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1 week ago
Julie Swaner. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Marigold Sues

A year after Young’s Payless IGA was nearly sold to Family Dollar, owner Kevin Young related the saga of the sale that didn’t happen.

In March 2014, Family Dollar Stores Inc. contacted Young asking to buy his store in Pioneer. He declined, stating that the Young family was happy with the store and the community. Family Dollar countered that they would buy property across the street and put him out of business. Young got advice from many people, including the store’s biggest wholesaler, and was overwhelmingly advised to sell. The...

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The California State Fair is now accepting entries for its annual Commercial Wine Competition which will be held June 3 through 5. First held in 1855, the State Fair’s wine competition is the oldest and most prestigious wine event in North America. More than 700 wineries and 2,800 entries were part of the 2014 competition. It is the only competition dedicated to evaluating and selecting the best wines from all California wine regions.

The online entry system makes submitting wine into the competition easier than ever. Entries will...

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1 week ago
Amador Brewery’s Will Pritchard. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Marigold Sues
The thirsty wait is over. Amador Brewing Company is officially opening Saturday, April 18,, 11:30 to 8 p.m. I met brewer Will Pritchard on a recent breezy sunny afternoon and after short introductions he immediately started explaining the brewing process which starts with cracked barley malt and hot water in the large brew tanks located in direct view of the tasting room. Through a weave of sparkling pipes running up walls and across ceilings, the barley and water “tea” is moved to the next tanks where the yeast is added and finally... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
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Cruise on down to Main Street, Jackson, for Shine, Wine & Dine, Saturday, May 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — a day of wine, art, music and gorgeous vintage cars. Plus, a day of special “car show” discounts at Jackson restaurants – it’s free fun for the whole family in historic Jackson!

The fifth annual Motherlode Cruise car show will take you back in time with 125 vintage cars, from Model Ts to muscle cars. Stroll down Main Street to enjoy blues tunes by The Esquires, fine arts and crafts for sale by local artists and Main Street’s unique...

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2 weeks ago
Mark and Lisa Klosowski celebrate their shop’s 26th anniversary witha clock giveaway. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
2014 marked the 25th Anniversary of The Music Box Company and to celebrate, owners Mark and Lisa Klosowski held a drawing for a free Rhythm clock valued at $500. The drawing was such a hit that they have decided to do it annually. On April 1, The Music Box Company celebrated 26 years in the music box business and they would like to invite you to celebrate it with them. Any in-store purchase of $25 or more, between April 1 and April 30, will enter you into a drawing to win a free Rhythm animated clock of your choice, valued up to... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago

Mother Lode Job Training (formerly Job Connection) has scholarship and training funds available for eligible adults and dislocated workers.

Last program year, we awarded $297,000 in scholarships to eligible participants in fields from medical assisting, truck driving, welding and more. Eligibility conditions do apply, so contact MLJT for more information and to see if you qualify.

We are now located in the Health and Human Services Building, at 10877 Conductor Blvd., Suite 700, in Sutter Creek. Hours of operation are Monday through...

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2 weeks ago
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Amador Brewing Company will be hosting a release party on Lone Wolf Restaurant & Lounge’s terrace on Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

You’re invited to the Amador Brewing Company Release Party. Amador County has been long awaiting the opening of Amador Brewing Co. and this is your chance to try some of its beer before it even opens its doors. Be the first to try “Amador Light,” a light pale ale, refreshing and balanced. This beer will cleanse the pallet while delivering complexity. This mini-tap take over will showcase Amador Brewing’s...

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The Amador County Superior Court is working with the local county Chamber of Commerce to develop a community mediation program. The goal of the program is to create a forum for the members of our community to resolve disputes with one another at low or no cost before taking action in court. The types of disputes contemplated by the program are those that would be brought in small claims court. Small claims cases are limited to disputes up to $5,000 for a business, or $7,500 for an individual.

Superior Court Commissioner, Renée C....

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3 weeks ago
Guy Steble and his battle buddy, Tex. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Silver Paw Ranch is a nonprofit organization that operates through The Calaveras Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 dedicated to the research, therapy and placement of K-9 battle buddies as an alternative to medication for wounded warrior veterans with PTSD and other medical needs. K-9 battle buddies help their wounded warrior veterans suffering from a wide range of physical and emotional disabilities, to confidently cope with their disability and reintegrate back into society.

The ranch was named for Sgt. Patrick Rowe, a Bronze Star...

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3 weeks ago
Prospect Cellars received a bouquet from Fiddletown’s Full Circle Flora for their grand opening. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Prospect Cellars, the first tasting room on Plymouth’s Main Street, opened on Friday, March 20, in the old building many may have known as Hillcrest Video. Prospect Cellars is owned by previous Executive Director of the Amador Vintners Association Jamie Lubenko, and her husband, Ronn. The Lubenkos, as well as their staff, are optimistic about this new venture, and eager for locals and tourists to stop into their fresh and unique wine tasting room.

Jamie, a self-proclaimed “Plymouth girl,” explained their choice to open a tasting...

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03/05/2015 1:23 PM
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Funding Supported Fuel Reduction and Public Safety Project

Pacific Gas and Electric Company and the Amador Fire Safe Council recently showcased the fuel reduction and fire safety vegetation management work that was completed to help reduce catastrophic wildfire.

The vegetation management work targeted three high-risk neighborhoods in Amador County with nearly 100 percent participation by all residents. The work primarily consisted of road edge clearing to remove hazardous brush and fuel along power lines and was offered at no...

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03/05/2015 1:12 PM
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For more than 20 years, Train Town Candies & Ice Cream Parlor has set the standard for sweets in Amador County. Located midway down Main Street, in downtown Jackson, Train Town Candies has evolved in sweet ways recently, sprucing up the train cars and packing the shelves with more candy than ever before.

Originally a train, hobby and candy shop, Terry and Barbara Wierschem’s Train Town has slowly shifted its focus primarily to sweeties and confections. Children are gobsmacked to find the shop is burgeoning with salt water taffy,...

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02/26/2015 10:14 AM
Tiffany Kraft, of Re/Max Gold of Amador County, was named a 2015 Five Star Home Professional. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Real Estate Agent Tiffany Kraft, of Re/Max Gold of Amador County, was recently recognized in Sacramento Magazine with the Five Star Home Professional award. Qualifications for receiving this prominent award include individuals who: received a qualifying client satisfaction rating; satisfied the applicable state licensing requirements; have been actively employed as a licensed professional for a minimum of three years; have a favorable regulatory and complaint history review; and those who have satisfied the minimum client volume or... [Read more]
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02/26/2015 10:10 AM
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Gold Country Treasures Consignment & More is open for business in Jackson, helping buyers and sellers of fine and fancy treasures and hard-to-find items. GCT is a family-owned retail store specializing in consignment sales that opened in October 2014. We provide customers with a place to display and sell their merchandise.

Prices will be agreed upon by both the consignee and the consignor at the time of consignment. After the sale has been completed, the consignment shop and the owner will split the profits. Consignor will receive...

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02/26/2015 10:04 AM
Jenny Gottstein. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

One of Amador County’s own is fast becoming a person to watch. At 29 years old, Jenny Gottstein recently was named in Forbes “30 Under 30” list of innovators on the rise.

As the Director of Games at The Go Game, Gottstein designs interactive experiences and high-tech adventures around the world. Her interactive games combine mobile technology and augmented reality with actors and real-world locations. They are used for marketing, training and entertainment purposes by clients including Google, Bank of America and Johnson & Johnson....

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02/26/2015 9:40 AM
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Have you ever wondered what is behind the District Attorney’s doors? All are invited to come to the next Upcountry Community Council Meeting on March 9, at 6 p.m., and hear what that department does in our county, what types of investigations they handle and their working relationship with law enforcement personnel.

Tom Sage, Chief Investigator, and Noel Dunne, Supervising Investigator, will be speaking and answering your questions regarding the District Attorney’s Office and duties. (They will not answer questions about specific...

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02/19/2015 12:50 PM
Salye LaBelle, of Ridge Road Garden Center, in Pine Grove. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Marigold Sues

The calendar claims winter is only half way through. However, a glance out my window tells me spring doesn’t know that and doesn’t care. It’s coming anyway. There are locally-owned businesses in Pine Grove and Pioneer ready to give your spring cleaning a head start, and our first stop is Ridge Road Garden Center.

Located at the top of Ridge Road, near the Highway 88 intersection, the Ridge Road Garden Center is leafy and cool and inviting. The manager, Salye LaBelle, worked for the previous owners afternoons and weekends while in...

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02/12/2015 6:46 AM
New Assistant Director Steffani Abercrombie, left, and Director Sharon Thomason prepare the raffle prizes for the upcoming Amador Pregnancy Help Center Banquet. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

The Amador Pregnancy Help Center is a serviceable resource for women of any age who are pregnant or have young children. APHC Director Sharon Thomason commented, “We care about the woman and we care about the baby. The woman and the baby are both made in the image of God, and they have a purpose.”

The center was started by the Hall family in 1984 to aid women in exploring their thoughts and feelings, examine the available options and receive emotional and spiritual support. Today, the APHC works in conjunction with organizations in...

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02/05/2015 11:45 AM
Singer Scholastic model sergers. Actual demonstration and sale model may differ. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

On Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kmart will be hosting a demonstration of the Singer heavy-duty school model Sew & Serge sewing machings.

These 2015 machines have a metal hook and are built for years of extended service. All machines are new in factory-sealed cartons, and have a 25-year limited warranty included.

What is a Sew & Serge sewing machine? First, it is a sophisticatedsewing machine that does any size button holes, invisible blind hems. monograms, double seams, zippers, asews on buttons, darning,...

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02/05/2015 10:11 AM
A high-walled hoophouse. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Farms of Amador is having a workshop on low cost tunnels and hoophouses. Eric Branstad, owner of a greenhouse business in Nevada City, will give a presentation with photos on how to protect your crops for earlier and later harvests, without having to borrow money. The workshop will take place Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 5 p.m., at the Amador City Community Hall in the old schoolhouse, 14531 East School Street, Amador City. Light refreshments will be served. A $5 donation is requested, public is invited. RSVP to amadorolive@twinwolf.net. [Read more]
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