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Tea Party Patriots cheer for healthcare repeal, vow to stay involved

TEA PARTY — A large crown fills the Holiday Inn Express meeting room during the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills' meeting Wednesday evening. Rep. Tom McClintock's Community Outreach Director Norman Gonzales spoke to the audience of more than 100 people. Village Life photo by Noel Stack

El Dorado Hills resident Kelley Nalewaja faces a dilemma. Her family’s health insurance is set to increase, again. The Nalewajas used to pay around $500 for themselves and their three school-age children. Then the cost increased to about $600. Later this year that figure’s expected to jump to more than $800, Nalewaja told the 100-plus […]

2 Comments / January 20, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Tiny Tumblers: Playtime with a purpose

BELLY BUBBLES — €“Gymnastic Instructor Holly Stroncak, 34, Of El Dorado Hills blows bubbles on the bellies of her students at the Tiny Twos tumbling class held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class is one section of Tiny Tumblers, a series of classes that teaches motor skills to growing children. Mother Lode News photo by Shelly Thorene.

They run. They turn somersaults (actually, “forward roll” is the appropriate gymnastics term). Some even stand on their heads. Tiny Tumblers, the El Dorado Hills Community Services District’s newest class for preschoolers, teaches toddlers the basics of gymnastics through obstacle courses, music and rhythm games. Under the enthusiastic direction of instructor Hollie Stroncak kids develop […]

1 Comment / January 18, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,Sports | Read More »

Waterford HOA shakeup: New roof spurs recall

ROUGHED UP OVER A ROOF? Tony Marchionna stands in fron of his Waterford home, where he recently installed a composition roof with HOA board approval. The board's approval angered some in the upscale community and now those serving face a recall election. Village Life photo by Shelly Thorene

Waterford Village Homeowners Association board members face a recall following their approval of composition roof in the otherwise tile and shake shingled El Dorado Hills neighborhood. Ballots will be counted during a Waterford residents only meeting at 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Fire Station 85 on El Dorado Hills Boulevard. Ballots can be carried […]

2 Comments / January 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Robotics team has great visions

M-CUBED, a local robotics team, works with its robot at the regional FIRST Lego League competition. The team advanced to the Northern California State Competition at Newark Memorial High School on Jan. 29. Courtesy photo

By Justin Voo & Shefali Pandya M-Cubed, a FIRST Lego League robotics team, cares about the 1.3 billion people in the world who don’t have eye care and decided to help. Team members Nishita, Ravi, Justin, Simon, Shefali and Hammad presented their ideas at two recent FIRST Lego League competitions at Sam Brannan Middle School […]

No Comment / January 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

For many, a ShelterBox is home

ShelterBoxes provide tents and other supplies necessary for survival following a disaster. Photo courtesy of ShelterBox

When a devastating 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, killing hundreds of thousands of people and leaving millions more homeless, the international disaster relief organization ShelterBox  delivered aid to alleviate the misery of families in Port-au-Prince and the surrounding area. A ShelterBox Response Team was dispatched on Jan. 13 and 930 ShelterBoxes were […]

No Comment / January 17, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

Human Services plans homeless count; volunteers needed

An accurate count of the homeless could earn El Dorado County more funding to help them. Thinkstock image

Do you care about the plight of the homeless people in El Dorado County? Do you wish there were more housing and services to help people who truly want help? Are you frustrated with inadequate funding that doesn’t meet the needs of our community? For a single night during the last 10 days of January, […]

No Comment / January 14, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »

They’re back! It’s Girl Scout Cookie time

DELICIOUS TREATS — Girl Scout Cookie season is here. Keep an eye out for your local Girl Scouts if you want to purchase a box ... or 10!

SACRAMENTO — Friday, Jan. 14, is the first day to preorder Girl Scout Cookies for the 2011 Girl Scout Cookie season. Girl Scouts ages 5 to 17 will call friends and family and walk door-to-door to take Girl Scout Cookie preorders. If you don’t get a call or a knock on the door don’t worry; […]

No Comment / January 13, 2011 | Posted in Feature Photos,News | Read More »