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Best Women’s Shop: Runway Boutique

Village Life photo by Noel Stack

From denim to dresses, Runway Boutique has the outfit for every occasion. “We cover a lot of bases here,” said owner Robin Bernardoni. Runway Boutique covers a lot of generations as well. It’s not uncommon for a grandmother and her granddaughter to both leave the shop with new outfits. Bernardoni calls her inventory “ageless fashion” and […]

3 Comments / May 07, 2014 | Posted in Best of 2013 | Read More »

Hangtown Halloween Ball bigger, more diverse than ever

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The Hangtown Halloween Ball puts on its annual cultural diversity clinic this weekend, Oct. 22-25, at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds, 100 Placerville Drive. Equal parts pageantry and performance, “Hangtown” has grown in popularity over its five-year run and achieved destination status on the festival circuit. It’s also a hell of a costume party. Each year […]

Comments Off / October 18, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Laut clears bar to become state’s best

Oak Ridge's Austin Laut stands tall on the podium after earnig first place in the pole vault at the 97th annual CIF Track and Field Championships. Village Life photo by Mike Bush

CLOVIS — Before he moves to the East Coast to study economics at Yale this fall, recent Oak Ridge High School graduate Austin Laut had one more goal to conquer — perfection in the pole vault. Winning Sierra Foothill League dual meets, plus Sac-Joaquin Section Division I and Masters’ titles in recent weeks and an array of […]

Comments Off / June 07, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Austin Laut aims high

Oak Ridge's Austin Laut is on his way up and over to a new school record at March's Sturgeon Invitational. Photo by Cindi Dulgar

New chapters in Austin Laut’s life will begin in upcoming months. Last Friday, the Oak Ridge High senior, who has earned a 4.1 grade point average, received his diploma. During the summer, Laut will work as a lifeguard at the El Dorado Hills Community Services District pool. Toward the end of August, Laut will move to the East Coast to attend […]

Comments Off / May 31, 2015 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Pageant participants win more than titles

Jr. Miss El Dorado County Kylee Hunter, left, and Miss Teen El Dorado County Tristan Hunter say their pageant experience has been very positive. Courtesy photo

Hey, young ladies — why not toss your tiara onto the stage and try out to become the next Miss El Dorado County? It’s not just about physical beauty anymore — there are rewards brighter than the crowns that grace the winners’ heads. Alora Martin is only 19 years old, yet this is the second […]

Comments Off / May 28, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Rare aircraft get a new life

Carol and Chuck Wahl restore rare WWII warbirds at their shop in Cameron Park.
Photos by John Poimiroo

Inside a “sea blue” metal building beside the Cameron Park Airport, 15 craftsmen restore U.S. Navy WWII warbirds that truly are the “rarest of the rare.” Currently being restored at Vultures Row Aviation are a Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bomber, the bomber that won the battle of Midway; a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver, the Navy bomber […]

Comments Off / January 29, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

Major General Collens looks to the sky

Retired Major General John Collens still fits into his uniform. As an Air Force pilot, he flew missions during three wars. Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

“I got shot at in three different wars, but being in those three wars paved the way to opportunities in my life,” said retired USAF Major General  John W.Collens, 90. “If not for WWII, I’d have been pounding pills in a Louisiana drugstore.” Collens, a Cameron Park resident, was an aviation cadet visiting his aunt in […]

Comments Off / October 29, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos | Read More »

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