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Family fights to keep abuser behind bars

SUSAN HAMLIN, left, sits with her family in their El Dorado Hills home. From left, the children are Jenn, 14; Clare, 16; and Alec, 19. The family is hoping that a Dec. 5 parole hearing will leave Susan's ex-husband and their father, Richard Hamlin, behind bars. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The last time Susan Hamlin saw her now ex-husband Richard Hamlin a free man was just before his February 2004 arrest. The criminal defense attorney from El Dorado Hills had called police to report a threat on his life, but it was he who ended up in handcuffs after an investigation revealed he had abused […]

3 Comments / November 28, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Grace Foundation volunteers help heal wounds

Jean Acosta goes nose to nose with Rusty, a Grace Foundation resident that she plans to adopt. The two met at the Whispering PInes Ranch in Susanville where she helped other volunteers rescue the abused and starving horses. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

On a gusty and bright fall afternoon on the Grace Foundation ranch dozens of volunteers feed, socialize and exercise horses, many of which suffered starvation and abuse at Whispering Pines Ranch in Susanville. Intel Project Manager Jean Acosta works with her “project horse,” a spirited and affectionate 2-year-old gelding mustang named Rusty. She plans to […]

No Comment / November 27, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EDH sewer lift station to get facelift

A sewer lift station in El Dorado Hills will get a nearly $1 million facelift and none too soon. “Extremely, extremely bad” is how Wastewater/Recycled Water Division Manager Vicki Caulfield described the Timberline lift station. “This is an emergency. We’re not waiting,” said Director George Wheeldon. “We have to replace these things before they fail. […]

No Comment / November 25, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Shoppers line up for midnight deals

Big buy —€” First in line outside the store, El Dorado Hills resident Nicholas Boyle made quick work of his Black Friday shopping trip at Target, taking advantage of a great TV doorbuster and other sales. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

At the stroke of midnight the post-Thanksgiving shopping season officially began in El Dorado Hills when about 500 night owls rushed into Target and snatched up irresistible deals. Minutes after the doors opened shoppers had their carts full. So what deals had them all up early or out late? “It’s mostly electronics and toys early […]

1 Comment / November 25, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Folsom Lake College president announces retirement

Folsom Lake College President Dr. Thelma Scott-Skillman, the college’s founding president, has announced she plans to retire from her position effective June 30, 2012. Scott-Skillman was appointed president of Folsom Lake College July 1, 2001, after a national search. She previously served in progressively responsible positions in four colleges and the California Community College System […]

No Comment / November 23, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Food Bank of El Dorado County benefits from ‘Operation Gobble’

Senator Ted Gaines, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines, Alicia Rockwell of Savemart Supermarkets, Mike Sproull of the Food Bank of El Dorado County and Evan Jacobs of American Water, left to right, all helped to ensure families wouldn't go without a Thanksgiving turkey. Courtesy photo

Thanks to the collaboration of two well-known California politicians and the generosity of an area utility company, many of El Dorado County’s less fortunate were able to gather around a turkey this holiday season. It’s known as “Operation Gobble,” a team effort by California State Sen. Ted Gaines, Assemblywoman Beth Gaines and California American Water. […]

No Comment / November 23, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Company to donate a roof

SHINGLE SPRINGS — Straight Line Roofing & Construction recently announced the continuation of the Donate a Roof initiative. Every year Straight Line Roofing & Construction has provided a new roof to an individual with a failing roof and no method to pay for it. This year this has not happened and no one has come to our attention. As […]

No Comment / November 22, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,News | Read More »