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Four earn Marina’s first ‘Mustang Pride’ award

The first Mustang Pride recipients are graduating eighth-graders Sarah Lundell, Emily Bobrowsky, Tyler Barth and Brycen Groess, left to right. The award recognizes outstanding scholarship, service and commitment. Photo by Diane Orciuoli

How does a school raise the bar when many students already excel academically and behaviorally? That was the “happy problem” Marina Village Middle School’s assistant principal Cindy Giove said staff faced until this year’s graduating eighth-grade class was challenged to earn the Mustang Pride award as incoming sixth graders. “It stretches students to have the […]

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Clarksville preservation continues

A new wrought iron fence will better protect the Clarksville Cemetery from vandalism. A June 7 fundraiser will raise money to build a new front gate, repair the pillars and erect a new archway. Village Life by Julie Samrick

Not just a young community born in the last 50 years, El Dorado Hills is steeped in history. During the Gold Rush era a portion of southern El Dorado Hills visible from Highway 50 was known as Clarksville and one local group makes sure it’s not forgotten. Once Clarksville’s schoolhouse, today a dilapidated barn is […]

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H4H Food Blitz a success

Tanner Hughes, Aretha Zhu and Elle Quinn, left to right, stand in front of Walmart Folsom asking incoming shoppers if they would like to dinate to Hands4Hope's Spring Food Blitz. Courtesy photo

On May 17, Hands4Hope – Youth Making A Difference hosted its semi-annual Food Blitz for the Hungry to fill the shelves of the Food Bank of El Dorado County and Twin Lakes Food Bank of Folsom. Youth and adult volunteers manned the tables in front of select grocery stores, from Folsom up to Placerville, including Sam’s […]

Comments Off / June 01, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Silva Valley interchange project moving along

Granite Construction crews work on installing the stormdrain system along the new Silva Valley Parkway on the north side of Highway 50. Construction on the freeway interchange, which a new roadway connecting the north and south sides, began earlier this year. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Construction equipment on the move muffles the sounds of Highway 50 traffic rushing by the Silva Valley interchange project as crews dig, spray and grade the area that will eventually become a brand new parkway. “It’s going quite well,” said project engineer Aradhana Kochar with the El Dorado County Department of Transportation. “They’ve made quite […]

Comments Off / May 23, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Pleasant Grove VP earns regional honor

Pleasant Grove’s assistant principal Hope Migliaccio won the Charter Administrator of the Year Award for Outstanding Leadership and Services. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Considered among nominees from Lake Tahoe to Sacramento, Pleasant Grove Middle School’s assistant principal Hope Migliaccio won the El Dorado County Association of California School Administrators’ Charter Administrator of the Year Award for Outstanding Leadership and Services. “Three years ago the Pleasant Grove School community received a wonderful gift when Hope Migliaccio, an enthusiastic, energetic […]

Comments Off / May 23, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

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, […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / May 19, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »