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Archive By Author - Teresa Hammond


Happy New Year

It's hard to believe it, but when I least expect it I am hit by another 'parenting epiphany.'

September 02, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Off Their Rockers

Many area senior citizens are proving that moving into their "Golden Years" may be a rite of passage, but that's about it.

September 02, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Music Scholarship Continues To Grow

Some might say that Heidi Brunk's love of music will long be her legacy. She spent the majority of her adult life entertaining audiences. And while her love of music was undeniable, it was her desire to share this love with children that left a lasting impression to all that knew her.

September 02, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Expanding Horizons

Karin Watanabe is not dissimilar from the average American 'tween.' She lists music, crafts and sweets among her favorite things.
There are two things however, that set her apart from said tween group. Karin is a Japanese exchange student. Earlier this summer, with the love and support of her parents Yukaka and Michiyo Wantanabe, the 12-year-old boarded a plane and traveled over 5,300 miles for the experience of a lifetime.
On July 22, 2009 Karin arrived in Sacramento to the welcoming arms of her host parents Mark and Monica Perrone. The Knights Ferry couple serves as International Exchange Leaders ...

August 26, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


My Friend Jason

Distinguishing the difference between friend and acquaintance has often been my downfall.
The word 'friend' is defined by Webster's New World Dictionary as: a person whom one knows well and is fond of; an ally, supporter or sympathizer.
Relationships built through everyday life bring with it a variety of titles. Other than the aforementioned titles, we often refer to a person as a co-worker, neighbor, fellow volunteer or business associate. Most recently I have come to realize that as these types of relationships end and our lives move in different directions the relationship of friend or acquaintance quickly becomes ...

August 12, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Musical Talents Line Up For Scholarship Concert

Anyone who knows Jim Brunk, knows he only does things one way - big. If anyone knew this best, it would be Brunk's late wife, Heidi Brunk.
"We would decide to have a party and she would say make a list of who you want to invite," Jim Brunk shared. "She would take my list and say 'Jim this list has 300 people on it.'"
As Brunk recalls navigating life with his wife by his side, his face glows, his eyes twinkle and a small tear fills the corner of each eye.
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008 started out as just ...

August 05, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Mommy Musings - In A Blink

I have spent the better part of the past four years sharing stories of my children. Jackson, our oldest, has been the topic of many columns. As I've said on numerous occasions, his five years on this planet have been a great learning experience for both of us.
As Jackson continues to grow and thrive, our youngest Madelyn is quickly trying to keep up. Madelyn, our second and last child, is now teaching me a whole new set of lessons.
She is everything her brother is not and a constant reminder that parenting is not a cookie cutter skill ...

August 05, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Cruise Of A Lifetime

Bob and Phyllis Bordona have spent much of their adult lives as active community members in Oakdale and its surrounding areas. Their family owned business has furnished homes and outfitted kitchens and laundry rooms for decades.
It is their work however, as parents, that has brought them the most reward and gratitude. Upon welcoming the arrival of their son Ron in September of 1971, the couple's lives were changed forever.
Their union as husband and wife, however, began 12 years prior to the birth of their only son. On July 11, 1959 in spite of a 108-degree Fresno day ...

July 29, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Local Business Supports Creative Fundraising

It's been a few years since Shiloh Foust has seen his name grace the pages of The Oakdale Leader. Foust, a Class of 2004 Oakdale High School graduate, was once described by past Aca Deca coach Leigh Ann Gobel as someone who, "takes his commitments seriously."
Now, five short years following his departure from Oakdale High, Foust is proving to still be one that does not take life, or a job assignment, for that matter, lightly.
Upon completing his education at OHS, Foust went on to attend University of California, San Diego where he majored in Biology. He graduated ...

July 22, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Eight-Year-Old Takes On Half Dome

It is estimated that over 1,000 pairs of hands and feet clutch the cables and make the climb up Half Dome on any given weekend.

July 15, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Do You Remember …

It is a day I will not soon forget.

July 15, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Jammin’ For Jamie

If love and friendship were all it took to cure cancer, there would be no need for a "Jammin' for Jamie" Benefit event. The event scheduled for Saturday, July 11 at the FES Hall is a fundraiser being staged to benefit Oakdale native Jamie Neathery, who is currently battling an aggressive form of lung cancer.

July 08, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Teen Clears Hurdles On Way To Eagle Rank

There is no question that for 15-year-old Mitch Leichner, achieving his Boy Scout Eagle award has been a work in progress, with a few life-changing occurrences a long the way.

July 01, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


What Can You Do…?

Slowly but surely Americans seem to be taking to the 'green' movement. Referred to by some as a 'trendy,' I will openly admit this is one 'trend' I am happy to be a part of.

July 01, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Shakespeare in the Park returns to Riverbank for 6th year

Central Valley community members need not travel far to enjoy the words of Shakespeare as Rio Arts presents its sixth annual production of Shakespeare in the Park.

June 24, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


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Mommy Musings - Pleasantly ‘Greeted’

What would you do if everything you knew and believed to be true were suddenly challenged?

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Oooooo LaLa - Parisian Inspired Boutique Has Just The Right Magic

Be it a party dress or hostess gift, I Love Paris is the ideal place for one stop shopping this holiday season. One need not look further than the quaint shop located in the center of Oakdale. The mother/daughter boutique owned and operated by Eleanor Colombo and Jill Haney is a refreshing change from what one might find in shopping malls or at big box stores.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Women’s Boutique Brings Something New To North Third

Life has presented London Fox boutique owner and Oakdale native Tammy Golding with somewhat of a full circle moment this holiday season. Late last week, Golding opened her doors and greeted the community from her new location at 116 N. Third Ave., in the heart of downtown Oakdale.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Community Spirit - Preparations Made For Thanksgiving Feast

In just barely one week, the kitchen area of the Gene Bianchi Community Center will once again be clanking and moving. Twenty one years later, the Spirit of Oakdale community meal is more than an institution; it is a fine oiled machine. On Thursday, Nov. 27 the small army and committee will once again open the doors at 11 a.m. and serve up a free Thanksgiving meal to anyone who stops by.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Field Of Dreams - Board Approves School Farm Project

It was a full house and a packed agenda as the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board convened at the OJUSD Technology Center Monday night, due to a conflicting schedule with Oakdale City Council.

November 19, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings – Here Comes Santa Claus

I'm not sure about the rest of you, but I blinked for a moment sometime in October and somehow found myself in the middle of November. Perhaps it was the late change of seasons, the delayed temperature drop or those two kids I spend much time chasing … I'm really not sure.

November 12, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Blue Star Moms Lead Donation Efforts

Veterans' Day now looks a bit different to Oakdale mothers Emmy McDaniel and Alicia London than it did two years ago. Both are now parents to sons who are on active duty in the military. That's a fact which prompted them both to become pro-active with Mid-Cal Blue Star Moms, a congressionally chartered Veteran Service Organization.

November 12, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Thanksgiving Day - OHS Freshman Earns Spot In Macy’s Parade

The 2014 Thanksgiving Break is going to start just a bit early for Oakdale High School freshman Hope Kindred. The 14-year-old will be boarding a plane on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 20, but she will not be headed for a tropical family vacation. Hope will be boarding a red eye flight out of Sacramento with a final destination of New York City.

November 12, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings - Third Time’s A Charm

Last week, I promised myself I would not write another sports related column. I am the 'mommy' after all and we do have a very well-spoken Sports Reporter on staff.

November 05, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Alexandra’s: Traditional Flare Continues To Wow Shoppers

One can't help but feel a sense of warmth and being at home when first entering Alexandra's Home and Garden at 105 N. Third Ave. in Oakdale.

November 05, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Fall Festival Celebrates Campus Anniversary

Magnolia Elementary School welcomed the Oakdale Join Unified School District's recent three-day weekend with a little extra special Fall Festival Celebration. On Thursday evening, Oct. 30, the school's administration, Parent Teacher Club and tireless work of Event Chair Teresa Medeiros also celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the school campus.

November 05, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Red Ribbon Week Theme: Love Yourself

Oakdale schools are busy this week, as they make the most of a short schedule and Red Ribbon Week observation. Red Ribbon Week is hosted nationwide the last full week of October.

October 29, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Passion Rewarded - Thompson Nets $2,500 Award

Class time will soon be made a little more exciting for Fair Oaks Special Day Class teacher Elizabeth Thompson and her seven students. Thompson was recently awarded California Casualty's $2,500 Academic Award to use toward the betterment of her classroom.

October 22, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings – The Swing Of A Bat

I've been waiting two weeks to write this piece. If being completely truthful, I almost wrote it Oct. 10.

October 22, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Reporter’s Notebook – Not Any ‘Ol Saturday

Dreams do come true. Four simple words, with such big meaning.

October 15, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


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