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Madeline’s story: Volunteer’s life changed with Mexico experience

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Rolling Hills Christian Church sent its largest-ever mission team to Antochistas, Mexico, right outside of Tijuana earlier this year; 200 kids and 58 adults built eight homes and a church campus. Volunteers also hosted Vacation Bible School and a soccer tournament. Madeline Lenz, 17, was one of those lucky volunteers whose life has forever changed thanks to this experience. The El […]

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Brock’s still thinking en español

Things got a little foamy when exchange student Brock Bastian attended the Carnaval de Oruro. Courtesy photo

During his first full day in Bolivia, Rotary Youth Exchange student Brock Bastian took a wild car ride to Muela del Diablo (the Devil’s Molar), a giant rock near La Paz — not an introduction for the faint of heart. And though this courageous Oak Ridge High School student did have that “what did I get myself into” […]

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UPDATE: Teen found

Amy Richards went missing on Tuesday, June 3. If you see Amy or have any information call the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at (530) 621-6600 or Detective Rich Horn at (530) 642-4715.

Amy Richards, 16, was located yesterday in the San Francisco area. Amy had used a bicycle to travel from Placerville through Sacramento and eventually to a Bay Area Rapid Transit station. She then used BART to travel into San Francisco and eventually contacted the staff at a Starbucks Coffee shop in San Francisco, where she […]

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Congratulations Class of 2014!

Oak Ridge senior  Emily Trepagnier celebrates after receiving her diploma Friday, May 30, at the 2014 graduation ceremony in El Dorado Hills.  Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

Oak Ridge’s Trojans celebrated graduation in style, giving the ceremony a thumbs up and, after everyone received their diplomas Friday evening, some grads even got a lift from family and friends. The ceremony included posting of the colors by Civil Air Patrol Squadron 85 and a performance by the Oak Ridge Chorale, as well as […]

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Four earn Marina’s first ‘Mustang Pride’ award

The first Mustang Pride recipients are graduating eighth-graders Sarah Lundell, Emily Bobrowsky, Tyler Barth and Brycen Groess, left to right. The award recognizes outstanding scholarship, service and commitment. Photo by Diane Orciuoli

How does a school raise the bar when many students already excel academically and behaviorally? That was the “happy problem” Marina Village Middle School’s assistant principal Cindy Giove said staff faced until this year’s graduating eighth-grade class was challenged to earn the Mustang Pride award as incoming sixth graders. “It stretches students to have the […]

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Clarksville preservation continues

A new wrought iron fence will better protect the Clarksville Cemetery from vandalism. A June 7 fundraiser will raise money to build a new front gate, repair the pillars and erect a new archway. Village Life by Julie Samrick

Not just a young community born in the last 50 years, El Dorado Hills is steeped in history. During the Gold Rush era a portion of southern El Dorado Hills visible from Highway 50 was known as Clarksville and one local group makes sure it’s not forgotten. Once Clarksville’s schoolhouse, today a dilapidated barn is […]

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H4H Food Blitz a success

Tanner Hughes, Aretha Zhu and Elle Quinn, left to right, stand in front of Walmart Folsom asking incoming shoppers if they would like to dinate to Hands4Hope's Spring Food Blitz. Courtesy photo

On May 17, Hands4Hope – Youth Making A Difference hosted its semi-annual Food Blitz for the Hungry to fill the shelves of the Food Bank of El Dorado County and Twin Lakes Food Bank of Folsom. Youth and adult volunteers manned the tables in front of select grocery stores, from Folsom up to Placerville, including Sam’s […]

No Comment / June 01, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »