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School makes ‘golden’ contributions

Aspen Nelson, left, talks with Evelyn Weick as the two decorated stockings for area foster children. Earlier Aspen and the rest of the Golden Hills School fifth-grade class sang carols to the seniors. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Golden Hills School’s fifth-grade class sang Christmas carols at the Moni Gilmore Senior Center last Thursday afternoon and then paired up with seniors to decorate stockings for foster children. Every month teacher Lisa Perry’s 14 fifth-graders work on outreach projects for the senior center, including making centerpieces for the center’s large round tables. Friday marked the […]

Comments Off / December 21, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Second chance likely for Principal Burke

The crowd applauds after a Paul Burke supporter speaks at Thursday’s EDUHSD Board of Trustees meeting. The board has decided to have a third party work with Burke and ORHS staff to “identify issues and solutions.” Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Oak Ridge High School students, parents and staff packed the El Dorado Union High School District boardroom in Placerville last Thursday afternoon to continue a campaign to save Principal Paul Burke’s job. During the public comment period parents and head football coach Eric Cavaliere spoke about the positive things Burke adds to the El Dorado Hills high […]

Comments Off / December 20, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Inmates build Christmas wishes

Folsom Prison inmates Mauricio Argueta, left, and Esgardo Ramirez roll out bicycles rebuilt and refurbished at the prison. Cameron Park Rotarians picked up the bikes this week and will deliver them to local children. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

As you drive up to the intimidating 1,200-acre Folsom Prison facility, you can’t help think of the late Johnny Cash and the famous live album The Man in Black recorded there on Jan. 13, 1968. Fast-forward to Dec. 15, when Folsom Prison transformed from a legendary concert venue to a place where Christmas wishes came true. My focus […]

Comments Off / December 18, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Young shoppers have a ball

Angel, 7, holds up a pretty dress she spotted at Target during the Snowball shopping spree Saturday morning. She was paired with adult shopper Michelle Petro for the event. Village Life photo by Jackie Penn

Before the sun came up Saturday the El Dorado Hills Target was filled with the sounds of laughter and chatter as shoppers filled their carts. This wasn’t a doorbuster Christmas sale. It was this year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County Snowball shopping event benefitting 150 local children, who, thanks to generous donors […]

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

Dog park donor gets lasting thanks

Paul and Janet Stahlhuth were surprised with a bench and plaque inside the El Dorado Hills dog park at Community Park Saturday. In 2010 the Stahlhuths started the 1:2 financial campaign to get the dog park built. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

El Dorado Hills residents Paul and Janet Stahlhuth were surprised with a bench and plaque inside the El Dorado Hills dog park at Community Park Saturday. El Dorado Dog Owners Guild president Holly Morrison told the Stahlhuths the gift is a thank you for “their generous donation and community spirit.” In 2010 Paul challenged residents […]

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

Village Life publisher handed the gavel

2016 El Dorado County Chamber board members pose for a photo at last week's installation dinner. Left to right: Vice President Gordon Helm, Past President Christa Campbell, Kevin Brown, Alice Perez, Ed Manansala, Vice President Mike Kobus, Mark Luster, President elect Susan VanDelinder, Susie Davies, Leonard Grado, President Richard Esposito and Kirk Bone. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Reflecting on the astonishing changes in the world over the past couple of centuries, including the changing face of the communication industry from word-of-mouth to newspapers to today’s social media that delivers information in a flash, Village Life and Mountain Democrat Publisher Richard Esposito was sworn in last week as president of the El Dorado County […]

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

Community backs Burke

Oak Ridge High School senior Taylor Gabbard speaks in support of her principal Paul Burke at the El Dorado Union High School District's Board of Trustees meeting. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Hundreds of supporters attended the El Dorado Union High School District’s monthly board meeting last Tuesday night to show solidarity for Oak Ridge Principal Paul Burke, who has been on paid leave since Nov. 2 for undisclosed personnel reasons. Many spoke on behalf of Burke in hopes of seeing him back on the job. No […]

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