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Oak Ridge robotics team goes high-tech

Robotics students watch as one team navigates its robot through the course. Photo by Jason Bross

If the FIRST Tech Challenge Team No. 4238 needs a theme song for its group it might consider the 1979 disco hit “We Are Family” by Sister Sledge. The eight Oak Ridge High School students have worked together for years. Four of the eight — Alex Krueger, Amey Natu, Ben Tucker and Thomas Tucker — first teamed […]

No Comment / January 23, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Grace Foundation takes in another abandoned horse

This small, 2-year-old filly was barely clinging to life when park officials found her at the Cosumnes River Preserve on Jan. 16. Courtesy photo

On Jan. 16 a horse, barely clinging to life, was found by park rangers who came to work at the Cosumnes River Preserve. The horse’s condition was so shocking that park officials immediately called a horse transport to come and pick up the horse and take it to Sacramento County Animal Control. The only way […]

No Comment / January 20, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Holy trinity students use art to reach out to Haitian classmates

Holy Trinity students created colorful art for students in Haiti. The art will be on display here until Jan. 30. Courtesy photo

Holy Trinity School Ministry has supported a Haitian mission project for the poorest of school children in Port au Prince, but recently took the challenge to push themselves well beyond monetary aid. As part of Holy Trinity Catholic Parish in El Dorado Hills, the school has raised several thousand dollars over the last two years […]

No Comment / January 12, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Recycle: It’s good for the can, the bottle and the school

Fun with scarecrow — Jackson Elementary School first graders Joe Carroll, left, and Kayla Vota, far right, have some fun in the school garden with principal Michele Miller. Jackson hopes to expand its garden with help from Recyclebank customers. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Jackson Elementary School students need the community’s help to get a closer look at Mother Nature’s work. The school recently teamed up with Recyclebank, the company that rewards customers who fill up their El Dorado Disposal recycling bins, to raise funds for a school garden expansion. Recyclebank customers (current and new) simply have to donate their rewards […]

No Comment / January 11, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Bassoonist Jacob Wellman has big dreams

Oak Ridge senior Jacob Wellman hopes to professionally play bassoon. "I have no problem doing it for the rest of my life," the 17-year-old said. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

“Sweet … but also somber,” 17-year-old bassoonist Jacob Wellman described his instrument as such after a moment of thought. The Oak Ridge High School senior has found his passion with the instrument. He dreams of Julliard and a performance career — goals easily attainable by this talented musician. Jacob was recently selected to perform with […]

No Comment / January 11, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Former Trojan displays some ‘Magic’

Former Trojan Ryan Anderson, right, congratulates teammate J.J. Redick after the Orlando Magic's win over the Sacramento Kings at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento on Sunday. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

By Mike Bush SACRAMENTO — Ryan Anderson considers Power Balance Pavilion his second home. The Orlando Magic forward and 2005 Oak Ridge High School graduate has good reasons to  say that about the arena formerly known as Arco Arena. During his senior year Anderson led the Trojans boys basketball team to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division II, […]

No Comment / January 09, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »

An adventure that’s simply delicious

Relish Burger Bar will serve a mesclun green salad with blue cheese, apples, bacon, candied pecans and balsamic vinaigrette on The El Dorado Hills Adventure. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

The El Dorado County Visitor’s Authority is again honoring January, “California Restaurant Month,” with the El Dorado Epicurean, a week-long celebration of local cuisine, Jan. 22-29. The grand finale, an extraordinary county-wide progressive dinner for culinary adventurers, will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29. This year adventurers can choose from seven different itineraries that include […]

No Comment / January 06, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »