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Eric Winslow
4 days ago
We are making our way along the Highway to Heaven — a meandering, 50-mile stretch of Amador County roadway that curls its way like a grapevine through the Sierra foothills, festooned along the way with clusters of churches and houses of worship that cohere to the sides of this rural thoroughfare like those bursting bunches of grapes growing in the vineyards along Ridge Road. In light of such surroundings, Amador Christians surely must have a special place in their hearts for the words of Jesus, who said, “I am the vine, you are... [Read more]
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4 days ago
Restaurant owner David Tohm. ALD photo by Sarah Spinetta
With its friendly atmosphere, great food and beautiful view, the 7800 Bar and Grill is a well-known place to go to while at the Kirkwood Mountain Resort. At the 7800, there are daily deals and specials, a large bar and the best prices around for hearty food. All of the food served is cooked by 5-star restaurant trained Executive Chef Tasso Maras. His menu is focused on wholesome and fresh meals made from scratch. This is the 5th year that the 7800 Bar and Grill has been open, and it is the locals’ favorite place to eat. Hundreds of... [Read more]
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4 days ago
The bird was finally set free on January 20. Photo by Wally Gallagher

We all know that the real Santa Claus is the spirit of kindness that lives within us all. It is with that spirit that Larry Angier took a Western Bluebird that he found flopping around on the road into the care of Tri County Wildlife Care on Christmas Day 2015.

This brilliant-blue bird had a broken left wing that needed to be wrapped to heal. The wrap is relatively simple, but it took four attempts to get just the right tightness and to perfectly align the bones for healing. Birds bones are hollow to keep them light for flight....

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Caitlyn Schaap
4 days ago
The Foothill Fitness class in Ione is one of the largest with over 30 people attending. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Caitlyn Schaap

Staying fit as we get older can be difficult, but for seniors in Amador County, staying fit and healthy is easy and fun, thanks to the Foothill Fitness program.

“Seniors, as we get older, have to stay fit. And if we don’t, we go down hill. That’s just the fact of life,” said Jan Migliaccio, a physical therapist and one of the women who created the Foothill Fitness program.

The Foothill Fitness program was started in 2005, using a $5,000 Robert Wood Johnson Grant from the California Center for Physical Activity. Because of their...

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4 days ago
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This is the sixteenth year that the Rotary Club of Amador Upcountry has presented dictionaries to third-graders at Pioneer, Pine Grove and Christian Elementary schools. Rotary Clubs throughout Amador County provide over 400 fully illustrated Macmillan dictionaries per year.

Amador Upcountry Rotary is a service club representing businesses and professions in the Upcountry area of Amador County, primarily Pine Grove, Pioneer and Volcano. Sponsored by the Jackson Rotary Club an chartered in 1983, the Amador Upcountry Rotary Club is...

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4 days ago
Mary Lou Kaffer with her son, Eddie. Amador Ledger Dipatch photo by Sarah Spinetta
Ninety-three-year-old Mary Lou Kaffer, from the Old Well Bar and Grill, in Drytown, is by far the top pie aficionado of Amador County. She has been baking at the Old Well for over 56 years and has perfected her own secret recipes that are one of a kind. Every baked good is homemade from scratch by Mary Lou herself, with the help of her son, Eddie. “I bake everything from scratch. One lady went to the grocery store looking for this thing called ’scratch’ and could not find it,” Mary Lou said. “I laughed and said that ‘made from... [Read more]
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4 days ago
Want to dig deeper into local history? The Kennedy Mine Foundation is seeking new volunteers and sponsors. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger DIspatch

Karen Crane will be demonstrating her jewel designs at the February 10 meeting of the Amador County Artists Association. The designer and owner of Karen Crane Jewelry Designs creates jewelry from gemstones and wire, using a technique that makes her pieces unique. ACAA meets each month on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m., in the Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. The public is invited and new members are encouraged. For more information visit amadorcountyartists.org.

Backyard Chickens

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Via Press Release
4 days ago
Alice Wallace. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

After months of preparation, several Amador artists will be debuting their works for the exhibit called “AnimalScapes,” in which 50 artists and poets will explore the diverse animal world found in the Sierra foothills. This is the perfect exhibit for art and animal lovers, and it is on display at Ironstone Winery, in Murphys. The exhibit, which is free, will continue there daily through February 15.

February 6

Alice Wallace

The Sutter Creek Theatre presents Alice Wallace playing award-winning Americana, blues and country on...

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4 days ago
The four Rotary Clubs of Amador County are launching an awareness campaign, focusing on how they make a difference in our community. The clubs include Amador Upcountry, Ione, Jackson and the Plymouth-Foothill areas. The key messages of this campaign will build on Rotary values, and connecting through friendship and action. Amador County Rotary Clubs offer fun and vibrant environments that provide members the opportunity to contribute both their professional and life skills to the betterment of the community in which they live. ... [Read more]
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Craig Baracco
4 days ago
Five of the 100’s who attended the Cemetery Board dinner. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

They were dying to get in as the Amador County Historic Cemetery Board’s 5th annual Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser was a sell-out with 250-plus people in attendance at the Italian Picnic Grounds.

Ticket sales and raffle prizes raised more money than ever for the district’s ongoing projects. The proceeds from the dinner are used for tombstone repairs, weed abatement, fire prevention and erosion control, as well as gravesite identification and vandalism deterrence.

The Amador County Historic Cemetery Board is comprised of seven...

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Via Press Release
4 days ago
Assistant Director Steffani Abercrombie, left, and Director Sharon Thomason prepare the raffle prizes for last year’s Amador Pregnancy Help Center Banquet. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Tickets will be sold at the door

Tickets are still available for the Amador Pregnancy Help Center’s fundraising banquet, “The Difference is Life,” Saturday, February 6, at Grace Fellowship Church, 8040 State Hwy 49, Jackson. Please join us in an uplifting and inspirational evening with guest speaker Steve Karlen, Director of North American Outreach for 40 Days of Life. Thousands have been inspired by his story. Steve and his work have been featured on American Family Radio, EWTN, The Christian Broadcasting Network, NBC, CBS and...

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Via Press Release
4 days ago

Manzanita Writers Press presents “Something Sweet or Sizzling: Writing Romantic Poetry for Your Valentine” at the Manzanita Writers Emporium, 1211 Main Street, Suite 110, Downtown Angels Camp. The workshop, which costs just $25 to attend, will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2016, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and will be presented by Suzanne Murphy, a teacher and member of Writers Unlimited. No blushing, please!

The gift of a chocolate truffle or a red rose is what people think of when it is Valentine’s Day. This year, make that day...

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Eric Winslow
2 weeks ago
You are invited to compete in a contest for solo instrumentalists, sponsored by your local Rotary Club. Rotary District 5190 is proud to announce its annual Youth Instrumental Music Contest. The local contest will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Amador Senior Center, in Jackson. Prize money for the local contest is $200 for first place, $150 for second place and $100 for third place. The finals will be held on Saturday, May 14, at Atlantis Casino, in Reno, NV, and the top prize is $1,000 for a three-to-eight-minu... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
Achievement Awards: Skyler Guzman, Marina Dunlop, Ella Keller, McKenna Skiba, Austin Ewing, Clay Campbell, Lukas Hunter, Dakota Sanne, Avery Uselton, Brandon Miller, Josiah Sarmiento, Clinton Fage, Hayden Lawton, Jaylynn Hicks, Olivia Lewis, Daniel Grebe, Cydney Charnoski, Chloe McCoy, Declan Morgan, Cella Root, Kate Hicks, Taylor Karr, Isabella Messier, Tyler Jones, John Frachon, Brennan Furnari, Sage Smith, Hailey Hock, Thomas Forbes, Jesse Treat, Austin Lebel, Ezra Fosgate, Brianna Smith, Sierra Doyle, Alexis Haag, Emma Mayer,... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
Bill Goff, of Sutter Creek, uses his backyard observatory to reasearch the stars. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Long-time amateur astronomer and 23-year Sutter Creek resident Bill Goff received word that research conducted at his backyard observatory would be included in an article published January 7, 2016, in the prestigious scientific journal “Nature.” As one of the article’s co-authors, Bill contributed over 2,500 high-quality optical observations using his 20-inch Planewave telescope and specialized photometric equipment. Titled “Repetitive patterns in rapid optical variations in the nearby black-hole binary V404 Cygni,” the article... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
Amador Literary Society and Hein & Co. Bookstore present the 2016 Creative Writing Workshop. In an accessible manner, national award-winning writer Sarah Luck Pearson presents the fundamentals of creative writing as they apply to fact-based stories and personal history. This writing environment is safe, rigorous and guaranteed to help you get stories out that will quickly surprise you in their depth and attention to craft. This workshop is for both new and experienced writers and runs for 12 weeks, February through April, on... [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
The Progressive Women’s Committee will meet on Thursday, February 4, at 11:30 a.m. at Thomi’s Banquet Room, in Jackson. The speaker will be Aleita Huguenin, Chair of the Democratic National Committee’s Western States’ Caucus. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Sally, at trestrail@gotsky.com, or at (209) 267-0177, no later than Tuesday, February 2. This is an open meeting and all those interested are welcome to attend. The buffet luncheon is $15. [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
The Kennedy Mine is taking reservations for school and group tours. The mine will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday for the season, beginning March 5, and continuing through October 20. Come for the view, take some pictures, have a picnic, pan for gold or join a guided tour ($10 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 12). Step back into Amador’s past and dig deeper into the country’s mining history. Call Kennedy Mine at (209) 223-7968 or email kmmine@att.net for more information. [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
2 weeks ago
GriefShare leader is Janese Favret. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Eric Winslow

Even more painful than facing the loss of someone you love is the possibility of bearing this hurt alone. Thankfully, those who grieve in our county have a rich, caring and powerful resource to turn to. GriefShare is a 13-week series of meetings with a welcoming group of people who will help you bear the weight of one of life’s greatest burdens, the loss of a loved one.

You may have seen the signs for Griefshare at your local shopping center. They were probably put there by Janese Favret, who leads the Griefshare seminar...

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Beverly Rose Hopper
2 weeks ago
Steve Kinnick with a gopher cage. Photo courtesy of Beverly Rose Hopper

Country living enables us to enjoy nature in our own backyard. Our gardens can be tranquil, except perhaps when nature – in the form of deer, gophers, voles or various other critters - take a bite out of it. The Mother Lode Rose Society presents “Controlling Critters in Garden” on Tuesday, February 2 at 1:30 p.m. at the Amador Senior Center, 229 New York Ranch Road, Jackson. Steve Kinnick and Martin Hopper will discuss and demonstrate simple yet effective methods for controlling pesky critters.

By Beverly Rose Harper and Steve...

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