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Infusing international flair is this lady's passion

Cigdem Askin was born in Bandir-ma, Turkey, and moved to the United States in 1985 seeking a better life. Shortly after moving to El Dorado Hills in 2003, she realized that the are ...

Oak Ridge High senior enjoys helping others

EL DORADO HILLS CA - Kirsti Buckendorf, a 17-year-old senior at Oak Ridge High School who has lived in El Dorado Hills her whole life, spends much of her spare time volunteering he ...

From the Bay to the ‘Hills,’ Purple Place owner enjoys life

Denise Hountalas and her husband Mike own the Purple Place Bar and Grill, a well-known landmark in El Dorado Hills. They have three sons. Besides trying to manage the house, kids ...

Whodunit author gave up CEO post to start writing

Cindy Sample’s earlier dream was to sit on a sofa next to Oprah. However, she’s now a local mystery writer who just released her second book, “Dying for a Dance,” and is wo ...

Film producer Lisa Dane finds home in El Dorado Hills, was extra in Tom Hanks' 'Forrest Gump'

Lisa Dane moved to Northern California and fell in love at first sight — with vineyards. A native of Washington, D.C., she lived most of her life on the East Coast. Her husband ...

Retired teacher is no chicken when it comes to travel

Susan Macaluso taught fourth and fifth grades at Jackson Elementary in Rescue Union District for 21 years. She retired in May. While there, she was very involved in the Gifted and ...

Top flapjack flipper keeps things hopping at Folsom IHOP

Robert Lewallen has been the manager of the International House of Pancakes, more commonly known as IHOP, on East Bidwell Street in Folsom for 13 years. He is usually seen serving ...

Federal retiree named county’s Senior of the Year

Yvonne Griffin has worked at the “Moni” Gilmore Senior Center as a CSD part-time employee since February 2008. She was recently named El Dorado County Senior of the Year. Durin ...

Veda Das offers a worldly view of home decor

For those looking for home furnishings and gifts, Veda Home in El Dorado Hills may be a shop to consider. Run by Veda Das, the business is located in Town Center How did you move ...

Former X-ray tech turns to hypnotherapy

By Menka Belgal Telegraph Correspondent Mary Witt is a certified clinical hypnotherapist from El Dorado Hills and a founding member of Awakenings Institute, a non-profit religiou ...