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White Rock Village Community Care Team makes a difference

White Rock Village's Community Care Team has logged countless hours giving back to those in need. Courtesy photo

The White Rock Village Community Care Team is committed to serving its community. The team consists mostly of residents who live at White Rock Village and have decided to give back to the neighborhood and community at large. The team of volunteers wear T-shirts that read on the back “Demonstrating our care by doing our neighbor good” […]

Comments Off / August 16, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Local dancer makes leap to Juilliard

Madeline Bertoy of El Dorado Hills will study dance at Juilliard. Photo by Tim Engle

Recent Oak Ridge High School graduate Madeline Bertoy was accepted into The Juilliard School’s prestigious Dance Division and will leave to begin her studies in New York City later this month. Only 12 women and 12 men are accepted into Juilliard’s dance program annually. Madeline, 18, said she received a call during spring break that […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Hands4Hope celebrates youth volunteers

The 2015-16 Hands4Hope Youth Board holds up a check for The Grace Network, a Sacramento-based organization dedicated to stopping human trafficking. Courtesy photo

Hands4Hope recently hosted its seventh annual Youth Recognition Event, honoring the dedication of time and achievements of all Hands4Hope youth participants for the past year. Marin Cross, the 2015-16 president, gave a recap of the year: 1,493 participants from six high school clubs, five middle school clubs and Team Hope (Hands4Hope’s elementary school club) as well […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Connections made on ORHS first day

Oak Ridge High School Assistant Principal Ron Thomas, student leaders and Principal Aaron Palm greet students when they entered campus on the first day of classes Monday. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

A chorus of “Have a great first day” was heard as Oak Ridge High School staff and student leaders welcomed students back to classes Monday morning, including the largest freshman class the school’s had in its 33-year history. When students exited cars or first stepped foot on campus they were enveloped in a human tunnel […]

Comments Off / August 09, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Couple celebrates two milestones

Ed and Bernice Salata recently celebrated their 90th birthdays and will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this fall. Village Life photo Nicholas Trylovich

It was April 1946 and Edward Salata had just been honorably discharged from the Navy. He served in both the Pacific and Europe during World War II and was in the third wave of soldiers to storm the beaches in Normandy, one day before his 18th birthday. “I always remember my birthday,” Ed said. “June […]

2 Comments / August 03, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Busy Bees get passports to explore

Cailin Keegan, left, and Giulianna Kisling learn to use chopsticks at one station earlier this year as part of Busy Bees Preschool's new Early Explorers enrichment program. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Busy Bees Preschool in El Dorado Hills is going beyond ABCs and 123s, offering young students the chance to travel the globe and learn about the food, language and cultures of other countries. The Early Explorers pre-kindergarten enrichment program is open to children who will be 4 years old by December. They may attend three-day-a-week preschool programs […]

Comments Off / August 03, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Family hosts blood drive as a ‘thank you’

The Beckett family sustained injuries after a head-on collision in June. Pictured in Sharon's hospital room are Good Samaritan Kaela Hererra, daughter Sarah Beckett and husband Matt Beckett. Courtesy photo

Two months ago Sarah Beckett, 14,  graduated eighth grade. On June 3 she and her parents, El Dorado Hills residents Matt and Sharon Beckett, headed to the coast to camp. “We were trying to enjoy summer; we were headed to Fort Bragg,” said Matt, 44. The family was on Highway 20, west of Willets, when […]

Comments Off / August 03, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »