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‘Double Zero’ model home in Blackstone is greenest in the state

KB Home's Double ZeroHouse 3.0  emphasizes energy and water efficiency. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

KB Home received accolades from the California Energy Commission last Thursday morning when the company unveiled its first Double Zero 3.0 model home in California at the Fiora at Blackstone community in El Dorado Hills. With partners like Whirlpool and SunPower, KB Home representatives explained it’s called the Double ZeroHouse 3.0 for its dual emphasis on energy and […]

No Comment / October 06, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Folsom opens Johnny Cash Trail

The Johnny Cash Trail crosses Folsom Lake Crossing at Natoma Street. The album from Johnny Cash’s two concerts in January 1968 at Folsom Prison put Folsom on the worldwide map. Photo by Roberta Long

On a perfect day for bicycling or walking, the city of Folsom opened the first phase of the Johnny Cash Trail and Overcrossing. A large crowd came to enjoy the Oct. 4 festivities and be first to travel the trail that runs from Folsom Lake Crossing to Prison Road alongside Lake Natoma. The inspiration for […]

No Comment / October 06, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Legislature recognizes Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week

The California Legislature has declared the third week of September every year as Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week. Celebrating the resolution are, left to right: Help Mito Kids Board Member Luz Zeagler, Sen. Bob Huff's Legislative Aide Beth Hummel, Help Mito Kids founder Carol Pomares and Sen. Ted Gaines. Courtesy photo

SACRAMENTO — The state Legislature unanimously passed a resolution designating the third week of September every year as Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Week. Senate Concurrent Resolution 104, authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, and co-authored by Senator Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, calls attention to the fact that every 30 minutes a child is born who will develop Mitochondrial Disease by […]

No Comment / October 05, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Temple of Terror brings thrills, chills to EDH

Haley Tangen plays an evil goddess in the Hands4Hope Temple of Terror, opening Oct. 10 in El Dorado Hills Town Center. Village Life photo by Krysten

Those looking for a hair-raising, skin-crawling adventure this Halloween month need travel no further than El Dorado Hills Town Center, where Hands4Hope has set up its chilling Temple of Terror. “You’ll have no ideas what’s real and what’s not real,” warned Hands4Hope founder Jennifer Bassett. Horror story writer Kaden Jepbesen, 17, created the Temple of […]

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Penn looks to build partnerships, plan for the long-term

Howard Penn hopes to represent District 4 on the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors. VIllage Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Running for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors, District 4, is Howard Penn, a 20-year El Dorado County resident and self-described “big picture guy.” An entrepreneur who started his first business while still in college, Penn has worked in the fields of tourism, finance and software. He also purchased the historic Sierra Nevada House in […]

4 Comments / October 02, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Ranalli’s a ‘gentleman farmer’ with a strong business background

Mike Ranalli is one of two candidates vying for the District 4 supervisor seat. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Running for the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors in District 4 is Mike Ranalli, a 30-year county resident. Currently retired but a “gentleman farmer” with a vineyard in Lotus, Ranalli’s background includes 40 years of business experience, including 22 years with Intel Corporation. His volunteer work includes being a board member of the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County, vice […]

2 Comments / October 02, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Kelly family facing cancer challenge, times two

STRONG FOR EACH OTHER — Brian Kelly holds his son Mason in the Roseville hospital where Brian is undergoing chemotherapy for a form of acute leukemia and Mason is undergoing chemotherapy for neuroblastoma. Courtesy photo

Just days after Mason Kelly, 2 1/2, survived a stem cell transplant at University of California San Francisco Children’s Hospital to treat his neuroblastoma cancer, the toddler’s father Brian Kelly was diagnosed with a rare form of acute leukemia. “I am in a state of shock,” said Thi Kelly, mother of Mason and Brian’s wife. “I feel saddened, overwhelmed […]

No Comment / October 02, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »