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127-year-old family Bible comes home

Richard Castile, 81, conjectures about how his grandfather’s 127-year-old family Bible ended up discarded as trash on the curb in an affluent San Francisco neighborhood more than 30 years ago. Former San Francisco sanitation worker Peter Ferraro, not pictured, saved the Bible from the landfill in the 1980s and later retired to El Dorado Hills. He recently asked El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society President Trevor Thomas, seated at right, to find the ornate old Bible’s rightful home. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Lost books are commonplace at the El Dorado Hills Library, but the one Peter Ferraro brought in recently was something altogether new, if a huge 127-year old Bible can be called new. The former San Francisco sanitation worker pulled the old Bible from the trash back in the 1980s and thought it was time to […]

6 Comments / May 06, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Odyssey team heading to world stage

Oak Ridge's Odyssey of the Mind team is Michgan-bound. Back row: AJ Ives, Sam Schmall, Sam Miller; front row: Sue Lippuner, Calvin Phen, Anna Lippuner, Daniel Fong, Miranda Miller and Jim Miller. Photo by Jule Samrick

They’ve done the work and now the seven-member Oak Ridge High School Odyssey of the Mind needs help getting to the world finals in Michigan. The international, creative problem-solving competition has been a part of millions of kids’ lives from kindergarten through college for the past 25 years. Students are asked to solve an age-appropriate […]

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

Eagle Scout Grant Snyder designs perfect project

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Grant Snyder of El Dorado Hills earned the rank of Eagle Scout.  Grant’s Court of Honor was held at Bertelsen Park on Aug. 11, 2012. Grant began scouting in first grade, starting as a Tiger Cub in Pack 789 in Gilroy. After moving to El Dorado Hills in 2002, Grant joined Cub Scout Pack 454 […]

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Toast to Wildlife showcases SWR’s success

JUDY MONESTIER, a Sierra Wildlife Rescue volunteer who works with fox, coyote, bobcats and raptors, tells the story of Big Spender the red-shouldered hawk with a broken wing who now serves as an education bird. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

It was a howler of a good time at Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s Toast to Wildlife Champagne Brunch at the Cameron Park Country Club on Sunday, April 28. Supporters interacted with rescued wildlife, heard a fascinating presentation on wolves, enjoyed a sumptuous brunch and took their chances on silent auction items and raffles. The most popular part […]

No Comment / May 05, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Serrano fitness center unveils makeover

Serrano Country Club Board President Rich Satterfield snips the ribbon to open the club's newly expanded fitness center on Saturday, April 27. He got help from 17-year club member Cindy Crawford, at left, and fellow board members, left to right, Wayne Anderson, Joe Someillan, Dick Callahan and Mike Ryan. Club General Manager Bob Strangroom backed up his board, as always. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

The newly expanded Serrano Country Club fitness center opened Saturday with a party for the current members, who noshed healthy appetizers, mingled with friends on the patio and toured the facility. The center went under the knife of RCP Construction in November, emerging with bright new cardio, group exercise and kids rooms, two new tennis […]

1 Comment / April 27, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Sky Mote’s family helping wounded warriors

Russ Mote sits with his son Carson in their El Dorado Hills home. Villiage Life photo by Shelly Thorene

“It’s helped me so much to keep that connection,” said Russell Mote, father of Staff Sgt. Sky Mote, who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 2012, just one day after he was awarded the Navy Marine Commendation Medal for combat heroism. The connection Russell Mote values is the tie between his family and Sky’s […]

No Comment / April 27, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

COOL school celebrates second successful year

Teacher Kelly Brancoli guides COOL School students like fifth-grader Mark, seventh-grader Austin and eighth-grader Charlie, seen here with program director Sheila Simmons, left to right. Photo by Julie Samrick

Families looking for a less traditional, more flexible public school option, have a COOL option. Collaborative Opportunities for Online Learning is a full-time, tuition-free, independent study program offered through the Rescue Union school district where students in grades three through eight complete the bulk of their studies online. Open since the start of the 2011-12 […]

No Comment / April 22, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »