There were five Wednesdays in July this year and that just makes it seem like it was months ago that my last column appeared.
Getting on the field for their first games of the season, the Oakdale United Insanity Under 19 girls competitive team played solid soccer all weekend, nailing down second place honors in the Solano Summer Blast Tournament.
Covering about 100 miles altogether, a spike strip put down by the California Highway Patrol at the main intersection in Escalon didn't stop a stolen AC Transit bus there … but it did enough damage to the tires to force the driver to go off the roadway just before reaching Oakdale.
A 29-year-old San Francisco man, identified by CHP as Justin Moss, was booked at San Joaquin County Jail on suspicion of vehicle theft, evading an officer and receipt of stolen property in connection with the theft of an AC Transit bus on Friday.
A summer staple for more than 20 years, the popular Concerts in the Park hosted by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce return to the city's Dorada Park this Friday.
Oakdale resident Barbara Findlay nearly had a front row seat to the tragic crash of Asiana Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport on Saturday.
If you don't know by now that I am deeply involved in Relay For Life, you just haven't read my column, in about, 10 years.
At 25 cents a game, a dollar to try and win at the cake walk and just a few dollars for a plate of food, it took a lot of people to raise $11,000.
So there's no way to deny it, I am definitely a sports fan(atic).
A sure sign of stepping into young adulthood, the nearly 350 Oakdale Junior High School eighth grade graduates received their diplomas and crossed that threshold into high school. They will be freshmen at OHS in August and celebrated the closing chapter of junior high in front of family and friends at a packed Corral on Thursday night, May 23.
For two days, Oakdale will put two of its trademark attributes on display – Cowboys and Chocolate.
For those who are so inclined, start the day off with a brisk run or walk through the streets of Oakdale. Then you can enjoy sampling some tasty chocolate treats along Chocolate Avenue knowing you have already gotten your exercise for the day.
By the time the dust had settled on the 24-hour event that was Relay For Life of Oakdale 2013, more than $153,000 had been raised in the fight against cancer.
More than 20 projects are going to be on the list when volunteers gather for Love Oakdale on Saturday, May 4.
Many of our readers may recall the little yellow VW bug that became former Riverbank News editor John Branch's 'signature' vehicle. We laughed (mostly with him) at the trademark jet engine sound when he fired the bug up, shared our concern when one of the wheels literally fell off as he was turning the corner to come to the Oakdale office – luckily he was close enough to park with three wheels intact – and celebrated with him when the bug went to storage and a newer, more reliable vehicle emerged.
Oakdale wrestlers made their presence felt this past weekend at a pair of two-day tournaments.
Settle In For 2015
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.
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