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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 »

Student of the Month: Emily Perez

Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills President Wayne Lowery presents Student of the Month Emily Perez with a plaque. The Oak Meadow fifth-grader is joined by Buckeye USD Superintendent David Roth, teacher Sue Burkland and Principal Barbara Narez. Photo by Laurie Edwards

Emily Perez has big dreams. The Oak meadow Elementary fifth-grader wants to become an FBI agent when she grows up. According to her teacher Sue Burkland, Emily has the drive to achieve her goal. The teacher praised the 11-year-old for taking solid steps toward improving her education during the Student of the Month ceremony at […]

No Comment / May 19, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Students live like pioneers for a day

Parent Deb Dean shows third graders Grace Goins, center, and Gabriela Marsh how to churn butter during Pioneer Day at Lake Forest Elementary. Photo by Julie Samrick

Lake Forest continued its annual tradition of holding Pioneer Day for its third and fourth graders last Thursday. It’s a day set aside to remember the region’s rich history as students travel back in time. With the help of many parents and teachers, Principal Bruce Peters arranges the day each year, calling on experts in […]

No Comment / May 19, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Stellar spellers compete and w-i-n

The Marina Village sixth-grade team won the Division 3 El Dorado County Spelling Bee, mastering words like c-h-a-o-s and t-e-c-h-n-i-q-u-e. Front row, left to right: Ben Fox, Ryann Fox, Ethan Huang and Leyla Soltani; Back row, left to right: Laura Nepo, teacher/coach Amy Trexler and Jacob Crannell. Photo by Peggy Soltani

Oak Meadow Elementary and Marina Village Middle School dominated the competition at last Friday’s 33rd annual El Dorado County Spelling Bee in Pollock Pines.  Students representing 25 schools from as far as Lake Tahoe competed in each of four divisions. Oak Meadow students placed first in the Division 1 competition of first- and second-grade teams. […]

No Comment / May 19, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »