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5 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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John Tuttle
5 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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Carolyn Schmitz
2 weeks ago

Dental Hygienists will be placing “Interim Therapeutic Restorations” (fillings) free of charge beginning today, Friday, June 26 and continuing tomorrow, Saturday, June 27, at the UOP Dental Hygiene Clinic, located at 757 Brookside Road, in Stockton. All ages are welcome, including children aged 5 and older, and advance screening is preferred but not required. Hours on Friday are 2 until 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., 1 to 3 p.m. and 3 until 5 p.m.

Call (209) 946-7404 to make a screening appointment, but...

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Carolyn Schmitz
06/04/2015 12:24 PM

The Amador STARS and Camp Out for Cancer are preparing for our first fundraiser for the Camp Out for Cancer. Four teams are getting together for the fourth annual Great $1 yard sale, on June 12 and 13, at the Pine Grove Park, on Highway 88, in Pine Grove.

Everything inside of the park is only $1 and items in the parking lot are marked at low prices, so everyone who shops is a winner. All proceeds go to the Amador STARS to help local cancer patients on their journey. Help us to help our friends and neighbors.

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Tessa Marguerite
06/04/2015 10:13 AM
Lincoln Russin, M.D., stands alongside the orange onyx sculpture that he donated to Sutter Amador Hospital recently. The sculpture was created by his father, Robert Russin, and was donated in gratitude to the hospital. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Sutter Amador Hospital was the beneficiary of a sculpture donated by Lincoln Russin, M.D., a longtime radiologist in Amador County.

The sculpture, made of orange onyx, titled “I am my beloved’s,” was crafted by Dr. Russin’s father, Robert Russin. The sculpture was given to the hospital shortly after Dr. Russin’s retirement on October 31, 2014.

A dedication of the sculpture was held during Sutter Amador Hospital’s recent annual donor reception where Dr. Russin spoke about his donation to nearly 80 donors, physicians and hospital...

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05/28/2015 12:06 PM
NAMI Peer-to-Peer Class. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

One of the signature programs of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “Peer-to-Peer,” will be offered over a 10-week period this summer. Designed to enhance mental health recovery, the program begins Monday, June 22, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Sierra Wind Wellness Center, located at 10354 Argonaut Lane, in Jackson, and will run through August 24.

Designed for individuals living with mental illness, the program is taught locally by two NAMI-trained mentors who are well along in their own recovery. Goals are to provide education...

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05/14/2015 11:18 AM
Global Medical Foundation group photo on its Surgical Mission to Nepal, in April. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Health care concerns have reflected a more global perspective in recent years. This trend which developed in academic centers and foundations has spread to communities like ours where volunteer professionals and humanitarians are traveling to countries whose residents are in need of lifesaving medical and surgical services.

In April, a group of Amador County doctors,nurses and humanitarian volunteers went to a hospital in Kathmandu,Nepal to perform lifesaving surgeries and provide medical and pediatric services for adults and...

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05/07/2015 11:52 AM
Zane Mathison, seated in mom Megan’s lap, is a bright, curious and energetic child who is working very hard to put his big ideas into words.

Imagine a joyful, spirited four-year-old who can speak only 18 words such as on, off, yes, Mama, no, Papa, me, you, yup and yeah, plus yee-hee and mostly “ee-ee!” when he’s happily excited. Meet rhapsodic toddler Zane Mathison, of Ione, after intensive speech therapy five days a week for the past year.

If you have or know a child like Zane who struggles to speak — or want to help kids like Zane find a voice — Zane’s mother, a special education teacher’s aide at Jackson Elementary School, asks you to raise your hand and join her...

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04/30/2015 1:15 PM
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Renwood Winery is pleased to announce that it has completed a four month fundraising program in support of the American Heart Association’s My Heart, My Life and Go Red for Women initiative

The multi-faceted promotion consisted of a $1 donation to the AHA for every bottle of Renwood wine sold, a social media campaign awarding a $1 donation for every #RHF and/or #AHA hashtag shared, and tasting room sales of Renwood logo red earbuds in which 100 percent of proceeds were donated. As a result of those efforts, Renwood is honored to...

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Eric Winslow
04/30/2015 9:59 AM
Doctor Aaron J. Cleveland is the new doctor at the Plymouth office of Sutter Health in Amador. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
On April 6, the Plymouth office of Sutter Health in Amador welcomed a new doctor to its staff. Dr. Aaron J. Cleveland was recruited to be a full-time M.D. complement to the small but growing family practice at 9279 Locust Street, right next to the Amador County Fairgrounds. Even though he grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, the bucolic beauty of this northwestern corner of the county - annually interspersed with the roar of rodeo and carnival rides - will be nothing new to Plymouth’s newest medic. “I’ve worked in rural fields most... [Read more]
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04/23/2015 12:21 PM
April is Autism Awareness Month. Autism Speaks’ multi-year Ad Council public service advertising campaign stresses the importance of recognizing the early signs of autism and seeking early intervention services. Recent research confirms that appropriate screening can determine whether a child is at risk for autism as young as one year. While every child develops differently, we also know that early treatment improves outcomes, often dramatically. Studies show, for example, that early intensive behavioral intervention improves... [Read more]
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04/10/2015 12:54 PM
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Hospice Offers Volunteer Training Hospice of Amador & Calaveras is offering training for Family Support Volunteers. Volunteers provide special comfort to terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers can help by sitting with patients and listening, reading to them, running errands or assisting in many other ways. Veterans are also encouraged to call and learn more about our Veteran-to-Veteran Volunteer Program The training will be held April 21, 22, and 23 at the Amador Senior Center, in Jackson. For those interested in... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
04/02/2015 10:32 AM
Dr. Shi and an appreciative patient receiving treatment for cancer. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Northern California Cancer Specialist Dr. Gary G. Shi, MD, has been practicing oncology in Amador County since 2005. An approximate 30 patients come through the doors of the cancer clinic daily. Dr. Shi commented that although he provides services to any age, many of his patients are older, in their 80s or 90s. “I’m always available when a patient calls me,” said Dr. Shi with a smile. With the exception of bone marrow treatments, Dr. Shi remarked, “We treat all types of cancers: breast, lung, prostate, colon…”

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03/19/2015 9:11 AM
Shriners Hospital For Children transforms lives. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

As Shriners, we are blessed to be a part of the one-of-a-kind international health care system dedicated to improving the lives of children – Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California.

The hospital provides specialty pediatric care and clinical programs, such as orthopedic, burns, plastic surgery, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate surgery, pediatric urology surgery and innovative research and outstanding teaching programs. But what pulls all this together is all of our volunteers that work at all of our Shrine...

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Tessa Marguerite
03/19/2015 9:03 AM
(From left) Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” and Documentary Producer Ken Burns. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
The public is invited to a free preview of a PBS Documentary at Crest Theatre, in Sacramento. The American Cancer Society, in partnership with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and KVIE Public Television, will host a free community preview screening of “CANCER: THE EMPEROR OF ALL MALADIES” on March 25, at 6:30 p.m., at Sacramento’s Crest Theatre, followed by an expert panel discussion on the importance of continued, innovative research into the causes, cures and prevention of cancer. This riveting and powerful PBS documentary... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
03/12/2015 7:26 AM
Mel Welsh and Bob Hartmann. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons
I don’t remember when I first heard of or met Mel Welsh and Bob Hartmann. I thought maybe I could narrow down the first contact when we talked last week, but the possibilities broadened instead. They have been involved with so many community groups, causes and activities that I wondered if I brought enough paper for notes. Perhaps I should have talked to them separately and written two stories. As I left after a stimulating two hours, I wasn’t sure how their story would pen out. Sometimes I wonder if I have enough material to... [Read more]
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03/12/2015 7:24 AM
Shriners Hospital for Children. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
All Shrine Centers are known for providing quality health care for children, but often people do not realize the full scope of care provided. If a family cannot afford the cost, all Shrine Centers provide transportation to and from the Shriners Hospital for Children, Northern California, which is located in Sacramento. This is the same for all Shrine Centers across the country. In some cases, severely burned children from Mexico were transported to a Shriners Hospital, even though it cost as much as $25,000 one way for the child and... [Read more]
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03/05/2015 1:25 PM
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Hospice of Amador & Calaveras is offering training for Family Support Volunteers. Volunteers provide special comfort to terminally ill patients and their families. Volunteers can help by sitting with patients and listening, reading to them, running errands or assisting in many other ways. Veterans are also encouraged to call and learn more about our Veteran- to-Veteran Volunteer Program.

Training will be held April 21, 22 and 23, at the Amador Senior Center, in Jackson. For those interested in finding out more about the training...

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03/05/2015 12:55 PM
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Shriners supports the Shriners Hospitals for Children, a one-of-a-kind international health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing specialty pediatric care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs.

Our hospital has moved from San Francisco to Sacramento in 1997. Donations supported of specialized pediatric care of children of age from 1 year to 18 years old. The hospital does so much; the clinical programs include orthopedics, burns, specialized plastic surgery, spinal...

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02/19/2015 12:39 PM
Amador Lifeline provides a critical service when you need it. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Amador Lifeline, a program of the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency announced American Legion Post 108 Ambulance Service’s endorsement of the Amador Lifeline emergency response service. Amador Lifeline’s local service although primarily used for medical emergencies routes calls for fire and police services when a client pushes their personal help button or by the automated fall alert detection button.

Both American Legion Ambulance and Amador Lifeline serve clients in Amador and Calaveras counties.

Additionally, both programs...

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