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Moms want to put teen driver statistics in reverse

TEEN DRIVER GUIDE —€” Debbie Kenny, left, and Kari Eide of El Dorado Hills developed an iPhone app and a website for new teen drivers. Madi Kenny, seated left, and Parker Eide check out the safe driving tools. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

El Dorado Hills moms Debbie Kenny and Kari Eide are doing everything possible to keep the new drivers in their families from becoming statistics. Kenny, 44, has 17-year-old Madi and another about to turn 15. Eide, 44, just saw her her son Parker celebrate 17. Driving is a frequent dinner table topic in both households. But […]

No Comment / March 03, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Students paint island escape on classroom wall

ART IN THE CLASSROOM — Sixth-graders Alexa Van Komen, 11, left, and Madison Fischer, 11, are immersed in the ocean they and their classmates painted with math teacher Lynn Simpkin and muralist Nancie Chopp in their Marina Village Middle School classroom. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Lynn Simpkin’s students might have a hard time concentrating in class these days. Why? The ocean and sandy beach painted on her marina Village Middle School classroom wall beckons them. Simpkin, muralist Nancie Chopp and the sixth-graders painted the mural as part of a lesson on island and ocean biomes. “We were looking for a way […]

No Comment / March 03, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

‘Green’ student honored by Rotary

TOP STUDENT — Fifth-grader Arya Aziz is surrounded by admirers at the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills breakfast on March 2. Left to right are: Club President Bill Tobin, Oak Meadow Principal Barbara Narez, Arya Aziz, proud dad James Aziz, teacher Cindi Prahl, Buckeye Union School District Superintendent Terry Wenig and Oak Meadow Asst. Principal Paul Stewart. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Arya Aziz taught her classmates and teachers at Oak Meadow Elementary about the importance of recycling. The fifth-grader’s efforts have made her school ‘greener’ and caught the attention of her teachers and school administrators, who nominated her as the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Student of the Month. “She’s just an amazing young gal,” […]

No Comment / March 03, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Meadow artists showcase their work

ART APPRECIATORS — Oak Meadow fourth-graders Tyler Silva, Grant Silva and Austin Green, left to right, study stocking sculptures made out of nylon stockings, wheat paste, wire hangers and paint from Mrs. Brennan's fourth-grade class at the second annual Oak Meadow Art Walk on Feb. 24. Photo by Michelle Silva

By Michelle Silva More than 600 students and family members of Oak Meadow Elementary attended the second annual Oak Meadow Art Walk, a visual arts showcase of all Oak Meadow students’ work. The Feb. 24 event featured masterpieces on display for one evening only. The projects were created with a wide variety of material and mediums inspired […]

No Comment / March 03, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rotary exchange student has experiences he’ll never forget

GREAT EXCHANGE —€” Rotary Youth Exhcange student Elais Steyrer, center, smiles with host Dan Haverty of Folsom, left, and El Dorado Hills Rotary President Bill Tobin. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Elias Steyrer wasn’t that impressed with Disneyland. “It’s pretty exhausting to go there,” said the young man from Salzburg, Austria, who’s attending Folsom High School courtesy of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. But the teen with a passion for his home country, wiener schnitzel and now American living has made many memories that will last […]

No Comment / March 02, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Silva Valley interchange: Construction could begin next spring

ALL THE DETAILS — DOT Senior Civil Engineer Adam Bane explains the construction process at the Silva Valley interchange workshop held Monday evening. About 20 residents and property owners attended. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Nick Giannini has concerns. Seven years ago the Serrano resident bought his Mertola Way home, in part for the peace and quiet it provided. Last year construction noise interrupted his calm nights as crews worked on the Highway 50 carpool lanes and bridge improvements nearby. “When they were doing all the pile driving we heard […]

1 Comment / March 01, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Bulldog brainiacs best Academic Decathlon rivals

ASK THESE STUDENTS ABOUT "THE GREAT DEPRESSION": Folsom High Academic Decathlon Bulldogs defended their 1st-place position in the 2011 Sacramento County competition. Front row, left to right:  Allan Zhou, Allison Hamer, Ben Rosenfeld, Sydney Pierce, and Emmie Pope;  middle row: Marisa Franz, Janice Chan, Tim Bai; back row: Topher Anderson, Austin Kelley, Yiran Li, Spencer Buelna, coach Melinda Wilson. Courtesy photo

The Folsom High School Academic Decathlon team took the Sacramento County championship on Feb. 5, beating 24 high schools in the county. Most importantly, the Folsom Bulldogs beat the Bella Vista Broncos, the high school that fielded dominating teams since the competition started in 1980. The Carmichael high school, in the San Juan Unified School […]

No Comment / February 28, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »