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OR grad’s passion for Israel pays off

Kassandra Ropp, right, stands with fellow first place winner Derek Arone, left, and Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer. Ropp and Arone tied to win a global video competition sponsored by the Israeli Embassy. They recently took a diplomatic relations trip to Israel and met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Ropp will move to Israel in October to finish her undergraduate degree. Courtesy photo

When many 13-year-olds are interested in the latest celebrity gossip or fashion, El Dorado Hills resident Kassi Ropp was marching in the pro-Israel movement. Now 23, the 2010 Oak Ridge graduate continues to work for pro-Israel legislation and recently traveled to Israel on an all-expenses-paid diplomatic relations trip for winning a 90-second video competition sponsored […]

No Comment / September 28, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Enroll in FLC ‘fast-track’ classes

Late-start classes are available at Folsom Lake College. Courtesy photo

It’s not too late to enroll at Folsom Lake College this fall. There are open “fast-track” classes that start later in the semester, including offerings in anthropology, business, computer science, geology, psychology, music and more. Visit flc.losrios.edu to see which classes are available and to enroll. Second eight-week-term classes start the week of Oct. 15. Other courses begin throughout the […]

No Comment / September 25, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Wally spreads (more) cheer on Friendship Day

Wally Richardson greets a group of students with bookmarks to motivate themselves and others during Marina Village Middle School's second annual Friendship Day. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Wally Richardson is known in the Villages of Lake Forest for his smile and for waving to anyone who crosses his path. Last Friday the El Dorado Hills resident and his wife Jenny passed out bookmarks to Marina Village Middle School students so they might also spread cheer to others. “Keep one bookmark and give […]

1 Comment / September 21, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

One of CASA’s biggest supporters explains why

El Dorado Hills resident and business owner Gary Lardy, second from left, has been an important donor to CASA El Dorado over the years. He is pictured with CASA development manager Kathy Hurd, CASA board members Maryeth Loriaux, Kristin Conner, Anne Eckert and executive director John Adams, left to right. Courtesy photo

For more than a decade local business owner Gary Lardy has supported abused and neglected children in El Dorado County through the efforts of CASA El Dorado, shedding light on the non-profit’s importance. Each year approximately 500 children in El Dorado County are matched with an adult advocate after being removed from their homes by […]

No Comment / September 21, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Accidental shooting ends EDH woman’s life

Joslynn Ledezma Sovenski

An El Dorado Hills woman died after an accidental shooting in a Carmichael apartment Saturday. Joslynn Ledezma Sovenski, 18, went to Oak Ridge High School and, according to her Facebook profile, worked at Togo’s in Cameron Park. Sacramento County sheriff’s detectives arrested 22-year-old Kenyatta Brown on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter; he’s being held at the Sacramento County Jail and is […]

1 Comment / September 21, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Italian masterpieces have a big day in Folsom

Jim Rotan of El Dorado Hills poses with his original 1988 Alfa Romeo Graduate at the Italy on Wheels event las weekend. Next to the classic car is Rotan's wife's Vespa. Photo by Larry Weitzman

Italy on Wheels rolled into the Murer House Museum in Folsom on Sept. 12 for its fourth annual, all-Italian automobile, motorcycle, motor scooter and bicycle show. The automobiles filled the parking lot with the best in classic and modern Italian hardware, populated with enthusiasts from the area, including El Dorado County. The 12th was also the day of […]

No Comment / September 16, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

CSD pavilion renamed to honor tireless volunteer

The EDHCSD pavilion has been renamed to honor longtime El Dorado Hills activist Norm Rowett, who died last year. File photo

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s Board of Directors unanimously voted to rename the CSD pavilion the Norm Rowett Pavilion at its monthly board meeting Thursday night. Rowett, a longtime El Dorado Hills resident and tireless volunteer, died last October at age 78. Rowett served on various community groups and spearheaded what would become […]

No Comment / September 14, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »