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Silva Valley’s vocab parade sparks wit, curiosity

Lucy Bunce, 10, of El Dorado Hills enjoys the spotlight in her sirloin costume on stage at Silva Valley Elementary on Feb. 28. Junior Kindergarten through fifthth-grade students dressed up as vocabulary words and held a parade in the multipurpose with family and friends in attendance. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

Some children flaunted their way to the stage while others shyly strolled, but every student at Silva Valley Elementary participated in last Friday’s costumed vocabulary parade inside the gym. Set to upbeat music, students from junior kindergarten through fifth grade got to show off the one word they’d chosen to emulate. From everyday words like […]

No Comment / March 03, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Vision Coalition partners with food bank

Residents line up to receive groceries at a food bank distribution site. Courtesy photo

The El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition for Safe, Healthy, Drug-Free Youth continues its work in the community, serving youth and families and low-income populations of El Dorado County. Recently the coalition partnered with the Food Bank of El Dorado County to provide nutrition education, food tastings and cooking demonstrations at the food bank’s food […]

No Comment / March 03, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Nutting’s trial to begin in April

Ray Nutting, right, sits with his attorney, David Weiner, in court on Feb. 21. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The trial of El Dorado County District 2 Supervisor Ray Nutting was confirmed during a Feb. 21 hearing. El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney James Clinchard, noting that co-prosecutor Deputy Attorney General Peter Wellings was unable to attend the hearing, confirmed the April 8 trial. Clinchard outlined the trial — potential jurors coming in on […]

No Comment / February 24, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Bowa proves himself a “good stick”

Austin Bowa, 18, from El Dorado Hills, left,  pilots a Robinson R22 helicopter along with designated pilot examiner Oren Breedlove from Sacramento at the Auburn Airport.  Village Life Photo by Pat Dollins

Valentine’s Day means flowers and chocolates for most, but for Austin Bowa it was a much sweeter treat as he earned his license as a commercial helicopter pilot while also celebrating his 18th birthday. A very self-possessed and modest young man, Bowa has been single-mindedly pursuing his dream of piloting a helicopter since he was […]

No Comment / February 24, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rob Karnow is proud to serve

El Dorado Hills Engineer/Paramedic Rob Karnow was recently named Firefighter of the Year. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

How do you turn a dining room table into something that inspires and instills a sense of pride? El Dorado Hills Engineer/Paramedic/Acting Capt. Rob Karnow did just that when he started the fire department’s Proud to Serve campaign. He turned furniture into art, complete with a golden firefighter’s helmet. The piece hangs above the doorway […]

No Comment / February 18, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDHCSD hires three new directors

Kevin Loewen, Jill Ritzman and AJ Holm, left to right, have joined the El Dorado Hills Community Services District team. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

In the past month the El Dorado Hills Community Services District filled three new director positions. Jill Ritzman is the CSD’s new director of recreation. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the parks and recreation field and holds a degree in recreation administration from California State University, Chico. Ritzman spent most of […]

No Comment / February 17, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Lookin’ Back collection reveals Black History

Esther Roman shows of part of her collection of African-American memorabilia, which will be on display at the El Dorado HIlls Senior Center at 1 p.m. on Friday. Feb. 21. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

When a natural gas explosion ripped through a tunnel 200 feet below Lake Eerie in the early summer of 1916, killing 10 workers and 11 more emergency rescuers who were fatally overcome by the gas, three men ran into the nightmarish scene and managed to save two who would not have otherwise survived. The reason the […]

No Comment / February 16, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »