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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 […]

No Comment / 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, […]

No Comment / 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 […]

No Comment / 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 […]

No Comment / May 13, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Dave Roberts named fire chief

THE BOSS CONGRATULATES THE CHIEF - Union Boss” Tom Anselmo, left, president of the El Dorado Hills Professional Firefighters Local 3604, was one of the first to congratulate Dave Roberts, the newly named El Dorado Hills Fire Chief. Anselmo and union Vice President Dave Brady were both involved in the chief candidate assessments. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

The El Dorado Hills Fire Board named Battalion Chief Dave Roberts, to the top job last week. Roberts was one of two internal candidates for the position. The other, Division Chief Jim O’Camb, has been filling in as interim chief since Jan. 19, 2011, when former Chief Brian Veerkamp formally stepped down. The promotion frees up budgetary […]

No Comment / May 11, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

People Talk: What’s great about Clarksville Day?

Francis Carpenter, Rescue
“This place still has the feel of old Clarksville, and there aren’t many left like this. They’ve all turned into something else. I was here all the time when I was a kid. My dad would stop at the store to let the Model T cool off before we went on up to Rescue. I remember the store had no ice, so the drinks were warm and there was no ice cream.”

Francis Carpenter, Rescue “This place still has the feel of old Clarksville, and there aren’t many left like this. They’ve all turned into something else. I was here all the time when I was a kid. My dad would stop at the store to let the Model T cool off before we went on up […]

No Comment / May 09, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »