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4 days ago
One of NAMI’s Signature programs, Peer to Peer, a ten-week educational program to enhance mental health recovery, will start on Monday, Aug. 11 through Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Upcountry Community Center, in Pine Grove. This program is for individuals living with mental illness, and is taught by NAMI-trained mentors who are well along in recovery. Goals are to provide education about mental illness, emotional and practical support, independent problem solving and relapse prevention.

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2 days 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
4 days 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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4 days ago
Mike Ryan (left) and Harry Homer Humphry. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Harry Humphry, one of the founders of the Amador Senior Center passed away on Sunday, June 8th in Arcata where he had moved to be closer to his son, Dr. Ted Humphry.

Led by Harry, a group of seniors joined forces in the late 1970’s to design and raise funds to build a senior center for Amador County. Harry approached Fred Joyce, who was the Supervisor for District #3 at the time, and the two of them got the Board of Supervisors to agree to match the funds if the seniors could raise $250,000. The money was raised and in 1985, the...

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Carolyn Schmitz
4 days ago
Seniors have the chance to network and socialize. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by B. Huston-Fisher
Seniors have the chance to network and socialize. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by B. Huston-Fisher

By B. Huston-Fisher

With such a large population of seniors in the Ione vicinity, there is a great need for support services, and the Ione Senior Service Club is focused on heeding the call.

Social gatherings, physical activity and a sense of community are key to living a full, happy life. Mike Krisman has decided to take ISSC into the community and begin a grass-roots organization that will help connect local residents with...

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Carolyn Schmitz
4 days ago
Church at the Cross, in Pine Grove. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
We will be hosting our monthly Coffee With Friends on Saturday, July 26, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Church Social Hall. All members of the Ione community are invited to drop by for coffee, pastries and conversation. Our regular Sunday worship service is held at 9 a.m. with Pastors Tim Gravatt and Tom Widlund providing the message. The Monday 6 p.m. Connections group will be starting a new series on Amazing Grace, with a video and discussion. Tuesday Adult Bible Study is held at 6 p.m. Senior meals are served every Thursday at... [Read more]
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4 days ago
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Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The 1850’s came alive recently, when Andrew Smalldon portrayed a miner from the rough-and-tumble early days of Amador County. Smalldon, who owns Smalldon Americana in Amador City, donated his time and historical knowledge in a one-man storytelling act to raise funds for the city’s Amador Whitney Museum.

Dressed in worn jeans, corduroy jacket, battered leather hat and Woolrich shirt, he came with his gold-panning equipment, pickaxe and a mandolin and spun yarns about how gold was...

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4 days ago
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This year’s Big Red Barn fundraiser at Rancho Arroyo Seco in Ione will benefit Future Farmers of American (FFA) Boosters and Amador County Little League West. Both groups are supporters of local youth through agriculture and sports. Once again, Rancho Arroyo Seco will donate up to $7,500 in matching funds for the event. The goal is to contribute $10,000 to each of the organizations.

The event will be held on Saturday, September 6th at the BIG RED BARN on Hwy 104. Gates will open at 6:00 PM. Attendees will enjoy a dinner of BBQ...

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5 days ago
AMADOR COUNTY FAIR: After the business of ribbon cutting and honoring our American flag is done, the Amador County Fair is all about the fun! Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Where else, but the Amador County Fair can you meet a wheelwright who traveled the United States by covered wagon and a rifle-toting Mountain Man shopping on the midway, then listen to music from The Eagles, George Strait and The Spazmatics.

The Amador County Fair, July 24 through 27, is an amazing collection of old and new, traditional and trendy. You can gorge on the once-a-year guilty pleasure of fair food, then taste fine, award-winning wines with the Amador Winegrowers, on Friday night, or hoist a microbrew at the Brew...

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7 days ago
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First in a two-part series

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.

Before they headed off to attend the dedication of the new Amador County Learning Center (see related story on page two) both men sat down in the conference room at the Amador Ledger Dispatch and had a...

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Bill Lavallie
5 days ago
All of the participants lined up before the contest began
Scenes from the Mutton Bustin' at the 2014 Amador County Fair taken by Amador Ledger Dispatch photojournalist Bill Lavallie. [Read more]
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5 days ago
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Bill Lavallie
5 days ago
Enjoy these scenes from the truck and tractor pulls at the Amador County Fair from Friday, July 25, taken by Amador Ledger Dispatch photojournalist Bill Lavallie. Feel free to add your own to MyACHome.com and on our Facebook page in the Truck/Tractor Pulls 2014 album. [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
7 days ago
Karen Purcell's "Unlocking Your Brilliance" encourages young women to pursue a STEM career
There is no better place to establish the foundational reason for being than at the beginning. Dr. Melodye Hilton has developed "Who's Teaching the Babies?” a Christian-based resource providing curriculum and educational tools for churches, daycares and caregivers. Dr. Hilton comments, "Through science and proven experience, we have recognized the life-empowering results of teaching babies in the most crucial and foundational window of opportunity: conception through three years." An infant's brain begins to form just three weeks... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
6 days ago
The American Legion began in France in 1919 when a group of American Expeditionary Forces in World War I were asked to think of ways to improve morale. There were over a thousand officers and enlisted men who attended the first meeting. That same year, the American Legion was charted by Congress as “a patriotic, mutual-help war-time veteran’s organization.” Soon after the American Legion was founded, the American Legion Auxiliary was formed and today is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. The purpose of the... [Read more]
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7 days ago
Work crews at the Arc are paid group work opportunities in the community. All workers earn minimum wage and gain the skills needed to prepare them for individual job placements within the community.

Crew members are held to a high standard. They must arrive to work on time, come dressed in crew attire, follow directions and follow safety rules and regulation set forth by each company we work for.

In the past work crews used to use two vans and two trailers for recycling crews during the summer months. This year we purchased a...

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7 days ago
Arc employees and consumers are, top row, from left, Employment Specialists Larry Chadwick and Dawn Klamm, below, consumers Harlan, Operation Care 10 years; Jon, Walmart 18 years; Patrick, Burger King 14 years; Jon, Subway 6 years. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Arc of Amador and Calaveras is a non-profit, grassroots organization that works with intellectually and developmentally disabled adults. One of the areas we support our consumers in is supported employment. Currently, we have 40 individuals working in the community at a variety of businesses throughout Amador and Calaveras counties. They are hired through the business and receive minimum wage or above.

Some of the perks of hiring someone through The Arc is that they are assigned a job coach, who helps them learn their job, at...

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Carolyn Schmitz
6 days ago
Epsom salt – actually magnesium sulfate – is one of the most versatile household products, with uses ranging from creating at-home spa treatments to soothing achy muscles to helping start or improve gardens. It’s been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, and it’s gaining a new generation of fans looking for a safe, economical alternative in a sea of expensive, over-the-counter remedies. Epsom salt is easy to use, easy to find in your local pharmacy or grocery store and it costs about the same per use as a cup of coffee. For... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
6 days ago
There are several simple “rules” that would make the cell phone experience better for the caller, the receiver and those around them. July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, and lots of ideas about etiquette are being discussed. Among them are a few below.

Be all there: When you’re in a meeting, performance, courtroom or other busy area, let calls go to voicemail to avoid a disruption. In some instances, turning your phone off may be the best solution.

Keep it private: Be aware of your surroundings and avoid discussing...

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Carolyn Schmitz
6 days ago
The Amador Corvette Club will hold it’s next monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 5th at the Round Table Pizza in Martell. We meet at 5 p.m., for dinner and socializing and the meeting begins at 6 p.m. If you own a Corvette and enjoy good friend get togethers and fun monthly runs feel free to join us. Guests and visitors are always welcome. We meet on the first Tuesday of each month. For more information you can contact Gayle and Jay at 274-0506 or visit our website at amadorcorvetteclub.com.

Mother Lode Quilters Guild

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