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Go green for 4-H

Support 4-H by participating in the march 7 Color Me Green run at the Shingle Springs Rancheria. Courtesy photo

It’s a bit early for St. Patrick’s Day, but whether you are a leprechaun or not, you can be green, be healthy, have fun and help support local 4-H youth programs all at the same time on Saturday, March 7. The brainchild of five members of the 4-H Leadership Team — Alana Cardinalli, Brook Haynes, […]

Comments Off / February 25, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Seniors cuddle with Kitties for Companionship

Fat Kitty City founder Ed Minghelli, who runs the sanctuary with his wife Cindy, said the facility is like Disneyland for cats, complete with great play structures like the one behind him. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Cisco, a gray, green-eyed charmer meets you at the gate at Fat Kitty City, followed by Chip and Dale, striped tabby brothers who politely come up and ask for a pet. Sebastian, a huge, fluffy clone for Deuteronomy in the musical “Cats,” catches some rays in the play structure while Mystery, white with tortoiseshell markings, […]

Comments Off / February 25, 2015 | Posted in Life in the Hills | Read More »

Taking a chance on Logan

Logan Wright, 17, carries a sack of grain on his shoulder to a waiting customer at Lee's Feed in Shingle Springs. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

It’s not unusual for a sophomore in high school to have a part-time job, but Logan Wright is a little different. He’s a gold medalist, part of the leadership class at El Dorado High School, an avid hunter and fisherman, and he has Down syndrome, a genetic chromosomal disorder which causes lifelong intellectual disability and […]

Comments Off / December 31, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Cameron Park vet survived Battle of the Hurtgen Forest

Tom Vano holds a portrait of himself taken when he was in the Army during World War II.  Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

As one of eight survivors of a platoon of 48; a Silver Star awardee from an encounter in the Hurtgen Forest where Allies were surrounded for 21 hard winter days; being wounded three times; a participant in the battle of the bridge at Remagen; successful in the career he loved and the husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather […]

Comments Off / December 31, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Ponderosa FFA celebrates 50 years

Ponderosa FFA members Andrew Laraway, Courtney Hyden, Tripp Moore, Sarah Friedmann, Quaid Moore, Blake Wilson and Ashley Bolger, left to right, spend some time with one of the program's four-legged projects.  Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

It’s less about cattle than it is about leadership now, but the Ponderosa High School Future Farmers of America club is celebrating its 50th anniversary and there are still cows, lambs, turkeys, pigs and gardens on the Shingle Springs campus. FFA advisor Andrea Adams doesn’t have to explain much about the program; enthusiastic student members […]

Comments Off / December 31, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Littles shop big during special event

Village Life reporter Wendy Schultz helps Dino Anderson, 5, choose a toy during the Snowball Holiday Shopping event at Target in El Dorado Hills on Saturday. Photo by Laurie Edwards

There might be no better combination than a hot pancake breakfast and some rapid-fire retail therapy — especially just in time for Christmas. If you toss a visit with Santa into the mix and stir it up with a candy cane, you’ve got the fourth annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County Snowball Shopping event. On […]

1 Comment / December 08, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Sites, vans, drivers needed for homeless

Being homeless when the sun is shining and the temperatures are in the 80s is one thing; being homeless when it’s snowing or raining and the temperatures are in the 30s is a whole other thing. For the past six years, faith-based organizations around El Dorado County have collaborated to provide nomadic shelters from November […]

Comments Off / November 30, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »