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Knitters team up to help foster youth

Nearly 20 volunteers from United Way’s Women in Philanthropy wrap gifts and stuff stockings for foster children in Sacramento County’s Gifts From The Heart program, as well as emancipated foster youth. Courtesy photo

SACRAMENTO — Seventy-five women donated 66 stockings and more than 140 gifts through United Way’s Women in Philanthropy so 116 local foster youth, and those emancipated, would have holiday wishes fulfilled. Fifty foster youth in Sacramento County’s Gifts From The Heart program received the holiday gifts they requested, and 66 emancipated foster youth at Linkage […]

No Comment / December 14, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Zanon sentenced to death; CHP officer’s mom says, ‘I’m finally taking a breath’

DAVID ZANON sits with his attorneys at the sentencing hearing. Mother Lode News photo by Pat Dollins

Three years after he struck and killed California Highway Patrol officer Douglas “Scott” Russell, David Charles Zanon was sentenced to death Monday morning by El Dorado County Superior Court Judge James R. Wagoner. The sentencing came three months after jurors recommended Zanon, 41, be put to death for his first-degree murder conviction. Several uniformed CHP officers […]

No Comment / December 13, 2010 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Town Center bustles this season

SECOND-TIMERS — Jim O'€™Donnell, father of Ruffhaus Hot Dog brothers Fred and Chuck Knight, serves up some mac and cheese, Chicago dogs and fries to El Dorado Hills Medina family, who ate two meals at the innovative hot doggery on Friday. Left to right, mom Sharon, Joshua, 8; dad Max, Mathew, 5; and Gabriel, 3, with his back to the camera. How’s the food? "Best dogs in town,"€ says Max. Village Life photos by Mike Roberts

Have you explored Town Center lately? Come on, let’s grab a bite and do some Christmas shopping. A lot has changed in the last year. Some businesses have moved on, and others have moved in. Even in this lousy economy it just gets better. On the food front your faves still go strong. Town Center’s […]

No Comment / December 13, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Youth STARs shine bright at Vision Coalition ceremony

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Vision Coalition Youth STARs twinkled at a red carpet recognition event at Lakehills Church Friday night. The awards ceremony above El Dorado Hills Town Center was loaded with pomp and circumstance, all geared to acknowledging the good kids in our community. All together, 34 of El Dorado County youth received recognition. The winners came to the stage […]

3 Comments / December 13, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

DA & friends rally around CASA, Big Brothers Big Sisters

HAPPY SHOPPERS —€” Cyndee Pierson spends some time with two lucky kids who participated in the CASA/Big Brothers Big Sisters shopping trip at Town Center's Target on Dec. 4. Courtesy photo

Think you have holiday stress? Try taking 156 children shopping at the same time. El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson and volunteers had that ambitious and rewarding task Dec. 4. The El Dorado Hills Target shopping trip was a dream-turned-reality for Pierson and his wife Cyndee, who four years ago set out educate people […]

No Comment / December 12, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Seniors celebrate Christmas in style

FIRST IN LINE — Nancy Hopper, left, of Placerville loads her banana split with "everything but a cherry" at the Senior Christmas Luncheon in El Dorado Hills Friday. Rotarian Kathy Witherow scooped the pineapple onto Hopper's banana split. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

A jazz band played, an a cappella choir sang and seniors filled their bowls with mounds of ice cream at Friday’s annual Senior Christmas Luncheon. About 250 seniors, the biggest crowd ever, attended the lunch held at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District gymnasium, according to Janet Kenneweg with the EDH Senior Center. “It’s because […]

No Comment / December 10, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

ORHS students come through

PROUD SMILES —€” Oak Ridge High School students show off the $4,261 check they handed over to Jason Harper, who will pass it on to Oak Ridge Elementary in South Sacramento. The Oak Ridge to Oak Ridge project spearheaded by Harper, an ORHS grad, raised funds by selling "Be Change" T-shirts. The students also collected more than 600 canned goods and 20 bags of clothing. Courtesy photo

No Comment / December 10, 2010 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »