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Stuff N' Nonsense - From Cheer Mom To Cheer Coach

I'm not sure how it happened - I suspect cocktails were involved - but somehow I went from being a cheer mom to a cheer coach for the Rookie Stampede squad.

July 25, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Mayotte Takes Reins For Fire Agencies

In the name of efficiency and eliminating redundancy, Stanislaus County Consolidated Fire Protection District Chief, Stephen Mayotte, has assumed the role of Fire Chief by Contract for Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District, Oakdale City Fire Department as well as Stanislaus Consolidated as of July 1.

July 25, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Teen Recants Rape, Kidnapping Claim

A 16-year-old Oakdale girl who claimed she'd been kidnapped and raped on June 13 - sparking a frenzy of fear and concern within the community - has recanted her story, said police.

July 18, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Senior Center Refurbishing

After 12 years of constant use, the Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Center is getting a much-needed freshening up in the form of new furnishings.

July 18, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Crews See Busy Fourth

Illegal fireworks and two brush fires started by fireworks in two separate areas kept local fire crews busy all night, Wednesday, July 4.

July 11, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Diversification Key To Success

The Bountiful Valley is a three-part series that will focus on different aspects of the agricultural industry in Stanislaus and parts of San Joaquin County. The series kicks off with various field crops.

July 11, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Brush Fires, Illegal Fireworks Make For Busy Fourth

Illegal fireworks and two brush fires started by fireworks in two separate areas kept fire crews busy all night, Wednesday, July 4.

July 06, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Woman Rescues Dog From Hot Car

Lynne Podesta didn't set out to be a hero that Monday, June 18, when she went to Costless Market for a few items but that's exactly what happened when she rescued a distressed Chihuahua from the confines of a locked car.

July 04, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Suspicious Character Puts School on Alert

Parents with students enrolled at the Oakdale High School were alerted to the possiblity of a man seen videotaping a young high school girl Wednesday, June 27. In light of the recent report of a 16-year-old girl who was kidnapped Wednesday, June 13 as she was walking home from summer school and later raped before being returned to campus, the school thought it prudent to inform parents.

June 29, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Division 1 Debate Sent To Committee

Questionnaires sent by Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District (ORFD) to the residents in the Division 1 North response area were returned with 86 percent voting "No" that they did not want to be annexed into the rural district for fire protection service.

June 27, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Council, Cops - New Video Surveillance Approved

Oakdale City Council recently approved the purchase of a new digital video recorder and surveillance video system, which will replace the outdated and malfunctioning system and correct several issues the officers were facing when using the video in court as evidence.

June 20, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Stuff N' Nonsense - Humbled

A few weeks ago I shared something incredibly personal with the community through my column. I hoped that in sharing my experience, it might resonate with as well as encourage others in their own personal journey.

June 13, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


New Business Model For RAC, Bordona’s

When Ron Bordona, owner of Bordona's Oakdale Home Furnishings and Appliance realized his business was losing a significant number of big-ticket sales when customers couldn't qualify for credit, he knew he had to think outside of the box.

June 13, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Performance Dyno Tuning Feeds And Entertains

As the final stop in the Graffiti '12 Park & Shines week-long event, Performance Dyno Tuning (PDT) and Al's Furniture teamed up to offer a free lunch during PDT's open house, Friday, June 8 in Oakdale.

June 13, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Plunge In! - City Pool Opens For Summer Season

Although the actual summer season has gotten off to a bi-polar start - one minute it's hot, the next it's raining - the Oakdale City pool, The Plunge, opened officially Saturday, June 2 to eager swimmers.

June 06, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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Museum Honors Yosemite Connection

The Oakdale Cowboy Museum was filled with people Wednesday, Jan. 29 as the crowd came for the official opening of the museum's newest exhibit, "The Tales of the Yosemite Back Country, Mather Saddle & Pack Station, operated by the Barnes Family since 1929" in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act.

February 05, 2014 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Go! Fight! Win!

Last year, Oakdale High School Cheer Coaches, Heather Vieira, Sherry Kupper, and Melissa Xavier, started the Mini Mustang cheer clinic where little girls in grades K-6 would cheer for the first half of a home varsity Mustang game with the Mustang cheerleaders as well as perform the half-time show. The coaches had modest expectations but were blown away when 116 little girls participated.

September 25, 2013 | Kim Van Meter | Local Sports


Oakdale's Annual Chocolate Festival

Although the main attraction of the Oakdale Chocolate Festival is undoubtedly the chocolate, there are plenty of other things to see, taste, and experience at the 21st annual Oakdale Chocolate Festival hosted by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce.

May 15, 2013 | Kim Van Meter | Chocolate Festival 2013


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - Adjusting To The Dream Job

Who knew there would be an adjustment period to living the dream? I certainly didn't. Many of you know I published my first book in December 2006 and it's been a dream of mine for longer than I can remember to support myself solely on my fiction writing income. After many years of incredibly hard work, I managed to make that dream a reality and I left my post at The Leader to live the dream.

April 24, 2013 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Hottest Ticket - Annual Cowgirl Luncheon Wild Success 12 Times Over

It's the hottest ticket in town and for 464 lucky ladies - it's money well-spent.

April 17, 2013 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Chatting With Pam Thornberry, P.A.

Pam Thornberry, a Physician's Assistant with Dr. Lee Horwitz, has a smile that immediately puts patients at ease, whether she's discussing something serious or simply exchanging information about one's medical history. Thornberry, who received her medical training at UC Davis, has been a PA for 18 years and in the current Oakdale office for the past 12. For the special Healthy Living feature, this 'Q and A' is designed to help the community get to know a bit more about their friendly neighborhood medical professional, beyond the charts and prescriptions.

February 19, 2013 | Kim Van Meter | Healthy Living 2013


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - A Graceful Exit

I have an issue with finality. At the end of every year, as everyone is celebrating the ball drop on a New Year, I'm lamenting the fact that I'll never be in that moment again - another year lost to time, never to experience again. In that second before the big calendar change, I panic just a little knowing that it's over. I'm happy to report that the panic doesn't last but I can always count on it because I hate endings.

December 26, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


BOWL BOUND

The Oakdale Varsity Football team arrived bright and early Friday, Dec. 14 to board the bus headed for Carson, California for the California Interscholastic Federation State Football Championship Division II Bowl game -- a first for the Mustangs and there was a good-sized, rowdy crowd ready to send them off in style.

December 14, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Not-So-Merry - Thieves Pilfer Holiday Packages

The best part about the digital age is the ease with which retailers make it for consumers to do a large portion of their shopping from the comfort of their living room via the Internet. Emarketers estimated that Internet shopping will account for 24.3 percent of all U.S. retail spending during the traditional holiday season (November-December) and judging by the number of times the UPS, FedEx, and other mail carriers have been rumbling down city streets, that estimate seems on target.

December 12, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


House Of Beef, A Delicious Holiday Resource

December 07, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Holiday 2013


Holiday Safety - Police: Be Wary Of Opportunists

As the unseasonably warm Indian summer fades to the chill, foggy days of a Central Valley winter, Oakdale Police are reminding the community that criminals often look for quick opportunities to steal other people's property and a foggy night makes for perfect cover.

November 28, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Crime


Eclectic Empty Nest Under New Ownership

Shelley Leadem is no stranger to the business world, having been in real estate for 20 years in her native Hollister, but the new owner of The Empty Nest admits that working in retail is a whole new world.

August 22, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Women in Business 2013


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