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CSD GM Skeel takes unexplained leave

John Skeel

El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager John Skeel has taken an unplanned leave of absence, reportedly at the encouragement of the CSD Board of Directors. Skeel said he couldn’t discuss his leave but did call it “surprising.” He took the job in January 2011. Neither Skeel or CSD officials have returned calls, but unofficial sources […]

5 Comments / June 23, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

School’s out (mostly) for Tracy Rodgers

RETIREMENT OR BUST — Tracy Rodgers retired from her 40-year teaching career. She spent 25 years at William Brooks Elementary and will pass on her Gold Rush covered wagon and classroom to colleague Judy McClurg. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

A bit of a prankster, one of teacher Tracy Rodgers favorite things to do involved a long wig and a Southern accent. For the past few years the William Brooks Elementary School teacher dressed up on Halloween and came to class as “her twin sister.” She would tell the students she didn’t know where they […]

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

Rotary honors ‘Firefighter of the Year’

FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR Mike Gygax, center, is congratulated by Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills President Bill Tobin, left, and El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts. Gygax received the honor Wednesday morning at Rotary's meeting. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

A quiet Mike Gygax didn’t know what to say. Last Wednesday morning the El Dorado Hills Fire Department engineer was surprised at the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills breakfast when Fire Chief Dave Roberts named him “Firefighter of the Year.” “He’s involved in just about everything we do,” Roberts said in front of a […]

No Comment / June 22, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Youth explore nature at Coloma, El Dorado Hills camps

YOUNGSTERS EXPLORE the water during one of ARC's camps. Courtesy photo

COLOMA — Calling all campers! Youth, ages 6-11, are invited to explore the outdoors at Nature Camp in Coloma or El Dorado Hills. For more than 20 years, the American River Conservancy’s Nature Camps have provided youth the opportunity to explore the outdoors while learning about science and nature. In Coloma, this summer’s theme Energized […]

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

Witt will be sentenced with Colver

TYLAR WITT, left, watches court proceedings Monday in the El Dorado Superior Courthouse in Placerville. Her scheduled sentencing was delayed. VIllage Life photo by Pat Dollins

Tylar Witt will be sentenced Aug. 12 along side her recently convicted former lover. The 16-year-old girl’s sentencing will come more than two years after she and Steven “Boston” Colver, 21, killed Tylar’s mother, Joanne, while she slept in her El Dorado Hills home on June 12, 2009. Last week, Colver was found guilty of […]

No Comment / June 20, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Updated: EDH home gutted

FIREFIGHTERS work to put out a residential structure fire at 2790 Aberdeen Lane in El Dorado Hills Sunday. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

The homeowner who lost everything after fire ripped through an Aberdeen Lane house mid-Sunday morning has been identified as Chris Bryan, who lived at the residence with his wife and two boys. At about 10:12 a.m. firefighters responded to a call at 2790 Aberdeen Lane and found the two-story home fully involved and a patch of […]

No Comment / June 19, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Bodacious Babes recovering

Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Kathi Sturgeon, one of two women struck by a drunk driver while riding along El Dorado Hills Boulevard in June 2008, leads a ride with more than 30 friends on that familiar path to commemorate the accident that injured her and friend Kathy Hurd. The short ride to “the rocks” at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday […]

No Comment / June 19, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »