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War stories: Korean War hero opens up, part 1

MARINE VETERAN Dick Grinnell, 75, recalls his days of service in the Korean War. Grinnell lied about his age and first enlisted at 16. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

It’s been 58 years since El Dorado Hills Korean war veteran Dick Grinnell told his story to a reporter. Back then he was lying flat on his back at Balboa Hospital in San Diego, healing from wounds suffered during a heroic rescue mission in what’s now called North Korea. A grateful military awarded him the […]

5 Comments / May 23, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Fallen Warriors car, motorcycle show on tap

THE CLASSICS will again be on dispaly at the Fallen Warriors car show at Town Center May 28. Village Life file photo by Pat Dollins

The sixth annual Fallen Warriors poker run, motorcycle and car show promises a day of patriotism, classic cars, show bikes, raffles, prizes and fun for the whole family in El Dorado Hills Town Center, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. The event benefits the Fallen Warriors Scholarship fund. Classy cars and bikes will […]

Comments Off / May 20, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

B-17 “Flying Fortress” lands in Sac

THE ALUMINUM OVERCAST touched down at McClellan Air Force Base last week and took VIllage Life reporter Mike Roberts for a wild ride. VIllage Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The legend goes like this: A Seattle Times reporter sees an early B-17 close for the first time in July 1935, machine guns emanating from its nose, tail, top, bottom and several points in between — 13 in all — and gasps, “Why, it’s a flying fortress!” Boeing officials, recognizing a great brand name when […]

Comments Off / May 16, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

People Talk: What’s up with Arnold and Maria?

Debra Bogowitz, El Dorado Hills
“The old saying ‘Politics doesn’t make good bedfellows’ seems to have been true in this case.”

  Debra Bogowitz, El Dorado Hills “The old saying ‘Politics doesn’t make good bedfellows’€™ seems to have been true in this case.” Dennis Flatt, El Dorado Hills “€œMy wife and I were kind of sad when we heard that they were splitting up. It seemed like they were doing well. I was surprised.”€ Jan Wilcox, […]

Comments Off / May 16, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Francisco Oaks residents oppose commercial project

Francisco Oaks residents turned out in force at the recent Area Planning Advisory Council meeting to protest a planned 6.85-acre commercial project on the corner of Francisco Drive and Green Valley Road. A “Technical Advisory Committee” meeting in the county Planning Department was scheduled later in May, but was put off shortly before APAC’s meeting. […]

3 Comments / May 16, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

CSD buys into Valley View gym

T he El Dorado Hills Community Services District will share the 9,079-square-foot gym at Buckeye Union School District’s new Valley View Elementary School. At the May board meeting, the CSD Board approved spending $456,000 on the $3 million multi-use facility. The CSD will have priority access to the gym after school and on weekends, at […]

Comments Off / May 13, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge English teacher remembered

"MAKE ME PROUD" — Mike O'€™Meara spoke at a plaque dedication ceremony honoring his wife Tina O'€™Meara, who taught freshman English at Oak Ridge High School from 1983 through 2006, and lost a five-year battle with pancreatic cancer in October 2010. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Early in 2010 former Oak Ridge teacher-of-the year Tina O’Meara, who was entering the fifth year of her battle with pancreatic cancer, refused Village Life’s request for an interview. She lost the battle in October, and became one of just 4 percent of pancreatic cancer victims that survive that long She turned us down because […]

Comments Off / May 13, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »