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Mom turn inventor creates DishwasherMATE

GINA JACKSON invented DishwasherMATE after she became frustrated with dirty and melted plastic containers coming out of her dishwasher. The El Dorado Hills mom will appear on QVC this summer to sell her product. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Frustrated when your dishes flip in the dishwasher? Tired of hand-washing things that fill with that icky water? Then Gina Jackson has the solution for you — DishwasherMATE © by Gina J.! The El Dorado Hills mother of three daughters invented DishwasherMATE, a thermoplastic rubber mat that goes on top of the full dishwasher racks […]

4 Comments / May 24, 2011 | Posted in Business,Feature Photos | Read More »

El Dorado Hills, Tahoe offer redistricting challenges

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The redistricting process must adjust the boundaries of El Dorado County’s five supervisorial districts to equalize populations, all the while respecting its ever evolving but loosely defined “communities of interest.” County attorney Ed Knapp, who’s helping oversee the process, contends that two things are certain: It won’t be easy, and someone’s not going to like […]

1 Comment / May 23, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

War stories: Korean War hero opens up, part 1

MARINE VETERAN Dick Grinnell, 75, recalls his days of service in the Korean War. Grinnell lied about his age and first enlisted at 16. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

It’s been 58 years since El Dorado Hills Korean war veteran Dick Grinnell told his story to a reporter. Back then he was lying flat on his back at Balboa Hospital in San Diego, healing from wounds suffered during a heroic rescue mission in what’s now called North Korea. A grateful military awarded him the […]

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

Fallen Warriors car, motorcycle show on tap

THE CLASSICS will again be on dispaly at the Fallen Warriors car show at Town Center May 28. Village Life file photo by Pat Dollins

The sixth annual Fallen Warriors poker run, motorcycle and car show promises a day of patriotism, classic cars, show bikes, raffles, prizes and fun for the whole family in El Dorado Hills Town Center, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. The event benefits the Fallen Warriors Scholarship fund. Classy cars and bikes will […]

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

Colver trial: Defendant confesses to ‘God’

Attorney for Steven Colver, Dain Weiner, prepares for Wednesday's proceedings.mocrat photo by Shelly Thorene

The morning after Joanne Witt was stabbed to death, Steven “Boston” Colver showed off the bloody murder weapon and confessed to the killing, said the defendant’s frequent drug partner and former boyfriend. Matthew Widman, 19, nicknamed “God” by friends, testified Thursday in Placerville’s Main Street courthouse that Colver, 21, admitted to killing the mother of […]

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

Colver murder trial: Crime scene discussed

Steven Colver heads back to the courtroom following a break in his murder trial in Placerville. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

The gruesome aftermath of Joanne Witt’s murder was on display in Placerville’s Main Street courthouse Wednesday morning as jurors came face-to-face with images of the El Dorado Hills woman’s violent death. Witt, 47, was stabbed to death in her bed in June 2009. Witt’s teenage daughter, Tylar, has already pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder […]

No Comment / May 18, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Colver’s murder trial begins

ACCUSED MURDERE Steven Colver, left, confers with his defense attorney Dain Weiner, right,  prior to opening statements  in Placerville's Superior Court Tuesday. Democrat photo by Pat Dollins

Joanne Witt, a 47-year-old single mother, was stabbed to death in her own El Dorado Hills home on the evening of June 11, 2009. That much is certain. Details of the gruesome killing, though, differ, depending on who’s talking. Opening statements in the murder trial of Steven Paul Colver were delivered Tuesday morning inside a […]

No Comment / May 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »