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Soul sisters: Cimorelli rocks the charts

"The CimFam EP," released on Dec. 4 debuted at No. 6 on iTunes U.S. Pop Chart and No. 22 on the overall iTunes album chart. Sisters Christina, Katherine, Lisa, Amy, Lauren and Dani grew up in El Dorado Hills.

Right now the sisters in the group Cimorelli feel like a million bucks … perhaps because “Million Bucks,”the title of their first original single, has caught the attention of music lovers on iTunes. It could also have something to do with the fact that their first EP, “The CimFam EP,” charted internationally on iTunes in […]

4 Comments / December 09, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

CSD board fires John Skeel

John Skeel received the news that he had been fired Thursday night. File photo

On Friday morning John Skeel tried to describe his reaction to the news that he’d been fired the night before. “I was stunned … It’s still sinking in … I wasn’t expecting this … I’m very disappointed.” Following the public portion of the Dec. 8 El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors meeting, […]

12 Comments / December 09, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Keegan Swinney remembered as a ‘big ray of sunshine’

A photo of Keegan Swinney with his trademark smile greeted mourners at his memorial Tuesday at Silva Valley Elementary School in El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Keegan Swinney loved scary movie night with his family, was always eager for a snack at school (even gluten-free crackers) and had an infectious smile. These memories and so much more were shared at the memorial service held for the 10-year-old Tuesday afternoon at Silva Valley Elementary in El Dorado Hills. Students, teachers, parents and […]

No Comment / December 07, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Family, community mourn loss of Keegan Swinney

Gifts left at the painted rock pay tribute to young Keegan Swinney, who died last week after a friend accidentally shot him with a pellet gun. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

By Noel Stack and Jim Ratajczak Ten-year-old Keegan Swinney died last week after a tragic pellet gun shooting accident near his home in El Dorado Hills. The Silva Valley Elementary School student, who was shot in the chest by a 10-year-old friend, made it back to his Waterman Court home before collapsing. Family members administered […]

No Comment / December 05, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Christmas comes early for ‘Littles’

Fatima Hernandez, 14, of Placerville, left, looks at toys on the shelves, trying to decide which one to buy for her little brother at the Big Brothers Big Sisters shopping event at Target in El Dorado Hills Saturday. She is assisted by volunteer Stacey Davidson, 43, of Diamond Springs and translator Juanita Mesa, 50, of Placerville. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

About 150 Big Brothers Big Sisters children and as many volunteers woke up bright and early (actually, it was still a little dark) for a special shopping trip Saturday morning. The “Littles” spent the morning at Town Center, enjoying a pancake breakfast courtesy of the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills and a Target shopping spree […]

No Comment / December 05, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Buckeye’s Best showcases young talent

THE LAZER STRINGS — Chase Forsberg, 8, Zack Foster, 10, and Preston Forsberg, 10, add Hawaiian flare to the Buckeye's Best talent show. The trio will perform "Surf's Up." Village Life photo by Noel Stack

For one night only 43 of the finest young acts El Dorado County has to offer will perform on one stage … all in the name of education. “It’s pretty awesome and the quality … they’ll blow your socks off,” said Theresa Miller, the show’s producer. Buckeye’s Best, a talent show featuring about 120 children […]

No Comment / December 01, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Let the holidays shine

Visitors gather around the large Christmas Tree lit up at El Dorado Hills Town Center's special holiday event Saturday. The fun include games from Radio Disney and a visit from the big man in red. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Hundreds of people packed together, for warmth and for a good look, at El Dorado Hills Town Center’s annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony Saturday night. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived in style in an El Dorado Hills fire engine and, after greeting countless children eager to share their Christmas lists, the couple flipped the switch. […]

No Comment / November 28, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »