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Neighborhood Fire Safe Council makes strides

Members of the Lakehills Fire Safe Council stand next to the recently installed sign on Francisco Drive. There is an identical sign on Lakehills Drive. Left to right are: Francis McCarthy, John Hidahl, Jon Vegna, Steve Willis and Peggy Willis. Photo by Julie Samrick

After “an enormous fire drill” in their Lakehills Estates neighborhood more than two years ago, and hearing from experts like El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts that their community is most at fire risk, residents formed the Lakehills Fire Safe Council in 2012. New signs installed earlier this summer mark the entrance to their […]

No Comment / July 28, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Tails wagging over dog park approval

The El Dorado County Planning Commission approved the much anticipated El Dorado Hills dog park on July 24. The park will be the second dog park on the western slope; the El Dorado Dog Owners Guild celebrated the opening of its first park, the Hacienda Dog Park in Cameron Park, late last year. The dog […]

No Comment / July 28, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Concert celebrates the ‘Great Encourager’

Sara, Karen and Ryan Ladd remember Rich, who  dies unexpectedly last year. Rich's  family and church are paying tribute to him in an upcoming concert. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Karen Ladd and her children Ryan and Sara often recite a Bob Marley quote because it reminds them of Rich Ladd, the father and husband they lost too soon when he unexpectedly died last September at age 56. “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity […]

No Comment / July 28, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

A worthy Eagle Scout project

Boy Scout Max Goldsworthy is collecting bicycles for children and adults. With help from Cycles 4 Hope, the Eagle Scout hopeful plans to restore the bikes and give them to the needy; a collection event will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at the El Dorado Hills Raley's. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Eagle Scout prospect Max Goldsworthy knows that hard work and perseverance pay off and he wants other people to have the opportunities he’s had to lead a successful life. To that end, the 15-year-old has dedicated his Eagle Scout project to those less fortunate. He’s collecting used and unwanted bicycles, refurbishing them and giving them to people […]

No Comment / July 27, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Bring the heat to new batting cage

El Dorado Hills resident Bud Carroll pitches to son Ben Carroll in a new batting cage built for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and El Dorado Hills Little League's joint use. CSD Sports Coordinator Frank Sianez said Carroll was instrumental in getting the cage, located at CSD East field, built. Up to four players may practice simultaneously. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

A new Community Park batting cage  marks a win-win for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and El Dorado Hills Little League. “The old batting cage was an eye sore,” said EDHCSD Sports Coordinator Frank Sianez. “It was so dilapidated and hardly ever used we completely tore it down and rebuilt it from scratch […]

No Comment / July 23, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Teen Center gets high-tech outdoor game

Cheyenne Inglish, left, and Carina Baxter enjoy the EDHCSD's new NEOS 360 electronic, outdoor play equipment that was recenlty installed behind the Teen Center. VIllage Life photo by Julie Samrick

“It feels like a video game but it takes so much physical exertion,” said El Dorado Hills Community Services District Youth Development Coordinator Whitney Kahn of the NEOS 360, a deluxe piece of electronic play equipment installed behind the Teen Center earlier this month. “This is the perfect bridge between electronics and being outside enjoying […]

No Comment / July 21, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Super water saver shares tips

MARIE LEVY stands near four rain barrels used for collecting rain water for irrigation at her home in El Dorado Hills on June 23. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Don’t hate her because her lawn is beautiful. While most homeowners have accepted dry, brown lawns due to enforced watering restrictions, El Dorado Hills resident Marie Levy’s grass is vibrant and her water bill is 60 percent less than it used to be. “We’re always having a drought here in California so I’m always thinking of […]

No Comment / July 21, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »