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My Turn: Remedy for disaster

It’s true — we don’t belong anywhere on the age spectrum. We’re not 7 or 12 or 20. We’re in this random space — this gap — a black hole in the middle of nowhere. Being a teenager is harder than it sounds. As a teen I completely understand. And when parents tell you they get it and teachers say […]

March 01, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

The sound of music in the making

Jane Van Camp Village Life correspondent There’s a lot of noise coming from Room 12 at Camerado Springs Middle School in Cameron Park — rowdy students? No, the students are quietly concentrating. The noise is coming from band saws, routers and electric sanders. Don Cochran’s advanced woodshop class is busy on a project that has […]

February 22, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

C. J. Box Jr. spins an interesting tale

Larry Weitzman Special to Village Life Joe Pickett may be the most famous Fish and Game Warden in Wyoming. The devoted husband, doting father of three and dedicated state employee is yet as frail and sensitive as anyone and certainly not a superman. But his stories are known worldwide as his creator, author Charles James […]

February 15, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

Academic Decathlon winning speech by Jenna Breedlove, Oak Ridge High School

Optimism Winston Churchill once said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” But what is optimism? First and foremost, optimism is defined as having a hopeful attitude towards the future. According to Harvard Health Publications there are two types of optimism: dispositional and explanatory. Dispositional is […]

February 15, 2017 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,

My Turn: Drought, flood and flow — time for changes

In California drought and flood cycles seem to go hand in hand. It is part of nature. Residents are forced to ration water one year and watch it go out the Golden Gate the next. For decades state officials rally around a water crisis, yet grapple with making hard decisions to reduce risk of the next […]

February 15, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Garden Guru: Native California buckeye

We have been blessed with an abundance of much needed rainfall so far this season. I’m grateful for the rain but must confess that these short, dark, rainy days have me longing for spring.  We have a local native tree that seems to share my sentiments. It never bothers waiting for spring. I’m talking about Aesculus californica, […]

February 08, 2017 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Financial Focus: What’s smarter — paying off debts or investing?

If you’re just starting out in your career, you will need to be prepared to face some financial challenges along the way — but here’s one that’s not unpleasant: choosing what to do with some extra disposable income. When this happens, what should you do with the money? Your decisions could make a real difference in […]

February 07, 2017 | Posted in Business Columns | Tagged ,
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