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Manansala selected as new superintendent

New El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Ed Manansala, seated, smiles after being selected to fill the position. He receives applause from BOE administrative assistant Susan Carney, left, and Deputy Superintendent Robbie Montalbano. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

The El Dorado County Board of Education played 20 questions Monday and answered the biggest question — who will be the new superintendent of schools? — with Ed Manansala, Ed.D, the county’s current deputy superintendent for Educational Services. One of four candidates interviewed for the job of superintendent, after a day of interviewing Manansala ended up ranked No. 1 by all trustees. […]

Comments Off / January 06, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

World War II vet full of bright ideas

World War II veteran and Serrano resident Dan Casaregola wears the ear phones he wore in Okinawa to intercept Japanese messages for the U.S. government.  His home radio room and garage workshop house hundreds, if not thousands, of items Casaregola has built. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

“Anything you see here I built,” El Dorado Hills resident Dan Casaregola said during a recent tour of his Serrano home’s radio room, filled with tools and gadgets marked with red dots Casaregola, 93, invented and built spanning decades. There’s a 12-volt car battery charger and an adjustable battery tester that fits up to 10 […]

Comments Off / January 06, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

El Dorado Hills Fire takes next step in Latrobe fund transfer

The El Dorado Hills Fire Department held a special board of directors meeting on the day before Christmas Eve to follow up on action to be taken after the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting on Dec. 15, regarding transferring property tax funds from the former Latrobe Fire Protection District to El Dorado Hills […]

1 Comment / January 05, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Snowpack promising in first survey

SURVEY SAYS — John King with the California Department of Water Resources, left, and Surveys Chief Frank Gehrke weigh the snowpack during Wednesday's snow survey at Phillips Station. Village Life photo by Jackie Penn

The new water year was off to a good start as measurements at Phillips Station on Wednesday showed an average snow depth of 54.7 inches. Of more importance, though, was its water content, which at 16.3 inches was 136 percent of the long-term average. Last year at this time the snow depth was less than half that amount and the […]

Comments Off / January 04, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Holy Trinity principal praises new role

Holy Trinity School's new principal Christopher Nelson brings a dynamic, hands-on approach to the role. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Christopher Nelson hasn’t always been Catholic, but Holy Trinity School’s new principal has taken the reins to lead the school with gusto. “Catholic schools brought me into the faith,” he said. Baptized Methodist, Nelson said he wasn’t practicing when he became a teacher in his native Southern California. The UCLA grad taught public elementary school, […]

Comments Off / January 04, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Close calls spark public safety alert

Firefighters responded to two cold-weather related incidents last week, prompting a public safety message from the El Dorado Hills Fire Department. At 7:07 p.m. on Dec. 29 crews responded to a chimney fire call on Monte Verde Drive. “Firefighters arrived to find the house charged with smoke due to the chimney flue being closed while in […]

Comments Off / January 04, 2016 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EDH Crime Watch: Dec. 23-30

The following information was taken from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: Dec. 23 2:14 a.m. Deputies responded to a call on Kings Canyon Drive. Caller reported an unidentified man tampering with vehicles. Suspect fled prior to deputies’ arrival. Nothing appeared to be missing from vehicles. 10:18 a.m. An Arches Avenue resident reported that someone entered a […]

Comments Off / January 03, 2016 | Posted in Crime Watch | Read More »