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Lake Forest sweeps Nature Bowl, heads to finals

Lake Forest's third-grade Nature Bowl team has some fun during the competition earlier this month. Climbing the tree are Evan Odell, Kyle Enriques and Anna Thurman, left to right, while the others stand in front, left to right: teacher Donna DeLaurentis, Matthew Medina, Savannah Hannaman, Ayden Quinones, Kara McCauley and advisor Marlaine Reilly. Courtesy photo

Lake Forest’s two Nature Bowl teams won first place in their respective age divisions March 18 and will head to the finals at Sac State in May. The third grade and fourth/fifth grade teams competed in Coloma against a dozen area schools, including neighbors Silva Valley, Lakeview and Pleasant Grove. Sponsored by the California Department […]

No Comment / March 23, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Enjoy dessert at home to help families abroad

Faithful Stewards programs ensure children get a healthy meal at least once a day. Courtesy photo

For more than a decade, El Dorado Hills residents Brandon and Alisha Mecier, along with many caring volunteers, have dedicated their time and resources to making people’s lives better thousands of miles away. “People who are blessed have great opportunities to provide for others,” Brandon said. The non-profit Faithful Stewards has done just that for […]

No Comment / March 20, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

The Spirit of Benny looks to double fun run participation

Partners In Care staff helped Benny Penner's family get through a difficult time. To give back, they're organizing a fun run to raise money for the non-profit. Courtesy photo

The third annual Spirit of Benny 10K and 5K Run & Walk, benefiting local charity Partners in Care, will be held Saturday, March 22, at 8 a.m. in Placerville. “It’s been the greatest therapy ever,” said Nancy Milla of the annual fun run she directs each March in honor of her 5-year-old son Benny Penner […]

No Comment / March 17, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Teen asks community to light it up blue

Matthais Zierhut wants to turn El Dorado Hills blue for World Autism Awareness Day. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Matthais Zierhut has prepared for this role his whole life. The 16-year-old Oak Ridge sophomore is the planner and coordinator of El Dorado Hills’ first Light It Up Blue event in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day April 2. Autism Speaks created the campaign where more than 1,300 cities spanning all seven continents take part. […]

2 Comments / March 17, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Mercy auxiliary hands out scholarships

Oak Ridge senior and scholarship recipient Cody Ellis, right, poses at the table with friend Kelly Coppin. Ellis plans to pursue a degree in biolodgy before entering medical school. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Future doctors, surgeons, therapists and other healthcare professionals received a helping hand from the Mercy Hospital of Folsom Auxiliary Friday as auxiliary members handed out $1,000 scholarships. Out of 21 students interviewed, 11 students from El Dorado Hills and Folsom high schools received money to continue their education, including Oak Ridge senior Cody Ellis, who […]

No Comment / March 17, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge actor keep Anne’s spirit alive

Why see a play when you already know the tragic ending? Why remember an event that so many would like to forget? “It’s history,” explained Julia Garcia, assistant to the assistant director for Oak Ridge Drama’s “The Diary of Anne Frank” production opening March 20. “There were so many lives lost and this (play) shares […]

No Comment / March 13, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Student of the Month: Isabelle Grupp

Rescue Union School District Superintendent David Swart, big sister Caroline Grupp, Lake Forest Elementary Principal Bruce Peters, proud mom Rivers Grupp and Buckeye Union School District Superintendent David Roth, left to right, surround the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills' Student of the Month Isabelle Grupp. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Fifth-grader Isabelle Grupp received the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ Student of the Month award Wednesday morning for her uncompromising work ethic and compassion. “She works harder than any other student at our school,” said Lake Forest Elementary Principal Bruce Peters. “She always has a smile on her face and is incredibly supportive of […]

No Comment / March 12, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »