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A worthy Eagle Scout project

Boy Scout Max Goldsworthy is collecting bicycles for children and adults. With help from Cycles 4 Hope, the Eagle Scout hopeful plans to restore the bikes and give them to the needy; a collection event will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at the El Dorado Hills Raley's. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Eagle Scout prospect Max Goldsworthy knows that hard work and perseverance pay off and he wants other people to have the opportunities he’s had to lead a successful life. To that end, the 15-year-old has dedicated his Eagle Scout project to those less fortunate. He’s collecting used and unwanted bicycles, refurbishing them and giving them to people […]

No Comment / July 27, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Bring the heat to new batting cage

El Dorado Hills resident Bud Carroll pitches to son Ben Carroll in a new batting cage built for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and El Dorado Hills Little League's joint use. CSD Sports Coordinator Frank Sianez said Carroll was instrumental in getting the cage, located at CSD East field, built. Up to four players may practice simultaneously. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

A new Community Park batting cage  marks a win-win for the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and El Dorado Hills Little League. “The old batting cage was an eye sore,” said EDHCSD Sports Coordinator Frank Sianez. “It was so dilapidated and hardly ever used we completely tore it down and rebuilt it from scratch […]

No Comment / July 23, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Teen Center gets high-tech outdoor game

Cheyenne Inglish, left, and Carina Baxter enjoy the EDHCSD's new NEOS 360 electronic, outdoor play equipment that was recenlty installed behind the Teen Center. VIllage Life photo by Julie Samrick

“It feels like a video game but it takes so much physical exertion,” said El Dorado Hills Community Services District Youth Development Coordinator Whitney Kahn of the NEOS 360, a deluxe piece of electronic play equipment installed behind the Teen Center earlier this month. “This is the perfect bridge between electronics and being outside enjoying […]

No Comment / July 21, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Super water saver shares tips

MARIE LEVY stands near four rain barrels used for collecting rain water for irrigation at her home in El Dorado Hills on June 23. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Don’t hate her because her lawn is beautiful. While most homeowners have accepted dry, brown lawns due to enforced watering restrictions, El Dorado Hills resident Marie Levy’s grass is vibrant and her water bill is 60 percent less than it used to be. “We’re always having a drought here in California so I’m always thinking of […]

No Comment / July 21, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Veggies grow up, literally

THE DOWNINGS DID IT — Makenna, 12, dad Rich and Noah, 11, grow their own delicious vegetables using Tower Gardens, a space-saving and soil-free system. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

When a member of the Downing family needs an extra tomato or two for their salad, they just reach over and pick one. That’s not too uncommon when families dine outside but this scenario can happen inside thanks to a Tower Garden in the corner of the dining room. Rich and Gina Downing, representatives for […]

No Comment / July 20, 2014 | Posted in Business,Feature Photos | Read More »

Community unites to patch up historic barn

DON’T FORGET THE SIGN — Straight Line Construction crew Gary Burrows and Noe Guavara, left and center, patch the roof of Clarksville’s historic Tong Barn, which spent most of the last century and a half as the Clarksville Union School. Straight Line’s president and owner Jack Borba, right, donated the labor.  He stopped by to check progress and drop off one of the familiar Straight Line signs. Photo by Mike Roberts

El Dorado County is a place defined by its history. We embrace the past and nearly anything that reflects it. Don’t believe it? Take a drive. Our backroads are altars to the past. We revere old stone buildings. Rusty farm implements are proudly displayed for passersby. Sepia-toned hay barns topped with corrugated steel roofs glow […]

No Comment / July 14, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Construction begins on Valley View Sports Park

Construction has begun on the Valley View Sports Park on a five-acre site next to the new elementary school built in the Blackstone community. The park will open in November 2014. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Officials held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning for the first El Dorado Hills sports field and park south of Highway 50. Construction should be complete in early November. The Valley View Sports Park project is a joint use partnership between the El Dorado Hills Community Services District and the Buckeye Union School District. According to CSD General […]

No Comment / July 14, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »