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Julie Samrick

Troop 10 is going for silver

El Dorado Hills Girl Scouts with Troop 10 have Silver Awards in their sights. The Rolling Hills and Marina Village eighth-graders chose to spend the 50 required hours (each) to earn the award collecting personal care items for needy women and children. When choosing a community service project, the girls said they sought out Hands4Hope […]

EDH golf course ballot measure in the works

El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Board of Directors agreed to support the strong sentiment expressed by residents to keep the former executive golf course at Serrano zoned open space. At a special June 18 meeting, the directors agreed 4-1 to pursue an advisory vote measure on the next ballot, which would ask the local […]

Mikulaco calls Grand Jury report a ‘hit piece’

District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco vehemently fought back against the Grand Jury’s recently released “A Sign of the Times” report and its findings, which state he “lacks comprehensive awareness of his position as a county supervisor and fails to follow basic and generally accepted principles of good governance.” “Equally alarming,” the report continues, “he (Mikulaco) […]

Gym members flex charity muscles

Instead of talking only about push-ups or crunches, a group of Snap Fitness members in El Dorado Hills gather to talk about how to make the world a better place. El Dorado Hills residents Sue Gamache and Charmaine Vardas said inspiration struck after they started taking the popular World Class at their gym led by […]

Principal Barbara Narez ready to ‘travel and play’

Since moving to El Dorado Hills in 1987, retiring Oak Meadow principal Barbara Narez has worked at nearly every school in the Buckeye Union School District. The pinnacle of a 40-year career in education, however, was opening Oak Meadow School in 2004. Specifically, Narez said it was “the enthusiasm” that came with the opening. Of the […]

Students sing ‘So long, farewell’ to Mrs. Uhrhammer

In a recent sendoff for Holy Trinity School’s retiring principal Trisha Uhrhammer, the students surprised her with a rendition of her favorite song, “So Long, Farewell” from “The Sound of Music.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the church as the entire assembly stood for their beloved principal and sang. Uhrhammer beamed then as she […]

Kathi Jensen is ready for new adventures

“I knew I’d be a teacher when I was 5 years old and made my sister play school with me,” William Brooks’ retiring principal Kathi Jensen said of her 31 years as an educator. “I was one of the lucky ones who in kindergarten said, ‘I want to be a teacher.’” Jensen spent the first […]

Serrano HOA election winners ready to work

Catie Phemester, Robert Thompson and Bryan Payne claimed victory after the ballots were counted May 11 for three open seats on the Serrano HOA Board of Directors. With 1,734 votes, Phemester, who ran on her record as the local school boundary Erin Brockovich and Serrano Mello Roos detective, said she wants to put the election […]

Crossing guard all smiles while serving the community

Whether El Dorado Hills commuters are dodging the rain or suffering a heat wave, Jackson Elementary crossing guard (just one of her many titles) Coco Parkhurst braves it all with a smile each weekday morning and afternoon while she’s at the Francisco Drive and El Dorado Hills Boulevard intersection. Parkhurst has been a Jackson employee for […]

Girl Scouts hope to promote literacy around the world

When it came time to choose a service project to earn their junior Girl Scout bronze award, three Troop 907 scouts in El Dorado Hills banded together through their mutual love of reading and decided to see to it people who may not otherwise get a chance to read get books. Katie, Natalia and Zini […]

District Church brings people close to God

“I always said I’d never start a church because it can be a tough profession,” CJ Hatlevig said. “You carry the weight of a lot of people on your shoulders.” Hatlevig watched his pastor father while growing up in Wisconsin and he spent the past 15 years involved in church ministries. But the pull was too […]

Home Care Assistance helps seniors thrive

When El Dorado Hills residents Glen and Monica Krakow considered a move to Texas to live near their aging parents two years ago, friends pleaded with the couple to stay. After all, the Krakows developed deep roots in the area while raising their two grown children and by virtue of owning the Pak Mail in […]

Parker Development, CSD agree on new sports park in EDH

The Area Planning Advisory Committee will vote on whether to approve or deny plans for a public 11.5-acre sports park in Village J5 at its next meeting May 13. This should be welcome news to El Dorado Hills recreational sports enthusiasts who have pleaded for more fields as the population has grown. An agreement with […]

Serrano Owners Association election pits homeowners against developer

At last year’s Serrano Owners Association meet the candidates forum the number of attendees could be counted on one hand. Last week, approximately 150 residents packed the El Dorado Hills library’s meeting room for the same event. This year’s election will fill three open seats on a five-person board and marks the first time none of the candidates is a […]

Oak Ridge show highlights students’ creativity

More than 400 students will display their works at Oak Ridge High School’s second annual student art show, themed “Celebrate the Creative.” The free show is from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 23. “After thinking about what Oak Ridge has to offer in terms of art I realized we didn’t have an art show yet,” […]

Pondo queen on to state competition

Ponderosa senior Tristan Ann Hunter, 18, is a finalist for California’s 35th annual Homecoming Queen title and will compete on April 19 in Anaheim. If selected, Ponderosa’s reigning homecoming queen will represent California at the national competition this summer. Approximately a dozen finalists were selected to compete out of all current high school homecoming queens […]

Grand Jury asks CSD to amend parcel tax

A $10 annual tax on each of the 15,500 parcels in El Dorado Hills adds up to a lot of money. Since 1983, when the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Board of Directors placed the voter initiative Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions Enforcement (Measure B) on the general district election ballot and it passed, Measure B […]

The Ramblin’ Years returns to its roots

Way before rock band The Ramblin’ Years’ was lighting up Seattle’s popular club circuit, lead singer Sean Clavere attended Oak Ridge High School, where he played in the marching band and led his first band The Late Chaps. Now Clavere and The Ramblin’ Years are coming back to El Dorado Hills to play at the Purple […]

Dead deer has neighbors crying ‘foul’

Who ya gonna call? When Waterford resident Ann Spade recently found a dead deer in her yard, she thought a quick phone call to El Dorado County Animal Services would solve the problem. Nearly a week later, the deer was still there. “It was rotting and smelled horrible, even half a mile away,” said neighbor Kim […]

Libraries’ commitment to children celebrated

Legislators, El Dorado County supervisors and other community stakeholders gathered at the El Dorado County Library in El Dorado Hills on March 12 to celebrate the county library system’s dedication to early childhood education during a program that was geared toward the very audience that earned the libraries the award. State librarian Greg Lucas gave El Dorado County […]

CSD dog park off (leash) and running

Construction on a new El Dorado Hills dog park could begin in days, said El Dorado Hills Community District General Manager Brent Dennis at Thursday’s monthly Board of Directors meeting. El Dorado Dog Owners Guild celebrated the first of two planned dog parks on the western slope in Cameron Park in 2013, but the second, which was supposed […]

Knitting team gives back, one cap at a time

When Terry Wagner was asked to be part of the White Rock Village knitting team she jumped at the chance to knit caps for area newborns and cancer patients. “The reason I help is a selfish reason really,” the White Rock Village resident said. “It feels good to volunteer and help others.” That sentiment flows […]

Give Love via Vintage Grace

Vintage Grace kicked off a month-long Give Love campaign with a visit from a movie director during March 1 services. The movie “Drop Box” may take place far across the world in South Korea, but Vintage Grace pastor Drew Sodestrom wants to drive home the message that its theme is just as relevant in El […]

Caitlin Jolette

Oak Ridge High School graduate Caitlin Jolette, 18, is a freshman at San Diego State University studying kinesiology with an emphasis in physical therapy. She hopes to become a children’s occupational therapist someday. “I decided that is the career for me after talking with one of my best friends’ mom, Deloy Link,” Caitlin said. “I love working […]

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Rachel Peterson

Oak Ridge High School grad Rachel Peterson, 19, attends Rice University in Houston. She’s studying bioengineering, but is considering going pre-med with a life science major such as kinesiology. “I hope to know more by the end of this semester as I am taking a few intro BIOE courses that will help me decide,” she […]

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Rachel Librach

Oak Ridge High School grad Rachel Librach now attends the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. She’s studying business management and is in the Bachelors of Innovation program. Typically reserved for graduate students, Rachel attends the only university to offer the BI program to undergraduate students. Rachel, 19, said she dreams of being an entrepreneur […]

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Anastazia Stolecki

Oak Ridge High School grad Anastazia Stolecki attends San Diego State University and is majoring in public health. Her career goal is to become a pediatric nurse, working in either an emergency room or ICU. “I’ve chosen this career goal because I have always had a caring personality and I feel very rewarded and accomplished […]

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Patrick Soper

Oak Ridge High School grad Patrick Soper, 19, is a freshman at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and is an electrical engineering major. Patrick has already “fallen in love” with San Luis Obispo and sees it as home. “I am constantly going on hikes, surfing, playing volleyball and making great memories with friends […]

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Valley View Elementary in EDH closer to opening

For two years Valley View Elementary has been ready to accommodate students, but hasn’t had the bodies to fill its classrooms. Finally, the school in the Blackstone community is closer to opening. “We are accepting registrations next year for Valley View,” said Buckeye Union superintendent David Roth by phone. “However the numbers remain fairly low […]

Blue Oak smashes fundraising record for cancer research

When Cameron Stewart started kindergarten at Blue Oak Elementary he was battling acute lymphocytic leukemia. Today the Ponderosa senior knows he never fought alone. His kindergarten teacher Linda Klotz spearheaded the school’s annual participation in Pennies for Patients, a spare change collection program schools nationwide have participated in to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society […]

Dixon Ranch dissenters point to project’s flaws

El Dorado County staff hosted a public workshop to discuss the proposed Dixon Ranch residential project before the Planning Commission last Thursday. While no action was taken, it was an opportunity for the commissioners to learn about the project and hear from concerned residents prior to public hearing on the applications and final environmental impact […]

Nothing but the best for Café C

Café C chef and owner Yvan Chalaye is more than comfortable in his new kitchen; it’s as though he’s been there for years though the new restaurant beneath the Regal Theater opened Feb. 2. Chalaye checks the oven, flips seasoned beef in a pan, then turns to sip on a pilsner and casually chats as […]

‘Sensible development’ groups join forces

Calling it a final effort to “stop further abuse of discretionary power for the many (development) projects that lie ahead,” a coalition of slow-growth groups held its first organized meeting at El Dorado Hills Fire Station 85 recently to inform and rally the public. The hosts, under the name Citizens for Responsible Development in El […]

Safety improvements OK’d ahead of interchange

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved county staff’s recommendation to add an additional four-way stop intersection on Serrano Parkway before the Silva Valley interchange opens in 2016. John Kahling, deputy director of engineering for the Community Development Agency, Transportation Division, presented the county’s analysis and traffic findings to the board last week following a […]

EDH seniors can soon get a lift with taxi service

An on-demand, subsidized taxi service will help El Dorado Hills seniors on the go. Beginning late spring or early summer, El Dorado Hills residents who are at least 60 years old or disabled may call a taxi in the contracted network and be taken door-to-door anywhere within the El Dorado Hills Community Services District. Passengers must register one […]

High school boundaries changed

On Tuesday evening the El Dorado Union High School district Board of Trustees voted to change high school boundaries for students living in El Dorado Hills. It made a 4-1 decision to vote for what had been called option B2 at a special public workshop when various scenarios were discussed last month. This would provide […]

Oak Meadow artists mimic the masters

Oak Meadow Elementary will host its sixth annual Art Walk next week in the school’s multi-purpose room and the public is welcome to attend. Every student in the school, from transitional kindergarten to fifth grade, will have a three-dimensional piece of artwork on display. While it promises to be a night of inspiration, the Art […]

Junior Trojans put their studies first

Young student athletes received accolades off the field at a special Jan. 23 event. More than 140 students in first through eighth grade were recognized for their academic achievements at the seventh annual Oak Ridge Jr. Trojan Scholastic All-Stars awards ceremony. Event chair and Jr. Trojans parent Theresa Miller told the coaches to cover their ears at the […]

Barber Jon’s: Thieves return items, keep cash

“Awe” is the word owner Jon Rivera used to describe his feelings after items stolen from Barber Jon’s World Famous Barber Shop and his Museum of Curiosities and Oddities last month mysteriously reappeared Sunday morning. In the early morning hours of Jan. 21 thieves broke into the Green Valley Road barber shop and took more than $1,000 in cash, […]

Jana Ellerman connects with her clients, community

Jana Ellerman and her team are there to walk clients through the most complicated phases of life. The 28-year veteran attorney of Guthrie & Ellerman in Cameron Park specializes in estate planning, conservatorships, probate, trust administration and elder law. “I love this area of the law because you’re helping people. It’s very human,” Ellerman said. […]

Jennifer Teie and Jessica Couch ready to rock

Besides a mutual interest in German cars, hot yoga and Starbucks, Fusion Real Estate Network agents Jennifer Teie and Jessica Couch say their partnership is a perfect balance of ideas, delegation, action and performance. “Individually we are strong; together we are stronger!” they said. Couch, 40, said she thrives in an industry with no limits […]

Serrano ‘finger’ residents get a choice

During the second portion of the meeting Tuesday in the Oak Ridge Multipurpose room, students living in “the finger” and the attendance path that would best serve them were discussed. The eastern Serrano neighborhood got its nickname when boundaries were redrawn in 2005 and their neighborhood, still under construction, jutted out farther to the east […]

School choice wins in boundary fight

Oak Ridge High School’s multipurpose room was filled during a special board meeting of the El Dorado Union High School district Tuesday night. During the four-hour public workshop, school attendance boundaries in the Blackstone region and an eastern Serrano neighborhood nicknamed “the finger” were discussed and different scenarios proposed. Though no formal action could be […]

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