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Kids rally for 2013 soccer tryouts

Silva Valley fifth-grader Carson Schumm tries out for a spot on EDHSC's U11 team. Last year he was goal keeper for the EDHSC U10 Arsenal. Photo by Julie Samrick

Despite freezing temperatures, hundreds of 7- to 10-year-olds came out to Promontory Park this past weekend in the hopes of earning a spot on one of El Dorado Hills’ two largest competitive soccer clubs.  Both El Dorado Hills Soccer Club and Ethos held annual tryouts over a three-day period for their 2013 U9-U11 teams, with […]

No Comment / January 13, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Read More »

Boy knocks down disease symptoms with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Eliot Kelly of Folsom, right, owner of El Dorado Hills Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, practices the Flying Arm Bar with student Nico Libby, 12. of El Dorado Hills. Libby started Jiu-Jitsu to help combat Tourette's symptoms. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

When Nico Libby was 10, debilitating seizures disrupted his life every day. The Libby family, living overseas at the time, then received the diagnosis: Tourette’s Syndrome. They got on the first plan back to the United States. “We knew the United States would have the best care for Nico,” said Nico’s father Fritz Libby. ”We just wanted to come […]

2 Comments / January 07, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Crib notes: The blurring of need versus want

The fiscal cliff has been averted for now, but it’s only a matter of time before America faces more tough financial decisions. This can be said about our own lives too. Our wants versus what we really need to pay for has clouded our thinking, so much so that luxuries like big screen TVs are […]

No Comment / January 06, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Best to the worst kids’ movies of 2012

It’s hard to compare movies aimed toward older kids to ones that are for the younger than 7 crowd. Still, in 2012 there were a few movies that had such strong stories they’re sure to be remembered as classics suited for the whole family. Only G, PG and PG-13 movies were considered. Movies were ranked […]

No Comment / January 06, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Seniors treated to music, sweets, free lunch

Joe Wilson, left, accepts a sweet gift from Allison Michael, 6, during the Girls Scouts event at the El Dorado Hills Senior Center Friday. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

Girl Scouts ages 6 to 13 years old sang Christmas carols to a roomful of seniors at the Ramona “Moni” Gilmore Senior Center last Friday morning. From new troops of Daisies to seasoned seventh-grade Cadets, “It’s been a decade-long tradition,” said Troop Leader Angela Nicholson. Her one troop started singing carols to seniors when her […]

No Comment / December 23, 2012 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Top-ranked EDH schools aim to keep momentum

Despite lingering budget woes, Rescue Union and Buckeye Union School Districts are celebrating the fact that every one of their schools is far exceeding the state standards as measured by the Academic Performance Index . API is the cornerstone of California’s Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999 and it measures the academic performance and growth […]

No Comment / December 23, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

School district employee flushes out water bill problem

Christmas came early for Rescue Union School District this month after utility tech Jeremy Cooper’s good detective work recouped upwards of $83,000 for the district. For years district officials wondered why Pleasant Grove Middle School had larger water bills than the district’s other six campuses. Was there constant running water, or perhaps faulty sprinklers there? […]

No Comment / December 23, 2012 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »