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Oak Ridge principal fired

Oak Ridge High School students protest on the El Dorado Hills campus Tuesday morning after Principal Paul Burke was fired Monday night. Many students have shown unwavering support for the principal since he was placed on paid leave. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick November.

The El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted Monday night to release Oak Ridge High School Principal Paul Burke from his contract at the end of this school year, ending a four-month-long saga that has pitched students and parents against board members. Burke was placed on paid leave for undisclosed personnel reasons […]

2 Comments / March 01, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

A great place to play the game of life

Seniors enjoy games in the 50-Plus Room at the Cameron Park Community Center. Cameron Park Life photo by Jackie Penn

When Paulette Mulligan moved to Cameron Park seven years ago from the Bay Area she told her husband they needed to “make friends and meet people who will come to our funerals.” It may sound a bit grim, but she made an excellent point. In the past two years or so Mulligan, 69, has gone […]

Comments Off / March 01, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

EID’s recycled water program stays as-is

The El Dorado Irrigation District recycled water program may be award-winning but officials apparently have no immediate plans to expand it. Provided to the EID Board of Directors as an information item at its Feb. 22 meeting, managing engineer Elizabeth Wells discussed in detail the district’s recycled water program, noting it first began more than 30 years ago. Initially the […]

Comments Off / February 26, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

A happy birthday for the woman who can fly

Doris Lockness, aviatrix extraordinaire, turned 106 this month. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

At 106 years old El Dorado Hills resident Doris Lockness is a marvel and it’s not just because of her age. Decades before the feminist movement Doris was a pilot, flying small airplanes during World War II until the brink of the 21st century. She was only the 55th woman in the world to earn a commercial […]

8 Comments / February 24, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Veterans Memorial Park stalled for funds

Veterans Memorial Park  plans call for a memorial garden, courtyard and a 100-year journey through American conflicts. File photo

Veterans Memorial Park Executive Committee members wanted to be clear when they spoke at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s February Board of Directors meeting, declaring, “We’re still here; don’t forget about us.” Since 2009 a group of residents and veterans has worked tirelessly to bring a veterans memorial to El Dorado Hills. The location […]

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

Myrna Harp goes to Washington

Marina Village Middle School counselor Myrna Harp received star treatment during her time in Washington, D.C., where she was one of 42 counselors honored for their work they do to improve young people's lives.  Courtesy photo

Marina Village Middle School counselor Myrna Harp was recognized at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., earlier this month led by First Lady Michelle Obama. The California Association of School Counselors named Harp 2015 California Outstanding Counselor of the Year last fall. She was one of 42 state counselor delegates honored at the event. The First […]

Comments Off / February 17, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Silva teacher wins mini-grant

Silva Valley Elementary School second-grade teacher Patty Pope, left, smiles after receiving a grant presented by Kathy McMurry from the California Retired Teachers Association, El Dorado County division. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

It wasn’t just a regular Silva Valley staff meeting after all. Instead members of the El Dorado County division of the California Retired Teachers Association were at the school earlier this month to surprise teacher Patty Pope with a $400 check to buy non-fiction books for her second-grade classroom. Pope has been teaching at Silva […]

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