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Scouts give back to earn their wings

FLYING HIGH —€” After years of dedication to the Boy Scouts Madison Sheridan, left, and Tyler Garrett will earn their Eagle Scout. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

On Feb. 20 Boy Scouts Madison Sheridan and Tyler Garrett will stand tall and receive a most coveted honor — Eagle Scout. “It’s really meaningful,” said Madison. He and Tyler, both students at Oak Ridge High School, will join the elite after dedicating years to Troop 529 and months to their Eagle Scout Projects. Madison, […]

1 Comment / February 10, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

School counselor Myrna Harp never gives up

BEST OF THE BEST — Marina Village school counselor Myrna Harp was recently honored as "Educator of the Year" in the Rescue Union School District. Village Life photo by Pat Dollins

When you meet Myrna Harp a well-circulated poster comes to mind. The poster depicts a stork attempting to eat a frog, but the frog has his little green hands around the stork’s throat, preventing the bird from swallowing. The caption underneath reads, “Never give up.” Harp, a Marina Village Middle School counselor, takes that approach […]

No Comment / February 09, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Rotary speech contestants ‘Dare Mighty Things’

HIGH HOPES FOR THE FUTURE — Oak Ridge sophomores Garrett Brockschmitt, Emma Larsen, Alexa Hill, Matt Landay and Carina Williams, left to right, competed in this year's El Dorado Hills Rotary Club Speech Contest. Their speeches wrapped around Rotary International's theme, "Dare Mighty Things." Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Five Oak Ridge High School sophomores dared El Dorado Hills Rotarians and guests to do “mighty things” at the club’s annual speech contest Wednesday, Feb. 9. Carina Williams, Matt Landay, Alexa Hill, Garrett Brockschmitt and Emma Larsen, all 15, spoke about dreams, perseverance and hope at the annual event. Landay’s speech retold the story of […]

No Comment / February 09, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Serrano standoff ends peaceably

Medics load an unidentified man into an ambulance following a standoff in Serrano. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Medics load an unidentified man into an ambulance following a standoff in Serrano. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene An El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department crisis negotiator talked a distraught and bloodied man out of a Serrano home at 7:45 Wednesday morning, ending a standoff that placed more than 30 law enforcement officers in the upscale El Dorado Hills neighborhood. The […]

No Comment / February 09, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Teen council aims to keep peers out of trouble

TEEN COUNCIL IN THE MAKING — El Dorado Hills teens are organizing a teen council to host activities and programs at the library, an after-school destination for teens and preteens. Top row, left to right: Amnta Chimni, Amelia Crye, Katie Callahan, Julia Lund, Shannon Lewis, Alec Brooks, Heather Thomas, Jason Stewart, Kevin Moeller, Grant Anderson and AJ Slepian. Bottom row, left to right: Corbin Gomez, Sonia Chimni, Scooter Muse-Fisher, Lauren Nielson, Eunice Kim, Blake Martin, Lily Forbes and Phillip Nguyen. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

El Dorado Hills Librarian Carolyn Brooks is also a history reenactor and, lately, part-time alchemist, turning straw — teens with too much after-school time on their hands —into gold — a teen council that’s planning after-school service projects and activities. At 2:20 p.m. on school days librarians hunker down for the first wave of middle […]

No Comment / February 07, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Army reservist done commuting with donkey carts

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Jeff Lee said it’s OK to call him a “geek.” As an Information Technology manager at Intel evidently it’s an appropriate handle. But Lee’s more than that. He’s a “warrior geek.” The Army Reserve 1st Sergeant recently returned to his El Dorado Hills home to his wife and children after a tour of duty in Afghanistan […]

1 Comment / February 04, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Sam LaCara – a good man, a great principal

Sam LaCara

On Wednesday principal Sam LaCara was shot to death in his office at Louisiana Schnell School in Placerville. That’s the reason Sam LaCara, 50, is in the news today, but there are other reasons he could have made the front page. One reason might have been the heartfelt interest LaCara took in the 411 students […]

No Comment / February 03, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »