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Remembering the fallen

PONDEROSA HIGH SCHOOL teacher Linda Griffiths-Gish stands inside the school's memorial honoring students who died serving their country. Right now the memorial only has one plaque — dedicated to Mathew Taylor, who died in 2007. The military mom — her son Joshua Griffiths, an Army sergeant, will be going back to the Middle East next year — said she doesn't want to see any more plaques. Cameron Park Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Ponderosa High School unveils memorial A single, solemn plaque placed in a quiet nook next to Ponderosa’s football field will remind all who walk by that a life was lost. And the honor to SPC Mathew Taylor, a 2004 Ponderosa graduate who died in September 2007 after suffering severe injuries in a rocket-propelled grenade attack […]

2 Comments / October 28, 2011 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Grace Foundation takes in neglected, pregnant horses

PREGNANT AND ABUSED — The mare named “Friday” was visibly pregnant when she arrived at the Grace Foundation in April from Whispering Pines Ranch in Susanville. Veterinarians at Grace have since found that an estimated 17 other mares from the 56 abused horses recovered from the derelict ranch are pregnant. Sadly, Friday experienced complications giving birth and her foal did not survive.

She hates to do it, but Grace Foundation Director Beth DeCaprio is asking for help. Her El Dorado Hills-based animal rescue and rehab organization has accepted 56 starving and abused horses from the derelict Whispering Pines Ranch of Susanville. At least 18 of the recovering horses are pregnant. “This case has truly haunted us,” DeCaprio […]

No Comment / October 21, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Racist headstones finally replaced

FOLSOM PRISON INMATE Derrick Bonar, 26, places a 90-pound grave marker with fellow inmates Steve Abujen, 50, left, and Larry Plummer, 60, right, Wednesday at Mormon Island Relocation Cemetary. Village Life  photo by Krysten Kellum

Truth and a measure of justice were served Wednesday when the last of three dozen new gravestones were installed at Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery. The project helps close a controversial chapter in race relations, government insensitivity and ignorant foul play. In 1954 the Army Corps of Engineers dug up the remains of hundreds of bodies […]

No Comment / October 21, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Looking for gruesome fun?

Ghoulish babies haunt the nursery in the Ravenblood Mortuary Haunted House in El Dorado Hills. This house of horrors is open from 7 to 11 p.m. through Halloween. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Ravenblood Mortuary Haunted House now open When Nathan Ravenblood lost his beloved he made a chilling deal with the Angel of Death. Collect souls and he will be reunited with those who have passed on. Desperate, Nathan agreed and turned the Ravenblood Mortuary into a house of bloody horror. George Frey with America Screams brings […]

2 Comments / October 20, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Trees for troops is a community gift

Geri Hyder shows off some of the letters and cards she will include in the Trees for Troops boxes for overseas military personnel.

CAMINO — For the past 32 years Indian Rock Tree Farm has been sending Christmas trees to El Dorado County service men and women deployed overseas. They’ve been supplying the trees for the program for even longer — since Carl Borelli, the late El Dorado County supervisor and Placerville mayor, started the program during the […]

No Comment / October 19, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Court of honor: Basketball court named for accident victim

United for Josh —€” Anderson family friend Robyn Steward and CSD Director Bill Vandegrift join Josh Anderson's mother Kelley, and brothers John and Jeff, standing left to right, as well as Josh's father Joseph, seated, at the site where the CSD will build the Josh Anderson Basketball Court. The project is scheduled to begin next spring. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Joseph Anderson couldn’t stop from tearing up Thursday evening. Joy and sadness overcame the father as the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors approved a resolution to name the planned Community Park basketball court after Josh Anderson, Joseph and Kelley Anderson’s son who tragically died in a car wreck on El Dorado […]

1 Comment / October 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Taylor Ferris is a top student

A big crowd congratulates Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Student of the Month Taylor Ferris, 11. The fifth grader holding his plaques is joined by Rescue Union School District Superintendent David Swart, Dad Hollis Ferris, step-mom Talis Ferris, brother Tarren Ferris, 9, Jackson School Principal Michele Miller, teacher Pam Banks, brother Devin Kemp, Rotary Club President Jeff England and grandma Dani Ferris, left to right. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Attentive and a role mode for others, fifth-grader Taylor Ferris was named the Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills’ Student of the Month at a recent meeting. “He’s always caring, considerate,” said Jackson Elementary School teacher Pam Banks, adding that she wished all her students paid as close attention as Taylor. “He’s just one of […]

1 Comment / October 14, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »