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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


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


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Mommy Musings – An Open Thank You

During the course of this column, I have used this space to highlight a lot of things.

April 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


SOS Race Earns Thousands

The morning of Saturday, April 18 brought made to order weather for 272 runners, spectators and volunteers greeted by a blue, sun-filled sky as they participated in the Sixth Annual Support Oakdale Schools (SOS) Fun Run/Walk.

April 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Teachers Settle Contract

It was once again a standing room only start to the monthly meeting of the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting on Monday, April 20. This time however, the Technology and Staff Development Center was not filled with teachers, but rather parents of accomplished students.

April 22, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings –Ladies Who Lunch

It's hard to write a column about an event that not everyone is able to attend. Yet, recognize the unique opportunity this event offers to our community and its symbolic hat tilt to its western heritage.

April 15, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings –The Self In Selfless

Several years back the 'pay it forward' notion became very vogue and popular. Buzz words which left such an impression on American society that it literally became a 'thing' during the holidays at a popular coffee house.

April 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Area Trio Opening Dialogue On Mental Illness

One in four adults, or approximately 61.5 million Americans, have an experience with mental illness in a given year. With a current estimated population of over 21,000 within the Oakdale City limits that's over 5,000 Oakdale community members who will be affected by mental illness in some way.

April 08, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Veronica’s Care Closet Seeking Donations

As many look ahead to lazy mornings and summer schedules Oakdale High School's Dana McLain has other thoughts on her mind.

April 01, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings – Define Perfect

The simple notion of that title has me giggling.

March 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Magnolia Third Graders Dig Into Squid

Magnolia Elementary School third grade teacher Melissa Clark is excited about dissection.

March 25, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings – Saying Goodbye

There's nothing easy about saying good bye to someone you love.

March 19, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


End In Sight For Negotiations?

The bad news is: our teachers have not yet settled salary negotiations. The good news is: if settled they have the opportunity to reopen for another increase in October.

March 18, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Saying Goodbye

There's nothing easy about saying good bye to someone you love.

March 18, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


OHS Freshman Accompanied By 4-Legged Companion

If today's teenager is to be selfish and lazy, one need not tell Hope Kindred. The Oakdale High School freshman missed that memo.

March 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Schools Reach Some Contract Agreements

For the third consecutive month vacant seats were at a minimum for the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board meeting conducted Monday night, March 9. Oakdale City Council chambers were once again filled to capacity as teachers and parents stood along the sides, back and spilled out into the entry way.

March 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Students Step Up For Positive Change

Oakdale Junior High School staffers Ben Cortez and Brandi Chavez are aiming to join forces. During the 2014-2015 school year, Cortez the teacher and Chavez the staffer each have pioneered new programs which are proving successful on the campus.

March 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Education


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