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John Stettler
3 days ago
Amador Court Appointed Special Advocates are volunteers in an active child advocacy organization that works to establish a solid one-to-one relationship with an abused or neglected child whose parents are under the jurisdiction of the Amador County Dependency Court. CASA volunteers are well-trained and appointed by the court to make sure that the child is receiving the care and attention it needs in order to have a safe and secure environment. CASA workers also report to the court on the best interests of the child and the progress... [Read more]
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Lisa Lucke
3 days ago

In a recent column, which I’ve had a fair share of feedback about, I suggested that a winning restaurant formula is this: offer consistently great food at a fair price. Then, try not to mess up the great food with consistently poor service and you’ll be (and stay) in business. I also said, “Don’t be something you’re not.” If you don’t know how to do BBQ, don’t do BBQ. If you don’t have experience in fine dining, and you can’t find a manager who does, don’t do fine dining.

But there’s one more thing to add to the winning formula:...

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Terry Sanders
3 days ago
The Department of Defense offers the Montgomery and Post 9/11 GI Bill for honorably discharged veterans. Each has its own requirements and benefits. There are also VA educational benefits for the veteran, spouse and/or children of a service-connected veteran that, again, I won’t go into at this time, either. California offers many benefits to California veterans. Eligibility requirements differ; some require a service-connected disability rating, while others don’t. One of the most-used benefits is the California College Fee Waiver... [Read more]
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Roger Riggsby
3 days ago

Maybe one of the most important times for the Church in general was the era after the Protestant and English Reformations, and the Catholic Counter-Reformation. Trying to clarify what the term "Reformation" means, I went to the dictionary and found this quote: “The religious movement to reform the Roman Catholic Church that led to the establishment of the Protestant Churches." Not bad, I thought. But of course, there is so much more than what is summarized in this simple statement.

It should be understood that the purpose of the...

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Via Press Release
3 days ago
Kacie and Jerhet Ask with Baby Everly
Graham Harrison Ashworth was born July 30, 2016 at 4:25 p.m. at Sutter Amador Hospital to Lindsey and Philip Ashworth of Sutter Creek. He weighed 9 pounds 10 ounces and measured 21 inches in length. Baby Graham was welcomed by his brother Nathan. Grandparents are Dave and Carol Ryan, and Jack and Chris Ashworth. Great-grandparents are Buffy Homer and Ruth Tramelle. Everly Summer Ask was born August 1, 2016 at 12:43 p.m. at Sutter Amador Hospital to Kacie and Jerhet Ask of Jackson. She weighed 8 pounds 4.5 ounces and measured 19.3... [Read more]
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Eric Winslow
3 days ago

California’s groundwater may contain naturally occurring radioactivity. Radioactive minerals occur irregularly in California’s bedrock, and when dissolved in water, radionuclides are colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Unlike community water systems, private wells in California are not routinely regulated or monitored for contaminants like radionuclides. As a result, well owners are responsible for ensuring their drinking water is safe.

In some well water, the concentrations of radionuclides exceed public drinking water standards,...

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Bill Lavallie
3 days ago

The fifth annual Top Cop Challenge last Saturday, August 20, was another huge success, raising more than $28,000. The event, which is sponsored by the Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians and American Legion Post 108 and hosted by Jackson Rancheria Casino and Resort, Gold Country Firearms and the True Sportsman Club, is a benefit for wounded and disabled veterans that, over the last five years, has raised more than $110,000.

The Firearm Competition drew competitors from all over Northern California from a diverse selection of...

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Via Press Release
3 days ago

The Amador Community College Foundation is proud to present its 4th annual gala, Koyou – A Night in Japan’s Red leaves, at the Jackson Rancheria Casino Grand Oak Ballroom on Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

“Koyou” are to the Japanese autumn what cherry blossoms are to spring. The viewing of autumn leaves has been a quite popular activity in Japan for centuries and today draws large numbers of travelers to famous spots. Themed décor will create the enchantment of Koyou right here in Amador where you can share...

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Via Press Release
3 days ago
Scout-O-Rama is back for another year and will be taking over Detert Park Saturday, August 27, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Boy and Girl scouts will be at the park all day to aid Amador County Animal Shelter and Tri-County Wildlife. The two organizations will be teaching how to make animal toys out of old clothing, towels and blankets. They are requesting those in attendance bring any old t-shirts, blankets and towels they are able to donate for those causes. Along with helping animals, they also have planned a fun day in the park for... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
1 week ago

Please join us by helping Amador County to be a special place to live. Sutter Creek Woman’s Club was established in 1909, by a small group of ladies, as an “Improvement Club.” The purpose of this new club was “to improve the cemetery, the school, our streets, and to beautify Sutter Creek in general.”

Throughout the years, our purpose has expanded to include philanthropic, civic, educational and social endeavors within Amador County. So, all ladies are invited to join to be a part of this growing organization, to help make us stand...

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1 week ago
Foothill Conservancy invites everyone to join them for the 2016 Mokelumne River cleanup on Saturday, September 17, from 8:30 a.m. until noon. Whether you have volunteered for the Mokelumne River cleanup before, or are coming for the first time, your efforts will help improve the water quality of this local treasure. Participants will get first-hand experience in identifying harmful impacts to the river, and learn about the importance of the Mokelumne’s watershed for recreation and fish and wildlife habitats – all while having fun!... [Read more]
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Caitlyn Schaap
1 week ago
Last weekend, Volcano Theatre Company premiered its second summer amphitheatre show, Alice Chadwicke’s “Anne of Green Gables,” directed by Paula Bibby. The classic coming-of-age tale tells the story of redheaded orphan Anne Shirley, who is sent to Green Gables by mistake. Marilla and her brother, Matthew Cuthbert, had intended to adopt a boy to help on the farm, so when a spirited girl arrives they don’t know what to think. But soon, the Cuthberts and the village of Avonlea, Prince Edward Island, grow fond of Anne, despite her... [Read more]
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Ginger Budrick
5 days ago
Amanda Henry and her daughter, Petra, pose in front of Andrae's Bakery, in Amador City. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Ginger Budrick
There are two types of people in this world: the type who go out of their way to say hi and the type who go out of their way to not say hi. I, unfortunately, am the latter of the two. But, I’ve always wanted to be the kind of person who goes out of their way to say hi. I just can’t be — it doesn’t come naturally for me. I suppose it’s because I lack confidence. I’m always worried that the person I’m saying hi to won’t recognize me, or will think I look bad, or we won’t have anything to talk about after I say hi. But, I love it when... [Read more]
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John Tuttle
1 week ago

This year’s “Big Red Barn,” sponsored by Rancho Arroyo Seco, will support all Amador County school music programs. Proceeds will benefit all schools from 5th grade through high school. This is the 10th annual event, and is planned for Saturday, September 24, at 6 p.m., at the “Big Red Barn,” in Ione. The goal is to raise $25,000 or more.

Rancho Arroyo Seco will once again match up to $7,500.

There are more than 300 students currently participating in the county music program. They are directed by two instructors, Heather...

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Eric Winslow
1 week ago
"We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." - T.S. Eliot. Photo by Eric Winslow
Pastor Janna Mikkelson shepherds the faithful at the Lutheran Church in Pioneer. Her outstanding sermons, which are available on the church's website, are relevant and Biblically-centered. In the rest of the civilized world, it may not be so rare to see a woman in the pulpit, but in Amador County female spiritual leaders are few and far between. The last woman we saw at the head of a congregation along the Highway to Heaven was way back at the beginning, at the second stop along way with Karen Siegfriedt at the Trinity Episcopal... [Read more]
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Jerry Budrick
3 days ago

On July 26, officials from the Jackson Elks Lodge No. 2426, in Martell, donated more than $2,000 worth of food to the Interfaith Food Bank. Present at the ceremony were, from left, in photo above, Leading Knight Greg Shortridge, Exalted Ruler Joan Mitchell, Interfaith Food Bank Executive Director Tom Thompson, Inner Guard Janet Hammond, Board Chairman Dick Harrison, and Chaplain Tommi Flint.

The Interfaith Food Bank provides nourishment to thousands of needy residents of Amador County. In 2015, the Interfaith Food Bank served...

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Caitlyn Schaap
1 week ago

Volcano Theatre Company’s very own Marty Brifman appears in a prominent spot on the list of Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance 2016 Elly Award nominees. Brifman was nominated for Best Lead Actor in a Drama for his performance as George in Volcano Theatre Company’s presentation of Edward Albee’s classic 1962 play, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”

A familiar face on the VTC stage, Marty has performed in various roles, including Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol,” Henry Ford in “Camping with Henry and Tom” and, most recently, as...

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1 week ago
Finn Clifford Henry Carney

Finn Clifford Henry Carney was born May 13, 2016, at 7:27 p.m. at Sutter Amador Hospital to Tammy L. Pharris and Joseph C. Carney of Pine Grove. He weighed 6 pounds 13 ounces and measured 19 inches in length. Baby Finn was welcomed by his brother, Joey. Grandparents are Cheryl and Dennis Brown of Jackson, Debi Riggs fo Rail Road Flat and Michael Pharris. Great-grandparents are Faye and Harold Perkins, and Doris White.

Brandon Lloyd Holloway was born July 12, 2016, at 2:59 p.m. at Sutter Amador Hospital to Amber and Matthew...

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Caitlyn Schaap
1 week ago
Eric Craig and Scott Taylor bring the Titanic tragedy to life. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch by Barry Wisdom

Last weekend, Main Street Theatre Works opened the second show of its summer season, Luke Yankee’s “The Last Lifeboat.” The show, directed by Julie Anchor, is a drama about the sinking of the Titanic. That being said, this isn’t the Titanic story you know. It follows the semi-fictionalized real life of J. Bruce Ismay, the owner and builder of the ship, chronicling his life before the disaster, his experience during the sinking and the tragedies that befell him after it sank.

The play is comprised almost entirely of short...

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Jack Mitchell
2 weeks ago
Fun for all ages, join the Jackson Claim Jumpers and learn to Square Dance. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Learn to Square Dance in twelve weeks with the Jackson Claim Jumpers. Starts Thursday, September 8, 6:30 – 7:45 pm.

Fun for families, singles or couples, no special dress required. Music from country to pop.

Nationally-recognized caller Kip Garvey is known for his fun, dynamic teaching style.

Three months of great exercise and fun for only $60 – half price for 21and under, family rate available. Amador Senior Center Hall, 229 New York Ranch Rd, Jackson, CA.

For more information visit www.jacksonclaimjumpers.com or call...

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