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‘Best of both worlds’ high school open

Cameron Park student Ashley Bolger, 16, takes classes at the Virtual Academy and is also a student at Ponderosa, where she's the president of Future Farmers of America. Here she's giving a presentation at the academy on organic agriculture. Village life photo by Julie Samrick

What does the future of public high school look like? And how might more American students succeed in an increasingly diverse society? The El Dorado Union High School District now offers a blended learning model of instruction at its new Virtual Academy adjacent to Union Mine High School. Its head of school and EDUHSD’s new […]

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

Folsom residents asked to cut back water usage

Brown's Ravine sits empty — no water, no boats. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Right before Christmas Folsom officials sent out an unusual holiday message: Reduce your water use by 20 percent. Folsom Lake water levels at near record lows prompted the mandate. “Folsom Lake, our primary water source, is now at 21 percent capacity, a near record low,” said Folsom City Manager Evert Palmer. “This low water level, […]

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

50th Santa Run a sparkling success

Santa and Mrs. Claus watch fireworks. Photo by Ernest Valenzuela III

         

No Comment / December 23, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,Gallery Posts | Read More »

Cribbage group swaps party for toys

Cribbage group members collected Toys for Tots instead of hosting their annual gift exchange. Here last week's participants pose with their toys before members of the El Dorado Hills Fire Department came by to pick up the goodies. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

The El Dorado Hills Senior Center’s weekly cribbage group decided to forego its annual Christmas gift exchange and collect gifts for the charitable organization Toys for Tots instead. “We don’t need anything,” said member Carl Backers of their decision. They collected dozens of toys later picked up by El Dorado Hills Fire Department staff. The […]

No Comment / December 22, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Vote for the sweetest sight

Pick your favorite and take a bite. Employees at Folsom's Vibra Hospital created these sweet holiday treats as pary of a contest. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Vibra Hospital in Folsom, formerly known as Kindred Hospital before Sept. 1, is holding a gingerbread house contest among its employees with the general public welcome to vote. Thirteen departments spanning nursing, respiratory, rehab, the OR, administration and more had four days to create their unique confectionary visions.  Each department received the same basic gingerbread […]

No Comment / December 22, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Scout revitalizes Marina dirt patch

Boy Scout Owen Lundell stands in his finished Eagle Scout project area at Marina Village. Courtesy photo

Marina Village Middle School teachers and students came back from Thanksgiving break to find an area of their school had been beautified, thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Owen Lundell. Owen and his work crew installed a planter, top soil, a variety of drought tolerant plants and a new drip system, turning a patch of weeds […]

No Comment / December 16, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Littles enjoy holiday shopping spree

Big Brother Mark Bassler of El Dorado Hills, right, has some fun helping his Little Brother Jason Slife, 12, of Cameron Park try on gloves at the Snowball Shopping Spree at Target Saturday morning. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

After pulling his Max Steele Turbo Sword out of the shopping bag, 7-year-old Izrael’s eyes lit up and he smiled — a big smile. “It’s a toy sword and you sword fight with it,” he explained. Izrall was one of 150 kids in El Dorado County’s Big Brothers Big Sisters and Court Appointed Special Advocates […]

No Comment / December 16, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »