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5th grader plays ‘Surgeon for a Day’

Oak Meadow Elementary student Hunter McGee, 10, stands by Surgeo, the robotic operating system he named at Mercy Folsom. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Dressed in scrubs and not afraid to take on a challenge, 10-year-old Hunter McGee eagerly tried out Mercy Folsom’s new da Vinci Si Surgical System Wednesday morning. His task: Pick up a penny and move tiny rings from one spongy cone to another. The Oak Meadow Elementary fifth-grader won his spot in the surgeon’s seat by winning Mercy’s Name […]

No Comment / February 20, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Family, friends mourn Dylan Ridolfi

Catherine Swanson, a friend of Dylan Ridolfi's since second grade, places a candle near one of the rocks on El Dorado Hills Boulevard. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Painted rocks and candlelight vigil held last Tuesday night honored the life of Dylan Ridolfi, an Oak Ridge High School student who died in a sledding accident on Sunday, Feb. 17. Friends and family gathered to reminisce and celebrate the 15-year-old known for his love of family and football. Dylan was on Oak Ridge’s undefeated […]

No Comment / February 20, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Flying high at just 17

Austin Bowa smiles after passing the tests needed to get a private pilot's license at Auburn Airport on Valentine's Day, which is also Austin's birthday. Courtesy photo

El Dorado Hills resident Austin Bowa had an especially sweet Valentine’s Day. Not only did he turn 17 but he also earned his private pilot’s license to fly a helicopter. His mother Shelly said she believes her son is now the youngest licensed helicopter pilot in the United States. A year ago, Bowa took his first solo […]

No Comment / February 18, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Daddy & Me a sweet tradition

Kevin Koschik and Makenna, 9, pose for a very unusual 
family portrait at the Daddy & Me Valentine Dance. Courtesy photo

Nearly 300 daddies and daughters danced their hearts out at the 11th annual Daddy & Me Valentine Dance hosted by the El Dorado Hills Community Services District at the CSD gym Friday night. Dads doted on their little ladies while doing the Chicken Dance in costume and slow dancing to “Butterfly Kisses,” which left all […]

6 Comments / February 11, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos | Read More »

Eagle Scout ready for a new mission

Eagle Scout Roman Andrus, left, seen here with Troop 529 leader Adam Jones, will travel to Mexico next month to begin his two-year church mission. Courtesy photo

Roman Andrus, 18, of El Dorado Hills Troop 529 recently received his Eagle Scout Award. For his Eagle project Andrus built and installed outdoor benches at Marble Valley School. While at Oak Ridge High School, the 2012 graduate was also in community service projects as well as high school varsity football, basketball and track and field. In the […]

No Comment / February 10, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Student of the Month: Nicholas Allen

Student of the Month Nicholas Allen holds up his plaque. Joining him in the photo are Rotary Club past president Jeff England, mom Nicole, shy little sister Kyra, Principal Bruse Peters, dad Chris and RUSD Superintendent David Swart, left to right. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

The Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills members celebrated Lake Forest Elementary first-grader Nicholas Allen as Student of the Month at the Feb. 6 meeting. Calling Nicholas, 7, a creative student who serves as a role model to others, Principal Bruce Peters said, “He’s going to grow up to be an amazing young man.” Rescue […]

No Comment / February 06, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Beekeeper battles mites and insecticide

New Clarksville residents —€” Bryan Williams, right, of High Sierra Bee Ranch and his father Dave show off their bees. They'€™ve got a couple hundred hives spending the winter in the old ghost town of Clarksville. The hives are all headed to almond orchards later this spring.

Maybe you’ve seen them off to the right while driving up Bass Lake Grade, hundreds of green and white crates scattered around the old Clarksville town site. They’re bee hives, and they belong to Bryan Williams of High Sierra Bee Ranch in Rescue. In some ways they represent a desperate last stand against parasitic mites […]

No Comment / February 04, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »