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Closures, Patrols Due For Holiday
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The final holiday weekend of the summer is looming, with Monday, Sept. 7 being observed as Labor Day. There will be no school on Monday, no mail delivery, banks are closed, all state, county and local government offices are closed and businesses have the option of closing.

Elsewhere, the long holiday weekend will kick off Friday and Escalon Police Chief Doug Dunford said his officers will be visible during the holiday period.

"We'll have some extra patrols on," he said. "We'll make sure everyone is driving legally, that they have not had too much to drink."

Dunford said Labor Day has changed somewhat over the years. While it used to be the last holiday before the school year started and many families left town for that last bit of summer vacation, school now is already back in session. Coupled with the economy, he said that means fewer people leaving town.

"Now everyone stays fairly local," he said. "We expect to have some activity."

Residents staying in town usually translates into less traffic but can actually increase calls for service if people are staying at home, mixing excessive alcohol with summer heat.

Temperatures are expected to moderate, however, with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s for the holiday weekend.

"If you stay at home, don't fight with each other," Dunford suggested.

The Escalon City Council, which normally meets the first and third Mondays of the month, has postponed its Monday, Sept. 7 meeting by one day and will instead gather for the session on Tuesday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ekholm Room of the Escalon Library.