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It’s her lucky day

On a scale of 1 to 10, Gwen Danley's family says she's a 12! Left to right are Grandma Dee Danley-Brown, Dad Chris Danley, Gwen and Mom Karen Kukoda. The family will celebrate Gwen's 12th birthday on Dec. 12 with a spaghetti dinner. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Gwen Danley turns 12 on 12-12-12 “It was a master plan made 13 years ago,” Karen Kukoda joked about her daughter’s 12th birthday on Dec. 12, 2012. All kidding aside, the Rolling Hills Middle School sixth-grader said, “It’s cool.” And since 12-12-12 is the last repetitive date most of us alive today will ever see […]

No Comment / December 06, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rotary honors Officers of the Year

Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills President Wayne Lowery, left, and Sheriff John D'Agostini, right, congratulate deputy Bryan Brown on the Rotary Officer of the Year award. Brown and fellow deputy Keith Maher received the honor last Wednesday. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies Keith Maher and Bryan Brown received accolades from the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills and their boss, Sheriff John D’Agostini, Wednesday morning as they received the title of Officers of the Year for their outstanding work and service to the community. Both men exemplify the Sheriff’s Department mission, D’Agostini said […]

No Comment / December 05, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

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 »