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Gangs have tough presence in El Dorado County

Several gangs have made a home in El Dorado County. Gang members often sport clothing that makes them easily identifiable. Cameron Park Life photo by Cole Mayer

When Carol Edwards began developing the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office gang unit 23 years ago, the agency was unaware that gangs were already here. As they did not know how to validate gang members, they had no list of suspects. “We had no clue,” the gang officer told a group gathered at the Cameron Park Elks […]

No Comment / February 26, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Go green for 4-H

Support 4-H by participating in the march 7 Color Me Green run at the Shingle Springs Rancheria. Courtesy photo

It’s a bit early for St. Patrick’s Day, but whether you are a leprechaun or not, you can be green, be healthy, have fun and help support local 4-H youth programs all at the same time on Saturday, March 7. The brainchild of five members of the 4-H Leadership Team — Alana Cardinalli, Brook Haynes, […]

No Comment / February 25, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Bill Warns joins the century club

On Feb. 26, Bill Warns will celebrate his 100th birthday. The longtime El Dorado Hills resident is seen here with daughter Carol Dunlop, left, and his wife Helen. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

What’s the secret to living to 100 years old? Bill Warns had to think about it for a minute and then said, “Drink water … no whiskey and no cigarettes.” Thursday, Bill joins the century club. He was born on Feb. 26, 1915, in Illinois and grew up on a farm in the Prairie State […]

1 Comment / February 23, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

McClintock talks politics with residents

Congressman Tom McClintock speaks at a town hall meeting last Wednesday night at Oak Ridge. It was 90 minutes of getting the pulse of his El Dorado Hills constituents. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, hosted a town hall meeting inside Oak Ridge’s theater last Wednesday night. The intimate setting allowed for 90 minutes of genuine dialogue between the Congressman and the nearly 200 El Dorado Hills residents in attendance. “We have to go back to basic principles,” McClintock said, spending the first few minutes […]

No Comment / February 23, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Humble green thumb honored at parklet’s dedication

EDHCSD Director Billy Vandegrift, left, pulls back the tarp and reveals the Tam O'Shanter Parklet sign with close friend and neighbor Jim Miner at his side. Miner and his wife began planting trees in the area in the 1980s and Miner said he's not done yet. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District dedicated the new Tam O’Shanter parklet to El Dorado Hills resident Jim Miner and his late wife last Friday morning. Since 1988 Miner has single-handedly beautified nine acres of open space behind his home, planting and maintaining a buffer of trees between St. Andrew’s Village and Stonegate subdivisions […]

1 Comment / February 23, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

And the award goes to …

Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Executive Director Susie Davies, left, accepts MORE's well-deserved Community Service Business of the Year award with emcee Stephanie McGann-Jantzen and Kevin Barri with Wells Fargo, which received the honor last year. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Forget the Oscars, the real awards celebration took place Thursday night as the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce honored exceptional local businesses and community members. Awards presented Ambassador of the Year — Trish Tratos Home-Based Business of the Year — Carrera Productions Start-Up Business of the Year — Gold Country Run + Sport Small […]

No Comment / February 22, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

New undersheriff in town

Randy Peshon is El Dorado County's new undersheriff. He's worked with the department since 1987. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

During his career with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Randy Peshon consistently took on challenging jobs and every time he moved to another department, the one he left was better than when he came. On Feb. 17, the 59-year-old captain took on a new role — undersheriff. As a division commander running both El Dorado County jails, Placerville and […]

1 Comment / February 18, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »