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Oak Ridge English teacher remembered

"MAKE ME PROUD" — Mike O'€™Meara spoke at a plaque dedication ceremony honoring his wife Tina O'€™Meara, who taught freshman English at Oak Ridge High School from 1983 through 2006, and lost a five-year battle with pancreatic cancer in October 2010. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

Early in 2010 former Oak Ridge teacher-of-the year Tina O’Meara, who was entering the fifth year of her battle with pancreatic cancer, refused Village Life’s request for an interview. She lost the battle in October, and became one of just 4 percent of pancreatic cancer victims that survive that long She turned us down because […]

No Comment / May 13, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Dave Roberts named fire chief

THE BOSS CONGRATULATES THE CHIEF - Union Boss” Tom Anselmo, left, president of the El Dorado Hills Professional Firefighters Local 3604, was one of the first to congratulate Dave Roberts, the newly named El Dorado Hills Fire Chief. Anselmo and union Vice President Dave Brady were both involved in the chief candidate assessments. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

The El Dorado Hills Fire Board named Battalion Chief Dave Roberts, to the top job last week. Roberts was one of two internal candidates for the position. The other, Division Chief Jim O’Camb, has been filling in as interim chief since Jan. 19, 2011, when former Chief Brian Veerkamp formally stepped down. The promotion frees up budgetary […]

No Comment / May 11, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Lakeview students learn about healthy eating, fresh air

LITTLE GARDENER — Lakeview Elementary School student Kate, 7, rakes the soil in a raised bed in the school's garden. Healthy fruits and vegetables were planted by students, parents and community volunteers. ViIlage Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Can I go water the carrots? It’s a question teachers at Lakeview Elementary School will hear more often now that students, parents, teachers and community partners have built the school’s first garden. “We’ve been nurturing these kids as our garden … and now we’ve given them a garden,” said Principal Judy Chance. The six large […]

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

Folsom celebrates Sutter Street reopening

MULTICULTURAL CELEBRATION —€” The Eastern Ways Martial Arts Lion Dance Team entertains the crowd at the reopening celebration of Folsom’s Historic Sutter Street.  Photo by Roberta Long

Folsom’s Historic Sutter Street looks fresh and beautiful as the city celebrated the revitalization of its street, sidewalks and building façades on Saturday. All it took, said City Manager Kerry Miller, was 10 years of planning, 16 months of reconstruction, $11 million of redevelopment dollars and the cooperation of the city, Sutter Street merchants, property […]

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

Memorial explores 100 years of war

THE EL DORADO HILLS VETERANS MEMORIAL was designed by Anova Nexus Architects and Mark Foltz with Otto Construction will serve as the project manager. The memorial includes a WW I trench and Cold War exhibit.

John Cordova’s dream of an El Dorado Hills Veterans’ Memorial came one large step closer to reality last week when the Fallen Warriors Memorial organization unveiled the design for the memorial,  a 1.2 acre park where visitors will take a “100 year journey” through the conflicts that have shaped the nation. The park and memorial are […]

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

Neighbors look after one of their own

A WELCOME OUTING — Friends Pat Hill, Curtis Howard, Anthony Pizutti, Chip Miller, Fergus Merritt and Wade Goins, left to right, wheeled Mike Shields out to enjoy some sun and basketball. Courtesy photo

Mike Shields, an El Dorado Hills teacher and resident of Fairchild Village is astonished and grateful for the overwhelming support offered by his neighbors, family and friends following an early morning car accident he was involved in on April 14, resulting in severe injuries to his back, foot, sternum and hand. After surgery to his […]

No Comment / May 05, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Making changes in New Orleans

DIRTY WORK — John Taseff, left, and friends remove mold from a New Orleans home damaged by Hurrican Katrina. Courtesy photo

Earlier in the year I decided to take the plunge and sign up for what is called Alternate Student Break – a group at Northwestern University that  organizes about 10 different trips across the Midwest to work on service projects. It means not coming home for break (which means being at NU for almost six […]

No Comment / May 03, 2011 | Posted in Commentary,Feature Photos | Read More »