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Teen studies at famed Moscow’s Bolshoi

Ballerina Aubrey Kendler demonstrates her talent and flexibility at the  Sierra Ballet Studio. The local teen is now studying ballet in Russia. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

With her pointe shoes in tow, ballerina Aubrey Kendler recently took a 19-hour plane trip to Moscow to study at the Bolshoi’s Ballet Academy. The 16-year-old junior at Oak Ridge High School will be there until June, training with one of the premier classical ballet companies in the world. Kendler said the opportunity to train with […]

No Comment / March 11, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

New ladder truck is a utility player

Firefighters stand in the new Truck 85 bucket, which can go 100 feet in the air. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

The El Dorado Hills Fire District took delivery of a replacement ladder truck last week. Following a year of evaluation, the district spent $1.085 million on a near-new Sutphen “quint” ladder truck, purchased with reserve funds, according to District CFO Connie Bair. Chief Dave Roberts said he hopes to get 20 years of service out […]

2 Comments / March 04, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Friendship is key to this perfect match

For more than three years Big Brother Greg Durio and his Little Kamrynhave bonded over squirt-gun fights and family dinners. Durio was recently named Big Brother of the Year. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Greg Durio of El Dorado Hills has been chosen Big Brother of the Year by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County. Durio, 49, and Kamryn, 10, have been matched for three-and-a-half years, since Kamryn was 7. They’ve remained friends through several moves that have left them in different cities an hour away […]

No Comment / March 04, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Guide dog helps family appreciate life’s simple things

The Kinsella family met Spruce's new partner at the guide dog's graduation. Top, left to right: Mackenzie and Madison Kinsella; seated, left to right, Gabriella Kinsella, guide doge recipient Serena Miller with Spruce and Karrie Kinsella. Courtesy photo

Raising her family in an affluent El Dorado Hills neighborhood, mother Karrie Kinsella wanted to show her three daughters there’s more to life than money. “I wanted to show them something that you can’t put a price on,” she explained. In 2011 the family joined the El Dorado Second Sight Club and got a puppy to […]

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

5th grader plays ‘Surgeon for a Day’

Oak Meadow Elementary student Hunter McGee, 10, stands by Surgeo, the robotic operating system he named at Mercy Folsom. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Dressed in scrubs and not afraid to take on a challenge, 10-year-old Hunter McGee eagerly tried out Mercy Folsom’s new da Vinci Si Surgical System Wednesday morning. His task: Pick up a penny and move tiny rings from one spongy cone to another. The Oak Meadow Elementary fifth-grader won his spot in the surgeon’s seat by winning Mercy’s Name […]

No Comment / February 20, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Family, friends mourn Dylan Ridolfi

Catherine Swanson, a friend of Dylan Ridolfi's since second grade, places a candle near one of the rocks on El Dorado Hills Boulevard. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Painted rocks and candlelight vigil held last Tuesday night honored the life of Dylan Ridolfi, an Oak Ridge High School student who died in a sledding accident on Sunday, Feb. 17. Friends and family gathered to reminisce and celebrate the 15-year-old known for his love of family and football. Dylan was on Oak Ridge’s undefeated […]

No Comment / February 20, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Flying high at just 17

Austin Bowa smiles after passing the tests needed to get a private pilot's license at Auburn Airport on Valentine's Day, which is also Austin's birthday. Courtesy photo

El Dorado Hills resident Austin Bowa had an especially sweet Valentine’s Day. Not only did he turn 17 but he also earned his private pilot’s license to fly a helicopter. His mother Shelly said she believes her son is now the youngest licensed helicopter pilot in the United States. A year ago, Bowa took his first solo […]

No Comment / February 18, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »