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Rasmussen’s gift keeps giving

Way Back Bakery owner Alisa Smith, left, poses in her shop with pastry chef Tiffany Coburn. Smith was able to learn the bakery business and open her own shop thanks to a scholarship from the Rasmussen Endowment. Cameron Park Life photo by Krysten Kellum

Darol Rasmussen died five years ago but the gift he left behind continues to change El Dorado County residents’ lives. The retired dentist, rancher, humanitarian and Rotarian from Cameron Park was a generous donor of time and money his entire life. For years Rasmussen, along with others, provided funding for the Rotary Club of Cameron Parks’ many college scholarship programs and […]

Comments Off / December 30, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

All About Equine wins ASPCA grant

All About Equine gives abused, neglected and slaughter-bound horses a second chance. The non-profit recently received a $10,000 grant. Photo by Menka Belgal

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals recently announced the winners of the 2015 Help-a-Horse Day celebration contest. All About Equine, an animal rescue organization in El Dorado Hills, was awarded one of three $10,000 grand prize grants. This event was created as a way to provide a national day of recognition […]

Comments Off / December 28, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Serrano Country Club awards first golf scholarships

Serrano's First Tee program hosted the fifth annual California Eagles Invitational at the Serrano Country Club in August. It is the only event the Special Olympics golfers get to play each year. Serrano First Tee created a scholarship program this year and recently announced its first recipients. Courtesy photo

Why don’t more young people learn to play golf? That’s the question the World Golf Foundation asked when it created the national youth service organization The First Tee in 1997, since finding the primary reason is due to a lack of affordable junior golf programs and places that welcome young golfers. Today there are 200 […]

Comments Off / December 28, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Court denies Town Center apartment project

The  250-unit Town Center project was recently rejected by the court. Courtesy graphic

“The El Dorado Hills Town Center Apartments project approval has been overturned by the courts, one year after its approval by the Board of Supervisors.” So begins a prepared statement from the group known as Citizens for Sensible Growth in El Dorado Hills released last week. “The court ruling substantiates the public’s claims that the […]

1 Comment / December 28, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

School makes ‘golden’ contributions

Aspen Nelson, left, talks with Evelyn Weick as the two decorated stockings for area foster children. Earlier Aspen and the rest of the Golden Hills School fifth-grade class sang carols to the seniors. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Golden Hills School’s fifth-grade class sang Christmas carols at the Moni Gilmore Senior Center last Thursday afternoon and then paired up with seniors to decorate stockings for foster children. Every month teacher Lisa Perry’s 14 fifth-graders work on outreach projects for the senior center, including making centerpieces for the center’s large round tables. Friday marked the […]

Comments Off / December 21, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Second chance likely for Principal Burke

The crowd applauds after a Paul Burke supporter speaks at Thursday’s EDUHSD Board of Trustees meeting. The board has decided to have a third party work with Burke and ORHS staff to “identify issues and solutions.” Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Oak Ridge High School students, parents and staff packed the El Dorado Union High School District boardroom in Placerville last Thursday afternoon to continue a campaign to save Principal Paul Burke’s job. During the public comment period parents and head football coach Eric Cavaliere spoke about the positive things Burke adds to the El Dorado Hills high […]

Comments Off / December 20, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Inmates build Christmas wishes

Folsom Prison inmates Mauricio Argueta, left, and Esgardo Ramirez roll out bicycles rebuilt and refurbished at the prison. Cameron Park Rotarians picked up the bikes this week and will deliver them to local children. Village Life photo by Krysten Kellum

As you drive up to the intimidating 1,200-acre Folsom Prison facility, you can’t help think of the late Johnny Cash and the famous live album The Man in Black recorded there on Jan. 13, 1968. Fast-forward to Dec. 15, when Folsom Prison transformed from a legendary concert venue to a place where Christmas wishes came true. My focus […]

Comments Off / December 18, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »