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Carolyn Schmitz
6 hours ago
Excel Physical Therapy has moved to 711 South Highway 88. It now boasts having the only indoor aquatic therapy program in the region. [Read more]
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6 days ago
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The 1850’s came alive recently, when Andrew Smalldon portrayed a miner from the rough-and-tumble early days of Amador County. Smalldon, who owns Smalldon Americana in Amador City, donated his time and historical knowledge in a one-man storytelling act to raise funds for the city’s Amador Whitney Museum.

Dressed in worn jeans, corduroy jacket, battered leather hat and Woolrich shirt, he came with his gold-panning equipment, pickaxe and a mandolin and spun yarns about how gold was...

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6 days ago
Kaitlin Maxedon. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Kaitlin Maxedon, of Pine Grove, won the prestigious “Golden Bear” award for placing Best of Show at the California State Fair’s Youth Arts Expo.Kaitlin’s photograph, titled “I Am Paint”, also took home Best of Class and First Award ribbons. Out of over 650 entrants, only four artists were selected for Best in Show awards in this highly competitive juried exhibition.

Kaitlin is in the sixth grade at Pine Grove Elementary, and also studies art with Pam Sharp of the Children’s Studio in Sutter Creek. She is the daughter of Jon and...

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6 days ago
Beau Gillman and Alice Dufrene celebrate her 102nd birthday. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Beau Gillman and Alice Dufrene celebrate her 102nd birthday. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Alice Dufrene is a very special woman. On June 26, 2014, the Jackson, CA resident reached an incredible milestone – turning 102 years young. However, what really makes this centenarian so special is less about how many years lived, but about how many lives she touched throughout those years.

Alice’s family tree has deep roots within the Jackson area, dating as far back as the 1860s. This was a time when the Pony

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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago
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Don and Carole Noce-Goodall, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Don and Carole were married in Carson City, Nevada, on July 11, 1964. They celebrated by spending a week La Jolla, California, joined by family members from Las Cruces, Valley Springs, California and Independence, Missouri. Their fun-filled week included a dinner cruise from the San Diego Harbor, boogie-boarding at the beach, a kayaking tour to the La Jolla Caves, and visits to the San Diego Zoo and Sea World. The trip provided... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
Recent SCUTI graduate, Robin Vondrak, earned multiple honors during her course of study. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sutter Creek native Robin Vondrak recently graduated from the Sacramento Campus of Universal Technical Institute, the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians.

Vondrak attended Pioneer High School before completing the Automotive Training Program at UTI. Vondrak received multiple Student of the Course honors, which are awarded to the student with the highest grade in a given course. She is currently working at...

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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, in Jackson. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
Pastor Tim Gravatt will be providing the message at our 9 a.m. service, followed by coffee and fellowship in the Social Hall. The next EFAP food distribution will be on Saturday, July 19, from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. On Monday night at 6 p.m. the Discovery Group will address the final chapter in The Prodigal God series. Adult Bible study meets every Tuesday at 6 p.m. Senior meals are served at 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays. The next Coffee With Friends will be on Saturday, July 26, from 9:30 - 11:30 in the Social Hall. All members... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago
The families of Sarah Tullus and Frederick Hard III are pleased to announce their marriage on July 20, 2014, in Carmel, Calif.

The bride’s parents are Susan Turner and James Marques, of Monterey, Calif. Sarah is a 1998 graduate of Carmel High School, and a 2005 graduate of California State University at Chico. She works at the Amador Ledger Dispatch as a graphic designer.

The groom’s parents are Frederick Hard II, of Sarasota, Fla., and Gretchen Hard, of Chico, Calif. Fred attended Eagle Hill School, in Greenwich, Conn., and...

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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago
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Robert Vela, Jackson native, was recently named one of the top ten finalists in the Records of Life Contest. The goal of the contest was to design child health records to be better understood by parents and to be more flexible for health workers. The specific focus of Vela’s project was on improving designs for developing nations with issues like poverty, low literacy and limited resources.

Vela’s “EZ Immunization Form,” had a brochure that was then put into an envelope with lots of information on it. The hardest part, according...

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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago
Madilynn Grace Fisher. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Madilynn Grace Fisher was born May 22, 2014, at 6:41 p.m., at Baptist Health Medical Center, in North Little Rock, Arkansas, to Will and Cassie Fisher, of Jacksonville, Arkansas. Baby Madilynn weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces, and measured 20 inches in length. She is a very proud addition to our family and will be very loved by all.

Graycen Marie Wilkey was born June 2, 2014, at 5:11 p.m., at Sutter Amador Hospital, in Jackson, to Ryan and Tyler Wilkey, of Ione. She weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces, and measured 20 inches in length. Baby...

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Tessa Marguerite
07/03/2014 10:45 AM
Each year the Amador County Artists Association hosts a studio tour to showcase the richness and variety of artistic talent in Amador County, and to raise money for scholarships, student art show and other projects. Because the tour is free to the public, ACAA generates funds through artist fees and a raffle of works by participating artists. To defray costs, ACAA is looking for business or organization to help sponsor the event. Interested parties are invited to contact Fundraising Chair Janet Piccola, at 304-6795 or PiccolaPottery@a... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
06/27/2014 9:03 AM
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This year, the Amador County Fair welcomes a new competition: The Miss Amador County Fair Rodeo Queen Contest. Contestants are judged by categories of modeling, personality, a personal interview to judge the knowledge of rodeo, a prepared speech, impromptu questions, a written test concerning knowledge of horses and tack and horsemanship. With the exception of the written test and interview, all judging was open to the public. On Thursday, June 19, four hopeful young ladies competed...

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Tessa Marguerite
06/27/2014 9:10 AM
“Focus On:” These two-day intensive art classes will focus on various painting challenges, including strong values, brushwork, edges, color relationships, composition, design and capturing light. The Focus on Value Workshop runs July 7 and 8. Focus on Color Workshop is Aug. 25 and 26. The cost is $150 for each 2 day class, held at Jackson Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. To sign up, contact Rees, at 257-1196, or howardreesart@sbcglobal.net.

Holmes’ Hounds

The next meeting of Amador’s Sherlockian...

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06/27/2014 9:26 AM
In order to provide a place of worship amidst the beauty of nature, Silver Lake Chapel was built and dedicated in 1973.

Located at the south end of Silver Lake, at Plasse’s Resort, on Highway 88, in Amador County, the interfaith, interdenominational chapel was built on land set aside by Maurice Plasse, whose grandfather homesteaded the area in the 1850s. It was through inspiration and donations of labor and love that the rustic chapel became a reality.

Special features are a large picture window facing Silver Lake and Thunder...

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06/27/2014 8:22 AM
The California State Fair announced the top wine awards from its Commercial Wine Competition on the State Capitol steps Tuesday morning. Along with recognizing the Best of Show wines, the Best of Show cheese producer, Bleating Heart Cheese, was also recognized.

This year’s wine competition consisted of 2,829 wine entries received from 746 participating winery brands. Seventy-four judges on 18 panels awarded 2,068 medals, including 52 Double Gold, 217 Gold, 1,085 Silver and 714 Bronze.

Awards were presented by Jim Houston,...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/25/2014 11:10 AM
The married women of California will be represented at the Mrs. America competition by Heather Denison of Glendora, who was crowned Mrs. California-America 2014. Mrs. America is scheduled to take place at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Arizona, on Aug. 29.

Some of the most beautiful and accomplished married women from across the State of California met for the 2014 Mrs. California-America, which took place at the Hilton Palm Springs Resort on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

The distinguished judging panel had a difficult decision...

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Matthew Hedger
06/23/2014 10:36 AM
The Calaveras Community Foundation has just awarded eleven grants for 2014. The combined amount of these grants equals $53,612, and was given in the areas of County Youth K-12, Aging in Place for Seniors, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). These topics represent the initiatives CCF has identified as being instrumental in helping our community. The five members of the Foundation’s Grant Committee received 15 grant applications. A great deal of interest was generated by our 2014 initiatives, resulting in an excellent... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
06/22/2014 9:50 AM
Cal Trans has announced it will be performing work at one location in Amador County and two in Calaveras County beginning Monday.

One-way traffic controls on Highway 88 from Plasse Road to West Martin Meadow in Amador County for utility work will begin on Monday, and the project is expected to last through Friday, June 27, with traffic controls in place 24 hours a day. Motorists should expect 15 minute delays.

One-way traffic controls will also be in place on Highway 26 from Paloma Road in Calaveras County to SR-88 in Amador County...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/20/2014 10:15 AM
Miranda Ornouski, of Pine Grove was named to the Honor Roll at Bethel University for Spring 2014. To qualify for the Honor Roll, a traditional student must have an average of 3.70 or above on 12 or more simultaneous academic hours with no grade below C. Headquartered in McKenzie, Tenn., Bethel University is affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees through a variety of learning platforms. For more information about Bethel University, go tobethelu.edu.

Millie Madison Watts was...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/20/2014 10:01 AM
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Trinity Episcopal Church

In these days of increasing unrest in the world, what are we to do? We can practice compassion right here and now. Caring for each other, accepting our differences, working together to make our little corner of the world better just might impact the cosmos. Join Trinity Church and Compassionate Amador in our effort to make loving your neighbor a reality. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here. Sunday services are at...

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