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Dirt churned on Silva Valley

Officials, past and present, from El Dorado and Sacramento counties take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Silva Valley interchange Thursday afternoon. Left to right: Ray Nutting, Ron Mikulaco, Brian Veerkamp, Don Nottoli, Jody Jones, John Knight, Ron Briggs, Jack Sweeney and Billy Vandegrift. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

A who’s who of local officials and state representatives stood on a dusty hill in El Dorado Hills Thursday afternoon to kick-start construction of the community’s newest road project. Golden shovels turned the first dirt on a Highway 50 interchange project more than 20 years in the making — the Silva Valley interchange. El Dorado […]

1 Comment / January 09, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Bodacious Biking Babes give away bikes

Bodacious Biking Babes Carrie Cain, Kathy Hurd, Kim Fish, Colleen Yeandle-Rich, team sponsor John Crews, Cindy Freeman, Michele Ruscito, Pauline Curtis and Lisa Robbins, left to right, donated bikes and safety gear to women who need reliable transportation. Courtesy photo

Guided by their motto “Girls Geared to Give,” the Bodacious Biking Babes, a women’s cycling team based in El Dorado Hills, recently donated bicycles to foster and orphaned teen girls locally and around the world so the girls could have their own set of wheels to get to school or work. Through their fundraising efforts, […]

No Comment / January 08, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Julia Garcia embraces American culture

Exchange student Julia Garcia got a traditional El Dorado Hills welcome at The Rock when she arrived last summer. Photo by Laurie Edwards

Pumpkin pie? Rotary Youth Exchange student Julia Garcia said she couldn’t understand why anyone would make pumpkin pie. In her hometown of Brasilia everyone eats a salty pumpkin dish, not a sweet pie. But during her first-ever Thanksgiving, there amongst all the delicious food and some 147 guests, sat the pie. Everyone encouraged her to take […]

No Comment / January 07, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

For quarter century resident quietly beautifies New York Creek Trail

Jim Miner stands among 150 trees he's planted in his neighborhood off Tam O' Shanter Drive since 1988. He was recently honored by the EDHCSD for his efforts. VIllage Life photo by Julie Samrick

Jim Miner recently strolled through his spacious backyard on a warm January afternoon. He crossed a barely bubbling New York Creek still within his property line and pointed to how high he’s seen the water rise in the years he’s lived in his home on Tam O Shanter Drive. Miner knows just where the invisible […]

No Comment / January 06, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Robots take over Oak Ridge

Robotics team compete in the arena at the Oak Ridge-hosted tournament Sunday. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Fifteen Northern California robotics teams competed at a FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Qualifying Tournament at Oak Ridge High School’s gym Sunday. The event was hosted by ORHS, the FIRST FTC Team No. 4238 (RCGFoPL) and Playing @Learning. Teams were judged on design, creativity, programming and outreach. Tasks included moving blocks into designated baskets, climbing ramps, […]

No Comment / January 06, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Partners run with healthy business idea

Gold Country Run + Sports Assistant Manager Paulo Medina and co-owners Leon Shahinian and Donn Cox, left to right, help runners find their perfect gear to perfect their strides. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Local runners have a right to feel spoiled since Gold Country Run + Sport opened its doors last November. “I’ve been a runner my entire life and have lived in El Dorado Hills for the past 10 years,” said Leon Shahinian, manager and part-owner at Gold Country Run + Sport. “I and my friend and […]

No Comment / January 05, 2014 | Posted in Business,Feature Photos | Read More »

Stephen White named Sac-Joaquin Athletic Director of Year

ORHS Athletic Director Steve White

The California State Athletic Directors Association named Oak Ridge’s Stephen White the 2013-14 Sac-Joaquin Section Athletic Director of the Year. He was nominated and selected by his peers from approximately 150 schools for the honor. White has taught and coached at Oak Ridge since 1994. Before becoming athletic director 10 years ago, he coached three […]

No Comment / December 29, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »