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Mercy hands out scholarships

CONGRATULATIONS to all Mercy scholarship winners. VIllage Life photo by Mike Roberts

Mercy Hospital’s Auxiliary gathered at Serrano Country club on Friday, March 18, to award $1,200 scholarships to 11 applicants planning careers in health care. The gala awards luncheon included overviews of the recipients’ accomplishments, flowers for each and brief acceptance speeches. Most of the winners of this year’s scholarships hailed from local high schools: Oak […]

1 Comment / March 21, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Big Brother for life

BROTHERLY BANTER — Big Brother Steve Rotz and Jabari Miller joke around at Yogaberry in Town Center. Distance can't keep these two apart; they've been a partof ech other's life for 26 years. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Steve Rotz and Jabari Miller keep tabs on each other El Dorado Hills family man Steve Rotz hails from Michigan, but found himself in Baltimore right out of college in the mid 1980s, working hard all week, far from family and friends. “I was there alone and looking for more out of life,” he recalled. […]

No Comment / March 20, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Faithful Stewards keep hope alive in Nicaraguan village

MAKIGN FRIENDS —€” Alisha Mecier, center, hangs out with two Nicaraguan children from Nueva Vida during last year's trip. For the last four years Faithful Stewards, a non-profit started in 2006 by Alisha and her husband Brandon, has raised money to help people in the Nicaraguan village. Courtesy photo

Alisha Mecier lights up when she talks about her adopted children — the hundreds who live in Nueva Vida, Nicaragua. “They’re learning English,” she said. “Just that skill alone will make them more successful in their lives and these kids are putting everything they have into this class.” For Alisha and husband Brandon Mecier, founders […]

No Comment / March 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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LUCKY LITTLE ONES — Kendra Tanner, 5, left, and Gracie Story, 4, of El Dorado Hills plan to look for shamrocks and rainbows after learning about St. Patrick’s Day at Miss Sue’s Little Lambs preschool.

No Comment / March 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Mindful Health Solutions brings new therapy for depression, anxiety

PSYCHIATRISTS ENJOY TIME TO COLLABORATE — Dr. Richard Bermudes and Dr. Rachael Smith specialize in depression and anxiety treatment at their El Dorado Hills office. Photo by Roberta Long

Richard Bermudes, MD – Family physician and psychiatrist Richard Bermudes, MD, is well aware of the stigma surrounding mental health treatment and psychotherapy. “For a lot of people, it’s just not cool,” he said. What’s even more not cool is experiencing serious neurological disorders that reduce people’s ability to accomplish what they want and enjoy […]

3 Comments / March 16, 2011 | Posted in Business,Feature Photos | Read More »

Blue Shield puts ‘Walkstations’ to the test

A BLUE SHIELD employye walks while she works at the facility's new "walkstation." Courtesy photo

Folks may now have another excuse to skip the gym — by working out in their office, literally. Blue Shield of California is kicking off a new wellness initiative aimed at increasing exercise in the workplace by hooking up a treadmill to a desk. These treadmills or “walkstations” are integrated with computers and phones, allowing […]

1 Comment / March 15, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Missed message

Jessica "The Pegster" Pegadiotes turned 18 on Saturday, March 12th and her friend Carly showed her some love by painting the rock. Courtesy photo

Jessica Pegadiotes entered adulthood March 12 but missed out on the child-like joy one gets when they see a personalized message painted “The Rock” Someone painted over friend Carly’s “Happy 18th Pegster!” masterpiece before the birthday girl got a glimpse of it. No problem, Jessica. Village Life is happy to help … and Happy Birthday […]

No Comment / March 14, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »