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Toast to Wildlife showcases SWR’s success

JUDY MONESTIER, a Sierra Wildlife Rescue volunteer who works with fox, coyote, bobcats and raptors, tells the story of Big Spender the red-shouldered hawk with a broken wing who now serves as an education bird. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

It was a howler of a good time at Sierra Wildlife Rescue’s Toast to Wildlife Champagne Brunch at the Cameron Park Country Club on Sunday, April 28. Supporters interacted with rescued wildlife, heard a fascinating presentation on wolves, enjoyed a sumptuous brunch and took their chances on silent auction items and raffles. The most popular part […]

Comments Off / May 05, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Serrano fitness center unveils makeover

Serrano Country Club Board President Rich Satterfield snips the ribbon to open the club's newly expanded fitness center on Saturday, April 27. He got help from 17-year club member Cindy Crawford, at left, and fellow board members, left to right, Wayne Anderson, Joe Someillan, Dick Callahan and Mike Ryan. Club General Manager Bob Strangroom backed up his board, as always. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

The newly expanded Serrano Country Club fitness center opened Saturday with a party for the current members, who noshed healthy appetizers, mingled with friends on the patio and toured the facility. The center went under the knife of RCP Construction in November, emerging with bright new cardio, group exercise and kids rooms, two new tennis […]

1 Comment / April 27, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Sky Mote’s family helping wounded warriors

Russ Mote sits with his son Carson in their El Dorado Hills home. Villiage Life photo by Shelly Thorene

“It’s helped me so much to keep that connection,” said Russell Mote, father of Staff Sgt. Sky Mote, who was killed in Afghanistan on Aug. 10, 2012, just one day after he was awarded the Navy Marine Commendation Medal for combat heroism. The connection Russell Mote values is the tie between his family and Sky’s […]

Comments Off / April 27, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

COOL school celebrates second successful year

Teacher Kelly Brancoli guides COOL School students like fifth-grader Mark, seventh-grader Austin and eighth-grader Charlie, seen here with program director Sheila Simmons, left to right. Photo by Julie Samrick

Families looking for a less traditional, more flexible public school option, have a COOL option. Collaborative Opportunities for Online Learning is a full-time, tuition-free, independent study program offered through the Rescue Union school district where students in grades three through eight complete the bulk of their studies online. Open since the start of the 2011-12 […]

Comments Off / April 22, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Enjoy gorgeous gardens, colorful art

Glass artist Lynn Anderson, right, stands with his wife, Marilyn in his studio in Cameron Park. Lynn's art and garden will be open during the Assistance League of Sierra Foothills' Gardens of the Hills tour May 4 & 5. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

When it comes to Lynn Anderson’s garden, color is the main ingredient. He achieves this by carefully tending to his flowers, trees and bushes … and tossing in about 100 beautiful glass flowers and critters that glisten in the sun and give his Cameron Park yard an unbelievable glow. Plus, Lynn added, the flowers are […]

Comments Off / April 21, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

EDH marathoner was 50 feet from explosions

Amy Dolley is happy to be back home in El Dorado Hills. Photo by Julie Samrick

Running the Boston Marathon had been a lifelong dream of El Dorado Hills resident Amy Dolley. “Seventeen years ago when I married my husband, Craig, we planned to leave straight from our April wedding for the marathon,” she said. “But it never happened.” This year, she finally fulfilled that dream. Dolley, 46, qualified to run […]

Comments Off / April 21, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Firefighter of the Year: Matt Belleci

Fire Chief Dave Roberts, left, and Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills President Wayne Lowery, right, join Firefighter of the Year Matt Belleci. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado Hills firefighter/engineer Matt Belleci undertook a massive project last year, planning a large-scale training exercise in the community’s Lakehills neighborhood. involving dozens of agencies and hundreds of residents. His efforts spawned fuel reduction, a new fire safe council and good working relationships between agencies, which are now better prepared should a catastrophic fire strike. […]

1 Comment / April 15, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »