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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 »

Training today leads to faster, safer rescues tomorrow

After removing the door using the jaws of life and peeling back the roof, firefighters use their equipment to lift the dash, simulating that a victim's legs are trapped underneath it. Village Life photo by Noel Satck

In about an hour, El Dorado Hills firefighters turned a Ford station wagon into a real fixer-upper. The “firefighter tested and approved” vehicle suffered busted windows, dinged and removed doors, a choppy convertible conversion and charred seats — all in the name of training as firefighters and this Village Life editor tested their skills and re-familiarized […]

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

EDH, Latrobe fire districts make it official

ON THE JOB — Latrobe-based firefighters were pinned at Saturday's ceremony. Left to right: Matthew Colgan, Sean Bates, Eric Haydt, Mark Jukes, Laurel Soekland and David Cope. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

A special Jan. 10 ceremony and open house solidified the Latrobe Fire Protection District’s annexation into the El Dorado Hills Fire Department. The long-awaited celebration at Latrobe’s Station 91 followed years of long discussions, compromises and late nights during which board members from both districts, along with fire chiefs and many others, hammered out a deal to ensure […]

Comments Off / January 14, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Vigil celebrates Khrista Ibarolle’s life

Crystal Wilson, a member of Rolling Hills Church, left, reads a message on her phone from Khrista Ibarolle's family in South Dakota to mourners at a candlelight vigil held at 39 Handles Sunday night. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Friends and supporters held a vigil for Khrista Ibarolle Sunday evening. They gathered at 36 Handles in El Dorado Hills, the bar Ibarolle was leaving when she was allegedly murdered by Anderson Swift, 41, of Oakland, who reportedly tied to carjack Ibarolle and her friend Kesha Patrice. The well-attended candlelight vigil was organized by nearby […]

Comments Off / January 13, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Grace Foundation animals caught in limbo, county paying bill

Animal Services and volunteers are now caring for about 50 horses and several other animals that were in the Care of the Grace Foundation when the animal rescue organization closed last year. Village Life file photo by Noel Stack

Since the Grace Foundation’s land lease was terminated Nov. 20, El Dorado County Animal Services has taken custody of 90 horses and other livestock, including several goats, pigs and chicken, that made their home at the 600-acre equine therapy and animal rescue ranch off Latrobe Road in El Dorado Hills. While a county is responsible for animals […]

Comments Off / January 12, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

CSD pavilion needs new roof; options weighed

The 25-year-old EDHCSD pavilion's roof started leaking during the last storm. Staff say patching it up isn't going to work anymore; it needs to be replaced. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Heavy rains in December were the last straw for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pavilion’s roof. Despite a recent interior makeover, the 25-year-old roof needs to be replaced before more heavy rains, according to Parks Facilities Supervisor Kent Malonson. At last Thursday’s monthly Board of Directors meeting, Malonson requested a funding transfer of […]

Comments Off / January 12, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »