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Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises Executive Director Susie Davies, left, accepts MORE's well-deserved Community Service Business of the Year award with emcee Stephanie McGann-Jantzen and Kevin Barri with Wells Fargo, which received the honor last year. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Forget the Oscars, the real awards celebration took place Thursday night as the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce honored exceptional local businesses and community members. Awards presented Ambassador of the Year — Trish Tratos Home-Based Business of the Year — Carrera Productions Start-Up Business of the Year — Gold Country Run + Sport Small […]

Comments Off / February 22, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDH man to advise labor agency

Brian McMahon, 64, of El Dorado Hills, has been appointed senior advisor at the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, where he has served as undersecretary since 2013. McMahon was executive director at the California Employment Training Panel from 2007 to 2013, director of strategic initiatives at M.H. West and Co. Inc. in 2007 and […]

Comments Off / February 22, 2015 | Posted in News | Read More »

Longtime editor of the Mountain Democrat retiring

After almost 37 years at the Mountain Democrat — virtually all of it as an editor — Mike Raffety is retiring as of Feb. 23. The Mountain Democrat is a sister publication of Village Life, Cameron Park Life and other McNaughton-owned newspapers. A fixture at the paper for more than a generation, Raffety has served in multiple capacities — reporter, […]

Comments Off / February 19, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EDH Crime Watch: Feb. 12-18

The following information was taken from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: Taken Feb. 12: A petty theft was reported on Village Center Drive. Vandals strike Feb. 12: Vandalism was reported on White Rock Road. Break-in Feb. 13: A burglary was reported on Dartmouth Place. Check the ads Feb. 13: A Valley View Parkway resident reported […]

Comments Off / February 19, 2015 | Posted in Crime Watch | Read More »

Gaines’ bill offers some fire fee releif

SACRAMENTO – In his continued efforts to fight against the illegal fire tax, Senator Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, today introduced legislation that would lengthen the time homeowners have to pay or protest the annual $150 fee. “Problems with timely mail delivery can be an issue in mountain and rural areas of my Senate District,” said Gaines. “The […]

1 Comment / February 19, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

New undersheriff in town

Randy Peshon is El Dorado County's new undersheriff. He's worked with the department since 1987. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

During his career with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, Randy Peshon consistently took on challenging jobs and every time he moved to another department, the one he left was better than when he came. On Feb. 17, the 59-year-old captain took on a new role — undersheriff. As a division commander running both El Dorado County jails, Placerville and […]

1 Comment / February 18, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Blue Oak smashes fundraising record for cancer research

Blue Oak Elementary School Principal Paul Stewart gets his face painted blue at an assembly to celebrate the school's fundraising success. Left to right are fifth graders Jackson Cockrel and Iminias Marinko, fourth-grade teacher Dian Helldorfer, and fifth grader Brook Almaraz.  Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

When Cameron Stewart started kindergarten at Blue Oak Elementary he was battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Today the Ponderosa senior knows he never fought alone. His kindergarten teacher Linda Klotz spearheaded the school’s annual participation in Pennies for Patients, a spare change collection program schools nationwide have participated in to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society […]

Comments Off / February 17, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »