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Buddy Bench nurtures new friendships

Amidst the joyful chaos of recess at Blue Oak Elementary School, two children sit pensively on a blue bench at the edge of the basketball courts. They watch the other kids for a few moments, then the older child turns to the younger and holds out a foursquare ball. In the blink of an eye, […]

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CPCSD Board gets down to business

The Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors dove headfirst into the new year’s business at the first board meeting of 2017. In attendance were President Scott McNeil, Vice President Holly Morrison and Directors Greg Stanton and Amy Blackmon. Director Margaret Mohr was absent. Newly appointed board President McNeil took the gavel and guided the board […]

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Local students tackle app challenge

A group of local high school students recently won an app development competition at California State University, Sacramento. Their app “Bloom” took first place out of a field of 50 other high school teams. Sam Arcangel, a senior at Ponderosa High School, spoke with Cameron Park Life about his team’s accomplishment. “For me it started with […]

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Academic Decathlon: ORHS dethrones Ponderosa

Oak Ridge High School won the 35th annual El Dorado County Academic Decathlon on Saturday, besting five other teams and dramatically ending Ponderosa High School’s 24-year win streak. Oak Ridge, which hosted the competition, advances to the state finals in Sacramento at the end of March. Long time Oak Ridge coach Jeff Hassian was ecstatic following […]

No Comment / February 06, 2017 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Diligent decathletes prep for brainy brawl

In the world of Academic Decathlon you won’t see bone-crushing tackles or buzzer-beating three pointers. There are no trash-talking parents or bench-clearing brawls. Still, these events can be thrillingly competitive and require as much dedication and preparation as any sport. These intellectual gladiators train relentlessly, challenging themselves mentally the same way athletes do physically. Ponderosa […]

No Comment / February 01, 2017 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Rotary bike donations bring holiday cheer

The Rotary Club of Cameron Park recently delivered on its tradition of giving refurbished bicycles to underprivileged children. This holiday season 40 bicycles were delivered to El Dorado County families in need and dozens more went to families at Mather Veterans Village in Rancho Cordova and to the Union Gospel Mission in Sacramento. All the donated bikes, […]

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New library program helps determined students succeed

During her senior year of high school Skyler Ousley lost her drive and dropped out. “After I left Ponderosa High I regretted not having the motivation to work through it and make a better life for myself,” she said. She looked into several alternatives to high school, but had trouble with scheduling and other issues. […]

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