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Local mom shares area go-to tips

Nicole Ratcliff manages Folsom-El Dorado Hills Macaroni Kid. She is pictured with husband Richard and their children Bryson, 3, Jameson, 6, Calli, 10, and Serena, 7. Courtesy photo

The long, hot days of summer with little ones can include excitement now that mother of four Nicole Ratcliff is sharing her tips for the best parks, indoor activities and more on the regional Macaroni Kid website. Since October, Ratcliff has managed the Folsom and El Dorado Hills Macaroni Kid. There are 500 Macaroni Kid […]

Comments Off / August 17, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

What a ride for the Bodacious Biking Babes

The Bodacious Biking Babes celebrated 15 years of friendship, fitness and charitable giving earlier this month and toasted their team captain (in duplicate cutouts) Michele Ruscito at the event. Back row left to right: Kitty Czarnecki, Terry Shapiro, Carolyn Newcomer, Lori Scheel, Debby Stone, Cindy Freeman, Michele Ruscito, Lori Molitor, Vicki Summers, Geraldine Jimenez, Lori Blank, Diana Bolton, Sue Fry, Robin Ailman, Karen Welch, Maria Popovich. Front row left to right: Wendy Slepian, Kim Fish, Michele Elliston, Alice Carpenter, Dori Keast, and Lorraine King. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Women’s cycling group Bodacious Biking Babes of El Dorado Hills has reason to celebrate. In the 15 years they’ve been riding for fun, fitness and friendship the group has grown to include 60 active participants and they’ve raised more than $750,000 for charity. “These women are not your traditional athletes looking to test their endurance and […]

Comments Off / August 17, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge ready for student surge

Former ORHS Principal Paul Burke is seen here welcoming students back to school at the start of the 2015-16 year. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

A chorus of greeters could be heard from blocks away Monday morning as Oak Ridge students returned to school. Principal Paul Burke and student Link Crew members clad in matching blue shirts welcomed each student who walked into the school’s main entrance with rousing cheers and high fives. “It’s always fun,” Burke said about the first […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Slain deputy’s wife supports immigration reform, creates foundation

The Oliver family continues to grieve the loss of Danny, seen here with wife Susan and daughters Melissa and Jennie. Courtesy photo

El Dorado County resident Susan Oliver has joined the illegal immigration debate, speaking up about the Davis-Oliver Act, an immigration enforcement bill named after her husband Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff’s Det. Michael Davis Jr. who were killed in the line of duty last year. Accused murderer Luis Bracamontes, AKA Marcelo Marquez, an […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Life without parole for murderer

Anderson Swift walks toward the elevator in the courthouse after being sentenced to life without parole on Aug. 7. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Tears and hugs followed murderer Anderson Swift’s sentencing Friday. El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James Wagoner sentenced the Oakland man to life in prison without parole for the murder of Khrista Ibarolle in El Dorado Hills on Jan. 7 and other crimes related to a crime spree that began with a carjacking in Oakland and […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Hasta la vista, DJ

Raeann Jones, left, will take over as El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition executive director. She gave her now-retired boss DJ Peterson well-earned praise at his retirement fiesta last week. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

When DJ Peterson is at a party, even his own party, you can bet he’s got a deck of cards in his pocket. Wearing a mischievous smile, he pulls them out and asks his wife Judi to select a card. She pulls out the 2 of diamonds. Holding it up high, the retiring El Dorado Hills […]

Comments Off / August 03, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rubik’s Cube no puzzle for Speed Cuber

El Dorado Hills teen Paul Mahvi solved a 3x3 Rubik's Cube in 6.32 seconds at the Rubik’s Cube U.S. Nationals. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

His name is Paul Mahvi but since he can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than seven seconds, he’s also earned the nickname Speed Cuber. The 15-year-old Oak Ridge High School sophomore competed at the Rubik’s Cube U.S. Nationals 2015 in Hilton Head, SC, July 31 through Aug. 2, making the semifinals in both 3×3 and 4×4 […]

Comments Off / August 03, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »