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Lake Forest Park almost ready

A NEW PLAY PLACE — El Dorado Hills CSD Special Projects Manager Kent Oakley, right, and CSD General Manager John P. Skeel talk about the new equipment at Lake Forest Park on Francisco Drive. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The fences at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s newest park will come down soon, possibly by the end of this month. Then it’s games on at Lake Forest Park where children will enjoy a playground with endless imaginative possibilities while sports and exercise enthusiasts take advantage of the park’s bocce ball court, two […]

No Comment / January 24, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge grad turned Army sergeant comes home

Blair-Neelands

Blair Neelands is a sergeant in the United States Army. She has been stationed in Afghanistan for the past 10 months but got two weeks of R&R just after Christmas and came home to spend it with family in El Dorado County. A 2008 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, Neelands actually joined the Army […]

No Comment / January 24, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Veerkamp retirement ceremony: Colleagues share their memories

FAREWELL CHIEF — Captain Mike Wilson, left,  presents the flag to Brian Veerkamp Wednesday at the retirement ceremony at station 85 in El Dorado Hills.  Standing next to Brian is his wife Lori. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

“I was working in Cameron Park and we had a potential merger with El Dorado Hills Fire coming up that wasn’t going well. I remember Brian and Larry (former chief Fry) walking into the fire house – I’ll never forget their confident, competent stature. Brian asked me how things were going and for some reason […]

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

Tea Party Patriots cheer for healthcare repeal, vow to stay involved

TEA PARTY — A large crown fills the Holiday Inn Express meeting room during the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills' meeting Wednesday evening. Rep. Tom McClintock's Community Outreach Director Norman Gonzales spoke to the audience of more than 100 people. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado Hills resident Kelley Nalewaja faces a dilemma. Her family’s health insurance is set to increase, again. The Nalewajas used to pay around $500 for themselves and their three school-age children. Then the cost increased to about $600. Later this year that figure’s expected to jump to more than $800, Nalewaja told the 100-plus […]

2 Comments / January 20, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Tiny Tumblers: Playtime with a purpose

BELLY BUBBLES — €“Gymnastic Instructor Holly Stroncak, 34, Of El Dorado Hills blows bubbles on the bellies of her students at the Tiny Twos tumbling class held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class is one section of Tiny Tumblers, a series of classes that teaches motor skills to growing children. Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene.

They run. They turn somersaults (actually, “forward roll” is the appropriate gymnastics term). Some even stand on their heads. Tiny Tumblers, the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s newest class for preschoolers, teaches toddlers the basics of gymnastics through obstacle courses, music and rhythm games. Under the enthusiastic direction of instructor Hollie Stroncak kids develop […]

1 Comment / January 18, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »

Waterford HOA shakeup: New roof spurs recall

ROUGHED UP OVER A ROOF? Tony Marchionna stands in fron of his Waterford home, where he recently installed a composition roof with HOA board approval. The board's approval angered some in the upscale community and now those serving face a recall election. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Waterford Village Homeowners Association board members face a recall following their approval of composition roof in the otherwise tile and shake shingled El Dorado Hills neighborhood. Ballots will be counted during a Waterford residents only meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Fire Station 85 on El Dorado Hills Boulevard. Ballots can be carried […]

2 Comments / January 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Robotics team has great visions

M-CUBED, a local robotics team, works with its robot at the regional FIRST Lego League competition. The team advanced to the Northern California State Competition at Newark Memorial High School on Jan. 29. Courtesy photo

By Justin Voo & Shefali Pandya M-Cubed, a FIRST Lego League robotics team, cares about the 1.3 billion people in the world who don’t have eye care and decided to help. Team members Nishita, Ravi, Justin, Simon, Shefali and Hammad presented their ideas at two recent FIRST Lego League competitions at Sam Brannan Middle School […]

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