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Caitlyn Schaap
Yesterday
One of the doillar bills taken down had a fitting message. Bills affixed to the walls and ceiling often are written or drawn on with permanent marker to keep anyone from using them to pay a bar tab. Because of this, the dollars are all still legal tender, but will need to be exchanged with the bank before they can be used. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Dozens gather at the Whiskey Flat Saloon to help the St. George’s Ed Tracey give back to Amador STARS

Ed Tracey guessed that there were about $200 to $300 worth of dollar bills tacked to the ceiling and walls of the Whiskey Flat Saloon at the St. George Hotel last Friday. He was only about $400 off.

It’s become a tradition, over the years, to affix dollar bills to the ceiling and walls of the saloon, sometimes attaching a business card or writing a phrase on the bill. Last week, Tracey decided it was high time to remove the...

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Via Press Release
Yesterday
Big Crush is Saturday and Sunday
1 Big Crush: Each year, Amador Vintners celebrate the grape harvest by inviting their friends to join their member wineries to get in on this most exciting time of year. Big Crush is a grand time to see the harvest in action, and this year will be no exception. Saturday, October 1, and Sunday, October 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. you’re invited to see the Crush in full swing. Scenes of teeming vineyards, trudging tractors and bustling crush pads are accompanied by incomparable Amador wine region hospitality! Creative food and wine... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
Yesterday
Members of the Sutter Creek Fire Department took the time, last Friday, to meet more than 20 preschoolers from Jackson State Preschool and Little Ponies Preschool, teaching them about the importance of fire safety. The three-, four-, and five-year-olds took a tour of the fire house, got to sit in a fire truck and got to spray the fire hose, all while learning how to prevent fires and what to do in an emergency. [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
Yesterday

A local group of Tax-Aide volunteers is beginning to recruit people to assist with a free tax preparation program, a national program that is sponsored by AARP and the IRS.

The Tax-Aide program helps low- to moderate-income and senior taxpayers in a program that has been in place for more than 30 years. There are more than 35,000 volunteers nationwide, working at more than 3,000 sites. In 2015, more than three million taxpayers were assisted with their tax preparation, more than 700 of those in Amador County.

Volunteers...

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Ginger Budrick
1 week ago
Sometimes I get recommendations to interview people and I think to myself, “Oh, but they are so cool … they aren’t going to want to talk to me.” I think such thoughts are residual high school feelings, because this usually happens when someone is slightly older than me or was more popular than me in high school. The real doozy is when the person is slightly older than me and they were more popular than I was. Inevitably, when this happens, I’ll get another recommendation for the same person, and then another, until I can no longer... [Read more]
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Steve Muni
1 week ago
Jeri Swift displays some Cooper wines at Amador City’s Downtown Wine last weekend. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Steve Muni

For someone who enjoys wine and food, Amador County is an amazing place to live. There are exciting things going on all the time. Last weekend was no exception. It started with a Winemaker’s Dinner at the Imperial Hotel on Friday night, featuring the wines of Uphill Vineyards, in Amador City, with a different wine for each course. (Full disclosure — I pour wine for Uphill in their tasting room from time to time.)

This was the first Winemaker’s Dinner I had gone to at the Imperial, and I have to say that they went all out. The...

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Caitlyn Schaap
1 week ago

Motherload Crossfit helps local kids find the fun in fitness

Young children doing CrossFit might seem like an unusual sight to many people familiar with the notoriously difficult and intense exercise program, but at Motherload CrossFit, in Martell, it’s a common occurrence. Sunnyhill Daycare and Motherload CrossFit are teaming up to help local kids stay fit and healthy. Every week, daycare provider Jamie Wedge brings four to five children to Motherload CrossFit’s facility, next to St. Katharine Drexel Parish, in the former...

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Carolyn Schooley
1 week ago

On Saturday, September 17, volunteers ages 6 to 80 removed 605 pounds of trash and 88 pounds of recyclables during Foothill Conservancy’s 26th annual Mokelumne River Cleanup. Thanks to the efforts of 35 volunteers, the Mokelumne River, next to Electra Road and at the Hwy 26 bridge crossing, is now more clean and safe for humans and wildlife.

The trash and recyclables collected this year included beer and soda cans, bottles, broken glass, paper, fast-food trash, tires, batteries, a small refrigerator, chairs and other furniture,...

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Eric Winslow
1 week ago
St. Catherine of Siena said, "All the way to Heaven is Heaven because Christ is the way." Now that we've reached the summit of Amador County's little Highway to Heaven, the meaning of St. Catherine's mystical saying is made manifest. Back on Sutter Hill, surrounded by storage sheds, gas stations and garages - with too few flowers, plants or trees to be seen or smelled - we began this journey along Ridge Road and Highway 88, not so much with a vision of Eden's paradise, which the green and godly things evince, but with just a hint of... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
1 week ago
Local historian and winemaker Eric Costa addresses the standing-room-only crowd at last Friday’s Wine & Cheese Tasting at the Amador County Museum, in Jackson. Photo courtesy of Larry Angier

The north lawn of the Amador County Museum, in downtown Jackson, was filled to overflowing last Friday night, as a standing-room-only crowd gathered to hear local historian Eric Costa speak about the early days of winemaking in Amador County. Costa’s tales of thirsty miners and savvy entrepreneurs captivated the crowd. “In 1870, Amador County had 2,467 ares of grapes,” said Costa. “The county did not approach this acreage again until the year 2000.”

Costa told his listeners that much of agricultural glory of the Sierra Foothills,...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago

The 2016 winegrape crush marks a beginning for a new winery as well as a new author.

Local writer Gwen Clayton has built her career in journalism and public relations. On October 1, she releases her first fiction novel, “Fermata Cellars” during the Amador Vintner Association’s Big Crush at Plymouth’s newest tasting room, 24 Brix.

“The book is a whole new genre I’m calling Political Science Fiction,” Clayton said. “It’s about a haunted winery that battles the city council over eminent domain. An unscrupulous real estate investor...

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Guest Commentator
1 week ago
(Right) Susan Manning was Super Woman at this year’s Paws & Claws. (Left) A rescued opossum attended the event. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Bill Lavallie

Wearing colorful capes, masks, tights and even a tutu, more than 120 supporters of Tri County Wildlife Care came to Paws & Claws 2016 to celebrate wildlife and the people who care about wildlife in our community.

President Sandy Greene shared a short year-in-review: over 700 critters so far this year have arrived at their doors needing care, and the outlook is that 60 percent will be released, which is an impressive number. The new facility at 80 Ridge Road, Suite B, in Sutter Creek, has been wildly successful and has accommodated...

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Louis Amestoy
7 days ago
Vibrant fall colors are starting to take shape across Amador county.
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Eric Winslow
1 week ago
Vicki Campbell (center) with Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, and BLM California State Director, Jerry Perez. Photo courtesy to the ALD.

The name "Campbell" should say a lot more than just "soup" to Amador County residents - though Colin "Soup" Campbell, who was a long-time Amador High school varsity sports scorekeeper, does happen to be among the County's most beloved names. Also, Colin's wife, Pearl, was Sutter Creek's city clerk for many years. And, of course, Campbell Construction projects can be see all over the Gold Country.

On September 14, one of Colin and Pearl Campbell's three daughters, Vicki, who is currently the program manager for the Bureau of...

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Via Press Release
1 week ago
The Volcano Theatre Company’s production of “Lost in Yonkers” is a heartfelt and hilarious coming-of-age story by America’s great comic playwright, Neil Simon. Set during World War II, two young brothers, Arty and Jay (Luke Murdock and Andrew Mees), are sent to live with their formidable German Jewish immigrant grandmother, the sweet but mentally challenged Aunt Bella (Amy Doyle), and Uncle Louie (Robert Schell), a small-time hoodlum running away from gangsters. Mitch Prefach as Grandma Kurnitz plays the matriarch with an iron will... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
1 week ago
The plane arrived at Westover Field on Wednesday. ALD photo by Caitlyn Schaap

Local aeronautical engineer creates technology for flight around the world

By Sarah Spinetta

Craig Catto, one of the world’s top contributors to the advances in aeronautics, develops innovative ideas and turns them into reality by hand-making aeronautical equipment in his airplane hangar at Westover Field, in Jackson. Catto’s main focuses are on propellers and experimental aircraft, such as drones that can fly 25 percent higher and 15 percent longer than ones from other countries. In addition to the drones, Catto also creates...

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Cathie Gernhardt
1 week ago
Happy Bird Day, peeps! It’s been another beautiful week in the neighborhood. I have been enjoying a few goldfinches still hanging around, along with the woodpeckers, nuthatches, pigeons and titmice, and I thought I heard a chickadee, which I have not seen in my neighborhood as of yet. There was some kind of flying insect hatch a couple of mornings this past week. They looked to be flying ants, as they came out of the dirt and headed towards the sun. I didn’t notice any birds going after them, although there were several dragonflies... [Read more]
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Cathie Gernhardt
1 week ago
The Acorn Woodpecker.
Happy Bird Day, Peeps! It sure feels like fall is in the air, cooler days with even cooler nights, and the leaves are starting to flutter to the ground leaving bare branches open for easier spotting of our feathered friends. The woodpeckers have been busy in my neighborhood peck, peck, pecking away at snags and tree trunks. I hope they are also attacking the bark beetles, who are wreaking havoc in our forests, as woodpeckers are one of the only natural predators of this pesky insect. It saddens me to see so many dead trees in our... [Read more]
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Ginger Budrick
1 week ago
I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I’m going to say it again: The 30-somethings of Amador have very supportive mothers! A lot of the recommendations I receive are from moms, and they are usually emails filled with love and admiration. It’s heartwarming, to say the least. Recently, I received an email that was very detailed and beautifully written, so much so that I was moved to tears while reading it. If you don’t know me, I should tell you right now that I’m a very sensitive gal. So, don’t be alarmed that I started crying whilst... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago

They started out in 2002. Dave Holob walked up to Adam Gottstein at The Volcano Union Inn during an open mike jam, introduced himself and said “… we’re gonna play music together.” It was a fait-accompli. Their band, Over the Edge, was a done deal … no questions asked. Most OTE fans know this story.

The two of them worked up a song book of mostly original tunes, but covered such favorites as “Summertime,” “Hit the Road, Jack,” “Stormy Monday,” “Unchain My Heart,” and others. One of Dave’s compositions, “Hot Rod Special,” an ode to...

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