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Become a sheriff’s dept. STAR

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department announces its volunteer Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees training academy will run March 7-18, 2011. START Academy training hours are 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday, with accompanying evening driver proficiency training and law enforcement support visitations. The academy concludes with a formal uniformed graduation on March 18. […]

No Comment / November 29, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge High students reach out to Oak Ridge elementary

BE CHANGE — Ripley Hunter, 17, prepares to buy a "BE CHANGE" T-shirt from Oak Ridge High School Leadership students Alex Bennett, 18, and Meredith Maher, 18. The leadership class is raising funds this week for Oak Ridge High alum Jason Harper'€™s "Be Change"€ organization, which benefits the students of Oak Ridge Elementary School in Oak Park. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Jason Harper is asking Oak Ridge High School students to go the extra mile for inner city kids. The El Dorado Hills’ family man and Oak Ridge High School alumni proved his mettle in 2008 by completing a 100 mile run in temperatures that soared above 100 degrees, raising awareness and money for the students […]

No Comment / November 29, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Holiday homes glisten and glitter

HOMES FOR THE HOLIDAYS participant Christa Dixon decorated her dining room in cool, winter tones. Ticket holders can walk through six beautifully decorated El Dorado Hills homes during this weekend's tour. Villlage Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Thousands of glass ornaments hung with care await visitors who will “wow” and stare at the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills’ Homes for the Holidays tour. Six El Dorado Hills homeowners who have spent weeks decorating trees, hanging lights and polishing the silver will open their doors Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4. This […]

No Comment / November 29, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Black Friday earlybirds rose to the occasion

The El Dorado Hills Black Friday shopping story once again took place at Target in Town Center, where bargain hunters started queuing up, bundled in lawn chairs and insulated sleeping bags, at 7 p.m. on Thursday night. Store manager Brad Scott estimated the line contained 600 people by the time the store opened at 4 […]

No Comment / November 27, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Santa spreads his holiday spirit

SANTA CLAUS greets his fans at the El Dorado Hills Town Center Tree Lighting ceremony Saturday night. Rain hampered the size of the crowd but it couldn't dampen the Christmas spirit. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene.

The big man lit up El Dorado Hills Saturday night, arriving in Town Center with sirens blaring and lights flashing. Mrs. Claus was a late scratch in the soggy proceedings, but the crimson crusader flew solo and never missed a beat, personally greeting hundreds of kids to the delight of their picture snapping parents. He […]

No Comment / November 27, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Pottery World opens to the delight of Black Friday shoppers

HIGH CEILINGS, LOTS OF LIGHT - Pottery World's second floor is largely dedicated to home furnishings. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

El Dorado Hills had its share of early morning Black Friday retail antics but in Montano d’ El Dorado, the tasteful retail center at the southeast corner of Latrobe and White Rock roads, a much quieter Black Friday story unfolded — the long-awaited opening of the Pottery World store. Pottery magnate Jim Rodda’s decision to open a […]

No Comment / November 27, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Tornado rocks El Dorado Hills


The last time anyone saw a tornado touch down in El Dorado County was 1972, the year Hewlett Packard introduced the first scientific hand-held calculator. El Dorado Hills construction engineer Doug Veerkamp and a couple dozen of his employees reset that calendar Tuesday afternoon. At about 1:17 p.m., while they worked inside the company’s headquarters […]

No Comment / November 24, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »