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The Mother Lode Rose Society is honored to have the American Rose Society President speak at its upcoming Silver Anniversary event, “The Festival of Roses.” The date is Sunday, Sept. 7, at 2 p.m., at the Amador Senior Center.

Jolene Adams will speak on Sunday, at 2 p.m., at the Amador Senior Center, to Festival visitors, founding members and others.

She will elaborate on the history of the society, how it has grown and its many contributions of activities to the Northern California-Nevada-Hawaii District of the American Rose...

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No Casino In Plymouth is pleased to announce that Citizens Equal Rights Alliance will hold a one-day informational conference on Indian gaming and fee to trust. CERA is a nationally recognized citizens group that has effectively opposed questionable fee to trust applications and unwanted Indian casinos for more than two decades.

The conference will be held on Sept. 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Plymouth City Hall. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with refreshments for early arrivals. Speakers will include attorneys Lana...

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2 weeks ago
Amador Christian Center

Amador Christian Center has added Sunday School, focusing on “How to Share Your Faith,” at 9:30 a.m., on Sundays. You are invited to join in worship and fellowship. Come expecting life-changing messages from Pastor Danny Arroyo, imparting the message of hope and the love of Jesus. If you don’t have a church home, please consider us. Regular Sunday service is at 10:30 a.m., at 16829 Latrobe Road, in Plymouth. For more information, call 245-3371, or visit amadorchristiancenter.com.

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2 weeks ago
Nar-Anon Upcountry

If you are impacted by a loved one’s drug use, Nar-Anon can help. Nar-Anon Upcountry meets on Thursdays, at 7 p.m., at the Sierra Baptist Church, located at 26355 Buckhorn Ridge Road, in Pioneer.

Chili Cookoff

The Jackson Elks will host a Chili Cookoff on Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Elks Lodge, located at 12500 Kennedy Flat Road, in Jackson. Entries need to be submitted by 12:30 p.m., and judging starts at 1:30 p.m. Entry fee is $5, and contestants will be competing for cash prizes. Chili and crackers will be...

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2 weeks ago
These two ladies are part of the Women Shines With STARS support group. Both are cancer survivors. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Camp Out for Cancer is right around the corner. This year, you’ll find the “Carnival for the Cure Under the Big Top,” on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 6 and 7, at the Amador County Fairgrounds, in Plymouth.

The fun happens all day long, including a Fun Zone for kids of all ages, booths with crafts, raffles, bounce houses and a dunk tank. Commemorate victories at the Survivor Celebration, at 10 a.m.; get gobb-smacked at a Magic Show, featuring Geff Crawford, at 1 p.m.; get messy on the Fun Color Course and 5K Run, at 2 p.m.; and...

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2 weeks ago
The Sand Fire, one of the worst disasters in our area in 75 years, started the afternoon of July 25, and before it was brought under control five days later, had burned 4,240 acres, destroyed a total of 67 buildings and left 20 families homeless.

To help those affected by this devastation, a group of Amador County residents and musicians are offering Sand Aid — a day of music, raffles and fun at the Plymouth Hotel, at 9356 Main Street, in Plymouth, on Sept. 7, from 12 to 8 p.m.

To handle this outpouring of support from local...

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The Fall Children’s Studio Program will start on Sept. 2, and continue through Dec. 18. The program follows the school calendar, and will thus be closed on school holidays: Oct. 13 through 17 (Fall break) and Nov. 25 through 28 (Thanksgiving week).

The cost of the art classes is $40 per month per child, or $60 per month for two children in the same family. Art classes are offered after school for children K through grade 8, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., and 4 to 5 p.m. Homeschool classes may be...

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3 weeks ago
Plymouth: Camp out for Cancer "fun color course" on September 6
PLYMOUTH: The annual Amador STARS fundraiser, Camp out for Cancer will be on Sept. 6, at the Plymouth Fairgrounds. The event includes local musicians, food, community fellowship and a “fun color course” with obstacles to hurdle, or tumble over. Visit amadorstars.org for more details.

PIONEER: The Inaugural Holistic Health and Awareness Fair is coming to Pioneer on Aug. 30 and 31. From 10 am to 6 p.m. at the Mace Meadow Event Center at 26570 Fairway Drive in Pioneer. Come awaken your senses, and uplift your mind, body and spirit....

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08/01/2014 11:37 AM
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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07/26/2014 6:46 PM
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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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07/26/2014 6:35 PM
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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07/26/2014 6:15 PM
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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07/19/2014 1:33 PM
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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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07/19/2014 1:03 PM
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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07/19/2014 1:24 PM
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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07/19/2014 1:05 PM
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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07/19/2014 12:58 PM
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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
07/19/2014 11:37 AM
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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06/27/2014 9:03 AM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

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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