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Cameron Park vet survived Battle of the Hurtgen Forest

Tom Vano holds a portrait of himself taken when he was in the Army during World War II.  Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

As one of eight survivors of a platoon of 48; a Silver Star awardee from an encounter in the Hurtgen Forest where Allies were surrounded for 21 hard winter days; being wounded three times; a participant in the battle of the bridge at Remagen; successful in the career he loved and the husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather […]

Comments Off / December 31, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Ponderosa FFA celebrates 50 years

Ponderosa FFA members Andrew Laraway, Courtney Hyden, Tripp Moore, Sarah Friedmann, Quaid Moore, Blake Wilson and Ashley Bolger, left to right, spend some time with one of the program's four-legged projects.  Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

It’s less about cattle than it is about leadership now, but the Ponderosa High School Future Farmers of America club is celebrating its 50th anniversary and there are still cows, lambs, turkeys, pigs and gardens on the Shingle Springs campus. FFA advisor Andrea Adams doesn’t have to explain much about the program; enthusiastic student members […]

Comments Off / December 31, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Bling, bubbly and more at Cameron Park event

Linda Siqueido of Cameron Park makes a necklace in her home-office.  This is the second year she plans to sell her jewelry at the Red, White and Jewels event.  Photo by Laurie Edwards.

Linda Siqueido had barely gotten the necklace she was working on finished when a lady came up to her table and insisted on buying it. That’s the way it is with Siqueido’s handmade jewelry, pieces she sells at bargain basement prices. Siqueido will be among the dozens of vendors and crafts people at the fifth […]

Comments Off / December 30, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Horses and riders connect

Cassidy Riedel, 15 from El Dorado HIlls nuzzles her 5-year-old Arabian  named Mina Asseefah at a horse ranch in Shingle Springs.  Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

It became clear from the start that the beautiful dark bay Arabian horse had a real connection with 11-year-old Timothy Moss when the mare was added to the family five years ago. Little did they imagine, however, that by the summer of 2014 the youngster would be standing by his beloved Sami holding a ribbon […]

Comments Off / December 29, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

On the run with Santa

A crows surrounds Santa during one of his stops on the 51st annual Santa Run held last week. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado Hills residents truly have the Christmas spirit and at no time is that more evident than during the El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s annual Santa Run. Last week, this editor exchanged her pen for candy canes and joined the holiday fun as a Santa Run elf. While jogging up Ridgeview Drive as my reflective collar jingled was […]

Comments Off / December 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Wally Jukes has earned a break

El Dorado Hills Fire Prevention Specialist Wally Jukes stands in the plans room, where he keeps track of plans that have been and need to be reviewed for code compliance. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

“Service is seeing a need and doing something about it.” Since he started working 50 years ago, Wally Jukes has kept his mother’s message in mind. “She reinforced that all while growing up,” said El Dorado Hills’ retiring fire prevention specialist, “and sometimes to her dismay … when our elderly neighbor’s lawn got mowed and […]

Comments Off / December 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Canine Companion is woman’s greatest gift

Peggy Di Nocco and her service dog Felice spend every moment together. Felice helps Peggy complete tasks and keeps her company. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Though El Dorado Hills resident Peggy Di Nocco was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis in 1999 and needed a wheelchair full time by 2006, she didn’t slow down. It wasn’t until the outgoing mother of two slipped in the shower and waited there for nearly two hours until her husband John got home that Peggy and […]

Comments Off / December 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »