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School lunches getting healthier

STUDENTS AT BUCKEYE Elementary help themselves to a salad bar in the lunch room. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

On Jan. 25 the First Lady Michelle Obama and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack introduced new federal nutrition standards for lunches in public and private schools. The new standards go into effect on July 1 and have a three-year phase-in period. Under the new standards, school meals will have caloric maximums and minimums based on a […]

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

Flying high at 16

Austin Bowa sits in a Robinson R 22 helicopter at the Auburn Airport on his sixteenth birthday after his first solo flight. Bowa is from El Dorado Hills and took lessons at the airport for a year. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

EDH teen becomes a helicopter pilot Come their 16th birthday many teenagers celebrate that milestone with cake and getting their learner’s permit. Not Austin Bowa, who turned 16 on Valentine’s Day. He chose to celebrate his birthday by taking his first solo flight in a tiny two-seater helicopter at the Auburn Airport. After all, flying helicopters […]

No Comment / February 16, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Daddy & Me a sweet tradition

Silly contest — Jack "The Tongue" Karford and his daughter Madison "The Mouth," 7, try to out-silly Reagan "Bigger Mouth" Lenehan, 7, and her dad "Buck Teeth" Gerry, left to right, during the Daddy & Me dance on Friday night. Reached by phone afterward, Gerry Lenehan, who grew up in Cameron Park and now lives in Folsom, said he's been coming to El Dorado Hills CSD family events his entire life. "They know how to do it ... Last night was awesome." Photo by Whitney Kahn

The El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s 10th annual Daddy & Me Valentine Dance attracted more 150 daddies Friday night, each with his “best girl” at his side. The father-daughter event has become a tradition in El Dorado Hills, and a great “dad date” opportunity for dads and daughters in the greater foothill community. CSD […]

No Comment / February 13, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rotary speech contestants inspire

Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills President Jeff England poses with Oak Ridge High School sophomores Lauren Wandell, Samantha Kilcollins, Kelsey Smith and Mikayla Mefford, left to right. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Four Oak Ridge High school students encouraged members and guests at the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Feb. 8 meeting to “Reach Within to Embrace Humanity,” the theme for District 5180′s annual speech contest. The all-female, all-sophomore participants shared personal stories, channeled their inner Superman and inspired audience members and the three guest judges […]

1 Comment / February 09, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Lend a hand: Hands4Hope needs adult volunteers

Inga Buckendorf, an adult lead with Hands4Hope, hands out meals to the homeless with youth volunteer Daniel Jamieson. Courtesy photo

In its four years of existence Hands4Hope — Youth Making a Difference has seen its youth participation explode. Founder/Executive Director Jennifer Bassett started with an idea and 15 youth volunteers. Today she oversees 640 youth volunteers and dozens of community projects every year. In 2011 the kids logged more than 5,000 volunteer hours. “(The organization’s […]

No Comment / February 09, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Oak Ridge students get scientific at competition

Oak Ridge students Nathan Somavarapu, David Bryant, Kaythan Somavarapu and Shefali Pandya, seen here with coach Dave Warren, left to right, showed off their smarts at the Science Bowl. Courtesy photo

Oak Ridge High School reentered the Science Bowl competition this year with a strong team. On Feb. 4 students David Bryant, Shefali Pandya, Nathan Somavarapu and Kaythan Somavarapu, along with coach/math teacher Dave Warren, battled wits against 24 other teams at the  U.S. Department of Energy sponsored the Sacramento Regional Science Bowl at Rio Americano High School. The […]

No Comment / February 08, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Student of the Month: Hannah Han

Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Lakeview Elementary School teacher Roxanne Simmons, proud mom Rose Han and Rotary Student of the Month Hannah Han celebrate Hannah’s success with Lakeview Principal Judy Chance, Rescue Union School District Superintendent David Swart and Rotary CLub of El Dorado Hills President Jeff England, left to right. Hannah was honored at last week’s Rotary Club meeting. […]

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