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Shane Rogers keeps fighting

The Rogers family continues to fight leukemia, staying positive and focused. Courtesy photo

Since his cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2012 third-grader Shane Rogers and his family have kept their eyes on the prize — stay the course and knockout leukemia one strong punch at a time. Back pain during a family reunion led to the shocking news the otherwise vibrant boy had Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia — […]

No Comment / January 19, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Library unveils county history kiosk

Brooks Elementary student Alex Brown, 9, explores El Dorado County's history at the new interactive kiosk at the El Dorado Hills Library. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

The El Dorado County Library System was awarded a sizeable grant from the NorthNet Library System, a cooperative of all libraries in Northern California, to create its own “Touch the Past” interactive digital kiosk. The $12,000 kiosk features a video screen and eight interactive cells that, with a wave of the hand, each relay seven […]

No Comment / January 19, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge students weave a time-traveling tale

"The King's New Threads" writer/director Ashely England works with her characters King Alfonzo (Jack Breedlove) and Queen Atara (Corina Spicer). The play opens Jan. 17. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

When a  king obsessed with fashion meets three mischievous weavers … trouble quickly follows. Watch the colorful and exposing mayhem unfold at Oak Ridge High School Drama’s student-written play, “The King’s New Threads.” Playwrights Ashley England and Celeste Carle, both ORHS juniors, wrote the play based on “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen. They also direct the play […]

No Comment / January 16, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Sky Mote awarded Navy Cross

Marine Staff Sgt. Sky Mote

Marine Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote will posthumously receive the Navy Cross for extreme heroism. Mote, 27, was one of three Marines killed on Aug. 10, 2012, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, by a supposed Afghan ally. The Navy Cross is the second highest military decoration for valor awarded to a member of the United States […]

1 Comment / January 15, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

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 »