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Serrano standoff ends peaceably

Medics load an unidentified man into an ambulance following a standoff in Serrano. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Medics load an unidentified man into an ambulance following a standoff in Serrano. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene An El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department crisis negotiator talked a distraught and bloodied man out of a Serrano home at 7:45 Wednesday morning, ending a standoff that placed more than 30 law enforcement officers in the upscale El Dorado Hills neighborhood. The […]

No Comment / February 09, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Teen council aims to keep peers out of trouble

TEEN COUNCIL IN THE MAKING — El Dorado Hills teens are organizing a teen council to host activities and programs at the library, an after-school destination for teens and preteens. Top row, left to right: Amnta Chimni, Amelia Crye, Katie Callahan, Julia Lund, Shannon Lewis, Alec Brooks, Heather Thomas, Jason Stewart, Kevin Moeller, Grant Anderson and AJ Slepian. Bottom row, left to right: Corbin Gomez, Sonia Chimni, Scooter Muse-Fisher, Lauren Nielson, Eunice Kim, Blake Martin, Lily Forbes and Phillip Nguyen. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

El Dorado Hills Librarian Carolyn Brooks is also a history reenactor and, lately, part-time alchemist, turning straw — teens with too much after-school time on their hands —into gold — a teen council that’s planning after-school service projects and activities. At 2:20 p.m. on school days librarians hunker down for the first wave of middle […]

No Comment / February 07, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Army reservist done commuting with donkey carts

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Jeff Lee said it’s OK to call him a “geek.” As an Information Technology manager at Intel evidently it’s an appropriate handle. But Lee’s more than that. He’s a “warrior geek.” The Army Reserve 1st Sergeant recently returned to his El Dorado Hills home to his wife and children after a tour of duty in Afghanistan […]

1 Comment / February 04, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Sam LaCara – a good man, a great principal

Sam LaCara

On Wednesday principal Sam LaCara was shot to death in his office at Louisiana Schnell School in Placerville. That’s the reason Sam LaCara, 50, is in the news today, but there are other reasons he could have made the front page. One reason might have been the heartfelt interest LaCara took in the 411 students […]

No Comment / February 03, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rotary names February Student of the Month

SUPERTSTAR STUDENT —€” Rotary Student of the Month Ryan Manriques received nothing but praise at Wednesday's Rotary breakfast. Lakeview Elementary School teacher Julie Ryan said Ryan always has a smile on his face and an entourage as he makes his way around campus. Pictured are: Back row left to right, Rescue Union School District Superintendent Dr. Carol Bly; proud dad Tom Manriques; beaming mom Carrie Manriques; teacher Julie Ryan and Principal Judy Chance. Front row Rotary Club President Bill Tobin and Ryan Manriques. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

SUPERSTAR STUDENT —€” Rotary Student of the Month Ryan Manriques received nothing but praise at Wednesday’s Rotary breakfast. Lakeview Elementary School teacher Julie Ryan said Ryan always has a smile on his face and an entourage as he makes his way around campus. Pictured are: Back row left to right, Rescue Union School District Superintendent […]

No Comment / February 03, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

UPDATE 2: ‘A tragedy for Placerville’: Principal shot dead; janitor in custody

THE SUSPECT in the Wednesday morning shooting of Schnell School Prinicipal Sam LaCara is taken into custody outside his home in El Dorado shortly after noon Wednesday. Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene

Elementary school Principal Sam LaCara was shot to death Wednesday morning in his office at Placerville’s Louisiana Schnell School campus. School janitor John Luebbers is believed to have mortally wounded LaCara, 50, with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen shortly before 10:40 a.m. Wednesday. Authorities believe Luebbers targeted LaCara. The 44-year-old suspect was arrested about […]

No Comment / February 02, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Chamber seats new board, recognizes contributions

AW SHUCKS - El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Debbie Manning awards Village Life reporter Mike Roberts the first ever Outstandinding Community Service award. The honor was a complete surprise to the community journalist. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

The El Dorado Hills Chamber celebrated its 25th anniversary in style last week at Serrano Country Club with a room full of VIPs, installing a new board and doling out recognition and awards for  2010 business achievements. Long time El Dorado Hills resident and former chamber board chair T Abraham played master of ceremonies in […]

1 Comment / January 31, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »