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Principal puts her heart and ‘sole’ into fundraiser

SHOES FOR EVERY OCCASION — Jackson Elementary Principal Michele Miller stands in her show room. The footwear fanatic is selling 285 pairs of her shoes to raise money for the Rescue Union School District. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Jackson Principal Michele Miller said she couldn’t bear the thought of seven dark libraries next school year. Nor could she imagine losing teachers, school nurses and vice principals. The outlook at a recent Rescue Union School District board meeting was glum. “At a minimum $1.4 million (has to be cut) but it could go as […]

1 Comment / March 25, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Far from fiction: Oak ridge grad, bandmates could make Rolling Stone cover

FICTIONIST bandmates Robbie Connolly, Jacob Jones, Stuart Maxfield, Aaron Anderson and Brandon Kitterman, left to right, hope to make it on the cover of Rolling Stone. Courtesy photo

“Wanna see my picture on the cover Wanna buy five copies for my mother Wanna see my smilin’ face On the cover of Rolling Stone.” Those timeless words penned by poet Shel Silverstein and let loose by Dr. Hook singer Ray Sawyer in the ’70s still ring true; you know you’ve made it big in […]

No Comment / March 25, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Jackson students ‘bowl’ over the competition

NATURE BOWL students Nathan Klaff, Bryce Groess, Seth Ranawerra Archita Bhattachayra and Margaret Ashperheim, left ot right, will participate in state finals this May.

For the third year in a row Jackson Elementary School will send a team to the Nature Bowl State Finals at California State University, Sacramento, on May 21. The fifth & sixth grade team heads to states after great competition at the Coloma Nature Center in March 21. “There are 500 kids that compete in Nature Bowl […]

No Comment / March 23, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Carolyn Brooks named new El Dorado Hills Library manager

Photo by Mike Roberts

Fresh off her final interview for the top job at the El Dorado Hills Library, Youth Librarian Carolyn Brooks helps young readers Quentin Hardy, 5, and twins MacKenzie and Gavin Hardy, 6 expand their “read at night” material with some “James and the Giant Peach.”El Dorado Hills mom Trish Hardy, not pictured, said she appreciated Brooks’ hands-on philosophy. Outgoing branch Library […]

No Comment / March 21, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Mercy hands out scholarships

CONGRATULATIONS to all Mercy scholarship winners. VIllage Life photo by Mike Roberts

Mercy Hospital’s Auxiliary gathered at Serrano Country club on Friday, March 18, to award $1,200 scholarships to 11 applicants planning careers in health care. The gala awards luncheon included overviews of the recipients’ accomplishments, flowers for each and brief acceptance speeches. Most of the winners of this year’s scholarships hailed from local high schools: Oak […]

1 Comment / March 21, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Big Brother for life

BROTHERLY BANTER — Big Brother Steve Rotz and Jabari Miller joke around at Yogaberry in Town Center. Distance can't keep these two apart; they've been a partof ech other's life for 26 years. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Steve Rotz and Jabari Miller keep tabs on each other El Dorado Hills family man Steve Rotz hails from Michigan, but found himself in Baltimore right out of college in the mid 1980s, working hard all week, far from family and friends. “I was there alone and looking for more out of life,” he recalled. […]

No Comment / March 20, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Faithful Stewards keep hope alive in Nicaraguan village

MAKIGN FRIENDS —€” Alisha Mecier, center, hangs out with two Nicaraguan children from Nueva Vida during last year's trip. For the last four years Faithful Stewards, a non-profit started in 2006 by Alisha and her husband Brandon, has raised money to help people in the Nicaraguan village. Courtesy photo

Alisha Mecier lights up when she talks about her adopted children — the hundreds who live in Nueva Vida, Nicaragua. “They’re learning English,” she said. “Just that skill alone will make them more successful in their lives and these kids are putting everything they have into this class.” For Alisha and husband Brandon Mecier, founders […]

No Comment / March 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »