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Wrestling coach has right stuff

Alex Diaz, far right, with fellow coaches Mike Remer, left, and Paul Divinagracia, center, pose with the Rolling Hills and Marina Village wrestling teams during a recent practice session at Oak Ridge. Parents praised the aspiring teacher for his dedication to their kids. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

The middle school wrestling season recently came to an end but parents aren’t done talking about how impressed they are with their kids’ coach — Alex Diaz. Diaz, 21, is a 2011 Oak Ridge graduate and former high school star wrestler. For the past three months, the Sac State senior spent his free time — 20 to 30 […]

Comments Off / March 08, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Knitting team gives back, one cap at a time

White Rock Village knitters make caps for newborns. More participants and donations are always appreciated. Courtesy photo

When Terry Wagner was asked to be part of the White Rock Village knitting team she jumped at the chance to knit caps for area newborns and cancer patients. “The reason I help is a selfish reason really,” the White Rock Village resident said. “It feels good to volunteer and help others.” That sentiment flows […]

Comments Off / March 06, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Folsom Lake College athletic complex a slam dunk

During the dedication ceremony, the sound of a bouncing basketball could be heard as Folsom High School men’s basketball team played the first game in the gym. Photo by Roberta Long

Folsom Lake College President Rachel Rosenthal has an answer for anyone who questions why the college should invest in athletic facilities. “The classroom is not the only place where students learn,” she said. Rosenthal made that point loud and clear at the dedication of the college gymnasium at the main campus in Folsom on Feb. […]

Comments Off / March 05, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Drought relief hopes melting away

Frank Gehrke, Department of Water Resources chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys, uses a hollow tube to collect a snow sample during the March 3 snow survey at Phillips Station near Sierra at Tahoe. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

The results of Tuesday’s snow survey at Phillips Station were disappointing with an average of 6.7 inches of snow on the ground and slightly less than 1 inch of water content. At only 5 percent of the historical average for the site, the results were actually down from last month’s average of 12 percent. “It’s pretty grim,” said Frank Gehrke, chief […]

Comments Off / March 04, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Many Grace Foundation horses still need homes

Rogue, a 16-year-old female Appaloosa, is one of 30 horses that still need a forever home. Courtesy photo

El Dorado County Animal Services is diligently looking for homes for the remaining 30 horses that came from the former Grace Foundation facility in El Dorado Hills. “We want to thank those who have stepped up to adopt the horses so far,” said Alexis Shaw, Operations Manager of Animal Services. “We are now down to […]

Comments Off / March 03, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Faithful Stewards help Nicaraguan community thrive

Nicaraguan children receive meals and education thanks to the efforts of Faithful Stewards and its supporters. Courtesy photo

Who knew delicious desserts could make such a difference? Faithful Stewards Wine & Dessert Auction’s generous attendees have helped countless Nicaraguan children and families thrive over the years and it’s time once again to give back to the the village of Nueva Vida. The eighth annual event will be held on Friday, March 6. Founded […]

Comments Off / March 02, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

‘Sisters’ are friends for life

SWEET SISTERS — Big Sister Helen Bennett of El Dorado Hills, right, and Little Sister Lea Hall, 17, of Plymouth enjoy a treat at Mel's Diner in Placerville. The two have been together for four years, forming a friendship that will last a lifetime. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

It’s been four years of hiking, movies, ice cream and even a chance to go onto the field at a San Francisco Giants game, and for 17-year-old Lea Hall, it’s been just fantastic being a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County. And it must have been pretty great for Helen Bennett, […]

Comments Off / March 02, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »