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2 days ago
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Aloha, welcome to Hawaii. It is sunset on the beach, and friends of Chase Diamond have gathered at his birthday luau. The impromptu party quickly turns into a woeful wake when Chase is found dead, poisoned by one of his guests. Was it friend or foe who fatally freshened his favorite cocktail? It is up to you to find out.

Come to a Hawaiian Luau and figure out the mystery. Wear your Aloha outfits to really blend in.

Enjoy a sit-down dinner in the Preston Castle Courtyard, and be...

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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.

This is the seventh time NAMI...

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3 days ago
Sherrie Wade. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
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Sherrie Wade, Director of Transformation Meditation, Inc., recently awarded Sophia’s Well of Wisdom the designation of Transformation Meditation Center Service Provider. The award was received as a result of four SWOW meditation instructors completing the Meditation Teacher Training course: Patsy Walker Fine, Lynnea Honn, Margaret Lewis, and Patricia Green. These certified meditation instructors bring many years of various meditation experiences and are ready to share this simple but...

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3 days ago
Kaitlin Maxedon. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Kaitlin Maxedon, of Pine Grove, won the prestigious “Golden Bear” award for placing Best of Show at the California State Fair’s Youth Arts Expo.Kaitlin’s photograph, titled “I Am Paint”, also took home Best of Class and First Award ribbons. Out of over 650 entrants, only four artists were selected for Best in Show awards in this highly competitive juried exhibition.

Kaitlin is in the sixth grade at Pine Grove Elementary, and also studies art with Pam Sharp of the Children’s Studio in Sutter Creek. She is the daughter of Jon and...

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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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Matthew Hedger
1 day ago
Residents displaced by the Sand Fire in Amador County may be eligible for reimbursement for additional living expenses caused by mandatory evacuations.

“As fire threatens Amador County, evacuees may incur significant expenses,” said Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. “Homeowners should know their insurance policy may cover additional living expenses associated with the mandatory evacuation and should contact their insurer for assistance.”

Many homeowner insurance policies cover additional living expenses during natural disasters....

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Carolyn Schmitz
2 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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Giorgi Khokhobashvili. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Greenhorn Creek’s Summer Wine & Dinner event features five Calaveras Vintners, members of Greenhorn Creek. Tasting appetizers and cheese, plus playing games add to the fun of this event, which is held outdoors overlooking the golf course. Dinner, music and dancing under the arbor complete this special evening event — one of three annual dining events featuring top Calaveras wineries.

CAMPS Restaurant will serve a delicious dinner for the occasion, with music by Giorgi Khokhobashvili setting the mood of a Mediterranean party. Play...

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The Amador County Concert Band. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The Amador County Concert Band. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

A free concert will be presented by the 48-member Amador County Concert Band, under the direction of Steve Chambers and Irv Gidding, on Sunday, Aug. 17, at 3 p.m. The program will be held at the Community Church of Pine Grove, located at 14045 Ponderosa Way, Pine Grove. Featured music will be selections from “My Fair Lady,” “Slaughter on 10th Avenue 7,” “Swedish Polka,” selections from ”Four Winds,” a special flute section feature, “Those Fabulous...

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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
3 days ago
"Robin Hood" opens August 15 at Volcano Amphitheatre, in Volcano. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
"Robin Hood" opens August 15 at Volcano Amphitheatre, in Volcano. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

July 30

The Lemon Hammer: A blend of rock, folk, blues, soul and pop, The Lemon Hammer performs at Mountain Ranch Community Park. Calaveras County Arts Council presents the 23rd Annual Music in the Parks, free summer concert series, every Wednesday, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bring a picnic and low-back chair, and maybe a little bug spray just in case.

August 1

BellaGrace Tasting Room: Joshua Macrea will be the featured...

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3 days ago
Soroptimist International of Amador County is committed to improving the lives of women and children.

Our local chapter supports the Live Your Dream Scholarship. We offer a cash reward of $3,000 to a woman who provides the primary financial support for herself and/or her family. The woman must be enrolled in a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program. The money can be used to offset any costs associated with her efforts to attain a higher education.

To apply for this scholarship, please call Laura,...

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Carolyn Schmitz
3 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
3 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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3 days ago
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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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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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3 days ago
Beau Gillman and Alice Dufrene celebrate her 102nd birthday. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Beau Gillman and Alice Dufrene celebrate her 102nd birthday. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Alice Dufrene is a very special woman. On June 26, 2014, the Jackson, CA resident reached an incredible milestone – turning 102 years young. However, what really makes this centenarian so special is less about how many years lived, but about how many lives she touched throughout those years.

Alice’s family tree has deep roots within the Jackson area, dating as far back as the 1860s. This was a time when the Pony

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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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Lisa Lucke
5 days ago
It’s almost that time of year again — the time when my kids go away for a summer visit to their dad’s house in Southern California for a couple of weeks. I miss my kids when they’re away, but not right at first. Right at first I do a lot of skipping, and singing, and then, once I leave the airport, I get sad. Typically, on the first or second day they’re gone, I do a deep clean of their bedrooms. In other words, I make it nice-nice so they can mess it up again. I leave the doors open so that I can enjoy the view; the sense of... [Read more]
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6 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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