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Firefighters battle rapids during swift-water training

Firefighters pull a "€œvictim" from the rushing waters of the South Fork of the American River Thursday during swift-water rescue training. El Dorado €ˆHills firefighters teamed up with Stockton'€™s water rescue team to learn how to read the water and save lives. Village Life photos by Noel Stack

El Dorado Hills firefighters spent some time on the South Fork’s Troublemaker rapids last week but the real trouble came when they invited Village Life on a boat ride. Ever heard the phrase “taco shelling a boat?” The related dousing I received was all in the name of training as local firefighters teamed up with […]

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

A taste of success

Angelina Truscelli, left, and Mishelle Eberhard won this year's Trojan Iron Chef Competition by creating a three-course meal featuring homemade salsa, steak fajitas and ice cream in a caramel cup. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Vanilla ice cream in a caramel lattice cup topped with a cinnamon tortilla chip won the judges’ votes at the third annual Trojan Iron Chef Competition held last week. Oak Ridge High School juniors Mishelle Eberhard, 17, and Angelina Truscelli, 17, took top honors with this delicious creation, paired with their homemade salsa and tortilla […]

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

How Georgi Knight spends her days

A Mercedes of her own —€” Georgi Knight stands by her new classic 1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL. Her cousin's wife insisted Georgi and husband John, who also drives an older Mercedes, take the car. Georgi calls it her "dream car." Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Who knew a brochure could lead to a new chapter in life? When Georgianne Knight read the El Dorado Community Foundation brochure “cover to cover” the El Dorado Hills resident said she knew she had to get involved. Earlier this year the 64-year-old retired administrator with the California Department of Education’s Special Education division joined […]

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

ORHS mobile computer lab enhances science lessons

Biology students work on computers from the mobile lab while Oak Ridge Foundation President Scott Spriggs, Principal Steve Wehr and foundation board member Allan Priest, left to right in the background, discuss the benefits of this technolog. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Seeing leads to learning thanks to Oak Ridge High School’s new mobile computer lab. Science students now have endless data, experiments and tools at their diposal with the donation from the Oak Ridge High School Community Foundation. The mobile lab consists of 20 laptop computers in a secure locker on wheels. “Other than the teacher’s computer we […]

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

Steve Wallen Swim School dives into expansion

For 30 years Steve Wallen has studied and practiced the best methods for teaching his students how to swim. He's currently expanding his El Dorado Hills swim school. Courtesy photo

How do you get a reluctant child to put her face in the water to learn to swim? For 30 years Steve Wallen has studied and practiced the best methods for teaching his students, whether they’re 6 months or 82, new swimmers or triathletes wanting to perfect their strokes. Today Wallen is one of the […]

No Comment / April 20, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »

Folsom celebrates opening of Folsom Public Plaza

Mayor Kerri Howell welcomes people to the Folsom Public Plaza at the opening ceremony. Behind her, left to right: Councilmember Ernie Sheldon, Vice Mayor Steve Miklos, Councilmember Andy Morin, Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan and Councilmember Jeff Starsky. Photo by Roberta Long

Just in time for the outdoor season the city of Folsom recently celebrated the opening of the new urban park entertainment venue in Folsom’s Historic District. Construction crews had worked through several days of heavy rains to complete the project. The public plaza and amphitheater are seen as an outdoor living room, where people can […]

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

Stellar student

Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills President Jeff England joins Rescue Superintendent David Swart, Lake Forest Elementary teacher Lynn Howard, proud parents Don and Kathy Backlund, Lake Forest Principal Bruce Peters and little sister Katie, 9, in celebrating Rotary Student of the Month Anne Backlund. Howard said her fifth-grader has a great work ethic and […]

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