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2 days ago
Beau Gillman and Alice Dufrene celebrate her 102nd birthday. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Beau Gillman and Alice Dufrene celebrate her 102nd birthday. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Alice Dufrene is a very special woman. On June 26, 2014, the Jackson, CA resident reached an incredible milestone – turning 102 years young. However, what really makes this centenarian so special is less about how many years lived, but about how many lives she touched throughout those years.

Alice’s family tree has deep roots within the Jackson area, dating as far back as the 1860s. This was a time when the Pony

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Tessa Marguerite
3 days ago
The American Legion began in France in 1919 when a group of American Expeditionary Forces in World War I were asked to think of ways to improve morale. There were over a thousand officers and enlisted men who attended the first meeting. That same year, the American Legion was charted by Congress as “a patriotic, mutual-help war-time veteran’s organization.” Soon after the American Legion was founded, the American Legion Auxiliary was formed and today is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. The purpose of the... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
3 days ago
Bella Rosa II is celebrating its opening in Sutter Creek with a Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Monday, July 28, at 10 a.m., at 36 Main Street (the old J&D location). [Read more]
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1 week ago
Recent SCUTI graduate, Robin Vondrak, earned multiple honors during her course of study. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Sutter Creek native Robin Vondrak recently graduated from the Sacramento Campus of Universal Technical Institute, the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians.

Vondrak attended Pioneer High School before completing the Automotive Training Program at UTI. Vondrak received multiple Student of the Course honors, which are awarded to the student with the highest grade in a given course. She is currently working at...

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Carolyn Schmitz
1 week ago
The families of Sarah Tullus and Frederick Hard III are pleased to announce their marriage on July 20, 2014, in Carmel, Calif.

The bride’s parents are Susan Turner and James Marques, of Monterey, Calif. Sarah is a 1998 graduate of Carmel High School, and a 2005 graduate of California State University at Chico. She works at the Amador Ledger Dispatch as a graphic designer.

The groom’s parents are Frederick Hard II, of Sarasota, Fla., and Gretchen Hard, of Chico, Calif. Fred attended Eagle Hill School, in Greenwich, Conn., and...

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Carolyn Schmitz
1 week ago
Annie Elliot creates Sweet Kernel magic at a recent local event. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by B. Huston-Fisher
Like a great redwood seedling, local resident Annie Elliot has grown from the fire-scorched earth of her life to start anew, while bringing popped deliciousness to area events and farmer’s markets.

Elliot began her education on the East Coast, then, following her father, headed west to complete her geology degree at California State University, Sacramento. Her career took off as she traveled throughout Northern California for Teichert Aggregates to survey and classify locations for sand or quarries.

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Carolyn Schmitz
1 week ago
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Create your own sustainable dining experience, from garden to table.

By WALTER GUERRA

True Value is cutting out the grocery store. True Value Hardware, in Jackson, is making it easy to grow healthy food right out of your yard. You can purchase supplies at True Value Hardware to dehydrate, can and compost your fruits and vegetables. They are also selling self-sustaining cookbooks to teach you the basics of taking food straight from your garden to your table.

With these new additions to the True Value store, you can now create...

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2 weeks ago
Mike Doherty stands next to the street sign in Sutter Creek that bears his company's name. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
In a recent interview with Electronic Products Magazine, local inventor Mike Doherty, president and CEO of EMCO High Voltage Corporation in Sutter Creek, discusses the creative process of developing an award-winning electronic device. In the article, Doherty explains the importance of removing himself from “the noise and clutter of modern life.” He says, “To create, you have to learn to identify a weak signal among all the noise and focus your efforts on that signal.” After conceiving an idea, Doherty works with EMCO’s engineering... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is proud to announce that Jillian and Dustin, from Lodi, are the official Dream Wedding Couple, winning a complete wedding package at Jackson Rancheria valued at $27,000.

The contest began May 1, when hopeful couples submitted a photo of themselves and their soul mate to Jackson Rancheria’s Facebook page, where friends, family and co-workers voted for their favorite couple. Voting ended on June 1, and those couples who made it through the first round submitted a YouTube video describing why they were...

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Beverly Huston Fisher
3 weeks ago
Excel’s move has afforded patients more Aqua Therapy options for healing. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by B. Huston-Fisher
Excel Physical Therapy has moved to 711 S. Highway 49, in Jackson, across the street from the Holiday Inn Express. Excel completely renovated the building to provide full-service, state-of-the-art physical therapy to adults and children. Designed with the client in mind the new facility is modern, with a beautifully open gym, offering a machine for every rehabilitation concern.

The 20’ x 40’ indoor lap pool is heated year-round, ranging from 3.5’ to 5’ deep, and the therapeutic hot tub is used for stretching and light exercises....

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3 weeks ago
As Hotel Sutter celebrates its first anniversary, owners Chuck Laughlin and Karen Sage have announced they have hired Elaine R. Offenbach as Marketing and Sales Manager.

Offenbach joins the management team at Hotel Sutter after more than three years as the Marketing and Sales Brand Manager for Sera Fina Cellars, in Plymouth. In addition, she opened CINQUE, in Sutter Creek, which represented wines from Sera Fina and its family brands. She has an extensive background in wine marketing, hotel sales and event management, publishing and...

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3 weeks ago
The Arc of Amador and Calaveras received funding from the Amador Community Foundation to implement a one-time opportunity called, “One-Team, One-Community,” Bridging Opportunity, which afforded The Arc the opportunity to move the administrative offices and create larger classroom spaces for the people served at the Amador Campus. The official move will be completed in mid-July. The partnership expanded community volunteering with the local Amador Varsity Football Team and provide a sense of accomplishment.

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Carolyn Schmitz
3 weeks ago
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Photo by Sharyn Brown Last Thursday, the queen of this bee hive got loose, and all her worker bees followed her to this pole in Sutter Creek, in front of Lizzy Ann's Book Store on Main Street. The authorities, including a local beekeeper, were called. The beekeeper was said to be very glad to get the bunch, especially the queen. [Read more]
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Beverly Huston Fisher
06/27/2014 9:07 AM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by B. Huston-Fisher

Dragon Massage is now open in the Jackson Creek Plaza Shopping Center, next to Subway. Offering massage therapy from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., every day except Sunday, to work with all schedules.

Stop in for an hour-long foot massage, specially priced at $19.99, or go for the full treatment, with a 90 minute full-body massage, for only $80. Enjoy the serene and inviting waiting area as you surrender your worries for the day. Certified in Asian Bodywork Therapy, each massage is focused...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/13/2014 9:35 AM
Did you know that 35 percent of American weddings happen between June and August? In recognition of the busy summer travel and wedding seasons, WalletHub identified the Best Honeymoon Destinations for Your Wallet in 2014. We did so by comparing 100 of the most popular domestic honeymoon destinations based on 13 key metrics that collectively speak to the affordability, weather conditions and romanticism of each city and town.

Best Honeymoon Destinations

* Chicago, Illinois

* Las Vegas, Nevada

* Los Angeles, California

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/12/2014 2:32 PM
Ben Price poses with Lance Harmon as they participate in a musical changing of the guard. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Ben and Celia Price, owners of Mother Lode Music for the past 12 years, are retiring and handing over ownership of the store to Lance Harmon. Harmon has been teaching guitar at the Music Store for ten years, and will become the new owner this weekend.

When asked why the couple decided Harmon should assume the helm, Celia replied, “We wanted someone with capable hands and a love of music....

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06/08/2014 5:11 PM
In recognition of the high cost of summer travel and the still-recovering economy, the personal finance social network WalletHub today followed up on its analysis of the Best & Worst Cities for Summer Travel with a look at the Best & Worst Cities to Staycation in 2014.

We compared each of the 100 largest cities in the U.S. based on 20 key metrics – ranging from the number of public golf courses and swimming pools per capita to the cost of maid services – in order to help consumers who are on the fence about staying home or taking...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/06/2014 11:11 AM
Christopher Petralli, of Morgan Stanley, continues to serve Amador County clients, offering investment advice and wealth management.

After receiving his degree at Miami University, Petralli began his career as an associate at Wells Fargo. His current position as a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley is based out of the Roseville office. He meets with his local investors regularly, at a Jackson location, two or three times a week. He stays involved within the community as a member of the Rotary, and as part of the membership...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/06/2014 11:00 AM
Americana history is available to view and purchase at 1 Main Street, in Jackson. Wolf and Linda Hein are helping a dear friend in need as they sell an entire estate of national treasures.

Meander in to view an intricate Native American Osage beaded vest, circa 1900, detailed naval oil paintings by well known artists, along with historical national documents. Admire the beautiful Chippendale tall boy or the inspiring painting of JFK. The collection includes upwards of 100 oil paintings, ranging in price from $1,000 to $50,000...

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06/03/2014 8:55 AM
Power plants currently churn out about 40 percent of the carbon pollution in the air we breathe, and contribute to hundreds of thousands of asthma attacks and thousands of heart attacks.

And even though we limit the amount of toxic chemicals like mercury, sulfur, and arsenic that power plants can put in our air and water, there are no national limits on the carbon pollution they can release.

As President Obama said in his weekly address on Saturday, "It's not smart, it's not safe, and it doesn't make sense."

That's why...

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