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Oak Ridge student pens winning essay, goes to D.C.

WINNER — Oak Ridge student Mike Tharratt, left, received recognition from Bill of Rights Institute Director Robert Testwuide, journalist John Stossel and journalist Juan Williams at a gala in Washington, D.C. Courtesy photo

Oak Ridge High School junior Mike Tharratt recently returned from Washington, D.C., where he, his high school AP U.S. History teacher Matt Hodgins and a parent were treated to an all-expense paid trip courtesy of the Bill of Rights Institute. Last fall Hodgins submitted several essays written by members of his AP U.S. History class […]

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

CSD buys into Valley View gym

T he El Dorado Hills Community Services District will share the 9,079-square-foot gym at Buckeye Union School District’s new Valley View Elementary School. At the May board meeting, the CSD Board approved spending $456,000 on the $3 million multi-use facility. The CSD will have priority access to the gym after school and on weekends, at […]

No Comment / May 13, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

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 »

People Talk: What’s great about Clarksville Day?

Francis Carpenter, Rescue
“This place still has the feel of old Clarksville, and there aren’t many left like this. They’ve all turned into something else. I was here all the time when I was a kid. My dad would stop at the store to let the Model T cool off before we went on up to Rescue. I remember the store had no ice, so the drinks were warm and there was no ice cream.”

Francis Carpenter, Rescue “This place still has the feel of old Clarksville, and there aren’t many left like this. They’ve all turned into something else. I was here all the time when I was a kid. My dad would stop at the store to let the Model T cool off before we went on up […]

No Comment / May 09, 2011 | Posted in Featured Stories,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 »