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Literacy Group Aids In Transition

One person can make a difference.

October 07, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Mommy Musings - Living A Fear

I'm not sure about the rest of you, but parenthood seems to have this inexplicable effect on both my rational and irrational fears.

October 07, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Something New— To Include You

As the main contributor to the Living pages of our newspaper I am always looking for new and different ideas.

September 30, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Oakdale Endurance Racer Pushes To Extremes

Mark Richardson has dedicated his life to risk taking. As an 18-year veteran with the Tracy Fire Department, there is little that is predictable about his day in-day out job.

September 23, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS


Bye-Bye Dial-Up

"Welcome home."

September 16, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Tragedy Turned Triumph

Will we ever stop talking about the events of 9/11 and all that it entails? My hope of course is that we will not. In my opinion, it was undoubtedly an event, which not only altered this country but the world - forever.

September 09, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


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


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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


Career Test Program Offers Bright Future

In the day and age of SMART boards, Chromebooks and web surfing a group of Oakdale Junior High seventh graders are spending a bit of their school year Career Cruising.

December 03, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Downtown Shop Targets Specific Clientele

Kristine Fallentine, owner and key name behind Kristine's Designer Clothing, has something unique to offer the Oakdale shopper. The recently opened 145 N. Second Ave., Oakdale location is just in time for the holiday season and their sought after unique customer.

December 03, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Alive In Spirit

On Wednesday evening, the night before Thanksgiving, Vickie Thompson spent her time similar to many, as she prepared for a holiday feast. Her kitchen, however, was somewhat different and the number of turkeys being prepped indicated something larger than a 'typical' family meal.

December 03, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mommy Musings - Not A Bad View

Oh how I wish I had the knowledge to pen the piece I truly want to write. A few weeks ago some families in our town experienced yet another epic weekend in the area of high school sports.

November 26, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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


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