'Tis the season for cute kids and cookie boxes. Personally, we get sucked in every year as we find ourselves supporting a friend and their troop. Then of course there are the girls outside the grocery and yes, if I have $5 you better believe we walk away with a box or two.
The pride Oakdale Joint Unified School District holds in its teachers may be commonly known throughout Stanislaus County. What may not be as commonly known, yet equally important is the pride the district takes in its classified staff. Most recently two of the district's classified employees were acknowledged at an awards ceremony hosted by Stanislaus County Office of Education, receiving the 2015-16 'Making a Difference' honors.
February 2016 marks the beginning of the 15th year that I first entered the old brick building at 122 South Third Ave. known as the location of the Oakdale Leader. All these years later, it's still mind boggling to me.
Sunday, Feb. 14 will mark the 76th Valentine's Day Rogue and Eva Vizcaino will spend as husband and wife. A short six days later, on Feb. 20, the couple will celebrate their 77th Wedding Anniversary with friends and family.
By definition 'soul food' is a noun, defined by Merriam-Webster as: "food (as chitterlings, ham hocks and collard greens) traditionally eaten by southern black Americans." With origins dating back to the mid-sixties, it is safe to say that its definition may have morphed a bit in the way of mainstream thinking.
Over 100 run/walkers, top photo, took advantage of Saturday's blue sky as participants of the 24th Annual Don Osborne Memorial Run, hosted by the Oakdale Lions Club. Top three finishers by gender, as well as age group were awarded for both the 1 mile and 5k races. Also, proving to be a super hero among the field of run/walkers on Saturday morning, Yesse Torres completed the one mile race in 7 minutes, two seconds. There were 55 entrants in the one mile race.
A public forum which was talked about by many was attended by few. Close to 50 people attended the Boundary Study, Public Forum on Thursday evening, Feb. 4 at Magnolia Elementary. Of the 50 in attendance close to half were Oakdale Joint Unified School District (OJUSD) educators and administrators. A flier announcing the Public Forum was sent home with all elementary school students two weeks prior to the meeting.
The Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon Trophy has once again returned to the Oakdale High School campus, back in Mustang territory. For the 16th consecutive year Oakdale's Aca Dec team has proven what some may deny, Oakdale students are driven well beyond the sports playing field.
I don't believe in New Year Resolutions. I'm a goal setter. Perhaps it's all just a mind game, but there is something easier about losing your way while attaining a goal rather than 'breaking a resolution.'
Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board, teachers and classified staff have settled contracts. On Monday, Feb. 1 during its monthly scheduled meeting, contracts for all district employees, as well as salary increases for management, classified positions and board compensation were approved.
The Oakdale High School Academic Decathlon team has been the reigning Stanislaus County Champions for as long as some team members have been alive. That's a tall order to maintain; the nine member competing team, however, shared they are up to the task.