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Julie Samrick

Le brothers tee off on world course

EL DORADO HILLS — Brothers Justin and Nicholas Le are in North Carolina this week for the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship and career-wise, they’re just getting started. Proud father Kevin Le chalked up their success to hard work. “We think about Tiger Woods,” he said. “If he could do it, so can Justin and […]

New dance studio leaps onto scene

There’s a new dance studio in town and its founder and artistic director Bianca Wilde can’t wait to open its doors at a grand opening Saturday, Aug. 8. Wilde, 25, a Cameron Park resident, graduated from Ponderosa High School in 2008 before being accepted into Brigham Young University — Idaho’s prestigious dance baccalaureate program. While […]

Mother/daughter group builds lasting bonds

“Do you remember your first job?” “Were you married?” “Do you have any grandkids?” Those were just some of the questions heard while girls and their mothers in the newly formed El Dorado Hills chapter of the National Charity League visited with seniors at the El Dorado Hills Senior Day Care Center last week. The […]

Fire torches home but not family’s spirit

The first celebration in the Forrest family’s new home ended with horrific results when a fire destroyed everything in the early morning hours of July 5.

A mother, father and their children literally escaped with the clothes on their backs, yet everyone feels lucky to be alive and grateful for the El Dorado Hills community’s support.

Barbecue helps the needy at home and abroad

Holy Trinity Parish in El Dorado Hills will host its sixth annual Human Concerns Ministry barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 1 to benefit local and global neighbors in need. Most of the funds raised go to local outreach efforts and work in partnership with organizations including SHARE, Upper Room and Food Bank of El Dorado County. […]

NorCal team wins national title

The Northern California Volleyball Club 17-1 Black team won the national division gold medal at the 2015 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships in New Orleans July 3. Four of the girls on the winning team attend Oak Ridge. Setter Elizabeth Cameron, 17, middle blocker Hailey Maniglia, 17, libero Megan Priest, 17, and outside hitter […]

Holy Trinity to host its first ordination

“I feel called to be a witness to Christ’s love in the African world,” Deacon Paul Reilly says of his decision to be ordained a Catholic priest this Saturday at Holy Trinity parish in El Dorado Hills. The ordination will mark the first time in Holy Trinity’s 23-year history the sacrament of Holy Orders has […]

El Dorado Hills man brews liquor industry app

After 17 years working in the beer industry, including six as general manager for MillerCoors in Northern California and Hawaii, El Dorado Hills entrepreneur Tracy Neal understands the inner workings of the beer, wine and spirits business. In 2013 Neal, 43, founded El Dorado Hills software analytics start-up CPG Data LLC, which has created an […]

EDH Taz celebrates 50 years

For 50 years El Dorado Hills youth have competed on the Taz swim team. What began as an immigrant’s dream with only 20 swimmers on its roster is a powerhouse today, boasting nearly 500 swimmers strong. Any local kid from any generation will say the same thing: The friendships and memories made kept them coming […]

EDHCSD director Priest discusses goals, golf course

Allan Priest, the newest addition to the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors, talked with Village Life about why he ran for the seat last fall and what influence he hopes to have during his four-year term. The married father of two teenagers has lived in El Dorado Hills since 2000. When […]

Living cake celebrates CSD

To continue the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s 25th birthday celebration, a live birthday cake made out of succulent plants is on display next to the pavilion. Approximately 1,500 cuttings were used to create the cake, according to creator and parks staff member Aimee Nunez. “The majority of the succulents are a species called […]

EDH boy fires deputy’s lost gun

A 10-year-old El Dorado Hills boy accidentally discharged an off-duty police officer’s 9 mm pistol while playing on the field at West Coast Airsoft Park in Plymouth, Amador County, last weekend. “Thinking it was a dropped airsoft pistol, he picked it up on the playing field and discharged it, luckily not striking himself, the other […]

Delegation checks out county businesses

A delegation from Chihuahua, Mexico, visited El Dorado County in late June to understand what the county has to offer by way of manufacturing, agriculture and tourism with the hopes of building relationships and potential business opportunities. The visit marked the first international delegation to El Dorado County. Visitors included Arnoldo Delgado Anchondo, the treasurer […]

Kaitlyn Dias basks in ‘Inside Out’ success

El Dorado Hills rising star Kaitlyn Dias is the voice of Riley in the new Pixar film “Inside Out.” Riley is an 11-year-old who has just moved with her mom and dad from Minnesota to San Francisco and the change has been rough. Viewers get to see five personified emotions that inhabit Riley’s mind: joy, […]

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 […]

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