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Student learn the grim consequences of underage drinking

By Linda Holderness Village Life correspondent The statistics presented at the Town Hall Meeting on Underage Drinking at Oak Ridge High School were grim: Nearly 5,000 youths younger than 21 die each year because of alcohol, and nearly 2,000 of those deaths are the result of car accidents. More than one-third of all fatal crashes […]

Comments Off / May 14, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Drug investigation clouds Union Mine

El Dorado Union High School District Superintendent Stephen Wehr, right, and El Dorado County sheriff's Lt. Tom Murdoch speak at a press conference regarding Union Mine JV football players Nick Brown and Justin Schwartz, who were hospitalized after the Aug. 28 game. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

A 17-year-old Union Mine student accused of selling Adderall to fellow students was arrested and appeared in court last week following an Aug. 28 incident in which two Union JV football players collapsed after their game. Officials acknowledged drug rumors during an Aug. 31 press conference focused on the conditions of Nick Brown and Justin Schwartz. Adderall, […]

Comments Off / September 04, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Folsom Symphony kicks off 2015-16 season with free concert

Maestro Peter Jaffe returns to El Dorado Hills Town Center with the Folsom Symphony next month. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

Autumn may not officially start until September, but it certainly seems to be here. The kids are back in school, most college students are back on campus (or headed there) and Apple Hill farms are opening for business. It’s fall, y’all. Which means it’s time for another beloved El Dorado Hills tradition: the annual free […]

Comments Off / August 16, 2015 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Holocaust survivor to share story of survival, resilience and hope

Albert Rosa escaped the Nazis and joined the World War II fight. Hear his story on Aug. 2. Courtesy photo

FOLSOM — How does a 15-year-old boy from Greece survive the Holocaust then earn five American military medals including the Purple Heart? Albert Rosa will share his amazing story of survival, resilience and hope on Aug. 2 at Folsom Lake College. This event is open to the public. “We were not human anymore; we were totally […]

Comments Off / July 27, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Kaitlyn Dias basks in ‘Inside Out’ success

El Dorado Hills teen Kaitlyn Dias plays Riley in Pixar's new movie "Inside Out." Courtesy photo

El Dorado Hills rising star Kaitlyn Dias is the voice of Riley in the new Pixar film “Inside Out.” Riley is an 11-year-old who has just moved with her mom and dad from Minnesota to San Francisco and the change has been rough. Viewers get to see five personified emotions that inhabit Riley’s mind: Joy, […]

Comments Off / June 29, 2015 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Dramatic finale for Oak Ridge actors

Jurors take a vote in "Twelve Angry Jurors," opening at Oak Ridge on April 30. The drama is a social commentary on prejudice and politics. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Prejudice, personal relationships and bias could end a young man’s life. Oak Ridge Drama actors tackle tough emotions and conflict in “Twelve Angry Jurors,” the final show for the 2014-15 school year. “I love drama and more serious plays,” said drama instructor Tanya Mirell, who chose this play as the season finale. “I wanted to […]

Comments Off / April 26, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Blue Oak smashes fundraising record for cancer research

Blue Oak Elementary School Principal Paul Stewart gets his face painted blue at an assembly to celebrate the school's fundraising success. Left to right are fifth graders Jackson Cockrel and Iminias Marinko, fourth-grade teacher Dian Helldorfer, and fifth grader Brook Almaraz.  Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

When Cameron Stewart started kindergarten at Blue Oak Elementary he was battling Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia. Today the Ponderosa senior knows he never fought alone. His kindergarten teacher Linda Klotz spearheaded the school’s annual participation in Pennies for Patients, a spare change collection program schools nationwide have participated in to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society […]

Comments Off / February 17, 2015 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

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