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On the run with Santa

A crows surrounds Santa during one of his stops on the 51st annual Santa Run held last week. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado Hills residents truly have the Christmas spirit and at no time is that more evident than during the El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s annual Santa Run. Last week, this editor exchanged her pen for candy canes and joined the holiday fun as a Santa Run elf. While jogging up Ridgeview Drive as my reflective collar jingled was […]

Comments Off / December 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Wally Jukes has earned a break

El Dorado Hills Fire Prevention Specialist Wally Jukes stands in the plans room, where he keeps track of plans that have been and need to be reviewed for code compliance. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

“Service is seeing a need and doing something about it.” Since he started working 50 years ago, Wally Jukes has kept his mother’s message in mind. “She reinforced that all while growing up,” said El Dorado Hills’ retiring fire prevention specialist, “and sometimes to her dismay … when our elderly neighbor’s lawn got mowed and […]

Comments Off / December 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Canine Companion is woman’s greatest gift

Peggy Di Nocco and her service dog Felice spend every moment together. Felice helps Peggy complete tasks and keeps her company. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Though El Dorado Hills resident Peggy Di Nocco was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis in 1999 and needed a wheelchair full time by 2006, she didn’t slow down. It wasn’t until the outgoing mother of two slipped in the shower and waited there for nearly two hours until her husband John got home that Peggy and […]

Comments Off / December 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Youth prove they are stars

Youth Star Award recipient Marco Sanchez stands with Eddie Zacapa, Mercy Housing resident services coordinator, and Oak Ridge Principal Paul Burke at the Vision Coalition's ceremony. Marco works with youth who live in Mercy Housing. VIllage Life photo by Noel Stack

From tutoring to volunteering to teaching kids how to play soccer, El Dorado County’s young people give thousands of hours back to the community each year. Many of those youth recently received Youth Star Awards for their tireless efforts. The El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition hosted the ceremony on Dec. 14 at Lakehills Church. […]

Comments Off / December 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

New mill ready to inspire new memories

Trusses for the roof and other framing on the brand-new replica sawmill were completed in September, and it is now ready for visitors. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

The new replica of the sawmill where James Marshall discovered gold in 1848 is ready for its close-up. So get up close and check it out, maybe even pretend you are the one who stuck a hand in the water of the tailrace at Capt. John Sutter’s lumber mill and pulled out a shiny pebble […]

Comments Off / December 15, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Marble Valley artists get creative

Natalia Andrus shows the piano chair she painted for the fourth-grade class. Each chair was auctioned off. A long time pianist, Natalia said she picked the theme for the piano chair. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. — Albert Einstein Marble Valley students brought to life castles, elves, fairies, frogs and more at the academy’s recent art show and competition. The “Once Upon a Time” theme echoed Einstein’s wise words and was the only inscription on the “Walk in the Woods” all-class […]

Comments Off / December 14, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Project Warmth gets heart-warming community support

The Project Warmth team helped raise nearly $2,000 to purchase sleeping bags and other warm clothes for the homeless. Left to right, front row: Chloe Erickson and Charli Gaal; left to right, back row: Luke Gaal and Sadie Erickson. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

‘Tis the season for giving and 7 1/2-year-old Sadie Erickson had a great idea: host a talent show and raise money to buy sleeping bags for the homeless. “The homeless don’t have as much stuff as we have and I want them to have a better life,” the El Dorado Hills youngster explained. Sounded simple enough. […]

Comments Off / December 11, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »