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EDH man remembers piloting troop transport on D-Day

U.S. Navy veteran Ed Salata, 87, of El Dorado Hills stands holding his combat medals, including one for D-Day, at his home. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

On June 7, 1944, an El Dorado Hills man turned 18 years old. The previous day, he was manning the throttle of a landing craft tank, dropping off men and vehicles on the beaches of Normandy for the D-Day invasion. Ed Salata, then a Motor Machinist 2nd Petty Officer with the 103rd Combat Engineers, manned […]

No Comment / June 08, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Student of the Month: Heidi Jaerger

Buckeye Union School District Superintendent and El Dorado Hills Rotarian David Roth congratulates Student of the Month Heidi Jaerger with teacher Nancy Savage, Oak Meadow Elementary Principal Barbara Narez and proud mom Nichole Jaerger. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Oak Meadow Elementary fifth-grader Heidi Jaerger just came to the El Dorado Hills school a year ago but she’s left an impression that will undoubtedly last for decades and earned her the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ Student of the Month award. “I was just so lucky to have her this year,” said teacher […]

No Comment / June 05, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Madeline’s story: Volunteer’s life changed with Mexico experience

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Rolling Hills Christian Church sent its largest-ever mission team to Antochistas, Mexico, right outside of Tijuana earlier this year; 200 kids and 58 adults built eight homes and a church campus. Volunteers also hosted Vacation Bible School and a soccer tournament. Madeline Lenz, 17, was one of those lucky volunteers whose life has forever changed thanks to this experience. The El […]

No Comment / June 04, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Brock’s still thinking en español

Things got a little foamy when exchange student Brock Bastian attended the Carnaval de Oruro. Courtesy photo

During his first full day in Bolivia, Rotary Youth Exchange student Brock Bastian took a wild car ride to Muela del Diablo (the Devil’s Molar), a giant rock near La Paz — not an introduction for the faint of heart. And though this courageous Oak Ridge High School student did have that “what did I get myself into” […]

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UPDATE: Teen found

Amy Richards went missing on Tuesday, June 3. If you see Amy or have any information call the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at (530) 621-6600 or Detective Rich Horn at (530) 642-4715.

Amy Richards, 16, was located yesterday in the San Francisco area. Amy had used a bicycle to travel from Placerville through Sacramento and eventually to a Bay Area Rapid Transit station. She then used BART to travel into San Francisco and eventually contacted the staff at a Starbucks Coffee shop in San Francisco, where she […]

No Comment / June 04, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Congratulations Class of 2014!

Oak Ridge senior  Emily Trepagnier celebrates after receiving her diploma Friday, May 30, at the 2014 graduation ceremony in El Dorado Hills.  Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Oak Ridge’s Trojans celebrated graduation in style, giving the ceremony a thumbs up and, after everyone received their diplomas Friday evening, some grads even got a lift from family and friends. The ceremony included posting of the colors by Civil Air Patrol Squadron 85 and a performance by the Oak Ridge Chorale, as well as […]

2 Comments / June 02, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos | Read More »

Four earn Marina’s first ‘Mustang Pride’ award

The first Mustang Pride recipients are graduating eighth-graders Sarah Lundell, Emily Bobrowsky, Tyler Barth and Brycen Groess, left to right. The award recognizes outstanding scholarship, service and commitment. Photo by Diane Orciuoli

How does a school raise the bar when many students already excel academically and behaviorally? That was the “happy problem” Marina Village Middle School’s assistant principal Cindy Giove said staff faced until this year’s graduating eighth-grade class was challenged to earn the Mustang Pride award as incoming sixth graders. “It stretches students to have the […]

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