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Tessa Marguerite
Yesterday
Karen Purcell's "Unlocking Your Brilliance" encourages young women to pursue a STEM career
There is no better place to establish the foundational reason for being than at the beginning. Dr. Melodye Hilton has developed "Who's Teaching the Babies?” a Christian-based resource providing curriculum and educational tools for churches, daycares and caregivers. Dr. Hilton comments, "Through science and proven experience, we have recognized the life-empowering results of teaching babies in the most crucial and foundational window of opportunity: conception through three years." An infant's brain begins to form just three weeks... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
11 hours 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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Work crews at the Arc are paid group work opportunities in the community. All workers earn minimum wage and gain the skills needed to prepare them for individual job placements within the community.

Crew members are held to a high standard. They must arrive to work on time, come dressed in crew attire, follow directions and follow safety rules and regulation set forth by each company we work for.

In the past work crews used to use two vans and two trailers for recycling crews during the summer months. This year we purchased a...

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Arc employees and consumers are, top row, from left, Employment Specialists Larry Chadwick and Dawn Klamm, below, consumers Harlan, Operation Care 10 years; Jon, Walmart 18 years; Patrick, Burger King 14 years; Jon, Subway 6 years. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Arc of Amador and Calaveras is a non-profit, grassroots organization that works with intellectually and developmentally disabled adults. One of the areas we support our consumers in is supported employment. Currently, we have 40 individuals working in the community at a variety of businesses throughout Amador and Calaveras counties. They are hired through the business and receive minimum wage or above.

Some of the perks of hiring someone through The Arc is that they are assigned a job coach, who helps them learn their job, at...

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Carolyn Schmitz
10 hours ago
Epsom salt – actually magnesium sulfate – is one of the most versatile household products, with uses ranging from creating at-home spa treatments to soothing achy muscles to helping start or improve gardens. It’s been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, and it’s gaining a new generation of fans looking for a safe, economical alternative in a sea of expensive, over-the-counter remedies. Epsom salt is easy to use, easy to find in your local pharmacy or grocery store and it costs about the same per use as a cup of coffee. For... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
10 hours ago
There are several simple “rules” that would make the cell phone experience better for the caller, the receiver and those around them. July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, and lots of ideas about etiquette are being discussed. Among them are a few below.

Be all there: When you’re in a meeting, performance, courtroom or other busy area, let calls go to voicemail to avoid a disruption. In some instances, turning your phone off may be the best solution.

Keep it private: Be aware of your surroundings and avoid discussing...

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Carolyn Schmitz
11 hours ago
The Amador Corvette Club will hold it’s next monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 5th at the Round Table Pizza in Martell. We meet at 5 p.m., for dinner and socializing and the meeting begins at 6 p.m. If you own a Corvette and enjoy good friend get togethers and fun monthly runs feel free to join us. Guests and visitors are always welcome. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information you can contact Gayle and Jay at 274-0506 or visit our website at amadorcorvetteclub.com.

Mother Lode Quilters Guild

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Carolyn Schmitz
6 days ago
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s slots and table games paid out more than $3 million to guests during the month of June.

“June was a big month at Jackson with all of the excitement surrounding the conclusion of the Dream Wedding Giveaway,” said Rich Hoffman, CEO of Jackson Rancheria. “July will be just as exhilarating, offering our loyal patrons even more ways to win.”

Rancheria Hot Reels: Drawings from 8 a.m. to midnight, Thursdays in July. All Dreamcatcher’s Club members get one free entry. The top 70 from each tournament...

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
At the Jr. Livestock Auction during the Amador County Fair, there will be an opportunity to support both the local community and the Interfaith Food Bank by purchasing an animal and donating it to the Food Bank. The frozen meat can then be used throughout the year, thus decreasing the issue of an over-abundance during the holidays and insufficient food supplies in summer months.

The auction will take place on the last day of the fair, which is Sunday, July 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. After bidding on and purchasing an animal at...

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
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If you just can’t wait six more days for the Amador County Fair, here’s some good news for you: The Fifth Annual Fair Kick-Off BBQ is tomorrow, Saturday, July 19. Come out to the fairgrounds for an evening of live music, dancing and hardy barbecued vittles.

The Amador County Fair Foundation has organized the Kick-off BBQ as a thank you to new and current foundation members, and as a celebration of the upcoming fair. Pat Crew, president of the Amador County Fair Foundation and emcee of tomorrow’s event commented, “Fair funding is...

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
"The Adventures of Bella and Harry, Let's Visit Maui"
“The Adventures of Bella and Harry, Let’s Visit Maui!” is the 12th installment in this children’s series, and follows a pair of cute and cuddly Chihuahua pups as they visit a dormant volcano, attend a luau and learn to hula. Author Lisa Manzione based this series of children’s books on the premise that geography is one of the most important parts of learning, and aims to help children think globally, not only about the area in which they live. “I do not believe that there are enough books for children between the ages of five and ten... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
6 days ago
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Teens get involved when it's time for fair

By Walter Guerra

Can teens be involved in the Amador County Fair you ask? The answer is yes, teens can be involved in many different ways. Whether they are part of 4-H, a sports team that has a booth, or just want to have fun at the carnival, the fair is the perfect place for teens to have a blast.

Amador County Fair has many activities and booths related to teens. There is a Kids Day Parade in downtown Plymouth, on July 24, at 9:30 a.m. They also can buy a burger from the...

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Carolyn Schmitz
6 days ago
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Don and Carole Noce-Goodall, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Don and Carole were married in Carson City, Nevada, on July 11, 1964. They celebrated by spending a week La Jolla, California, joined by family members from Las Cruces, Valley Springs, California and Independence, Missouri. Their fun-filled week included a dinner cruise from the San Diego Harbor, boogie-boarding at the beach, a kayaking tour to the La Jolla Caves, and visits to the San Diego Zoo and Sea World. The trip provided... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
6 days ago
The nation’s capital welcomed more than 3,500 members of one of its foremost service organizations with the arrival of the Daughters of the American Revolution for its 123rd annual Continental Congress. Attending were Ida Ruth Edmonson-Johnson, Registrar, of Sutter Creek; Barbara McMahon, California State Officer, of Pioneer; and Janice Brady, associate member, of Louin, Mississippi, all members of the Sierra Amador chapter in Jackson. Highlights of the week-long event included welcoming respected keynote speakers and award winners... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
6 days ago
Madilynn Grace Fisher. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Madilynn Grace Fisher was born May 22, 2014, at 6:41 p.m., at Baptist Health Medical Center, in North Little Rock, Arkansas, to Will and Cassie Fisher, of Jacksonville, Arkansas. Baby Madilynn weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces, and measured 20 inches in length. She is a very proud addition to our family and will be very loved by all.

Graycen Marie Wilkey was born June 2, 2014, at 5:11 p.m., at Sutter Amador Hospital, in Jackson, to Ryan and Tyler Wilkey, of Ione. She weighed 8 pounds 7 ounces, and measured 20 inches in length. Baby...

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Carolyn Schmitz
6 days 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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6 days ago
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The Amador Learning Center staff is available to help new and returning college students register and enroll for online and iTV (interactive Television) Summer/Fall classes 2014 at Coastline Community College, Alan Hancock College, Foothill College and Folsom Lake College.

The Amador Learning Center facilitates access to more than 100 online degree and certificate programs, including options for the new associate degrees for transfer to California State University and University of California campuses.

ALC provides mentoring,...

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Jack Mitchell
1 week ago
“Number, please.” It’s been a little over 50 years since those words were spoken in Jackson. At 11 p.m., on April 4, 1964, the city celebrated the coming of Direct Distance Dialing and honored the departing telephone operators with a parade down Main Street. With the age of automation, the Pacific Telephone Company laid off 32 persons in its Jackson Office.

The Ledger headline, published on Thursday, April 1, 1964 was, “Jackson ready for dial cut-over.” The story read, “Beginning Saturday (April 4) night — at 11 p.m. — an...

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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago
Alan & Helen Bierce at a bush landing strip in Botswana
Always brilliant, Alan and Helen Bierce brought along a recent copy of the Amador Ledger Dispatch on their recent trip to Botswana. Here, the couple poses with friends at their bush landing. [Read more]
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Tom Thompson
2 weeks ago
Thank you to all of the golfers and sponsors who participated and helped make the Interfaith Food Bank’s inaugural golf tournament, “Swing to End Hunger,” a success. We could not do it without you.

I’m sure you’ve heard California is in the middle of a drought, and I’m sorry to say so is the Interfaith Food Bank. Traditionally, June through October is the time of year when our funds start to evaporate and the flow of monetary donations is reduced to a slow trickle. During the holidays, the flow of funds is strong and consistent....

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