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Rare aircraft get a new life

Carol and Chuck Wahl restore rare WWII warbirds at their shop in Cameron Park.
Photos by John Poimiroo

Inside a “sea blue” metal building beside the Cameron Park Airport, 15 craftsmen restore U.S. Navy WWII warbirds that truly are the “rarest of the rare.” Currently being restored at Vultures Row Aviation are a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber, the bomber that won the battle of Midway; a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, the Navy bomber […]

Comments Off / January 29, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Artists share Art from the Heart

FROM THE HEART — Artists Ramona Beckwith, Judy Arrigotti, Sally Chamberlain and Jimmie Claire Grann, left to right, pose with their art in Judy's Artshop in El Dorado Hills. All four, plus many more, will have their art on display and for sale at the first Art fro the Heart event, Feb. 6 & 7. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

The ice-blue eyes in a painting of a beautiful cat stop you short as you enter Judy Arrigotti’s art studio in El Dorado Hills. It’s as if the cat, one of Arrigotti’s long-passed pets, knows a secret that it can’t wait to tell. That secret would be that Arrigotti and 10 other local artists are […]

Comments Off / January 28, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Fuel leaks leads to garage fire

Caution tape surrounds charred vehicles and a garage that caught fire Sunday evening on El Dorado Hills' southeast side. Firefighters' quick work contained the blaze to the garage; the attached home was not damaged. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

A motorcycle fuel leak caused a garage fire in El Dorado Hills Sunday evening. Residents of 5060 Screech Owl Creek Road were “working on a project” on a motorcycle in their garage at about 5 p.m. when fuel began leaking and caught on fire, El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts said. “Crews did a […]

Comments Off / January 26, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Marshall pursues baby friendly designation

Tania Valdez of Camino holds her newborn Melani Pelayo close at Marshall Hospital. Melani, born Jan. 18, spent the majority of her first hours of life "rooming in” where babies stay in the hospital room with mom to encourage skin-to-skin contact, another baby-friendly practice. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Looking to add to its credentials, Marshall Medical Center hopes to earn the Baby Friendly Hospital title next month. Part of a global Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s fund, the designation recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for infant feeding. In particular, the […]

Comments Off / January 26, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Thieves trim Barber Jon’s collection

Six barbers lost all their tools thank to thieves who broke into Barber Jon's earlier this week. Jon Rivera posted this photo of an empty work station on his Facebook page

Thieves broke into World Famous Barber Jon’s in El Dorado Hills on Jan. 21, stealing old and rare barbershop museum items and other valuables and cash. “They broke in through the front window,” said Jon Rivera, better known as Barber Jon. He believes the burglary occurred between 2 and 6 a.m. Barbershop memorabilia, including straight edge […]

Comments Off / January 22, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Green Valley Nursery closing

Signs along Green Valley Road alert passers-by that Green Valley Nursery is closing. The closure comes less than a year after new permits were issued for the business. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Green Valley Nursery & Landscape abruptly announced Jan. 1 it’s liquidating all inventory because the lease has expired. It states on the nursery’s Facebook page: “Nursery liquidation — everything must go! Lease expired and we MUST sell all our plants and trees immediately! If you are another nursery, a commercial landscape company, or a large business and you […]

Comments Off / January 19, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Student of the Month: Alaina Baxter

Buckeye Union School District Superintendent Dr. David Roth poses with Rolling Hills Middle School Principal Debbie Bowers, Rotary Student of the Month Alaina Baxter, proud mom Patti Baxter, teacher Helen Brissenden and Alaina's twin sister Carina Baxter, left to right. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Rolling Hills Middle School eighth-grader Alaina Baxter continued a family tradition — receiving a Rotary Student of the Month award just as her mother had done years earlier. The 13-year-old was honored at the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills breakfast meeting Wednesday. Principal Debbie Bowers called Alaina “service oriented.” One of Alaina’s favorite school projects […]

Comments Off / January 15, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »