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Parenting Column written by Stefanie Pechan


Ebbetts Pass Youth Soccer League Registration Begins April 1

Posted by: Andy_Johnson on 03/24/2014 10:27 AM
Bear Valley, CA ... The Ebbetts Pass Youth Soccer League (EPYSL) has worked hard to craft another exciting year of soccer programming for the 2014-15 season. Open to all players 4 - 16 years old, EPYSL’s largest program, recreational soccer, serves nearly 500 enthusiastic local youth soccer players. The Fall Recreational Season opens August 1 and continues through mid November.

Registration opens Monday, April 1.Register now at


What’s Happening in Murphys June 1 through June 11, 2011

Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 06/02/2011 08:53 AM
Murphys, CA....Tuesdays in June - Winemaker's Night at Alchemy - Every Tuesday night you can expect free live music on our patio from 5:30-8:00, our delicious dinner menu, and a featured menu option for one low price. Call 209-728-0700 for reservations. Fridays in June - Fridays At Alchemy. Matt Cullen Delivers style with pop, country and jazz vocal performances from the 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond every Friday on our patio from 5:30-8 pm. The music is free, and there's room to dance. Call 209-728-0700 or visit for more information. .....

Click Above to Visit This Week's Sponsor, Newsome Harlow!

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Tour Guides & Cantamos Kick off Free Music in the Parks at Copperopolis, Town Square THIS WEEK!

Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 05/26/2011 05:42 PM
Copperopolis, CA....One show, two sounds and performances; The Tour Guides featuring Jessica Brittany Mouser, and Cantamos, (Tour Guides unplugged ) with lead singer, Michela Macfarland.....The 20th anniversary of Free Music in the Parks is kicked off at Copperopolis Town Square, by the Tour Guides & Cantamos. On Wednesday, June 15, starting at 6:30 pm, you will be transported to another destination with their renditions of numerous and timeless songs with an emphasis on Latin styles. Whether it is bossa nova, rock, country or jazz, their groove will move you.....
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Local 8th Grader Headed to State Science Fair.....Still A Little Short of His Goal

Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 04/24/2011 04:13 PM
Calaveras County, CA...Update 4/28/11: Michael has received some very generous donations from our viewers! The family is so thankful! "I am so excited for him, what a wonderful opportunity he has before him and with his drive to do the best he can, hopefully he will place during the state competition. He is going to go back to the IGA in Copperopolis again tomorrow with his project to answer questions and share what he has discovered. Hopefully by the end of the day he will have reached his goal , he has a baseball game on Saturday morning" States Michael's Grandmother, Cindi Bent.....Local 8th grader, Michael Legge is headed to the State Science Fair! Michael won 1st place at the Calaveras County Science Fair in his division with his project "Mysterious Bacteria vs. Evil Tobacco." Michael is a student at Mark Twain Elementary and needs our help! Here is a letter from Michael: "Hello my name is Michael Legge and I am an 8th grade student at Mark Twain Elementary School. Mark Twain doesn't require students to do science fair projects but I went out and did one on my own. .....
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Latest News and Fishing Report for New Melones~by Melanie at Glory Hole Sports

Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 04/04/2011 08:14 PM
New Melones, CA....The lake level continues to rise, and will be at full capacity with the snow melt. It is only 39 feet from full, which is 1088 feet. In 1998 it reached 1085 feet- the highest it has ever been. Update on Soldiers: Sad news this week from Afghanistan. The 101st Airborne, the platoon that we were supporting, is still there, although they have been schedule to come home any day. They lost another soldier last week. Here is the e-mail I received from Sgt. Daniel Kelly's mother: "Hi Melanie, Last night Danny informed me of another loss to his unit, Ofren Arrechaga. I do believe you were sending him packages for a while too. Danny and his fiance, Brittany, are going to Dover tonight with Seana (wife) to await Ofren's arrival.....

Trout: Big trout news this week! Leo Renkel and Bob Scarbrough of Modesto landed a beautiful 8-pound, 11-ounce brown trout this week,
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The Kid Connection....."Education: What Your Child’s Principal Wants You To Know"~by Stefanie Pechan

Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 01/25/2011 11:25 PM
You probably walked by that office a thousand times or so during your school career. Ever wonder what went on behind that door? Here’s your chance to find out. So, what goes on behind that famous door? Believe it or not, principals do more than handle the discipline end of things. Here are just a few items on their “to do” list: Site budget/managing all fiscal aspects of the school, staffing, maintenance, data and record keeping, numerous meetings (before, during, and after school hours), classroom visits, curriculum, monitoring of federal and state requirements…..(the list goes on)….but most importantly he/she is a leader for students, staff, and parents alike and should be regarded as a valuable resource. .....
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The Kid Connection...Date Night: Restaurant Hopping~by Stefanie Pechan

Posted by: thepinetree on 01/20/2011 07:45 PM
It is so easy to get caught up in being “Mom” or “Dad” and forget about being a couple. It sounds un-romantic, but sometimes you’ve just got to schedule in alone time. Tonight is our wedding anniversary. The babysitter has arrived and we are out of here! My husband and I have a few restaurants that we’ve been wanting to try but date nights are not a common occurrence, (read: it’s expensive when you factor in the babysitting bill in with the restaurant tab). However, we decided to make the most of this night by trying all THREE restaurants. Yep, all three. ....
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The Kid Connection...."Healthy Eating Habits"~by Stefanie Pechan

Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 01/04/2011 11:22 PM
Fruits and vegetables… Are they a frequent visitor in your household or just an occasional guest? Do you have trouble getting the kids (or maybe yourself) to include those with every meal? As a parent, you have the most influence on your child. Here are a few suggestions on helping your child to develop healthy habits that will last a lifetime. ....*Set a good example: Do what I say AND what I do. By eating healthily yourself, your children will follow suit....
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The Kid Connection..."Holidays: To travel or not to travel?"~by Stefanie Pechan

Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 12/17/2010 09:11 PM
This past Thanksgiving we did something we had not ever done before. We stayed home and family came to us. With three little ones, we finally put our foot down on traveling every single holiday. It just got to be too much: the “are we there yets”, tantrums at being in the car so long (even with multiple DVD’s), the “he’s on my side”; the list goes on. So, for the first time, we woke up Thanksgiving morning and leisurely went about our day until dinner time. We didn’t get in the car that entire weekend!......
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The Kid Connection... "Bedtime Battles"~by Stefanie Pechan

Posted by: Kim_Hamilton on 11/12/2010 10:16 AM
I’ll admit, bedtime is one of my favorite times of day. Once my children are asleep, I can actually get a lot crossed off my to-do list. The road to dreamland can be, for the most part, quite easy. For some though, it can be a battle. From a child’s perspective, going to bed means the end of playtime. Making a fun bedtime routine they can look forward to is key. After dinner, allow for 10-20 minutes of quiet playtime. Dim the lights a little. This tells the brain that it is sleepy-time and the melatonin in the skin cells begin to produce the chemical in the brain that promotes sleep. After playtime, clean up and head down for bath time....
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