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Stuff N' Nonsense: 2010 At A Glance

I had several ideas floating in my head for my column this month but when it came down to putting those thoughts on paper, I was disenchanted with the possibilities, which then lead me to sit and think of all the things that are happening in my life and what the coming year promises to yield.

January 27, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Promotion Pins: Oakdale Fire Honors Retirees

When retiring Oakdale City Fire Captain Gary Cortes made his farewell speech at the special promotional and retirement ceremony at Station II on Tuesday, Jan. 19, a person would have to have been made of stone not to feel something as the famously stoic man admitted with a tearful glitter that he didn't quite know how to put a cap on 30 years of service.

January 27, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Record Attendance For Chamber Awards

It was a night of humble tears, joyous laughter, and appreciative smiles on Friday, Jan. 15 as the 64th annual Oakdale Chamber of Commerce awards dinner boasted record ticket sales and the community braved the chilly weather to celebrate and honor the community's best.

January 20, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Universal Healthcare

I'm going to offer an unpopular opinion for a town as conservative as Oakdale.

January 13, 2010 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Vernon Gladney Retires From OPD

The Oakdale Police Department is retiring a man whose character speaks for itself. For the past 30 years, Lt. Vernon Gladney has personified integrity, honesty, and compassion and he has brought those personal values to everything he does, whether he's wearing the uniform, working with his church, or helping out a friend.

December 30, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Toy Drive Delights 500 Children

For 500 local children Christmas Day was not without dolls, trucks, and Legos as the first ever police department sponsored toy drive not only delivered the goods, but the smiles as the community rallied to donate bins of new toys for the cause spearheaded by Senior Outreach Coordinator Ann Farmer.

December 30, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Fabulous Nails Going Green

Elizabeth "Liz" Vo and her husband, Cach Vo, are bringing Fabulous Nails into the green era by transforming the 7-year-old local business into one that uses natural botanical blends imported from Oregon and Canada that are paraban-free for their facials.

December 30, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Shipping Christmas

Punctual people who wanted to avoid the Christmas shipping rush that typically happens each season actually started sending their packages out Dec. 7 but the real crush didn't get into full swing until the following week - and even then it wasn't as crazy as it has been in previous years, said Myrna Nordstrom, owner of the local UPS store.

December 23, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - The Spirit of Christmas

Miles away in a different time zone, where snow buries the yards and Old Man Winter takes up residence for a wintry season, the true spirit of Christmas blossomed in the bosoms of total strangers to the benefit of those close to me - my sister, nephew and brother-in-law.

December 23, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Old Fashioned Christmas Creates Holiday Spirit

The temperature was enough to cause your breath to curl in wispy clouds but that didn't stop people from bundling up and heading out to the second annual Old Fashioned Christmas to enjoy wagon rides around town and picking up a few items on the Christmas list.

December 09, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Business Events


Members of the Oakdale City Council approved the Oakdale City Fire Department Fire Plan on Monday ev

Members of the Oakdale City Council approved the Oakdale City Fire Department Fire Plan on Monday evening, Dec. 7 but the message was clear: planning is good but there's no money to implement anything.

December 09, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Landscape Architect Lends Grace, Function To Projects

Monica Perrone, a local, licensed landscape architect with more than 20 years experience, is one of those lucky people whose creative talent is balanced by an analytical mind, which comes in handy when she's approaching a project because she can immediately envision beauty without losing the details.

December 02, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Peabody Returns From Capitol

As previously reported, Mickey Peabody, a local activist, volunteer and overall busy woman traveled to the State Capitol as a member of the California Senior Legislature (CSL) representing Stanislaus County as a senior senator to attend the annual session of the CSL, held in Sacramento.

December 02, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Stuff ‘n Nonsense - Time To Be Thankful…

It goes without saying that we should always count our blessings but it's a sad fact that many of us are remiss in our appreciation for those most important in our lives or the advantages we benefit from on a daily basis until a certain time of year duly reminds us.

November 25, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Spa Owner Offers Positive Pampering

Kara Crose, owner of Kara's Skincare Studio, wants to reach out to those in need and offer them a little R&R in the way of her new Positive Pampering program.

November 18, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


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