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Firefighter of the Year: Matt Belleci

Fire Chief Dave Roberts, left, and Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills President Wayne Lowery, right, join Firefighter of the Year Matt Belleci. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado Hills firefighter/engineer Matt Belleci undertook a massive project last year, planning a large-scale training exercise in the community’s Lakehills neighborhood. involving dozens of agencies and hundreds of residents. His efforts spawned fuel reduction, a new fire safe council and good working relationships between agencies, which are now better prepared should a catastrophic fire strike. […]

1 Comment / April 15, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Parents, teachers rally for smaller classes, better pay

Jackson teacher Gerry Neal holds up signs supporting teachers at the RUSD board meeting. Photo by Julie Samrick

Emotions ran high at last week’s Rescue Union School District board meeting where parents and teachers implored the five-person board not to lay off more teachers, but instead spend some of the district’s surplus funds to save jobs and give all teachers a pay raise. Fourteen of the lowest tenured, or non-tenured, teachers in the district received pink […]

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EDH Crime Watch: April 4-10

The following information is from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: Stolen April 4: A grand theft was reported on Bailey Court. Recreational break-in April 4: Someone possibly broke into an RV parked on Bass Lake Road. Sliced April 4: A 19-year-old man reported a that a delivery driver cut him with a surgical blade while […]

Comments Off / April 11, 2013 | Posted in Crime Watch | Read More »

STARs here to help

With the summer months approaching, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees (STARS) would like to let community members know about two programs that could assist citizens away from their homes and on vacation. The STARS Unit provides training, literature and outlines in Neighborhood Watch to assist communities in establishing their own programs. The unit will […]

Comments Off / April 09, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Better together: a community vision

El Dorado Hills community leaders invite the public to help develop community vision and create a community projects launching pad. An 11-member council representing a cross-section of El Dorado Hills will host the inaugural CEDAC-EDH Better Together public meeting at the Community Services District pavilion at 6:30 p.m. on April 18. Organizers expect a big […]

1 Comment / April 08, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Putting her best paw forward

GUIDE DOG TRAINER Karrie Kinsella sits in her El Dorado Hills home with her newest student, 12-week-old Brunei. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

At just 12 weeks old Brunei, a yellow Lab, shows just how smart she is. She gets good marks for potty training, comes when she’s called, sits by trainer Karrie Kinsella’s side, greets without jumping and knows to stay off the furniture. All these skills are necessary for the pup, who’s training to become a […]

Comments Off / April 08, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Six arrested at two marijuana dispensaries

NINE FIREARMS were seized along with 60 pounds of processed marijuana and approximately $80,000, with more seizures expected. Photo courtesy of El Dorado County Sheriff's Office

Five arrests were made when search warrants were served on April 4 centered around the sale of marijuana at two businesses. The three-month investigation into a conspiracy to sell marijuana looked at River City Wellness, also known as Right Choice Wellness, in Cameron Park and C4C Wellness in Shingle Springs. Both were operated by David […]

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