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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 »

EDH Crime Watch: Feb. 5-11

The following information was taken from El Dorado County sheriff’s reports: Busted Feb. 5: Someone broke out a vehicle’s window on Francisco Drive but apparently didn’t take anything. Open door Feb. 6: A thief stole items from an unlocked vehicle parked on Fairchild Court. Wrong way Feb. 6: Deputies stopped an elderly driver who was reportedly […]

Comments Off / February 12, 2015 | Posted in Crime Watch | 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 »

Cameron Park vet survived Battle of the Hurtgen Forest

Tom Vano holds a portrait of himself taken when he was in the Army during World War II.  Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

As one of eight survivors of a platoon of 48; a Silver Star awardee from an encounter in the Hurtgen Forest where Allies were surrounded for 21 hard winter days; being wounded three times; a participant in the battle of the bridge at Remagen; successful in the career he loved and the husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather […]

Comments Off / December 31, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Private Practice: Don’t drink and drive

Driving While Intoxicated (known as DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (known as DUI) involves operating a vehicle with alcohol in your blood stream. This is a serious offense that can result in a suspension of your driver’s license, hefty fines, increased insurance rates and even jail time. The state of California does its best to […]

Comments Off / December 28, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | 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 »

Local doctor killed in crash

Dr. Doug Pleatman

Dr. Doug Pleatman, 59, was killed Friday morning in the crash of his 1961 PA-24 Piper Comanche airplane near Garberville. The local weather at the time of the crash was fog and rain. Witnesses said they did not hear an engine and that a wing clipped a tree and the aircraft cartwheeled to the ground […]

Comments Off / November 24, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Featured Stories | Read More »

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