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Grand jury torches EDH Fire

El Dorado County’s 2010-11 Grand Jury delivered a scathing review of the El Dorado Hills Fire District, calling it “top-heavy,” “over compensated,” “inflexible” and out of step with the realities of what its firefighters do on a daily basis. The June 10 report accuses the district of “overspending … despite receiving a disproportionate amount of […]

2 Comments / June 24, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Town Center ready to put on another dazzling show

FIREWORKS light up the night at Town Center's Fireworks Jubilee. Courtesy photo

El Dorado Hills is excited to announce the second Annual Fireworks Jubilee Sunday, July 3. The afternoon will be full of family fun and entertainment located throughout the El Dorado Hills Town Center leading to the magnificent fireworks show produced by Pyro Spectaculars. An area dedicated for children activities will be located near the Target […]

No Comment / June 24, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

CSD GM Skeel takes unexplained leave

John Skeel

El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager John Skeel has taken an unplanned leave of absence, reportedly at the encouragement of the CSD Board of Directors. Skeel said he couldn’t discuss his leave but did call it “surprising.” He took the job in January 2011. Neither Skeel or CSD officials have returned calls, but unofficial sources […]

5 Comments / June 23, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Be cool, urges state health director

SACRAMENTO – With the arrival of summer and hot weather upon us, Dr. Ron Chapman, director of the California Department of Public Health, encourages California residents to follow these top-10 helpful tips to stay safe this summer: 1. Reduce exposure to the sun from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. when UV rays are strongest, and […]

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

School’s out (mostly) for Tracy Rodgers

RETIREMENT OR BUST — Tracy Rodgers retired from her 40-year teaching career. She spent 25 years at William Brooks Elementary and will pass on her Gold Rush covered wagon and classroom to colleague Judy McClurg. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

A bit of a prankster, one of teacher Tracy Rodgers favorite things to do involved a long wig and a Southern accent. For the past few years the William Brooks Elementary School teacher dressed up on Halloween and came to class as “her twin sister.” She would tell the students she didn’t know where they […]

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

Budget cuts close Folsom library’s doors

Folsom Public Library’s Norman R. Siefkin branch library at Vista del Lago High School will be closed beginning July 1. Closure of the joint-use library is the result of a loss in state library funding, continuing decline in the city’s General Fund revenues, and Folsom Cordova Unified School District’s fiscal challenges. The closure is part […]

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

Rotary honors ‘Firefighter of the Year’

FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR Mike Gygax, center, is congratulated by Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills President Bill Tobin, left, and El Dorado Hills Fire Chief Dave Roberts. Gygax received the honor Wednesday morning at Rotary's meeting. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

A quiet Mike Gygax didn’t know what to say. Last Wednesday morning the El Dorado Hills Fire Department engineer was surprised at the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills breakfast when Fire Chief Dave Roberts named him “Firefighter of the Year.” “He’s involved in just about everything we do,” Roberts said in front of a […]

No Comment / June 22, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »