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Students help score grant

Marina Village teacher Victoria Debenham won a mini-grant to add Chromebooks to her classroom. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Marina Village Middle School teacher Victoria Debenham was recently awarded a mini grant by the El Dorado County division of the California Retired Teachers Association to purchase lightweight laptop computers, or Chromebooks, for her seventh- and eighth-grade students to use during class time. A resource and English teacher, Debenham has been teaching at Marina Village […]

1 Comment / August 24, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Sheriff’s K9 has bark and bite

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El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputy Jeff Tucker and Carly, an almost 6-year-old solid muscle German shepherd, are connected. And they have to be in this profession if they are going to work as a team. When they are on patrol, it’s all business for Carly and deputy Tucker, but the boys get to relax at […]

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Scout’s project has tails wagging

Oak Ridge freshman Abbie Curtis, second from left, recently completed a mini-dog park in Tahoe to earn her Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette may earn. She's seen here with Grace Brasil, Abbie's dog Pudge, Riley Thompson and Jena Brasil, left to right. Courtesy photo

This summer Abbie Curtis from El Dorado Hills Girl Scout Troop 1126 completed her Silver Award project, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette may earn. Abbie, a 14-year-old Oak Ridge High School freshman, worked for nearly two years on building a small dog park and picnic area at the Tahoe City condominium complex where her […]

Comments Off / August 17, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

White Rock Village Community Care Team makes a difference

White Rock Village's Community Care Team has logged countless hours giving back to those in need. Courtesy photo

The White Rock Village Community Care Team is committed to serving its community. The team consists mostly of residents who live at White Rock Village and have decided to give back to the neighborhood and community at large. The team of volunteers wear T-shirts that read on the back “Demonstrating our care by doing our neighbor good” […]

Comments Off / August 16, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Local dancer makes leap to Juilliard

Madeline Bertoy of El Dorado Hills will study dance at Juilliard. Photo by Tim Engle

Recent Oak Ridge High School graduate Madeline Bertoy was accepted into The Juilliard School’s prestigious Dance Division and will leave to begin her studies in New York City later this month. Only 12 women and 12 men are accepted into Juilliard’s dance program annually. Madeline, 18, said she received a call during spring break that […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Hands4Hope celebrates youth volunteers

The 2015-16 Hands4Hope Youth Board holds up a check for The Grace Network, a Sacramento-based organization dedicated to stopping human trafficking. Courtesy photo

Hands4Hope recently hosted its seventh annual Youth Recognition Event, honoring the dedication of time and achievements of all Hands4Hope youth participants for the past year. Marin Cross, the 2015-16 president, gave a recap of the year: 1,493 participants from six high school clubs, five middle school clubs and Team Hope (Hands4Hope’s elementary school club) as well […]

Comments Off / August 10, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Connections made on ORHS first day

Oak Ridge High School Assistant Principal Ron Thomas, student leaders and Principal Aaron Palm greet students when they entered campus on the first day of classes Monday. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

A chorus of “Have a great first day” was heard as Oak Ridge High School staff and student leaders welcomed students back to classes Monday morning, including the largest freshman class the school’s had in its 33-year history. When students exited cars or first stepped foot on campus they were enveloped in a human tunnel […]

Comments Off / August 09, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »