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Julie Samrick

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 […]

February 13, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 30, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

Spirit of a Champion

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 […]

January 23, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos | Tagged ,

Kids rally for 2013 soccer tryouts

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 […]

January 16, 2013 | Posted in Sports | Tagged ,

Boy knocks down disease symptoms with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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 […]

January 09, 2013 | Posted in Feature Photos | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 09, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Tagged ,

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 […]

January 09, 2013 | Posted in Entertainment | Tagged ,
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