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Canine Companion is woman’s greatest gift

Peggy Di Nocco and her service dog Felice spend every moment together. Felice helps Peggy complete tasks and keeps her company. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Though El Dorado Hills resident Peggy Di Nocco was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis in 1999 and needed a wheelchair full time by 2006, she didn’t slow down. It wasn’t until the outgoing mother of two slipped in the shower and waited there for nearly two hours until her husband John got home that Peggy and […]

Comments Off / December 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Youth prove they are stars

Youth Star Award recipient Marco Sanchez stands with Eddie Zacapa, Mercy Housing resident services coordinator, and Oak Ridge Principal Paul Burke at the Vision Coalition's ceremony. Marco works with youth who live in Mercy Housing. VIllage Life photo by Noel Stack

From tutoring to volunteering to teaching kids how to play soccer, El Dorado County’s young people give thousands of hours back to the community each year. Many of those youth recently received Youth Star Awards for their tireless efforts. The El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition hosted the ceremony on Dec. 14 at Lakehills Church. […]

Comments Off / December 22, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

New mill ready to inspire new memories

Trusses for the roof and other framing on the brand-new replica sawmill were completed in September, and it is now ready for visitors. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

The new replica of the sawmill where James Marshall discovered gold in 1848 is ready for its close-up. So get up close and check it out, maybe even pretend you are the one who stuck a hand in the water of the tailrace at Capt. John Sutter’s lumber mill and pulled out a shiny pebble […]

Comments Off / December 15, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Marble Valley artists get creative

Natalia Andrus shows the piano chair she painted for the fourth-grade class. Each chair was auctioned off. A long time pianist, Natalia said she picked the theme for the piano chair. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. — Albert Einstein Marble Valley students brought to life castles, elves, fairies, frogs and more at the academy’s recent art show and competition. The “Once Upon a Time” theme echoed Einstein’s wise words and was the only inscription on the “Walk in the Woods” all-class […]

Comments Off / December 14, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Project Warmth gets heart-warming community support

The Project Warmth team helped raise nearly $2,000 to purchase sleeping bags and other warm clothes for the homeless. Left to right, front row: Chloe Erickson and Charli Gaal; left to right, back row: Luke Gaal and Sadie Erickson. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

‘Tis the season for giving and 7 1/2-year-old Sadie Erickson had a great idea: host a talent show and raise money to buy sleeping bags for the homeless. “The homeless don’t have as much stuff as we have and I want them to have a better life,” the El Dorado Hills youngster explained. Sounded simple enough. […]

Comments Off / December 11, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Wells Fargo supports CASA kids

CASA Executive Director John Adams accepts a check from Wells Fargo employee Haley Reinhardt Dewhurst. Sponsors like Wells Fargo ensure more El Dorado County children get the advocates they need. Courtesy photo

PLACERVILLE — Every day is a normal day for most of us, but it’s never a “normal” day for abused and neglected kids. They didn’t ask to be born into the mess they find themselves in and they desperately need help. These children need a CASA advocate who will advocate for them in court and consistently guide […]

Comments Off / December 10, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Littles shop big during special event

Village Life reporter Wendy Schultz helps Dino Anderson, 5, choose a toy during the Snowball Holiday Shopping event at Target in El Dorado Hills on Saturday. Photo by Laurie Edwards

There might be no better combination than a hot pancake breakfast and some rapid-fire retail therapy — especially just in time for Christmas. If you toss a visit with Santa into the mix and stir it up with a candy cane, you’ve got the fourth annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County Snowball Shopping event. On […]

1 Comment / December 08, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »