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Shooting for the stars

Madison Bichel, 9, heads to the Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Nationals in Springfield, Mass. The El Dorado Hills athlete only recently started playing basketball but has a natural talent for the sport. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Brooks Elementary School fourth-grader Madison Bichel is headed to the Elks Lodge Hoop Shoot Nationals in Springfield, Mass., April 16-19. As a top-notch student, a competitive soccer player since age 5, as well as a cross country runner who placed fifth place in the county last year, it’s hard to imagine how Madison has time for her […]

Comments Off / April 12, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Dave Brady gives 100 percent (and then some)

El Dorado Hills Fire Battalion Chief Dave Brady loves problem solving, teaching and learning — attributes that earned him the Firefighter of the Year award. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado Hills Fire Department Battalion Chief Dave Brady confessed that he’s known as someone who “generally works too much.” That’s understandable given his job, or should we say jobs. For more than a year, Brady, 40, has served as the A Shift battalion chief; he’s also responsible for testing new hires and those seeking promotions […]

Comments Off / April 06, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Another El Dorado County resident makes a match

It was thumbs up as stem cell donor Michael Duhain underwent a procedure to harvest his stem cells. They were to be given to a patient who has a type of acute myelogenous leukemia. Courtesy photo

Cross altruism with scientific curiosity and you get Michael Duhain, 19, stem cell donor. Born and raised in El Dorado County where his parents still live, he’s now a second-year student at Montana State University where he’s majoring in cell biology and neuroscience. Already planning to go to medical school and possibly into medical research, in February of […]

1 Comment / April 02, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Mr. Ponderosa contestants strut their stuff

Mr. Ponderosa winner contestant Cameron Mosbacher scored points with the judges and his girlfriend Kiersten Hunter after his musical number.  Cameron Park Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Mr. Ponderosa candidates did their best to win the hearts and minds of the electorate and raise money for two important causes. The ninth annual pageant held late last month at Ponderosa High School featured a fantastic field of candidates who paraded their talents before fellow students and a panel of judges. After an evening […]

Comments Off / April 01, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Genius at work: Golden Hills students earn bronze at Science Olympiad

The Golden Hills Science Olympiad team did well at a recent competition. Pictured from left to right: Nikki Wooster, Aryan Saini , Joshua Croel, Brandon Pak, Ansh Naveen, Karmann Saini, Megan Van der Veer, Lillian Emami, Taylor Thue, Allison Jolly, Alex Manuselis, Jack Willis and Samantha Abrams. Courtesy photo

Golden Hills School students brought home an impressive third place team trophy from the Sacramento Elementary Science Olympiad tournament recently held at Mira Loma High School in Sacramento. The Science Olympiad, which celebrates its 31st anniversary this year, is one of the largest and oldest science competitions in the country. Golden Hills School students in third through sixth grade […]

1 Comment / March 30, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Community Park turns 25; celebration to last all year

The Spring Egg Hunt returns to El Dorado Hills Community Park this Saturday, 10 a.m. sharp.  Village Life file photo

Community Park turns the big 25 in June and the El Dorado Hills Community Services District has planned monthly events with that number in mind to commemorate the silver anniversary. This Saturday, April 4, 25,000 eggs will be hidden at the park for the annual Spring Egg Hunt, which begins at 10 a.m. sharp. Later this month, […]

Comments Off / March 30, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Dry Diggings Distillery will lift your spirits

Dry Diggings Distillery owners Cris Steller, left, and Gordon Helm recently opened their craft distillery in El Dorado Hills. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Had they known then what they know now, Cris Steller and Gordon Helm confessed that they probably wouldn’t have made the career move that transformed Steller’s office into an Old West saloon. They didn’t know it would take years to turn “Why couldn’t we?” into “We did it.” Raise a shot glass to that, and […]

Comments Off / March 26, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »