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Julie Samrick

25 years dedicated to students

On Sept. 25 Lake Forest Elementary held a school-wide parade and rally to mark 25 years to the day the school opened. Students marched with “Happy Birthday” class banners across the outdoor stage and black top as era music dating back to 1990 played. “We wanted it to be a kid-based event and for students […]

Town Hall meeting focuses on Measure E

Most residents have seen the Measure E signs around El Dorado Hills, but many still do not understand what a yes or no vote actually means. During a Town Hall meeting last Tuesday night at Fire Station 85, residents from the grassroots Parks, Not Parker group broke down constituents’ top questions about the 98 acres […]

OR grad’s passion for Israel pays off

When many 13-year-olds are interested in the latest celebrity gossip or fashion, El Dorado Hills resident Kassi Ropp was marching in the pro-Israel movement. Now 23, the 2010 Oak Ridge High School graduate continues to work for pro-Israel legislation and recently traveled to Israel on an all-expenses-paid diplomatic relations trip for winning a 90-second video […]

Use it or lose it, senior taxi service beginning in EDH

El Dorado Hills residents 60 and older or adults with disabilities have a new door-to-door transportation option beginning Oct. 19. El Dorado Transit, in partnership with Gold Rush Taxi, will offer qualified residents discounted taxi vouchers for travel anywhere within the El Dorado Hills Community Services District seven days a week from 7 a.m. to […]

Bright smiles ahead at new community health center

The fourth El Dorado Community Health Center opened in Cameron Park, the only one to offer dental care. El Dorado Community Health Centers offer comprehensive medical care for the uninsured or for those with Medi-Cal. All ages welcome. Services include case management, podiatry, support services, behavioral health and primary care, with the motto: Improving the […]

Break Free ‘so much more than a run’

Who knew a terrible crime could turn into an opportunity to impact many people worldwide? When El Dorado Hills mother Vicki Zito’s 17-year-old daughter was taken from Safeway in 2008 and sold for sex on Craigslist for eight days before being rescued by the FBI, Zito and other El Dorado Hills parents founded the nonprofit […]

RUSD: Another school site in escrow

The Rescue Union School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted to enter into a $1.625 million purchase and sale agreement with two private sellers on two parcels of land totaling 21 acres on Sienna Ridge Road to build a future school. This Sept. 8 action comes seven months after the district closed escrow on the […]

Measure E remains non-binding

A vote for or against rezoning the 98 acres of open space known as the former El Dorado Hills Executive Golf Course has no strings attached, El Dorado County attorneys confirm. Some residents are circulating a first draft of County Counsel’s impartial analysis of Measure E, which mistakenly states a vote against the rezone would mean an agreement […]

Parker, January join forces on new EDH senior center

EL DORADO HILLS — Local historian and community activist Betty January hopes to work her magic yet again. Just as her perseverance got the El Dorado Hills Library built with the help of Parker Development, January has partnered with the Serrano developer once more to bring a new senior center to fruition. A Center for the […]

Residents vote for park amenities; board opts out of golf course purchase

EL DORADO HILLS — Approximately 30 residents participated in a public priorities workshop at the Valley View Elementary gym last month as part of the process to update the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Master Plan. Groups sat together in solidarity. A bocce ball contingent led by Carl Renner wants to see more lighting […]

New cancer center elevates care

Wednesday evening Marshall Medical Center staff, patients and community leaders gathered to celebrate the Cameron Park campus’ new 8,500-square-foot cancer center where patients may now receive previously off-site cancer treatments and services in one consolidated location.

“This center marks a vast improvement in convenience for our patients,” said hospital spokesperson Carrie Poggio, including access to medical appointments, radiation treatment, lab work, imaging and infusions.

Grand Jury response: EDHCSD stands by parcel tax

El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager Brent Dennis and the CSD Board of Directors collectively responded to, and largely disagreed with, the 2014-15 El Dorado County Grand Jury’s findings and recommendations that asked the CSD to reexamine a 32-year-old $10 annual tax on each home collected to enforce Covenants, Codes and Restrictions. The […]

Cameron Park woman calls cousin’s train heroics ‘awesome’

Carmichael native Alek Skarlatos was traveling in Europe with childhood friend Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler when they became instant heroes to the world. While traveling from Amsterdam to Paris by train the trio’s instincts kicked in when they reportedly heard a gunman loading ammunition in the restroom. Once the man exited, Skarlatos, 22, propelled […]

Bodacious Biking Babes riding strong after 15 years

EL DORADO HILLS — Bodacious Biking Babes has reason to celebrate. In the 15 years the women’s cycling group’s members have been riding for fun, fitness and friendship the group has grown to include 60 active participants and they’ve raised more than $750,000 for charity. “These women are not your traditional athletes looking to test their endurance […]

EDH spa reopens with fresh face

“Who doesn’t like going to the spa?” asked The Spa at Salone di Carlo owner Carlo Gallad about his decision to upgrade his El Dorado Hills hair salon to a full service spa. Gallad moved his business into the 5,135-square-foot site in the La Borgata shopping center formerly known as The Spa at La Borgata, […]

Oak Ridge High School ready for student surge

EL DORADO HILLS — A chorus of greeters could be heard from blocks away Monday morning as Oak Ridge students returned to school. Principal Paul Burke and student Link Crew members clad in matching blue shirts welcomed each student who walked into the school’s main entrance with rousing cheers and high fives. “It’s always fun,” Burke said […]

Area ball player to play in NTIS

EL DORADO HILLS — Marina Village sixth grader Brent Jones, 11, is only one of 14 Northern California baseball players selected to play in the National Team Identification Series (NTIS) in North Carolina Aug. 26-30. Northern California will represent one of 16 national regions at the series. Brent stood out while playing at the NTIS […]

Rubik’s Cube is no puzzle for Speed Cuber

His name is Paul Mahvi but since he can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than seven seconds, he’s also earned the nickname Speed Cuber. The 15-year-old Oak Ridge High School sophomore competed at the Rubik’s Cube U.S. Nationals 2015 in Hilton Head, SC, July 31 through Aug. 2, making the semifinals in both 3×3 and 4×4 […]

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 […]

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