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Oak Ridge teacher recognized for all the good

Oak Ridge Social Studies teacher Steve Seely received the California League of Schools' Educator of the Year award. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

“Teaching provides an unlimited opportunity to do good,” said Steve Seely, an Oak Ridge High School social science teacher Seely has done a lot of good and was recently selected as the California League of High Schools’ 2013 State High School Educator of the Year. “I see these kinds of awards as a way to recognize […]

1 Comment / March 24, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Friendship is key to this perfect match

For more than three years Big Brother Greg Durio and his Little Kamrynhave bonded over squirt-gun fights and family dinners. Durio was recently named Big Brother of the Year. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Greg Durio of El Dorado Hills has been chosen Big Brother of the Year by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County. Durio, 49, and Kamryn, 10, have been matched for three-and-a-half years, since Kamryn was 7. They’ve remained friends through several moves that have left them in different cities an hour away […]

Comments Off / March 04, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Monica Joy doesn’t let illness get in the way of her dreams

Shingle Springs resident Monica Joy has an invisible illness — invisible to people who see her smiling face; invisible to insurance companies; invisible because of its rarity to most of the medical community; invisible to research. But superior mesenteric artery syndrome (SMAS) and intestinal dysmotility, a life-threatening condition that only 500 people have been diagnosed with […]

Comments Off / February 27, 2013 | Posted in Cameron Park Life | Read More »

An egg-cellent accomplishment

Mercedes Kotelnicki of Cameron Park holds the "Spirit of America," a decorated ostrich egg that will soon become part of the Smithsonian Institute's art collection. Cameron Park Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Eighty-nine year old Mercedes Kotelnicki has one of her egg creations in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library in Simi Valley, another in a Catholic motherhouse museum in Canada and, now, one is going to the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. “The Spirit of America” is an ostrich egg Kotelnicki decorated […]

Comments Off / December 27, 2012 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Bond fan shaken, not stirred

Uwe Brosamle shows off his James Bond movie posters, collected while he was a teen in Germany. They now hang in his El Dorado Hills dental office. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

As a teenager growing up in Germany, Uwe Brosamle was enthralled by James Bond movies. Ask the El Dorado Hills resident his favorite of the seven men who played Bond and the answer is quick: “Sir Roger Moore, that’s the one I grew up with in the ’70s.” “The Spy Who Loved Me” is his favorite […]

Comments Off / November 21, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Walter Larsen recalls life in the Navy

WW II veteran Walter Larsen shares stories and old photographs from his Navy days as his friend Marian Bray smiles. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

“We were so lucky,” said 88-year-old Walter Larsen, speaking of the crew of the USS Sperry — a Fulton-class submarine tender that Larsen served on from 1942 to 1944 in the South Pacific. Larsen was a young shipyard worker at Bethlehem Steel in San Francisco when the attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States […]

3 Comments / November 01, 2012 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

‘Mossy’ author comes to El Dorado Hills

Author Jan Brett comes to El Dorado Hills Thursday to promote "Mossy," her newest book.

Successful children’s book author Jan Brett comes to El Dorado Hills this Thursday to promote her newest book, “Mossy.” Brett has written more than 30 books, including “The Mitten.” Aboard her artwork-wrapped rockstar bus, Brett is on a 23-city national tour to promote “Mossy” and will stop at Lakehills Covenant Church, 7000 Rossmoore Lane in El Dorado Hills, from 5 […]

Comments Off / October 12, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »