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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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Mommy Musings –Life Without Girlfriends

I'm the person you read about in books or maybe watch on romantic comedies. I'm always in search of 'growth opportunity.'

March 04, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings – The Breakup

I broke up with Facebook (FB). The relationship had become unhealthy.

February 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Local Support For Those Living Through Loss

Fay Jacobsohn and Dorothy Villines are making lemonade from lemons, in the way of helping others. The two-woman team will facilitate the GriefShare Support Group as a service to the community.

February 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings –Seizing the Moment

A girlfriend and I recently had a conversation regarding the self-empowering use of the word 'No' on a more regular basis. Chances are if you're a parent (most specifically a mom) you understand this struggle.

February 18, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Chromebooks Bring Egypt Projects To Latest Century

Fair Oaks sixth grade students are clicking back through the sands of time.

February 18, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings – Mission To Mars

I am the mother of a fourth grader.

February 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Champions, Again! - OHS Claims Academic Decathlon Title

Braun and brains might be the best description for the out of towner reviewing the successes of Oakdale High School's student body and its alum.

February 11, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings-Bye Bye Bravermans

What is it about a television series that sucks us in?

February 04, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


New Business Offers Something for The Whole Family

There's a new 'Joe' in town and chances are if you live on the North end of town, you've moseyed through the drive thru. If not, then it just might be time to see what all the fuss is about.

February 04, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


School Business As Usual As Contract Negotiations Linger

It was yet another standing room only session for the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting on Monday, Feb. 2. The meeting was conducted at the OJUSD Technology and Staff Development Center due to overlap with Oakdale City Council meeting.

February 04, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings –Quality and Quantity

A few weeks back I had the unique opportunity of attending a school board meeting for a standing room only night.

January 28, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


OHS Senior Marks Fourth Generation Graduate

This June will mark 100 years since the first of four generations walked across the stage and earned an Oakdale High School diploma.

January 28, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Local Barbershop Adds Third Generation To The Floor

There's been a noticeable change to Norm's Barbershop at its West F Street location in Oakdale.

January 28, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Fitness Studio Looks To Revitalize Community Health

There's a small secret in the way of fitness a handful of community members have caught wind of: Revitalize Fitness is looking to reshape not only how people perceive weight loss, but overall health.

January 21, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Show Them The Money - Teachers Pack Board Meeting

It was an emotion packed, standing room only setting as Oakdale Joint Unified School Board called to session its first meeting of the New Year. The meeting was hosted Monday evening in City Council Chambers. The agenda listed routine consent items as well as some procedure/policy modifications. But the issue that brought the crowd was not on the agenda as an action item.

January 14, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


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