Sonja and Peggy Herndon are no strangers to personal tragedy.
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.
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?'
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."
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.
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 ...
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.
I'm not your atypical sports enthusiast.
Thinking fast on your feet is critical in the game of parenting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One truly never knows what they might find at TAGS Consignment Boutique on East F Street in Oakdale.
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.
I'm the person you read about in books or maybe watch on romantic comedies. I'm always in search of 'growth opportunity.'
I broke up with Facebook (FB). The relationship had become unhealthy.
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.
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.
Fair Oaks sixth grade students are clicking back through the sands of time.
I am the mother of a fourth grader.
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.
What is it about a television series that sucks us in?
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.
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.
A few weeks back I had the unique opportunity of attending a school board meeting for a standing room only night.
This June will mark 100 years since the first of four generations walked across the stage and earned an Oakdale High School diploma.
There's been a noticeable change to Norm's Barbershop at its West F Street location in Oakdale.
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.
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.