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Lindsay’s got spirit

Former Oak Ridge cheerleader Lindsay Lee took her spirit to Colorado. The Pack 12 cheerleader now roots for the Buffaloes. Courtesy photo

Twice a week Lindsay Lee wakes up at 6 a.m. for her “dreaded” lifting and endurance workouts — part of the 18-year-old University of Colorado cheerleader’s practices. Some may see this, plus three more days of three-hour practices, as deal-breaking sacrifice; Lee considers cheerleading a confidence booster that has helped smooth her transition from an […]

3 Comments / January 20, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

It’s go time

Shyam Das, 8, of El Dorado Hills, shouts for joy as his car, clocked at 195 mile per hour, wins the Bears Division race at Pack 645's Pinewood Derby at Lake Forest Elementary School on Saturday. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Pack 645 Cub Scouts revved their engines at the pack’s Pinewood Derby Saturday. OK, no engines allowed but more than 40 Scouts in first through fifth grade competed, cheering on their handmade cars as they zipped down the track during “Muscle Car Madness” at Lake Forest Elementary School. The event was especially exciting for Austin […]

No Comment / January 14, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Student of the Month: Justin Heckman

It takes a village — Rotary Student of the Month Justin Heckman is surrounded by supporters and admirers. Left to right: Teacher Cori Alameda, Silva Valley Principal Kathy Holliman, special education teacher Karen Schott, teacher/tutor Michelle Presnall, Rotary Club President Wayne Lowery, Dad John Heckman, Mom Kelly Heckman, Sister Katie Heckman, 13, and Buckeye Union School District Superintendent David Roth. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Just call him “The Little Engine That Could.” That’s how Silva Valley Elementary teachers describe fifth-grader Justin Heckman, the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ Student of the Month. “He has the attitude of ‘I think I can, I think I can’,” said special education teacher Karen Schott. “Justin is one of those students who […]

3 Comments / January 09, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Robotics teams battle at Oak Ridge

The RoboKnights, Team No. 5220, from Fremont celebrate their win as Alliance Captain at Oak Ridge's  robotics competition held Sunday. Photo by Murali Golconda

Fourteen Northern California robotics teams competed at the second annual FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Qualifying Tournament at Oak Ridge High School Sunday. The event was hosted by the FIRST FTC Team No. 4238 — Robo Chicken Gator Flys of Papayaland and Playing @Learning. Two winning teams will advance to the NorCal Championship being held on Sunday, Feb. 24, at the Newark […]

No Comment / January 09, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

‘Mik’ takes the oath

District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco is sworn in by Judge Suzanne Kingsbury Monday morning. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Ron Mikulaco became District 1 Supervisor Ron Mikulaco Monday morning, taking the oath of office in the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting room at the county government center in Placerville. El Dorado County Superior Court Presiding Judge Suzanne N. Kingsbury administered the oath to Mikulaco, as well as new District 3 Supervisor (and […]

No Comment / January 07, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Boy knocks down disease symptoms with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Eliot Kelly of Folsom, right, owner of El Dorado Hills Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, practices the Flying Arm Bar with student Nico Libby, 12. of El Dorado Hills. Libby started Jiu-Jitsu to help combat Tourette's symptoms. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

When Nico Libby was 10, debilitating seizures disrupted his life every day. The Libby family, living overseas at the time, then received the diagnosis: Tourette’s Syndrome. They got on the first plan back to the United States. “We knew the United States would have the best care for Nico,” said Nico’s father Fritz Libby. ”We just wanted to come […]

2 Comments / January 07, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Cindy Williams leads cast of “nuns” seeking stardom in heavenly sequel

Cindy Williams, center, and her castmates have fun under the habit in "Nunset Boulevard." The national tour makes a stop at Three Stages next week. Courtesy photo

Cindy Williams, starring as Sister Mary Regina, the Mother Superior, in the latest adventure of the wonderfully wacky and talented Little Sisters of Hoboken in “Nunset Boulevard: the Nunsense Hollywood Bowl Show,” invites everyone to see the show at Three Stages in Folsom, Jan. 14-16. “It’s interactive. It’s a fun show, and the audience will […]

No Comment / January 03, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »