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Silva teacher wins mini-grant

Silva Valley Elementary School second-grade teacher Patty Pope, left, smiles after receiving a grant presented by Kathy McMurry from the California Retired Teachers Association, El Dorado County division. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

It wasn’t just a regular Silva Valley staff meeting after all. Instead members of the El Dorado County division of the California Retired Teachers Association were at the school earlier this month to surprise teacher Patty Pope with a $400 check to buy non-fiction books for her second-grade classroom. Pope has been teaching at Silva […]

Comments Off / February 15, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Silva Valley interchange more than half way done

El Dorado Hills residents will see big changes this summer construction season, starting with a new road. Crews will use the warm weather and long, sunny days to complete the new Silva Valley Parkway and, before the first hint of fall arrives, drivers will travel on the new roadway over Highway 50. Completing the road is just […]

Comments Off / June 07, 2015 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Silva Valley interchange project moving along

Granite Construction crews work on installing the stormdrain system along the new Silva Valley Parkway on the north side of Highway 50. Construction on the freeway interchange, which a new roadway connecting the north and south sides, began earlier this year. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Construction equipment on the move muffles the sounds of Highway 50 traffic rushing by the Silva Valley interchange project as crews dig, spray and grade the area that will eventually become a brand new parkway. “It’s going quite well,” said project engineer Aradhana Kochar with the El Dorado County Department of Transportation. “They’ve made quite […]

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

Silva Valley’s vocab parade sparks wit, curiosity

Lucy Bunce, 10, of El Dorado Hills enjoys the spotlight in her sirloin costume on stage at Silva Valley Elementary on Feb. 28. Junior Kindergarten through fifthth-grade students dressed up as vocabulary words and held a parade in the multipurpose with family and friends in attendance. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

Some children flaunted their way to the stage while others shyly strolled, but every student at Silva Valley Elementary participated in last Friday’s costumed vocabulary parade inside the gym. Set to upbeat music, students from junior kindergarten through fifth grade got to show off the one word they’d chosen to emulate. From everyday words like […]

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

Dirt churned on Silva Valley

Officials, past and present, from El Dorado and Sacramento counties take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Silva Valley interchange Thursday afternoon. Left to right: Ray Nutting, Ron Mikulaco, Brian Veerkamp, Don Nottoli, Jody Jones, John Knight, Ron Briggs, Jack Sweeney and Billy Vandegrift. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

A who’s who of local officials and state representatives stood on a dusty hill in El Dorado Hills Thursday afternoon to kick-start construction of the community’s newest road project. Golden shovels turned the first dirt on a Highway 50 interchange project more than 20 years in the making — the Silva Valley interchange. El Dorado […]

1 Comment / January 09, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Silva Valley interchange project to begin

El Dorado County officials will break ground on the long-awaited Silva Valley interchange project at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9. The event at the southeast corner of Silva Valley Parkway and White Rock Road in El Dorado Hills will feature a live DJ, certificate presentations, Supervisor Ron Mikulaco serving hot dogs and the traditional […]

Comments Off / January 06, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

County begins eminent domain action on Silva Valley property

El Dorado County Supervisors adopted a Resolution of Necessity to begin eminent domain proceedings to acquire one parcel in El Dorado Hills needed for the Silva Valley Parkway interchange. Recommended by the county’s Transportation Division of the Community Development Agency, the resolution opens the process based on the determination that the project represents the “greatest […]

Comments Off / September 30, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »



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