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Grace Foundation still waiting for a resolution

The Grace Foundation still has 42 horses in limbo. They cannot be adopted out because legal ownership issues haven't been resolved. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

The footprints of countless volunteers and ebullient voices of children are all but gone though 127 horses and more than 80 other four-legged friends still live at The Grace Foundation, a 600-acre animal rescue and equine therapy ranch off Latrobe Road. Things are hardly back to normal since the foundation briefly closed and then reopened […]

Comments Off / January 27, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Shane Rogers keeps fighting

The Rogers family continues to fight leukemia, staying positive and focused. Courtesy photo

Since his cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2012 third-grader Shane Rogers and his family have kept their eyes on the prize — stay the course and knockout leukemia one strong punch at a time. Back pain during a family reunion led to the shocking news the otherwise vibrant boy had Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia — […]

Comments Off / January 19, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Library unveils county history kiosk

Brooks Elementary student Alex Brown, 9, explores El Dorado County's history at the new interactive kiosk at the El Dorado Hills Library. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

The El Dorado County Library System was awarded a sizeable grant from the NorthNet Library System, a cooperative of all libraries in Northern California, to create its own “Touch the Past” interactive digital kiosk. The $12,000 kiosk features a video screen and eight interactive cells that, with a wave of the hand, each relay seven […]

Comments Off / January 19, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge students weave a time-traveling tale

"The King's New Threads" writer/director Ashely England works with her characters King Alfonzo (Jack Breedlove) and Queen Atara (Corina Spicer). The play opens Jan. 17. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

When a  king obsessed with fashion meets three mischievous weavers … trouble quickly follows. Watch the colorful and exposing mayhem unfold at Oak Ridge High School Drama’s student-written play, “The King’s New Threads.” Playwrights Ashley England and Celeste Carle, both ORHS juniors, wrote the play based on “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen. They also direct the play […]

Comments Off / January 16, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Sky Mote awarded Navy Cross

Marine Staff Sgt. Sky Mote

Marine Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote will posthumously receive the Navy Cross for extreme heroism. Mote, 27, was one of three Marines killed on Aug. 10, 2012, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, by a supposed Afghan ally. The Navy Cross is the second highest military decoration for valor awarded to a member of the United States […]

1 Comment / January 15, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Dirt churned on Silva Valley

Officials, past and present, from El Dorado and Sacramento counties take part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the Silva Valley interchange Thursday afternoon. Left to right: Ray Nutting, Ron Mikulaco, Brian Veerkamp, Don Nottoli, Jody Jones, John Knight, Ron Briggs, Jack Sweeney and Billy Vandegrift. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

A who’s who of local officials and state representatives stood on a dusty hill in El Dorado Hills Thursday afternoon to kick-start construction of the community’s newest road project. Golden shovels turned the first dirt on a Highway 50 interchange project more than 20 years in the making — the Silva Valley interchange. El Dorado […]

1 Comment / January 09, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Bodacious Biking Babes give away bikes

Bodacious Biking Babes Carrie Cain, Kathy Hurd, Kim Fish, Colleen Yeandle-Rich, team sponsor John Crews, Cindy Freeman, Michele Ruscito, Pauline Curtis and Lisa Robbins, left to right, donated bikes and safety gear to women who need reliable transportation. Courtesy photo

Guided by their motto “Girls Geared to Give,” the Bodacious Biking Babes, a women’s cycling team based in El Dorado Hills, recently donated bicycles to foster and orphaned teen girls locally and around the world so the girls could have their own set of wheels to get to school or work. Through their fundraising efforts, […]

Comments Off / January 08, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »