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Arnold hiking, bike trail unveiled

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Monday to mark the completion of a new bicycle and pedestrian path in Arnold.

Known as the Arnold Rim Trail Cedar Center Bikeway Connection, the project connects county-owned property at Oak Circle with Pine Drive. The paved path, which was built this summer, travels across Stanislaus National Forest property. 

Bands are back: Influx of students creates instrument shortage

Summerville Elementary School students practice “Jingle Bells,” during music class at the school on Friday. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Band enrollment has shot up at Sonora and Summerville elementary schools under a new band teacher, but the schools’ supply of instruments can’t keep up.

Both school bands number about 90 students this year. That’s 10 times more than last year’s ending enrollment at Summerville and three times the number last enrolled in band at Sonora.

Showtime for new Calaveras theater

The Calaveras Unified School District will move forward with plans to build a multi-million-dollar performing arts center at Calaveras High School, despite facing cutbacks as serious as school closures and teacher layoffs.

The center was among projects to be paid for with funds from Measure A, a $13.5 million bond measure approved by voters in 2006.


Railtown gets early jump on Christmas

It may only be the first week of fall, but a small crew of volunteers has been busy creating the “North Pole” at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown.

Santa’s home base will be featured in Railtown’s upcoming “Polar Express” holiday train rides, which are based on the popular children’s book and 2004 movie starring Tom Hanks. 

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