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Local Stores Push Early Deals

According to economists the recession is over but local and big box retailers may disagree as the shopping climate remains cool, prompting bigger and earlier holiday sales meant to draw those reluctant consumers into tackling those gift lists now instead of later.

November 18, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - The Sweet Scent Of Bookprint

I've always enjoyed a love affair with books. When I was a kid, the town library was located in a historic building that was also part museum. So if you went up the front stairs to the right, you found rows of books and a cozy reading area with a beautiful rock fireplace that in the winter sometimes had a crackling fire going; if you went left, for a dollar or two, you could gaze at some of the town's rich history preserved behind glass.

October 28, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Kona’s Chips Offers Gourmet Pet Treats

Tom and Cynthia Darmstandler, owners of the gourmet pet treat company Kona's Chips, never imagined that when they started a very personal journey to create healthy treats for their beloved Pomeranian puppy Kona, they'd stumble upon a need within the pet-owning community.

October 28, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Big Changes Slated For Plaza

A major facelift is scheduled for the plaza on the north end of town that houses the Costless Market, Sears, Oakdale Cinema and Ultimate Furniture, to name a few of the business currently taking up residence, and according to project facilitator and developer Richard Murdoch, the changes are going to bring a much-needed overhaul to the aging plaza.

October 28, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Peabody Champions Senior Issues

Activist, volunteer extraordinaire, and overall go-getter Mickey Peabody is Oakdale's version of the Unsinkable Molly Brown and currently, she has her sights set on the Capitol to make positive change for senior citizens.

October 21, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Oakdale Pet Station Adding Cat Condo For Shelter

It's no secret that Ron Panelli, owner of the Oakdale Pet Station and sponsor of Pet of the Week in the newspaper for the past 20 years, loves animals but what people may not be aware is that, once again, he's going that extra mile for his furry friends.

October 21, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Shelter Fundraiser Draws Generous Crowd

Former Stanislaus County Supervisor Pat Paul opened her Oakdale home to a worthy cause Thursday, Oct. 8 as citizens joined together for the Shelter Pet Alliance fundraiser aimed at gathering donations toward the creation of an exercise yard for the local animal shelter.

October 14, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Transient Issue Concerns Surface

Since the clean up along the Stanislaus River corridor near Costless Market and Kerr Park, complaints have increased regarding the transient population invading local parks, most notably Dorada Park, as they search for new places to inhabit.

October 14, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Homecoming Tradition Axed

Forty-plus years of a Homecoming tradition has been felled by an insurance requirement.

October 07, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Tough Choice For Rural Fire

Nobody can say they didn't see the writing on the wall - brown outs at Valley Home and Knights Ferry fire stations are coming as of tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 1.

September 30, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Local Vet Earns UC Davis Fellowship

Wendi Dudley, DVM, is one of a handful of veterinarians granted a fellowship through the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the California Veterinary Medical Association, which will entail 20 days of study on a specific discipline at the UC Davis campus.

September 30, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Business


Vanity Thy Name Is…

Does there ever come a time when you make peace with all the little flaws that make you an individual? If the plastics of Hollywood are any indication, the answer is a resounding no. Statistics taken from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery state that people aged 35-50 had the most procedures - over 4.5 million - and while women were at the top, men are in there, too, with 8 percent of the total. The top cosmetic surgery for women was (take a wild guess) breast augmentation; and for men, liposuction. So, actually, it's more than Hollywood supporting ...

September 23, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Cowboy Museum Changes Up Annual Dinner

It was a night of innovation and good times at the annual Cowboy Museum dinner and auction, Saturday night at the Rocha Enterprises, Sept. 19.

September 23, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


Taste Of Oakdale Draws Healthy Crowd

For the first time out of the gate, the Taste of Oakdale event held at the FES Hall on Thursday, Sept. 17 drew 200 people to sample and discover the local culinary talents available at their disposal when it comes time to choose a company or caterer for their events.

September 23, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Business Events


Eviction Day At The River

They were given 21 days to vacate the premises.

September 16, 2009 | Kim Van Meter | Local News


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