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Emmeline takes on Europe

Meeting the locals — Emmeline Wilson greets at cow grazing a gorgeous hillside in Appenzell, Switzerland. She spent 11 months in Europe as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange. Courtesy photo

Not many teenagers would volunteer for an additional year of high school. But when the deal offered by the Rotary Youth Exchange program included a beautiful Swiss backdrop and adventures all over Europe, Emmeline Wilson couldn’t resist. The 2011 Oak Ridge High School grad packed her bags and spent 11 months in the Old World. “It […]

1 Comment / August 17, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Honoring Sky Mote

Thousands of people lined the streets in El Dorado Hills to honor Staff Sgt. Sky Mote on his final journey home Thursday evening. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

The roar of motorcycle engines idling quickly quieted and the riders of about 100 motorcycles began unfurling flags, taking their place between two hangers at McClellan Air Field. In all, around 200 people lined up to pay respects as the body of fallen Marine Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote was brought home on Aug. 16. […]

3 Comments / August 17, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

New CSD chief appointed

New CSD General Manager Brent Dennis. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts.

The El Dorado Community Services District has a new general manager. The board of directors concluded a multi-month search and evaluation process on Thursday, Aug. 16, naming Robert “Brent” Dennis to the post effective Sept. 10. Dennis, 54, is a landscape architect by trade, and currently wears multiple hats at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, […]

3 Comments / August 16, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Union Mine grad killed in Afghanistan, procession coming through EDH Thursday evening

Staff Sgt. Sky Mote

Editor’s note: Staff Sgt. Mote’s body will arrive at McClellan Air Field at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The procession to Green Valley Mortuary and Cemetery will begin at approximately 5 p.m. The route will be along Highway 50, and will detour at El Dorado Hills Boulevard to go past Rolling Hills Middle School, where Mote’s father, […]

2 Comments / August 16, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Scary wildland fire on Salmon Falls Road

Old school wildland fire fight - El Dorado Hills Firefighters Mike Levenger, left, and Kyle Mattson, right, take shovels to the western border of the 70-acre Salmon Fire on Salmon Falls Road, 8 miles north of Green Valley Road, under the direction of Captain Matt Beckett, center.

The Delta Breeze returned Wednesday, breaking a string of six consecutive 100-plus degree days that created ideal conditions for the first big El Dorado Hills wildland fire in three years. “We dodged a bullet,” said a sweat-soaked El Dorado Hills Deputy Chief Jim O’Camb, shortly after an estimated 100 firefighters gained the upper hand on […]

No Comment / August 16, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Arm wrestling comes to El Dorado Hills

Look into my eyes — Barbers Shane Patterson and David Aviles practice for the upcoming arm wrestling competition sponsored by their boss, World Famous Barber Jon. The family event will be held at 6 p.m. on Aug. 18 at the El Dorado Saloon, and will benefit the SPEAR. Courtesy photo

Some very fit guys will pair up, hold hands and stare into each other’s eyes during a special competition at the El Dorado Saloon on Saturday, Aug. 18. The event sponsor and master of ceremonies is the flamboyant and world famous (by self-proclamation) Barber Jon Rivera, a local character so colorful that he keeps a […]

No Comment / August 10, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Santa Cruz Court home burns

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The second major El Dorado Hills structure fire in what has become a hot and dangerous fire season destroyed a La Cresta Village home on Aug. 8. The family of four was home at the time and escaped unharmed, but their two small dogs succumbed to smoke and perished. El Dorado Hills firefighters were dispatched […]

No Comment / August 10, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »