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Bowa proves himself a “good stick”

Austin Bowa, 18, from El Dorado Hills, left,  pilots a Robinson R22 helicopter along with designated pilot examiner Oren Breedlove from Sacramento at the Auburn Airport.  Village Life Photo by Pat Dollins

Valentine’s Day means flowers and chocolates for most, but for Austin Bowa it was a much sweeter treat as he earned his license as a commercial helicopter pilot while also celebrating his 18th birthday. A very self-possessed and modest young man, Bowa has been single-mindedly pursuing his dream of piloting a helicopter since he was […]

No Comment / February 24, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rob Karnow is proud to serve

El Dorado Hills Engineer/Paramedic Rob Karnow was recently named Firefighter of the Year. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

How do you turn a dining room table into something that inspires and instills a sense of pride? El Dorado Hills Engineer/Paramedic/Acting Capt. Rob Karnow did just that when he started the fire department’s Proud to Serve campaign. He turned furniture into art, complete with a golden firefighter’s helmet. The piece hangs above the doorway […]

No Comment / February 18, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDHCSD hires three new directors

Kevin Loewen, Jill Ritzman and AJ Holm, left to right, have joined the El Dorado Hills Community Services District team. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

In the past month the El Dorado Hills Community Services District filled three new director positions. Jill Ritzman is the CSD’s new director of recreation. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the parks and recreation field and holds a degree in recreation administration from California State University, Chico. Ritzman spent most of […]

No Comment / February 17, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Lookin’ Back collection reveals Black History

Esther Roman shows of part of her collection of African-American memorabilia, which will be on display at the El Dorado HIlls Senior Center at 1 p.m. on Friday. Feb. 21. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

When a natural gas explosion ripped through a tunnel 200 feet below Lake Eerie in the early summer of 1916, killing 10 workers and 11 more emergency rescuers who were fatally overcome by the gas, three men ran into the nightmarish scene and managed to save two who would not have otherwise survived. The reason the […]

No Comment / February 16, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Poster contest winners

Silva Valley Elementary fourth-grader Aileen Choe and El Dorado Hills Fire Marshal Mike Lilienthal show off her winning poster. Courtesy photo

Young students showed off their drawing skills and fire safety smarts, submitting excellent posters for the 2013 El Dorado Hills Fire Department Fire Prevention Poster Contest. This year’s theme was “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” Contest winners Hailey Ronan, an Oak Meadow Elementary second-grader, and Aileen Choe, Silva Valley Elementary fourth-grader, recently received their awards ($50 Target gift cards) […]

No Comment / February 13, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Pastor Chris Milbrath embraces God, foothill living

Lakehills co-pastor Chris Milbrath said he loves to see lives change and people's hearts transform through God. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

How do you invite God into your heart? Pastor Chris Milbrath remembers his “coming to Jesus moment” well. “I was leading a pretty self-destructive life … making a lot of poor choices,” Milbrath said. While studying at UC Irvine, the then 21-year-old met several Christian students who inspired him to make a change. “I sensed […]

No Comment / February 13, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Teens engage Rotary audience

Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills speech contest winners celebrate. Back row left to right: Rotarian and Buckeye Union School District Superintendent David Roth, Rotarian and Oak Ridge High School Principal Paul Burke and Rotary Club President Coy Baugh; front row: first-place winner Mathew Cruz, third-place winner Ryan Schwary and second-place winner Ashley Abraham. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Nine El Dorado Hills teens participated in the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ annual speech contest Wednesday, sharing their thoughts on this year’s theme: Engage Youth … Change Lives. Oak Ridge High School sophomore Mathew Cruz, 15, took home first place, winning $200 and a spot in the regional semifinal. That competition will take place at […]

No Comment / February 13, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »