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Dynamic farm takes root in Latrobe

Guiding Hands Board President Cindy Brown, left, feeds a goat at 4 Directions Farms in Latrobe while Jacob Peterson watches. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

The friendliest goats and alpacas in El Dorado County are already milling about a brand-new farm in the Latrobe area where developmentally challenged young adults soon will learn to grow — in more ways than one. The ambitious dream that is 4 Directions Farm has taken root and is ready to bloom. Under the auspices […]

Comments Off / March 23, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Mercy Auxiliary helps medical dreams come true

Oak Ridge seniors Dominique Pizzuti, left, and Claire Hunsaker were each given a Mercy Hospital Auxiliary $1,000 college scholarship to pursue a degree in the medical field. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Doctor, nurse, physical therapist or researcher, the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary recognized and awarded 11 high school seniors and one hospital employee with college scholarships to offset costs in pursuit of medical careers at its annual scholarship luncheon March 20. The event at Serrano Country Club also marked the auxiliary’s 39th year of service to the hospital and […]

Comments Off / March 23, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

‘Heaven’ is no paradise

WHAT A VIEW — The green valley beckons below an area known as Heaven in El Dorado Hills. Unfortunately, this view is scarred by graffiti and illegal fire pits because many young people use this private property as a hang out, leaving trash and more behind. Village Life photo by Cole Mayer

As El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy Aaron Cuddeback rolled to a stop near the intersection of Powers Drive and Beatty Drive, he spotted six parked cars. Assuming two per car, about a dozen people were probably there. It was early — a bit after 5 p.m. — and more teenagers would surely appear later. A sort of lovers’ […]

Comments Off / March 16, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

County libraries’ commitment to children celebrated

Miss Debbie read STEAM-centered books to a packed room of children, caregivers and county leaders during a very special story time at the El Dorado Hills Library, which, along with other county libraries, was honored for its commitment to early childhood education. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Legislators, El Dorado County supervisors and other community stakeholders gathered at the El Dorado Hills Library Thursday morning to celebrate the county library system’s dedication to early childhood education during a program that was geared toward the very audience that earned the libraries the award. State librarian Greg Lucas gave El Dorado County Director of Libraries […]

Comments Off / March 16, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Designer to the stars comes home to breathe

Local jewelry artist Geoff Thomas wears pieces he designed as he sits in his workshop and talks about his career path. He'll unveil a new jewelry line at Talisman Collection in El Dorado Hills later this month. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

When jewelry designer Geoff Thomas graduated from El Dorado High School in 1991 to attend Cuesta College, he planned to become a financier, not an artist. He’d grown up with two artist parents and, in typical teenage rebellion, decided to follow the linear path of business. Fate in the guise of a black and white photography […]

Comments Off / March 12, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Student of the Month

Rotary Student of the Month Bella Buhl, holding plaque, is surrounded by her support system. Front row, left to right: brother Dante Buhl, mom Gissela Buhl, grandmother Maria Diaz and grandmother Linda Giannini; back row, left to right: dad John Buhl, uncle AJ Buhl, Principal Barbara Narez, Buckeye Superintendent David Roth and teacher Cindi Prahl. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Oak Meadow Elementary teacher Cindi Prahl couldn’t say enough about Rotary Club of El Dorado Hills Student of the Month Bella Buhl. She called the fifth-grader a great problem solver, collaborator, leader and listener. “This is a gal who is so positive,” Prahl shared at Wednesday’s breakfast meeting. “She makes the best of every single […]

Comments Off / March 11, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Wrestling coach has right stuff

Alex Diaz, far right, with fellow coaches Mike Remer, left, and Paul Divinagracia, center, pose with the Rolling Hills and Marina Village wrestling teams during a recent practice session at Oak Ridge. Parents praised the aspiring teacher for his dedication to their kids. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

The middle school wrestling season recently came to an end but parents aren’t done talking about how impressed they are with their kids’ coach — Alex Diaz. Diaz, 21, is a 2011 Oak Ridge graduate and former high school star wrestler. For the past three months, the Sac State senior spent his free time — 20 to 30 […]

Comments Off / March 08, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »