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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 »

Snowpack promising in first survey

SURVEY SAYS — John King with the California Department of Water Resources, left, and Surveys Chief Frank Gehrke weigh the snowpack during Wednesday's snow survey at Phillips Station. Village Life photo by Jackie Penn

The new water year was off to a good start as measurements at Phillips Station on Wednesday showed an average snow depth of 54.7 inches. Of more importance, though, was its water content, which at 16.3 inches was 136 percent of the long-term average. Last year at this time the snow depth was less than half that amount and the […]

Comments Off / January 04, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Holy Trinity principal praises new role

Holy Trinity School's new principal Christopher Nelson brings a dynamic, hands-on approach to the role. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Christopher Nelson hasn’t always been Catholic, but Holy Trinity School’s new principal has taken the reins to lead the school with gusto. “Catholic schools brought me into the faith,” he said. Baptized Methodist, Nelson said he wasn’t practicing when he became a teacher in his native Southern California. The UCLA grad taught public elementary school, […]

Comments Off / January 04, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Another bone found in ‘skull mystery’ at Folsom Lake

El Dorado County Search and Rescue personnel carefully look along Folsom Lake's shore for any sign of human remains. A human skull was found earlier this year. Courtesy photo

El Dorado County Search and Rescue personnel scoured the shores of Folsom Lake Dec. 20 in the vicinity of where a human skull was found in mid-November, looking for any possible clues as to the origin of the remains. A bone with the ball joint attached was found as a result of the effort by […]

Comments Off / January 01, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rasmussen’s gift keeps giving

Way Back Bakery owner Alisa Smith, left, poses in her shop with pastry chef Tiffany Coburn. Smith was able to learn the bakery business and open her own shop thanks to a scholarship from the Rasmussen Endowment. Cameron Park Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Darol Rasmussen died five years ago but the gift he left behind continues to change El Dorado County residents’ lives. The retired dentist, rancher, humanitarian and Rotarian from Cameron Park was a generous donor of time and money his entire life. For years Rasmussen, along with others, provided funding for the Rotary Club of Cameron Parks’ many college scholarship programs and […]

Comments Off / December 30, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

All About Equine wins ASPCA grant

All About Equine gives abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses a second chance. The non-profit recently received a $10,000 grant. Photo by Menka Belgal

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recently announced the winners of the 2015 Help-a-Horse Day celebration contest. All About Equine, an animal rescue organization in El Dorado Hills, was awarded one of three $10,000 grand prize grants. This event was created as a way to provide a national day of recognition […]

Comments Off / December 28, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »