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Brent Parsons
6 days ago
I wrote last year about my experience on a competitive basketball court as a player older than all but one. I think it’s time for an update. First, I am now older than all. Rick Smith, my senior by a month, was forced off the court by a very serious health event. We all miss him. He coached many of our Jackson boys and was the man with the gym key for a couple of decades, the most regular of the regulars. Not many now know how good a player he was and the passionate knowledge he had for the game. I remember. We hope for a full... [Read more]
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Donna Kelley
6 days ago
One of people’s most enjoyable activities is eating food — perhaps, also, selecting, preparing and thinking about food. Many of our social gatherings, holidays and events are centered around delicious, fabulous food and, for many of us, it is so easy to overindulge. Is this glorious food supporting a healthy body or causing harmful effects?

There are basically six components of a healthy diet, which will support the human body emotionally and physically, reducing mood issues and degenerative conditions. The six components are:...

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Brent Parsons
2 weeks ago
As I have written previously, perhaps ad nauseum, my wife, Leslie, likes to cook. What makes the pursuit even better is that she does it well. She bakes pizza with a homemade crust and sauce. No two pizzas have been alike. We might have it every three weeks and when it is time again, Leslie always asks for my input. If the memory of the last one is particularly good, I ask for a repeat. It never happens. The toppings might be identical, but the foundation never is. Too many variables, including temperature, moisture and amount of... [Read more]
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Mike Sweeney
3 weeks ago
This swan stayed with Sweeney for a long time. Photo courtesy of Mike Sweeney
Faithful Dispatch readers know that the California Delta is the best place to see a wide variety of birds in a short period of time. September is the perfect month to visit the Delta, after Labor Day crowds have dissipated, and the fall migration of our feathered friends has begun. My goal last week was H and H Marina, at the end of Eight Mile Road, northeast of Stockton. It doesn’t look like much when you pull up, as the cafe is boarded up, and the launch ramp has seen better days, but once you get your boat into the water, you... [Read more]
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Donna Kelley
3 weeks ago
Athletes and all of us need strong and healthy bones to carry our bodies everywhere throughout our lifetime. Our bones are living matter and require high-nutrient foods and beverages to keep them ‘alive.’ Bones are mostly made up of calcium. We have all heard the saying, “You are what you eat.” Well, this is also true with what we are feeding our bones. So, it would make sense that we would not feed our bones food or beverages that would rid the body of this precious mineral. However, this is actually what many people are doing and... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
3 weeks ago
I’m not a golfer, but it is almost never too late to become one — if you don’t care about being good. My parents, my brother and my son all golfed, and occasionally I would go with them for some socializing. My game was scattered and I was told my swing was influenced by softball, which is not good. My softball team thought the reverse, which is also not good. I lacked the patience and focus. My most memorable shot was a “birdie” at Mace Meadow. I scorched a drive that gained about five feet in altitude. A blackbird rose from the... [Read more]
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Donna Kelley
4 weeks ago
There are many elements to living an active, healthy lifestyle, and one of them is clean, pure water. Have you ever noticed what happens when you water a plant that looks droopy and wilted? It perks up, comes back to life and looks great. Well, that is what water does for us, also. The human body cannot live more than three-to-five days without water. The human adult body is composed of about 60 percent water. Our muscles and kidneys are made up of 79 percent water. Our lungs are composed of 83 percent water. Our brain and heart... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
08/28/2014 10:35 AM
Yuki snapped this photo from above Upper Blue Lake. His friend, Mark, is the tiny guy on the shore. Photo courtesy of Kautz's friend, Yuki
On Sunday, the 17th, I got an email from my friend Yuki, saying that if I could wait to go to Upper Blue Lakes until Tuesday, he wanted to go. Sure, I’d wait until then to go up. It’s always a pleasure to fish with him. We’ve been doing so since we met at the Camanche Trout Pond some four years ago.

We met at Cook’s Station at 8:30 a.m., and, after picking up coffee, we headed up the hill. We got to Upper Blue Lake and picked a different spot than I usually fish, because we wanted to use our rod holders and most of the shoreline...

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Donna Kelley
08/28/2014 10:30 AM
A question wassent my way by Margaret A. of Sutter Creek: I’ve been diagnosed with arthritis and heard that nutrition may help with stiffness and pain. If this is true, what foods do I need to be eating or not eating?

My answer is: This is definitely true. Arthritis is inflammation of the joints and connective tissue (cartilage). Cartilage is a slippery material that covers the ends of bones, acting like a cushion, and preventing the bones from rubbing together. As cartilage starts breaking down due to wear and tear, dehydration,...

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Brent Parsons
08/07/2014 1:40 PM
Irma and Jose Fieto and some of their staff stand ready for action at Bella Rosa II, in Sutter Creek. Photo courtesy of Brent Parsons
Leslie and I dine out rarely in the evening, because Leslie likes to cook and I support my wife in that endeavor. Once we are home, we usually stay, and my entertainment budget has always been the last one funded. We do eat lunch out at least once a week and have eaten at Bella Rosa, in Jackson, a dozen times. Our waitress is usually an upbeat and energetic young woman with a captivating accent who sometimes has children upstairs.

A few weeks ago, I noticed a Bella Rosa sign had replaced the Hootenanny’s one in Martell, followed...

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Mike Sweeney
07/10/2014 3:08 PM
One of the many gifts we enjoy living in Amador County is our proximity to one of the outdoor wonders of the world — Lake Tahoe. People travel for days to visit this outdoor icon, but we can get to this largest alpine lake in North America in an hour-and-a-half. Consider these Tahoe facts: 1,645 feet deep (deepest lake in the US after Crater Lake); 22 miles long and 12 miles wide; 72 miles of shoreline; fed by 63 tributaries with only one outlet, the Truckee River. The Lake Tahoe Basin was created millions of years ago by seismic... [Read more]
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Mike Sweeney
06/20/2014 12:36 PM
Comedian Stephan Wright says, “Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.” Unfortunately, most long distance routes have lots of traffic and safety issues. Wouldn’t it be great if we had a magical long distance walking trail here in our area free of traffic and surrounded by nature’s beauty; one that could even take us to other countries; a trail that could transport us to Yosemite, Mt. Whitney, the Mojave Desert to the south and Mt. Rainier and all the “Ring of Fire” volcanoes to the north? Well, this magical... [Read more]
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Mark Kautz
06/20/2014 12:51 PM
I learned the other day that the fish hatchery at Nimbus Dam is “evacuating” its trout, due to a lack of cold water from Lake Natoma. This hatchery stocks the Highway 88 corridor and several places off Highway 50. A commissioner from Alpine County Fish and Game stated that their local areas (Alpine County rivers, etc.) will continue to be planted throughout the season and that the hatchery closure will not affect that area.

The plan I heard was to spread out all the fish in the hatchery among the Highway 88 and 50 lakes and have...

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Mark Kautz
06/12/2014 3:42 PM
Amador Flyfishers welcomes guest speaker Thomas (TJ) Ferreira of Tenkara USA Flyrods on Tuesday, June 17, at 6 p.m., in the Amador County Administration Center, at 810 Court Street, in Jackson.

Tenkara is one of the oldest (and now latest) flyfishing crazes: this traditional Japanese method of flyfishing is ideal for fly-fishing mountain streams, using a rod with an attached/fixed line (no reel) and a non-weighted fly.

Starting at 6 p.m., Ferreira will demonstrate how to tie Tenkara flies, followed by a general meeting at 7...

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Via Press Release
06/09/2014 10:24 PM
It is officially the beginning of June. The Pinterest pages, Facebook feeds, and family magazine features are loaded up with all the activities you should do with your kid’s summer. AS. IF. As if we need more activities. MORE I say! As if I am sitting here, ok, really laying here in my end of school year coma, thinking, “OMG! I CANNOT wait to tackle that homemade moon sand recipe we will dye ourselves with the skin of organic vegetables, then shape our homemade sand into a perfect replica of the Millenium Falcon! ” Or, “Why yes, I... [Read more]
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Mike Sweeney
06/06/2014 2:38 PM
We can count on tax deadlines in April and Memorial Day in May, and, in June, we know that The Arc of Amador and Calaveras will be hosting a welcoming picnic for the amazing Journey of Hope cyclists. The Arc has been putting on this wonderful event for 25 years now, and if the people The Arc serves have anything to say about it, they will be hosting these cyclists for the next 100 years.

You see, these bike riders are members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Back in 1977, PKP founded a nonprofit organization, PUSH America, to help...

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Jerry Budrick
06/06/2014 2:41 PM
y wife and I headed out on Friday, May 16, for Pine Flat Lake, about 40 miles east of Fresno. The plan was to meet up with a fellow blogger from that area and fish the Kings River, below Pine Flat Dam. I also wanted to visit a couple of places where I had camped in the past. It was a déjà vu kind of thing.

We got to the campground about 4:30 p.m. and, by the time I had leveled the trailer and got the camping chairs out, I was drinking a 16 oz. bottle of water about every hour. It was supposed to be 95 there on Friday, but it sure...

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Matthew Hedger
06/05/2014 10:46 AM
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Matthew Hedger
05/26/2014 9:21 AM
INGREDIENTS:

1 large package Blue or purple jello

1 large package Red jello, any flavor

4 cups Water; boiling

2 cups Water; cold

8 ounces Cool Whip topping; thawed

4 cups Angel food cake, cubed

2 cups Strawberries; sliced

1/2 cups Blueberries

DIRECTIONS:

Dissolve berry blue jello in 2 cups of boiling water. In a

separate bowl, dissolve the cherry jello. Stir 1 cup of

cold water into each bowl. Pour into separate 9x13" pans.

Refrigerate at least 3 hours until firm. Cut into 1/2"

cubes. Place blue jello cubes in bottom...

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Jenny Price
05/26/2014 12:16 PM
In honor of Memorial Day, here's a Los Angeles Times photo dated March 22, 1941 of 41 men-including Jimmy Stewart-who were taking the oath to enlist in the Army. Stewart was the first major star to enter military service before Dec.. 7, 1941. During the war, he would receive two Distinguished Flying Cross medals for actions in combat and the Croix de Guerre. He also received the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters. Stewart rose to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve.

Source: Classic...

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