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Tessa Marguerite
5 days ago
GregMiller graduated from Argonaut High School in 1986
Greg Miller, former Ledger Dispatch employee and Argonaut High School graduate, Class of 1986, is a National Security Correspondent for The Washington Post. He covers U.S. intelligence agencies and issues related to terrorism. Miller was among The Post reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2014 for the paper’s investigation into secret surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency.

When the Pulitzer Prize winners for 2014 were announced, a team of investigative reporters from The Washington Post were among the...

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Tessa Marguerite
5 days ago
Plymouth: Camp out for Cancer "fun color course" on September 6
PLYMOUTH: The annual Amador STARS fundraiser, Camp out for Cancer will be on Sept. 6, at the Plymouth Fairgrounds. The event includes local musicians, food, community fellowship and a “fun color course” with obstacles to hurdle, or tumble over. Visit amadorstars.org for more details.

PIONEER: The Inaugural Holistic Health and Awareness Fair is coming to Pioneer on Aug. 30 and 31. From 10 am to 6 p.m. at the Mace Meadow Event Center at 26570 Fairway Drive in Pioneer. Come awaken your senses, and uplift your mind, body and spirit....

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Tessa Marguerite
6 days ago
Author: David Scott
"The Ego's Echo" and "The Longest Distance"

Willem de Liefde is the author of, “The Ego's Echo” for those who are willing to dig deeper and look beyond what is resting on the surface. This new literary work is an invitation to go on a continuing journey into the future, driven by care and commitment. It all started as a meeting of souls from Africa and Europe in an attempt to find common ground. Willem wanted to help family, friends and colleagues find themselves at the crossroads of their lives or careers.

This book...

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5 days ago
'Old Number 35" by Randy Klassen
As the year marches on, so does the artwork in Deborah Marlene's. "I belong to the Arts of Bear Valley. We have two back-to-back art shows in the Summer; the current one at the Perry Walther Building during the Bear Valley Music Festival and one at Big Trees State Park beginning on August 11. For this reason, it is with great pleasure that I welcome the Klassen's of San Andreas to show on all the walls of my Gallery this month. It is not often that you meet an "Artistic Couple". Randy and Joyce have been married for almost 33... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
5 days ago
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Stymeist Auto Body invites the public to help our San Fire neighbors at a Sand Fire Benefit, on Friday, Aug. 22, from 5 to 10 p.m., on the El Dorado County Fairgrounds Main Lawn. Enjoy dinner, live music, beer and wine with a donation, prizes and a raffle.

100 percent of the proceeds go to people affected by the Sand Fire.

Bring your lawn chair and plan to relax and enjoy the festivities all around you. Tickets are $10 each, or $25 for a family, and can be purchased at the door, on sandfiretickets.com, or at Stymeist Auto Body,...

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2 weeks ago
Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s slots and table games paid out nearly $3 million to guests during the month of July.

“Patrons at Jackson Rancheria were big winners in the month of July,” said Rich Hoffman, CEO of Jackson Rancheria. “With all of the thrilling events and promotions happening during the month of August, Jackson Rancheria will offer its patrons even more ways to win this summer.”

Gold Rush Bingo will have hot seats every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and drawings every Saturday in August. Win up to $10,000 cash....

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2 weeks ago
Little Me Tea. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Get your kids and teens back-to-school ready with originality and style. We have helped you find the latest and greatest back-to-school products to help parents get their kids prepared and out the door.

Dorm In A Box: Getting your son or daughter off to college later this summer? Dorm In A Box gives you a one-stop-shop to get your soon-to-be college freshman everything he or she needs. Dorm-In-A-Box has bed sets, office supplies and bath bundles ranging in price from $69 to $199. Altogether, Dorm-In-A-Box offers more than a 30...

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2 weeks ago
The Amador County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting for Jose Feito and Irma Bravo, who opened Bella Rosa II (in the old J&D’s building), at 36 Main Street, in Sutter Creek. Serving hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. Coming soon will be Bella Rosa Sports Bar (in the old Hoot ‘n’ Annie’s building). The original restaurant, Bella Rosa I, is located at 210 Main Street, in, Jackson, next door to Hein & Company Books. [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
In May of this year, the Club sponsored a highly successful car and vintage aircraft show at Eagle’s Nest Airport, in Ione. Proceeds from the event were designated for the Interfaith Food Bank, local youth, and other community nonprofit organizations. As a result, the Rotary Club of Ione presented the Amador County Interfaith Food Bank a check for $5,000.

The donation to the food bank comes at a time of the year when funding is most needed. During the year-end holiday season, the organization does receive generous donations from...

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2 weeks ago
Taste Restaurant, in Plymouth, was elated to receive top honors from Wine Enthusiast Magazines August issue, America’s 100 Best Wine Restaurants 2014. Editors from the magazine search high and low throughout the year to find restaurants that are providing unique wine offerings, are very wine-focused and have great cuisine to accompany the wines. The majority of restaurants recognized are from California (21) and New York (22), with the remainder scattered throughout the rest of the U.S.

Taste owners, Mark and Tracey Berkner, moved...

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2 weeks ago
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Farms of Amador and the Amador Farmers Market again present the definitive farm-to-fork dinner in Amador County. Helwig Winery hosts the dinner, catered by Lucy’s Spice Box, of Volcano, on Sept. 6, at 4 p.m. The self-guided tour starts at noon, and focuses on farms, wineries and vineyards in or near the Shenandoah Valley.

Temporada de Abundancia, a Season of Abundance, is the theme of the dinner, and it will feature a variety of Latin American farm-to-fork dishes. The evening will begin with a salsa and Mexican pickle bar,...

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
The view of the Sand Fire from Vino Noceto Winery.
Amador Wine Country provides a leading industry for Amador County, with more than 40 wineries sprinkled among the open fields and vineyards of the Shenandoah Valley and neighboring areas. With the flames of the Sand Fire so near, is there a possibility that the deluge of smoke will alter the flavor in the grapes for this year’s wine harvest?

Jim Spinetta, of Charles Spinetta Winery, a 5th-generation Amador County farmer, says no. Although the fire was just two miles from his family’s Amador County vineyards, Spinetta assures us that...

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Jessica Dorris is Amador High School's new Vice Principal
This school year, Amador High welcomes new Vice Principal Jessica (Davey) Dorris, who has been a Jackson resident since 1994 and graduated from Amador High School in 1998. She is married to Drew Dorris, also a graduate of Amador High School, and they have one son, Ben, who attends Jackson Elementary School. As the new Vice Principal, Jessica Dorris will assist in leading the Amador Buffalos into the 2014-2015 school year and beyond.

Dorris built her career on the needs of schools. When she began, she was, “amazed with all the work...

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2 weeks ago
With the start of school fast approaching, El Dorado County Public Health and school officials are reminding parents of a new requirement affecting student immunizations. AB 2109, a California law that went into effect January 1, 2014, requires parents or legal guardians who wish to waive immunizations for their child to first receive education on immunizations from a health care provider and complete a new exemption form.

The new law affects students entering child care or kindergarten, or advancing into the 7th grade, as well as...

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3 weeks ago
Did you know that stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability? Approximately 80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke, but preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke. Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient. Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
3 weeks ago
Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, Jerry Budrick, Matthew Hedger and Senator Tom Berryhill
Water issues, including bonds and legislation proposed by a Bay Area senator affecting their shared jurisdiction dominated the discussion during an interview with Amador County’s elected representatives, Senator Tom Berryhill and Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, during an impromptu lunchtime interview July 18. The first part of the interview was published in the July 25 print edition of the Amador Ledger Dispatch, and is available online. In this week’s second part of our two-part series, we delve into water bonds, and the history of the... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
3 weeks ago
Join your family, neighbors and friends for the inaugural Firehouse Concert at Lockwood Station #2, located at 19715 Shake Ridge Road (cross-street is Hale Road), on Saturday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m., for hors d’oeuvres. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Enjoy the outstanding music of Mark and Cindy Lemaire as they entertain with a mix of folk and superb guitar playing. Cost is $10 per person, which includes appetizers, water and coffee, or bring your beverage of choice. All proceeds benefit the volunteer firefighters. For more information,... [Read more]
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3 weeks ago
Miss Amador County Fair, Bailey Lubenko (far right) poses with her court, including Zoe Feist, Morgan Brown and Carisa Swason. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
The Amador County Fair wrapped up its four-day run with a record-breaking Jr. Livestock Auction. Buyers ignored the smoky haze from the Sand Fire and the triple-digit heat to spend more than $540,000 in support of Amador County youth. The livestock sale in 2013 brought in just over $330,000.

“We had a phenomenal fair,” said CEO Troy Bowers, “In spite of the challenges faced by the community with the nearby Sand Fire and the heat, we had the opportunity to remind ourselves of the way this county comes together. Our staff, the...

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3 weeks ago
AWA Approves Mandatory Outdoor Water Conservation Measures

Amador Water Agency Directors declared a “Stage 2 Water Shortage Emergency” Thursday, July 24, 2014, which triggered water conservation measures required by the State Water Resources Control Board.

In discussion at the regular Board meeting, AWA Directors emphasized that the Water Agency’s focus will be on customer education and outreach, rather than enforcement.

Agency policy does not include fines for customers who waste water. $500 fines were widely included in media...

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Carolyn Schmitz
3 weeks ago
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In an ongoing effort to bring awareness and education to our community about child abuse prevention, our focus for Child Abuse Prevention Month, in April, was on the Period of Purple Crying — a frustrating period of increased crying all infants experience in the first few months of life. Our aim was to bring attention to and educate parents and the community about this sensitive time, and to the dangers of reacting in frustration with a baby’s crying, such as shaking or harming them in some other way.

We invited knitters and...

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