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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 »

EDH, Latrobe fire districts make it official

ON THE JOB — Latrobe-based firefighters were pinned at Saturday's ceremony. Left to right: Matthew Colgan, Sean Bates, Eric Haydt, Mark Jukes, Laurel Soekland and David Cope. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

A special Jan. 10 ceremony and open house solidified the Latrobe Fire Protection District’s annexation into the El Dorado Hills Fire Department. The long-awaited celebration at Latrobe’s Station 91 followed years of long discussions, compromises and late nights during which board members from both districts, along with fire chiefs and many others, hammered out a deal to ensure […]

Comments Off / January 14, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Unforgettable music lives on at ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’

"Smokey Joe’s Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller" plays at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 2, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan.  3, at Harris Center for the Arts. Courtesy photo

Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famers The Coasters featured  FOLSOM — The 20th anniversary national tour of Broadway’s longest running musical revue, “Smokey Joe’s Café,” rocks its way to Harris Center for the Arts, opening Jan. 2. This toe-tapping musical features some 38 Billboard hits from the legendary team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. This […]

Comments Off / December 28, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Oak Ridge plays earn Elly nods

Otto Frank (Keith Walisa) comforts his daughter Anne (Delaney Kelleher) in Oak Ridge's spring 2014 production of the "Diary of Anne Frank." Walisa recently earned an Elly nomination for his role. Director Janet Henke said the young actor had "a tenderness" about him that boosted his performance. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Elly judges celebrated Oak Ridge High School’s productions of “The Sound of Music” and “The Diary of Anne Frank” with Elly nominations announced last week. Actor Ryan Van Overeem earned a supporting male nomination for his portrayal of Max Detweiler in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. “The Diary of Ann Frank” received five nominations: Keith Walisa, leading […]

Comments Off / August 07, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Former Olympians share their love for Echo Summit

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists in the air again Friday morning at Echo Summit. The former Olympians, members of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Men’s Track and Field team who raced neck-and-neck in the 200 meters at the Summer Olympics in Mexico City, were guest speakers at Return to the […]

Comments Off / June 29, 2014 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Madeline’s story: Volunteer’s life changed with Mexico experience

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Rolling Hills Christian Church sent its largest-ever mission team to Antochistas, Mexico, right outside of Tijuana earlier this year; 200 kids and 58 adults built eight homes and a church campus. Volunteers also hosted Vacation Bible School and a soccer tournament. Madeline Lenz, 17, was one of those lucky volunteers whose life has forever changed thanks to this experience. The El […]

Comments Off / June 04, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Todd Ellison & friends share Romance of Broadway

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FOLSOM – Todd Ellison is one of the most accomplished and sought after music directors working today. Returning to Harris Center for the Arts for the second time this season, Ellison, as host and accompanist, is joined by four talented vocalists from the Broadway stage, including Sacramento native Teal Wicks. They will perform some of […]

Comments Off / June 01, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

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