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Firefighter of the Year: Matt Belleci

Fire Chief Dave Roberts, left, and Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills President Wayne Lowery, right, join Firefighter of the Year Matt Belleci. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado Hills firefighter/engineer Matt Belleci undertook a massive project last year, planning a large-scale training exercise in the community’s Lakehills neighborhood. involving dozens of agencies and hundreds of residents. His efforts spawned fuel reduction, a new fire safe council and good working relationships between agencies, which are now better prepared should a catastrophic fire strike. […]

1 Comment / April 15, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Parents, teachers rally for smaller classes, better pay

Jackson teacher Gerry Neal holds up signs supporting teachers at the RUSD board meeting. Photo by Julie Samrick

Emotions ran high at last week’s Rescue Union School District board meeting where parents and teachers implored the five-person board not to lay off more teachers, but instead spend some of the district’s surplus funds to save jobs and give all teachers a pay raise. Fourteen of the lowest tenured, or non-tenured, teachers in the district received pink […]

1 Comment / April 15, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Putting her best paw forward

GUIDE DOG TRAINER Karrie Kinsella sits in her El Dorado Hills home with her newest student, 12-week-old Brunei. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

At just 12 weeks old Brunei, a yellow Lab, shows just how smart she is. She gets good marks for potty training, comes when she’s called, sits by trainer Karrie Kinsella’s side, greets without jumping and knows to stay off the furniture. All these skills are necessary for the pup, who’s training to become a […]

No Comment / April 08, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Six arrested at two marijuana dispensaries

NINE FIREARMS were seized along with 60 pounds of processed marijuana and approximately $80,000, with more seizures expected. Photo courtesy of El Dorado County Sheriff's Office

Five arrests were made when search warrants were served on April 4 centered around the sale of marijuana at two businesses. The three-month investigation into a conspiracy to sell marijuana looked at River City Wellness, also known as Right Choice Wellness, in Cameron Park and C4C Wellness in Shingle Springs. Both were operated by David […]

1 Comment / April 08, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

‘V’ for Victory: Student headed to state science fair

Golden Hills student Paloma DiMugo shows off her winning science project. She heads to the California State Science Fair later this month. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Three Golden Hills School seventh graders placed in last month’s Sacramento Regional Science and Engineering Fair and one of them will take her science project to the California State Science Fair. Paloma DiMugo, 12, took first place in the regional competition in the category of Physical Science with her project that explored why birds fly […]

No Comment / April 01, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Community Health Library has it all covered

Marshall Community Health Librarian Alison Clement, right, helps Flint Marana, LVN, look up information during the library's open house last month. Life photo by Pat Dollins

Marshall Community Health Library’s shelves contain an entire health education, from potty training to caring for an elderly parent, heart disease to heart healthy diets. Want to know more about medication, meditation, mental health and menopause? The health library has those topics covered too … and so much more. “It runs the whole lifespan,” said […]

No Comment / March 28, 2013 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Mercy Auxiliary jump-starts dreams

All-star cast — The 2013 Mercy Hospital Auxiliary scholarship recipients were awarded $1,100 each at the annual scholarship luncheon on March 15. Left to right: Kimberly Berg, Oak Ridge; Jesslyn Lane, Oak Ridge; Kirsti Buckendorf, Oak Ridge; Kevin Yang, Folsom; Vivian Lam, Folsom; Paige Laughon, Folsom; Michaela Hertoghe, Folsom; Christina DiGiorgio, Mercy employee; Alison Gil, Mercy Auxiliary; Taylor Ashby, Oak Ridge; Darcy Englehart, Vista del Lago; Korynne Huff, Folsom. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

The Mercy Hospital Auxiliary helped launch the dreams of another dozen medically minded local students at Serrano Country Club on March 15. The annual scholarship luncheon adding another chapter to the Auxiliary’s 37-year tradition of service to the hospital and the communities it serves. This year’s recipients included 10 local high school students, one employee […]

No Comment / March 25, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »