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Crib notes: How are kids affected by same-sex marriage?

Marriage equality is in the headlines once more because of oral arguments presented before the Supreme Court both for and against striking down California’s Proposition 8, which defines marriage as being between a man and a woman. Regardless of what the Supreme Court rules later this year, the movement has more support than ever and […]

7 Comments / April 04, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Crib notes: Run, don’t walk, to see ‘Girl Rising’

Every once in a while a book or a movie opens our eyes to things we haven’t thought much of before, things that really matter. Last night I had such an experience when I went to a screening of a new documentary called “Girl Rising.” In it we see and hear nine heartbreaking stories of […]

Comments Off / March 31, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Girl Scouts celebrate World Thinking Day

Girl Scout Kaitlyn Shedd shows off Japanese sushi (sort of). The sushi served at World Thinking Day was made with rice krispy treats, gummy fish and green fruit wrap in place of seaweed.  Photo by Julie Samrick

More than 200 El Dorado Hills Girl Scouts ages 5 to 16 years old met at Lake Forest Elementary’s multipurpose gym Saturday afternoon to celebrate the organization’s annual World Thinking Day. According to the Girl Scouts, each year on or around Feb. 22, the official World Thinking Day, “Girls honor their sister Girl Guides and […]

Comments Off / March 11, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib notes: Good things can happen in prison

Hayley was a happy, 17-year-old high school senior before she became a convicted felon.  “I was the Homecoming Queen,” she said, reflecting back on her life before making terrible, life-altering decisions. “As a kid I had a good group of friends. And as an only child I was, and still am, very close to my […]

Comments Off / March 10, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Women adjust to Folsom Prison

Dorm B at Folsom Prison houses 201 female inmates, who are currently helping set up Dorm A, which will take another 202. Photo by Julie Samrick

For the first time in nearly 90 years Folsom Prison has a female inmate population. The women moved into the new Folsom Women’s Facility in January. More than 151 female inmates have been transferred to FWF, with more arriving every week. Prison officials expect to be at capacity of 403 by late summer. The women […]

2 Comments / March 04, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Oak Meadow students “Meet the Masters”

Fourth-grader Haley Kay, 10, displys her textured plate that was first impressed with leaves, then fired in Oak Meado Elementary's kiln. Photo by Julie Samrick

Oak Meadow Elementary held its third annual Art Walk in its multipurpose room last Thursday evening. The fundraiser for the school’s popular “Meet the Masters” art program was also an opportunity for parents and students to browse the hundreds of pieces of student artwork on display. Led entirely by approximately 50 parent volunteers known as […]

Comments Off / February 25, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

EDH Soccer Club evolves, readies for 30th season

El Dorado Hills Soccer Club President Chris Hunt, left, Competitive Program Manager Eric Davidson are excited to begin the club's 30th season this spring. Photo by Julie Samrick

Whether it’s a 4-year-old itching to play on her first soccer team, or an 18-year-old wanting to get back on the field after a break from soccer to see old friends, 2,000 children will wear the El Dorado Hills Soccer Club blue and gold uniforms this year. As competitive tryouts for this year’s teams are […]

Comments Off / February 17, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Read More »