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Thieves trim Barber Jon’s collection

Thieves broke into World Famous Barber Jon’s in El Dorado Hills on Jan. 21, stealing old and rare barbershop museum items and other valuables and cash. “They broke in through the front window,” said Jon Rivera, better known as Barber Jon. He believes the burglary occurred between 2 and 6 a.m. Barbershop memorabilia, including straight edge […]

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Little slugger

Sylvie Thompson, 5, won the El Dorado Hills Little League T-ball division’s hit-a-thon during the league’s opening ceremonies in March. Results were tallied and winners notified last week. There are a dozen T-ball teams with approximately 10 kids on each, said Sylvie’s mom and Texas Rangers coach Edie Thompson. The Lake Forest kindergartener hit the […]

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A treasure trove of art

From El Dorado Hills to Pollock Pines and Coloma to Diamond Springs, art lovers and novices alike have the opportunity to visit 16 studios showcasing the works of 53 El Dorado County artists this weekend. “There will be a great variety of really, really high quality art,” said artist Lucia Rothgeb, who will share Studio […]

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Pride can only be earned

Can you tell what this is? It’s a clay gorilla, created in its entirety by my 7-year-old daughter. The school assignment was to create a rain forest animal at home and to search for facts for their first little research report. It was a great idea. I loved watching her learn how to take simple […]

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Pump problem closes pool

Record-high temperatures across the region beckoned crowds to local pools but no swimmers enjoyed the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s pool last Friday and Saturday due to a broken pump. Just before noon on Friday, as public pool hours were to begin, staff discovered that the primary pool pump and motor were not functioning […]

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ADHD only getting worse here

“Mom, I need to read two chapters for a test tomorrow,” your eighth-grader declares. He shuts the door to his bedroom and for the next 45 minutes at least three different technology devices compete for his attention as he bounces between texts, music and stops to look things up on the web “real quick.” Media […]

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Film not quite “Epic” but good

“Epic” is a mixture of several stories we’ve seen before — “The Littles,” “Avatar,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Honey I Shrunk The Kids.” Teenager Mary Katherine (aka M.K., played by Amanda Seyfried) goes to live with her eccentric father (Jason Sudeikis) after her mother dies (which is barely mentioned so it will go right over most […]

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