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Caitlyn Schaap
4 days ago

Motherload Crossfit helps local kids find the fun in fitness

Young children doing CrossFit might seem like an unusual sight to many people familiar with the notoriously difficult and intense exercise program, but at Motherload CrossFit, in Martell, it’s a common occurrence. Sunnyhill Daycare and Motherload CrossFit are teaming up to help local kids stay fit and healthy. Every week, daycare provider Jamie Wedge brings four to five children to Motherload CrossFit’s facility, next to St. Katharine Drexel Parish, in the former...

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Carolyn Schooley
4 days ago

On Saturday, September 17, volunteers ages 6 to 80 removed 605 pounds of trash and 88 pounds of recyclables during Foothill Conservancy’s 26th annual Mokelumne River Cleanup. Thanks to the efforts of 35 volunteers, the Mokelumne River, next to Electra Road and at the Hwy 26 bridge crossing, is now more clean and safe for humans and wildlife.

The trash and recyclables collected this year included beer and soda cans, bottles, broken glass, paper, fast-food trash, tires, batteries, a small refrigerator, chairs and other furniture,...

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Jerry Budrick
4 days ago
Local historian and winemaker Eric Costa addresses the standing-room-only crowd at last Friday’s Wine & Cheese Tasting at the Amador County Museum, in Jackson. Photo courtesy of Larry Angier

The north lawn of the Amador County Museum, in downtown Jackson, was filled to overflowing last Friday night, as a standing-room-only crowd gathered to hear local historian Eric Costa speak about the early days of winemaking in Amador County. Costa’s tales of thirsty miners and savvy entrepreneurs captivated the crowd. “In 1870, Amador County had 2,467 ares of grapes,” said Costa. “The county did not approach this acreage again until the year 2000.”

Costa told his listeners that much of agricultural glory of the Sierra Foothills,...

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4 days ago
(Right) Susan Manning was Super Woman at this year’s Paws & Claws. (Left) A rescued opossum attended the event. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Bill Lavallie

Wearing colorful capes, masks, tights and even a tutu, more than 120 supporters of Tri County Wildlife Care came to Paws & Claws 2016 to celebrate wildlife and the people who care about wildlife in our community.

President Sandy Greene shared a short year-in-review: over 700 critters so far this year have arrived at their doors needing care, and the outlook is that 60 percent will be released, which is an impressive number. The new facility at 80 Ridge Road, Suite B, in Sutter Creek, has been wildly successful and has accommodated...

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Eric Winslow
4 days ago
Vicki Campbell (center) with Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, and BLM California State Director, Jerry Perez. Photo courtesy to the ALD.

The name "Campbell" should say a lot more than just "soup" to Amador County residents - though Colin "Soup" Campbell, who was a long-time Amador High school varsity sports scorekeeper, does happen to be among the County's most beloved names. Also, Colin's wife, Pearl, was Sutter Creek's city clerk for many years. And, of course, Campbell Construction projects can be see all over the Gold Country.

On September 14, one of Colin and Pearl Campbell's three daughters, Vicki, who is currently the program manager for the Bureau of...

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Craig Baracco
2 weeks ago

At their meeting Monday night, the Sutter Creek Planning Commissioners approved a new mobile food truck, based at the Italian Picnic Grounds, among other items.

The new food truck will be located on Highway 49, near the intersection Highway 88 and Ridge Road, at Sutter Hill. The proposed wagon will offer a fresh-Mex menu and also will join a number of similar vehicles that have claimed locations throughout Amador County.

Food trucks are now a regular presences in Sutter Creek, Ione, Pine Grove and Jackson. They are part of a...

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Eric Winslow
2 weeks ago
Caveat Emptor? A sign outside the Amador County Health and Human Services building warns of snakes in the grass and other dangers. Photo by Eric Winslow
Shoppers for prime real estate may be keen to learn that the decade-old Health and Human Services building at 10877 Conductor Boulevard in Sutter Creek has recently been put on the market at an asking price of $20,000,000. If the property finds a buyer, it will have been the third time that it has changed hands, though the many names to which the property has belonged, as well as the percentage of interest they have had in it, have alternated multiple times since it was built in 2007 on a lonely parcel of 5.66 acres in the middle of... [Read more]
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Mike Sweeney
2 weeks ago
Most people who visit California waterways treat them with respect and leave no trace of their visit. Unfortunately, a small percentage of poorly evolved losers leave behind mountains of trash in the form of beer bottles, tires, plastic bags, used diapers, cigarette butts, etc. This garbage chokes our streams, lakes and even the ocean itself. Thankfully, we have more winners than losers on this planet, so activities like the Great Sierra River Cleanup are born. This year, the Cleanup takes place this Saturday, September 17, and we... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
2 weeks ago
On Friday, September 16, beginning at 5 p.m., the Amador County Historical Society will host its 2nd annual Wine and Cheese Tasting at the Amador County Museum, in downtown Jackson. The featured guest speaker will be local historian and winemaker Eric Costa, appropriately addressing the topic of the early days of winemaking in Amador County, when thirsty gold miners clamored for wine and winemaking entrepreneurs responded. A concurrent raffle and silent auction of valuable items of Amador County historical value will be held. On... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
2 weeks ago
Jugs are filled with cider after the hard work of picking and pressing are done.

On Saturday, September 17, get a taste of Fall at Mother Lode Harvest's Summer Quarter Open House, hosted by Steve Wilensky and Pat Noll, of Humbug Creek Farm, in Glencoe. Humbug Creek Farm has over 450 fruit trees, with 186 varieties of apples, 100 of which are heirlooms. This year, in addition to helping with their apple pressing to make their famous cider, we will be treated to a tour of their property, which will highlight the forest restoration that has been done since the Butte Fire last year.

The schedule for the day will...

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Ginger Budrick
3 weeks ago
Cara Agustin owns and operates The Studio Performing Technique Dance School, in Sutter Creek. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Ginger Budrick
From the moment I started writing this column, I’ve been getting recommendations from readers of people to interview. And, I’m so lucky to have those recommendations, because without them, I’d have no one to write about. Of all the recommendations I’ve received, there is one person who has been recommended the most. That person is Cara Agustin. She was recommended by so many people that I had to see what all the hype was about. So, I found the website for her dance studio and sent an email saying something along the lines of, “Hi,... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
3 weeks ago
A tribute to the life of the late, great Carlos Peralta, aka Fat Freddy. Photo by Eric Winslow

It's been observed that great people and celebrities die in threes. With the passing of three prominent Amador mainstays, it looks like our County is no exception to the rule. In the last three weeks alone, we've lost Chester Lewis "Wiper Blade" Williams, Fr. George Louis Thomas and, most tragically for downtown Jackson's lunch crowd, Carlos Fredrick Peralta, affectionately known as "Fatty Freddy."

Carlos was an American success story, not because he died rich, or built skyscrapers, or anything fancy like that, but for the simple...

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Eric Winslow
3 weeks ago
The Great Fire of 1862 as depicted by Argonaut high school students in a mural hanging at the Jackson Civic Center.

Fire! Fire! Fire seems to blaze everywhere these days. Devastating forest fires are now a permanent fixture of our lives here in rural California, which has become little more than a dry landscape of arid chaparral, flammable brush and beetle-bitten pine trees, like millions of matchsticks just poised to be set ablaze by a careless motorist or a malicious arsonist.

But the uncontrollable infernos of today are only a different degree, not a different kind, of the tragic blazes of yesteryear. History has a way of putting even the...

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Caitlyn Schaap
3 weeks ago
Hanford Courte Park owner Steve Desedare visited Amador High School’s music class on Wednesday to present the students and teacher with a check for $2,400 to help fund the music program. The funds were raised during a benefit concert at Hanford Courte in July. The concert featured international star Pasquale Esposito, a world-renowned Italian opera singer who presented the special performance to a large audience of music lovers. After Desedare presented the check, he was met with a round of applause and expressions of thanks from the... [Read more]
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4 weeks ago
Milligan School is a private residence now. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta

Believe it or not, there are still a few one-room schoolhouses in operation in California and other rural communities across the United States. Several locals in Amador County can recall their own personal experience or stories they’ve heard of growing up and attending school with siblings or neighbors at schools like the Milligan Schoolhouse in the town of Clinton.

Clinton, formerly known as Sarahsville and Lincoln, was not always the small town it is today. Clinton was a booming gold mining camp in the 1850’s; in 1852 the town...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

Many of you may know Rick Champlin because of his local landscape business, but he is interested in more things than you know! Rick and Nancy Champlin just made an amazing donation from their private collection to the new Sutter Creek Museum that will be housed in the historic Sutter Creek Grammar School.

Rick has a hobby of collecting some very unusual pieces, which include everything from Indian artifacts to Civil War relics to Gold Rush pieces, and everything in between. He loves historical artifacts and has always been...

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3 weeks ago
Scouts sail boats made from plastic bottles at the Scout-O-Rama. The scouts learned about recycling at the event. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta

Last Saturday, local Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts came together to put on the second annual Scout-O-Rama in Detert park. For those of you who don’t know, Scout-O-Rama is a large outdoor event that all levels of Amador County Girl and Boy Scout troops can participate in to learn integrity, work ethic, structure and trust-building; it is also a great way to make new friends with other scouts. Local scouts of all ages showcased their games, crafts, activities, skills and outdoor expertise.

Appropriately-aged scouts spent the night...

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Caitlyn Schaap
4 weeks ago
Krysta Lewis, left, and Miranda Bermingham enjoy great local wine as they listen to the gypsy violin and guitar music of Giorgi Khokhobashvili and Don Price. The three-hour event drew hundreds of guests to Hanford Courte Park, in Sutter Creek, to taste some of the best local food and wine while raising funds for the Interfaith Food Bank. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

The first-ever Taste of Amador filled Hanford Courte Park Saturday, as hundreds came together to raise funds for the Interfaith Food Bank.

The event featured 35 different food, wine and beer vendors who served bites and sips to the hundreds of event attendees.

The weather was mild, and Hanford Courte was shady and comfortable, with the sounds of gypsy violin and guitar music wafting through the shaded pathways of the venue.

Guests surveyed the raffle prizes, which included signed bottles of wine, a juicer, gift certificate...

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Via Press Release
3 weeks ago

The Native Daughters of the Golden West Ursula Parlor #1 invite you to join them for a shrimp dinner on Friday, September 16, at the Native Sons Hall, in Jackson. There will be a no-host bar at 5:30 p.m., dinner begins at 7 p.m. There will be all-you-can-eat shrimp, salad, pasta and dessert. Tickets are $30. Contact Alba for ticket info, at (209) 479-0334.

UCCE Master Food Perservers

During those dreary winter days, wouldn’t it be great to enjoy the smells and tastes of delicious fall fruits? Now’s your chance to learn...

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08/25/2016 1:09 PM
With generous support from the Amador Community Foundation, the Kennedy Mine Foundation recently completed the replacement of the roof on “Sybil’s House,” one of the historic buildings located on the Kennedy Mine property. Sybil Arata, a ceramics teacher from San Francisco, purchased the mine — 152 acres of land, all the buildings and mineral rights — in 1960 for approximately $40,000. She eventually moved onto the property and lived in the house until she passed away in 1994 with two wishes, the mine property be maintained as an... [Read more]
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