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1 week ago
JB’s Formal Wear gives valuable advice to all future grooms — much more wedding advice can be found in the Wedding Guide in this week's paper — look for it!
Over the years, we at JB’s Formal Wear, on Main St., in Jackson, have been through just about every scenario regarding tuxedo rental and related wedding preparations, such as groomsmen’s and bridesmaids’ gifts/engraving. Many questions come up at this joyful and almost always stress-inducing occasion. Here are some of the most common questions we encounter on a daily basis. If you have a question that you don’t see answered here, please feel free to contact us. We’ll be glad to help you out. Remember, this is your wedding or event,... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
Fans of Amador County wines will be treated to a delightful assortment of barberas, syrahs, old-vine zinfandels, sangioveses, viogniers and other unique palate pleasers of the Rhone, Mediterranean varieties as well as the classic ‘California Style’ wines that flourish in Amador’s rich mountain terrain and sun-bathed hillside vineyards. These delicious, food-friendly wines will be showcased at the Amador Vintners’ annual “Behind the Cellar Door” weekend wine extravaganza on March 5 and 6, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m with 43 passport-lik... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago

The best legal advice I can give you is to: “Put It In Writing.”

Not convinced? The longer you wait to do what you know you should do, the riskier your situation. You can save your family members and heirs a lot of time, money and heartache if you choose now to “Put It In Writing.” I have been practicing law, specializing in estate planning for over thirteen years. While working with families and sometimes litigating these issues, I have seen the heartache, fighting and destruction of relationships firsthand. I am convinced...

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3 weeks ago
Michael Hines Painting is very excited to announce its innaugural $3,000 Paint It Forward Charity Giveaway. The lucky winner will receive up to $3,000 worth of free interior painting services. On top of that, they still have a 5-year guarantee on their paint job. The Michael Hines Painting team is asking our local community in Amador County to nominate and submit stories of people or non-profit organizations that are in need of painting, but are unable to have it done. Hines decided that he was going to give back after being inspired... [Read more]
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My AChome admin
3 weeks ago
Author Sandra Hanson with her book, “Ketones Aren’t From Motown.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

As 2015 wound down, author Sandra Hanson, of Fiddletown, reflected over the year with a smile.

“It’s been so exciting to hear from readers who have read my eBook ‘Ketones Aren’t From Motown’ and have lost weight and feel great”

One local reader, Nicky Walker, lost 45 pounds in less than five months by following ‘Ketones’ and claims, “It was easy!” Another local reader and business owner, Stacie Crow, was featured in the Ledger Dispatch earlier in the year. Stacie wanted to lose 30 pounds but didn’t have time to exercise. ...

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Stephen Curtis
12/29/2015 10:28 AM
Photo courtesy to Distant Cellars

For the third year in a row, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) has partnered with Distant Cellars in Fiddletown to offer a special limited wine release to raise money and awareness for an important cause. The mission of the NFFF is to honor and remember America’s fallen fire heroes, provide resources to assist their survivors and work within the fire service community to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries.

The annual special limited release of Tribute is produced and sold by family-owned and operated Distant...

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12/29/2015 10:36 AM
More than 60 children will receive a free dental exam, x-rays, cleaning and fluoride treatment as a result of the 2016 Smile for Kids program. Photo courtesy of Jackson Creek Dental Group
Jackson Creek Dental Group will once again be hosting Smile for Kids to treat children, at no cost, who “fall between the cracks” in healthcare – children who would not otherwise receive dental treatment – on Saturday, February 6, 2016 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Because of the overwhelming number of children attending this event, appointments will be scheduled in advance starting Monday, January 11, 2016. These appointments will be filled on a first-come-first served basis by calling Jackson Creek Dental Group at (209) 223-2712. Once the... [Read more]
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12/29/2015 10:59 AM
Sierra Ridge Winery and Culinary coffee tasting with Christian Waskiewicz. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta
Sierra Ridge Winery and Culinary had the pleasure of hosting a “Coffee Cupping Demonstration” Saturday, December 19 with the help of Christian Waskiewicz. He is the founder and roastmaster of Alpen Sierra and Coffee and has an exquisite palate that allows him to create many different delicious blends of coffee for your enjoyment. At the demonstration, Waskiewicz showed various ways to brew your typical “cup of Joe” such as using the French Press method to make a great tasting cup. Alpen Sierra Coffee beans are available at Sierra... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
12/30/2015 9:04 AM

Happy New Year to all! The UpCountry Community Council will meet Monday, January 11 at 6 p.m. at the Veteran’s Hall on Buckhorn Ridge Road in Pioneer. Please venture out and come to hear what our CALFIRE Chief “Chris Post”, from the Pine Grove Youth Camp, is planning for us this year, along with Carolyn Fregulia from ACRA regarding the Pioneer & Mollie Joyce Parks located in Pioneer. Jon Hopkins, Director of General Services for Amador County, will also report on what his responsibilities are and his hopes for 2016.

Please bring...

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Via Press Release
12/22/2015 11:40 AM
Abendrose Spa Retreat has moved to 140 Hanford Street in Sutter Creek. Photo courtesy to the ALD.

Holiday stress does not need to take its toll on your skin. A little extra help from a professional esthetician can make your face cheery and bright.

Donna Stephens, owner of Abendrose Spa Retreat, has been part of the Amador beauty scene for 23 years. The business moved to 140 Hanford Street in Sutter Creek in November, just in time for the holidays.

Donna uses only the highest quality products and the latest techniques to ensure the healthiest, most effective results. In general, she recommends clients follow a basic...

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Via Press Release
12/10/2015 11:40 AM
Join the fun at Behind the Cellar Door in Amador Wine Country. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador Vintner’s wine extravaganza, Behind the Cellar Door, is a weekend of wine seminars, sneak-peeks, special and large format wines, wine offerings, silent auction, music and more. All this takes place Friday, March 4, 2016 from 6-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6, 2016 from 10 a.m.to 4 p.m.

One of the most entertaining and educational wine events anywhere, Behind the Cellar Door features a commemorative wine glass for your barrel tasting and scrumptious eats at 43 family-owned Amador wineries, along with a cornucopia...

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12/10/2015 11:01 AM
David Vassar and Sally Kaplan, documentarian filmmakers, will be presenting a day-long workshop on writing using techniques gleaned from film and TV production. Scripted or Not: Writing for Nonfiction and TV/Film will be held at Manzanita Arts Emporium in Historic Angels Camp on Saturday, December 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop will focus on building story line and dramatic effect. Cost is $125 and includes refreshments and breakfast. Applicants are advised to reserve a spot early. New and seasoned writers will come away with... [Read more]
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12/03/2015 12:23 PM
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Always an important form of self-expression, the art of hairdressing has a rich and ancient history. In nineteenth century America, the beauty parlor began to distinguish itself from the more male-frequented barbershop. Thanks to a forward-thinking woman named Martha Matilda Harper, the hair salon evolved into a place of peaceful indulgence. Harper bucked Victorian convention by employing only women in management roles.

Corey Leonesio, of Sutter Creek, continues a similar tradition. Looking for a new opportunity, she jumped on the...

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12/03/2015 11:13 AM
Join the doctors and staff at Shenandoah Valley Veterinary Clinic for our 2nd Annual Holiday Open House! At the Shenandoah Valley Vet, we strive to give the best and most compassionate care to our patients and our clients. In that spirit, we are opening our doors to the two-legged and four-legged community to not only share in holiday cheer, but to provide our clients with the exclusive opportunity to learn more about what we do and how we care for their furry friends. On December 5, from 3-6 p.m., come to 17705-C Highway 49, in... [Read more]
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11/05/2015 10:25 AM
Joseph W. Svec III, author of “The Grinning Cat,” will be giving a reading at the November meeting of the Amador County Holmes Hounds Sherlockian Society. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

When entering the world of Sherlock Homes, one must surely feel that she has gone down a rabbit-hole and might never return. At least that has been my experience. Since beginning the study of the great body of work by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – 56 short stories and four novels – and entertaining myself with countless films, plays and pastiches (stories based on Doyle’s characters but penned by others), I have crossed a threshold into a Victorian wonderland not dissimilar to that of Lewis Carroll’s.

Recently, I have had the pleasure...

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Via Press Release
10/22/2015 11:09 AM
Calling all local and independently operating business owners! It’s time to register for Amador County’s fourth annual Plaid Friday. Amador’s small businesses are bringing back the fun and joy of holiday shopping where customers can skip the long lines and hassle of Black Friday at the mall and, instead, enjoy discounts and a personalized experience across Amador. The day after Thanksgiving, dozens of Amador county retailers and eateries offer “Plaid Only” promotions such as discounts and gift with purchase for shoppers who wear... [Read more]
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10/22/2015 11:03 AM
Glenna and Mitch Banicevich of Jackson Motors. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta
The good ol’ boys are back in town! Thanks to Mitch Banicevich and his wife Glenna Banicevich, Jackson Motors is now open. The couple’s ultimate goal is to sell affordable and safe used cars to the members of the community. “We want to sell safe cars for our friends, family, neighbors and anyone in the county. Every car is thoroughly inspected and is safe that we sell,” Mitch said. “We’re all about the locals.” After growing up in a bodyshop, Banicevitch decided to go into the car business at Prospect Motors in 1979, so he is an... [Read more]
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Gwen Clayton
10/22/2015 10:19 AM
Eddie Clayton of Marine Corps League Motherlode Detachment 1080 stands guard at the fireplace of Sherlock Holmes’ Baker Street West office during the Toys for Tots kick off October 19. ALD photo by Bill Lavallie.

Sherlock Holmes was the first name on Santa’s list this year when the famous detective’s fireplace set the stage for the local Toys for Tots campaign.

The Marine Corps League Motherlode Detachment 1080 kicked off its toy drive October 19 at various locations throughout the area, with a special photo shoot at the new Baker Street West - an homage to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s mysterious commercial district gracing the second floor of Hein and Company Books in Jackson.

“It provides the perfect ambiance for everything Toys for...

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Via Press Release
10/22/2015 11:28 AM
The Hotel Sutter assisted many people, and even some animals, during the Butte Fire in September. Photo courtesy of Hotel Sutter

The Butte Fire started on Wednesday, September 9. I got off work at 3 p.m. and had to pull over for fire crews responding to a fire. As I drove across Pardee Dam, I saw the initial plume of smoke. Later that evening, we went to the Pardee Observation Point and watched as the plume of smoke exploded into the huge atomic/mushroom cloud.

The evacuations started on day two of the Butte Fire. At the Hotel Sutter, our General Manager and Owners immediately told us to accept anybody and their pets that had been evacuated, at no...

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Eric Winslow
10/15/2015 10:47 AM
Jackie Godinez wears a vintage wedding dress in preparation for Fashions of Yesteryear. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow
Those of you who attended the vintage clothing fashion show (“Remember When” in 2012) and the vintage hat fashion show (“Hats Off to Mother” in 2013), will enjoy this new program. Join the Sutter Creek United Methodist Church Saturday, October 24, at 11 a.m. for a vintage wedding gown fashion show at 14 Main Street, in Sutter Creek. The show will be followed by a luncheon in the social hall. Wedding dresses from the late 1800’s through the mid-1900’s will be modeled. Los Gatos resident, Lorraine Blackburn, from Fashions of Yesteryear,... [Read more]
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