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Genealogical society president steps down but his name stays with the group

Dr. Gwynn Akin, left, celebrates John C. Bronaugh's contributions to the El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society by establishing a speakers' fund in his name. Courtesy photo

The El Dorado Hills Genealogical Society’s retiring President John C. Bronaugh, and one of its founding directors, received an unanticipated honor at the society’s Nov. 28 meeting. Dr. Gwynn Akin, also a founding director, announced she would fund the establishment of the John C. Bronaugh Speakers’ Fund in Bronaugh’s honor because of his valuable and many contributions to […]

1 Comment / December 04, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rebecca Dudley fights for justice

Oak Ridge High School senior Rebecca Dudley said she plans to pursue a career in law enforcement.  Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Rebecca Dudley, a senior at Oak Ridge High School, has a passion for learning and she took that passion to 2012 Girls State at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont earlier this year. The senior was one of 500 girls who attended the summer government camp to expand her leadership abilities. Dudley was city clerk for the city […]

No Comment / December 03, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Interact volunteers give back

Interact Club volunteers Uma Dingankar and Ashlee Gonzales pick out a bouncy ball for a little boy during the Adopt A Family shopping trip at Target Friday. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

No offense to teens who spend their Friday evenings playing video games and Saturday mornings sleeping in … the Oak Ridge High School Interact Club members have better things to do. Last week the students spent hours giving their time and energy to children they will likely never meet. About a dozen club members shopped […]

No Comment / December 03, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Student’s video encourages safety on the road

Danielle Punao, left, seen here with Katie Punao and Alyssa Nielson, wants her classmates to put safety first when driving. The Girl Scout recenlty completed a traffic safety video to educate young drivers. Courtesy photo

Oak Ridge High School senior Danielle Punao completed a video project to educate students on traffic safety. The video was part of her Girl Scout Gold Award project and will be shown to local middle and elementary schools. “I knew that there were a lot of safety incidents with drivers and students who were going […]

No Comment / December 02, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Retiring fire chief Ballenger to volunteer back

Rough day at the office — Then-Capt. Brad Ballenger enjoys a moment with his wife Laura after the 2005 Souza fire, which threatened the lives of firefighters when a portion of a tile roof collapsed. Ballenger went on to become a division chief with the El Dorado Hills Fire Department. He officially retires on Dec. 28, and plans to volunteer as a much-needed back-up chief.

Brad Ballenger began his fire service career in 1987 as a barely paid reserve for the West Sacramento Fire Department and landed a roster spot on the El Dorado Hills Fire Department the following year. On a clear winter morning 24 years later he stood at attention and received his department’s highest honor, its “colors,” […]

1 Comment / November 26, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Family ‘makes the most’ out of leukemia diagnosis

Shane Rogers begins another round of treatment for leukemia this week. The community has rallied around his family during this tough time, Courtesy photo

Shane Rogers brings community together Mother of two Kristen Rogers had grown accustomed to seeing the ugly side of human nature. Time and again the El Dorado Hills resident said she asked, “What is happening in this world?” as she saw negative stories splashed on the evening news. But since her 8-year-old son Shane was […]

No Comment / November 26, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Trojans dominate in playoff rematch

Joyous Trojan Jacob Proul celebrates his team's victory over Burbank High School on Saturday. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Victory gives Trojans section title shot SACRAMENTO — Containing an explosive, run-oriented offense on one side of the ball and producing enough points on the other, Oak Ridge handled Burbank 24-6 Saturday at Titan Stadium. With the Sac-Joaquin Division I semifinal playoff win, the Trojans (12-1) return to the section title game for the first […]

No Comment / November 25, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »