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Christmas tree farms see green on Black Friday

Grant Merryman, 2, and brother Broderick, 4, get ready to load up their 10-foot-tall Christmas tree, held by dad Ryan Merryman, into the cart after Uncle Michael Berezin, far left, cut it down at Hillside Tree Farm in Camino. The family came up from El Dorado Hills to find the perfect tree. Village Life photo by Jackie Penn

El Dorado County’s Christmas tree farms and area shops bustled Friday as families traveled from near and far, searching for that perfect, fragrant tree. Hillside Tree Farm in Camino opened the day after Thanksgiving. Hillside’s staff greeted customers bright and early with a fire to warm the soul (and chilled hands) and cookies. In addition to trees, visitors also […]

No Comment / November 30, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Latrobe fire station finally getting repaired

Repairs will soon begin at Station 91 in Latrobe, where mold forced fire crews to move out nine months ago. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The El Dorado Hills Fire Board voted last week to spend no more than $200,000 to repair mold damage at Station 91 in Latrobe. The decision came after two meetings, hours of debate and a site tour where directors saw firsthand the damage done to the building at the corner of Latrobe and South Shingle […]

No Comment / November 30, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

‘She is … gone!’ Janet Kenneweg bids farewell

Janet Kenneweg stands near the Gilmore Senior Center in El Dorado Hills, where she has spent the last decade building senior programs and making many friends. Kenneweg retired on Nov. 12. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

El Dorado Hills Community Services District Recreation Supervisor Janet Kenneweg was given a big, blue send-off at her retirement party last Friday. The diehard Los Angeles Dodgers fan was feted by her husband, family and 200 of the close friends she has made during her nearly 20 years working at the EDHCSD. Kenneweg was hired […]

No Comment / November 23, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Student of the Month

Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Student of the Month Ruby Matsumoto, holding plaque, poses for a photo with Buckeye Union School Superintendent David Roth, mom Louisa Matsumoto, dad Frank Matsumoto, Marina Village Middle School Principal George Tapanes and Rescue Union School Superintendent David Swart, left to right. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills and Marina Village Middle School recently celebrated the achievements of eighth-grader Ruby Matsumoto, naming the 14-year-old Student of the Month. Reading a letter from one of Ruby’s teachers, Marina Village Principal George Tapanes called Ruby a “once in a career student” who is dedicated and motivated. Ruby was […]

No Comment / November 23, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Italy on Wheels, five years old and growing

Dave Lommori of Shingle Springs stands next to his De Tomaso Pantera, which was on display at the Italy on Wheels event in Folsom earlier this month. Photo by Larry Weitzman

Local Italian vehicle show Italy on Wheels, an annual charitable event at the Murer House Museum in Folsom and free to the public, has grown in substance and character. More than 500 visitors under gorgeous November skies recently enjoyed an Italian eclectic treat of automobiles, motorcycles, motor scooters and even bicycles plus Italian food and drink […]

No Comment / November 22, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Operation School Bell keeps kids warm

Assistance League volunteers Sue Grass, Carolyn Bray and Mary Jane Witte, left to right, get ready to help children shop for warm clothes during a recent Operation School Bell event at the El Dorado Hills Target. Courtesy photo

On a recent, brisk Saturday morning, 80 students shopped for warm, comfortable, school-appropriate clothing at the El Dorado Hills Target courtesy of Operation School Bell — a program made possible by the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills. One grandmother brought both of her elementary school-aged grandchildren, who were able to choose coats for the upcoming winter season. […]

No Comment / November 22, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Soccer team sets get-well goal for teammate

Ricardo Santana, 10, is undergoing treatment for cancer and his soccer team is raising money for the family. Courtesy photo

Ricardo Santana’s El Dorado Hills soccer club has rallied around his family to raise funds to offset medical bills and costs associated with the 10-year-old’s current fight against cancer. Earlier this fall, after Ricardo began feeling pain in his leg, doctors found a cancerous tumor and diagnosed him with otseosarcoma. Doctors immediately began chemotherapy and surgery […]

No Comment / November 16, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »