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Kitchen fire sparks at Sienna

SIENNA KITCHEN FIRE —€“ Firefighters lingered after the kitchen fire at Sienna Restaurant in El Dorado Hills on Friday morning. The fire was limited to the pizza oven ventilation system. The restaurant was closed for lunch but Sienna manager Mary Young anticipated reopening for dinner. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

A fire in the ventilation system of the wood-fired pizza oven cost Sienna Restaurant its lunch Friday morning. El Dorado Hills firefighters arrived at 10:30 a.m. to find smoke billowing out a vent behind the restaurant, according to Battalion Chief John Niehues. Truck 85’s ladder was quickly raised, hovering over the restaurant in case the […]

1 Comment / February 11, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Poster contest winners share fire safety message

Serena Wilson of€“ William Brooks Elementary holds up her winning poster. Courtesy photo

Lynn Yang from Oak Meadow Elementary and Serena Wilson from William Brooks Elementary won the El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s annual Fire Prevention Week poster contest. Their colorful posters featuring the National Fire Prevention Week theme,  “Smoke Alarms: A sound you can live with,” will soon grace the community’s fire marshal vehicles. More than 4,000 […]

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Scouts give back to earn their wings

FLYING HIGH —€” After years of dedication to the Boy Scouts Madison Sheridan, left, and Tyler Garrett will earn their Eagle Scout. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

On Feb. 20 Boy Scouts Madison Sheridan and Tyler Garrett will stand tall and receive a most coveted honor — Eagle Scout. “It’s really meaningful,” said Madison. He and Tyler, both students at Oak Ridge High School, will join the elite after dedicating years to Troop 529 and months to their Eagle Scout Projects. Madison, […]

1 Comment / February 10, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

School counselor Myrna Harp never gives up

BEST OF THE BEST — Marina Village school counselor Myrna Harp was recently honored as "Educator of the Year" in the Rescue Union School District. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

When you meet Myrna Harp a well-circulated poster comes to mind. The poster depicts a stork attempting to eat a frog, but the frog has his little green hands around the stork’s throat, preventing the bird from swallowing. The caption underneath reads, “Never give up.” Harp, a Marina Village Middle School counselor, takes that approach […]

No Comment / February 09, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rotary speech contestants ‘Dare Mighty Things’

HIGH HOPES FOR THE FUTURE — Oak Ridge sophomores Garrett Brockschmitt, Emma Larsen, Alexa Hill, Matt Landay and Carina Williams, left to right, competed in this year's El Dorado Hills Rotary Club Speech Contest. Their speeches wrapped around Rotary International's theme, "Dare Mighty Things." Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Five Oak Ridge High School sophomores dared El Dorado Hills Rotarians and guests to do “mighty things” at the club’s annual speech contest Wednesday, Feb. 9. Carina Williams, Matt Landay, Alexa Hill, Garrett Brockschmitt and Emma Larsen, all 15, spoke about dreams, perseverance and hope at the annual event. Landay’s speech retold the story of […]

No Comment / February 09, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Serrano standoff ends peaceably

Medics load an unidentified man into an ambulance following a standoff in Serrano. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Medics load an unidentified man into an ambulance following a standoff in Serrano. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene An El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department crisis negotiator talked a distraught and bloodied man out of a Serrano home at 7:45 Wednesday morning, ending a standoff that placed more than 30 law enforcement officers in the upscale El Dorado Hills neighborhood. The […]

No Comment / February 09, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Teen council aims to keep peers out of trouble

TEEN COUNCIL IN THE MAKING — El Dorado Hills teens are organizing a teen council to host activities and programs at the library, an after-school destination for teens and preteens. Top row, left to right: Amnta Chimni, Amelia Crye, Katie Callahan, Julia Lund, Shannon Lewis, Alec Brooks, Heather Thomas, Jason Stewart, Kevin Moeller, Grant Anderson and AJ Slepian. Bottom row, left to right: Corbin Gomez, Sonia Chimni, Scooter Muse-Fisher, Lauren Nielson, Eunice Kim, Blake Martin, Lily Forbes and Phillip Nguyen. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

El Dorado Hills Librarian Carolyn Brooks is also a history reenactor and, lately, part-time alchemist, turning straw — teens with too much after-school time on their hands —into gold — a teen council that’s planning after-school service projects and activities. At 2:20 p.m. on school days librarians hunker down for the first wave of middle […]

No Comment / February 07, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »