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Deputy DA warns of cyberspace dangers

El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney Lisette Suder gave a new face to “strangers” at a cyber safety presentation last Wednesday. The boogeyman isn’t just the obvious man in sunglasses asking children if they’d like a piece of candy anymore, she explained during her talk at Marina Village Middle School; there are, in fact, scores […]

Comments Off / February 11, 2013 | Posted in Featured Stories,News | Read More »

Valentine’s Day is here to stay

“Whoa! That’s a lot of Valentines … Are you a teacher?” A man asked as he stared at my cart incredulously while my kids and I checked out of the Dollar Store last weekend. Toting 100 paper Valentines plus a piece of candy to attach to each one, I was genuinely happy to answer, “No […]

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

Lance Armstrong’s fall is a timeless tale

The world’s greatest storytellers allow us to better understand human beings and their complexities through fiction. Lance Armstrong’s sad fall from grace since his admission of doping is a true story, but it could just as easily been torn from the great writers’ notebooks. Armstrong symbolizes what students in high school and college English classes […]

Comments Off / January 27, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Spirit of a Champion

From England to El Dorado County — New Oak Ridge head soccer coach Joe Champion said he wants to get young players excited about wearing the Trojans uniform. Tryouts are this week. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Joe Champion named Oak Ridge’s head soccer coach It was Shakespeare’s Juliet who so famously asked, “What’s in a name?” Joe Champion, Oak Ridge’s new head soccer coach, said his last name has been a lot to live it up to over his lifetime. Yet the name also helped him stand out as a young […]

Comments Off / January 20, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »

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 […]

Comments Off / 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 […]

Comments Off / January 06, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »