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‘Sisters’ United - Family Rallies To Support Annual ACS Fundraiser

Sonja and Peggy Herndon are no strangers to personal tragedy.

March 24, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Small Town Event Draws Study For Cancer Research

This April, the American Cancer Society will offer a unique and potentially life-changing opportunity to the tri-city area. On Saturday, April 24 the non-profit organization will host Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3). The research project will be hosted at Oakdale High School between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., in conjunction with Oakdale's Ninth Annual Relay for Life.

March 24, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings - Dentist And Deadlines

I have a confession to make. At least once a month, as I put the finishing touches on a 'Mommy Musings' piece I wonder, 'Does anyone really care about life according to the Hammond family?'

March 17, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Bridge To Bridge - Oakdale Teen Continues To Push Beyond Limitations

At the age of 18, Chad Fallentine has yet to bow down and succumb to life's limitations. To the contrary, the Modesto Junior College freshman and Oakdale High School alum does not view life for what he can't do but, rather, what he can.

"He always finds a way," mom, Krissy Fallentine said of her son. "He doesn't look at what he can't do. He looks at what he can, he manages to find a way."

March 17, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Not An Every Day Cake - Local Teen Creates His Own Multi-Layer Wonders

Baking pans, fondant, powdered sugar and gum paste are not typical topics one might consider discussing with a 16-year-old boy. For Oakdale High School junior Jonathan "JT" Vizenor, however, they are not only topics of interest, but pertain to a hobby he is passionate about - baking.

February 24, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Area Teen Expands Literary Horizons

When 17-year-old Taylor Hobbs left home for Oregon in late October of last year, the task at hand was pretty cut and dry - 50,000 words in 30 days. The task was presented as 1667 words a day, the equivalent of a 175-page novel in a month.

As a home schooled student, Taylor's mother Bridgette Hobbs, shared that as parents, she and her husband are always looking for experiences to challenge their children through 'unschooled' activities. On her quest to keep things engaging for her children Hobbs located Unschool Adventures. The Oregon-based organization was founded in 2008 by Blake ...

February 24, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Exploring Disease

The Alzheimer's Association reports that a new case of dementia is diagnosed somewhere in the world every seven seconds. By the age of 85, 50 percent of the senior community will have the disease.

February 19, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Mommy Musings - Seeing Differently

I'm not your atypical sports enthusiast.

February 17, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - I Saw That …

Thinking fast on your feet is critical in the game of parenting.

February 03, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Hitting The Right Notes: Music Man Shares Knowledge, Talent With Kids

Lifelong Oakdale resident Will Taylor - also known as Willy Tea - lives and breathes music. He describes its importance and influence in his life, like a scuba diver might refer to their oxygen tank. Simply stated, music is what fuels the Oakdale High School alum.

January 27, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Mommy Musings: The Sands Of Time

A colleague and I were recently having a conversation about how quick time passes, even at a weekly paper. I had just completed covering the birthday of Vera Piccetti who celebrated her 107th birthday. As I took the ceremonial photo of her with her cake I joked that she was my job security. After all, I'd been covering this event since she hit the triple digits in 2003.

January 20, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Homeward Bound: Chihuahua Returns To Oakdale By Way Of Ripon

It's fair to say that an animal returning to its home of six years following a six-month disappearance is not an every day occurrence. Add to this, that same animal being abducted 25 miles north of this home and finding its way back in the dead of winter- that would be unheard of.

January 20, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Community Sharing Program Needed More Than Ever

In a less than desirable economy, with an end to the downtown still yet to be seen, one might find themselves faced with questions they'd once never even considered.

January 20, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Treasures Found: Local Boutique Showcases Area Talent

One truly never knows what they might find at TAGS Consignment Boutique on East F Street in Oakdale.

January 13, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Piece Of Cake: 107 Just Another Number For Piccetti

Monday, January 4 was not just another Monday at the Gladys Lemmons Senior Center. It was a day, which marked the 107th birthday of Oakdale resident Vera Piccetti.

January 13, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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Area Camp Celebrates 90th Year Of Getting Dirty

Dirt trails, rustic cabins, ropes courses and 20 acres of possibility were home to 254 campers this summer as guests of Camp Jack Hazard, celebrating its 90th anniversary year.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings – Pulled The Plug

I wasn't going to write this.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Coyotes Howl Over Birthday

It was a decade ago that the Oakdale Joint Unified School District welcomed its newest campus in over 50 years. In August 2005 Sierra View Elementary School greeted its first 700-plus students.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


The Apple’s Core - Schools Take A Bite Out Of First Phase

The 2014-15 school year marks a critical turning point for Oakdale Joint Unified School District administrators, teachers and most importantly, students. Effective this school year all school sites will be adopting a new math curriculum in keeping with the national Common Core State Standards.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Keeping It Fresh - 59 Years Of Shakin’ It Up At Gillman’s

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Hensley/ Menge Earn Coveted Spot Among Elite Crew

In March, SMART Exemplary Educators were invited to attend the 2014 SMART Summit to be held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada from July 20-26. There was a written, as well as video portion to the application. The 2 minute video was on the applicant's "SMART Breakthrough Moment" and was posted on social media sites for public voting. In mid Spring the two educators were among the 76 notified from 17 countries that they were selected for the all expense paid, week long trip. Among those 76 were Amanda Hensley, sixth grade teacher of Sierra View Elementary and Danessa Menge, Seventh ...

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Sweepstakes Sweetheart - District Teacher Has Winning Year

The 2014 year is proving to be one 'winning' year for Danessa Menge. The Oakdale Junior High English teacher was featured in The Leader pages on Aug. 13 as one of 70-plus selectees for a recent SMART summit, a once described 'dream' experience for an educator.

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings - Preparing For Number Three

It is an odd and somewhat surreal reality.

August 20, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Living the Words

Last week I shared my struggle as I prepared for my duo to return to school. I also acknowledged the necessity in letting them 'fly', thrive and just get back to learning. Those were true and wise (if I don't mind saying so) words, but that doesn't make them easy.

August 13, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Living the Words

Last week I shared my struggle as I prepared for my duo to return to school. I also acknowledged the necessity in letting them 'fly', thrive and just get back to learning. Those were true and wise (if I don't mind saying so) words, but that doesn't make them easy.

August 13, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musing – Time To Fly

Here we are … again.

August 06, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Backpacks And Lunch Sacks – Back To School

There is indeed no rest for the weary in the way of education. Today marks the final 'official' day of Summer Break 2014 as students, teachers and administrators throughout the Oakdale Joint Unified School District prepare for the first day of school.

August 06, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Make It Matter

What is the last kind thing you said to someone? Better yet… What is the last random compliment you gave to a loved one or stranger?

July 30, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Round ‘Em Up

There is just barely a week of summer break left for students in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. The first day of school districtwide is set for Thursday, Aug. 7. While the elementary age students may fill this final week with backpack shopping or playdates, the upper grades are busy at their respective campuses.

July 30, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Breaking Bread, Breaking Ground

At a ceremony on July 15, Oakdale Joint Unified School District officials broke ground for the new 5000-square foot steel structure that will be the Central Kitchen. This will be the first of a handful of projects spearheaded by the Facilities Committee.

July 23, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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