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6 days ago
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This year, AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service, is seeking volunteers for tax assistance/preparation and leadership coordinators. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.

Each year, from Feb. 1 through April 15, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers prepare federal, state and local tax returns for low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. Volunteers are especially needed to assist with electronic filing of tax returns. You do not...

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6 days ago
Friends of the Library Volunteers Janie Brown and Helen Bierce prepare for the upcoming book sale. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Friends of the Amador County Library presents its Fall Book Sale, Oct 17, 18 and 19, at the hall of American Legion Post 108, in Martell. The popular sale promises to be bigger and better than ever. FACL has assembled of its largest collections of used books, and has selected the very best for the sale. There will be even more, fine-quality choices than ever before. In addition to the excellent selection of books, the sale will include a wide assortment of like-new CDs and DVDs.

The sale kicks off with Member’s Night, on...

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6 days ago
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Amador Holistic Center and Deja Vu Gift Shop are pleased to announce their grand opening, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy special discounts and offers on some of their products and services, including T’ai Chi, yoga, hypnotherapy, meditation classes and guided sessions, massage therapy, pyramid, reflexology and Reiki.

Amador Holistic Center is located in the Old Amador Hotel, in Amador City, Suites 12, 13 and 14. For information and details, call toll-free, (877) 522-5702, or visit...

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2 weeks ago

Last week, I wrote about how several companies have been making changes to their employees’ pension plans by freezing them (not contributing to them anymore) or terminating them all together. To help address this issue, I wrote about and discussed on my radio show some options that we can do to minimize the effects of this and try to maximize our retirement without a pension plan. One of the key ways to do this is to maximize out our personal retirement plan accounts.

Since the defined benefit pension plan no longer controls the...

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2 weeks ago
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Friday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. — 9 p.m.,

Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. — 8 p.m.,

Sunday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.

Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815

New Vehicles: Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mazda, Mini, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Rolls Royce, Scion, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo and more.

On-Site Ride & Drives: Over 40 vehicles from 10...

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2 weeks ago
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Celebrating 15 groundbreaking years, the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition’s Annual “Call for Entries” has begun.

For the past 15 years, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has been the barometer of how consumers select and measure wine. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world and broke records again last year with an astonishing 5,800 entries. Submissions came pouring in from boutique wineries and large scale producers spanning 25 different...

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3 weeks ago
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Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency’s Energy Department has been helping low-income families and individuals with their energy needs in Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties for over 25 years. Part of ATCAA’s mission statement speaks to helping individuals toward self-sufficiency, and ATCAA’s Energy Department is a perfect example of that mission in action.

This branch of ATCAA assists low income families and individuals apply for assistance to pay electric and propane bills. The Energy Department also offers home energy...

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3 weeks ago

“Strategize to Maximize” is the theme for a free educational workshop which will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Rollingwood Club House, located at 20 Rollingwood Drive, in Jackson.

Presented by Certified Financial Planners Jeff Costello, of Sonora, and Nathan Mahnke, of Sacramento, the workshop will run until all questions are answered.

Host for the event is the Amador-Calaveras chapter of Thrivent Financial, a national not-for-profit membership organization. According to Arlene White, chapter president,...

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3 weeks ago
Executive Chef Darius Somary. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Swiss-born Executive Chef Darius Somary is creating a sumptuous Oktoberfest menu that will be added to the farm-fresh menu at The Sutter Restaurant located in the Hotel Sutter.

Chef Darius, known for his country-fine dining, has added his German specialties — some of them traditional, while some are more California-style — to the October menu. If you’re in the mood for traditional or exquisite German fare, don’t despair. The Sutter Restaurant will be showcasing this expanded menu all month long. Enjoy specials on German libations,...

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3 weeks ago
On Friday nights, Amador City starts hopping. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

See What Happens In California’s Smallest Incorporated Town After Dark

Things are getting lively in Amador City. Friday evenings are buzzing in the smallest incorporated town in California.

Buffalo Chips restaurant has been family-owned for more than 30 years, and on Friday nights, owner Ashley Putz serves up great hamburgers made from freshly-ground Swingles beef and a distinctive flair, with accompaniments such as blue cheese and bacon, balsamic red onions, or a Ruben with sauerkraut, pastrami and homemade thousand island. ...

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3 weeks ago
Farm Day photos by Tessa Marguerite
Farm Day is a national movement, sometimes called “Ag Day,” that complies with the third grade curriculum, and gives students an agricultural, hands-on, learning experience. Scott Oneto, Farm Advisor for the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, began Amador County’s Farm Day three years ago. “We figured this is something our youth need here,” remarked Oneto as herds of third graders roamed happily around the Plymouth Fairgrounds. On Sept. 30, with over 400 students from the third grade classes of... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
3 weeks ago
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According to the National Fire Protection Association, Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of Oct. 8 and 9, 1871, that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres.

Popular legend has Mrs. Catherine O’Leary’s cow kicking over a lamp that ultimately involved the whole city in fire. But Chicago historian Robert Cromie has helped to sort out the facts regarding Mrs. O’Leary’s cow. NFPA reports that the Great Chicago...

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4 weeks ago
Tony Tamantini at America’s Mattress, 12030 Industry Boulevard, Jackson, delivers a smile along with a miracle for a local disabled woman. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

In October of 2013, an article was printed in the Amador Ledger Dispatch titled, “What We Really Need is a Small Miracle.” An excerpt from this article reads, “…Good newspapers reflect the communities they serve, but great newspapers actively involve themselves in the communities they serve to make them stronger.”

That article introduced a project called “Miracle Corner,” which has been running, mostly behind-the-scenes, for the past year. “It is a program that utilizes the Amador Ledger Dispatch, its business partners,...

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09/21/2014 4:10 PM
"Sailing Away," by Kate Frederick, is an award-winning work in tempra, and is currently on display at Deborah Marlene's.

As September rolls on, Autumn is not far behind, bringing Fall colors and cooler temperatures. Deborah Marlene's Art Studio and Gallery, Fall colors are already showing up. This September, Marlene welcomes Kate Frederick, as her "Artist Friend of the Month." Frederick resides in Arnold with her husband Dave. She is a former member of the Arts of Bear Valley, and is currently shoing her work at Aloft Gallery, in Sonora. Frederick also works full time as a realtor, at Coldwell Banker, in Arnold.

The variety of media Frederick uses...

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09/21/2014 1:45 PM
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The Mt. Aukum Center is under new ownership and is announcing retail space availability. Located at 8171 on E16, between Plymouth and Pleasant Valley, the shopping plaza is surrounded by 70 wineries and offers prime parking and accessibility. The current anchor tenant is the U.S. Post Office, serving approximately 1600 residents with the 650 post boxes, and more than 11,000 residents within a ten mile radius.

Cosmetic renovations and updates are in the works, and the new owners are willing to redesign suites to fit the clients’...

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09/21/2014 1:40 PM
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Imagine a city providing its residents with the following: cellular voice and data antenna arrays, IP video camera, emergency services (E911), WiFi broad band, data back haul, electric vehicle charging and supplementary solar power. All this with an aesthetically pleasing, vertical, energy-efficient LED light pole or post. This is the green-by-design future that SunnyCal Solar and MySite energy solutions is proud to announce the TECS-AMP Telecommunications Equipment Concealment System Aerial Multimedia Platform. It is quite a... [Read more]
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09/21/2014 1:36 PM
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Togo’s Eateries, Inc., a “West Coast Original” since 1971, announced today it has signed development agreements with new and existing franchisees to expand its footprint in several California markets, including Woodland, Jackson and the Central Valley and East Bay areas. Togo’s currently has 240 restaurants across the state.

Ranjeet Singh and Gurdev Teer, a current franchise group with one location, will develop five restaurants in the Central Valley and East Bay areas, with the first location slated to open in early 2015 in the...

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09/12/2014 9:58 AM
Sunny Cal Solar installs TECS-AMP Telecommunications Equipment Concealment Systems. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Imagine a city providing its residents with the following: Cellular voice and data antenna arrays; IP video camera; emergency services (E911) WiFi broad band; data back haul; electric vehicle charging; and supplementary solar power — all this with an aesthetically pleasing vertical energy efficient LED light pole or post. This is the green-by-design future that SunnyCal Solar and MySite Energy Solutions are proud to announce — the TECS-AMP Telecommunications Equipment Concealment System Aerial Multimedia Platform. It is quite a... [Read more]
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09/12/2014 10:36 AM

Wine Tree Farm Winery, in Amador City, is announcing its place in the rich tradition of winemaking with a new website, new blog and upcoming tasting events in Amador County and beyond.

Downtown Wine comes to Amador City on Saturday, Sept. 20, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Enjoy tastings from Wine Tree and several other local wineries while you stroll downtown. Artisan bread, cheese and crackers are provided. Come early and enjoy dinners at Buffalo Chips, the Imperial Hotel or sausages from The Diggin’s. Expect live music and general...

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Beverly Huston Fisher
09/05/2014 10:43 AM

Foothill Sign & Graphics has been serving El Dorado and Amador counties for more than 20 years, and has opened a Jackson location on Highway 49, directly accross from the Best Western Hotel.

The company is dedicated to serving its clients’ needs with personal attention to details. They are able to provide a full range of promotional products including business cards, digital art, screen printing, embroidery, signage, building installation, pens, pads and thousands of other products, including a selection of items made in the...

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