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In health: Getting some Zzzz

Doing this one thing will make all areas of your life better. There, now I have your attention. What is that one thing that makes everything better? Are you thinking of a magic pill, potion or App on your smart phone? The answer is sleep. I know you were looking for some magic bullet that would […]

No Comment / March 29, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Keep your negative mouth shut

When you research the teachings of American Indians, you keep running across the idea that it’s a good idea to avoid negative statements when you communicate with others. When you are tempted to say something negative, don’t complete the sentence. • In a marriage, both parties are tempted to fire back a negative statement, especially […]

Comments Off / February 26, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Training today leads to faster, safer rescues tomorrow

After removing the door using the jaws of life and peeling back the roof, firefighters use their equipment to lift the dash, simulating that a victim's legs are trapped underneath it. Village Life photo by Noel Satck

In about an hour, El Dorado Hills firefighters turned a Ford station wagon into a real fixer-upper. The “firefighter tested and approved” vehicle suffered busted windows, dinged and removed doors, a choppy convertible conversion and charred seats — all in the name of training as firefighters and this Village Life editor tested their skills and re-familiarized […]

Comments Off / January 15, 2015 | 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 »

Italy on Wheels a hidden gem

As reliable as an anvil — After 11 years of ownership, Bob Wheatley still loves his classic 1993 Alfa Romeo 2.0L Spider Veloce. Wheatley says the totally stock engine makes about 125 hp and has been virtually bullet proof (along with the car) for 139,000 miles. He uses it as a daily driver at times and the entire car is completely original and in great shape, inside and out. Photo by Larry Weitzman

FOLSOM — The Mountain Democrat’s own Ken Deibert perhaps said it best when he described the third annual Italy on Wheels car, motorcycle, scooter and bicycle show at the Murer House Museum in Folsom as a “hidden gem.” An estimated 300-400 people of all ages filled the parking lot and park along with Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Maseratis, […]

Comments Off / September 15, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Vision Coalition hands out grants

El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition Treasurer Bob Pedersen, far left, poses with members of YELL (Youth Executive League in the Library), which received a grant to continue its programs at the El Dorado Hills Library. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

The El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition recently awarded more than $16,000 in mini-grants, giving the money to local organizations that empower and reach out to youth. “You are the partners who are doing the magic and we’re here to help you,” said Vision Coalition Executive Director DJ Peterson as he performed a card trick […]

Comments Off / September 03, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

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 […]

Comments Off / June 23, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

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