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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


Mommy Musings – Life and Birthdays

I'm a December baby. For those who follow astrology, a Capricorn to be more precise.

January 06, 2010 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Lions Club Continues To Spread Christmas Cheer

As children uncover their holiday treasures, the sounds of gift wrap tearing and tissue paper rustling has already begun in some Oakdale homes. For others, those sounds may not be so apparent. As families continue to struggle to stay in their homes and feed their families, volunteer gift programs are perhaps more valuable to families now than ever before.

December 23, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Mommy Musings – Keeping Up With …

For those of you not yet hit by the recession and still running the race of keeping up with the Jones' - well, good for you. Personally, I find myself busy these days trying to keep up with the fat man in the red suit - that's right, Santa.

December 23, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Holiday Shopping Needs Met At Home

The holiday season is once again in full swing in the City of Oakdale. From flat screens to foot creams, gift cards to gadgets, area shoppers need not spend their shopping money on gas in search of the perfect gift, when it can all be found right here in the city limits.

December 16, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Mommy Musings - Soccer Mom? … TBD

It's been less than one month since Oakdale Youth Soccer League wrapped up its 2009 Season. My two-year-old is still running around with pink pom-poms asking, "Today soccer practice?" as her five-year-old brother sits in his room admiring his first trophy.

December 10, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


A Christmas Tradition

The city's downtown trees have been strung with lights, Cowboy Santa has made his ceremonial ride into town and cash registers throughout the city are abuzz with holiday sales. The only thing missing is the music and starting this week the soundtrack of the season has been put into full swing, thanks largely in part to area schools and the Remedy and Friends Christmas performance.

December 09, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Counting Blessings

On the surface, 19-year old Lauren Knell appears to be like every other young college student. The Stanislaus State sophomore student juggles a full load of college courses, two part-time jobs and still manages to shine a bright smile at all who cross her path.

November 18, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Don’t Let This Pass

November 11; the day flags will fly, government offices and even schools will be closed in observation of Veterans Day. While the observances are being conducted here in the United States, many of those veterans are continuing their journey on our behalf on foreign soil, as well as here on the homefront. Even more ironic is that for the veteran who has returned home and to civilian life, this day may be like every other for them.

November 11, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Local Women Lace Up For The Cure

Oakdale residents Lisa Evans and Melissa Titus began the month of October doing more than just thinking about October being Breast Cancer awareness month.

October 28, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Oakdale Relay For Life Preps For Ninth Year Kick-Off

Leaves are finally falling, harvest for many growers is in full swing and the committee of Relay for Life Oakdale is ready to once again challenge the community to show its hope.

October 21, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Mommy Musings - Pressing Issues

The past 30 days have really been pretty exciting.

October 21, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Local Events Kick Off The Fall Season

Trees are shaking and the dust is settling as harvest season in the Valley is in full swing. Area businesses, clubs, organizations, community members, as well as the City of Oakdale, are welcoming fall with a number of activities and celebrations honoring the changing of the season.

October 14, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


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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


The Gift Of True Love

Some days our newspaper space just doesn't provide enough room for the cast of characters which occupy our zip code.

January 14, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Junior High Jeans And Jerseys Ready To Roll

Crab season is alive and well and Oakdale Junior High School's Parent Teacher Club is ready to get cracking.

January 12, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Zest For Life - Rocking The 80’s At The Gym

Life is not being wasted on Bill and Joanne Parker. At the ages of 85 (Bill) and 84 (Joanne), this couple did not wait for New Year's Day to make a resolution or begin a new health plan. On Jan. 2, 2015 the couple could be found in the same place they were on Dec. 31, 2014 … putting in some time at Fitness Plus in Oakdale.

January 07, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings – Friends, Family, Fresh Starts

Happy 2015!

January 07, 2015 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Find Joy

Earlier this month, I shared a bit about my personal journey with the word 'believe' and what it offers to life and living on a day in day out basis.

December 31, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


New Location, Same Care - Veterinarians Seek More Space For Better Service

It has been over two decades since Mel Tanner, DVM, opened the doors of his South First Avenue Vet Hospital. The quaint and cozy Oakdale's Olde Towne Vet Hospital situated in amongst unassuming little residences has become a refuge and comfort for many local pet owners.

December 31, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


O’Neill Continues Mission Of Hope

When Storm Watch 2014 (aka Pineapple Express) was reported, Jonyce O'Neill was not thinking of a flooded landscape or a potential leaking roof … she thought instead of her friends, her 'peeps.' As many sat at a computer screen staring at predictions of how bad the storm would be, O'Neill put a plea on Social Media for trash bags, coats and blankets for her friends who would endure the elements ... outdoors.

December 24, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Junior High Efforts Receive County Recognition

Oakdale Junior High was recognized earlier this month by Stanislaus County Office of Education and the Board of Supervisors for its Red Ribbon Week decorating efforts. The school was awarded First Place in the Middle School/Junior High Division. A total of 30 schools from the varying grade level categories participated.

December 17, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Eaton Receives Naval Academy Nomination

Oakdale High School senior Logan Eaton was called to the office last week to take a phone call he will not soon forget. Eaton was one of 16 Central Valley high school seniors to receive a phone call from U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock). The nature of the phone call was to inform the senior he was one of the nominees named for the United States Naval Academy.

December 17, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings-The Beauty In Believe

My mother hails from a large family. Twelve children large to be precise. A five boys and seven girls journey which began for my grandparents in their teens with the last being born when my grandmother was in her early forties. My mother is the youngest of the girls and second youngest of the 12.

December 17, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings - Live Fearless

This has been coming for a while. I saw it coming in the not so far off future last year when my youngest began reading sentences and realized 'my mommy's picture is in the paper.'

December 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Troop Support - Blue Star Moms Send Bits Of Home

Troops both abroad and stateside will be treated to a touch of home this holiday season.

December 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Local Businesses Host Downtown Jingle Event

Doors will be open and treats aplenty, as some downtown businesses keep their doors open a bit longer on Friday, Dec. 12 to participate in a special holiday Jingle All the Way event. Over half a dozen boutiques and shops in the North Third vicinity will extend their business hours to 8 p.m. Friday, welcoming the community to do some night time shopping.

December 10, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


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