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PTSD: Trauma lingers long after danger has passed

William Blalock, seen here with his wife Betty at home in El Dorado Hills, lived for years with undiagnosed PTSD.  Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

This part 1 of a three-part series on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD affects an estimated  7 percent of the general U.S. population at some time in their lives, but this series focuses on PTSD as it affects those in the military and their families. William Blaylock of El Dorado Hills didn’t know he had Post […]

No Comment / June 23, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Dog lost for 20 months reunited with EDH family

The Braun family poses with Murphy after being reunited with their dog on Father's Day. Murphy survived in the Tahoe National Forest near Foresthill after being separated from her family for 20 months. Left to right are Matthew, Finegan, Erin, Nathan and Morgan Braun with their beloved 7-year-old golden retriever. Photo by Diane Orciuoli

On Oct. 6, 2012, the Braun family’s golden retriever Murphy, startled by a gun shot, bolted into the Tahoe National Forest near an off-trail campsite at Hell Hole reservoir. Over the next two days they scoured the area for Murphy but that Sunday evening they went home to El Dorado Hills without their beloved pet … but the […]

No Comment / June 23, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Marble Valley students bring computer to life

Seventh-graders Jordan Tirona, Madison Ridolfi, Deniz Sert and Sadie Porter help build the computer dying a special class at Marble Valley Academy earlier this year. Courtesy photo

Kevin Saunders Athletic Director Marble Valley Academy Before the final school bell rang, some Marble Valley students enjoyed the hands-on opportunity to build a computer. The project started as an idea from their computer teacher Josh Kneeland. He proposed the idea to Principal Gwen Andrus, who loved it and relayed the request to the members […]

No Comment / June 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Open house highlights Town Center apartments

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Last Wednesday a community open house was held at the El Dorado Hills Fire Station to highlight a proposed 250-unit luxury apartment complex in Town Center. Representatives from the developer, Stockton-based A.G. Spanos Companies, and county employees were on hand to answer questions during the public comment phase of the project, which concludes June 25.

Once the 30-day public comment period is closed, the county will give its recommendations to the Planning Commission June 26. If the project is approved, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will vote on it July 29. If all goes as planned, A.G. Spanos regional vice president Alexandros Economou said construction could begin in early 2015.

2 Comments / June 16, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Officer of the Year: Sean Nichols

El Dorado Hills Rotarian David Roth stands with the California Highway Patrol Officer of the Year Sean Nichols and Placerville office CHP Commander Craig Root. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Following in his father’s footsteps, California Highway Patrol Officer Sean Nichols received the Officer of the Year award at the June 4 Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills breakfast meeting. “He represents us and our community very well,” said CHP Commander Craig Root, Placerville office. Sean’s name will go on the same plaque that bears […]

No Comment / June 08, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDH man remembers piloting troop transport on D-Day

U.S. Navy veteran Ed Salata, 87, of El Dorado Hills stands holding his combat medals, including one for D-Day, at his home. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

On June 7, 1944, an El Dorado Hills man turned 18 years old. The previous day, he was manning the throttle of a landing craft tank, dropping off men and vehicles on the beaches of Normandy for the D-Day invasion. Ed Salata, then a Motor Machinist 2nd Petty Officer with the 103rd Combat Engineers, manned […]

No Comment / June 08, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Student of the Month: Heidi Jaerger

Buckeye Union School District Superintendent and El Dorado Hills Rotarian David Roth congratulates Student of the Month Heidi Jaerger with teacher Nancy Savage, Oak Meadow Elementary Principal Barbara Narez and proud mom Nichole Jaerger. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Oak Meadow Elementary fifth-grader Heidi Jaerger just came to the El Dorado Hills school a year ago but she’s left an impression that will undoubtedly last for decades and earned her the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ Student of the Month award. “I was just so lucky to have her this year,” said teacher […]

No Comment / June 05, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »