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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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / June 22, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Youth explore nature at Coloma, El Dorado Hills camps

YOUNGSTERS EXPLORE the water during one of ARC's camps. Courtesy photo

COLOMA — Calling all campers! Youth, ages 6-11, are invited to explore the outdoors at Nature Camp in Coloma or El Dorado Hills. For more than 20 years, the American River Conservancy’s Nature Camps have provided youth the opportunity to explore the outdoors while learning about science and nature. In Coloma, this summer’s theme Energized […]

Comments Off / June 21, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Folsom Fire Safe Council wants you ‘Ready – Set – Go’

FOLSOM — 2011 is shaping up nationwide to be a powerful wildfire season. With that in mind the Folsom Fire Safe Council, in conjunction with the Folsom Fire Department, is launching a wildfire preparedness campaign: “Ready – Set – Go.”  Folsom is one of the first communities in the Sacramento region to launch this new […]

Comments Off / June 21, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Burn permits suspended as of July 1

CAMINO — Unit Chief Kelly Keenan of the Amador-El Dorado Unit of Cal Fire has signed a proclamation suspending burn permits beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 1. The suspension affects all burn permits within the State Responsibility Area in Amador County and on the western slope of El Dorado County. This suspension does […]

Comments Off / June 20, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »