Unlike the rest of my colleagues, I have the task of writing a column twice a month. It was my idea, so I guess I really shouldn't complain - but at times it's tough.
For those who follow my column I feel the need to lead this week's submission with an apology.
There is a certain sense of vacancy, which seems to slowly have begun for our quiet little town.
We are officially one month in to the 2011 New Year. As a person who does not make resolutions each January 1, I cannot help but wonder how everyone is doing with their new promises to themselves.
As parents we love our children … unconditionally. Yet, as my stepfather has pointed out - we always love our children, but we do not always have to like them.
So, I have a confession.
Oakdale Community Theatre may not be active this holiday season, but several of its principal actors have found neighboring stages and productions to lend their talents to.
I'm not sure about the rest of you, but I love Thanksgiving.
Clare Dunn Moran has an appreciation for preserving history.
The Oakdale single mom and Oakdale Stampede Junior Varsity cheer coach is far from giving up on life. To the contrary, she is speaking louder than ever to inform the community that kidney disease does not have to be a death sentence.
The San Francisco Giants have won the World Series.
The topic of this week's column is one that has been weighing on my mind for quite some time. Intellectually speaking, I've pondered how to make a point without offending any one particular reader group. Recently as I struggled with the topic I realized, as a newspaper there is no way possible to make everyone happy all the time. So … with that said … here goes nothing.
As an only child, I spent a lot of my childhood surrounded by adults.
Oakdale resident and photographer Kevin Fox can now add the title "Award Winning Filmmaker" to his résumé.
Oakdale High School alum, Kait Barber, had big plans for her 21st birthday on June 27.
A few weeks back I had the unique opportunity of attending a school board meeting for a standing room only night.
This June will mark 100 years since the first of four generations walked across the stage and earned an Oakdale High School diploma.
There's been a noticeable change to Norm's Barbershop at its West F Street location in Oakdale.
There's a small secret in the way of fitness a handful of community members have caught wind of: Revitalize Fitness is looking to reshape not only how people perceive weight loss, but overall health.
It was an emotion packed, standing room only setting as Oakdale Joint Unified School Board called to session its first meeting of the New Year. The meeting was hosted Monday evening in City Council Chambers. The agenda listed routine consent items as well as some procedure/policy modifications. But the issue that brought the crowd was not on the agenda as an action item.
Some days our newspaper space just doesn't provide enough room for the cast of characters which occupy our zip code.
Crab season is alive and well and Oakdale Junior High School's Parent Teacher Club is ready to get cracking.
Life is not being wasted on Bill and Joanne Parker. At the ages of 85 (Bill) and 84 (Joanne), this couple did not wait for New Year's Day to make a resolution or begin a new health plan. On Jan. 2, 2015 the couple could be found in the same place they were on Dec. 31, 2014 … putting in some time at Fitness Plus in Oakdale.
Earlier this month, I shared a bit about my personal journey with the word 'believe' and what it offers to life and living on a day in day out basis.
It has been over two decades since Mel Tanner, DVM, opened the doors of his South First Avenue Vet Hospital. The quaint and cozy Oakdale's Olde Towne Vet Hospital situated in amongst unassuming little residences has become a refuge and comfort for many local pet owners.
When Storm Watch 2014 (aka Pineapple Express) was reported, Jonyce O'Neill was not thinking of a flooded landscape or a potential leaking roof … she thought instead of her friends, her 'peeps.' As many sat at a computer screen staring at predictions of how bad the storm would be, O'Neill put a plea on Social Media for trash bags, coats and blankets for her friends who would endure the elements ... outdoors.
Oakdale Junior High was recognized earlier this month by Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Board of Supervisors for its Red Ribbon Week decorating efforts. The school was awarded First Place in the Middle School/Junior High Division. A total of 30 schools from the varying grade level categories participated.
Oakdale High School senior Logan Eaton was called to the office last week to take a phone call he will not soon forget. Eaton was one of 16 Central Valley high school seniors to receive a phone call from U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock). The nature of the phone call was to inform the senior he was one of the nominees named for the United States Naval Academy.
My mother hails from a large family. Twelve children large to be precise. A five boys and seven girls journey which began for my grandparents in their teens with the last being born when my grandmother was in her early forties. My mother is the youngest of the girls and second youngest of the 12.