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High school educators earn Crystal Apples

Vista Del Lago High School teacher Sham Sidhu and student Hunter Ales, Oak Ridge Principal Steve Wehr and student Rebecca Dudley and Folsom High School student Austin White and teacher Mark Nelson celebrate at the Crystal Apple Award ceremony. Courtesy photo

The sixth annual Crystal Apple Awards night honored three high school educators from Oak Ridge, Folsom and Vista del Lago high schools. More than 100 students from the early morning seminary program sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints selected teachers who they felt have shown exceptional dedication and positive influence.  The […]

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

Painting raffle helps libraries

Friends of the El Dorado County Library President Sunny Culy and Library Director Jeanne Amos, left to right, show off "The Late Show." Courtesy photo

Show support for local libraries and get a chance to win a beautiful giclee print for the home or office by purchasing raffle tickets now on sale at  the six branches of the El Dorado County Library. “Thanks to the generosity of former El Dorado County Supervisor Jack Sweeney, the Friends of the El Dorado […]

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

Do you know this man?

Sheriff John D’Agostini is asking for your help. Do you know the man in these photos? Have you seen someone that looks like this, riding on a real nice new bicycle? During the early morning hours on Monday, May 20, a man broke into Town Center Bike and Tri in El Dorado Hills. After breaking […]

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

Wehr’s Oak Ridge legacy: Nine years of academic gains and much more

ONE LAST TIME — Principal Steve Wehr mingles with students on Senior Day at Oak Ridge High School. Wehr's trading in his principal hat for a job at the El Dorado Union High School District's administration office. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Senior Day, the traditional day-before-graduation mingle at Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, took place in the school’s quad after the last final exams were turned in May 30. This year’s edition was particularly bittersweet when Principal Steve Wehr and Assistant Principal Pam Bartlett showed up. Band Leader Paul Varnoff and Choir Director […]

No Comment / June 03, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Secret to great barbecue? Just listen

Sibling barbecue team Nicole Burton, left and Brandon Ivey own and operate Boucane in El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Where I come from, the best barbecue is found in the worst neighborhoods. I’ve savored soul food on the south side of Chicago and shouted for ribs through bullet-proof Plexiglas in the Fillmore District. So I was unprepared for Boucane’s Smokehouse and Sweetery, opened in March by brother-sister act Nicole Burton and Brandon Ivey. Their […]

6 Comments / May 26, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Old carpet fuels sustainability project

Josh, left, and Bob Lilly have a plan to turn old carpet into water filtration. They operate out of the old Westel-Oviatt lumber mill south of El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

“Post-consumer” carpet — the gnarly, old, dog-stained stuff from our tired dens and bedrooms — is clogging the nation’s landfills. Much of it consists of poly-something synthetics that are nearly impossible to recycle. There’s currently 550 tons of it shredded into neat piles at the old Wetsel-Oviatt lumber mill site in El Dorado Hills, part of a […]

No Comment / May 23, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Biking thousands of miles for children thousands of miles away

Lee Wiegand, right, stands with Ride For Hope Tanzania Director Assed in Daytona Beach, the end of the 2011 Ride for Hope. Courtesy photo

Imagine touching the tip of your bicycle’s back tire into the Pacific Ocean, hopping on and not stopping until the front tire splashes into the Atlantic. That’s Lee Wiegand’s plan next month when the 54-year-old El Dorado Hills resident participates in the 2013 Ride for Hope Coast to Coast, starting at Dana Point and ending […]

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