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Joe Svec
9 hours ago
For the May 31st, 2016 edition of the Jackson Rotary Tailings, click here. [Read more]
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5 days ago
When I was a young girl growing up in Warwick, I’m not really sure I really ever truly understood what Memorial Day meant. In my young mind, it marked a day where my mother would have us officially in white shoes for church. There would be neighborhood picnic barbecues, softball games and parades with the American Legion marching down main street. For me a veteran was my grandpa who fought in WWII and all those older men who wore military-style hats with a bunch of pins in them. As I grew older, I appreciated it as a three-day... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
5 days ago
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The 136th annual Italian Picnic and Parade is next weekend, June 3, 4 and 5. The Italian Picnic is hosted by the Italian Benevolent Society, which was established in 1881 and is the oldest continuing independent Italian club in the United States. In 1881, the Italian community founded the society as a charitable institution to provide financial support to Italian miners and their families, especially those injured or killed as a result of their mining work. Today, it has over 120 members, most residing in Amador County, and all with... [Read more]
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Terry Sanders
5 days ago

Facts: The veteran is service-connected for PTSD with depression. A few days ago, a veteran committed suicide by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The spouse says that lately the veteran had been more and more depressed because of being out of work, and had begun drinking more and more heavily. The spouse says this in turn had led to more and bitterer arguments, and that the spouse had threatened to leave and get a divorce if the veteran continued drinking.

Question: May service connection be established for the veteran’s death? Why...

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Via Press Release
5 days ago

The following Argonaut High School students received Academic Excellence or Honor Roll based on their Fall 2015 semester grades.

Class of 2019:

Nash Anderson, Juliette Bionaz, Chanelle Carney, Emily Caropreso, Logan Clarke, Christian Dabler, Drew Davie, Corey Eckhart, Wyatt Elmore, Sebastian Elms, Alexandra Figueroa, Mason Flores, Lillian Garduno, Alissa Getz, Gracie Goldsmith-Ding, Sophia Gomez, Alexia Gonsalves, Jacob Green, Ryan Hallam, Tessa Haney, Sophia Heidecker, Isabella Hernandez, Daniel Howe, Maura Jorgensen, Thomas...

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Via Press Release
5 days ago

Kitty Belendez is addicted to the Floribunda Rose, “The Workhorse of the Rose Garden.” She is a member of the Santa Clarita Rose Society, and she has won many awards with her entries over the years.

The Mother Lode Rose Society is honored to have this inspirational speaker describe how she and her husband became addicted to growing this beautiful variety of roses, the Floribunda. Kitty has been raising roses for over 30 years. In the beginning, she only grew hybrid teas, but her eye seemed to focus on the lovely sprays of the...

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Eric Winslow
5 days ago
Raymond Joseph Dondero, born June 18, 1916, in Amador City, CA, and his wife Maxine Viola Ramos, born March 6, 1924 in San Jose, CA. Photo courtesy to Stacey Higgins
All gave some, some gave all. Nowhere than in Amador County is this reminder of the sacrifices for our freedom, made by so many veterans and volunteers in World War II, more true or more poignant. One such hero was Raymond Dondero, an Amador City native who was killed while serving in the Pacific in 1944. Because of the fortunate discovery of some of Dondero's original letters at the Amador County archives, Ray's granddaughter, Stacey Higgins of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, was able to compile a touching memorial scrapbook to her... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
5 days ago

The Upcountry Community Council hosted two speakers from PG&E at its May 9 meeting. The two presenters, Dylan George and Dave Meier, of PG&E’s Vegetation Management Program, spoke to the council and meeting attendees about how PG&E monitors trees near power lines and how they determine how much tree trimming should be done. This topic was especially interesting to meeting attendees, because of the current tree mortality crisis and because another long, dry fire season is expected this year.

PG&E provides service to 16 million...

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5 days ago
Photo courtesy to Nexus Youth and Family Services
Superior Court Judge Steve Hermanson sentenced 3 people for driving under the influence of alcohol before more than 300 students, faculty and community members during an assembly at Argonaut High School on May 24, 2016. These actual court proceedings took place in the Argonaut High School gymnasium as part of an innovative strategy to help reduce community alcohol problems, including motor vehicle crashes. During the assembly students witnessed the legal implication of drinking and driving, and learned about the consequences of... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
5 days ago

Edible and Poisonous Plants and Herbs

Many plants in your yard may be edible including the herbs you are familiar with. Each year over 100,000 people in the United States call Poison Control Centers about plant and mushroom exposures. There is no easy “test” for knowing which plants are poisonous. Some plants may cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach cramps. Some plants have substances which are irritating to the skin, mouth, and tongue. Immediate burning pain is common, and sometimes stomach upset, mouth and tongue...

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Via Press Release
5 days ago

Every Sunday 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. at Argonaut High School. Going on now. Cost is $2 per person (first time is free). For all co-ed adults and high school students. Two nets set up — all skill levels welcome. Any questions: Call ACRA at (209) 223-6349 or email jwilliamson@amadorgov.org.

ACRA’s Bike and Wine

Bike with Amador County Recreation Agency and wine with Andis Wines. Food available for purchase. Bike through beautiful Shenandoah Valley riding by 20-30 wineries. Start and finish at Andis Winery, 11000 Shenandoah Rd.,...

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Jack Mitchell
5 days ago

California State Parks invites our Veterans, active and reserve military personnel, to spend this year’s Memorial Day at one of 142 participating state parks offering free admission.

Originating in 1868, Memorial Day is a time to reflect and remember U.S. Military personnel who gave their lives in service to our country. Providing a free day to service members and Veterans is a small way of honoring all of the men and woman for their service and sacrifice.

For a full list of all participating parks, visit parks.ca.gov/pages/737/...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
Some of the 16 Shining Stars, children with Apraxia, that were honored at The 2016 Northern California Walk for Children With Apraxia of Speech. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch from Mia Reed.

With a huge goal of raising $12,000 for children with Apaxia of Speech, Megan Mathison wasn’t sure if it could be accomplished before the 2016 Northern California Walk for Children with Apraxia of Speech — but she wasn’t giving up. Last year, 94 people attended and raised $9,750. So many neat things came out of last year’s walk. One example would be Megan Mathison’s son, Zane, who received an iPad with an AAC (assistive augmentative communication) app in June after the walk. It has been tremendous in helping his speech.

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John Tuttle
2 weeks ago
Jackson’s Grocery Outlet has announced “Fresh Fridays!” Anyone with a local teacher who deserves to be surprised with fresh fruit for his or her classroom this Friday should nominate him or her today with the Jackson Grocery Outlet’s new, “Feed a Classroom Contest.” Every Wednesday, on Facebook, and all month long, in the store, Jackson’s Grocery Outlet will be accepting submissions. On Friday morning, they’ll count up the votes and the teacher with the most votes wins fresh fruit for his or her class. [Read more]
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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
Patty Sheehan; Sarah Cunningham, Office Adminstrator; Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce; Don Boos; Mike Kristoff and Allen Ramorini. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Greenhorn Creek Resort, the premiere golf and dining experience in California’s Gold Country, celebrated its 20th anniversary with a little help from its creators including, six-time LPGA major champion and World Golf Hall of Fame member Patty Sheehan, who served as a consultant for the original golf course design and architect Don Boos, the creator of Greenhorn Creek GC.

Also present to commemorate the milestone were Bruce Charlton, President/Chief Design Officer at Robert Trent Jones, II LLC, Trent Jones, son of Robert Trent...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
Kids can even throw a mini caber at The Mother Lode Highland Games and Gathering. Tickets on sale at MotherLodeGames.com. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Mother Lode Highland Games and Gathering will take place at the Amador County Fairgrounds located in Plymouth on June 18 & 19, 2016. This two-day event is great for the whole family, from the young to the young at heart.

The Highland Games will have events such as caber tossing (throwing what looks like a wooden telephone pole one end over the other), putting the stone (similar to shot put but with an irregular-shaped, 16-pound stone), weight for distance (a 56 pound weight thrown with one hand while keeping the feet within a...

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Ginger Budrick
2 weeks ago
Moms, daughters and even a few sons made beautiful flower crowns. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Ginger Budrick

On Thursday, the fifth of May, Heart and Soul studio, in Sutter Creek, hosted a mother/daughter (and even a couple of sons) flower-crown-making workshop. Upon arrival, guests were greeted by a big, beautiful, breathtaking floral arrangement and the smiling faces of their hosts for the evening: Priscilla Carpenter, Johanna Crowley and Cathryn Barone.

Priscilla owns Heart and Soul, a shop in Sutter Creek where you can find a quirky mix of old and new — custom-painted furniture, vintage, handmade and market finds. Heart and Soul just...

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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
Joshua Smart and Julia Sierk present Kelsy Sozzi with the New York Fitness Swimmer’s Schoalrship. ALD photo by Caitlyn Schaap

On the evening of May 11, parents, friends and family members of Amador High School seniors filled the gym to watch the smart and talented students receive local scholarships. Fifty-nine students received scholarships at the Scholarship Award Ceremony and over $138,000 worth of scholarships were given. The following is a list of the Amador High students who received scholarships.

Kylie Adams: Marilyn Busch Memorial, Volcano Theatre Company.

Tyler Bardin: American Legion Ambulance.

Jenna Brahney: Bob Wynne Memorial, Association of...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
The Amador Tennis Club will hold a week-long tennis camp June 6-10.Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Amador Tennis Club is pleased to present a week-long junior tennis camp at Argonaut High School tennis courts June 6-10. The camp will be led by USPTA and PTR Certified Tennis Professional Brad Harris who grew up in Jackson, where he was 3-time MLL league MVP at Argonaut High School. The camp is open to kids ages 5-17 and will provide a positive and fun experience while teaching fundamentals through games and competitions. The camp runs Monday-Friday June 6-10 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a pizza party on Friday after the last... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
2 weeks ago
The event raised funds for Sutter Creek Elementary and Primary Schools. ALD photo by Bill Lavallie
Last Friday, Bella Grace Tasting Room, in Sutter Creek, hosted the annual Savor Amador fundraising gala, dinner and auction. The elegant event benefited Sutter Creek Elementary and Primary Schools, providing funds for essential programs like art, PE and music. The event was catered by R C Pizza Wagon of Pine Grove, with beer provided by Provisions of Sutter Creek and wine provided by Bella Grace. There was a live auction, raffle and silent auction. Many of the items available to win were beautiful pieces of art created by Sutter... [Read more]
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