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Fun for Francie

For 20 years Francie Dillon has entertained children throughout the Sacramento area. Now the communities are giving back to help her while she battles a neurological disorder. The El Dorado Hills Library hosts a fundraiser for Dillon on Friday, Feb. 15. Courtesy photo

When Francie Dillon walked into the El Dorado Hills Library the room lit up with excitement. That’s what library Branch Manager Carolyn Brooks remembers about the children’s entertainer, who, along with her guitar, enchanted toddlers and their parents during her Jazz Babies programs. “The crowd got so big we had to add another show,” Brooks […]

No Comment / February 04, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Dignity Health grants help thousands

Michael Ricks, president of Mercy Hospital of Folsom, left, presents grants checks to Tara Baltzley (Powerhouse Ministries), Brad Squires (Orangevale Food Bank) and Eric Fimbres (The Effort), left to right, at the Dignity Health Community Grants luncheon. Courtesy photo

• 28 local non-profits receive grants to help fund programs SACRAMENTO — Dignity Health, which operates the Mercy, Methodist and Woodland affiliate hospitals in the greater Sacramento region, has awarded $741,206 in grant funding to 28 non-profit organizations in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer and Yolo counties. The grants, from $5,000 to $50,000, will build capacity in the […]

2 Comments / February 03, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Faith Episcopal welcomes new rector

Rev. Dr. Sean Cox and his wife Kathy pose with Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, Bishop of the Diocese of Northern California, at Father Cox' installation ceremony at Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park. Courtesy photo

By Lynsey Paulo The second rector in the history of Faith Episcopal Church, Rev. Dr. Sean Cox, officially assumed his new post on Sunday, Jan. 27, during an installation ceremony performed by Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, Bishop of the Diocese of Northern California. Guest preacher Very Rev. Dr. Douglas Travis, dean and president of the Episcopal Theological Seminary […]

No Comment / January 30, 2013 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Union Mine rolls out red carpet

Union Mine senior Sean Tow talks about life at the rural school with Lucy Carluccio and her mom Elizabeth at a recent presentation for prospective transfers from Oak Ridge or Ponderosa. The Carluccios live in the Oak ridge boundaries but Lucy has decided to attend Union Mine. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Union Mine High School Principal Tony Deville invited west El Dorado County families to the annual back-to-school night on Jan. 24, playing master of ceremonies for a special presentation beforehand that extolled the virtues of the district’s newest and smallest school to incoming freshmen and their parents and hoping to convince them to take advantage […]

No Comment / January 28, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Standoff at Grace saves horses from snowy fate

The 43 horses taken from the Whispering Pines Ranch in Susanville will stay at the Grace Foundation in El Dorado Hills. Legal wrangling over the months has left the ultimate fate of the horses up in the air. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

“This thing would make a great movie,” said Grace Foundation Executive Director Beth DeCaprio. She’s played a leading role in the drama currently unfolding at the El Dorado Hills nonprofit which garnered national attention by rescuing 56 horses from a squalid Susanville ranch in 2011. Grace Foundation has since spent $1.13 million rehabilitating 43 of the […]

No Comment / January 28, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Mike Lilienthal loves to lead

El Dorado Hills Fire Marshal and Battalion Chief Mike Lilienthal has always loved firefighting and fire engines. His father was a fire captain in Los Angeles. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Mike Lilienthal knows the exact day he questioned his decision to become a firefighter: Feb. 6, 1997. Just three months after taking a job with the Stockton Fire Department he and fellow firefighters responded to a residential structure fire with an elderly victim trapped inside. Firefighters rushed in and, Lilienthal recalled, “As I was walking […]

No Comment / January 28, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Spirit of a Champion

From England to El Dorado County — New Oak Ridge head soccer coach Joe Champion said he wants to get young players excited about wearing the Trojans uniform. Tryouts are this week. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Joe Champion named Oak Ridge’s head soccer coach It was Shakespeare’s Juliet who so famously asked, “What’s in a name?” Joe Champion, Oak Ridge’s new head soccer coach, said his last name has been a lot to live it up to over his lifetime. Yet the name also helped him stand out as a young […]

No Comment / January 20, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »