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Secret to great barbecue? Just listen

Sibling barbecue team Nicole Burton, left and Brandon Ivey own and operate Boucane in El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Where I come from, the best barbecue is found in the worst neighborhoods. I’ve savored soul food on the south side of Chicago and shouted for ribs through bullet-proof Plexiglas in the Fillmore District. So I was unprepared for Boucane’s Smokehouse and Sweetery, opened in March by brother-sister act Nicole Burton and Brandon Ivey. Their […]

6 Comments / May 26, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

More Homes or parks: Director begins debate

El Dorado Hills Community Services District Director Bill Vandegrift has called a special meeting to discuss alternative uses for the old El Dorado Hills golf course. The property, owned by Parker Development, shares a border with Highway 50. Last year, the developer unveiled a new plan for the space called Serrano Westside. The 155-acre area westward […]

3 Comments / May 26, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Stormwater runoff in EPA’s sights

If you printed and shredded all the federal, state and local research and regulations on stormwater runoff, along with the reams of strategy and sustainability plans, the paper mountain would dwarf Bob Lilly’s 550 tons of shredded carpet. A landmark 2008 study by the National Research Council found runoff to be the major source of […]

Comments Off / May 23, 2013 | Posted in News | Read More »

Carpet recycling gains traction

Californians began paying 5 cents per square yard to fund a carpet recycling program in 2011, courtesy of Assembly Bill 2398. The program is administered by the Carpet America Recover Effort, and overseen by CalRecycle. It currently costs $78 per ton to dispose of old carpet in El Dorado County. Area carpet recyclers, set up […]

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Old carpet fuels sustainability project

Josh, left, and Bob Lilly have a plan to turn old carpet into water filtration. They operate out of the old Westel-Oviatt lumber mill south of El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

“Post-consumer” carpet — the gnarly, old, dog-stained stuff from our tired dens and bedrooms — is clogging the nation’s landfills. Much of it consists of poly-something synthetics that are nearly impossible to recycle. There’s currently 550 tons of it shredded into neat piles at the old Wetsel-Oviatt lumber mill site in El Dorado Hills, part of a […]

Comments Off / May 23, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDH Crime Watch: May 16-22

The following information was taken from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: School rage May 16: A 16-year-old boy received a citation after allegedly grabbing a classmate by the throat and shoving the victim against the wall at school. Stranger danger May 16: A 14-year-old boy reported that a stranger drove up next to him on […]

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Eagle Scout Greg Stein takes flight

Eagle Scout Greg Stein

Greg Stein of El Dorado Hills Troop 465 earned the rank of Eagle Scout. Greg’s Court of Honor will be held at the Placerville Airport at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. Greg’s project is an outdoor bulletin board for the Placerville EAA Chapter 512, located just outside of the EAA hangar at the Placerville […]

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