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4 days ago
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.

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4 days ago
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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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Carolyn Schmitz
4 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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Tessa Marguerite
7 days ago
Karen Purcell's "Unlocking Your Brilliance" encourages young women to pursue a STEM career
There is no better place to establish the foundational reason for being than at the beginning. Dr. Melodye Hilton has developed "Who's Teaching the Babies?” a Christian-based resource providing curriculum and educational tools for churches, daycares and caregivers. Dr. Hilton comments, "Through science and proven experience, we have recognized the life-empowering results of teaching babies in the most crucial and foundational window of opportunity: conception through three years." An infant's brain begins to form just three weeks... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
6 days ago
Caela White (right) is the Director of Patient Care Services at Hospice. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
Hospice of Amador & Calaveras has been Medicare certified since the mid-80’s. Last week, for the first time in 25 years, the California Department of Public Health sent two registered nurses from Fresno to perform a Medicare audit over a period of three days, without any prior notice. “We’ve heard horror stories about the outcome of these audits,” said Exectutive Director Dan Riordan. Some of the common deficiencies in hospices throughout the country include inaccurate plan of care, no RN supervision, no background check on employees... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
6 days ago
Epsom salt – actually magnesium sulfate – is one of the most versatile household products, with uses ranging from creating at-home spa treatments to soothing achy muscles to helping start or improve gardens. It’s been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, and it’s gaining a new generation of fans looking for a safe, economical alternative in a sea of expensive, over-the-counter remedies. Epsom salt is easy to use, easy to find in your local pharmacy or grocery store and it costs about the same per use as a cup of coffee. For... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago
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World Breastfeeding Week is Aug. 1 through 7. The “Big Latch On” event will be held on Aug. 2, at 10 a.m., at Detert Park, in Jackson, to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support. All are welcome. For more information, contact Nikki Silveira-Bergen, silveirabergen@yahoo.com, or (916) 802-8302. To learn more about Big Latch On, visit biglatchon.org.

Mental Illness

The Amador County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Amador, is holding an affiliate meeting and support...

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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago
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Robert Vela, Jackson native, was recently named one of the top ten finalists in the Records of Life Contest. The goal of the contest was to design child health records to be better understood by parents and to be more flexible for health workers. The specific focus of Vela’s project was on improving designs for developing nations with issues like poverty, low literacy and limited resources.

Vela’s “EZ Immunization Form,” had a brochure that was then put into an envelope with lots of information on it. The hardest part, according...

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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago
Annie Elliot creates Sweet Kernel magic at a recent local event. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by B. Huston-Fisher
Like a great redwood seedling, local resident Annie Elliot has grown from the fire-scorched earth of her life to start anew, while bringing popped deliciousness to area events and farmer’s markets.

Elliot began her education on the East Coast, then, following her father, headed west to complete her geology degree at California State University, Sacramento. Her career took off as she traveled throughout Northern California for Teichert Aggregates to survey and classify locations for sand or quarries.

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Beverly Huston Fisher
06/27/2014 9:07 AM
Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by B. Huston-Fisher

Dragon Massage is now open in the Jackson Creek Plaza Shopping Center, next to Subway. Offering massage therapy from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., every day except Sunday, to work with all schedules.

Stop in for an hour-long foot massage, specially priced at $19.99, or go for the full treatment, with a 90 minute full-body massage, for only $80. Enjoy the serene and inviting waiting area as you surrender your worries for the day. Certified in Asian Bodywork Therapy, each massage is focused...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/25/2014 12:35 PM
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, an average of 200 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries during the month surround the July 4th holiday. Of those, 17 percent of July 4th firework hospitalizations involve eye injuries. As Independence Day approaches and plans for festivities begin, many may not realize the eye injury risks they will encounter. The good news is that there are things they can do to protect their eyes during this festive time of the year.

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/12/2014 2:05 PM
Judy Sherrill celebrates more than 25 years of service to her community as a home health nurse. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

To find work you love is one of the secrets of a happy life. So say two women who have each devoted more than 25 years in careers they love, in service to others in their community. Judy Sherrill and Laurie Webb, who work as nurses with United Home Care, bring healing and wellness into the homes of the area’s infirmed.

Sherrill is a fifth-generation Amadorian, and is well-know and beloved...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/11/2014 5:12 PM
Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch A new CDC report shows significant rise in U.S. diabetes rates,

provides more ammo for soda warning label advocates

* 29 million Americans have diabetes, up from 26 million two years ago.

* One in ten Americans has diabetes. One in three is pre-diabetic.

* Diabetes costs the United States $245 billion annually.

* In 2010, 234,051 death certificates cited diabetes, yet the disease is usually left unreported as a cause of death in 60 percent of cases, suggesting a much higher rate....

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/06/2014 11:07 AM
The Amador Cancer Research Foundation invites you to attend the 7th Annual Spaghetti Western, on Saturday, June 21, at 6 p.m., at Cooper Vineyards, located at 21365 Shenandoah School Road, in Plymouth.

The Spaghetti Western is a great way to support the local cancer foundation, which is one of 63 of its kind in the US, and the only one in this region. The ACRF raises money for the Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Fund, which provides grants to doctors and researchers at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Jenny Price
06/04/2014 2:54 PM
The Senior Center, in Jackson, held a Senior Health & Safety Fair on May 30 that offered exercise, health and nutrition services to the public. Vendors gave away goodies, answered questions and offered advice on Hospice, cancer support and traffic safety. Vendors included: Amador Assistcare; Amador County News; Amador Transit; Area 12 Agency on Agency; At Home Care; Commission on Aging; Common Ground; Senior Services; DRAIL; Foothill Fitness; HICAP; Hospice of Amador & Calaveras; Interim Health Care; Isolated Seniors Task Force;... [Read more]
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06/04/2014 10:39 AM
DAVIS, CA, May 15, 2014 … Patients with diabetes account for one in three hospitalizations in California, according to a comprehensive new study on the prevalence of diabetes in hospitals and its impact on providers and spiraling health care costs.

The study of hospital discharge records, conducted by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research with support from the California Center for Public Health Advocacy (CCPHA), found that among all hospitalized California patients aged 35 or older (the age group that accounts for most...

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06/03/2014 10:20 AM
Do you and your pet enjoy hiking, hunting and the outdoors? Do you live in a rural area, near a canyon, or open fields? These areas are also home to poisonous snakes that bite about 15,000 dogs each year.

The Barbary Coast Samoyed Club, Inc. and Butte County Kenel Club, Inc. present Rattlesnake Avoidance Training For Dogs, on Saturday and Sunday, June 14 and 15, between 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Training will occur in the Chico area, and each appointment lasts about 15 minutes. Map and directions will be sent with appointment confirmatio...

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John Tuttle
06/03/2014 9:28 AM
The California Poison Control Center notes that rattlesnakes account for more than 800 bites each year with one to two deaths, and many are surprised to learn that the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to 120 snake incidents last month alone.

From LAFD Blog: Rattlesnake Do's and Don't's So whether your a hiker or a mountain biker, there are few things you want to do and a few things you don't... DONT's

* Don't hike alone. Always have someone with you who can assist in an emergency.

* Don't go barefoot or wear sandals...

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Jenny Price
05/29/2014 12:52 PM
Last Saturday, First responders, paramedics and others working in the law enforcement field were given awards based on their performance throughout the year.

Sheriff Ryan Martin presenting the Law Enforcement First Responder of the Year award to Deputy Josh Gazadd for his heroic rescue of a motor vehicle accident victim trapped in a burning car, last January.

Fire Chief, Mark Morton of the Jackson City Fire Department presenting a plaque for First Fire Responder of the Year to Mallory Scaccianoce

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Carolyn Schmitz
05/28/2014 10:57 AM
Hospice of Amador & Calaveras is pleased to announce a new giving opportunity now available through The Amador Community Foundation. For everyone interested in supporting the hospice mission of providing high-quality end-of-life care to everyone who needs it regardless, of their ability to pay, this new Agency Fund is a great way to do just that. Call Amador Community Foundation, at (209) 223-2148, to make a difference now. [Read more]
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