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Bill Tobin speaks up for ShelterBox

ShelterBox ambassador Bill Tobin was recently named the ShelterBox Rising Star for his efforts to raise awareness about and funds for the non-profit organization. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Bill Tobin said he could talk all day about ShelterBox. All day, indeed. This writer had difficulty getting out his front door. The El Dorado Hills Rotarian has undeniable enthusiasm for the organization that provides critical shelter and supplies for natural and man-made disaster victims all over the world. As a ShelterBox volunteer ambassador, Tobin […]

No Comment / March 01, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

City of Folsom marks annexation area

Folsom City Council members mark the entry to the area that will eventually become part of Folsom. The sign is on Placerville Road near White Rock Road. Sacramento County Local Agency Formation approved Folsom's annexation of around 3,500 acres between Highway 50 and White Rock Road on Jan. 18. Left to right: Andy Morin, Jeff Starsky, Mayor Kerri Howell, Vice Mayor Steve Miklos, Ernie Sheldon. Photo by Roberta Long

On Feb. 28 Folsom leaders rode the historical “Skagit” railroad car from Hampton Station, near the Hampton Inn, on railroad tracks alongside Placerville Road to just north of White Rock Road. There, a new sign was posted that reads, “Folsom City Limits, Population 72,203, Elevation 287.” As the sun broke through gray clouds, Mayor Kerri […]

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Neighbors battle over beaver

Beaver lovers Dick Parsons and Jerry Baldo, left and center, jokingly square off with fellow Four Seasons resident Ross Johnson, right, who feels that the so-called Grassy Creek beaver is destroying young Oaks and Sycamore trees growing behind his home in the popular El Dorado Hills active adult community. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

A homeowners association decision to remove and destroy the beaver that’s set up shop in the Four Seasons Active Adult Community in El Dorado Hills has residents collecting signatures to save the creature while an intransigent HOA general manager insists the beaver’s fate is sealed. The beaver lives in Grassy Creek, a headwaters tributary of […]

1 Comment / February 27, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Watchdogs knock EID’s proposed rates, GM defends increases

They'’ve been called “gadflies” and even “EDH Yahoos,” but Greg Prada, left, a retired health care chief executive officer and Jon Jakowatz, a retired systems analyst, consider themselves “concerned ratepayers,” and students of EID’s financial practices, which they have criticized extensively in a series of e-mail blasts and on their website, fixeid.org.

In a Feb. 6 interview El Dorado Irrigation District General Manager Jim Abercrombie cautiously predicted that the proposed 2012 rate increases are spread out enough to avoid the vitriol of the 2010 rate increase package, when sheriff’s deputies rushed the stage with hands on holsters to maintain order at one meeting. But ratepayer watchdogs Greg […]

No Comment / February 27, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Meadow students share their artistic creations

Oak Meadow students Cade Silva, Ava Hewitt, Alexandria Dominguez and Grant Silva, left to right, check out the critters made by fellow students at the elementary school's annual Art Walk last week. Photo by Michelle Silva

For the third year in a row an impressive number of students and family members attended Oak Meadow Elementary School’s annual Art Walk. On the evening of Feb. 23 attendees viewed artistic masterpieces created by Oak Meadow students. They enjoyed projects created with a wide variety of materials and mediums inspired by artists like Claude […]

No Comment / February 27, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Happy Birthday, Debbie!

Courtesy photo

Friends of Debbie Manning, CEO of the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce, weren’t going to let her celebrate her 50th birthday without a little fanfare. They decorated The Rock for Manning on Feb. 20 and quickly sent off a photo to Village Life before she could protest. Happy Birthday, Debbie … here’s to many […]

No Comment / February 22, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

School lunches getting healthier

STUDENTS AT BUCKEYE Elementary help themselves to a salad bar in the lunch room. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

On Jan. 25 the First Lady Michelle Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack introduced new federal nutrition standards for lunches in public and private schools. The new standards go into effect on July 1 and have a three-year phase-in period. Under the new standards, school meals will have caloric maximums and minimums based on a […]

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