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7 days ago
Eight orphaned Russian children whose mothers were killed in a 1900 massacre were brought to the United States in 1908, through Ellis Island,for a chance at a new life in the United States. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Sierra Amador Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution announced this year’s essay contest, which is divided into two levels by grade of the student, and each level is open to any student at the correct level regardless of where they attend school, their race, religion, sex or national origins.

The grade levels and correspoding essay information follows.

For grade levels 5 to 8, the essay title is, “A Child’s Journey Through Ellis Island.”

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Ellis...

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The restoration of the historical Fiddletown schoolhouse is complete. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the colorful fall foliage and a hearty morning meal out in the country.

Visitors are invited to attend the Fiddletown Preservation Society’s all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet and bake sale on Sunday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Fiddletown Community Center. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the original, one-room Fiddletown Schoolhouse on American Flat Road.

Once restoration is complete, the schoolhouse will serve as a community learning/cultural center for small concerts, art and...

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7 days ago
Natalie Snider and Kyleigh Casagrande are among those performing in the annual Broaday Dinner. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Amador High School Culinary, Floral Design and Performing Arts students are presenting their eleventh annual Broadway Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m., at the Saint Katharine Drexel Parish Hall, located at 11361 Prospect Drive, in Martell.

Seating is limited to 112 guests. Reservations are being accepted now for $25 per person, and a table for eight may be reserved for $175. Reservations may be made through the Amador High Performing Arts Department, at 267-0108.

The extravaganza, sponsored by Spinetta Family Vineyards...

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7 days ago
Emily Metzger, left, and Monica Drazba lend their experience to the local Farm To School Effort. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The Mother Lode attracts emerging leaders in the Farm to School movement by keeping it local.

“Locally grown” has a new meaning for University of California Cooperative Extension and FoodCorps in the Mother Lode region of the California Foothills. In their second year as a FoodCorps service site, the UCCE, in partnership with Gardens to Grow In, now has two locally-grown service members — one in Calaveras and the other in El Dorado.

Now in its fourth year, FoodCorps, a national service organization, recruits and trains a team...

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7 days ago
The Studio’s Kids On Stage prepare high-energy musical numbers for the Night In Paris community college fundraising event. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Come to the Cabaret, old friends. Spend an evening in the City of Love, dine on elegant Parisian cuisine and dance the night away with Darin Sexton & Highway 49. Wear your finest themed or semi-formal attire and be swept away by the glitz and glamor.

The Amador Community College Foundation cordially invites you to attend its second annual “A Night in Paris,” a gala which raises half of the annual operating expenses for the Amador Learning Center. Be transported to an evening by the Seine on Nov. 15, from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Guests...

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Tessa Marguerite
1 week ago
Argonaut students, family and friends gather and release balloons as a message to loved ones who are battling, or have battled against cancer. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
At the Argonaut High School football game on Friday night, Oct. 10, Argonaut High School students honored those who have fought and are fighting cancer in a unique and memorable way. During halftime, students, family members and friends all gathered in the center of the football field with clusters of pink, green, purple, white and other colored balloons, each color representing a different type of cancer. These balloons were then released to heaven as a message and memorial to those that have passed, and a way to honor those who are... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
William Jessup University students Rose Kania, left, and Marla Triggs, sit in front of their professor, Dr. Shafer-Elliot, near the excavation site in Israel. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

“It’s one thing to read something in a book, on a page, to hear it… it’s entirely another thing to go there and dig in the dirt.” Local girl Rose Kania recently had a fascinating opportunity to experience ancient Israel in a way that most can only imagine.

Kania grew up in Amador County, just outside of Ione, and graduated from Visions in Education Charter School in 2012. She is now in her third year at William Jessup University in Rocklin, Calif., with a major in English, concentration in Literature, and a minor in Bible and...

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Tessa Marguerite
2 weeks ago
Argonaut student Dahkota Brown addressed the ACUSD board Wednesday night regarding Calaveras’ mascot. Amador Ledger Dispatch photos by Tessa Marguerite.

“Kill the Redskins; Scalp the Redskins; Send them on the Trail of Tears!” According to Argonaut student Dahkota Brown, these phrases have all been heard at sporting events from teams opposing the Calaveras High School Redskins. But it’s all in good fun, team spirit, right? Does that make it acceptable?

Argonaut High School junior Dahkota “Kicking Bear” Brown, Founder of Native Education Raising Dedicated Students (NERDS), addressed the Amador County Unified School District board on Wednesday, Oct. 8, with an appeal to,...

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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
Third graders learned about the importance of agriculture at Farm Day. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
Farm Day is a national movement, sometimes called “Ag Day,” that complies with the third grade curriculum, and gives students an agricultural, hands-on, learning experience. Scott Oneto, Farm Advisor for the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, began Amador County’s Farm Day three years ago. “We figured this is something our youth need here,” remarked Oneto as herds of third graders roamed happily around the Plymouth Fairgrounds. On Sept. 30, with over 400 students from the third grade classes of... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
3 weeks ago
Pat Miller will be retiring from the ACUSD Board in December of this year. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

After 12 years serving on the Amador County Unified School District school board, 17 years working as Principal of Independence High (Continuation) School and Director of Alternative Education, four years as Principal of Argonaut High/Jackson High School and ten years as Vice Principal of Jackson Senior Elementary; Pat Miller is retiring.

Pat married his high school sweetheart, Ruth, in 1964, at the age of 20. Both University of California, Berkeley graduates, Pat and Ruth moved from the Bay Area to West Point, and in the spring...

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3 weeks ago
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Do you want to go to college? Are you unable to afford the cost of moving to a college town or paying for gas commuting to the valley for classes? Can’t get the classes you need? Amador Community College Foundation, in association with four Coastline, Alan Hancock, Foothill and Shasta community colleges, is offering an online or Interactive Television Distance Education Program to complete an Associate of Arts or Sciences degree and certificate programs; complete a transfer program to a California State University or University of... [Read more]
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4 weeks ago
Mentors/Tutors Maureen Angle, Jacque Fletcher, Howard Webb, Angelica Ervin and Jennifer Putnam are honored for volunteering.

The Amador Community College Foundation presented career technical certifications to students and honored dedicated mentor and tutor volunteers September 16, 2014 at the Health and Human Services offices of ACCF.

Amador Community College Foundation is proud to announce the successes of Sheryl Barghoorn and Shannon Harmon on receiving their Human Services Certificates. Sheryl will finish with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology December 2014 and her Masters in Social Services endeavor begins January 2015. Shannon will continue her...

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Tessa Marguerite
09/25/2014 7:34 AM
Assistant Superintendent Tim Zearley presented a report on revenues and expenditures for ACUSD and ACOE in the past year. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

At the Amador County Unified School District and Amador County Office of Education meeting Wednesday night, Amador High School student Lauren Struffenegger was awarded an “A” Block Letter for her outstanding community service. Struffenegger has also served as a guide for visually impaired skiers at Kirkwood and other ski resorts.

A public comment was made thanking the school board for hiring a band teacher. The attendee commented, “I know it was a very difficult thing; the search was long and arduous… My daughter is in band and,...

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Matthew Hedger
09/26/2014 11:23 AM
The 7th grade Jackson Jaguars girls basketball team dominated during a series of games played at a preseason tournament at Calaveras High School in San Andreas Sept. 20. All games lasted just 20 minutes, with a 5 minute rest period in-between. In the first game of the day, the Mark Twain Badgers beat the Ione Lady Colts with a final score of 9 to 6. In the second game, the Jackson Jaguars took on the Toyon Warriors in the closest game of the day, which saw Jackson take the victory 9-8. In the third game, Toyon, smarting from their... [Read more]
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09/20/2014 4:16 PM
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Jasper Gebhardt is a name to remember: 14-year-old Gebhardt is a high school senior and has won numerous music competitions, qualified twice for the National Geographic Geography Bee and was recently chosen as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship program. Among the 16,000 U.S. semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program, six San Joaquin County high school students were chosen. These students represent less than one percent of seniors in this particular group nationwide.

Although Gebhardt is a 7th generation...

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Tessa Marguerite
09/19/2014 10:37 AM
Jasper Gebhardt is a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship program. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Jasper Gebhardt is a name to remember: 14-year-old Gebhardt is a high school senior and has won numerous music competitions, qualified twice for the National Geographic Geography Bee and was recently chosen as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship program. Among the 16,000 U.S. semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program, six San Joaquin County high school students were chosen. These students represent less than one percent of seniors in this particular group nationwide.

Although Gebhardt is a 7th...

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Tessa Marguerite
09/19/2014 10:10 AM
John Johnson, an Amador High School graduate, has been hired as a new band teacher for both high schools and junior highs in the district. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Amador and Argonaut high schools have been without a band teacher since the beginning of the school year. Just last week, however, Amador High School graduate John Johnson was hired to enrich the lives of our youth with music education. Until another teacher can be hired, Johnson will be somewhat of a “traveling musician,” traveling to and from Amador and Argonaut high schools and Ione and Jackson junior high schools.

Johnson was born and raised in Amador County, and graduated from Amador High School in 2010. During high school,...

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Tessa Marguerite
09/19/2014 9:54 AM
(Pictured from left to right) Makenzie Johnson, Davis Buckley, Alexis Lewis and Sarah Daly. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Each year, the four Rotary Clubs in Amador County, Jackson, Amador Upcountry, Ione and Plymouth Foothill, sponsor a selected group of students to attend a week-long summer camp called RYLA. Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is designed for high school juniors who are actively involved in their community and school, and have ambitious goals for their future. Jackson Rotary President Marv Hampton commented that RYLA is, “one of the best things we do as an organization.”

This year, the Rotary Clubs of Amador County sponsored a total...

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Matthew Hedger
09/12/2014 10:00 AM

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office arrested two students Friday after one of them allegedly brought a loaded handgun onto a school bus.

According to a press release issued by the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to Calaveras High School just after 8 a.m., Sept. 5.

The bus driver held the students on the bus until the deputies arrived about three minutes later. Deputies made contact with a 17-year-old male student, searched the student’s bus seat and belongings and found a loaded gun. The gun was...

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Jerry Budrick
09/11/2014 1:07 PM
At last Friday's Argonaut High School Homecoming Game, 2013 King and Queen Taylor Byrd and Nathalie Gaebe passed their crowns over to 2014 Queen Kennedy Curran and King Joey Guidi. [Read more]
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