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Student of the Month

Student of the Month Jayse Mixon, holding plaque, poses with Principal Kevin Cadden, his brother Justyce, 13, mom Jody Kitchens, teacher Erick Nordquist and Buckeye Union School District Superintendent David Roth, left to right.

The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills celebrated its first 2016 Student of the Month last week, honoring William Brooks Elementary School student Jayse Mixon. Principal Kevin Cadden said Jayse, 10, is always pushing himself to do better. “He doesn’t just talk the talk; he walks the walk,” Cadden said. Teacher Erick Nordquist called Jayse […]

Comments Off / January 25, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Thieves steal Oak Ridge trailer, tools

A surveillance image shows two of the suspects who stole a trailer and tools from Oak Ridge High School.

At 4:30 a.m. Sunday four unidentified suspects broke into Oak Ridge High School’s manufacturing workshop and stole five welders and two plasma cutters, and the thieves took off with the ORHS football trailer, which contained a camera system, headsets, medical bags and other items, according to El Dorado County sheriff’s officials. The suspects hitched the trailer to […]

Comments Off / January 18, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Development approved: Dixon Ranch gets the go-ahead

The Dixon Ranch subdivision is proposed on the south side of Green Valley Road near the intersection with Malcolm Dixon Road.
Courtesy photo

After a four-hour hearing the El Dorado County Planning Commission approved the Dixon Ranch residential development at its Jan. 14 meeting. Located in El Dorado Hills, the development proposes 604 new single-family homes on 280 acres on the south side of Green Valley Road near Malcolm Dixon Road. A 5-acre lot is carved out to accommodate an existing residence in the area. […]

Comments Off / January 18, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Hands4Hope serves hundreds during cold months

Hands4Hope school club participants from Union Mine High School and Herbert Green Middle School create one of the many no-sew fleece blankets. Left to right: Gabby (Herbert Green), Gretta (Union Mine, foreign exchange student from Italy), Nadia (Union Mine), Abby (Herbert Green), Lauren (Union Mine) and Francesca (Union Mine). Courtesy photo

Each year Hands4Hope — Youth Making A Difference runs many winter­-based activities and outreach events, including a Blanket Making Party, Warm & Fuzzy Drive and Winter Boutique to support those in need in the community. In November Hands4Hope held its sixth annual Blanket Making Party, where more than 100 youth and adult participants made 90 no­-sew fleece blankets. These will […]

Comments Off / January 12, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Man dies in rainy day wreck

An El Camino is wrapped around a stoplight pole at the intersection of White Rock Road and Stonebriar Drive in El Dorado Hills after a Wednesday afternoon wreck. The driver died at the scene. Village Life photo by Amanda Williams

An El Dorado Hills man was killed Wednesday after his vehicle collided with a traffic light pole, according to California Highway Patrol officials. At about 11:18 a.m. on Jan. 6 James Riley, 68, was driving his maroon 1969 El Camino westbound on White Rock Road when the vehicle, for unknown reasons, drifted to the northwest […]

Comments Off / January 10, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Manansala selected as new superintendent

New El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Ed Manansala, seated, smiles after being selected to fill the position. He receives applause from BOE administrative assistant Susan Carney, left, and Deputy Superintendent Robbie Montalbano. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

The El Dorado County Board of Education played 20 questions Monday and answered the biggest question — who will be the new superintendent of schools? — with Ed Manansala, Ed.D, the county’s current deputy superintendent for Educational Services. One of four candidates interviewed for the job of superintendent, after a day of interviewing Manansala ended up ranked No. 1 by all trustees. […]

Comments Off / January 06, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

World War II vet full of bright ideas

World War II veteran and Serrano resident Dan Casaregola wears the ear phones he wore in Okinawa to intercept Japanese messages for the U.S. government.  His home radio room and garage workshop house hundreds, if not thousands, of items Casaregola has built. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

“Anything you see here I built,” El Dorado Hills resident Dan Casaregola said during a recent tour of his Serrano home’s radio room, filled with tools and gadgets marked with red dots Casaregola, 93, invented and built spanning decades. There’s a 12-volt car battery charger and an adjustable battery tester that fits up to 10 […]

Comments Off / January 06, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »