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Japanese students saddle up during visit

READY TO RIDE —€” Rin Ogata, 13, an exchange student from Warabi, Japan, sits atop "Old Chesnut" at the Grace Foundation in El Dorado Hills last Tuesday. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Those excited-looking Japanese teenagers you might have spotted running around El Dorado County last week were part of the 2011 sister city youth exchange hosted by members of the El Dorado County chapter of People to People International. Members swap students and good will with families from other countries. The 2011 youth exchange brought 16 […]

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Janitor-turned-sculptor cranks out political satire

A COLLECTION of sculptures depicting political figures including Newt Gingrich, Ross Perot, Willie Brown and George Bush are among the many satirical, political sculptures created by Laura Harling. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Retired state worker Laura Harling is a trim 64-year-old with an engaging smile and a humble demeanor. Whatever stereotypes exist for political satirists, she certainly doesn’t fit them. But that’s what the former casino dealer, state file clerk and janitor has become. In a series of delightful interviews over the last couple weeks, Village Life […]

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Crib notes: If only we could bottle them up

Julie Samrick

The new school year marks parenting milestones for many of us. Some may be preparing for a quieter house once their teen heads off to college, while others may still be in the thick of it all. There are the transitions to middle school, high school and in our house we have a kindergartener. But […]

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People Talk: What’s great about America?

Asked of Japanese sister city youth exchange students at the Grace Foundation by Mike Roberts. Yoshifumi Aki, 14, Warabi, Japan “America is free. We have to pay to drive on the highway. It’s free here.” Rin Ogata, 13, Warabi, Japan “€œEverybody is so friendly here. When they get together they say hello and thank you.” […]

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Oak Ridge alumni triumph at triathlon

Courtesy photo

On Aug. 6 three Oak Ridge High School alumni combined their endurance specialties to form a triathlon relay at the 28th Annual TRI for FUN Triathlon held at Rancho Seco Park. Connor Benander, who attends Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Cody Kaiser, who is among the elite and nationally ranked cyclist, and Amjed Aboukhadijeh currently competing on UCLA’s […]

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Taz Devils splash to second place at ‘Champs’

 By Mike McIntee The El Dorado Hills Tasmanian Devils recreation swim team raced to a second place finish at the Suburban Swim League Championships July 30-31. Despite posting very fast times, the Taz couldn’t overcome their rivals, the two-time defending champion Park Terrace Penguins, who outpointed the Taz over the three-day competition 1,355–1,048.50. The Sierra Sharks […]

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New redistricting maps go to supes Monday

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will review three new redistricting maps in a public hearing at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8, in the board chambers, 330 Fair Lane, Placerville. The maps address the concerns of specific supervisors, and bear their names. The Briggs Rubicon Alternative, Knight/Cameron Park Alternative and Knight/Nutting Alternative can be […]

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