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25 years dedicated to kids

​First-graders Adrienne Oneto, left, and Luke Wister ready their class banner for the school parade in celebration of Lake Forest Elementary's 25th anniversary. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

On Sept. 25 Lake Forest Elementary held a school-wide parade and rally to mark 25 years to the day the school opened. Students marched with “Happy Birthday” class banners across the outdoor stage and black top as era music dating back to 1990 played. “We wanted it to be a kid-based event and for students […]

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Hands4Hope ​scholarship fund empowers youth

Ryan Hersh, left, poses with two other Hands4Hope participants at a Food Blitz for the Hungry event, collecting food and monetary donations to help stock shelves at local food banks. Courtesy photo

The Ryan Christopher Hersh Memorial Scholarship Fund has been initiated by the grandparents of Ryan Christopher Hersh in memory of their grandson Ryan, who died at the age of 18. Ryan was an active participant in Hands4Hope for multiple years, assisting with food collection and distribution, homeless outreaches and mentoring children at a local food and […]

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More decisions to be made for Capital Southeast Connector

The Capital Southeast Connector provides an alternate route from El Dorado County to Interstate 5.

With work continuing on the Capital Southeast Connector, later this month the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors will decide what happens next on a 1 mile section of the project being built in this county. That mile is on White Rock Road, going from the county line to Windfield Way. Part of a 35-mile-long, limited-access expressway meant […]

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OR grad’s passion for Israel pays off

Kassandra Ropp, right, stands with fellow first place winner Derek Arone, left, and Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer. Ropp and Arone tied to win a global video competition sponsored by the Israeli Embassy. They recently took a diplomatic relations trip to Israel and met with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. Ropp will move to Israel in October to finish her undergraduate degree. Courtesy photo

When many 13-year-olds are interested in the latest celebrity gossip or fashion, El Dorado Hills resident Kassi Ropp was marching in the pro-Israel movement. Now 23, the 2010 Oak Ridge graduate continues to work for pro-Israel legislation and recently traveled to Israel on an all-expenses-paid diplomatic relations trip for winning a 90-second video competition sponsored […]

Comments Off / September 28, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Enroll in FLC ‘fast-track’ classes

Late-start classes are available at Folsom Lake College. Courtesy photo

It’s not too late to enroll at Folsom Lake College this fall. There are open “fast-track” classes that start later in the semester, including offerings in anthropology, business, computer science, geology, psychology, music and more. Visit flc.losrios.edu to see which classes are available and to enroll. Second eight-week-term classes start the week of Oct. 15. Other courses begin throughout the […]

Comments Off / September 25, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Wally spreads (more) cheer on Friendship Day

Wally Richardson greets a group of students with bookmarks to motivate themselves and others during Marina Village Middle School's second annual Friendship Day. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Wally Richardson is known in the Villages of Lake Forest for his smile and for waving to anyone who crosses his path. Last Friday the El Dorado Hills resident and his wife Jenny passed out bookmarks to Marina Village Middle School students so they might also spread cheer to others. “Keep one bookmark and give […]

1 Comment / September 21, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

One of CASA’s biggest supporters explains why

El Dorado Hills resident and business owner Gary Lardy, second from left, has been an important donor to CASA El Dorado over the years. He is pictured with CASA development manager Kathy Hurd, CASA board members Maryeth Loriaux, Kristin Conner, Anne Eckert and executive director John Adams, left to right. Courtesy photo

For more than a decade local business owner Gary Lardy has supported abused and neglected children in El Dorado County through the efforts of CASA El Dorado, shedding light on the non-profit’s importance. Each year approximately 500 children in El Dorado County are matched with an adult advocate after being removed from their homes by […]

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