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Aerojet leaders build bikes, surprise kids

Placerville Boys and Girls Club kids got an early Christmas present from Aerojet executives, who built 24 bikes as part of a team building exercise. The bikes were presented to the children, much to their surprise, at the Rancho Cordova Marriott Hotel on Dec. 7. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

CJ Cook put it best. “This is sooooo cool,” said the expressive 10-year-old. He’d just received a new bike, custom fitted to his husky frame, from a group of Aerojet executives he’d never met. On Wednesday, Dec. 7, 120 Aerojet managers and lead engineers became overqualified bicycle mechanics for an afternoon, assembling new bikes for […]

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

Oak Ridge comes through for elementary school

Be Change participants proudly pose with the check Oak Ridge High School presented to Oak Ridge Elementary. Last week's donation drive also brought in canned food and school supplies for the elementary school students. Courtesy photo

Oak Ridge High School students and staff participated in a big way in the Advanced Leadership students’ Be Change donation week events benefitting Oak ridge Elemtnary school in Sacramento. More than $1,500 in donated money was collected as well as 10,000 canned goods and 25 large bags of new and gently used clothing. Most impressively, […]

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

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 […]

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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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / December 05, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »