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Author Archive: Noel Stack

Stylish space savers save the day

A home that seems more like an obstacle course can leave homeowners feeling trapped, not to mention bruised due to all the tripping and bumping one might suffer when trying to make into the kitchen in the middle of the night. Good news: Furniture designers have taken note, creating versatile pieces that save space and […]

Keep cool this spring and summer

If the mild winter is any indication — people were wearing shorts during what should have been California’s rainiest season — it’s going to be a long, hot summer. Don’t get caught with a broken air conditioner; stick to a maintenance plan that will ensure everything stays nice and cool. “Consider your HVAC (unit) similar […]

EDH Fire Dept. annexing Latrobe

The El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s annexation of the Latrobe Fire Protection District continues to progress, with the process now in the hands of El Dorado County’s Local Agency Formation Commission. Earlier this year, the El Dorado Hills and Latrobe fire boards voted to proceed with annexation. If all goes as planned, El Dorado Hills would […]

Experience Aji Japanese Bistro

Total surrender — Aji Japanese Bistro owner Nick Dedier wants diners to take a seat and let his staff take them on a dining experience they won’t soon forget. “Come in with an open mind and let us take care of you,” Dedier said. Dedier and chef Russell Okubo have created a menu designed to excite taste buds […]

Mercy auxiliary hands out $1,000 scholarships

Future doctors, surgeons, therapists and other healthcare professionals received a helping hand from the Mercy Hospital of Folsom Auxiliary as auxiliary members handed out $1,000 scholarships. Out of 21 students interviewed, 11 students from El Dorado Hills and Folsom high schools received money to continue their education, including Oak Ridge senior Cody Ellis, who thanked […]

‘Little Shop’ offers a morality lesson

What: “Little Shop of Horrors” Who: Ponderosa High School drama department Where: Ponderosa High School, 3661 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs When: April 3 to 5 and April 10 to 12 with showtimes at 7 p.m. all six days and 2 p.m. matinées on April 5 and 12 Cost: Tickets are $15 each and Ponderosa students with valid […]

Firefighters burn home … on purpose

Thick black smoke billowed in the breeze as flames leapt from a burning Sienna Ridge Road home Sunday afternoon and, all the while, firefighters stood around and watched. Occasionally, a firefighter would pick up a hose and douse smoldering debris that drifted into the air. But they let the house burn to the ground — […]

Enjoy dessert in El Dorado Hills to help families

For more than a decade, El Dorado Hills residents Brandon and Alisha Mecier, along with many caring volunteers, have dedicated their time and resources to making people’s lives better thousands of miles away. “People who are blessed have great opportunities to provide for others,” Brandon said. The non-profit Faithful Stewards has done just that for […]

Actor keeps Anne’s spirit of hope alive

What: ”The Diary of Anne Frank” Who: Oak Ridge High School drama department Where: Oak Ridge High School Theater, 1120 Harvard Way, El Dorado Hills When: Showtimes are 7 p.m. March 20 to 22 and March 27 and 28; 2 p.m. matinées on March 22, 23 and 29. Cost: Tickets are $8 to $12 Information: 916-390-3727 Why see a play when […]

Rebecca Skidgel, Haley Thompson and Kimberly Berg

Rebecca Skidgel Union Mine High School Rebecca applied to Sonoma State University with plans to study marketing and photography. In high school she participated in drama and dance and was a member of the Leo Club and the Key Club. She said she found her dance team participation most rewarding. “It made me happy to […]

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Samantha Prichard

Samantha Prichard, 18 Union Mine High School College/major: Azusa Pacific University; major undeclared at this point. Career goal: Either a pediatric nurse or a teacher 10-years into the future: I see myself working with kids somehow and probably incorporating animals into that work. Steady job, steady income … probably in the city but who knows. Community service: Samantha […]

Joy Lomax

Joy Lomax, 18 El Dorado High School College/major: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, studying liberal arts and possibly majoring in recreation, parks and tourism administration Career goal: Become an event planner or work with a non-profit organization. 10 years into the future: I see myself working in the recreation, parks and tourism industry, possibly as an event […]

Jesslyn Lane

Jesslyn Lane, 19 Oak Ridge High School College/major: Texas Christian University studying nursing Career goal: I want to be a pediatric nurse; that’s what my plan is. I’ve really always enjoyed he medical field. Jesslyn’s sister was diagnosed with leukemia when she was younger and Jesslyn said she admired the nurses who cared for her […]

Persistence pays off for Pat Seide

Nearly 30 years ago a few friends of Pat Seide’s told her she’d make a great real estate agent. How right they were. For the past 29 years, Seide has had great success helping people buy and sell homes in the area, from Sacramento to Lake Tahoe. In addition to many well-deserved awards and accolades, […]

Makenzie Shivers

Makenzie Shivers, 18 Ponderosa High School College/major: Park University majoring in Interior Design Career goal: If becoming a professional golfer doesn’t work out, I plan to open my own interior design firm. With that I want to (work in) residential design, home staging and/or commercial design. 10 years in the future: I hope to have worked […]

Jessica Klopfenstein

Jessica Klopfenstein, 18 St. Francis High School College/major: Studying pre-physical therapy at Oregon State Career goal: I’ve though about working with sports teams as a trainer and physical therapist or helping people with disabilities recover from their injuries. 10 years in the future: Hopefully I’m settled down … married. I don’t know about kids yet but […]

Spencer Gates

Spencer Gates, 18 Oak Ridge High School College/major: California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), majoring in Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration Career goal: I would like to be able to go into event management or the tourism field. People spend one-third of their lives participating in leisure activities and that is a significant amount of time to be […]

Fullerton joins EDH Fire Board

Retired Marysville police chief and former L.A. County sheriff’s lieutenant Wallace Fullerton has seen riots, natural disasters, contentious politics and more paperwork than one dares imagine. Now settled in El Dorado Hills, the 56-year-old retiree’s ready to roll up his sleeves for another round of public service — this time as the newest El Dorado […]

Crack crab with Rotarians and fund projects

Would you like to help a young person gain confidence and learn leadership skills? How about ensuring children all over the world are vaccinated to prevent polio? All this can be accomplished with a few tools: a ticket, a bib and your dancing shoes. The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hill presents its 21st annual […]

Compact Barlow feels spacious

A vaulted foyer runs up the center of the Barlow, leading family and friends directly into a vaulted, richly glassed great room. This judicious use of vaulting creates a surprising sense of expansiveness in what is actually a fairly compact cottage. The plan’s footprint is a narrow 43 feet wide, allowing the home to fit […]

Jane Layton puts people first

“It’s not about houses; it’s about people.” Re/Max Gold Realtor Jane Layton takes this statement to heart every time her phone rings or someone walks through her door. For nearly 23 years she has helped clients buy and sell homes, guiding them through a transition that can, at times, be stressful and building a professional […]

Connie Barnes keeps her eye on the goal

If you’d like to know what kind of year Realtor Connie Barnes had in 2103, take a look at her awards collection. The Re/Max Gold Realtor in El Dorado Hills won Best Realtor awards from five different publications, including Readers’ Choice contests in the Mountain Democrat and Village Life — an accomplishment she shared with […]

Malinda Kregoski horses around (and loves it)

Malinda Kregoski may have been a horse crazy kid, but as an adult she has channeled that passion into a successful equestrian career. Born and raised in El Dorado county, Malinda is excited to be able to share her love of horses with the community. In the summer of 2000 Malinda moved Equine Unlimited Inc. […]

Intero Placerville team knows the business and the county

Sticking close to their roots, Tommee Briggs and Kathy Withrow (aka Team TomKat) have built a solid reputation in El Dorado County’s real estate community. The longtime business partners opened their Intero Real Estate Services office on Placerville nearly two years ago and, along with Realtor Associate Nadean Music, do everything they can to help […]

Eden Halbert gets four paws up

It’s not that Eden Halbert doesn’t like people. She does, really. But she’d take a wet nose and a wagging tail over a handshake and a walk in the woods with her dogs over a corporate retreat  … any day of the week. ‘They’re just joyful and being around them is joyful,” Halbert said, explaining her affection […]

Service is Golden at Golden Aire

For more than 30 years the Golden family has kept clients warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Golden Aire owners Ed and Ken Golden have traveled from Pollock Pines to Davis and Elk Grove to Lincoln, maintaining HVAC units (all makes and models), designing and installing new systems, making estimates, repairing duct work […]

Denise Alexander puts the tax puzzle together

How many people can say they enjoy preparing taxes and managing finances? CPA Denise Alexander raises her hand. She likes the job so much that last year she bought TaxWise, a full-service tax, accounting and business consulting firm in El Dorado Hills. She and her staff help clients maximize refunds, balance the checkbook (personal and/or business) and […]

Edie Bullard invites you to her palace

Life’s hustle and bustle keeps people on the move. Work, school, kids and errands leave little time for anything else. Edie Bullard, owner of Time Out, wants all that worry and stress to melt away at her private resort and spa in Camino. The cosmetologist by trade celebrates 20 years of pampering this coming September. […]

Gidget Foat has honesty, integrity on her side

When an injury sidelined Gidget Foat’s career as a correctional officer she gave in to her passion — real estate. She’d already done the classroom work; it was time to get out there. Foat juggled both careers at first, beginning her real estate career at the auction house while working at Folsom State Prison after […]

The women at Eskaton cherish the caregiving role

As she walks through the Eskaton Village Placerville assisted living facility and out into the sunshine, Pamela Dallas greets every resident by first name. She compliments their clothes and comment on the beautiful January day. This personal greeting is just a part of Dallas’ busy day, but one she definitely enjoys. For the last five-and-a-half […]

When there’s dirt involved Michelle Hodgkin is happy

For her birthday one year, Michelle Hodgkin received a vehicle from her dad Richard Halk, though not the kind one takes on the freeway. “I bought her a trencher,” Dad said. For Hodgkin, who grew up riding motorcycles and frog hunting with her brothers, it was the perfect gift that led to a career she […]

Students weave a time-traveling tale

What: ”The King’s New Threads” Who: Oak Ridge High School drama department Where: Oak Ridge High School, 1120 Harvard Way in El Dorado Hills When: Friday, Jan. 17-Sunday, Jan. 26 Cost: Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for children Information: 916-390-3727 When a  king obsessed with fashion meets three mischievous weavers … trouble quickly follows. Watch […]

Julia Garcia embraces American culture

Pumpkin pie? Rotary Youth Exchange student Julia Garcia said she couldn’t understand why anyone would make pumpkin pie. In her hometown of Brasilia everyone eats a salty pumpkin dish, not a sweet pie. But during her first-ever Thanksgiving, there amongst all the delicious food and some 147 guests, sat the pie. Everyone encouraged her to take a […]

Dirt churned on Silva Valley interchange project

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 […]

Youth volunteers celebrated

El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition board members handed out Youth Star Awards Dec. 13, celebrating students who’ve achieved success in the classroom and in the community. On the Lakehills Covenant Church stage, 35 were given to young people who serve as shining examples — helping the homeless, mentoring youth, volunteering at community events and […]

EDCAR hands out 2013 awards, readies for new year

Realtors and affiliates packed into the Serrano Country Club on Friday, Dec. 13, to celebrate a year of recovery and El Dorado County Association of Realtors successes in 2013. 2014 EDCAR president Katie Minor took the gavel from Karen Larson, who thanked EDCAR staff and board members for their help over the past year. “I […]

Littles enjoy shopping spree

After pulling his Max Steele Turbo Sword out of the shopping bag, 7-year-old Izrael’s eyes lit up and he smiled — a big smile. “It’s a toy sword and you sword fight with it,” he said. Izrael was one of 150 kids in El Dorado County’s Big Brothers Big Sisters and Court Appointed Special Advocates […]

EDH Santa Run collects food and toys

El Dorado Hills neighborhoods will hear that familiar “Ho, Ho, Ho” during the El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s 50th annual Santa Run, Dec. 17-21. For four nights, Santa will ride atop a fire engine through El Dorado Hills neighborhoods. See schedule and route map at  During the nightly parade, elves will collect canned food for […]

Cameron Park backyard gets ‘crashed’

Brook Warner walked into a local home improvement store to check out flooring. She walked out with a camera crew and “Yard Crashers” host Matt Blashaw.

This Cameron Park resident hit the yard makeover lottery.

“You get a little emotional about things you’re not too proud of,” Warner said, explaining that she teared up when Blashaw asked about her backyard.

That’s all licensed contractor Blashaw needed.

“Any woman who cries over her yard touches my heartstrings,” he said. “I could feel that she wanted a (nice) backyard so …

Tree-mendous holiday décor

What: Homes for the Holidays tour Who: Assistance League of Sierra Foothills Where: Homes in El Dorado Hills When: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8 Cost: Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger. Information: Prepare yourself for decoration envy. El Dorado Hills residents will open their beautiful homes for the Assistance League of […]

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