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Hands4Hope serves hundreds during cold months

Hands4Hope school club participants from Union Mine High School and Herbert Green Middle School create one of the many no-sew fleece blankets. Left to right: Gabby (Herbert Green), Gretta (Union Mine, foreign exchange student from Italy), Nadia (Union Mine), Abby (Herbert Green), Lauren (Union Mine) and Francesca (Union Mine). Courtesy photo

Each year Hands4Hope — Youth Making A Difference runs many winter­-based activities and outreach events, including a Blanket Making Party, Warm & Fuzzy Drive and Winter Boutique to support those in need in the community. In November Hands4Hope held its sixth annual Blanket Making Party, where more than 100 youth and adult participants made 90 no­-sew fleece blankets. These will […]

Comments Off / January 12, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Man dies in rainy day wreck

An El Camino is wrapped around a stoplight pole at the intersection of White Rock Road and Stonebriar Drive in El Dorado Hills after a Wednesday afternoon wreck. The driver died at the scene. Village Life photo by Amanda Williams

An El Dorado Hills man was killed Wednesday after his vehicle collided with a traffic light pole, according to California Highway Patrol officials. At about 11:18 a.m. on Jan. 6 James Riley, 68, was driving his maroon 1969 El Camino westbound on White Rock Road when the vehicle, for unknown reasons, drifted to the northwest […]

Comments Off / January 10, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Manansala selected as new superintendent

New El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Ed Manansala, seated, smiles after being selected to fill the position. He receives applause from BOE administrative assistant Susan Carney, left, and Deputy Superintendent Robbie Montalbano. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

The El Dorado County Board of Education played 20 questions Monday and answered the biggest question — who will be the new superintendent of schools? — with Ed Manansala, Ed.D, the county’s current deputy superintendent for Educational Services. One of four candidates interviewed for the job of superintendent, after a day of interviewing Manansala ended up ranked No. 1 by all trustees. […]

Comments Off / January 06, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

World War II vet full of bright ideas

World War II veteran and Serrano resident Dan Casaregola wears the ear phones he wore in Okinawa to intercept Japanese messages for the U.S. government.  His home radio room and garage workshop house hundreds, if not thousands, of items Casaregola has built. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

“Anything you see here I built,” El Dorado Hills resident Dan Casaregola said during a recent tour of his Serrano home’s radio room, filled with tools and gadgets marked with red dots Casaregola, 93, invented and built spanning decades. There’s a 12-volt car battery charger and an adjustable battery tester that fits up to 10 […]

Comments Off / January 06, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Snowpack promising in first survey

SURVEY SAYS — John King with the California Department of Water Resources, left, and Surveys Chief Frank Gehrke weigh the snowpack during Wednesday's snow survey at Phillips Station. Village Life photo by Jackie Penn

The new water year was off to a good start as measurements at Phillips Station on Wednesday showed an average snow depth of 54.7 inches. Of more importance, though, was its water content, which at 16.3 inches was 136 percent of the long-term average. Last year at this time the snow depth was less than half that amount and the […]

Comments Off / January 04, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Holy Trinity principal praises new role

Holy Trinity School's new principal Christopher Nelson brings a dynamic, hands-on approach to the role. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Christopher Nelson hasn’t always been Catholic, but Holy Trinity School’s new principal has taken the reins to lead the school with gusto. “Catholic schools brought me into the faith,” he said. Baptized Methodist, Nelson said he wasn’t practicing when he became a teacher in his native Southern California. The UCLA grad taught public elementary school, […]

Comments Off / January 04, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Another bone found in ‘skull mystery’ at Folsom Lake

El Dorado County Search and Rescue personnel carefully look along Folsom Lake's shore for any sign of human remains. A human skull was found earlier this year. Courtesy photo

El Dorado County Search and Rescue personnel scoured the shores of Folsom Lake Dec. 20 in the vicinity of where a human skull was found in mid-November, looking for any possible clues as to the origin of the remains. A bone with the ball joint attached was found as a result of the effort by […]

Comments Off / January 01, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »