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EDHCSD hires three new directors

Kevin Loewen, Jill Ritzman and AJ Holm, left to right, have joined the El Dorado Hills Community Services District team. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

In the past month the El Dorado Hills Community Services District filled three new director positions. Jill Ritzman is the CSD’s new director of recreation. She brings more than 25 years of experience in the parks and recreation field and holds a degree in recreation administration from California State University, Chico. Ritzman spent most of […]

No Comment / February 17, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Buckeye approves third Montessori charter

Buckeye Union School District officials recently approved an additional charter Montessori school. Rising Sun Montessori Charter will open in August 2014 to serve 75 students in first through sixth grades, said school board chair Robin Saia. The school will add to its enrollment numbers and serve students through eighth grade by its fourth year. Classrooms […]

No Comment / February 17, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Settling road worries residents

“It’s not a sinkhole,” El Dorado County Department of Transportation Deputy Director of Maintenance Don Spear said of a visible roadway blemish along Francisco Drive. “It’s just the road settling over the sewer lines,” Spear explained. “It’s not a hazard.” Earlier this month, DOT received calls from worried residents who feared the worst — a sinkhole […]

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Overnight standoff ends with arrest

An overnight standoff ended with a parolee’s arrest in El Dorado Hills Friday morning. On Feb. 13, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a subject wanted for alleged parole violation was living in El Dorado Hills, according to a sheriff’s press release. Deputies also received information that the suspect might have had […]

No Comment / February 16, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Poster contest winners

Silva Valley Elementary fourth-grader Aileen Choe and El Dorado Hills Fire Marshal Mike Lilienthal show off her winning poster. Courtesy photo

Young students showed off their drawing skills and fire safety smarts, submitting excellent posters for the 2013 El Dorado Hills Fire Department Fire Prevention Poster Contest. This year’s theme was “Prevent Kitchen Fires.” Contest winners Hailey Ronan, an Oak Meadow Elementary second-grader, and Aileen Choe, Silva Valley Elementary fourth-grader, recently received their awards ($50 Target gift cards) […]

No Comment / February 13, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Pastor Chris Milbrath embraces God, foothill living

Lakehills co-pastor Chris Milbrath said he loves to see lives change and people's hearts transform through God. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

How do you invite God into your heart? Pastor Chris Milbrath remembers his “coming to Jesus moment” well. “I was leading a pretty self-destructive life … making a lot of poor choices,” Milbrath said. While studying at UC Irvine, the then 21-year-old met several Christian students who inspired him to make a change. “I sensed […]

No Comment / February 13, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Teens engage Rotary audience

Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills speech contest winners celebrate. Back row left to right: Rotarian and Buckeye Union School District Superintendent David Roth, Rotarian and Oak Ridge High School Principal Paul Burke and Rotary Club President Coy Baugh; front row: first-place winner Mathew Cruz, third-place winner Ryan Schwary and second-place winner Ashley Abraham. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Nine El Dorado Hills teens participated in the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ annual speech contest Wednesday, sharing their thoughts on this year’s theme: Engage Youth … Change Lives. Oak Ridge High School sophomore Mathew Cruz, 15, took home first place, winning $200 and a spot in the regional semifinal. That competition will take place at […]

No Comment / February 13, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »