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Training today leads to faster, safer rescues tomorrow

After removing the door using the jaws of life and peeling back the roof, firefighters use their equipment to lift the dash, simulating that a victim's legs are trapped underneath it. Village Life photo by Noel Satck

In about an hour, El Dorado Hills firefighters turned a Ford station wagon into a real fixer-upper. The “firefighter tested and approved” vehicle suffered busted windows, dinged and removed doors, a choppy convertible conversion and charred seats — all in the name of training as firefighters and this Village Life editor tested their skills and re-familiarized […]

Comments Off / January 15, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

These broads got the blues

Dorothy Morrison is one of four Blues Broads coming to Folsom this Saturday. Photo by Bob Hakins

FOLSOM — Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Angela Strehli and Annie Sampson join forces as The Blues Broads, a roots-music supergroup of the first order. Together, these exceptional vocalists and songwriters enjoy more than two centuries in blues, country, gospel and rock. Carrera Productions brings these talented ladies to Harris Center for the Arts on Saturday, July 26. The […]

Comments Off / July 20, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Local grads receive athletic scholarships

Trent Buenzli

The CIF Sac-Joaquin Section awarded $35,600 in scholarships last month to the 51 winners of the A. Dale Lacky/CSEA Scholarships for outstanding athletic performance, community service and academic success during their four years of high school. Two local athletes, Oak Ridge’s Trent Buenzli and El Dorado’s Michael Weston, each received $600. The award, named after […]

Comments Off / June 08, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Grow for it! Ode to dads

Sarah Preiss-Farzanegan, M.D. Master Gardener of El Dorado County As Father’s Day 2014 approaches, I feel a sliver of anxiety at the thought of picking out yet another gift for my dad. What is the best way to show my love and appreciation for the man who taught me how to drive, how to get […]

Comments Off / May 29, 2014 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Track: Oak Ridge squads race past Pleasant Grove

TROJAN TRIO — From left, Oak Ridge's Sabrina Andrus, Kristina O'Donnell and Briana Dulgar finished 3-2-1 in Wednesday's 400 meter race. All three set personal records. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

Rachel Peterson has been lowering her times in the 1600 and 3200 meter races — and that’s a good thing. The Oak Ridge long distance runner shined in Wednesday’s Delta River League home dual meet against Pleasant Grove. Peterson, a senior, was first in the 1600 at 5 minutes, 27.50 seconds and second in the […]

Comments Off / April 10, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Good start leads to Oak Ridge victory

TROJAN Tanner Ales scores on a ball to the backstop during Monday's Delta River League win over Sheldon. Photo by Ernest Valenzuella III

Kyle Stephens made his first start on the mound for Oak Ridge Monday in the Trojans 11-1 Delta River League baseball win over Sheldon. The senior, who missed last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, shut out the Huskies for four innings, giving up three hits, and struck out three Husky batters. “I’m real happy […]

Comments Off / April 09, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Lake Forest sweeps Nature Bowl, heads to finals

Lake Forest's third-grade Nature Bowl team has some fun during the competition earlier this month. Climbing the tree are Evan Odell, Kyle Enriques and Anna Thurman, left to right, while the others stand in front, left to right: teacher Donna DeLaurentis, Matthew Medina, Savannah Hannaman, Ayden Quinones, Kara McCauley and advisor Marlaine Reilly. Courtesy photo

Lake Forest’s two Nature Bowl teams won first place in their respective age divisions March 18 and will head to the finals at Sac State in May. The third grade and fourth/fifth grade teams competed in Coloma against a dozen area schools, including neighbors Silva Valley, Lakeview and Pleasant Grove. Sponsored by the California Department […]

Comments Off / March 23, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »



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