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Break Free partners with 3Strands Global

Merger aims to end human trafficking  SACRAMENTO — 3Strands Global, an organization dedicated to raising funds, building awareness and providing jobs and education to fight human trafficking, recently announced its merger with Break Free Inc. – The Race to End Human Trafficking (formerly Run For Courage), an El Dorado Hills-based nonprofit. The organization provides human trafficking education in high schools, middle schools and […]

Comments Off / December 28, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

On the run with Santa

A crows surrounds Santa during one of his stops on the 51st annual Santa Run held last week. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado Hills residents truly have the Christmas spirit and at no time is that more evident than during the El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s annual Santa Run. Last week, this editor exchanged her pen for candy canes and joined the holiday fun as a Santa Run elf. While jogging up Ridgeview Drive as my reflective collar jingled was […]

Comments Off / December 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Wally Jukes has earned a break

El Dorado Hills Fire Prevention Specialist Wally Jukes stands in the plans room, where he keeps track of plans that have been and need to be reviewed for code compliance. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

“Service is seeing a need and doing something about it.” Since he started working 50 years ago, Wally Jukes has kept his mother’s message in mind. “She reinforced that all while growing up,” said El Dorado Hills’ retiring fire prevention specialist, “and sometimes to her dismay … when our elderly neighbor’s lawn got mowed and […]

Comments Off / December 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Canine Companion is woman’s greatest gift

Peggy Di Nocco and her service dog Felice spend every moment together. Felice helps Peggy complete tasks and keeps her company. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Though El Dorado Hills resident Peggy Di Nocco was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis in 1999 and needed a wheelchair full time by 2006, she didn’t slow down. It wasn’t until the outgoing mother of two slipped in the shower and waited there for nearly two hours until her husband John got home that Peggy and […]

Comments Off / December 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Youth prove they are stars

Youth Star Award recipient Marco Sanchez stands with Eddie Zacapa, Mercy Housing resident services coordinator, and Oak Ridge Principal Paul Burke at the Vision Coalition's ceremony. Marco works with youth who live in Mercy Housing. VIllage Life photo by Noel Stack

From tutoring to volunteering to teaching kids how to play soccer, El Dorado County’s young people give thousands of hours back to the community each year. Many of those youth recently received Youth Star Awards for their tireless efforts. The El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition hosted the ceremony on Dec. 14 at Lakehills Church. […]

Comments Off / December 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

New technology chief will join McNaughton Newspapers

Taylor Buley will be the chief technologist at McNaughton Newspapers, overseeing information technology and development across five sites. Photo by Fred Gladdis/McNaughton Newspapers

By Tanya Perez McNaughton Newspapers Figuring out the best way to bring news to readers in an online format is a challenge that even the biggest media outlets haven’t yet mastered. But Taylor Buley is planning to do that for McNaughton Newspapers. Beginning in January, Buley will be the chief technologist at McNaughton Newspapers, overseeing […]

Comments Off / December 21, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Folsom Lake College offers hundreds of spring classes

Nearly 500 classes are being offered at Folsom Lake College’s main Folsom campus next spring. Many begin the week of Jan. 17. Registration for all spring classes is under way and continues through Jan. 16. Overall, more than 750 classes are being offered at the Main Folsom campus, El Dorado Center in Placerville, Rancho Cordova Center and […]

Comments Off / December 18, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »