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The Science Olympiad expands the mind

Science masters — The Rolling Hills Middle School Science Olympiad team, clockwise from left front, includes Andrew Tang, Eric Zhao, Stephanie Warrior, Prachi Sood, Chris Zinser, Anthony Pham, Nicholas Pham, Mattie Vanhonsebrouck, Chris Tharratt, Misbah Shafi, James Yoon, Nidhi Vedantam, Tanushree Jain and Lynn Yang. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Sheldon and Leonard pay attention — 15 sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth-grade scientists are sharpening their brains and expanding their creativity to blow the Big Bang Theory and other science concepts right out of the water. Rolling Hills Middle School’s 2014 Science Olympiad team meets every Thursday after school with advisor Ryan Rutkin. At home, […]

No Comment / May 19, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Event aims to recruit more business

StemExpress founder and CEO Cate Dyer, left, chats with Greg Stanton, Dave Johnston and Lisa Peterson from the county about why El Dorado County is a great place to build and grow a business at last Thursday's Elevate to El Dorado event in the El Dorado Hills business park. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

“Business is open in El Dorado Hills and El Dorado County,” said El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Debbie Manning about the inaugural Elevate to El Dorado event last Thursday. The chamber partnered with El Dorado County and the El Dorado Hills Community Foundation to host the information and networking gathering in […]

No Comment / May 19, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Pleasant Grove House sinking into the dust of history

THE PLEASANT GROVE House was a point of exchange on the Pony Express between 1860 and 1861. It is located on Green Valley Road across from Pleasant Grove Middle School. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Pleasant Grove House, across the street from Pleasant Grove Middle School on Green Valley Road in Rescue, is slowly sinking into the dust of history. Surrounded by chain-link fence and minus a few outbuildings, the former road house and Pony Express stop is deteriorating daily and no one can stop it. The house was built […]

1 Comment / May 18, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Nutting acquitted of felonies, guilty of misdemeanors

EL DORADO COUNTY Supervisor Ray Nutting, left, and his attorney David Weiner watch the jury enter the courtroom as a verdict was expected Wednesday May 14. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

A jury found El Dorado County Supervisor Ray Nutting not guilty of three felonies but guilty of six misdemeanors, it was announced mid-morning Wednesday. The guilty verdicts stemmed from Nutting’s attempt to solicit bail money from county employees and county contractors. The jury acquitted Nutting of felony charges of filing false documents and conflicts of […]

No Comment / May 14, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

St. Stephen’s celebrates 50 years of serving God, the community

The St. Stephen's congregation held Sunday Services at the Park Village pool in the early 1960s before they had a church of their own. Courtesy photo

Le and Elaine Wallin were playing badminton with their children in the front yard when a pastor walked up. Rudolf Johnson wanted to start a church in El Dorado Hills. “So we knocked on doors and helped,” Elaine said. Fifty years later, St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church has a few hundred members, 50 to 70 attending each […]

1 Comment / May 12, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge receives Global Education Excellence Award

Oak Ridge High School Principal Paul Burke, left, accepted the 2013-14 Global Education Excellence Award to recognize his school’s support of international student exchange. He's seen here with, left to right, Leonie Pulz from Germany, Nichakorn Thana-dachophol from Thailand and Glen Swedelson, director of Guidance. Courtesy photo

Oak Ridge High School has received national recognition for excellence in global education from EF High School Exchange Year. The EF High School Exchange Year Global Education Excellence Award is presented annually to high schools that demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to international understanding and global awareness. Oak Ridge High School was one of a select […]

No Comment / May 11, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rolling Hills Church hosts national leadership event

More than 230 people attended last Friday's Leadercast Live telecast, which included words from former First Lady Laura Bush. The event offered advice on how to become a better leader. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

“The power of what we do is not just in the day-to-day. It’s in thinking big ways beyond ourselves to change the world,” SAP AG CEO Bill McDermott said during Leadercast Live last Friday. Gems of wisdom like these were peppered throughout the televised event from Atlanta, which was streamed to 750 host sites around […]

1 Comment / May 11, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »