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Mommy Musings - Time To Adjust

Last week our oldest child started Kindergarten.

August 18, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - All For Love

Today I cannot help but wonder … have I lost my mind? The good news is, I realize I am not alone and many parents wonder this on a daily basis. The bad news is, I am still really wondering if I am completely nuts.

August 04, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Sundown Celebration — ACS Travels ‘Under The Sea’ To Raise Money For Research

Finishing touches are being made, the pigs are being prepped (for racing, not eating) and in less than 72 hours, a team of volunteers with the help of some staff will host the 11th Annual American Cancer Society's Sundown Celebration, An Evening Under the Sea.

August 04, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


“Remembering Cricket”

A lone horse stands by the fence watching traffic.This was a common scene for many eastbound travelers on Highway 108 as they traveled between Oakdale and Knights Ferry on their way through the foothills. Many did not know her name or her circumstances, yet they adopted her in their heart just the same.'Cricket' was a buckskin mare that belonged to the late Walt Taylor. A horse, like its owner, that has become a legend in her own right. At the age of 36 years, Cricket passed away in 1993.An exhibit paying tribute to the buckskin mare will ...

July 21, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Mommy Musings - The Open Road

The time has come for yet another unforgettable Hammond Family vacation.While I am writing this prior to the vacation happening, there is one thing I am certain of. This vacation will indeed be unforgettable. The location we will travel to this summer is not exotic, tropical or even coastal. This year the Hammond Family is headed to the hip and happening location of … Henderson, Nevada.For those familiar with the area, it is just a short distance outside of Las Vegas. Otherwise known as "Vegas Baby" by my husband and six-year-old son. We have family in Henderson, which is ...

July 21, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Bloom In The Gloom

We're still in a recession. This simple sentence is far from breaking news, even for a small weekly such as ours. Legal Notices continue to occupy a minimum of three complete pages in our paper each week and property rental ads continue to come and go quickly in our classified section.

July 07, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Moving On - Longtime Circulation Manager Wrapping Final Edition

For the first time in over 16 years, Peggy Ragle will not be walking through the office door of The Oakdale Leader on Monday, June 28. Instead, she might be enjoying a cup of coffee with her husband Ron as she prepares for the next chapter of her life.

June 23, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Big Names Gather - Line Up Set For Sierra View Music Fest

Smash Mouth is coming to Oakdale.

June 23, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings – Grown-up Friends

I've recently come to realize that navigating through grown-up friendship is no easy task. A couple of girlfriends and I were recently discussing an awkward situation I had been in and, well, being girls we digressed onto the topic of making friends.

Before I continue I have to point out what I love about grown up friends is how age and interest can vary. In the case of these two friends not one of us is the same age, one is in her 30's, me in my 40's and the other, well, she's barely 50-something. We ...

June 16, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Horsepower - Women Give New Meaning To Hoofing It

Cyndi Sturtevant and Cat (Cathleen) Gaberel have taken to utilizing a different type of horsepower when running local errands.

For the past year the two friends have chosen the horsepower of their four legged companions rather than a hot rod Ford Mustang, as their method of travel from Riverbank to Oakdale.

June 16, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Brunk Honored With Patient Courage Award

Twenty-five years ago this month, Oakdale High School alum and long time Oakdale resident Kevin Brunk had his whole life ahead of him … and he was ready.

"I was on top of a mountain," Brunk said, describing how he felt in June of 1985. He had just completed his fourth year at California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, was preparing for a fifth year to study abroad in Denmark and had become engaged to his "best friend" Cheryl.

June 09, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Mommy Musings - Not-So Common Sense

Knowledge is not always power.

June 02, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Traveling The Globe - Retired Principal Begins New Chapter

Retired Oakdale High School Principal Rick Jones is far from slowing down since his last day on campus at Oakdale High School in 2009.

June 02, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Community Effort - Therapy Pool Project Navigates Rough Waters

Oakdale Community Aquatic Therapy Foundation (OCATF) seems to be fighting an uphill battle. With the construction of the Oakdale High School pool in full swing, confusion between the OHS pool and the therapy pool seems to be imminent.

May 26, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Mommy Musings – More Than Smart … Pure Genius

It's a whole new world out there.

May 19, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


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Mommy Musings - Pleasantly ‘Greeted’

What would you do if everything you knew and believed to be true were suddenly challenged?

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Oooooo LaLa - Parisian Inspired Boutique Has Just The Right Magic

Be it a party dress or hostess gift, I Love Paris is the ideal place for one stop shopping this holiday season. One need not look further than the quaint shop located in the center of Oakdale. The mother/daughter boutique owned and operated by Eleanor Colombo and Jill Haney is a refreshing change from what one might find in shopping malls or at big box stores.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Women’s Boutique Brings Something New To North Third

Life has presented London Fox boutique owner and Oakdale native Tammy Golding with somewhat of a full circle moment this holiday season. Late last week, Golding opened her doors and greeted the community from her new location at 116 N. Third Ave., in the heart of downtown Oakdale.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Community Spirit - Preparations Made For Thanksgiving Feast

In just barely one week, the kitchen area of the Gene Bianchi Community Center will once again be clanking and moving. Twenty one years later, the Spirit of Oakdale community meal is more than an institution; it is a fine oiled machine. On Thursday, Nov. 27 the small army and committee will once again open the doors at 11 a.m. and serve up a free Thanksgiving meal to anyone who stops by.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Field Of Dreams - Board Approves School Farm Project

It was a full house and a packed agenda as the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board convened at the OJUSD Technology Center Monday night, due to a conflicting schedule with Oakdale City Council.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings – Here Comes Santa Claus

I'm not sure about the rest of you, but I blinked for a moment sometime in October and somehow found myself in the middle of November. Perhaps it was the late change of seasons, the delayed temperature drop or those two kids I spend much time chasing … I'm really not sure.

November 12, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Blue Star Moms Lead Donation Efforts

Veterans' Day now looks a bit different to Oakdale mothers Emmy McDaniel and Alicia London than it did two years ago. Both are now parents to sons who are on active duty in the military. That's a fact which prompted them both to become pro-active with Mid-Cal Blue Star Moms, a congressionally chartered Veteran Service Organization.

November 12, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Thanksgiving Day - OHS Freshman Earns Spot In Macy’s Parade

The 2014 Thanksgiving Break is going to start just a bit early for Oakdale High School freshman Hope Kindred. The 14-year-old will be boarding a plane on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 20, but she will not be headed for a tropical family vacation. Hope will be boarding a red eye flight out of Sacramento with a final destination of New York City.

November 12, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings - Third Time’s A Charm

Last week, I promised myself I would not write another sports related column. I am the 'mommy' after all and we do have a very well-spoken Sports Reporter on staff.

November 05, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Alexandra’s: Traditional Flare Continues To Wow Shoppers

One can't help but feel a sense of warmth and being at home when first entering Alexandra's Home and Garden at 105 N. Third Ave. in Oakdale.

November 05, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Fall Festival Celebrates Campus Anniversary

Magnolia Elementary School welcomed the Oakdale Join Unified School District's recent three-day weekend with a little extra special Fall Festival Celebration. On Thursday evening, Oct. 30, the school's administration, Parent Teacher Club and tireless work of Event Chair Teresa Medeiros also celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the school campus.

November 05, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Red Ribbon Week Theme: Love Yourself

Oakdale schools are busy this week, as they make the most of a short schedule and Red Ribbon Week observation. Red Ribbon Week is hosted nationwide the last full week of October.

October 29, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Passion Rewarded - Thompson Nets $2,500 Award

Class time will soon be made a little more exciting for Fair Oaks Special Day Class teacher Elizabeth Thompson and her seven students. Thompson was recently awarded California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award to use toward the betterment of her classroom.

October 22, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings – The Swing Of A Bat

I've been waiting two weeks to write this piece. If being completely truthful, I almost wrote it Oct. 10.

October 22, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Reporter’s Notebook – Not Any ‘Ol Saturday

Dreams do come true. Four simple words, with such big meaning.

October 15, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


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