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Carolyn Schmitz
3 days ago
“Thunderheads,” by Annie Fountain. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Celebrate our country and the creativity it generates. On Saturday, July 4, visit the 1st Saturday Amador Art Trek — a time to visit galleries and businesses that are featuring new or continuing shows for this monthly event. Gallery-hop to 12 galleries from 1 to 6 pm and you’re likely to meet artists. See and buy their new works while enjoying refreshments and mingling with other art-lovers. Pick up a handy, tri-fold brochure at one of the galleries to guide you to other locations. You can also find one online, at amadorarts.org,... [Read more]
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Thank you, Amador County. Your generous gifts to the Interfaith Food Bank during Trinity’s food drive this last weekend at Safeway totaled 3,656 pounds of food and $1,025. Thanks to all your efforts, many of our neighbors will not go hungry in the next weeks. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your spiritual journey, you are welcome here. Sunday services will be at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m., followed by a coffee hour at 11:30 a.m. Trinity Church is located at 430 Highway 49, Sutter Hill, across from Walgreens. For more information, call... [Read more]
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3 days ago
Dr. Ask and his patients, above. Lawryn and satisfied customer. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Local dentists Ron Ask, Jerhet Ask, and Lawryn Ask (who just graduated from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry), along with their families recently traveled to Kenya to spend a month at the Maasai Dental Clinic in Siana Springs. There they provided much needed dental services to the Maasai people and local residents. The dental clinic is a modern, three-chair clinic with an apartment upstairs to house volunteer dentists and their families. It is run on solar panels and batteries.

The clinic opened in 2009, and was founded,...

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Eric Winslow
3 days ago
Amador County Fair’s annual tractor parade. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
State and county fairs have been a mainstay of market economies since medieval times. Long before there were shopping malls, not mention round-the-clock online shopping, communities would gather only once or twice a year in a single location to exchange goods, make new contacts and enjoy exciting varieties of entertainment like musical bands and animal acts. Sometimes these events would take place in the town square, though they were eventually given a dedicated location which could be put into service in more ways than simply as a... [Read more]
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3 days ago

Evan Brynnan Berg was born May 19, 2015, at 7:01 a.m., at Sutter Amador Hospital, in Jackson, to Jennifer Montgomery and Bryn Berg, of Jackson. He weighed 7 pounds 14 ounces, and measured 20 inches in length. Baby Evan was welcomed by brothers Anthony and Noah Smith. Grandparents are Darla and Tim Berg, and Marla Maxwell. Great-grandparents are Lloyd and Gerry Hagerty.

Allison Leigh Anne Pearl was born June 15, 2015, at 8:52 a.m., at Odessa Regional Medical Center, in Odessa, Texas, to Skye Martin and Aaron Pearl, of Odessa,...

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3 days ago
“The Great Amador Carnival of 1886”: Volcano Theatre Company is excited to present,“The Great Amador Carnival of 1886” or “What’s a Damsel to Do?” Bringing an old American art form to life with an original script, writer and director Rolf Hein remains true to the fun of a melodrama, inviting you to cheer for the hero and boo the villain. A melodrama set in Amador County, this hilarious show that has something for all ages. Located on Main Street, in Volcano, Volcano Theatre Company’s plays are a great way to spend the evening —... [Read more]
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3 days ago

Soroptimist International of Amador County has elected new officers for 2015-2016. Our president will be Pat Woodard, 1st vice-president is Val Kreth, 2nd vice-president is Donna Miller, recording secretary is Linda Matulich, corresponding secretary is Patty Kern, treasurer is Angie Murchison, assistant treasurer is Marie Lindsey and directors are Sharon Lundgren and Beth Arnold. They were installed at our annual June member party.

If you are interested in learning more about Soroptimist of Amador County, please call Val at (209)...

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Carolyn Schmitz
3 days ago
Mandolin Orange — Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin — bring honky tonk to Amador County. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin, together Mandolin Orange, are set to return to Feist Wines on Saturday, July 18 at 7 p.m.

The Feists discovered these rising stars on NPR’s Folk Alley where they performed the iconic “Waltz About Whiskey.” The song swings like a honky-tonk and seems to apply to Amador County living. Marlin and Frantz plead, “Won’t someone dance with me to a waltz about whisky and turn my sad songs to lullabies?”

The duo was looking for stops on their “This Side of Jordan Tour,” and Feist booked them as the...

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Carolyn Schmitz
3 days ago

From vendor to president. The Amador Farmers Market Board, has a new market president, Ron Antone. The Farmers Market Board governs the markets, does all of the legal insurances liscensing, plans events and manages vendor fees.

Antone and his wife moved to Mt. Aukum from Southern Calif., two years ago to enjoy a more rural lifestyle. He soon became a lavender vendor at the Amador Farmers Markets. His farm in Mt. Aukum, is called, “South River Lavendar.” Antone has changed professions from designer and builder to the interaction...

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Carolyn Schmitz
3 days ago
Euphronia Jekyll, Lady Throckmortonshire and Dr. Henry Jekyll get in and out of some troubling schemes. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

If you are looking for something really fun to do this evening, I highly recommend seeing Main Street Theatre Works’ first summer offering, “Chemical Imbalance: A Jekyll and Hyde Play,” written by Lauren Wilson and directed by Allen Pontes. The play stars Paj Crank and his real-life mother, Tina Cole (best known as Fred MacMurray’s wife, Kate Douglas, on the 1960s television show, “My Three Sons”), Stephanie Hodson, Lisa Halko, Jordan Hayakawa, Kate Bellock, Zachary Coles, Erin Renfree and Sara Matsui-Colby.

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3 days ago

The Gold Country Wood Workers and Crafters will hold its Monthly meeting on July 8, at 7 p.m., at the Upcountry Community Center, located in Pine Grove. If you have an interest in woodworking, come join a group of others who share in the desire to improve their skills. Members are encouraged to bring in “show and tell” projects to share. No matter what your skills or abilities, all are invited to attend. For more information, contact Mike Aguayo, at (209) 295-1615.

Sons In Retirement

SIR Branch 15 will hold its July...

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Carolyn Schmitz
3 days ago
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Pacific Gas and Electric Company recently sent a mailer to its customers with some smart tips to cut back on energy and water use which often increases due to hotter summer temperatures. Using less energy and less water is good for your pocketbook and good for the environment.

Some of PG&E’s money-saving tips include:

Run the dishwasher only when full.

Wash full loads of laundry using cold water. Today’s modern detergents work great in cold water and about 90 percent of the energy used by clothes washers goest to water...

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3 days ago
Hunger is a reality for more than 50 million Americans, or one in seven people living in the United States. To create awareness of this issue and help their neighbors in need, the Jackson Grocery Outlet store is kicking off of the fourth annual Independence from Hunger food drive, a month-long, company-wide campaign. Together Jackson Grocery Outlet and their customers can help to feed people in Amador County facing hunger and dealing with food insecurity. Over the past two years, over $500,000 has been raised in cash, gift cards and... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
3 days ago
Dream Wedding Give-Away winners Ashley and Justin. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort is proud to announce that Ashley and Justin, from Acampo, are the official Dream Wedding Couple, winning a complete wedding package at Jackson Rancheria valued at $30,000.

The contest began May 1, and hopeful couples submitted a photo of themselves and their soul mate to Jackson Rancheria’s Facebook page where friends, family and co-workers voted for their favorite couple. Voting ended on June 1, and those couples who made it through the first round submitted a YouTube video describing why they were...

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Carolyn Schmitz
3 days ago
Photo courtesy to the ALD

The Annual Upcountry Community 4th of July Carnival returns to Pioneer Park on Saturday, July 4, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us for hay rides, a water slide, a dunk tank, popcorn, snow cones, Dum Dums, games, bounce houses, arcade games, hot dogs, drinks, prizes, music, firetrucks and family fun. Pioneer Park is located at 25070 Buckhorn Ridge Road, in Pioneer, one mile West of Highway 88, in the Buckhorn area.

Later, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., the Pine Grove Civic Improvement Club presents Groovin’ in the Grove, a free music event...

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John Tuttle
4 days ago
California’s adolescent birth rate has continued to decline to a record-low. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

California’s adolescent birth rate has continued to decline to a record-low of 23.2 births per 1,000 females aged 15-19. The announcement came this week from California Department of Public Health director and state health officer Dr. Karen Smith. The 2013 rate reflects an 11 percent decline from the 2012 rate of 26.2 and a 50 percent decline from the 2000 rate of 46.7.

“California’s continued success in reducing adolescent births is an excellent example of public health at work,” Smith said. “By providing adolescents the knowledge,...

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Tessa Marguerite
4 days ago
The Old Ryan House, in Jackson. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

When we hear about something that is too good to be true, it usually is. But for one lucky winner, an impossible dream could become reality.

A fully-renovated, historic home in Jackson, “the Old Ryan House,” is the prize for the creative someone who’s original dessert recipe is chosen as the winner of this unique contest. There is a $100 entry fee, and entries will be accepted until August 7. The estimated market value of the home is approximately $389,000.

Erin Allard’s grandparents retired in Pine Grove and enjoyed the...

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Tessa Marguerite
4 days ago
Leon Krupsky and Kimmie Campbell are the winners of the Wedding of the Century Contest. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Browsing through Instagram may seem like a waste of time to some. But for this winning couple, it paid off in the form of a contest called Wedding of the Century. “We won a $75,000 wedding with 100 guests,” said Kimmie Campbell. “Everything from my dress to the wedding photographer is included.”

Leon Krupsky and Kimmie Campbell met in 7th grade at a banquet for the Nuggets football team and cheer team. They started dating Senior year of high school. On their seventh anniversary (last October) Krupsky proposed to Campbell at...

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4 days ago
Families can enjoy the breathtaking views together at the park. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Yosemite National Park anticipates a busy Fourth of July weekend and visitors are urged to arrive at the park very early to avoid potential traffic congestion and difficulties with parking. Visitors should plan on arriving at the park entrances by 9 a.m. each day. Parking in Yosemite Valley is expected to be especially challenging and visitors should plan accordingly. Based on past holiday weekends, visitors arriving during peak hours have been delayed for up to two hours in east Yosemite Valley. The park has added... [Read more]
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4 days ago
Local kids Adriaan, Lyra and Callen Cranford getting ready for their Independence Day party. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Sarah Spinetta
Get festive for the Fourth of July! You can purchase every (legal) kind of fireworks you want at the Jackson Lions Club stand by Grocery Outlet, in Jackson. On the third of July, join the community in attending the annual fireworks show put on at Jackson Junior High by the Jackson Lions Club. The Lions have been doing this for over 40 years and they offer activities for every member of the family. “The Jackson Rancheria generously donated to the Lions Club to make this year the best one yet with twice as many fireworks and the best... [Read more]
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