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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 […]

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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 »

No ordinary mother/daughter trip

Kaitlyn and her mom Maria Raslear-Hendrickson will soon embark on a trip that the 12-year-old is sure to never forget. The two leave with a church group for Honduras later this month to participate in humanitarian work. Village life photo by Noel Stack

Imagine waiting all day in the hot sun just to see a doctor or walking for hours to visit a dentist. El Dorado Hills pediatrician Maria Raslear-Hendrickson has seen this and more over the years during her humanitarian trips to Third World countries. Later this month she will share the experience with her 12-year-old daughter […]

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

EDH buffalo moved to greener pastures

"Buffalo Will" Neunam sold his beloved Buffalo in December, an action that resulted in many calls to Village Life from people wondering what happened to the animals often spotted along the Bass Lake Grade. Village Life file photo by Mike Roberts

No more buffalo, blue skies or open road No more rodeo, no more noise Take this Cadillac, park it out in back Mama’s calling. Put away the toys - James McMurtry You’ve seen them on the hillside beneath Bass Lake Grade, broad-shouldered ruminators from another time and place, their massive, bushy heads cropping grass on the […]

7 Comments / February 06, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Local trainer wants you to be the Biggest Loser

Sharon Thompson of El Dorado Hills is an official Biggest Loser Pro. She achieves success by customizing plans to each client'€™s abilities and personal goals and incorporating the best of weight training, kickboxing, plyometrics and yoga to achieve optimal results. Courtesy photo

By Lynn Machon Following an extensive application and evaluation process, local personal trainer Sharon Thompson, CPT, founder of Thompson Training, has been selected by NBC/Biggest Loser executives to function as an official Biggest Loser Pro. Thompson, who lives in El Dorado Hills, will serve as the Northern California expert for the “The Biggest Loser Live […]

3 Comments / February 03, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »