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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 »

More details emerge in ‘Susanville 70’ case

Peanut was the second Whispering Pines horse rescued by the Grace Foundation that died because of her poor health.

Recent developments in the Grace Foundation’s rescue of 56 abused and starving horses from the derelict Whispering Pines Ranch in Susanville include evidence that ranch owner Dwight Bennett was also a foster parent to at least one child while the rotting carcasses of 28 horses and three dogs lay in plain sight on the ranch. […]

1 Comment / November 28, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Family fights to keep abuser behind bars

SUSAN HAMLIN, left, sits with her family in their El Dorado Hills home. From left, the children are Jenn, 14; Clare, 16; and Alec, 19. The family is hoping that a Dec. 5 parole hearing will leave Susan's ex-husband and their father, Richard Hamlin, behind bars. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The last time Susan Hamlin saw her now ex-husband Richard Hamlin a free man was just before his February 2004 arrest. The criminal defense attorney from El Dorado Hills had called police to report a threat on his life, but it was he who ended up in handcuffs after an investigation revealed he had abused […]

3 Comments / November 28, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Shoppers line up for midnight deals

Big buy —€” First in line outside the store, El Dorado Hills resident Nicholas Boyle made quick work of his Black Friday shopping trip at Target, taking advantage of a great TV doorbuster and other sales. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

At the stroke of midnight the post-Thanksgiving shopping season officially began in El Dorado Hills when about 500 night owls rushed into Target and snatched up irresistible deals. Minutes after the doors opened shoppers had their carts full. So what deals had them all up early or out late? “It’s mostly electronics and toys early […]

1 Comment / November 25, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Food Bank of El Dorado County benefits from ‘Operation Gobble’

Senator Ted Gaines, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, Alicia Rockwell of Savemart Supermarkets, Mike Sproull of the Food Bank of El Dorado County and Evan Jacobs of American Water, left to right, all helped to ensure families wouldn't go without a Thanksgiving turkey. Courtesy photo

Thanks to the collaboration of two well-known California politicians and the generosity of an area utility company, many of El Dorado County’s less fortunate were able to gather around a turkey this holiday season. It’s known as “Operation Gobble,” a team effort by California State Sen. Ted Gaines, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and California American Water. […]

No Comment / November 23, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Hunter’s Place grows

Hunter would have loved it — Julie McBride, Shana Wilson and Terri Chapman, left to right, review plans for the buildout of Hunter'€™s Place, the special-needs friendly playground located on the Grace Foundation ranch. McBride is the Grace Foundation program director, Wilson is Hunter's mother and Chapman is a broker with the Chapman Real Estate Group and Folsom Lake Realty. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Hunter’s Place, the special-needs friendly playground on the Grace Foundation ranch, will get more and better playground equipment over the next couple of weeks, weather permitting, thanks to generous donors and a family brave enough to talk about the tragic accident that took their son a year ago. On a stormy Sunday morning in November […]

No Comment / November 21, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Officers who cracked Mittelman case honored

Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills President Jeff England and Det. Sgt. Tom Hoagland honor Det. Paul Hadjes, Det. Mike Lensing, deputy Steven Fulton and Det. Ken Barber, left to right, as the club's Officers of the Year. Not pictured, deputy Simon Brown. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

They said it was a suicide. It wasn’t. Shortly after arriving at the home of victim Valerie Rita Mittelman in June 2010, El Dorado County sheriff’s officers knew things weren’t right and an investigation began that ended with Steven Howard Mittelman’s first-degree murder conviction earlier this year. Wednesday, the five key players in the investigation — […]

No Comment / November 16, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »