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Rescue teachers say pay not equitable

A sign in the back of a Marina Village Middle School teacher's truck protests the district's pay raise offer. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

As thousands of teachers’ unions nationwide negotiate contracts with school districts this time of year, the Rescue Union Federation of Teachers says its district needs to give an equitable raise to all and not just a few. The teachers have asked for a 7 percent raise. The Rescue Union School District is offering them 2 percent […]

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Legos help children learn about trash

The Green People team, Cadie Cox, George Kisling, Abbigail Reding and Eric Clements, left to right, present their Lego creation. Courtesy photo

Thousands of brightly colored, molded plastic pieces brightened the Holy Trinity gymnasium when Holy Trinity School hosted its annual Junior Lego Robotics Exposition. Since the beginning of the year nine teams met once a week before school to conceptualize, design and build a table top Lego creation that encompassed the theme Waste Wise. Last month teams came together […]

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Residents say beavers on Beckett need to go

A small drainage canal backing up to Beckett Drive has expanded yet the canal flow has stopped since beavers took it over. Residents say trees are being gnawed on, causing a hazard and an eyesore, and that the situation is rapidly getting worse. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Winter storms were great for the drought but they made a bad situation in Serrano worse. Homeowners on Beckett Drive say beavers have taken over the open space that backs up to their homes and have turned a 2-foot wide seasonal drainage canal into a large, unsightly cesspool. Residents want it remedied but say red […]

Comments Off / April 05, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Local ballet students on point for summer with prestigious posts

Ballet students Katelyn Vissiere, left, and Kaleb Samuels hold a striking pose. Cameron Park Life photo by Jackie Penn

She has been with Sierra Ballet and Pilates in Placerville only since August of last year, but two students under the tutelage of ballet master Gina Illingworth already are blossoming and ready to burst onto the stage at prestigious workshops this summer. Katelyn Vissiere, 15, and Kaleb Samuels, 17, seem never to stop smiling these […]

Comments Off / April 05, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Silver-haired couple dances to the rythym of love

John Chabot, 90, dances with Myrna Koutnik, 90. The couple met at the Shingle Springs Community Center in 2014 and haven't stopped dancing since Cameron Park Life photo by Jackie Penn

Anyone who doubts that love can blossom at any age should take a look at the silver-haired couple fox-trotting to Frank Sinatra at Town Hall in Placerville. Myrna Koutnik and John Chabot, both 90 years old, have that familiar twinkle in their eyes as they hold one another and let Old Blue Eyes fly them […]

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EDH optometrist named Woman of the Year

Woman of the Year Dr. Sheilah Titus, second from right, proudly holds her proclamation with Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes, Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and Speaker of the Assembly Anthony Rendon, left to right. Courtesy photo

Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, R-El Dorado Hills, announced that she has named Dr. Sheilah Titus, OD as her Woman of the Year. Dr. Titus is the owner of El Dorado Hills Optometric Center. “I am proud to be recognizing a long standing fixture of El Dorado Hills and a wonderful example of an outstanding businesswoman,” Gaines […]

Comments Off / March 30, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDH Library celebrates its 10th birthday

The El Dorado Hills Library opened 10 years ago. Join the celebration this Saturday. File photo

It’s been a decade since the El Dorado Hills Library opened and a community celebration will take place April 2 to mark the milestone. Original member of the El Dorado Hills Friends of the Library and local historian Betty January, 84, recently recounted how the library came to be, taking seven years to realize and […]

Comments Off / March 29, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »