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Heroes emerge in this villainous pirates tale

SWORD FIGHT —€” 4-year-old Ryan Cole Barker, left, and Joshua Barner, 7, both from Cameron Park, show off their fencing skills during last year's pirate visit. Village Life file photo by Pat Dollins

The pirates return to El Dorado Hills from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 20 to spread their brand of educational mayhem around Village Green Park and help raise funds for the local library. Like all good pirate stories this one contains mystery, intrigue and a scurrilous villain. Heroes are also essential, and this […]

Comments Off / August 12, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Oak Ridge High School grad earns Bronze Star

AIR FORCE CAPT. Bryan Healea receives the Bronze Star for his intelligence support in Afghanistan. Courtesy photo

U.S. Air Force Capt. Bryan Healea was awarded a bronze star for intelligence support of coalition special forces while deployed to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan between October 2010 and May 2011. Healea was the deputy director for Intelligence at the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force-Afghanistan at the time. The Oak Ridge graduate went […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Board limits changes to supervisors’ districts

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors approved the “Knight Nutting Alternative” redistricting map on Monday morning, sending it back to county Surveyor Rich Briner to be boiled down to the parcel level. It contained minor changes from the “Final Preview Map” Briner proposed on July 19, and returns to the board on Aug. 23, with […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Saturday in the Park coming up

WILD RIDE — JT Demure, 8 from El Dorado Hills holds on for dear life to the horns of the Bull Ride at Saturday in the Park's extravaganza. Village Life file photo

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District and Chamber of Commerce once again team up to present Saturday in the Park from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 13 in the Community Park at 1021 Harvard Way. The family fun includes interactive inflatables, a mechanical bull, games, live music and food booths. “Foreverland,” a Michael […]

Comments Off / August 08, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

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 […]

Comments Off / August 08, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

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 […]

Comments Off / August 08, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

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.” […]

Comments Off / August 08, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »