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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 »

Highway 50 fire singes EDH neighborhood

The 50 Fire started next to eastbound Highway 50 in Folsom and traveled over the southern ridge. The fire was contained without harming homes in the Stonebriar neighborhood of El Dorado Hills. Photo by Roberta Long

Firefighters attacked a fast-spreading grass fire south of Highway 50 at the Folsom-El Dorado County line  Friday afternoon, knocking down the flames that scorched 163 acres in a matter of hours. Friday was another in a series of hot, dry days with light E-NE winds. The temperature was 95 degrees when the fire was reported […]

No Comment / July 21, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Kittens and cats need ‘fur’ever homes

These kittens and many more are looking for a good home. Courtesy photo

Kitten season is in full swing and the El Dorado County Animal Services shelter in Placerville is reaching out to the community to encourage adoptions. “Our shelter is nearly full with some amazing kittens and cats right now, and we are asking the public to help us find these beautiful animals loving homes,” said Allison […]

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

Residents plead case for new crosswalk

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With construction of Windsor Point Park underway, neighbors say a new crosswalk leading to it only makes sense. The Department of Transportation, however, says no. Windsor Point Park sits on the corner of Francisco and Schooner Drives, directly across from Lake Forest Elementary and Marina Village Middle School. Currently two crosswalks with stop signs form […]

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

Construction starts on Sienna Ridge Road

CONSTRUCTION HAS BEGUN on the realignment of Sienna Ridge Road near the intersection of Serrano Parkway and Bass Lake Road in El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Many drivers pass right by Sienna Ridge Road’s inconspicuous northern entrance off Bass Lake Road, but soon that entrance will be moved to extend a new, realigned section of the roadway eastward from Serrano Parkway. Serrano Associates, LLC began the planned realignment of what was formerly known as Old Bass Lake Road and will abandon […]

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