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McClintock talks politics with residents

Congressman Tom McClintock speaks at a town hall meeting last Wednesday night at Oak Ridge. It was 90 minutes of getting the pulse of his El Dorado Hills constituents. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Elk Grove, hosted a town hall meeting inside Oak Ridge’s theater last Wednesday night. The intimate setting allowed for 90 minutes of genuine dialogue between the Congressman and the nearly 200 El Dorado Hills residents in attendance. “We have to go back to basic principles,” McClintock said, spending the first few minutes […]

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Humble green thumb honored at parklet’s dedication

EDHCSD Director Billy Vandegrift, left, pulls back the tarp and reveals the Tam O'Shanter Parklet sign with close friend and neighbor Jim Miner at his side. Miner and his wife began planting trees in the area in the 1980s and Miner said he's not done yet. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District dedicated the new Tam O’Shanter parklet to El Dorado Hills resident Jim Miner and his late wife last Friday morning. Since 1988 Miner has single-handedly beautified nine acres of open space behind his home, planting and maintaining a buffer of trees between St. Andrew’s Village and Stonegate subdivisions […]

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RUSD finalizes Bass Lake purchase

After months of speculation, on Feb. 20 Rescue Union School District formally purchased Bass Lake and 58 surrounding acres of land for $300,000 from El Dorado Irrigation District. The 150-acre sale includes Sellwood Field and a 30-acre maintenance yard, Rescue Union Superintendent David Swart said the school district transferred the yard back to EID in […]

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Man drives into lake at Brown’s Ravine

A man died after he apparently intentionally drove his vehicle into Folsom Lake at Brown’s Ravine Marina on Feb. 17. El Dorado County sheriff’s officials reported that when Folsom Lake employees arrived for work, they saw a man sitting inside a vehicle parked on a boat ramp, facing the water. Shortly after, employees saw it […]

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And the award goes to …

Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Executive Director Susie Davies, left, accepts MORE's well-deserved Community Service Business of the Year award with emcee Stephanie McGann-Jantzen and Kevin Barri with Wells Fargo, which received the honor last year. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Forget the Oscars, the real awards celebration took place Thursday night as the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce honored exceptional local businesses and community members. Awards presented Ambassador of the Year — Trish Tratos Home-Based Business of the Year — Carrera Productions Start-Up Business of the Year — Gold Country Run + Sport Small […]

Comments Off / February 22, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDH man to advise labor agency

Brian McMahon, 64, of El Dorado Hills, has been appointed senior advisor at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, where he has served as undersecretary since 2013. McMahon was executive director at the California Employment Training Panel from 2007 to 2013, director of strategic initiatives at M.H. West and Co. Inc. in 2007 and […]

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Longtime editor of the Mountain Democrat retiring

After almost 37 years at the Mountain Democrat — virtually all of it as an editor — Mike Raffety is retiring as of Feb. 23. The Mountain Democrat is a sister publication of Village Life, Cameron Park Life and other McNaughton-owned newspapers. A fixture at the paper for more than a generation, Raffety has served in multiple capacities — reporter, […]

Comments Off / February 19, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »