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Food bank expands its outreach

Food bank officials and supporters break ground on a new building. Courtesy photo

In a simple groundbreaking ceremony in Cameron Park earlier this month, El Dorado County’s largest collaborative charity turned the first spades of dirt in a community enhancement project that will provide services to at-risk populations throughout the county. The new Food Bank of El Dorado County 20,000-square-foot community facility slated to open in December 2013 […]

No Comment / June 20, 2013 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Buckeye Foundation helping students go high tech

Oak Meadow fifth-graders complete assignments on their Chromebooks in Ms. Burkland's class. The Buckeye Education Foundation and PTA partnered to bring more technology to the classrooms. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Homework alerts via e-mail, group projects available in the cloud, children engaged in their learning experiences … it’s all happening in Buckeye Union School District’s classrooms. But Jon Yoffie wants more. The president of the Buckeye Education Foundation has technology on his mind and he wants to see it in every classroom. To that end, […]

No Comment / June 17, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Blaze interrupts fire dept. ceremony

Family and friends surround El Dorado Hills firefighter/chaplain Ben Cowles, who missed receiving the Firefighter of the Year award to respond to a fire call Friday evening. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Moments before the El Dorado Hills Fire Department’s inaugural public awards ceremony began, an Avellano Drive structure fire sent crews to their engines and trucks. Forget the dress wear and plaques … it was time to work. For this reason, the fire department’s Volunteer Firefighter of the Year Rob Austerman and Firefighter of the Year […]

No Comment / June 17, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Construction begins on Windsor Point Park

El Dorado Hills Community Services District General Manager Brent Dennis and young friends give a thumbs-up at the Windsor Point Park groundbreaking event Friday. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Friends of Windsor Point Park arrived at its official groundbreaking ceremony last Friday morning to a welcome scene — a construction crew busily working. Residents of the Windsor, Marina and Marina Woods neighborhoods had heard for years that the 1.1-acre vacant lot on the corner of Francisco and Schooner Drives would be a neighborhood park. […]

3 Comments / June 17, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Guiding Hands School celebrates 20 years

Teacher's Aide Jason Rogala, left, and Guiding Hands student Brenhan Wylie celebrated the school's anniversary with other teachers, students and community members Thursday. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Guiding Hands students, families, friends and alumni marked the special needs school’s 20th anniversary at Family Fun Day last Thursday. Guests enjoyed bounce houses, a photo booth, a parent resource fair, live stage entertainment and a free hot dog lunch at the event the founders called a heartfelt thank you to the community. In 1993 co-founders Cindy Keller and Starranne […]

No Comment / June 17, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Girl Scouts turn lunch waste into cash

Girl Scouts proudly pose with all the juice pouches they collected. Courtesy photo

Girl Scout Troop 1126 helped reduce waste at Oak Meadow Elementary School in El Dorado Hills, all while raising money for school supplies for homeless children. The troop of fifth-grade girls recently completed a year-long Journey program exploring electricity and energy savings. The troop chose to participate in the TerraCycle program as its final project. […]

No Comment / June 12, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Nutting hearing cut short; judge steps aside

Supervisor Ray Nutting, second from left, appears in El Dorado County Superior Court Monday afternoon with attorney David Weiner, left. Nutting was joined by his wife Jennifer, seen behind him on the right, as well as supporters and many members of the media. Village life photo by Krysten Kellum

Supervisor Ray Nutting’s first court appearance began with a recusal as El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Daniel B. Proud stepped down from the case due to a conflict of interest. Nutting coached Proud’s son in wrestling. Nutting and his attorney David Weiner will next appear in Judge Warren Stracener’s Department 9 courtroom at 8:30 […]

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