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Haircuts offer hope for families dealing with autism

Mrs. El Dorado County Holly Bialorucki, hugs her daughter Bonnie, 13, at the Maribou Salon where Holly and salon owner Jill Cromwell will host a Cut-A-Thon benefiting an organization that helps families deal with autism. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Reigning Mrs. El Dorado County International Holly Bialorucki champions a cause close to her heart: treating autism in children. On Sunday, June 24, Bialorucki will team up with Families for Early Autism Treatment  and Jill Cromwell of Maribou Salon to host a Cut-A-Thon fundraiser. Bialorucki’s platform as Mrs. El Dorado County includes raising autism awareness […]

No Comment / June 17, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Wish granted … in grand style

Kaliana Warford, 9, stands entranced as she listens to her favorite singer Andrea Bocelli perform a beautiful song. The Warford family traveled to Italy, sponsored by the Make-A-Wish foundation, to fulfill Kali's dream to meet the singer. Courtesy photo

In September 2011 the Warford family of El Dorado Hills sat in freezing weather in New York City’s Central Park, anticipating a free concert given by Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli. Kaliana Warford, a 9-year-old with the congenital form of myotonic muscular dystrophy, submitted a wish to the Make-A-Wish Foundation two-and-a-half years earlier in hopes […]

2 Comments / June 14, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Dillin’ it up, pickleball style

Cheri Carruth gets ready to hit the ball in a Pickleball match while her teammate, Scott Carr looks on at The Four Seasons Lodge in El Dorado Hills. Pickle Ball is played on a court with four players using paddles and a wiffle ball. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

“Pickleball is here to stay, you betcha!” said Minnesota native Cheri Carruth about her new favorite hobby. On a trip to her hometown, Virginia, Minn., she and her husband Lee were introduced to the sport that changed their lives. “We just kinda heard about it and were visiting her hometown. And they had (tennis) courts, […]

2 Comments / June 13, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News,Sports | Read More »

State and feds acknowledge Lake Hills fire danger

Lake Hills resident Jim Stevens was cited for destruction of public property in 2002 for maintaining his “defensible space” by cutting a snag inside the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, which is just 10 feet from his house. He nonetheless continues to mow about 50 feet into state land each spring. The dry weeds and dead branches at left are an example of the fuel load if he didn’t cut the brush and remove the dead branches. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Attorney Rick Linkert’s Lake Hills home could quickly be overcome by the type of fire that last weekend’s drill assumed. He and his neighbor Jim Stevens live on El Sur Court, their tiny back yards abutting the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. Linkert took a media tour of the training area as the drill took […]

No Comment / June 11, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Firefighters take over El Dorado Hills neighborhood

Firefighters simulate dousing spot fired up Lake Hills Drive duringa  training event in the El Dorado Hills neighborhood Saturday. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Firefighters descended on the Lake Hills community in El Dorado Hills Saturday as 18 agencies — law enforcement, fire districts and animal control — held a massive training exercise, fighting an imaginary fire and evacuating residents from more than 250 homes. El Dorado Fire Engineer Matt Belleci spent the past year planning the exercise that […]

No Comment / June 11, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

‘Mikmania’ sweeps outsider to victory in District 1

Supervisor-elect Ron Mikulaco waves to constituents on election day. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

The results are in. Hard work, enthusiasm, a firm handshake and a broad smile all won Tuesday. Hours on the side of the road waving signs, miles walked, doors knocked and hands shaken in dozens of neighborhoods paid off for victorious District 1 supervisor candidate Ron Mikulaco. Very early Wednesday morning the groggy victor pulled […]

3 Comments / June 06, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Firefighter’s dedication to youth rewarded

Firefighter of the Year Jeno Inzerillo celebrates with his wife Sally, their children Anthony, 7, and Grace, 5, as well as El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts and Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills President Jeff England, left to right. VIllage Life photo by Noel Stack

Surprising El Dorado Hills firefighter Jeno Inzerillo with the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Firefighter of the Year award wasn’t easy. “When I told Jeno to report to the senior center I think he thought we were retiring him out,” joked EDH Fire Chief Dave Roberts and Wednesday’s breakfast meeting. Instead, Inzerillo, with his wife […]

No Comment / June 06, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »