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Living her life in the light: A tribute to Kathy Carlisle

A few weeks ago, I wrote about fate, joy and sadness as they relate to the arts. “All mortal life is ‘fated’ to have a beginning and an end,” I wrote in Village Life on Nov. 28. “(But) between those fixed points in time are all the things that go into life: good and evil, […]

Comments Off / December 16, 2012 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Dirt bike accident gives EDH man new perspective

Josh Cooper stands beside his Yamaha 250 at his home in El Dorado Hills. Will he ride again after a summer accident nearly left him paralyzed? He hasn't decided yet. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

A dirt bike accident in June nearly left 21-year-old Josh Cooper in a wheelchair for the rest of his life but the El Dorado Hills resident credits his family and friends for his speedy recovery. “I’m about 80 percent recovered,” Cooper said a little more than two months after he flew off his dirt bike. […]

1 Comment / September 10, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Mercy scholarships encourage medical careers

Medically minded —€” Mercy Hospital of Folsom awarded 12 students scholarships of $1,100 each on Friday at Serrano Country Club. Left to right, Victoria Chiu, 17; Rachel Mars, 17; Josh Verner, 17; Nicole Lemon, 17; Anusha Deshpande, 17; Bhavana Jonnalagadda, 17; Cecilia Chan, 17; Shirley May, 18; Sadra Forati, 17; and Tasha Vu, 17. Not pictured are Celine Barrica and Sheri Lyne James. Village Life photo by Mike Roberts

The good ladies, and a couple guys, of the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary have been dishing out scholarships to promising local students with medically minded career aspirations for 36 years running. This year’s lucky dozen scholars were recognized during the 2012 award luncheon at Serrano Country Club on Friday, March 16. The recognition included a $1,100 […]

Comments Off / March 19, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Court of honor: Basketball court named for accident victim

United for Josh —€” Anderson family friend Robyn Steward and CSD Director Bill Vandegrift join Josh Anderson's mother Kelley, and brothers John and Jeff, standing left to right, as well as Josh's father Joseph, seated, at the site where the CSD will build the Josh Anderson Basketball Court. The project is scheduled to begin next spring. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Joseph Anderson couldn’t stop from tearing up Thursday evening. Joy and sadness overcame the father as the El Dorado Hills Community Services District Board of Directors approved a resolution to name the planned Community Park basketball court after Josh Anderson, Joseph and Kelley Anderson’s son who tragically died in a car wreck on El Dorado […]

1 Comment / October 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib Notes: Those hard lessons learned

As we settled back into school, work and life after the holiday season, resolutions fresh on many minds, I was shocked back into remembering crises can occur anytime and to anyone. My healthy, strong 15-year-old nephew almost died on a typical Tuesday afternoon at the typical time he would normally be in school, but had […]

Comments Off / January 10, 2016 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Cameron Park vet survived Battle of the Hurtgen Forest

Tom Vano holds a portrait of himself taken when he was in the Army during World War II.  Cameron Park Life photo by Pat Dollins

As one of eight survivors of a platoon of 48; a Silver Star awardee from an encounter in the Hurtgen Forest where Allies were surrounded for 21 hard winter days; being wounded three times; a participant in the battle of the bridge at Remagen; successful in the career he loved and the husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather […]

Comments Off / December 31, 2014 | Posted in Cameron Park Life,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Winkler convicted of first-degree murder

A jury found Todd Winkler guilty of the first-degree murder of his wife, Rachel. The verdict from the jury of seven men and five women was read at 2:20 p.m. on Oct. 22, almost exactly 22 hours after deliberation began. Jurors also found that he used a deadly weapon — scissors — adding a year […]

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



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