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EDH woman fights rare diseases, calls for more awareness

Allison Kowaleski and her husband Aaron postponed their wedding due to Allison's health, but finally married in 2015. Courtesy photo

Allison Kowaleski has had a weaker immune system than most people ever since she can remember. As a child the 2006 Oak Ridge High School graduate was prone to bronchitis and was diagnosed with asthma and allergies. In adulthood the list of ailments has grown. Constantly fatigued, by 2011 Kowaleski, then 22, could barely get […]

1 Comment / March 16, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Old road gets new name

The old Silva Valley Road that goes under Highway 50 will have a new name — Clarksville Crossing. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to rename a portion of the current Silva Valley Parkway March 8. As a result of the realignment of the old Silva Valley Parkway to accommodate the new interchange at Highway 50, the original segment will, in future, be known as Clarksville Crossing. Deputy County Surveyor Phil […]

Comments Off / March 14, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Miner’s volunteerism celebrated

Janet Kenneweg, Jim Miner and Jim's daughter Laurie Miner, left to right, celebrate his recent award. Courtesy photo

El Dorado Hills resident Jim Miner was awarded the California Park and Recreation Society District II award for regional Community Champion on Friday, Feb. 26. Nominated by El Dorado Hills Community Services District staff, Miner is recognized for his 30-plus years of local volunteer service to Golden Hills School, Sleep Train’s Foster Child Program and especially for the […]

Comments Off / March 14, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Survey shows lower snow depth but more water content

DWR official Frank Gehrke, right, weighs the snowpack on a scale held by Brian Brown of the Legislative Analyst's Office during a snow survey at Phillips Station on Echo Summit on March 1. Matthew Dumlao with the Senate Natural Resources Committee and Rachel Ehlers with the Legislative Analyst's Office, at rear, also assist in collecting snowpack data. The statewide snowpack was found to be 83 percent of the March 1 average. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Sunny skies did not bode well for the snowpack as Department of Water Resources staff conducted a March 1 snow survey at Phillips Station. Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program, and his survey team measured snow that averaged 58.3 inches deep, with a water content of 27.1 inches on the snow […]

Comments Off / March 07, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

A special graduation for Brittany

Brittany Gaines smiles as she holds her graduation photo with mom's help. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Graduating from high school is a major transition for any young adult as they move out of their parents’ home and head off  to college, work and, ultimately, live on their own. It promises to be an even bigger transition for Brittany Gaines, 23, whose motto in life seems to be to never give up. Born with cerebral palsy, Gaines […]

Comments Off / March 07, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Dancer’s hard work pays off

Photo by Tim Engle.

Oak Ridge High School senior Madeline Bertoy, a dancer at the Northern California Dance Conservatory in Roseville, was recently selected as one of 23 finalists out of 12,000 applicants to receive a much-coveted scholarship from the National YoungArts Foundation. In January the dance finalists, along with the finalists in other arts, were flown to Miami for National […]

Comments Off / March 02, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge principal fired

Oak Ridge High School students protest on the El Dorado Hills campus Tuesday morning after Principal Paul Burke was fired Monday night. Many students have shown unwavering support for the principal since he was placed on paid leave. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick November.

The El Dorado Union High School District Board of Trustees unanimously voted Monday night to release Oak Ridge High School Principal Paul Burke from his contract at the end of this school year, ending a four-month-long saga that has pitched students and parents against board members. Burke was placed on paid leave for undisclosed personnel reasons […]

2 Comments / March 01, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »