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Bone-chilling Halloween forecast

Mountain communities in the Central Sierra are expected to get cold rain and snow this weekend, as a Pacific cold front moves through the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a “winter storm warning” for elevations above 5,000 feet, warning drivers of potentially hazardous conditions.

Sierra Views: Burns is Rocky Hill ‘spookswoman’

Denise Burns, of Murphys, stands in her elaborately decorated kitchen as she talks of the fun she has celebrating Halloween. Maggie Beck / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
What started out as some pumpkin carving and cornstalks two decades ago has evolved into an elaborate Halloween tradition for the Rocky Hill neighborhood in Murphys.

And right there at the skeleton core of it all has been Denise Burns. 

Caution makes for happier holiday

Friday is Halloween and local public safety authorities want to remind people to be safe. 

Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson and Cal Fire officials offer the following tips to protect children and homes from Halloween fire hazards:

After-school programs abound

Summerville Elementary School third-graders Ali Johnson, 8 (left), and Cielo Bueno, 8, play patty cake during an after-school program Wednesday. Jesse Jones / Union Democrat, Copyright 2014.
Participation in Mother Lode after-school programs varies widely compared to the state average, but the programs are available at most local schools.

The state was ranked highest in the nation in the “America After 3 p.m.” survey by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit organization that advocates for after-school programs. 

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