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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 »

Couple celebrates two milestones

Ed and Bernice Salata recently celebrated their 90th birthdays and will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary this fall. Village Life photo Nicholas Trylovich

It was April 1946 and Edward Salata had just been honorably discharged from the Navy. He served in both the Pacific and Europe during World War II and was in the third wave of soldiers to storm the beaches in Normandy, one day before his 18th birthday. “I always remember my birthday,” Ed said. “June […]

2 Comments / August 03, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Busy Bees get passports to explore

Cailin Keegan, left, and Giulianna Kisling learn to use chopsticks at one station earlier this year as part of Busy Bees Preschool's new Early Explorers enrichment program. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Busy Bees Preschool in El Dorado Hills is going beyond ABCs and 123s, offering young students the chance to travel the globe and learn about the food, language and cultures of other countries. The Early Explorers pre-kindergarten enrichment program is open to children who will be 4 years old by December. They may attend three-day-a-week preschool programs […]

Comments Off / August 03, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Family hosts blood drive as a ‘thank you’

The Beckett family sustained injuries after a head-on collision in June. Pictured in Sharon's hospital room are Good Samaritan Kaela Hererra, daughter Sarah Beckett and husband Matt Beckett. Courtesy photo

Two months ago Sarah Beckett, 14,  graduated eighth grade. On June 3 she and her parents, El Dorado Hills residents Matt and Sharon Beckett, headed to the coast to camp. “We were trying to enjoy summer; we were headed to Fort Bragg,” said Matt, 44. The family was on Highway 20, west of Willets, when […]

Comments Off / August 03, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Murder suspect in court: ‘I killed her’

Murder suspect Roy Roth, right, confers with his defense attorney, Susan Gellman in an earlier court appearance. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

During an emotional hearing Monday Roy Allen Roth confessed to murdering his wife. Crying as he read a letter in El Dorado County Superior Court in front of his family, Roth admitted that during their 30-year marriage he and Deborah fought a lot and he “snapped.” “On Tuesday, March 31, she accused me of sleeping […]

Comments Off / August 02, 2016 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Shingle Springs couple celebrates 70 years of marriage

Bernhart “Bernie” Ritscher was on leave, a Navy man in the midst of World War II in 1944, when the Seattle-born boy decided to take a look around Sacramento. He soon spotted the Navy Club, run by mothers of men in the service and decided to drop in. “The place was full of good-looking chicks,” […]

Comments Off / August 02, 2016 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »