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Fire torches home but not family’s spirit

The Forrest family is overwhelmed by the community support they've received since a July 5 fire destroyed their home and all their belongings. Left to right are Bill, Liam, 3, Tanner, 10, Gracie, 7, Maile and Alex, 16. Courtesy photo

The first celebration in the Forrest family’s new home ended with horrific results when a fire destroyed everything in the early morning hours of July 5. A mother, father and their children literally escaped with the clothes on their backs, yet everyone feels lucky to be alive and grateful for the El Dorado Hills community’s support. The […]

Comments Off / July 27, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDH Fire gets defibrillators via grant

El Dorado Hills Fire Department officials, firefighters and executives from WIAA,  CITA and Fireman’s Fund  came together to celebrate the grant. Courtesy photo

The El Dorado Hills Fire Department will purchase four AEDs for its volunteer firefighting apparatus and fireline EMT assignments thanks to an $8,000 grant awarded by WIAA Insurance Services , CITA Insurance Services and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company. “It is critically important that as first responders we have the proper equipment needed to save victims in any situation,” […]

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Holocaust survivor to share story of survival, resilience and hope

Albert Rosa escaped the Nazis and joined the World War II fight. Hear his story on Aug. 2. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — How does a 15-year-old boy from Greece survive the Holocaust then earn five American military medals including the Purple Heart? Albert Rosa will share his amazing story of survival, resilience and hope on Aug. 2 at Folsom Lake College. This event is open to the public. “We were not human anymore; we were totally […]

Comments Off / July 27, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Ponds get a reprieve

Serrano's pond near the El Dorado Hills Library will get more water, but no more than 50 percent of what the El Dorado Irrigation District supplemented in 2013. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Some El Dorado County ponds won’t go dry just yet, the El Dorado Irrigation District Board of Directors decided at its July 13 meeting. As the board has sought to meet state regulations that call for a 28 percent reduction in water use, in May the directors approved revisions to EID’s Drought Action Plan that included suspending potable water […]

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

Holy Trinity to host its first ordination

Paul Reilly, seen here being ordained a deacon last winter in Africa, will be ordained a Catholic priest for the Missionaries of Africa on July 25 at Holy Trinity parish in El Dorado Hills, marking the first Ordination for the parish in its 23 year history. Courtesy photo

“I feel called to be a witness to Christ’s love in the African world,” Deacon Paul Reilly says of his decision to be ordained a Catholic priest this Saturday at Holy Trinity parish in El Dorado Hills. The ordination will mark the first time in Holy Trinity’s 23-year history the sacrament of Holy Orders has […]

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

Recycling water all the rage

Director of Government Relations for Parker Development Company Kirk Bone checks out a meter for reclaimed water used for irrigation at a new home construction site in Serrano. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

With the drought forcing water districts to find ever-more creative ways to conserve, recycling programs have turned out to be fortuitous long-term investments. Currently the El Dorado Irrigation District is the only water district in the county operating such a program. Those operations are carried out at two of its four wastewater treatment plants: one at Deer Creek in […]

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

No taking a bite out of this cake

The EDHCSD has a topiary birthday cake on display to continue its 25th birthday celebration. Courtesy photo

To continue the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s 25th birthday celebration, a live birthday cake made out of succulent plants is on display next to the pavilion. Approximately 1,500 cuttings were used to create the cake, according to creator and parks staff member Aimee Nunez. “The majority of the succulents are a species called […]

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