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Crib Notes: Teenage jobs offer more than pay

During a recent swim team practice, my attention strayed from my child in the pool to the teenage workforce that kept the community pool operating. Some teens lifeguarded, perched high above throngs of young swimmers with focused eyes and authoritative voices. More teenagers were in the water dressed in matching white swim shirts as they […]

Comments Off / August 09, 2015 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

People talk: How confident are you that the president and Congress will pass an effective jobs plan?


Comments Off / October 10, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Buckeye Foundation saves jobs

SHINGLE SPRINGS — At the Buckeye Union School District Board of Trustees meeting held Aug. 17 the board voted to utilize a recent grant from the private Buckeye Education Foundation to reinstate district physical education (P.E.) and library positions previously cut for the 2011-12 school year. “Thanks to the generosity of our community’s gifts to […]

Comments Off / August 22, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EDHCSD names new general manager

Kevin Loewen

Interim general manager, no more. The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors unanimously voted to hire Kevin Loewen for the job permanently at its monthly board meeting last Thursday. Loewen was hired in February 2014 to be the EDHCSD’s Director of Parks & Planning and began serving as the interim general manager in […]

No Comment / January 18, 2017 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Big Idea Theatre kicks off 10th season with ‘The Night Alive’

Kevin Adamski Big Idea Theatre Big Idea Theatre begins its 10th season, Find Your Voice, with the spellbinding drama, “The Night Alive” by Conor McPherson. “The Night Alive” opens Jan. 13 and runs through Feb. 11, taking a poignant look at the resilience of the human spirit and what it means to find the possibility of hope […]

No Comment / January 11, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

New glass-melting business will bowl you over

Richard Porter, the very first artist to be employed at Forever Glass, holds a deep teal-colored bowl as he smiles in anticipation of designing and creating more of the artisan keepsakes. As it did with Richard, who is the son of one of Forever Glass' founders, it is hoped that the fledgling business that operates out of a garage at the Porter home in Texas Hill Estates will provide jobs for others who are autistic. Village Life photos by Shelly Thorene

They’re really fired up on 48 gorgeous wooded acres in the Texas Hill subdivision just outside Placerville, reaching temperatures of 2,250 degrees Fahrenheit several times a week. That hellish number takes 12 hours to peak, a pinnacle that marks the point where glass melts. And that’s exactly what Cathy Porter and Bernadette Guimarin want — […]

No Comment / January 11, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Gym employee gets a surprise ride

Bre Padilla's friends from El Dorado Hills Sports Club chipped in to buy her a car. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Bre Padilla begins her 14-hour workdays every Monday through Friday at 4:30 a.m., greeting members at the front desk at the El Dorado Hills Sports Club where she’s been employed for seven years. Padilla, a 27-year old Folsom resident, begins her second job by 9 a.m. as an aide working with autistic children and doesn’t […]

No Comment / January 04, 2017 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

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