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Something new is coming to Sutter Creek! Starting May 1, you can shop late, sip wine, and enjoy music on the street. We are calling it Fridays After 5:00. At least five of the nine tasting rooms will stay open late every Friday through October. Bella Grace begins their summer outdoor concerts May 1 with delicious food catered by Hotel Sutter. Almost all of the shops are going to stay open late every Friday, too. And, there will be some great music on the sidewalk at Hotel Sutter. So, when you get off work or have guests coming for... [Read more]
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Charlotte Alexandra Flint. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Jeremiah Thomas Lozano was born April 12, 2015, at 10:54 a.m., at Sutter Amador Hospital, in Jackson, to Dena Herd and Josiah Lozano, of San Andreas. He weighed 9 pounds 10 ounces, and measured 20.5 inches in length. Baby Jeremiah was welcomed by cousins Emily and Natalie. Grandparents are Tom and Rhonda Herd, and Shelley Lozano.

Beau Allen Langley was born April 7, 2015, at 2:22 p.m., at Sutter Amador Hospital, in Jackson, to Kathleen Williams and Michael Langley, of Jackson. Baby Beau weighed 8 pounds 8 ounces, and measured 20.5...

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4 days ago

All Amador citizens are invited to join the members of the Amador County Democrats for their annual spring dinner on Thursday, April 30, at the Jackson Rancheria Hotel and Conference Center. Featured guest speakers are Eric Bauman, Vice Chairman of the State Democrat Party and Kimberly Ellis, Executive Director of Emerge California, an organization dedicated to promoting and training women for election to public office.

Tickets are $60 each for the dinner, which begins at 6 p.m., and they may be purchased by calling Liz, at (209)...

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The Miracle Worker: Volcano Theatre Company presents, “The Miracle Worker,” the compelling story of how blind and deaf Helen Keller met her teacher, Annie Sullivan, and how they revolutionized the approach and treatment of people afflicted with disabilities. Written by William Gibson and directed by Sue Haldane and Marty Brifman, this play offers a rivetting performance by Arleen Kingston, along with a terrific cast including newcomer Mindy Capanna, Jim Estes and Kate Hicks, as Helen. The play runs now through May 16, on Fridays and... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
4 days ago
Thanksgiving day is a time to play and feast, but did you know that the National Day of Prayer is a time to pray and fast? Americans mark the third Thursday in November as the national day of Thanksgiving, but few remember that festive holiday’s fervent complement, which President Lincoln proclaimed in 1863 as a “National day of humiliation, prayer and fasting.” The National Day of Prayer is an annual event observed by people of goodwill, led by their community and religious leaders, to “humbly come before God, seeking His guidance... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
4 days ago
Lightning Boy to give benefit concert in West Point on May 9. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Take a trip out to West Point on May 9 for an afternoon of rock and roll with young prodigy Lightning Boy and his Thundering Blues Band! The proceeds will benefit the Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families of West Point. The BMCYF has been serving members of the community for more than 20 years. The group made an appeal to the community for support, and Lightning Boy and his band offered to do a benefit concert to help. Lightning Boy will be performing on the BMCYF outdoor stage, at 364 Main Street, in West Point, on... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
4 days ago
Tom Blackman (center) with Alan Mcnany and Al Lennox from the American Legion Post 108. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Tom Blackman, a local Real Estate Broker, and Al Lennox and Alan Mcnany from the American Legion Post 108, are just a few of those involved in a great organization that is reaching out to those in need. Blackman works through an organization called “Firefighters Crossing Boarders,” in an effort to help small towns in Mexico receive emergency services. The first step is to visit outlying towns where services are very limited. They partner up with local officials to identify who is willing to participate in our program.

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John Tuttle
4 days ago
The Amador County Fair Foundation’s new diesel lawn mower. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Amador County Fair Foundation Board Members got together recently to present the keys to a brand new diesel-powered lawn mower to Amador County Fair maintenance man Robert Moody. The ACFF was founded in 2008 to provide an extra funding source for infrastructure projects on the Amador County Fairground. To date, ACFF funded projects include upgrades to the view stand in the Benny Brown Arena; a major face lift to the General Mercantile building, structural repairs to Frontier Town and more. When you attend the next event on the... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
Catholics of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Martell marked the holiday on the more familiar and recently established Gregorian calendar date of April 7. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow
Though Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christians commemorate it on different dates, the two ancient Christian churches celebrate the same great event: the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Serbian Orthodox Christians in Jackson, who follow the Julian calendar, observed “Pascha” (which means “Passover”) on April 12 at St. Sava Church on North Main Street, while the Catholics of St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Martell marked the holiday on the more familiar and recently established Gregorian calendar date of April 7, which was the same... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
Mountain Oaks’ Academic Decathlon Team was made up of students from the school’s Ione and San Andreas sites. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Nine Mountain Oaks students represented Calaveras County in the 35th Annual California Academic Decathlon competition in Sacramento the weekend of March 20-22. The students competed against 65 teams from all over the state, representing large and small high schools in three divisions. A full day of testing on Friday was followed by another full day of speeches, interviews and the “Super Quiz” on Saturday. An awards presentation ended the event on Sunday morning. Students competed in literature, math, science, social science, art,... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Volcano Theatre Company’s “The Miracle Worker.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

PLYMOUTH: Amador Brewing Company’s official grand opening is tomorrow, Saturday, April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Amador Brewing Company is located at 9659 Main Street, in Plymouth. Visit the Amador Brewing Company Facebook page for details.

AMADOR CITY: Save the date of Saturday, May 30 for the Centennial Anniversary of Amador City. Amador City was incorporated on June 2, 1915. Because June 2 falls on a Tuesday, the city will be celebrating our city’s 100th birthday the weekend before. If Amador City has a personal meaning for...

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2 weeks ago
WWII Hawker Sea Fury. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Just over a month until May 30, when the Rotary of Ione Show & Shine Car and Vintage Aircraft Show opens its gates. The event organizers are expecting over 500 car entries. Last year, there were more than 600 cars, and an estimated attendance of 3,000. This year, attendees will enjoy vehicles in over 43 car classes. That same day, the airshow will feature a WWII Hawker Sea Fury, made by Hawker Company, in England. The Sea Fury is a heavy fighter and known for its imposing size and mass. Sanders Aeronautics, located at the Eagle’s... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
Julie Swaner. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Marigold Sues

A year after Young’s Payless IGA was nearly sold to Family Dollar, owner Kevin Young related the saga of the sale that didn’t happen.

In March 2014, Family Dollar Stores Inc. contacted Young asking to buy his store in Pioneer. He declined, stating that the Young family was happy with the store and the community. Family Dollar countered that they would buy property across the street and put him out of business. Young got advice from many people, including the store’s biggest wholesaler, and was overwhelmingly advised to sell. The...

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Friends of the Amador County Library is hosting its Spring Used Book Sale where you will find good-quality books covering a wide range of subjects–from romantic and literary fiction, mysteries and biographies, to children’s. The sale begins Friday, April 10, from 4 to 7 p.m. (open to FACL members only. Non-members may join at the sale). The sale is open to the public on Saturday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (everything is half-price on Sunday), at the American Legion Hall Post 108, 12134... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
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A journalist who spent more than five years as a reporter for the Amador Ledger Dispatch is about to publish his second nonfiction book on crime issues in America. Scott Thomas Anderson said that readers who pick up his latest offering will journey through a number of eye-opening stories, including tales from Amador, Calaveras, Placer and Sacramento counties.

The book is titled, “The Cutting Four-piece: crime & tragedy in an era of prison overcrowding.”

Anderson was an intern at Sacramento News & Review in 2007 when he was hired...

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Photo courtesy of Master Food Preservers of Orange County

The University of California Cooperative Extension invites adults interested in helping others learn about safe home food preservation to apply to train as a Master Food Preserver volunteer. UCCE Master Food Preserver volunteers learn research-based information and then share that knowledge with our communities in Amador and Calaveras counties through public classes, community events and newsletters.

Priority is given to applicants who are residents of Amador and Calaveras counties. Applicants must be available to attend nine...

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Hospice Offers Volunteer Training Hospice of Amador & Calaveras is offering training for Family Support Volunteers. Volunteers provide special comfort to terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers can help by sitting with patients and listening, reading to them, running errands or assisting in many other ways. Veterans are also encouraged to call and learn more about our Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program The training will be held April 21, 22, and 23 at the Amador Senior Center, in Jackson. For those interested in... [Read more]
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Chickens are easy to care for and provide eggs, fertilizer and fun. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Backyard chickens, a mainstay of the family farm, are steadily moving into new neighborhoods and joining communities nationwide, according to recent findings by Tractor Supply Company. The rural lifestyle retail store commissioned a survey of 1,000 Americans in support of “Chick Days,” a nationwide springtime event that features live baby chicks and ducklings in most Tractor Supply stores.

Even if they don’t own them personally, Americans are in the know when it comes to backyard poultry. Half of all adults — and 66 percent of...

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3 weeks ago
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The City of Sutter Creek and the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation have come together to build a small park and gold mining exhibit located at the south end of Main Street in Sutter Creek. The exhibit includes artifacts from the Lincoln and Argonaut Mines and a five head stamp mill built by the Knight Foundry in Sutter Creek in 1882.

A conceptual drawing by local artist and educator Rand Hugget was turned into construction drawings by local engineers Weber/Ghio and Associates and Cal State Engineering have been approved...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
The Kit Carson Mountain Men from left, standing: “Badger” Bill Pierce, “Iron Jack” Jack Lowe, “Quick Draw” Peter Garibaldi, “Slim” Mike Gonsman, John Queirolo, “Hawk Eye” Lynn Thompson, Jim Faddis. From left, sitting: “Rotten John” John Powers and Brian Oneto. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

John Queirolo, President of the Kit Carson Mountain Men, recently found a large book filled with historical photos and newspaper clippings dating back to the 1930s in a compilation that he calls, “The Lost Ledger.”

Queirolo recalled that he had seen the book before, many years ago, but it seemed to disappear with the passing of Harold Cummins, who originally compiled the ledger. Cummins joined the Mountain Men in the late 1940s and archived everything that was collected. When he passed away 12 years ago, the book, along with years...

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