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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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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


Mommy Musings - Fair Fun

The timing of returning to the Newsroom could not have come at a better time … Fair week!

July 23, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Getting Reacquainted

Today marks my first day back in a place I left a decade ago. Just looking at that sentence causes me to pause in both amazement and disbelief.

July 16, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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