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Veerkamp retirement ceremony: Colleagues share their memories

FAREWELL CHIEF — Captain Mike Wilson, left,  presents the flag to Brian Veerkamp Wednesday at the retirement ceremony at station 85 in El Dorado Hills.  Standing next to Brian is his wife Lori. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

“I was working in Cameron Park and we had a potential merger with El Dorado Hills Fire coming up that wasn’t going well. I remember Brian and Larry (former chief Fry) walking into the fire house – I’ll never forget their confident, competent stature. Brian asked me how things were going and for some reason […]

No Comment / January 20, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Buckeye’s Kindergarten/Jr. Kindergarten enrollment begins Feb. 8

Buckeye Union School District announces that beginning Feb. 8 Kindergarten and Jr. Kindergarten registration for the 2011-12 school year will be accepted at all of its elementary schools [Buckeye in Shingle Springs (530-677-2277), Blue Oak and Blue Oak Montessori in Cameron Park (530-676-0164), William Brooks in El Dorado Hills (916-933-6618), Silva Valley in El Dorado […]

No Comment / January 20, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Nugget makes Fortune list

Nugget Market in El Dorado Hills is a great place to work, according to Fortune magazine. Village Life file photo by Mike Roberts

WOODLAND — For the sixth year running, local family-owned and operated Nugget Markets has once again made Fortune magazine’s listing of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in the nation (www.Fortune.com/bestcompanies/2011). Nugget Markets, which has a store in El Dorado Hills, ranks No. 8 among the country’s top 100 companies. Known for its devotion to […]

No Comment / January 20, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Tea Party Patriots cheer for healthcare repeal, vow to stay involved

TEA PARTY — A large crown fills the Holiday Inn Express meeting room during the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills' meeting Wednesday evening. Rep. Tom McClintock's Community Outreach Director Norman Gonzales spoke to the audience of more than 100 people. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado Hills resident Kelley Nalewaja faces a dilemma. Her family’s health insurance is set to increase, again. The Nalewajas used to pay around $500 for themselves and their three school-age children. Then the cost increased to about $600. Later this year that figure’s expected to jump to more than $800, Nalewaja told the 100-plus […]

2 Comments / January 20, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

‘Cash for College’ workshops announced

SACRAMENTO — Assemblymember Alyson Huber, a past Cal Grant recipient, wants to remind students and parents that March 2 is the deadline to apply for Cal Grants. Cal Grants, a need-based financial aid program, has been a big part of making college affordable for many California families. To assist students with applying for CalGrants and other […]

No Comment / January 19, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Waterford HOA shakeup: New roof spurs recall

ROUGHED UP OVER A ROOF? Tony Marchionna stands in fron of his Waterford home, where he recently installed a composition roof with HOA board approval. The board's approval angered some in the upscale community and now those serving face a recall election. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Waterford Village Homeowners Association board members face a recall following their approval of composition roof in the otherwise tile and shake shingled El Dorado Hills neighborhood. Ballots will be counted during a Waterford residents only meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Fire Station 85 on El Dorado Hills Boulevard. Ballots can be carried […]

2 Comments / January 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Robotics team has great visions

M-CUBED, a local robotics team, works with its robot at the regional FIRST Lego League competition. The team advanced to the Northern California State Competition at Newark Memorial High School on Jan. 29. Courtesy photo

By Justin Voo & Shefali Pandya M-Cubed, a FIRST Lego League robotics team, cares about the 1.3 billion people in the world who don’t have eye care and decided to help. Team members Nishita, Ravi, Justin, Simon, Shefali and Hammad presented their ideas at two recent FIRST Lego League competitions at Sam Brannan Middle School […]

No Comment / January 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »