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Eagle Scout earned his wings

Oak Ridge freshman Meth Ranaweera, left, earned his Eagle Scout rank recently. He is pictured with his mother Dee Ranaweera and brother Seth Ranaweera, an Oak Ridge junior who is also an Eagle Scout. Courtesy photo

Oak Ridge freshman Meth Ranaweera recently earned his Eagle Scout rank. His Board of Review was in November and his Court of Honor will be held Feb. 25. Meth, 14, joined Cub Scouts when he was 6 years old in 2008 and is a member of Troop 645. For his Eagle project Meth said he wanted […]

No Comment / January 18, 2017 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDHCSD names new general manager

Kevin Loewen

Interim general manager, no more. The El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors unanimously voted to hire Kevin Loewen for the job permanently at its monthly board meeting last Thursday. Loewen was hired in February 2014 to be the EDHCSD’s Director of Parks & Planning and began serving as the interim general manager in […]

No Comment / January 18, 2017 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDH speaking group gets award

The Statement Makers Toastmasters club in El Dorado Hills recently received the Rising Star award, only one of two clubs in their 170-club district to achieve the honor. The Rising Star is given to clubs which have increased their membership significantly and to those that have also been given Distinguished Club status. “Not only were […]

No Comment / January 18, 2017 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Crib notes: What kids want most out of sports

My teenage son and his friends have rallied to play indoor soccer together during this rainy season. It’s low key and all about fun, which I credit to their coach, Ginger Swagerty. Before their first game, a group of them wanted to get pumped up for it. They walked to the store to buy energy […]

No Comment / January 11, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Father/ son ensure the middle school band lives on

Father and son Glen, left, and Ben Cain are both middle school band teachers in El Dorado County who say they have the greatest job in the world. Courtesy photo

Father and son Glen Cain and Ben Cain have more than 50 years of experience between them as public school music teachers in El Dorado County, molding the young minds of thousands of area youth to not just learn to read music and play an instrument, but to be better people too. Ben, the band […]

No Comment / January 11, 2017 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Gym employee gets a surprise ride

Bre Padilla's friends from El Dorado Hills Sports Club chipped in to buy her a car. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Bre Padilla begins her 14-hour workdays every Monday through Friday at 4:30 a.m., greeting members at the front desk at the El Dorado Hills Sports Club where she’s been employed for seven years. Padilla, a 27-year old Folsom resident, begins her second job by 9 a.m. as an aide working with autistic children and doesn’t […]

No Comment / January 04, 2017 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Visually impaired teen finds his stride

Legally blind Oak Ridge High School freshman Mitchell Foster completed the 2.62-mile CIM fun run in December. Courtesy photo

Erik and Terri Foster had a feeling that their son Mitchell Foster had poor vision despite being told otherwise by eye doctors for years. He had some milestone delays as a baby and did sit extremely close to the TV, but he’d always thrived as an athlete. After years of frustrating misdiagnoses, the mystery was finally […]

No Comment / January 04, 2017 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »