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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


Cowboy Up ‘Fore’ Charity At Golf Tournament

The number of horse trailers around town has begun to double as cowboys from near and far converge upon Oakdale to participate in the 59th Annual Oakdale Rodeo, an event that officially kicks off the PRCA season. And while many may be awaiting the results of the finals, hosted on Sunday, April 11, there is another group equally excited for the day after events.

April 07, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


A Little Less - Oakdale High School Coach Motivates More Than Athletes

Shelli Ponce could hardly contain her emotion as she approached the 5K starting line, as a participant of the inaugural S.O.S. (Support Oakdale Schools) Family Fun Run/Walk just over a week ago.

March 31, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


‘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


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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


Making The Big Moments

The Mustangs are going to the Stadium.

September 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


What’s Old Is New Again - Treasure Hunt Offers A Gem Of Opportunity

From the outside looking in, Cindi Baca's North Third Treasure Hunt shop doesn't appear much different than any other of the businesses it shares the street with in downtown Oakdale. Showcased antiques in the windows, interesting and unique trinkets throughout the shop … and then there are paint cans.

September 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Student Representative Pabalan Prepared For Transition

Next Monday, Sept. 8 Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan will settle into yet one more seat of responsibility. Pabalan will be in attendance at her second Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting. The 2014-15 Student School Board Representative (sworn in at the Aug. 11 session) is ready to add one more feather to her ever-flourishing cap.

September 03, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings - All In With Common Core

We checked out.

September 03, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – Pulled The Plug

I wasn't going to write this.

August 27, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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


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


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