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Guest Commentator
6 days ago
Best Mail/Packaging winners Justin and Monica Bennion accepted their award from an amused Publisher Jack Mitchell. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

There were 144 categories in this year’s “Best of Amador” readers’ poll, and many of the winners accepted our invitation to join us for dinner at Thomi’s Banquet Room, in Jackson. According to an unofficial count, 166 winners and their guests enjoyed an evening of highly entertaining repartee, emceed by Amador Ledger Dispatch Publisher Jack Mitchell.

Thomi’s usual excellent dinner fare was complemented by aware wines donated by Best Winery and Best Tasting Room winner Dillian Vineyards and Winery owner Tom Dillian.

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Via Press Release
6 days ago
Award-winning watercolorist Wendy Rogers will have her work displayed at the AmadorArts Gallery during this month’s Art Trek

The next First Saturday of the month Amador Art Trek will be May 7. This is the fun, free self-guided tour that provides easy public access to where art is located, whether in galleries or businesses that hang unique art on their walls. Part of Art Trek is the monthly “1st Saturdays” when many participating galleries have receptions in the afternoon to kick off their new shows.

Since within Amador and part of Calaveras County is a thriving creative community, this is the best time to experience it, even meet artists. Can’t make...

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Joe Svec
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For the May 3rd, 2016 edition of the Jackson Rotary Tailings, click here. [Read more]
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Ginger Budrick
6 days ago
Brandi Oneto is the owner of Brown Eyed Girl in Sutter Creek. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Ginger Budrick
One day, as I was walking into work, I saw a girl with long, blonde hair waving at me from down Eureka St. As she got closer, I saw that it was Brandi Oneto. Brandi and I graduated from high school the same year, she from Argonaut and I from Amador, but we have always just been acquaintances — the kind of people who are friends on Facebook but don’t actually know much about each other. We stopped to chat that day in the street and, after we parted ways, I realized that she would be a great person to interview for my 30-something... [Read more]
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Steve Muni
6 days ago
Corinne Moore offers her Rhone-style wines at Wine Tree Farm’s off-the-grid tasting room. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Steve Muni
Wine Tree Farm is a very small winery, set on the hill overlooking the north end of the Sutter Creek Bypass, on Hwy 49. The first thing you notice is that the tasting room is rather dim. There’s one little bulb, located way up high in the middle of the room. And if the connecting door to the winery is open, you’ll notice that the winery itself is in darkness. Electricity is a rare and precious commodity at Wine Tree Farm. You’ll soon realize that you are in the first completely solar-powered winery in California, and the only one... [Read more]
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Roger Riggsby
6 days ago
As mentioned in earlier articles, the first followers of Jesus were Jews who mostly gathered in Synagogues. Soon, however, non-Jewish people began to appear at these meetings and, in fact, one of St. Paul’s early sermons in the Book of Acts addresses his audience as “You Israelites and others who fear God, my brothers ... you descendants of Abraham’s family and others who fear God" (Acts 13:26). This implies that there were gentiles who started believing in the Good News of Jesus teachings, as well as Jews. To amplify this, in the... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 days ago

Lifetime Master Gardener Fred Hoffman, the producer host of KFBK Garden Show in Sacramento each Sunday will amaze you and catch your attention with his knowledge of Beneficial Insects and Plants that attract them. The Mother Lode Rose Society will host this interesting speaker at their meeting on May 3, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. At the Amador Senior Center 229 New York Ranch Road, in Jackson. Nature is filled with “good bugs, crawling and flying creatures” whose diet consists of munching on the pests that ravage your garden plants.

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Brent Parsons
6 days ago
Pablo Valle is the owner and Patricia Santana is the manager of Sutter Creek’s new Mexican restaurant. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons
don’t know what the ratio of resident to restaurant should be, but I suspect Amador is above that average. To further prove my lack of research, I’ll go out on a limb and say our county offers more choices of Mexican cuisine than any other, except pizza. If American is a category and includes fast food outlets, diners, hamburger joints, delis and coffee shops, I stand corrected, again. A tourist destination attracts a bigger customer base, which translates into a better chance of survival in the notoriously ruthless business. It... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
6 days ago
Louis and Chris Boitano live in the old Boitano family home in Sutter Creek. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jerry Budrick
This is the sixth and final interview of this year’s candidates for seats on the Amador County Board of Supervisors. The first five, with Pat Crew, Gwen Clayton, Amber Hoiska, Frank Axe and Richard Forster, were conducted by the Ledger Dispatch’s prolific interviewer, Brent Parsons. Ancient differences of opinion led to Louis Boitano’s request to be interviewed by me, rather than Brent. I’ll readily admit that I’m no Brent Parsons when it comes to interviews, and certainly no Barbara Walters, asking all the painful questions about... [Read more]
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Cathie Gernhardt
6 days ago
Happy Bird Day, peeps, and a big shout-out to my favorite flock of all, you, the people reading my ramblings about birds and nature. Mother Nature sure has been busy lately, and I have a new respect for April showers. Not only did we get a few crazy rain, hail, thunder and lightning storms this month, I was also witness to several showers of web-spinning worms falling from the trees, which created amazing rainbows in the sunlight. I heard this happens every year, although I don’t remember it from last spring, so I was either not... [Read more]
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6 days ago
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie
Lacy J. Dalton’s concert was completely sold out and jam-packed with the supporters of the Let ‘Em Run Foundation at the theater in Sutter Creek! Dalton is a country singer-songwriter who utilizes her talents to benefit wild horses with the foundation. You can genuinely feel how much Lacy loves the wild horses in her music. Lacy’s non-profit Let ‘Em Run Foundation is there to save all the wild horses she can in the Northern Nevada-Virginia Range. “It happens around this time of year, every year...and it is the most heartbreaking... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
6 days ago
Sign-ups are open for the 2016 Miss Amador Scholarship Competition. The event will be held in July at the Amador County Fairgrounds, in Plymouth, but applications should be submitted now. The competition is for young women, ages 16 to 23, who wish to compete for scholarships and the opportunity to represent Amador County at the Amador County Fair and throughout the following year. The young women will compete in various areas, including community service, interviews and on-stage presentations. Scholarship awards will be: $2,000 to... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
6 days ago
The Kit Carson Mountain Men Wagon Train continues its journey through Amador County today. It will leave Plymouth and pass through Amador City mid-morning and Sutter Creek mid-afternoon ending at the Italian Picnic Grounds tonight for a barbecue dinner, music, dancing and campfire. Check out touramador.com to see the rest of the weekend’s schedule. And, don’t miss the parade on Sunday morning at 11 on Jackson Main Street! [Read more]
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Via Press Release
6 days ago
Southern Drawl will play at Sutter Creek Theatre on May 6.
Sierra Repertory Theatre Presents Hank Williams: The Lost Highway from April 1 through May 15 at the Fallon House Theatre, 11175 Washington Street in Columbia. Country-Western icon Hank Williams touched millions in his short career. This spectacular musical biography will break your heart and lift your soul as it recounts his rise to country-music stardom and his demise at age 29 from hard living and bad luck. Williams’ legend lives on through songs that celebrate tenderness and hope. Jam-packed with 20 classic hits including... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
6 days ago

Student Art Show

Come see the best artwork by local high school students at a special awards reception on Tuesday, May 10, from 4 to 6:30 p.m., at the Amador County School District office, 217 Rex Avenue, in Jackson. The show will run until May 27. The Amador County Artists Association sponsors this annual Student Art Show to encourage students to pursue their fine arts talent. This year, the judge will be Sharon Galligan, and cash prizes and ribbons will be presented at the reception. Prizes include Best of School and Best of Show....

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Via Press Release
6 days ago
The concert will benefit the Interfaith Food Bank. Photo courtesy to the ALD

The sounds of Broadway are again ready to echo through the foothills, as the annual Broadway and Beyond, “The Stars Come Out” Benefit concert is set to take place the end of April in Pine Grove. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1.

Produced again this year by Stevens Price, there will be no shortage of talent, laughter and fun. Seven of the best singers in the county will be joining him for an entertaining concert of not only Broadway, but there will be an emphasis on popular and well known Movie Theme...

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Caitlyn Schaap
6 days ago
Abigail Thomas Chloe Traxler, Dallis Donnell, Rhys Duncan and Sarah Garbarini along with the whole safety patrol group. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Bill Lavallie

Abigail Thomas, a fifth-grader at Ione Elementary, was presented Wednesday with the AAA School Safety Patroller of the Year award for the Sierra Foothills Region. Four other patrollers, Chloe Traxler, Dallis Donnell, Rhys Duncan and Sarah Garbarini, were also nominated for the award and received certificates of congratulations.

The five students are part of a large group of safety patrollers at Ione Elementary, coordinated by teacher Mike Huss. The students submitted essays on the topic of how safety patrol helped them become a...

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Via Press Release
6 days ago
1936 Diamond T House Car owned by Vince Martinico of Auburn. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Don’t miss the 30th annual American Truck Historical Society Antique Truck Show and Barbecue this Saturday, April 30, at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth. Come help the members of the Central California Chapter of ATHS celebrate 30 wonderful years in the Mother Lode. They will be showing trucks from all over California and beyond. In previous years, there have been over 150 trucks present, and this year will also feature live operation of the steam-powered sawmill at the fairgrounds. The Amador Sawmill is one of the last... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
2 weeks ago
An animal’s controlling instinct is survival. A creature might do something “suicidal,” but killing itself is a byproduct, not the action’s intent. The human has the capability to choose death, but rarely does. Suicide in war, where death and killing is pervasive, can be a weapon. The desperate and unsettling Kamikaze campaign during my father’s war has devolved into the human bombs of our war. Martyrdom has returned and this time without discrimination. To the Jihadist, the enemy is not just a military but anyone believing differentl... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
2 weeks ago
The Ministerial Association of Amador County invites you to join us for an hour of focused prayer for our government, churches, military, family, educational system, the media and our local businesses. Pray with us in Detert Park, in Jackson from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, 2016. We will gather at the stage area. We hope to see you there. [Read more]
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