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Tessa Marguerite
3 days ago
This year’s Lowe’s Heroes volunteers include Elaine Warzecha, Robert Barge, Karen Briggs, Mike Dodge, Clarissa Bellotti, David Mendonca and Suzanne Locke. Some of the Lowe’s Heroes were not available at picture time. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Each year, the Lowe’s Heroes Project encourages Lowe’s employees to team together and adopt a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization or K–12 public school and make a difference. This year, the organization chosen was Head Start ECS State Preschool, in Ione. In previous years, the Heroes Project has provided service to The Arc of Amador and Calaveras and the Amador County Safe House for Battered Women and Children.

Karen Briggs, Human Resources Manager of Lowe’s of Martell, in Jackson, is one of nine Lowe’s...

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Tessa Marguerite
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Jim Baldwin is the owner of JB’s Journeys, and assistant tennis coach at Amador High School. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
According to local travel agent Jim Baldwin, of JB’s Journeys, Delta Airlines will be making some changes after the new year. Whereas the current options for cabin class are Economy or First/Business, the new options will include 14 Economy and 9 First/Business options for fare class. Baldwin commented that these different levels of Economy class reservations will have, “no frills, no seat assignment and non-refundable tickets.” A fee may be added for window or aisle preference, or even a carry-on fee, as well. Although Delta is... [Read more]
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Ric Ryan and his wife donate 25 cents to vets every time you wave to him while he’s walking. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A Vietnam veteran, known for walking and waving his way through his tiny California town of Murphys to raise money for injured war veterans, took his cause to New York City for “America’s Parade,” on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Walking helps 68-year-old Ric Ryan battle his demons from a war that happened in the past, while the money he raises helps soldiers returning from the most recent ones.

Each time someone waves at him while he is walking, Ryan and his wife donate 25 cents to UCLA Operation Mend, which helps severely injured...

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Audrey Warren earned the prize for the 18 and under category. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
In mid-October, the Ione Business & Community Association sponsored the annual Harvest Faire on cornstalk-decorated Main Street, in Ione. The Ione Fire Department served up a delicious pancake breakfast as vendors erected their tents and displayed their wares. The main event was the giant pumpkin contest. Randy Warren, of Auburn, won $1,000 for his 487 pound pumpkin, and Audrey Warren took home $500 for her 274 pound beauty. Volcano resident Jim Carr won $550 for his local-grown 297 pound fruit. The Jackson Rancheria contributed... [Read more]
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Sutter Creek’s Parade of Lights will put a twinkle in your eye this season with floats, music, special guests and flaming-baton twirlers. Photos courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Get Your Sleigh Bells And Join The Parade

Join us for the 8th Annual Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 13. Sutter Creek will come alive in twinkling lights as everything from cars, mail trucks, school buses, horses, dogs, people, marching bands, baton twirlers and more parade down historic Sutter Creeks’ Main Street beneath the moonlight on a crisp December evening. Everyone is invited to come down and watch this magical Parade of Lights. Children and adults enjoy this evening of old-fashioned, hometown fun.

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Terry Puc
3 weeks ago

Mighty Says: LOOK at the new sales at Community Hope Thrift Store

11114 Ridge Road Sutter Creek 209-418-3426

Open Monday thru Friday 9am to 5pm Saturday 10am to 4pm

Daily Color Specials up to 50% off

*Military & Vets w/ ID Discount 35% off new items

*Senior 60 Plus w/ ID Discount 10% off new items

Special Days:

*Tuesday Good Buy Clearance 50% off every week

*Thursday Senior Day 35% off new items

Saturday & Monday 50% off purchases $15 & over

* $2.00 Minimum Black Dot items are excluded

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Beverly Huston Fisher
3 weeks ago
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On Oct.1, Victory Village was awarded a federal SSVF grant for just above $467,000, one of only 19 organizations to receive it. The funding will provide services for at least 75 veteran families, including veteran housing, life skills, education, mental wellness and physical activities. Their main goal is, “to help veterans and their families bridge the gap from military service to civilian life,” and to rapidly transition them to more permanent housing.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have enacted this initiative, SSVF,...

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3 weeks ago
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Big smiles and happy customers were about at the Jo-Ann fabrics and crafts grand opening on October 16 through 18. The first 100 customers for each day received a gift card ranging from $10 to $250, filling three lucky winners’ carts.

Aisles clambered with shoppers admiring the colorful bolts of fabric that line shelves and an entire wall. Fabric measuring devices, scissors, cutters and hundreds of trim choices hanging from fresh hooks.

With perfect timing for the holidays, there are costume patterns, jack o’ lanterns and...

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Beverly Huston Fisher
3 weeks ago
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Hank Lorist, a master craftsman and clockwork specialist, announces his new location. H. Lorist Watchmakers is still in the Motherlode Plaza, on State Highway 49, in Jackson, but it is now in the newer building behind its previous location, across the parking lot from Thomi's.

"I love it," stated Lorist regarding his new shop. The new workshop, which he personally renovated, is open and airy. After sound-proofing a shared inner wall, he was able to design specific work stations for designated items, including an entire section...

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3 weeks ago
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What is STEM? The Amador Branch of the American Association of University Women will be hosting a program that will answer that question, as well as tell about STEM education that is happening right here in Amador County. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Workforce projections for 2018 show that nine of the ten fastest-growing occupations that require at least a bachelor’s degree will require significant scientific or mathematical training. Keeping K-12 students, especially girls, interested in STEM... [Read more]
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Painting by Pam Sharp. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Beginning Nov. 7, Little City Studio & Gallery, in Amador City, will host its holiday show and sale, Artful Giving and Nifty Gifties. This is an annual event designed to showcase beautiful fine arts and crafts created by the many talented local artists who display their work at Little City Studio year ’round. All the unique pieces you will find here would make terrific holiday gifts for family and friends — not only beautiful, but affordably priced to make your gift shopping a carefree and pleasurable experience. And men will find... [Read more]
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Beverly Huston Fisher
10/24/2014 10:25 AM
Diggins, in Amador City, offers many unique and delicious sausages and hot dogs. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by B. Huston-Fisher

Drop by The Diggins, in Amador City, to get your epicurean sausage and hot dog fix. Choose the Jalapeno Cheddar Dog topped with a Pineapple Jalapeno Salsa, the Mediterranean Dog with Pepper Relish and Kalamata Olives or a platter of gourmet sausages to sample. Satiate your taste buds by pairing your entree with an ice cold beer or a rich red from a winery within a five-mile radius.

The kitchen is run with precise care by locally-grown and recently-returned resident chefs, Ken and Hollie Limbocher, who are dedicated to cooking...

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10/18/2014 10:19 AM
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This year, AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service, is seeking volunteers for tax assistance/preparation and leadership coordinators. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome.

Each year, from Feb. 1 through April 15, AARP Tax-Aide volunteers prepare federal, state and local tax returns for low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those age 60 and older. Volunteers are especially needed to assist with electronic filing of tax returns. You do not...

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10/18/2014 11:14 AM
Friends of the Library Volunteers Janie Brown and Helen Bierce prepare for the upcoming book sale. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Friends of the Amador County Library presents its Fall Book Sale, Oct 17, 18 and 19, at the hall of American Legion Post 108, in Martell. The popular sale promises to be bigger and better than ever. FACL has assembled of its largest collections of used books, and has selected the very best for the sale. There will be even more, fine-quality choices than ever before. In addition to the excellent selection of books, the sale will include a wide assortment of like-new CDs and DVDs.

The sale kicks off with Member’s Night, on...

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10/18/2014 11:07 AM
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Amador Holistic Center and Deja Vu Gift Shop are pleased to announce their grand opening, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy special discounts and offers on some of their products and services, including T’ai Chi, yoga, hypnotherapy, meditation classes and guided sessions, massage therapy, pyramid, reflexology and Reiki.

Amador Holistic Center is located in the Old Amador Hotel, in Amador City, Suites 12, 13 and 14. For information and details, call toll-free, (877) 522-5702, or visit...

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10/10/2014 9:12 AM

Last week, I wrote about how several companies have been making changes to their employees’ pension plans by freezing them (not contributing to them anymore) or terminating them all together. To help address this issue, I wrote about and discussed on my radio show some options that we can do to minimize the effects of this and try to maximize our retirement without a pension plan. One of the key ways to do this is to maximize out our personal retirement plan accounts.

Since the defined benefit pension plan no longer controls the...

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10/10/2014 9:09 AM
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Friday, Oct. 17, 10 a.m. — 9 p.m.,

Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m. — 8 p.m.,

Sunday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.

Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815

New Vehicles: Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ferrari, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mazda, Mini, Nissan, Porsche, Ram, Rolls Royce, Scion, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo and more.

On-Site Ride & Drives: Over 40 vehicles from 10...

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10/10/2014 8:46 AM
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Celebrating 15 groundbreaking years, the 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition’s Annual “Call for Entries” has begun.

For the past 15 years, the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition has been the barometer of how consumers select and measure wine. The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines in the world and broke records again last year with an astonishing 5,800 entries. Submissions came pouring in from boutique wineries and large scale producers spanning 25 different...

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10/03/2014 10:22 AM
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Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency’s Energy Department has been helping low-income families and individuals with their energy needs in Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties for over 25 years. Part of ATCAA’s mission statement speaks to helping individuals toward self-sufficiency, and ATCAA’s Energy Department is a perfect example of that mission in action.

This branch of ATCAA assists low income families and individuals apply for assistance to pay electric and propane bills. The Energy Department also offers home energy...

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10/03/2014 9:39 AM

“Strategize to Maximize” is the theme for a free educational workshop which will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Rollingwood Club House, located at 20 Rollingwood Drive, in Jackson.

Presented by Certified Financial Planners Jeff Costello, of Sonora, and Nathan Mahnke, of Sacramento, the workshop will run until all questions are answered.

Host for the event is the Amador-Calaveras chapter of Thrivent Financial, a national not-for-profit membership organization. According to Arlene White, chapter president,...

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