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2 weeks ago
The practitioners of the Amador Holistic Center. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Amador Holistic Center expands, reaches out to community

The practitioners of Amador Holistic Center invite the public to their sixth Annual Healing Arts Fair, May 15, in Amador City. Admission is free and any service you want to try is just $1 per minute. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and tasty refreshments will be served.

More great news: We’ve added Suite #11 to our Amador Holistic Center, located upstairs at the Old Amador Hotel in Amador City, expanding our space and network. Suite #11 will be our new Reiki and Drum...

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3 weeks ago
You may recognize this photo of Tom and Thomas Dillian from the cover of this year’s Best of Amador section. Dillian won best winery and best tasting room. Photo by Kurt Anderson
Tom Dillian’s great-great-grandfather, Alessio Dal Porto, purchased the Dal Porto ranch off of Fiddletown Road in 1900. His cousin, Frank Dal Porto, Jr. lives there still, and he is 93. Then, in 1917, Alessio Dal Porto purchased the land that Dillian Winery sits on today off of Steiner Road. This is why it is their 100th year, but truthfully, they have been here even longer. The Tasting Room for Dillian Wines was modeled after the house his great-grandfather and grandfather built together. Tom said that many of the homes at that... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago
Raquel Perez works as manager of Jose’s Cantina. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jessica Moore

In terms of small business success stories, Jose’s Mexican Restaurant in Jackson is practically a historical landmark. Thirty-three years ago, the Perez family opened the eatery, located at 609 Hwy 49, a remarkable feat, considering the majority of startups fail within the first five years.

Today, the family celebrates a second dream come true. Adjacent to the restaurant now stands, Jose’s Cantina. The aspiration to open a bar grew for twenty years with a liquor license already in tow. Once their grandchildren grew older, the...

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3 weeks ago

UCC Meeting

Upcountry Community Council will be meeting on Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m. in the Veteran’s Hall in Buckhorn Road, in Pioneer. Jim Guidi will be there to discuss the new FM station of KVGC. Two guest speakers from PG&E will also be present. All Upcountry residents are encouraged to attend.

Mother Lode Quilters’ Guild

The Mother Lode Quilters' Guild will meet on Monday, May 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sutter Creek Methodist Church. For more information, call Carla at (209) 267-9261.

Meet & Greet with Frank Axe

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04/28/2016 12:42 PM

Student Art Show

Come see the best artwork by local high school students at a special awards reception on Tuesday, May 10, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at the Amador County School District office, 217 Rex Avenue, in Jackson. The show will run until May 27. The Amador County Artists Association sponsors this annual Student Art Show to encourage students to pursue their fine arts talent. This year, the judge will be Sharon Galligan, and cash prizes and ribbons will be presented at the reception. Prizes include Best of School and Best of Show....

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04/21/2016 12:57 PM
Ashley Putz, center, is flanked by her loyal employees, Kim Hazelet, left, and Gabie Williams. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Marks

Last Sunday saw the last dish served at Buffalo Chips Emporium, the venerable Amador City restaurant owned by Ashley Putz. The restaurant, which has been operating since the 1970s, is moving to new digs, at 76 Main Street, in Sutter Creek, into a building that has been variously known as The Beer Garden, the Sutter Creek Palace and, most recently, Driven Cellars wine tasting room.

Ashley is aiming for an early May opening and she’s been very busy handling the design and construction at her future home and the crowds clamoring for...

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04/21/2016 12:33 PM
Alison Pillsbury (left) with the staff of Acorn Hills Animal Center, Kaylee Stockton, Katy Taylor, Laurie Fishback, Kenna Edmonson and Andrea Hoover. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta
There are many animal lovers out in the world, but some completely dedicate their lives to having and taking care of animals. Dr. Alison Pillsbury, of Acorn Hills Animal Center/Amador Veterinary Emergency Clinic, is one of those people who goes above and beyond to help animals in need. She has been a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine since 1988 and works hard to take care of the animals in Amador County. “I have always loved animals and wanted to have a hands-on job where I get to take care of them. I always wanted to be a veterinarian... [Read more]
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04/14/2016 12:52 PM

Sierra Madre Garden Club

Robin Peters will present a program on orchids when the club meets at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road in Jackson. Robin was tasked with keeping orchids alive that had been given to his wife. Over time his interest carried him to importation, cultivation and propagation of tropical orchids from Africa, Madagascar, and surrounding regions. Robin’s talk will center around keeping alive “grocery store” and big box orchids by implementing key changes to...

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Caitlyn Schaap
04/07/2016 12:23 PM
Shannon Allen and Jessica Smith are two of the great teachers at Amador Yoga. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Caitlyn Schaap

Amador Yoga held the grand opening of its new studio at 218 Water Street in Jackson on Friday, April 1. To celebrate opening day, they offered free yoga classes all day, along with raffles and tasty treats. The building, which is over 100 years old, has been completely remodeled on the inside, transformed into a modern and calming atmosphere with soft purple walls and a bath of natural light from big windows. It makes for a perfect environment to focus and relax during a yoga class.

Classes at Amador Yoga are based on Vinyasa Flow...

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Jack Mitchell
03/24/2016 12:48 PM
If you have ever rented a limousine, you already know the headaches and trials of living in Amador County. Out-of-town services would charge for the time to get to Amador County (plus the trip back), adding hours of rental fees when you haven’t even used the limousine yet. Sometimes a different limousine would show up, or an older limousine with questionable drivers and no personal touch. These were just a few of the problems Josh and Lacey Arevalo were hearing, and having — and exactly why they decided it was time to open a local... [Read more]
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Kirk Neiberger
03/17/2016 12:00 PM
Owner Jim Gullett stands in the midst of his ‘sustainable’ Sangiovese vines. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Kirk Neiberger

In December, 2015, Vino Noceto Winery, in the Shenandoah Valley, became the first winery in Amador County to be certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance, which certification extends to both its vineyard and winery. The CSWA, which issued this certification, is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco that was created in 2003, by the Wine Institute and the California Association of Wine Grape Growers.

There are currently 4,400 bonded wineries in California. According to the CSWA’s 2015 Sustainability...

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03/17/2016 11:51 AM
Owner of El Torero Adolfo Gomez. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta
El Torero, a Mexican restaurant well-known for its delicious food, has a rich history that was all built because of one man’s hard work and dreams. The man behind it all is Adolfo Gomez, long-time resident of Amador County. He has been here for 54 years, working hard all the while to make a life for himself and to take care of his family and friends. Gomez is all about family, and has five children and eight grandchildren. “In Mexico, I grew up with many good friends and family, and they taught me how important it is to take care of... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
03/10/2016 11:59 AM
Tim Lucke of Lucke Brothers Painting. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

What began as a part-time summer job in college is now a full-time career for former Amador County resident Tim Lucke, who first learned the trade during his summer and holiday vacations, and the occasional weekend, when home from Cal Poly. Six years ago he decided to make it a full-time career and became a licensed painting contractor when he formed Lucke Brothers Painting.

Lucke concentrates mainly in residential exterior and interior painting, but he has also completed commercial interior and exterior jobs, as well as new...

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03/03/2016 11:18 AM
Back row from left:  Karly Hernandez, Fran Allen, Janice Cavaliere, Lisa Paragary-Engelken, Steve Miller. Front row from left:  Krista Crookham, Kristina Agustin, Tiffany Kraft, Laura Hunter. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC recently announced that Re/Max Gold Classic Country Properties in Sutter Creek, is the newest member of its luxury real estate network and will now operate as Gateway Sotheby’s International Realty.

The firm, which is owned and operated by Tiffany Kraft and Kristina Agustin, will service the counties of Amador, El Dorado, Sacramento and Placer. With this addition, the Sotheby’s International Realty network now has 114 branded offices throughout the state of California.

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02/25/2016 1:35 PM

Dr. Kristine Burke, M.D., would like to welcome and introduce you to her passion: improving the lives of others. With the combination of her friendly staff and her warm personality and determination, Dr. Burke will be sure to focus on your body’s needs to keep you well. With offices located less than 30 miles from Amador County, at True Health Center for Functional Medicine, in El Dorado Hills, Dr. Burke offers unique services that are difficult to match.

An Amador County resident who, four years ago, had faced a seemingly...

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02/25/2016 12:56 PM
The first rule to long-term successful stock market investing is risk management. The second, third and fourth rules are also risk management. Simply defined: take only enough risk to satisfy your investment goals. One way of avoiding excessive risk is to stay away from individual stocks and use no load mutual funds and ETF funds for your investments. With individual stocks, you always have the potential for a company bankruptcy and while you can hit a home run with an individual stock the chance of a strike out is much greater.... [Read more]
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02/25/2016 12:30 PM
John Miller and Tasso Maras are cooking up something great at the 7800. ALD Photo by Sarah Spinetta
David Tohm, owner of Kirkwood’s 7800 Bar and Grill, has been hard at work, incorporating new offers and events. The Bar is hosting many more events such as a variety of live bands and tap takeovers, and also adding new items to their menu. They will be keeping the popular dishes and adding a wide variety of new dishes to their menu, cooked by executive chef Tasso Maras. A sneak peak of what the 7800 will be adding to the menu is blackened salmon, poutine, chicken fried chicken (the same as chicken fried steak, but made with chicken... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
02/25/2016 12:18 PM
Bite Me Bakery’s cake pops are a popular dessert option for weddings. Photo by Lulu Watson, Wonderstruck photography by Lulu

Amanda Fryman wasn’t always a baker. She didn’t foster her passion for creating sweet treats as a little girl with an Easy-Bake oven. Instead, she discovered her passion as an adult, baking a cake for her son’s second birthday, and you could say the rest is history.

“After I made my son’s second birthday cake, I got addicted,” Amanda said. “I started doing it for other people and everyone said it was really good, ‘you should try selling it.’ I kept doing it more and more and now I’m booked pretty much every week, which is great.” ...

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John Tuttle
02/11/2016 1:48 PM
5th District Assemblyman Frank Bigelow addresses his constituents. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, R-Madera, earned a near perfect score for his voting record in support of small business and pro-job legislation in 2015. The National Federation of Independent Business, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and others gave Bigelow some of the highest rankings on their annual scorecards for the 2015 Legislative Session.

“The 5th Assembly District is built on the backbone of small businesses,” said Bigelow. “I am honored to stand up for the small business community and my voting record in 2015 shows my...

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02/18/2016 12:16 PM

When most people think Kirkwood, they think of skiing and snowboarding on the snowy mountains, but what many don’t realize is that Kirkwood even more to offer its guests including shopping and ski and snowboard maintenance.

Skis, snowboards, boots and accessories are available for rent online and at the resort. You can choose from a full line of ski and snowboard packages, available for people of all ages from children to adults at all levels of ability. There is even a solution for the skiers and snowboarders who own their own...

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