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Board airs Skeel’s reinstatement plan

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors divulged a little more information about the plan to reinstate General Manager John Skeel at last week’s regular board meeting. “There’s currently no time frame for the remediation plan,” Board President Guy Gertsch said in a prepared statement.”John and the board ask for your patience […]

No Comment / September 08, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Elena Dreisbach, more than a pretty face

MISS TEEN California contestant Elena Dreisbach hopes to bring attention to her favorite charities and causes. Village Life photo Shelly Thorene

By Jessica Pratt Glitz. Glamour. Beauty. That’s solely what pageants are all about, right? Not for Elena Dreisbach. For this Oak Ridge High School sophomore, the Miss Teen California 2012 Pageant is not just a place to showcase beauty and good looks — it is an opportunity to give back, show compassion and make a […]

No Comment / September 08, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Taken too soon: Family remembers Jennifer Tegley

JENNIFER TEGLEY

The entryway of the Tegley family home was filled with flowers, providing some color during a dark time. Jim and Michelle Tegley lost their 18-year-old daughter Jennifer on Aug 29, 10 months after she was diagnosed with cancer. The flowers came from the memorial service that nearly overflowed Lakehills Covenant Church Sept. 3. A photo […]

No Comment / September 08, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Auditor shows county’s $100K+ retirees

El Dorado County Auditor-Controller Joe Harn

El Dorado County has a 16-member group of individuals with one thing in common. They retired from county employment or county service with pensions of more than $100,000 a year. Three were elected officials — former sheriff Jeff Neves, former assessor Tim Holcomb and former surveyor Dan Russell. Neves’s retirement package tops the chart at […]

3 Comments / September 06, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Youth recognized for outstanding community service

KIRSTI BUCKENDORF, president of Team Inspire and the Hands4Hope Club at ORHS, addresses the audience during Hands4Hope's third Annual Youth Recognition Dinner. Kirsti talked about why she joined Hands4Hope and about her experiences over the last three years with the organization, noting, "Through H4H, I learned the power and positive impact that can come from compassion and action on our community. Serving someone else doesn't just make an impact on their life, it also helps us get a better perspective on our own life." Courtesy photo

More than 100 people were in attendance to applaud local students at Hands4Hope’s recent Youth Recognition Dinner at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. Hands4Hope youth volunteers were recognized for collectively dedicating 3,442 hours of community service to those in need in our community over the 2010-11 year.  Additionally, several local youth were singled […]

No Comment / September 06, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Youth find asylum at New Morning

NEW MORNING Executive Director David Ashby and Associate Director Kathy Brook-Johnson stand in the newly built New Morning Youth and Family Services facility off Ray Lawyer Drive in Placerville. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene.

Shelter: to cover, protect, defend; provide refuge.  PLACERVILLE — For 41 years, New Morning Youth and Family Services has quietly sheltered the youth of El Dorado County, providing a safe place with a listening ear and an open heart. It’s the only shelter for runaway and homeless youth in El Dorado County. Now New Morning is […]

No Comment / September 06, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Coffee with a mission

COFFEE FARMER “Raphael" manages the Las Marias Estate in Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua, one of the collectives the El Dorado Coffee and Tea Company sources its beans from. Courtesy photo

Retired fireman’s family coffee business serves local non-profits and women-run coffee farms in developing countries. Coffee roaster Dennis Planje enjoys telling people that he lives between the first and the second crack. Just ask him. The retired fireman will explain how the water inside a green coffee bean suddenly boils off right around 400 degrees Fahrenheit, […]

No Comment / September 04, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »