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Quartet to sing Sunday at Red Church

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 The barbershop quartet featured in Sierra Repertory Theatre’s production of The Music Man will perform two hymns at the 10 a.m. Sunday service at the Red Church in downtown Sonora. The quartet will sing “Amazing Grace” and “God So Loved the World.” The quartet includes (from left) Derik Lawson, Isaac Bromby, William Weidner and Greg Hoyt. 

Bowling: Flanagan rolls 11 straight strikes for high scores

Kevin Flanagan, of the High Rollers league, started one of his three games on July 7 with a spare. He followed that with 11 straight strikes to finish with a 280, which was 78 pins over his average. He also rolled the highest of three 700 series with a 735.

Assorted anglers

John Hicks, of Sonora, fishes from his kayak with his dog, Katie. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Anglers tried their fishing luck from the shore and from the water Friday at Pinecrest Lake.

In the Garden: Be careful with water — save money and plants

If you have lived in California for any length of time, you know that wet years can alternate with dry years, and periods of sufficient rain and snowfall can be interspersed with several years of drought conditions.

Options abound when it comes to selecting deck

A redwood deck on a home in the Phoenix Lake area shows wear and tear after a few years because it was not built using pressure treated wood or sealed each year as is recommended by most contractors. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 When it comes to choosing a deck material, the big questions local residents need to ask are what is their budget and how much maintenance they are willing and able to do.

Dillashaw defends title tonight

Angels Camp native TJ Dillashaw decks ex-champion Renan Barao at UFC 173 on May 24, 2014, in Las Vegas. Dillashaw will defend his UFC bantamweight title tonight in a rematch with Barao in Chicago. File photo / Union Democrat.
 It’s been 14 months since T.J. Dillashaw put Renan Barao on his back and delivered multiple right hands to the defenseless champ.

New Summerville Elementary principal has longtime ties to school

Mitch Heldstab. File photo / Union Democrat.
 A child’s blue and gold jersey hangs above new principal Mitch Heldstab as he sits bent over his office computer at Summerville Elementary School. 

Plans for Murphys marijuana dispensary dropped

A “Stop the pot shop” sign in Murphys was put up by Bill McManus, local Citizens Against Legalizing Marijuana coordinator. Jason Cowan / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 In early May, Stephen Chance, who owns a construction business, was on a quest to open a small business at the Taylor Plaza strip mall in Murphys.

Dollar General proposes Columbia store

Dollar General is looking at opening a location in a small Tuolumne County town known for preserving Gold Rush history — Columbia.

Local consensus: Thin overgrown forests

Steve Brink, of the California Forestry Association (far left), and Mike Albrecht, of Sierra Resource Management, listen Friday to John Buckley, of the Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (center), who is flanked on the right by John Amodio, of the Tuolumne River Trust, and Tuolumne County District 2 Supervisor Randy Hanvelt in a section of the Stanislaus-Tuolumne Experimental Forest thinned with selective logging and prescribed fire. Guy McCarthy / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 Some forest lands in Tuolumne County haven’t burned in a century, leaving them so dense they’re ripe for another disaster like the 2013 Rim Fire.

Card Games for July 24, 2015

Religion: Outreach for July 24, 2015

Religion: Events for July 24, 2015

Elks meet Boy Scouts

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 The Greater Yosemite Council of the Boy Scouts of America held a fundraising breakfast at the Sonora Elks Lodge earlier this month to raise money for local troops, with the idea of forming a new Cub Scout troop in Sonora. 

Vets' Corner: VA funds health study

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced four new studies that will use genetic and other data from VA’s Million Veteran Program (MVP) to answer key questions on heart disease, kidney disease, and substance use — high-priority conditions affecting veterans.

Cassidy bids farewell column to readers

Today, Friday, is my last day at The Union Democrat.

Ackerman: Major waters still get plants

Though some smaller stream plants have been suspended, like Herring Creek, the Moccasin Creek Hatchery will continue to stock trout in all major forks of the Stanislaus and Tuolumne river systems.

Sparks fly

Sparks’ Ericka High, 7, of Copperopolis, takes instruction from coach Chris Nolen, of Sonora. Guy Dossi / Union Democrat, Copyright 2015.
 The Sierra Sparks junior roller derby team practiced Thursday night at High Country Sports Arena. The co-ed team is made up of players 8 to 17-years-old and in September will begin the regular season. 

Silver Spur camp and retreat celebrates 50 years

John and Pamela Myers run Silver Spur camp in Tuolumne, which this year will celebrate 50 years in operation. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyight 2015.
 Silver Spur Christian Camp and Retreat Center is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

Project puts WWII vets’ histories online

Tales from local residents’ experiences during World War II are now posted online at the Memoir Center, where volunteers from the Veterans History Project have uploaded dozens of personal histories, including many who have since died.

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