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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


Daley Tapped For Master Councilor Post In DeMolay

This year marks 90 years since DeMolay International (properly known as the Order of DeMolay) was founded by Frank S. Land in Kansas City, Missouri. Reports show that Land, 28 at the time, founded the organization after being asked to mentor a young man whose father had passed.

May 19, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Mommy Musings – It Takes A Village

What makes a good mother?

May 05, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Relay Concludes Inches From $223,000

In keeping with tradition, the sun broke through on Saturday, April 24 and supporters of the Ninth Relay For Life Oakdale showed up ready to walk and raise money for the American Cancer Society. By Sunday morning's closing ceremony the event had grossed close to $223,000 of its $225,000 goal.

April 28, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Walking The Talk — Rallying To Relay Once Again

Dilemma - How do you write about a cause that you believe in and an employer that you are proud of without a: boring your reader or b: sounding like an Eddie Haskell type.

April 21, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Two Feet, Four Feet - Relay Event Goes To The Dogs

Oakdale's Ninth Annual Relay for Life has officially gone to the dogs … or at least that is the hope of team captain Kevin Benziger and his team, Believing for a Cure, as they host Oakdale's first Bark For Life event.

April 14, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Mommy Musings - Navigating Diplomacy

For those who follow Mommy Musings - be warned, the Hammond Family has enrolled a student in the Oakdale Joint Unified School District system. This is a precarious time for me, personally. It is a time when I will now be tested on how well I can balance my personal and professional life and not have it come at the expense of my children.

April 07, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


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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


Student Expulsions Approved

Oakdale Joint Unified School District's Monday night meeting began with a closed session, and Superintendent Marc Malone addressed those on hand for the public portion of the meeting, confirming the expulsion of two OJUSD students had been approved by the board at that closed session.

October 14, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


The Black And White Of Cyber Bullying

In a day and age of social media, smart phones, cell phones and instant accessibility, students and parents alike may need to be more aware of the messages and words they choose to share.

October 08, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings – Together Everyone Achieves More

Oakdale Elementary Schools are once again at the ready for their annual Jog-a-Thon events this Friday, October 10. It is 'the' quintessential fundraiser for the Parent Teacher Clubs of each elementary school. I borrowed the theme from this year's event to title this column. I like it. Together Everyone Achieves More or TEAM is the slogan which will appear on the ever popular jog shirts this year.

October 08, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Chalk One Up - Playground Project Needs Volunteers

For the artist at heart or a community group looking for a way to leave their mark, Cloverland Elementary School may have just the project to fit that need. This Friday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. work will begin on the Holistic Playground project.

October 01, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings - The Magazine Business

We're in the magazine business.

October 01, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Fall, Water And Wonderment

According to my desk calendar we are officially two days in to the Autumnal Calendar. In other words … it's Fall.

September 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Ready Set … Stretch - New Pilates Studio Opens Downtown

Monica Harris is no stranger to physical fitness and the effects everyday life, as well as activity has on the body. Now in her 15th as a practitioner of Pilates, Harris is poised and ready to share her knowledge and teachings with the community of Oakdale and the surrounding areas.

September 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Chromebooks Reach Oakdale Classrooms

The word 'lab' is taking on a new definition this 2014-15 school year in Oakdale schools.

September 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Ready To Roll - Bus Drivers Focus On Safety First

The saying goes, "there is no rest for the weary" and that just might be the case in the 'Land of the Bus Yard' at the east end of Oakdale.

September 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Welcomes Newest Vice Principal

The 2014-15 school year has gotten off to a quick start for newly appointed Oakdale High School Vice-Principal of Supervision and Attendance, Jim Lake. The recently appointed VP has just a little over three weeks under his Administrator belt with Oakdale Joint Unified School District but he has found settling in anything but difficult.

September 17, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Multi-Year Plan - Board Reviews School Strategy

Oakdale City Council Chambers held more residents than usual on Monday night, as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District conducted its second board meeting for the 2014-15 school year.

September 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


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