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Former ORHS principal files lawsuit

Former ORHS Principal Paul Burke is seen here welcoming students back to school at the start of the 2015-16 year. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Former Oak Ridge High School principal Paul Burke has filed a federal lawsuit alleging wrongful termination against the El Dorado Union High School District. Three district employees are also named in the suit filed June 14, including Superintendent Stephen Wehr, Assistant Superintendent and Director of Human Resources Tony DeVille and Burke’s former administrative assistant Courtney Soto. Burke […]

2 Comments / June 20, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Growing up with ‘The Greatest’

El Dorado Hills resident Chuck Hammond, left, poses with Muhammad Ali during an event in Louisville in 1995. Courtesy photo

When El Dorado Hills resident and youth sports coach Chuck Hammond was growing up in Louisville, Ken., the highlight of his week was Wednesday night. “Whatever part of Louisville you lived in, all the black people got together at Grace Community Center for a potluck,” Hammond remembered. “The kids played basketball and boxed. No one […]

Comments Off / June 15, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

The story behind spectacular fireworks

CPCSD's Summer Spectacular returns this month. File photo

The production of fireworks have come a long ways since the Chinese invented the fireworks. According to the Smithsonian, as early as 200 B.C. the Chinese were writing on green bamboo stalks and heating them on coals to dry. If they were left too long over the heat, the wood expanded and burst with a […]

1 Comment / June 11, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Voters keep Judge Brooks on the bench

Supporters surround El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Nelson Brooks at his election night celebration. Brooks beat challenger Roland Tiemann. Photo by Nicholas Trylovich

The jurors, rather the voters, have spoken and El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Nelson Brooks, Office 2, will stay on the job. The unofficial final report for Primary Election report shows that Brooks earned 58.53 percent of the votes and Roland Tiemann received 41.16 percent. Judge Brooks told Village Life he was busy Wednesday taking down campaign signs around the county, as […]

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

District 1 race: Hidahl v. Gaines this fall

District 1 supervisor candidate John Hidahl, center, celebrates with seven of his nine grandchildren at The Purple Place on election night. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

It looks like El Dorado Hills Fire Board Director John Hidahl and District 6 Assemblywoman Beth Gaines will face off in November for the El Dorado County District 1 supervisor seat. The unofficial election night report shows Gaines coming in first with 2,431 votes and Hidahl close behind with 2,202. There are still votes to […]

1 Comment / June 10, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Frentzen wins a second term

El Dorado County Supervisor Shiva Frentzen celebrates with supporters as the results go live on election night. More than 60 percent of District 2 voters supported Frentzen. Photo by Nicholas Trylovich

Supervisor Shiva Frentzen will continue to represent District 2, voters decided Tuesday. The unofficial final report shows Frentzen has a substantial lead in the vote count, more than 2,300 votes ahead of challenger Dave Pratt. She received approximately 60.5 percent of the vote to Pratt’s 37 percent. She told Village Life that she felt comfortable being […]

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

Loving life is the secret to living long

Ina Martin looks through family photos as she reflects on her 101 years. Village Life photo by Jackie Penn

Ina Martin of El Dorado Hills will celebrate her 101st birthday June 9 by having cake and ice cream, maybe some pizza, with a few friends she’ll have over to her home in an older part of the community. “When we first came here, there was nothing — just fields and one other house back […]

Comments Off / June 08, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »