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Caitlyn Schaap
07/28/2016 12:46 PM

Nestled in Sutter Creek, the lush green gardens, towering shade trees and cascading waterfall at Hanford Courte Park offer a beautiful and serene location for a myriad of events. Primarily known as a wedding venue, Hanford Courte hosts numerous other events including concerts, birthday parties and even next month’s Taste of Amador event, at its location off of Historic Highway 49, in Sutter Creek.

Though owner Steve Desedare has owned and operated the property for close to 17 years, it’s surprising to know that many locals don’t...

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Eric Winslow
07/28/2016 11:31 AM
After a rather long and lingering quiet spell, the Amador County Business Council is about to become more energized with a new Executive Director at its head. The Amador County non-profit organization is made up of over 30 local merchants and business leaders, all of whom are passionate about taking on the strategic challenges impacting the county and its residents. Kevin Walker of Sacramento has recently been appointed to direct the Council, whose motto is "Building better opportunities for Amador's citizens." Walker has been a... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
07/21/2016 1:28 PM
The great staff makes your shopping experience excellent at Cost Less. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Caitlyn Schaap

On August 27, Cost Less Foods is partnering up with the Amador Ledger Dispatch and Hanford Courte Park to sponsor Taste of Amador, a food and drink event benefiting the Interfaith Food Bank. According to Don Way, President of the Cost Less Food Company, this is just a part of their business philosophy. Each location’s store director is encouraged to get involved in the community and support local causes.

“We’re big supporters of schools and local newspapers… We support local community organizations. It’s important and good for...

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Caitlyn Schaap
07/07/2016 12:17 PM

Situated next to the Sutter Creek Theatre, Choc-O-Latte is a tiny, homey coffee shop. Decorated in copper and warm colors, stepping into the little shop is almost like stepping into the wrapping of luxurious chocolate confection.

Not new to being a coffee shop, the location used to be home to Kaffeine’s, but when the owner moved out of the state last year, she put the shop up for sale.

“I own Bella’s Corner, across the street, and saw the for-sale sign come up,” Victoria Spainhower said. “My sister said, ‘Do you want to do a...

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06/30/2016 1:02 PM
Hunger is a reality for over 50 million Americans, or one in seven people living in the United States. To create awareness of this issue and help their neighbors in need, the Jackson Grocery Outlet store is kicking off its fifth annual Independence from Hunger food drive, a month-long, company-wide campaign. Together Jackson Grocery Outlet and their customers can help to feed people in Amador County facing hunger and dealing with food insecurity. Over the past five years, over $500,000 has been raised in cash, gift cards and food... [Read more]
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06/30/2016 1:14 PM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie.
After losing everything in a devastating fire last year, Brown’s Automotive is back up and running. The Chamber of Commerce helped cut the ribbon at Brown’s new location in Sutter Creek. In the photo are Owner Julie Brown, Chamber Board members Beth Stanton, Kathleen Harmon, Owner Trent Brown, Chamber Board member Katie Dunn and Chamber Director Thomi Manzano. [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
06/23/2016 12:17 PM
Zumba is one of the fun fitness classes kids can participate in at Kids Fit. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta

Last week, Amador Athletic Club kicked off its Kids Fit program for the third year. The program began on June 14 and will run Tuesdays and Thursdays through July 21, filling the gym with kids eager for fitness and fun.

“We do a lot of different things, nutrition, a lot of exercise, but we make it fun. It’s kind of like going to camp,” Amador Athletic Club owner Dave Gebauer said.

The Kids Fit Program boasts four different fitness activities for kids each Tuesday and Thursday and each child will rotate from station to station...

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Caitlyn Schaap
06/23/2016 12:19 PM
New manager of the St. George, Ed Tracey. Photo courtesy to the ALD by Casey Landrum

Ed Tracey loves Volcano. He often shares the brief story of how he came to find his own corner of paradise, coming to Volcano two years ago for a wedding at the St. George, falling in love with it and deciding to stay. But, there’s much more to the story of how this two-year manager of the Volcano Union Inn + Pub and new manager of the St. George Hotel became an Amadorian.

“It was amazing how it all kind of fell into place here,” Tracey said.

Tracey grew up in New York.

“The running joke is, I grew up in a very Irish...

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Via Press Release
06/23/2016 12:26 PM
The Carson Pass Information Station is offering a number of interpretive walks this summer. Dennis Price leads the “History of Carson Pass” walk on Saturdays through September 10. This hike begins at 10 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour. Mike Mahoney will be leading a “Meet the Trees of Carson Pass” interpretive walk on Friday, July 15. This hike also starts at 10 a.m. and will last roughly 1.5 hours. Carson Pass Ranger Frank Tortorich leads a “Walk with the Ranger” hike on Saturday, July 9. This 1.5 hour stroll begins at 10... [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
06/09/2016 11:39 AM

What do you do to celebrate the promotion of 159 eighth graders from Ione Junior High? Parents and staff came up with a number of ideas to celebrate the occasion. The problem? Finding sponsors and keeping costs down so that everyone could celebrate. And once again, Amador County came shining through to show these young men and women how proud we, the community, are of their accomplishment.

For starters a group of parent volunteers and staff got together to hold a dance. Thanks to the gracious donations from local businesses the...

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Via Press Release
05/12/2016 12:42 PM
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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My AChome admin
05/05/2016 12:41 PM
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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05/05/2016 12:31 PM
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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Via Press Release
05/05/2016 1:14 PM

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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Via Press Release
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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Eric Marks
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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Via Press Release
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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