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It’s a wonderful play

George Bailey (Nathan Truka) gets ready to jump from a bridge when Clarence (Geoffrey Lack) finds him in "It's a Wonderful Life." Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Green Valley Community Church member Nathan Truka didn’t mean for it to happen, but by golly, he sounds just like Jimmy Stewart. The one-of-a-kind Stewart intonations and folksy way of speaking have become two-of-a-kind, as Truka takes on the part played by Stewart in the award-winning film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Truka and a cast […]

Comments Off / December 04, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

El Dorado Hills Community Vision Coalition supports youth

Did you know that 11 percent of youth in ninth grade and 31 percent in 11th grade (almost 1 of every 3) in El Dorado Hills admitted to drinking alcohol in the last 30 days? And that 18 percent of 11th-graders (almost 1 of every 5) either drove after drinking or were a passenger in a car of a drinking driver […]

Comments Off / November 18, 2014 | Posted in Life in the Hills | Read More »

Myrna Harp is a guiding light

California Association of School Counselors selected Marina Village Middle School counselor Myrna Harp to receive the Donald G. Hays Award as 2014 Outstanding School Counselor of the Year. Harp calls herself a proud mom of 800 kids. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Her office is constantly filled with students coming and going, but that’s the way Myrna Harp likes it. “This is the comfort room, the safe place and they know that,” said Harp.  “There’s never a dull moment around here.” Providing that comfort and safety in the perilous world of puberty is why the Marina Village […]

Comments Off / November 17, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Exhibit tackles challenges of PTSD

A traveling art exhibit at Sacramento State examines post-traumatic stress disorder — its causes and symptoms, its stigma and treatment — through the art and words of those directly affected by it. “PTSD Nation: Art and Poetry From Survivors of War, Gun Violence and Domestic Abuse” will run through Dec. 13 in the University Library Gallery annex. Regular gallery […]

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

Local cyber crimes expert pens book

Alexis Moore

El Dorado Hills resident Alexis Moore survived a cyberstalking situation before there was even a name for it and she’s now become a tireless victim advocate and sought-after expert who helps others defend themselves against stalking, identity theft, domestic violence and cyber abuse. Her new book “Cyber Self-Defense” (Lyons Press) hit stands Oct. 7 in […]

2 Comments / October 27, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Italy on Wheels a hidden gem

As reliable as an anvil — After 11 years of ownership, Bob Wheatley still loves his classic 1993 Alfa Romeo 2.0L Spider Veloce. Wheatley says the totally stock engine makes about 125 hp and has been virtually bullet proof (along with the car) for 139,000 miles. He uses it as a daily driver at times and the entire car is completely original and in great shape, inside and out. Photo by Larry Weitzman

FOLSOM — The Mountain Democrat’s own Ken Deibert perhaps said it best when he described the third annual Italy on Wheels car, motorcycle, scooter and bicycle show at the Murer House Museum in Folsom as a “hidden gem.” An estimated 300-400 people of all ages filled the parking lot and park along with Lamborghinis, Ferraris, Maseratis, […]

Comments Off / September 15, 2014 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

PTSD: Resources available for vets

This is the final segment of a three-part series on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which affects an estimated 7 percent of the general U.S. population at some time in their lives, but this series focuses on PTSD victims in the military. Ursula Lewis knows PTSD as a wife whose husband suffered from it and as a […]

Comments Off / August 04, 2014 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »



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