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H4H reaches out to foster teens

The Hands4Hope Youth Board hosted its third annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser benefitting the Foster Family and Adoptive Services program's high school seniors. The ?event raised $3600, $2700 of which was donated to the beneficiary, with the remainder being used by the Youth Board for additional outreach projects. Pictured top row, right to left: Haley Leholta, Samantha Hodson, Erica Lautrup, Jamin Sagay, Eden Broughton, Julia Phillips and Suzy McLoed  (of Foster Family Adoption Services); bottom row, right to left: Ameshah Prabaharan, Brianna Lauren, Niagara Pal, Noopur Khachane and Katie Hasko. Courtesy photo

The third annual Hands4Hope Youth Board Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser held earlier this spring was a huge success, raising $3600 for Foster Family and Adoption Services and other H4H Youth Board projects. The Youth Board chose Foster Family Services after listening to speakers from two local agencies and feeling a connection with the struggles of teen foster children. […]

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Become a sheriff’s STAR

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department is accepting applications for the upcoming STAR training academy being held Sept. 8-19, 2014. The academy training hours are 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, with accompanying afternoon driver proficiency training and law enforcement support visitations. The academy will conclude with a formal uniformed graduation on Friday evening, Sept. […]

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Whooping cough cases climb

Health officials in El Dorado County and across the state of California are seeing an increase in cases of pertussis (also known as whooping cough), including severe illness in babies with pertussis, and emphasize it is important for both children and adults to be up to date on their immunizations. Since the beginning of 2014, […]

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Families needed to host summer exchange students

Six families are still needed to host French exchange students from July 11-29. The sponsoring organization is Oregon-based American Discovery, an international home-stay organization for families in Oregon, Washington, California and Colorado. El Dorado Hills mother Shawn Harper is acting as the organization’s liaison for the area. “I’ve hosted both German and Spanish kids. This […]

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Smile big, El Dorado Hills!

Do you have an amateur shutter bug in your family? Is it you? The California Welcome Center and the El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce are looking for picture perfect views of El Dorado Hills for use as postcards. Visitors frequently request postcards with scenes of El Dorado Hills so please submit your favorites. If we […]

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PTSD: Trauma lingers long after danger has passed

William Blalock, seen here with his wife Betty at home in El Dorado Hills, lived for years with undiagnosed PTSD.  Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

This part 1 of a three-part series on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD affects an estimated  7 percent of the general U.S. population at some time in their lives, but this series focuses on PTSD as it affects those in the military and their families. William Blaylock of El Dorado Hills didn’t know he had Post […]

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Dog lost for 20 months reunited with EDH family

The Braun family poses with Murphy after being reunited with their dog on Father's Day. Murphy survived in the Tahoe National Forest near Foresthill after being separated from her family for 20 months. Left to right are Matthew, Finegan, Erin, Nathan and Morgan Braun with their beloved 7-year-old golden retriever. Photo by Diane Orciuoli

On Oct. 6, 2012, the Braun family’s golden retriever Murphy, startled by a gun shot, bolted into the Tahoe National Forest near an off-trail campsite at Hell Hole reservoir. Over the next two days they scoured the area for Murphy but that Sunday evening they went home to El Dorado Hills without their beloved pet … but the […]

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