Though a downpour, lightning and thunder dampened preparation efforts on Friday, the 13th annual Relay For Life of Oakdale went on undaunted over the weekend, hundreds of participants raising thousands of dollars in the fight against cancer.
Even his mom is amazed.
From one end of the community to the other, volunteers fanned out to attack overgrown lawns, clean up alleyways, spruce up planter boxes, help their neighbors and, just generally, Love Oakdale.
It never fails.
Let's just say I have never been that much of a fan of 'reality' TV because in all honesty, it's probably the furthest thing from real life as you can get. Who can be 'natural' when there are lights and cameras tracking your every move?
There comes a time when you just have to part with things.
Whether you are an ardent sports fan or just a casual observer you really can't go wrong taking a few minutes out of your schedule to sit down and watch the Olympic Games. Chances are, you get one of the many channels that are carrying them, with nearly nonstop action all day, depending on where you turn.
All right, I can tell on myself. This column and the ones our reporters periodically provide for this page are due on the Friday before the next Wednesday's paper. Typically, a 5 p.m. Friday deadline, though I have been known to let people email them to me on a Saturday as long as I know it's coming and can still get it proofread in time for the page to be built. But it has been an extremely busy time for me so I gave myself a break and put the deadline off until – yikes! – Monday. Besides, I ...
Two games, two losses, each by two points.
They needed two.
From the youngest third and fourth grade participants to junior high school players, future Mustangs are being put through their paces every week on the hardwood.
An early afternoon multi-vehicle accident near the intersection of Highway 108/120 and South Stearns Road just east of Oakdale on Thursday, Jan. 9 claimed the lives of two local residents.
A multi-vehicle accident near the intersection of Highway 108/120 and South Stearns Road just east of Oakdale resulted in injuries to several people and one fatality.
A furious fourth quarter saw Oakdale get close – but not quite close enough – as visiting Tracy walked off the Mustang gym floor with a 66-58 non-league victory in hand on Friday night.
Three games in three days made for a busy stretch of basketball for Oakdale's varsity boys but coach Jeremy Fields says the more games, the better.
Keeping the game close early, Oakdale's varsity football Mustangs finally ran out of steam and couldn't hold off an undefeated Clayton Valley Charter School squad, falling 28-7 in the CIF NorCal Regional Division II championship game on Saturday.
Well, I resisted as long as humanly possible.
October is over. And on a brief shopping excursion on Saturday, Nov. 1, I noticed with more than a little horror that the Halloween costumes that were placed on 75 percent clearance were right next to the brightly decorated Christmas trees, tinsel and holiday wreaths.
Longtime Escalon Unified School District board member John Largent was returned to the board by an overwhelming majority in the Tuesday election.
In the Turlock Octoberfest Tournament over the weekend – all games were played at Mistlin Sports Complex in Ripon – a trio of Oakdale United competitive travel soccer teams battled hard, coming way with different results.
The most dramatic hit in the era of the modern day San Francisco Giants – a three-run, pennant clinching blast off the bat of journeyman Travis Ishikawa – landed in the hands of Oakdale's Frank Burke.
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