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Community foundation receives national recognition

The El Dorado Community Foundation recently received national recognition and five-year accreditation from the Council on Foundation’s National Standards Board, a national organization that exists to expand, enhance and sustain the work of the philanthropic field and to ensure that policymakers understand the important role they play in advancing society. In a recent letter from the […]

Comments Off / March 02, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

Open house for General Plan amendment and Zoning Ordinance update this week

The county of El Dorado Community Development Agency, as the Lead Agency, has prepared a Partial Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Targeted General Plan Amendment and Zoning Ordinance Update. The RDEIR is prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act and the county’s CEQA guidelines. It consists of portions of the DEIR […]

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Faithful Stewards help Nicaraguan community thrive

Nicaraguan children receive meals and education thanks to the efforts of Faithful Stewards and its supporters. Courtesy photo

Who knew delicious desserts could make such a difference? Faithful Stewards Wine & Dessert Auction’s generous attendees have helped countless Nicaraguan children and families thrive over the years and it’s time once again to give back to the the village of Nueva Vida. The eighth annual event will be held on Friday, March 6. Founded […]

Comments Off / March 02, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

‘Sisters’ are friends for life

SWEET SISTERS — Big Sister Helen Bennett of El Dorado Hills, right, and Little Sister Lea Hall, 17, of Plymouth enjoy a treat at Mel's Diner in Placerville. The two have been together for four years, forming a friendship that will last a lifetime. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

It’s been four years of hiking, movies, ice cream and even a chance to go onto the field at a San Francisco Giants game, and for 17-year-old Lea Hall, it’s been just fantastic being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County. And it must have been pretty great for Helen Bennett, […]

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Give Love via Vintage Grace

Kelsey Thomas holds up one of the many Give Love bags Vintage Grace hopes to fill for youth entering the county's foster system. The goal is to fill 500 bags by the end of the month. Courtesy photo

Vintage Grace kicked off a month-long Give Love campaign with a visit from a movie director during March 1 services. The movie “Drop Box” may take place far across the world in South Korea, but Vintage Grace pastor Drew Sodestrom wants to drive home the message that its theme is just as relevant in El […]

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Dixon Ranch dissenters point to project’s flaws

El Dorado County staff hosted a public workshop to discuss the proposed Dixon Ranch residential project before the Planning Commission last Thursday. While no action was taken, it was an opportunity for the commissioners to learn about the project and hear from concerned residents prior to public hearing on the applications and final environmental impact […]

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Gangs have tough presence in El Dorado County

Several gangs have made a home in El Dorado County. Gang members often sport clothing that makes them easily identifiable. Cameron Park Life photo by Cole Mayer

When Carol Edwards began developing the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office gang unit 23 years ago, the agency was unaware that gangs were already here. As they did not know how to validate gang members, they had no list of suspects. “We had no clue,” the gang officer told a group gathered at the Cameron Park Elks […]

Comments Off / February 26, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »