sweetery, opened in March by brother-sister act Nicole Burton and Brandon Ivey. Their […]

6 Comments / May 26, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Stormwater runoff in EPA’s sights

If you printed and shredded all the federal, state and local research and regulations on stormwater runoff, along with the reams of strategy and sustainability plans, the paper mountain would dwarf Bob Lilly’s 550 tons of shredded carpet. A landmark 2008 study by the National Research Council found runoff to be the major source of […]

Comments Off / May 23, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »

Carpet recycling gains traction

Californians began paying 5 cents per square yard to fund a carpet recycling program in 2011, courtesy of Assembly Bill 2398. The program is administered by the Carpet America Recover Effort, and overseen by CalRecycle. It currently costs $78 per ton to dispose of old carpet in El Dorado County. Area carpet recyclers, set up […]

Comments Off / May 23, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »

Old carpet fuels sustainability project

Josh, left, and Bob Lilly have a plan to turn old carpet into water filtration. They operate out of the old Westel-Oviatt lumber mill south of El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

“Post-consumer” carpet — the gnarly, old, dog-stained stuff from our tired dens and bedrooms — is clogging the nation’s landfills. Much of it consists of poly-something synthetics that are nearly impossible to recycle. There’s currently 550 tons of it shredded into neat piles at the old Wetsel-Oviatt lumber mill site in El Dorado Hills, part of a […]

Comments Off / May 23, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Kyburz memorial celebrates family’s role in history

Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

On a bright Saturday morning during the sesquicentennial year of the nation’s Civil War, Samuel E. Kyburz, a veteran of that war, received a proper military memorial service in the Clarksville Cemetery located on the rocky hill immediately east of El Dorado Hills Town Center, where records show he was laid to rest in 1917 […]

1 Comment / May 13, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Estimating transit demand is tricky business

The El Dorado County Transportation Commission recently unveiled a comprehensive assessment of public transportation alternatives and costs in El Dorado Hills, and took an analytical approach to the murky task of estimating transit demand. The study, conducted by LSC Transportation Consultants in Tahoe City, used data from the American Community Survey, which is part of […]

Comments Off / May 13, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »