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Crib Notes: Teenage jobs offer more than pay

During a recent swim team practice, my attention strayed from my child in the pool to the teenage workforce that kept the community pool operating. Some teens lifeguarded, perched high above throngs of young swimmers with focused eyes and authoritative voices. More teenagers were in the water dressed in matching white swim shirts as they […]

Comments Off / August 09, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Tough cuts ahead

“A million here, a million there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money.” Sen. Everett Dirksen is credited for this quote, said some 50 years ago. Today it’s still relevant … especially when discussing El Dorado County’s budget. In June the Board of Supervisors adopted a preliminary $253 million 2015-16 General Fund budget with the intention […]

1 Comment / August 08, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Garden Guru: Manzanita … man, it’s one neat plant!

I can only trust that avid readers of this monthly gardening column are not getting tired of my intentional focus upon drought tolerant plants. But once again I want to promote the consideration of a true Northern California botanical champion, namely the manzanita. Manzanita is a common name for many species of the genus Arctostaphylos. […]

Comments Off / August 06, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Publisher’s Ink: No shovels required

Victor Frankenstein, the young student of science portrayed in Mary Shelley’s novel, was on a quest to create life. The movie based on Shelley’s work depicts Frankenstein robbing graves in search of human body parts to use in his scientific experiment. The result of his endeavor was an 8-foot creature stalking the countryside and terrorizing […]

Comments Off / August 02, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Is your world too small?

Mother Teresa once said, “The problem with the world is that we draw our family circle too small.” I am not sure what Mother Teresa meant by her statement. Knowing her, I suspect she had compassion for everyone, especially those in need. All of us were potentially part of her family. At times, my compassion […]

Comments Off / August 02, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

The purpose of an advisory vote

EDITOR: In the July 22 Village Life Todd White’s letter misses the point of the advisory vote on the former El Dorado Hills Executive Golf Course. There are two separate issues: First, to preserve the property as open space by encouraging the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors to not change the current open space-recreation zoning. […]

1 Comment / July 26, 2015 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Senior news: Aug. 2015

We hope to see you soon at your Senior Center. You can sign up for our monthly Senior Center Orientation program to learn detailed information, or stop by on weekdays from 9a.m. to 4 p.m. and we will show you around. Call us at (916) 358-3575 for information regarding the programs mentioned in this article. August […]

Comments Off / July 23, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »