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My Turn: Band or sports … why not both?

I appreciate Village Life writer Julie Samrick’s support regarding recognition of the value of instrumental music instruction within the schools here in El Dorado Hills. However, as a music educator for 31 years, the past 21 as the band director at Oak Ridge High School, I’d like to clarify the opinions recently expressed regarding opportunities for students to receive […]

1 Comment / March 02, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Too soon

EDITOR: Our daughter Katherine Isabella Rivera passed away on Nov. 8, 2015. We’d like to thank the entire community for the outpouring of support you’ve shown us. On Oct. 7, 1987, Joanne Tijerino Oliva and I met our daughter, Katherine Isabella Rivera, a tiny 26-week-old precious baby girl with a featherweight of only 1 pound, 6 ounces. She […]

Comments Off / March 02, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: You’re never too old to change

During the past 17 months I have dealt with a stroke, neck surgery for a non-invasive cancer and an infection that required surgery and hospitalization to save my right hand. Recovering from these medical issues provided me with months to ponder my future. Would I allow these physical problems to control my present and future […]

Comments Off / February 25, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

My Turn: Help our veterans now

Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom, and the dignity of the individual, have been more available and assured here than in any other place on earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high. But, we have never been unwilling to pay that price. Those who say we are in a time when there are […]

Comments Off / February 24, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Senior News: March 2016

Valentine’s luncheon We had more than 230 people attend our luncheon last month. A big thanks to El Dorado County’s Senior Nutrition team, our very own Senior Council, El Dorado Hills Community Services District facilities staff and the El Dorado Hills Fire Department for all their assistance. It definitely takes a village. Many local businesses also […]

Comments Off / February 24, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

El Dorado County transparency

EDITOR: Regarding the “CAO contract details questioned” article, Village Life is to be praised for its efforts to bring this issue into the light. I urge you to use the California Public Records Act and any other means to verify the many assertions made by Mr. Combs, Mr. Ciccozzi , Ms. Knorr and Mr. Harn. If their statements […]

Comments Off / February 24, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Friends keep the library strong

EDITOR: Feb. 7 marked the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the El Dorado Hills Library. In relation to that event I would like to take this time to honor a special group of volunteers to which I belong — the El Dorado Hills Friends of the Library. We have 200 some members but operate on 20 […]

1 Comment / February 17, 2016 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »