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A night of grants, scholarships at Women’s Fund gala

Sean McCartney, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club in El Dorado County, stands on stage with club members after receiving a grant for the organization from the Womens Fund at the Womens Fund Grants Gala on June 3 at Lakehills Church. Courtesy photo by Shelly Thorene

More than 200 in attendance heard from past Women’s Fund El Dorado grant recipients and celebrated the recently announced 2016 nonprofit grantees and scholarship winners at the organization’s Grants Gala earlier this month. The annual event took place at Lakehills Covenant Church in El Dorado Hills. WFED cabinet chair Cathy Bean opened the proceedings and […]

Comments Off / June 22, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Toiletries drive a big success

Hands4Hope youth, grades K-12, get ready to collect a list of items in a local neighborhood during their annual Toiletries Scavenger Hunt. Courtesy photo

The seventh annual Hands4Hope Toiletries Drive, with the help of local schools, businesses and Scout troops, collected 795 pounds of toiletries to be distributed to local agencies serving those in need as well as directly to the homeless through Hands4Hope’s Street Outreach. The drive ran in various intervals from the middle of February to the […]

Comments Off / June 21, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Officer of the Year

District Attorney Vern Pierson, left, names Craig Hellberg Officer of the Year. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado County district attorney investigative assistant Craig Hellberg received the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Officer of the Year Award Wednesday morning. Hellberg has been with the DA’s Office for 10 years. His relentless and invaluable work behind the scenes has helped county deputy district attorneys obtain convictions in hundreds if not thousands of cases, […]

Comments Off / June 20, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Former ORHS principal files lawsuit

Former ORHS Principal Paul Burke is seen here welcoming students back to school at the start of the 2015-16 year. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Former Oak Ridge High School principal Paul Burke has filed a federal lawsuit alleging wrongful termination against the El Dorado Union High School District. Three district employees are also named in the suit filed June 14, including Superintendent Stephen Wehr, Assistant Superintendent and Director of Human Resources Tony DeVille and Burke’s former administrative assistant Courtney Soto. Burke […]

2 Comments / June 20, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Growing up with ‘The Greatest’

El Dorado Hills resident Chuck Hammond, left, poses with Muhammad Ali during an event in Louisville in 1995. Courtesy photo

When El Dorado Hills resident and youth sports coach Chuck Hammond was growing up in Louisville, Ken., the highlight of his week was Wednesday night. “Whatever part of Louisville you lived in, all the black people got together at Grace Community Center for a potluck,” Hammond remembered. “The kids played basketball and boxed. No one […]

Comments Off / June 15, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

The story behind spectacular fireworks

CPCSD's Summer Spectacular returns this month. File photo

The production of fireworks have come a long ways since the Chinese invented the fireworks. According to the Smithsonian, as early as 200 B.C. the Chinese were writing on green bamboo stalks and heating them on coals to dry. If they were left too long over the heat, the wood expanded and burst with a […]

1 Comment / June 11, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Voters keep Judge Brooks on the bench

Supporters surround El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Nelson Brooks at his election night celebration. Brooks beat challenger Roland Tiemann. Photo by Nicholas Trylovich

The jurors, rather the voters, have spoken and El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Nelson Brooks, Office 2, will stay on the job. The unofficial final report for Primary Election report shows that Brooks earned 58.53 percent of the votes and Roland Tiemann received 41.16 percent. Judge Brooks told Village Life he was busy Wednesday taking down campaign signs around the county, as […]

Comments Off / June 10, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »