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Crib notes: How 9/11 changed my view of starting a family

Julie Samrick

I was a high school teacher on Sept. 11, 2001, not yet a mother. My husband and I had been married just over a year and we’d recently decided it was time to start a family. Like many hopeful couples we had it planned down to exactly what season I should conceive (OK maybe it […]

Comments Off / September 09, 2011 | Posted in Commentary,Featured Stories | Read More »

Crib notes: If only we could bottle them up

Julie Samrick

The new school year marks parenting milestones for many of us. Some may be preparing for a quieter house once their teen heads off to college, while others may still be in the thick of it all. There are the transitions to middle school, high school and in our house we have a kindergartener. But […]

Comments Off / August 08, 2011 | Posted in Commentary,Featured Stories | Read More »

Sauce’d adds new flavor to EDH restaurant scene

SAUCE'D General Manager Curtis Cole readies for the Mixology crowd at the El Dorado Hills pizza and cocktail house. Photo by Julie Samrick

El Dorado Saloon celebrated its first anniversary with plenty of bull riding and another restaurant to boot. Adjacent to the saloon, Sauce’d Pizza and Cocktail House opened its doors in June, offering a unique, yet complementary, experience to saloon patrons. General Manager Curtis Cole said the new addition gives folks more options. “People can stay […]

Comments Off / July 22, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Crib notes: A case for year-round school

Julie Samrick

As a student and a teacher, I always reveled in long, lazy summers. In fact, I still think of time in terms of school years, not calendar years. Nevertheless, I’m convinced that it’s time we did away with the anachronism that is summer vacation and adopted year-round school (and it’s not because I’ve been home […]

2 Comments / July 08, 2011 | Posted in Commentary,Featured Stories | Read More »

Crib notes: ‘Kung Fu Panda 2′ is the summer blockbuster for kids?

Julie Samrick

It’s fitting that the big blockbusters come out this time of year. Summer is about reconnecting with family, and watching movies together is one good way to do that. My husband and I have been showing the kids movies at home from our own childhoods lately. Last week we showed them “Big” with Tom Hanks […]

1 Comment / June 03, 2011 | Posted in Commentary,Featured Stories | Read More »

Hot Dog! It’s The Stand

THE FAMILY STAND —€” John Koogle his daughter Jennifer Curtsinger and son-in-law William, left to right, enjoy selling hot dogs at local Little League games. They donate a portion fo their proceeds back to the program. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

There’s a new fixture on the El Dorado Hills Community Services District  baseball fields these days and with its bright umbrella and swarms of new fans it’s easy to spot. The Stand, a mobile hot dog cart owned and operated by El Dorado Hills residents William and Jennifer Curtsinger and her parents, John and Suzann […]

8 Comments / May 24, 2011 | Posted in Business,Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib notes: The cruelest month

Julie Samrick

Dear Tracy, I am sorry I can’t make your bachelorette party later this month.  I would like nothing better than to kick up my heels with you and dance, to celebrate the next wonderful chapter of your life. But you see, it’s May. It was the writer T.S. Eliot who called April “the cruelest month,” […]

1 Comment / May 06, 2011 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »