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Jack Mitchell
6 days ago
With your help we can place Amador County’s entire printed history online. Just imagine strolling back to 1855 in a searchable website.
We are in danger of losing our history. Newspapers have been published since 1855 under different mastheads. And for years, folks looking to dig into history have ventured to the Amador County Public Library to seek information on microfilm. The problem – microfilm has a life cycle. In fact, one of the machines used to search past publications is one that no longer has parts made for it or can be serviced. Thankfully, a second machine was graciously donated to assist the public. But even with that amazing gift, the microfilm... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
6 days ago

A free concert will be presented by the 48-member Amador County Concert Band under the direction of Steve Chambers and Irv Gidding on Sunday, August 9, at 3 p.m. The program will be held at the Community Church of Pine Grove, 14045 Ponderosa Way.

Featured music will be a medley from “Unsinkable Molly Brown,” transcribed for concert band by Alfred Reed. Another special medley from “The Pirates of Penzance” written by Gilbert and Sullivan and arranged by none other than John Philip Sousa will be on the program. Two of our outstandin...

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6 days ago
Visit Havana with NARFE National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Hangtown Chapter 1503, invites everyone to a presentation by Gale Fullerton, a long time NARFE member, on his trip to Havana, Cuba’s Capital Jewel. The presentation will be held at 2 p.m. on August 17, at the Placerville Human Services (Senior Center), 927 Spring Street, Placerville, CA. Attend this travel presentation and you will be in an exclusive group since less than one percent of US Citizens have visited Cuba. This program will feature Havana where you... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
6 days ago
Join this compassionate and holistic approach to addressing eating disorders. The group meets Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For information and location, contact Marla, at (209) 256-3750. [Read more]
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6 days ago

If you are like most gardeners, tomatoes are number one in your heart. Most of us eagerly anticipate the first delicious fruit of the season. We are all looking for the perfect tomato. Saturday, August 22, is your chance to put your tomatoes to the ultimate test! The UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador County are sponsoring a tomato judging and tasting contest at the Sutter Creek Farmer’s Market.

Bring at least one washed tomato of each variety (at least five cherry tomatoes) to the Sutter Creek Farmers Market by 9:45 a.m. on...

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6 days ago
Sierra Amador Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is again offering an opportunity to local students, grade 5 through 12. All students in these grades are invited to enter the Essay Contest in which winners are rewarded with a recognition pin plus a cash prize. Fifth through 8th graders are asked to write an essay on the subject, “A Colonial Family’s Reaction to the Stamp Act” and the subject for students in grades 9 through 12 is, “Columbus and Lindbergh: A Journey Across the Atlantic.” Teachers will have the actual... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
6 days ago
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So-called “mystery booms” that have puzzled residents in California’s Gold Country appear to be coming from a U.S. military installation over 100 miles away in the Nevada desert.

The Hawthorne Army Depot routinely destroys obsolete munitions on weekdays between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m — the period of time when many of the nearly 2,300 members of the Facebook group “Mother Lode Mystery Booms” have reported hearing the blasts.

Glen White, a science instructor at Columbia College outside Sonora, said the sound coming from...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
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Thursday, July 30, from 12 to 1 p.m., PSR/Sacramento President Dr. Bill Durston will be interviewed by host JoAnn Fuller on the radio program, “Because People Matter,” on KUBU FM 96.5. The program will be on the threat of nuclear weapons, the recent United Nations five year review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Iran nuclear deal.

Sunday, August 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. is the annual August Peace Event, commemorating the atom bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. It will be held in the Social Hall of St. John’s Lutheran...

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
A white flowering dogwood tree. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Add color to your landscape year-round by joining the Arbor Day Foundation in August.

Everyone who joins the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation with a $10 donation will receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees through the Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid between October 15 and December 10, depending on the right time for planting in each member’s area. The 6- to 12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge. Planting instructions are enclosed with...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch/Kit Carson Mountain Men

We are in danger of losing our history. Newspapers have been published since 1855 under different mastheads. And for years, folks looking to dig into history have ventured to the Amador County Public Library to seek information on microfilm.

The problem – microfilm has a life cycle.

In fact, one of the machines used to search past publications is one that no longer has parts made for it or can be serviced. Thankfully, a second machine was graciously donated to assist the public. But even with that amazing gift, the microfilm...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
Kalie Howard and Alexander Griffiths were recently engaged. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Kalie Howard and Alexander Griffiths: Kalie Howard, of San Luis Obispo, became engaged to Alexander Griffiths, of San Luis Obispo. Kalie is a graduate of Amador High School and serves as the General Manager of Martin Resorts, Inc. Alexander is a graduate of St. Francis High School and is self-employed as an electrical engineer. They met in September of 2007 in San Luis Obispo, and plan to marry on September 19, 2015, in Sutter Creek. The parents are Marti and Rick Howard of Sutter Creek, and Rosalind and Martyn Griffiths of Sunnyvale,... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Mikayla Haefele is crowned Miss Amador 2015. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Say hello to Miss Amador 2015, Mikayla Haefele! Mikayla is 16 years old and will be a senior at Amador High School in the fall. After graduation, she plans to attend either Bryn Mawr College or Scripps College with ambitious dreams for her future. Mikayla answered the questioned given to her by emcee Jim Guidi with ease, confidence and noticeable knowledge on the subject of agriculture in California. She is the daughter of John and Theresa Haefele, of Pioneer.

First runner up went to Kristina Woolsey. Kristina is 17 years old and...

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Guest Commentator
3 weeks ago
Amador and Calaveras counties both came away with Silver ribbons at the annual judging of the State Fair County exhibits. According to Amador Council of Tourism Executive Director Maureen Funk, this is the first year in recent memory; Amador has not received the Gold — yet. Lisa Boulton, Calaveras Visitor Bureau Executive Director says, she is very proud of the Calaveras booth, also a Silver ribbon winner. Boulton noted, it’s also the first time in forever Calaveras didn’t earn a Gold ribbon. The booth features a miniature convertible... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
Maeve Klement and CEO of the Interfaith Food Bank Tom Thompson. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch/Facebook
The Interfaith Food Bank of Amador and Calaveras recently received a unique donation. While the Food Bank commented that they are grateful to all of their donors, it is extra special to have a contribution from such a young member of the community. Maeve Klement saved up $203.15 during Lent and donated it to the Food Bank. The Food Bank, as well as Amador County as a whole, is grateful to Maeve and other members of the community who are dedicated to supporting our local service organizations. [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago
Sutter Creek, Ione and Plymouth Pools are open. Visit goacra.org, for details. [Read more]
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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago

The Amador County Fair, in keeping with the water usage reduction programs for the State of California, is implementing a no-wash policy in the livestock and horse show areas this year. While exhibitors will not be able to hose off their animals for shows and judging, they will be able to use one-gallon spray bottles of water.

Troy Bowers, CEO, emphasizes “The health and well-being of the livestock, the exhibitors and the public is of the utmost importance.” There will be no reduction of hand washing stations and misters will...

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Via Press Release
4 weeks ago
Matthew Spinetta after his close encounter with a brown bear. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta

It was a hot summer day last month when Matthew Spinetta went for a hike near Bear River. While he was hiking down the canyon in complete wilderness, he happened to stumble on a beautiful secluded lake.

Spinetta, 18, had gone by himself to swim and enjoy nature. Since it was so hot, he made up his mind that he needed to cool off. Unfortunately for him, he had forgotten to bring a swimsuit. Despite the lack of proper attire, he went swimming anyway. What happened next was everyone’s worst nightmare.

While enjoying his swim,...

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Via Press Release
07/02/2015 1:47 PM
Evan Brynnan Berg

Evan Brynnan Berg was born May 19, 2015, at 7:01 a.m., at Sutter Amador Hospital, in Jackson, to Jennifer Montgomery and Bryn Berg, of Jackson. He weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces, and measured 20 inches in length. Baby Evan was welcomed by brothers Anthony and Noah Smith. Grandparents are Darla and Tim Berg, and Marla Maxwell. Great-grandparents are Lloyd and Gerry Hagerty.

Allison LeighAnne Pearl was born June 15, 2015, at 8:52 a.m., at Odessa Regional Medical Center, in Odessa, Texas, to Skye Martin, of Odessa, Texas, and Aaron...

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Tessa Marguerite
07/02/2015 10:19 AM
Leon Krupsky and Kimmie Campbell are the winners of the Wedding of the Century Contest. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Browsing through Instagram may seem like a waste of time to some. But for this winning couple, it paid off in the form of a contest called Wedding of the Century. “We won a $75,000 wedding with 100 guests,” said Kimmie Campbell. “Everything from my dress to the wedding photographer is included.”

Leon Krupsky and Kimmie Campbell met in 7th grade at a banquet for the Nuggets football team and cheer team. They started dating Senior year of high school. On their seventh anniversary (last October) Krupsky proposed to Campbell at...

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Via Press Release
06/25/2015 2:41 PM
Hula classes are now being offered by Sandy Honnold at the HUB, in Jackson. Honnold has six years experience and has competed at the Kupuna Hula Festival, in Kona, Hawaii, for six years. This class is an introduction to the basic steps and hand movements of hula, the dance of Hawaii. Hula is for your body, mind and spirit. Classes will be held at the HUB on Wednesdays, beginning July 1 through 29, from 3 to 5 p.m., for men and women. The cost is $40, which includes class time plus written instructions to practice steps at home. Contac... [Read more]
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