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EDA’s Larry Cope takes board spot

    Economic Development Director Larry Cope was elected to the board of a state economic development organization last week.
    Cope, the much-acclaimed director of the Tuolumne County Economic Development Authority, will join the board of the California Association for Local Economic Development.

Sharp, Fernandez to lead UD Circulation

    The Union Democrat has hired Sharon Sharp as its circulation manager.
    She has responsibilities for the timely home delivery of the newspaper to its subscribers.
    Sharp will also direct sales, marketing and promotion efforts and build community partnerships and dealer relationships for the newspaper.

Health clinic welcomes new FNP

    The Mathiesen Memorial Health Clinic in Jamestown has a new staff member, Ann Radford, who recently completed her advanced medical training to become a state licensed Family Nurse Practitioner.
    Radford will work alongside Dr. Hope Ewing and physician assistant Al Montoya at the Jamestown clinic, a clinic statement said.

Columbine Designs celebrates 25 years

    Columbine Designs in downtown Sonora is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month.
    Partners Dave Bonnot, his wife, Dianne Shannon, Ken Jay and his late wife, Patti Tyner-Jay, opened the business July 1, 1985. Graphic artist and illustrator Judith Stoltenberg joined the team as an independent contractor in the first year and is now a partner. Vicky Biernacki was part of the team for 16 years.

Plans for Laveroni park food-coach cooking

    Nearly two years after a popular hot dog stand moved out of downtown Groveland, visitors to Mary Laveroni Community Park may soon enjoy Mexican fast food for lunch and dinner.
    On Monday, Groveland Community Services District directors heard a proposal from Juan Martinez, a four-year Buck Meadows resident, to operate a Mexican food vending truck at the park.

Plaza pizazz

    Work is progressing on Kohl’s, which will open in The Junction shopping center at the former Gottschalks location.The store, according to a notice, will open on Sept. 26. A grand opening is set to follow on Sept. 29. Kohl’s has a large operating base, with 1,059 stores in 49 states. The store will provide many residents additional employment opportunities.

Cleaners brace for solvent phase out

    Dry cleaners across the state must begin phasing out machines that use a solvent that is both effective and potentially carcinogenic.
    However, what may be good for air quality and safety puts a hefty costs on businesses struggling in the down economy.

Day-O to open coffee shop in Columbia

    Day-O. Day-O. Day-O Espresso is opening a new hut in Columbia.
    “Hopefully by the first of September,” said owner Patrick Day, of Sonora.
    The drive-through coffee, Italian soda and tasty nosh spot, will mark the fourth Day-O in Tuolumne County.
    The new Day-O Espresso will be on Parrotts Ferry Road by the Columbia laundromat, which housed another drive-through coffee shop about 10 years ago.
    The first Day-O opened up in downtown Sonora in 1999 and was followed by a hut in Mono Vista and Jamestown.
    Day said he’s tried huts in San Andreas and Pacheco, but neither were successful.
    Day said he and his wife moved from Sonora to Oregon in 1991 and “there were tons of drive-through’s up there.”
    They moved back to Sonora in 1998 and there weren’t any drive-through coffee shops.
    “We figured we’d try it downtown and it worked out really well,” Day said.
    The business has 22 employees and Day said each hut becomes more refined as they go.
    “Hopefully this one will be just right,” he said.

    Contact Lacey Peterson at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or 588-4529.

Chamber accepting applications for fall leadership classes

    The Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for the 2011 Leadership Tuolumne County class.
    The class consists of an orientation retreat and then eight full days of instruction and discussion on topics pertinent to the future of Tuolumne County.

SmartSight aims to aid soldiers

    SmartSight — a weapons-aiming system being developed in the Columbia area — is designed both to take and save lives.
    The system allows shooters to reach around corners or over obstacles to take out enemy combatants, or, as the SmartSight’s inventor Matthew Hagerty calls them, “the bad guys.”

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