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Opportunity Acres: Ranch is a special choice

MICHELLE WENELL, founder of Opportunity Acres, left, visits the mini-horse and goat pen with adult day program team members Blair, center, and Sam. Team members maintain the ranch and care for its livestock. Cameron Park Life photo by Krysten Kellum

At long last, youths with autism have a place they can call their own: Opportunity Acres. Located in Shingle Springs, the ranch is a mix of uses that at first glance don’t seem to fit together. For example, what does boarding horses and dressage have to do with rescued horses, goats and a petting zoo? And what […]

Comments Off / October 29, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Major General Collens looks to the sky

Retired Major General John Collens still fits into his uniform. As an Air Force pilot, he flew missions during three wars. Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

“I got shot at in three different wars, but being in those three wars paved the way to opportunities in my life,” said retired USAF Major General  John W.Collens, 90. “If not for WWII, I’d have been pounding pills in a Louisiana drugstore.” Collens, a Cameron Park resident, was an aviation cadet visiting his aunt in […]

Comments Off / October 29, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Marina Village names its ‘heroes’

Ethan Horn, Bella Orciuoli and Erika Ingram (not pictured) researched how to Save Water and detailed how they'd start a water saving reward system for Marina students. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

All Marina Village seventh graders were challenged by their English teachers to “embrace an issue that is important in your school or community.” Seventh-grade English teachers, principal George Tapanese and Village Life chose Jessica Garver from Mrs. Doig’s class and the team of Ethan Horn, Erika Ingram and Bella Orciuoli from Mrs. Guardino’s class as […]

Comments Off / October 27, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Local cyber crimes expert pens book

Alexis Moore

El Dorado Hills resident Alexis Moore survived a cyberstalking situation before there was even a name for it and she’s now become a tireless victim advocate and sought-after expert who helps others defend themselves against stalking, identity theft, domestic violence and cyber abuse. Her new book “Cyber Self-Defense” (Lyons Press) hit stands Oct. 7 in […]

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Norm Rowett remembered as tireless volunteer, gifted mediator

Norm Rowett speaks at his friend Wayne Lowery's retirement party a few years back. Photo by Mike Roberts

If there ever was a Mr. El Dorado Hills, it was Norm Rowett. The steadfast community volunteer died Oct. 17 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 78. Since he moved to El Dorado Hills in 1977, Rowett was committed to his town’s betterment and he spearheaded what would become pivotal undertakings in its […]

Comments Off / October 27, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Hands4Hope ball an out-of-this-world success

H4H Founder and Executive Director Jennifer Bassett,  Jan Ibarra, H4H Parent Advisory Committee member Yoko Kono and Danton Kono enjoy the Intergalactic Shindig held earlier this month. The event raised more than $25,000 for youth enrichment programs. Photo by Samantha DeLeon

Hands4Hope – Youth Making A Difference’s fifth annual Benefit Dinner and Costume Ball, dedicated to supporting the nonprofit’s youth development program and numerous outreach activities, brought together aliens, Jedi and other zany characters at Lakehills Covenant Church earlier this month. The generosity of attendees was, like the theme, out of this world. The live and […]

Comments Off / October 27, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

A good sign: Veterans Memorial Park in new phase

The Veterans Memorial Park sign is revealed during a special event Saturday morning. The memorial will be built on 1.2 acres in Promontory Park. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

About 50 people gathered at Promontory Park Saturday morning to unveil a sign at the Veterans Memorial Park’s future site. The sign features the park’s plan — a 100-year journey through American conflicts that have shaped our nation. Before the unveiling, guests were called to action; it’s time to raise the funds, about $2 million, to turn […]

Comments Off / October 20, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »