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Matthew Hedger
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By Seth Lipsky

Because America is crackling with constitutional cases over religious freedom, let us begin Thanksgiving morning with a reflection on the object of all this gratitude: Whom do we thank?

Is it the Indians? The Pilgrims? Nature? Fortune?

It turns out that the record is long, clear and official. It goes back to George Washington’s first Thanksgiving proclamation, issued on Oct. 3, 1789, in New York. He called for a day of public prayer and thanksgiving — to God.

Congress, Washington noted, had requested that he...

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Tessa Marguerite
7 days ago
Left to right: Sutter Creek Police Chief Han, Officer Wes Glaister and Officer Robert Harmon present a check to Sutter Creek Elementary Principal Sean Snider for this year’s Science Camp. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

On Thursday, November 13, the Sutter Creek Police Officers Association presented a check for $450 to Sutter Creek Elementary School for their science camp this month. The money donated to Sutter Creek Elementary’s Science Camp was dispensed from the proceeds of last month’s Cops & Kids Charity Golf Tournament.

Sean Snider, principal of Sutter Creek Elementary School, made it clear that every child is permitted attendance to science camp regardless of their financial situation. However, he recalled the misunderstanding that...

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Tessa Marguerite
7 days ago
Lunch at Post 108. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

HIGHLIGHT - MARTELL: The American Legion Hall held a Veterans Day Lunch on Tuesday, Nov. 11, and it was a delicious success. Families and friends, young and old, gathered together after the Annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Jackson to celebrate and honor those who have served, or are serving, our country. Veterans, we are thankful for your service.

MOUNTAIN RANCH: Entry forms for the Mountain Ranch Christmas Parade are due by Dec. 1, to either of the realty offices in town, or sent to P.O. Box 108, Mtn. Ranch, 95246. The...

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Donna Amerine
1 week ago
ACAR President Sarah Zulim presents donations from ACAR 6th Annual Theater Night to Tom Thompson of Interfaith Food Bank.

Amador County Association of REALTORS® , in collaboration with ACAR affiliates, has donated $2,213 to the Interfaith Food Bank, which doubles to $4,426 by participating in Raley’s “Food for Families” Program. ACAR has been located in Jackson for over 50 years. This is ACAR's Sixth Annual Fund Raiser for the Food Bank. Each year ACAR Realtors® faithfully donate to the Interfaith Food Bank in addition to holding an annual Theatre Night fund raising event where 100% of the donations go to Amador Interfaith Food Bank.

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Donna Amerine
1 week ago
ACAR President Sarah Zulim presents Project Thanks Check to Tom Thompson of Interfaith Food Bank.
"Project Thanks" is an annual holiday basket project to provide a Thanksgiving meal to families, seniors and veterans in need of help during the holiday season. When Amador County Association of REALTORS® (ACAR) heard the food bank needed help for additional families this year, the REALTORS® quickly donated to this project. ACAR President Sarah Zulim presented Tom Thompson a check in the amount of $1,260 at the Amador Association's annual Officer and Directors Installation brunch. [Read more]
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2 weeks ago
“Tall Grass.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

“Double Arch,” by Molly Kohlschreiber. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Gallery 10 welcomes back former member/owner Molly Kohlschreiber as its featured artist for December.

Kohlschreiber creates her art in watercolor, oil, graphite and photo/watercolor. Her subjects range from desert petroglyphs, landscapes and European subjects, to her first love, horses.

A reception in Kohlschreiber’s honor will be held at Gallery 10, located at15 Eureka Street, in Sutter Creek, on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 5 p.m. Delectable...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
Penny West will demonstrate how to create fuzzy head wreaths. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

AmadorArts has added two free Thanksgiving weekend artist demos to accompany the exhibit in its gallery during the month of November. Jewelry maker Karen Crane will be in the AmadorArts Gallery on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 29 and 30, from 1 to 4 p.m. She will be demonstrating how she makes her trademark “wired nests” that find their way onto Christmas trees and centerpieces. Crane looks forward to talking with patrons about her work.

The current show and sale at the AmadorArts Gallery, in Sutter Creek, is titled, “Affordable...

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2 weeks ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Bill Lavallie

Come and be a part of the annual Las Posadas Candlelight Walk, in Sutter Creek. Las Posadas is a centuries-old Spanish tradition which reenacts Mary and Joseph’s trip to Bethlehem. “This is a participatory event — everyone walks, carries a candle and sings. People can relate to this story because it is a one of hardship and deprivation — a young couple expecting a baby with no place to go except a stable,” remarked Faye Fyock, who, with her husband, organized the first event in 2006.

The procession begins on Spanish Street,...

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Peter Steinbach
1 week ago
People enjoying their free all you can eat Thanksgiving Meal at the American Legion Hall.
FREE Thanksgiving Turkey. That's right, come and join us for an all you can eat turkey dinner with all the trimming. We invite anyone in the community who needs a place to go for Thanksgiving. You can come get a meal anytime between 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. We also have gifts, certificates for clothing and jackets from Community Hope Thrift Store, and events to keep the children happy! There is also a warm fireplace to sit at and fellowship with other people. Visit www.ccviewpoint.org for more information.... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago
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Keith Sweet and Gail Zichterman were married on September 4, 1964, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They celebrated their 50th anniversary with friends last week at an anniversary party held in Teresa’s banquet hall, in Jackson, California. In September, they returned to Michigan and stayed at the Grand Hotel, on Mackinac Island, where they had earlier honeymooned and where Keith was born.

More than 75 people came from throughout California and Nevada to share in this celebration. Guests included friends from each of the professions that...

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2 weeks ago
The men of The Amador Choraliers perform, “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” above, and as an ensemble. Photos courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

In its 52nd holiday concert series, the Amador Choraliers will be presenting a wide range of seasonal tunes. As they sing traditional favorites such as, “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen” and “What Child is This,” you will feel the comfort of the season like a visit from old friends. With their renditions of new songs such as,”Mozart’s Fa-La-La” and “Sparklejollytwinklejingley,” you will discover the joy of a brightly wrapped present under the tree.

The Amador Choraliers are a men’s and women’s chorus that has been entertaining...

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2 weeks ago
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The Amador Learning Center has expanded its Interactive Television and Videoconferencing classes (ITV) for the upcoming spring semester. In this type of shared class, students meet in a classroom equipped with camera, microphones and television monitors. Using two-way audio and video communications, ITV links the originating, or sending, classroom at regional colleges, where the teacher and some students are present, with the students in the receiving classroom. Students in Amador County who desire higher learning will save time,... [Read more]
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Matthew Hedger
1 week ago

We learned this morning that the 14-year-old subject of an Amber Alert who was found safe in Stockton yesterday after allegedly being abducted from a gas station in San Andeas has been arrested and accused of making up the kidnapping story.

Here's the official working from a Calaveras Sheriff’s Office Press Release issued late yesterday evening.

"During the investigation which included an extensive deployment of resources , Sheriff Detectives obtained evidence that the abduction claim had been fabricated. One juvenile was taken...

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2 weeks ago
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Five tips to protect your child from digital dangers

A couple gathers their closest friends and family around the table. The couple is excited, nervous, anxious and full of joy, all at the same time.

“We’re expecting!” they yell.

Cheers and tears of joy typically follow this pronouncement with congratulatory hugs being shared among guests. What was once a traditional moment to be shared and remembered by all present is a fading tradition for many of today’s young couples.

Most of today’s announcements are shared in 140...

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Joe Svec
2 weeks ago
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2 weeks ago
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November is the time of year that families gather for the Thanksgiving holiday to enjoy a delicious feast. This year, use the

Thanksgiving season is a chance to express the reasons you are thankful, and nurture a sense of gratitude in your family and with your children.

Below are some ideas to help you get started on a terrific time of thanksgiving.

* Tell family members and friends why you are thankful for them.

* Read a Thanksgiving story with your family on Thanksgiving Day.

* Invite a neighbor or friend to join in...

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2 weeks ago
Ric Ryan and his wife donate 25 cents to vets every time you wave to him while he’s walking. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A Vietnam veteran, known for walking and waving his way through his tiny California town of Murphys to raise money for injured war veterans, took his cause to New York City for “America’s Parade,” on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Walking helps 68-year-old Ric Ryan battle his demons from a war that happened in the past, while the money he raises helps soldiers returning from the most recent ones.

Each time someone waves at him while he is walking, Ryan and his wife donate 25 cents to UCLA Operation Mend, which helps severely injured...

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Dick Cooper is the owner of Cooper Vineyards, in Amador Wine Country. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Dick Cooper is a man of many talents and a legend in Amador County. In addition to his musical artistry in the Dick Cooper Band (and high school impersonations of Elvis), impressive experience in viticulture and captivating story-telling abilities, he has also been named the Amador County Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year.

With the encouragement of his father, Dick Cooper began growing Barbera grapes in 1980, in the Shenandoah Valley. What stemmed as five acres of Barbara vines 34 years ago, has flourished into...

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Uphill Vineyards tasting room is now open in Amador City. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

AMADOR CITY: Now open! Visit Uphill Vineyards’ new tasting room, in Amador City. Uphill Vineyards produces European-style wines that are lower in alcohol than most wines and meant to be enjoyed over a meal. These delicious wines are made from grapes on a high-elevation, rock-hillside estate vineyard, in Fiddletown. The tasting room is open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the photo, owners Ira and Beth Rosenthal of Uphill Vineyards celebrate the grand opening of their tasting room.

JACKSON: The Jackson City Council...

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
The Annual Amador County Veterans Day Parade in Jackson. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
On Tuesday, November 11, the sidewalks of Main Street were filled with enthusiastic onlookers for the Annual Veterans Parade, in downtown Jackson. Veterans from every branch of the United States military strode proudly down the street past droves of waving children and waving flags. Many patriotic Amador County groups and community clubs with members of all ages showed their appreciation and respect by participating in the parade alongside, or in memory of, the many brave men and women who have served our country. Following the... [Read more]
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