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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 »

Irish Dancers ready for St. Patrick’s Day

IRISH DANCERS Amanda Sweeney, 9, of Folsom and Ashley Anderson, 12, of Folsom wear dresses embroidered in Ireland and practice the 2-Hand Dance at Hawkins School of performing Arts in preparation for St. Patrick's Day. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

The Claddagh Folsom dancers will perform at 11:45 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day at 621 Capitol Mall in Sacramento. The Claddagh school is proud to include more than North American championship Irish dancers in solo and team events as well as overseas champions. Its eight dance studios are located all over California, including Folsom. The […]

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

BLM plans rile Kanaka Valley residents

HEATED DEBATE — Kanaka Valley resident Richard Fischer discusses the cons of allowing hunting in Kanaka Valley with BLM biologist Lauren Fety. Some residents say it's too dangerous to allow hunting on the property. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

“You’re ramming hunting down our throats,” said Kanaka Valley resident Richard Fischer to Lauren Fety, an indefatigable 26-year-old biologist who’s heading up the Kanaka Valley project for the Bureau of Land Management’s Mother Lode field office. Fety said she’s gotten used to comments like that. She finds herself refereeing a bitter dispute between residents of a […]

1 Comment / March 13, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »