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Army reservist done commuting with donkey carts

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Jeff Lee said it’s OK to call him a “geek.” As an Information Technology manager at Intel evidently it’s an appropriate handle. But Lee’s more than that. He’s a “warrior geek.” The Army Reserve 1st Sergeant recently returned to his El Dorado Hills home to his wife and children after a tour of duty in Afghanistan […]

1 Comment / February 04, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Sam LaCara – a good man, a great principal

Sam LaCara

On Wednesday principal Sam LaCara was shot to death in his office at Louisiana Schnell School in Placerville. That’s the reason Sam LaCara, 50, is in the news today, but there are other reasons he could have made the front page. One reason might have been the heartfelt interest LaCara took in the 411 students […]

No Comment / February 03, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rotary names February Student of the Month

SUPERTSTAR STUDENT —€” Rotary Student of the Month Ryan Manriques received nothing but praise at Wednesday's Rotary breakfast. Lakeview Elementary School teacher Julie Ryan said Ryan always has a smile on his face and an entourage as he makes his way around campus. Pictured are: Back row left to right, Rescue Union School District Superintendent Dr. Carol Bly; proud dad Tom Manriques; beaming mom Carrie Manriques; teacher Julie Ryan and Principal Judy Chance. Front row Rotary Club President Bill Tobin and Ryan Manriques. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

SUPERSTAR STUDENT —€” Rotary Student of the Month Ryan Manriques received nothing but praise at Wednesday’s Rotary breakfast. Lakeview Elementary School teacher Julie Ryan said Ryan always has a smile on his face and an entourage as he makes his way around campus. Pictured are: Back row left to right, Rescue Union School District Superintendent […]

No Comment / February 03, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

UPDATE 2: ‘A tragedy for Placerville’: Principal shot dead; janitor in custody

THE SUSPECT in the Wednesday morning shooting of Schnell School Prinicipal Sam LaCara is taken into custody outside his home in El Dorado shortly after noon Wednesday. Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene

Elementary school Principal Sam LaCara was shot to death Wednesday morning in his office at Placerville’s Louisiana Schnell School campus. School janitor John Luebbers is believed to have mortally wounded LaCara, 50, with a single gunshot wound to the abdomen shortly before 10:40 a.m. Wednesday. Authorities believe Luebbers targeted LaCara. The 44-year-old suspect was arrested about […]

No Comment / February 02, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Chamber seats new board, recognizes contributions

AW SHUCKS - El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Debbie Manning awards Village Life reporter Mike Roberts the first ever Outstandinding Community Service award. The honor was a complete surprise to the community journalist. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

The El Dorado Hills Chamber celebrated its 25th anniversary in style last week at Serrano Country Club with a room full of VIPs, installing a new board and doling out recognition and awards for  2010 business achievements. Long time El Dorado Hills resident and former chamber board chair T Abraham played master of ceremonies in […]

1 Comment / January 31, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

It’s Kids Time: Mom brings drop-in day care to Town Center

TIME FOR FUN —€” Ridge Ivey, 2 emerges from the fort on the It's Kids Time patio with his sister Lexi, 4, looking out the window. The siblings play at It's Kids Time in Town Center while mom runs errands. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Those balloons, bright colors and smiling faces at the north end of Town Center’s lakeside promenade, belong to It’s Kids Time, a drop-in childcare center. Multitasking El Dorado Hills mom Jonna Keledjian — wife, mother of three and Oak Meadows PTA president — opened It’s Kids Time on Dec. 28 and offers standard daycare packages […]

No Comment / January 31, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Carol Bly trading superintendent duties for the open road

READY TO RETIRE — Rescue Union School District Superintendent Carol Bly plans to kick back and relax, perhaps take a few road trips, after her retirement this spring. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Thanks to her regular “all-calls” Carol Bly’s voice is instantly recognizable to the families of Rescue Union School District’s 4,100 elementary and middle school students. In her most recent call she announced her retirement as superintendent, capping six years on the job and a career total of 45 years in education, all in the greater […]

No Comment / January 31, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »