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Lemonade Stand Supports Cause

Rhys Ludlow is an eight-year-old second grader that will be having a 'Dog Gone Good Lemonade Stand' at Sierra View Elementary School on Saturday, May 18 from noon to dusk … or until he no longer has lemonade. This lemonade stand is not only to participate in National Lemonade Day but also to raise funds for a good cause.

May 15, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News


Still Matters - Love Matters

May always makes me think of Mother's Day and flowers. And this year we added a graduation, planning for a wedding in June, and everything else in between.

May 15, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local Columns


Get Growing - Urban Gardening Flourishes In The Valley

Have you ever wanted to have your own garden but lived in the city with limited space? If so, you may want to learn a little bit about urban gardening. Living within the city limits has not stopped Miles Wampler from growing a plethora of fruits and vegetables in his urban garden. Urban gardening is a creative way to grow a garden in a city or town with limited space.

March 27, 2013 | Virginia Still | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Dedicated Team Of 'Animal Angels' Saving Lives

Basically bursting at the seams, the Oakdale Animal Shelter will be the subject of an upcoming needs assessment to determine what size of building they should have to meet future needs and what kind of costs would be incurred. Animal experts at the A.S.T.R.O. Foundation will be doing the assessment.

March 27, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News


First Tee Program: Golf With A Side Of Life Skills

Cloudy skies covered the Escalon Golf Course like a canopy on Saturday, March 2, but that did not prevent The First Tee of Central Valley from having an open house from 10 a.m. to noon.

March 13, 2013 | Virginia Still | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Outdoor Projects And More Help Freshen Up For Spring

The nice weather and the sunshine means spring is in the air with the occasional rain which helps things grow. This is the time of year that many people start gardening, planting, or are motivated to do some outdoor projects. P&L Concrete Products, Inc. and Garden Center, 1900 Roosevelt Ave., Escalon, may be the destination that you are looking for to help get those projects under way.

March 08, 2013 | Virginia Still | Home and Garden 2013


Flocking For A Cure

If you went to bed at night with your yard looking normal and woke with several plastic pink flamingos in your yard, then you have probably been 'Flocked.' Cindy Logan and her team have been 'Flocking for a Cure' for the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life.

March 05, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News


Italian Dairymen Touch Down For Tour

Not your usual stop, but a tour bus pulled up in the parking lot of the A.L. Gilbert Company in Oakdale recently, filled with nearly four dozen Italian dairymen and their spouses. For the most part, the Italian visitors were in California on vacation, but decided to work a few days so they took a tour of the A.L. Gilbert Company and of a few dairies in the Stanislaus-San Joaquin County area.

February 27, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News


Local Team Focuses On Adult Health Care

Dr. Chet Mahida and Dr. Upinder Basi are an internal medicine practice team. If you aren't sure what an Internal Medical Doctor is, the best way to explain is it they have the ability to do everything that a family or general practice doctor does, but they only treat adults age 18 and older. They are specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of adults from regular health matters to complex illness. They may also be known as internists, need to be certified in internal medicine and must recertify every 10 years.

February 19, 2013 | Virginia Still | Healthy Living 2013


Locally Owned Tire Shop Stays Strong

While the economy remains tough, you may see some empty storefronts or the occasional 'going out of business' sign, but that is not the case for locally owned and operated A&M Tires and Wheels at 9837 Highway 120 in Oakdale. Small business owner Alex Ruiz opened the doors to A&M approximately two years ago and business is good. Tires and wheels are his business and he started in the tire industry in 1995, working for Big O Tires in Oakdale and Manteca before branching out with his own private shop.

February 13, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local Business


Piece Of The Past Missing From Business

The red, white and blue pole that has been out in front of Norm's Barber Shop on West F Street in Oakdale for over 45 years has been stolen. The theft occurred overnight, sometime between when the business closed on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and re-opened the next day. The iconic barber pole was ripped off the wooden structure that it had been attached to for years.

February 06, 2013 | Virginia Still | Crime


Flowers And Much More At Downtown Locale

The new owners of the flower shop at 304 F St., downtown Oakdale, are a family. Leanne Hunteman and Cydni Staal are a mother and daughter team that work very well together. Other family members have jumped on board to help the business bloom, like Staal's daughters, Hannah, Haleigh, Elizabeth, and her brother, Matt Gordon. Judy Elam, Leanne's cousin, is the store manager and according to Hunteman, a true cowgirl. Elam is also a calf buyer and makes trips to Oregon to pick up cattle when she's not busy in the shop.

February 06, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local Business


Junior High Student Attends Obama Inauguration

It's not a trip he will forget. Ever.

February 06, 2013 | Virginia Still | Education


Closer Look Given To Shared Services

The Oakdale Animal Shelter has been contracted with the City of Riverbank for animal control services since 2008. The animal shelter is at 9800 Liberini Ave., Oakdale. The shelter is 800 square feet and was built in 1974. Sue Fitzpatrick, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Riverbank brought the Oakdale Animal Shelter issue up at a recent Riverbank council meeting and shared the following details. The building was designed to serve approximately 5,000 people and is now serving two cities with approximately 50,000 people.

January 30, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local News


Still Matters – The New Girl

Hello, Escalon, Oakdale, and Riverbank. I am the new girl at the Oakdale Leader office. You may have seen my name on a few different articles, pictures, or both in various issues. Or by now, you may have even met me in person.

January 23, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local Columns


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Time To Experience The Zombie Train

The Zombie train rolled into Oakdale earlier this year and is now reaching a fever pitch, as we near the conclusion of the Halloween season.

October 29, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local News


Airport Appreciation: High Flying Success

Clear skies and sunshine was the forecast on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Oakdale Airport, which was picture perfect weather for a day of flying and being outdoors.

October 08, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local News


Flights Soaring At Oakdale Airport

Fly into action, entertainment and fun at the Oakdale Airport Appreciation Day on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The WWII B-25 Bomber will arrive at the airport at 10 a.m. and be on display until 2 p.m. along with an assortment of other aircraft, cars, food and plenty of activities for the kids.

October 01, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local News


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