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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 »

It’s Kids Time: Mom brings drop-in day care to Town Center

TIME FOR FUN —€” Ridge Ivey, 2 emerges from the fort on the It's Kids Time patio with his sister Lexi, 4, looking out the window. The siblings play at It's Kids Time in Town Center while mom runs errands. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Those balloons, bright colors and smiling faces at the north end of Town Center’s lakeside promenade, belong to It’s Kids Time, a drop-in childcare center. Multitasking El Dorado Hills mom Jonna Keledjian — wife, mother of three and Oak Meadows PTA president — opened It’s Kids Time on Dec. 28 and offers standard daycare packages […]

No Comment / January 31, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Carol Bly trading superintendent duties for the open road

READY TO RETIRE — Rescue Union School District Superintendent Carol Bly plans to kick back and relax, perhaps take a few road trips, after her retirement this spring. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Thanks to her regular “all-calls” Carol Bly’s voice is instantly recognizable to the families of Rescue Union School District’s 4,100 elementary and middle school students. In her most recent call she announced her retirement as superintendent, capping six years on the job and a career total of 45 years in education, all in the greater […]

No Comment / January 31, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Lake Forest Park almost ready

A NEW PLAY PLACE — El Dorado Hills CSD Special Projects Manager Kent Oakley, right, and CSD General Manager John P. Skeel talk about the new equipment at Lake Forest Park on Francisco Drive. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The fences at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s newest park will come down soon, possibly by the end of this month. Then it’s games on at Lake Forest Park where children will enjoy a playground with endless imaginative possibilities while sports and exercise enthusiasts take advantage of the park’s bocce ball court, two […]

No Comment / January 24, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge grad turned Army sergeant comes home


Blair Neelands is a sergeant in the United States Army. She has been stationed in Afghanistan for the past 10 months but got two weeks of R&R just after Christmas and came home to spend it with family in El Dorado County. A 2008 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, Neelands actually joined the Army […]

No Comment / January 24, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Veerkamp retirement ceremony: Colleagues share their memories

FAREWELL CHIEF — Captain Mike Wilson, left,  presents the flag to Brian Veerkamp Wednesday at the retirement ceremony at station 85 in El Dorado Hills.  Standing next to Brian is his wife Lori. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

“I was working in Cameron Park and we had a potential merger with El Dorado Hills Fire coming up that wasn’t going well. I remember Brian and Larry (former chief Fry) walking into the fire house – I’ll never forget their confident, competent stature. Brian asked me how things were going and for some reason […]

No Comment / January 20, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »