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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 »

A great place to play the game of life

Seniors enjoy games in the 50-Plus Room at the Cameron Park Community Center. Cameron Park Life photo by Jackie Penn

When Paulette Mulligan moved to Cameron Park seven years ago from the Bay Area she told her husband they needed to “make friends and meet people who will come to our funerals.” It may sound a bit grim, but she made an excellent point. In the past two years or so Mulligan, 69, has gone […]

Comments Off / March 01, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

EID’s recycled water program stays as-is

The El Dorado Irrigation District recycled water program may be award-winning but officials apparently have no immediate plans to expand it. Provided to the EID Board of Directors as an information item at its Feb. 22 meeting, managing engineer Elizabeth Wells discussed in detail the district’s recycled water program, noting it first began more than 30 years ago. Initially the […]

Comments Off / February 26, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

A happy birthday for the woman who can fly

Doris Lockness, aviatrix extraordinaire, turned 106 this month. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

At 106 years old El Dorado Hills resident Doris Lockness is a marvel and it’s not just because of her age. Decades before the feminist movement Doris was a pilot, flying small airplanes during World War II until the brink of the 21st century. She was only the 55th woman in the world to earn a commercial […]

8 Comments / February 24, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Veterans Memorial Park stalled for funds

Veterans Memorial Park  plans call for a memorial garden, courtyard and a 100-year journey through American conflicts. File photo

Veterans Memorial Park Executive Committee members wanted to be clear when they spoke at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s February Board of Directors meeting, declaring, “We’re still here; don’t forget about us.” Since 2009 a group of residents and veterans has worked tirelessly to bring a veterans memorial to El Dorado Hills. The location […]

Comments Off / February 22, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »