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Sunny flowers grow for a cause

BRIGHTLY COLORED SUNFLOWERS grow tall at the El Dorado Nursery on Durock Road in Shingle Springs. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Shock took over when Juliet Voigtlander was diagnosed with breast cancer this past May. “I was like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ I’m someone who never sits down, like the Energizer Bunny,” Voigtlander said. “No one would have ever thought that this would happen to me.” Voigtlander, 50, of Granite Bay had a clean mammogram the […]

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

Collie gets a shot with the Niners

Oak Ridge alum Austin Collie craddles the football during a San Francisco 49ers training session. Collie previously played for the Indianapolis Colts. Photo courtesy of the 49ers

Austin Collie is fighting for his professional football life, vying for a spot on a San Francisco 49ers team that many believe will return to the Super Bowl next January. The former Oak Ridge standout is now 27. He gained a reputation for hard work, dependability and intelligence with the Indianapolis Colts in 2009, a […]

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

Fist bumps, friendly faces mark Oak Ridge’s first day

OAK RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL principal Paul Burke gives freshman Christian Krider a bump as he heads to class  on the first day of school.  Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Despite an enrollment of 2,470, Oak Ridge students experienced personal attention as they arrived for their first day of school Thursday. This warm welcome reflected the Respect for All program new Principal Paul Burke said will be at the core of the school’s culture for a second year. When students exited cars or first stepped […]

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

This should keep your tail wagging

Dogs will soon have new places to socialize and play; Two dog parks are almost complete. Photo courtesy of Lynn Mann, Picture the Pawsibilities Pet Photography

It’s a good month for local dogs and their owners. Not only will the El Dorado County Dog Owners Guild host what they call “the most fun event for dogs of the year,” they’ve announced two off-leash dog parks are close to opening. Dogs and their families can enjoy the fifth annual Pooch Plunge & […]

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

Spanish teen savors America

Gabriella couldn't resist getting a photo with a Santa Cruz lifeguard on a recent trip with her host family. Photo by Caroline Grupp

From bulk shopping at Costco to camping in Santa Cruz, Spanish teen Gabriela Alarte has immersed herself in American culture since arriving in El Dorado Hills on July 2. She attends school at Vista del Lago every weekday, but it’s the experiences she’s shared with her host family and other exchange students that have been […]

No Comment / July 29, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Local couple builds family as global philanthropists

Though far apart by distance, Joe and Julianne Kurowski's 12 children are never far from their thoughts. This month Holy Trinity's Human Concerns Ministry hosts a fundraiser for the U.S./Kenyan family. VIllage Life photo by Julie Samrick

Joe and Julianne Kurowski didn’t want a typical rest and relaxation honeymoon when they married 14 years ago. A Franciscan nun for 35 years before marrying Joe, also a devout Catholic, Julianne felt compelled to “do something in the third millennium.” The Cameron Park couple packed their bags and flew to Kenya, not knowing exactly […]

No Comment / July 29, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge constructing “phenomenal facility”

Oak Ridge's new principal Paul Burke, left, discusses the $4 million gym rennovation project with the foreman. When completed, the gym will house more spectators and include a brand new weight room. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Oak Ridge High School staff and students will return this August to the sounds of the school bell and hammers as a construction crew transforms a large portion of the school’s athletic wing into what new Principal Paul Burke calls “a phenomenal athletic facility.” One wall of the large gym has been torn down to bump […]

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