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OHS Alum Plays Sydney Opera House

In her early years at Fair Oaks Elementary School, Julie Bolme just wanted to play violin. There was just one small problem; no strings program.

July 29, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Escaping The Boom

The safe and sane firework booths are up and running. Moms, dads, grandparents and youth will line up at the box like structures ready to empty their wallets and buy Fourth of July celebration wares.

July 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Last Call Makes ‘Official’ Debut At Farmers’ Marke

Brian Chiara and Josh Garcia just may put Oakdale on the map for more than its Western heritage. The paramedic/firefighter team has spent much of their free time the past several months securing space, acquiring equipment and developing a product bearing the name of Last Call Brewing Company.

June 24, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Fresh From The Farm

It was a setting befitting a fine Home and Garden magazine as guests arrived for the inaugural Farm to Table dining experience hosted Friday night on the east end of town at Bloomingcamp Ranch. Under the watchful eye and hospitality of husband/wife team Matt and Courtney Smith, along with Bake Shop manager Vickie Thompson, guests were welcomed and encouraged to have something to drink and get comfortable.

June 24, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


They Did It Again

Each year I pen this piece or one similar, I think the same thing ... I need to put this topic to rest. Then- before I know it- I'm faced once again with the task and challenge of the birthdays. Yes, plural, the celebration of birth of both my children 24 hours apart (with three years in between).

June 17, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Carnival Continues For Eighth Annual Event

In just a little over a week Riverbend Ranch will be transformed from the everyday chaos and homestead of Eric and Lisa Kjeldgaard and their family of eight children as they open the property to the community for the Eighth Annual Riverbend Ranch Charity Carnival.

June 17, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Super Summer Camp Continues

Local children need not go far for the feel and experience of Summer Camp as Oakdale Joint Unified School District is once again offering Oakdale's Super Summer Camp.

June 17, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


But … I Like To Eat

I'm not sure about the rest of our readers, but as our calendar turned to June I am finding myself in an odd place of conflict.

June 10, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


McGinnis Joins OHS

The wattage on the campus of Oakdale High School is likely to go up come July 1 as Joni McGinnis begins her journey as a new Vice Principal.

June 10, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


School Trustees Approve Budget

It was a light agenda, packed full of consent items as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees convened for their final meeting of the 2014-2015 school year on Monday night, June 9. Of the minimal items covered on the agenda, the biggest and most critical would be the passing of the 2015-2016 school year budget.

June 10, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Hustle And The Happiness

As graduations in our area wrap up, my life and a handful of parents like me began living our own level of whirlwind this past week.

June 03, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Sunshine Rafting Flows With ACS

Sunshine Rafting Adventures continues to do its part in making a splash for the fight against cancer. For the fourth consecutive year, the local rafting business will partner with the American Cancer Society for its annual rafting trip.

June 03, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Element Of Surprise

For as long as I can remember I've always loved surprising people.

May 27, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


OJHS Graduates Speak At 2015 Send Off

Blake Morgan and Augusta O'Ferrall are now Mustangs. The graduating Oakdale Junior High School Rams spent their final days as students on the campus this past week, along with 320 other graduates.

May 27, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Ending It Off Right

Here we are again. We made it. We did it and it's here.

May 20, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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Articles By Author - Teresa Hammond


Making The Most Of It

I had my first Grand Mal seizure at the age of 12.

August 26, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Douglas Is Finalist In FFA Proficiency

Come October of this year, Logan Douglas will be headed to Louisville, Kentucky. The OHS Class of 2014 alum however, will not be making the ...

August 26, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Small Town Business

Once upon a time people did business on a handshake.

August 19, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


New Teachers Join Junior High Staff

Incoming seventh grade students are not the only ones new to the Oakdale Junior High School halls this 2015-16 school year. This summer as the ...

August 19, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Campbell Ready For OTA Duties

Lance Campbell will be busy with more than class prep for his Social Studies students at East Stanislaus High School in the 2015-16 school year ...

August 19, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Helping Hands Of Humanity

Last week my heart broke a little.

August 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


OJHS Rams Have New Administrators Take Lead

To the outsider looking in, little has changed on the campus of Oakdale Junior High since school recessed in May to start summer vacation. As ...

August 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Winders Settles In

The 2015-16 school year is off to a promising start for Oakdale High School senior Michael Winders.

August 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


School District Opens Year With Completed Checklist

Oakdale Joint Unified School District board members reconvened after a one month break for summer on Monday, Aug.10 at Oakdale City Council Chambers.

August 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Back At It

On Thursday, August 6 Oakdale Joint Unified Schools will once again be in session. For a handful of our readers that means nothing. Total enrollment ...

August 06, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Making It All Add Up

Much of Susan Dyke's job as Oakdale Joint Unified School District Chief Business Officer was under the microscope in the 2014-2015 school year. As ...

August 05, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


I Feel Pretty

I recently happened upon a quote which spoke to me.

July 29, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


New Teachers Report For Duty

With more than a decade and a hallway setting them apart, two of Magnolia Elementary's newest teachers do share one thing in common – what ...

July 29, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Student Attends Future Physician Conference

What arrived as a simple piece of mail addressed to Oakdale High School's Breanna Morgan, manifested itself into an amazing and eye-opening opportunity.

July 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Concert Series Returns To River Oak Grace

The River Oak Grace Amphitheater will once again be alive with music from visiting musicians. On Friday, July 31 River Oak Grace Community Church will ...

July 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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