Pink slips looming over YUSD staff

With layoffs looming over their heads, many Yosemite Unified School District teachers and classified staff (maintenance, school bus drivers) are worried about their future in the district, while the district administration and trustees devise a plan to get out of, what has been called a financial crisis.

Homemade holiday candy

Most of us don’t have a lot of time to spare around Christmas time, including myself, but there are a few things on my to-do list that have become so traditional that my family insists on having them every year. Homemade candies at our house are pretty much the same things every Christmas: English toffee (sometimes called butter crunch), various types of fudge, popcorn balls, peanut brittle and sugared walnuts. I used to always prepare candied orange peel, but it is getting so I find the mess to be a bit much. Still love the stuff, but I’m giving that a little break for a while and so far, nobody’s complained. Yet. If you would like to make some homemade candy for the holiday season, I am more than happy to share with you my family’s favorite recipes. Here’s wishing that you are all safe and warm and continue to be so all through this winter. The mixed-up weather has my garden plants doing some odd things. The rosemary is blooming, my fig trees are making new leaves and I have daffodils already at least three inches above the soil line. Well, let’s get on with the recipes; that candy isn’t going to make itself.

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