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State court chief warns new courthouse funding is in jeopardy

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye speaks about the state's dismal court budget at the Serrano Country Club last week. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye paid her first official visit to El Dorado Hills on Aug. 23 and demonstrated the chutzpah that’s become the hallmark of her rapid ascension in the state judicial system. She came bearing grim budget news. The feisty chief justice has been on the job for just 20 […]

1 Comment / August 28, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

New EDHCSD GM gets full pirate immersion

Brent Dennis

What better place to sit down with the newly named general manager of the El Dorado Hills Community Services District than on a bale of hay in Serrano’s Village Green during Pirates at the Library, one of many high-profile kids’ events in El Dorado Hills every summer, several of which are put on by the […]

4 Comments / August 24, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Food Blitz coming to a grocery store near you

Hands4Hope members Courtney Clark, left, and Erin Tobias collect donations at the spring 2011 Food Blitz event. In 2011 the organization's two food donation drives brought in a combined total of 7,818 pounds of food and $19,000 in cash and grocery gift cards for those in need throughout Sacramento. Courtesy photo

Hands4Hope’ biannual Food Blitz to Feed the Hungry takes place at local grocery stores from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9. Food collected will fill the shelves of the Food Bank of El Dorado County and Twin Lakes Food Bank of Folsom. This year’s goal is to collect 4,000 pounds of food and […]

No Comment / August 23, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Huge EDH turnout for fallen Marine

The Marine Corps Honor Guard folds an American Flag to be presented to Russ and Marsha Mote, parents of Staff Sgt. Sky Mote, at the Marine's funeral Sunday. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Family, friends and the community bid farewell to Staff Sgt. Sky Mote at a service Sunday, just days after thousands lined the streets to honor the fallen Marine coming home for the last time. No one knows for sure how many people came out during the procession Thursday evening. No invitations were sent or tickets […]

No Comment / August 20, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

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 »