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Brent Parsons
4 days ago

I‘ve been self-employed since 1979, when I took what I thought would be a temporary break from teaching eighth grade. I picture-framed, operated a gallery and now run two small hardware stores, one with a partner, Jeff Kelley.

Working for one’s self has its challenges, namely survival — the statistics are not encouraging. But once a proprietor, it is difficult to back-track or work for another. The self-employed are a peculiar lot — independent, confident and stubborn — basically ungovernable. But when those traits are combined...

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Lisa Lucke
4 days ago

For as long as I’ve known my husband, which is 11 years, I’ve known that Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday. I know this because our souls are deeply, almost cosmically connected, and because every year about this time, I overhear him tell someone, “Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.”

I’ve always just assumed it was because of the food. But this year, I decided to find out what was so special about it (to him) that it causes the year-on-year giddiness. I finally asked the other day, when he got home from work (school) and...

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John Tuttle
2 days ago

The first Thanksgiving in the New World was celebrated in 1621, nearly a year after the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

In 1789, George Washington became the first of many US presidents to formally proclaim a day of “public thanksgiving and prayer”:

I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then...

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Matthew Hedger
2 days ago

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
1 week ago
This year’s Lowe’s Heroes volunteers include Elaine Warzecha, Robert Barge, Karen Briggs, Mike Dodge, Clarissa Bellotti, David Mendonca and Suzanne Locke. Some of the Lowe’s Heroes were not available at picture time. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Each year, the Lowe’s Heroes Project encourages Lowe’s employees to team together and adopt a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization or K–12 public school and make a difference. This year, the organization chosen was Head Start ECS State Preschool, in Ione. In previous years, the Heroes Project has provided service to The Arc of Amador and Calaveras and the Amador County Safe House for Battered Women and Children.

Karen Briggs, Human Resources Manager of Lowe’s of Martell, in Jackson, is one of nine Lowe’s...

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week 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
1 week 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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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
Jim Baldwin is the owner of JB’s Journeys, and assistant tennis coach at Amador High School. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
According to local travel agent Jim Baldwin, of JB’s Journeys, Delta Airlines will be making some changes after the new year. Whereas the current options for cabin class are Economy or First/Business, the new options will include 14 Economy and 9 First/Business options for fare class. Baldwin commented that these different levels of Economy class reservations will have, “no frills, no seat assignment and non-refundable tickets.” A fee may be added for window or aisle preference, or even a carry-on fee, as well. Although Delta is... [Read more]
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Lisa Lucke
1 week ago

So far this November, I’m thankful that Facebook (at least on my newsfeed) hasn’t been deluged with that tiresome habit of people posting one new thing every day that they are thankful for. My eyes were sore from rolling them last year. I finally stopped reading when I saw, “I’m thankful for the love of my turtle.” Say what? Your turtle loves you? But even the obvious thank-you posts, like, “I’m thankful for the love of my children,” or “I’m thankful for clean air to breathe,” get a little old.

I’m not suggesting that we should...

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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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Via Press Release
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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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago
Interfaith Choir's youth orchestra members make a joyful noise. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Business Person Of The Year: Dick Cooper, of Cooper Vineyards, has been recognized by Amador County Chamber of Commerce as its Business Person of the Year. Celebrate with Cooper and the rest of the chamber at a dinner in his honor, in Pokerville Hall, at the Amador County Fairgrounds, located at 18621 Sherwood Street, in Plymouth. No-host cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m., and dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $40 per person. Tickets may be purchased at the Amador County Chamber of Commerce, 115 Main Street, in Jackson; by calling... [Read more]
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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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2 weeks ago
Hindu mystic, Paramahansa Yogananda, helped introduce yoga to the west. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Award-winning film about Hindu mystic comes to Jackson

On Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m., Gathr Films will present a special screening of the critically acclaimed film, “AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda,” at Jackson Cinema 4, located at 201 Vukuvich Way, in Jackson.

With strong endorsement from mainstream press and a run of sold-out shows in theaters across the country, “Awake” is now sweeping the nation with screenings made possible, in part, by Gathr Films’ Theatrical on Demand service.

“Awake” is an unconventional biography about...

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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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Via Press Release
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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Via Press Release
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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