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It Started With The Cookie

'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.

February 24, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Anderson, Russell ‘Making A Difference’

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 24, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Area Almond Farmer ‘Sharing The Health’

One simple quote has spiraled into motivation and seemingly a mission statement for Sara Sperry.

February 24, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Oakdale Educators Get Technical At Google Summit

By TERESA HAMMOND

February 17, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Memories And Milestones

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.

February 17, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


New Barbershop Leaves Lasting First Impression

There's a new team of barbers in town and they're ready to leave their mark on the community, regardless of age, gender or style preference.

February 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Valley Couple Celebrates 77th Wedding Anniversary

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.

February 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Soul Friends

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.

February 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


RUN FOR THE LIBRARY

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.

February 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Sierra View Student Raises Funds For Friend

Some might say Logan Atkinson has a heart bigger than his 10-year-old stature.

February 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Public Forum Sees Limited Attendance

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.

February 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Academic Greatness Continues To Shine

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.

February 10, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


What’s In Your Bucket?

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.'

February 03, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


OJUSD Approves Increases For Staff

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.

February 03, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Aca Dec Team Pursues Trophy For 16th Year

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.

February 03, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


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Articles By Author - Teresa Hammond


OHS Theater Prepares For Opening Night

The community of Oakdale is in for a treat, as the Oakdale High School drama department prepares once again for a musical which will have ...

May 04, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Regional Honor Awarded To Fair Oaks VP Hamby

Janet Hamby has had quite a year … and it's only May.

May 04, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Revolutionary War Comes To Sierra View Elementary

A little taste of Colonial Williamsburg made a stop at Sierra View Elementary School this past week as approximately 100 fifth graders participated in Revolutionary ...

May 04, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Mom On Mother’s Day

Mother's Day is once again upon us.

May 03, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Pet Rescue Finds Niche In Repurposing

ASTRO Foundation continues to not only make its mark, but finds a way to make the most of its opportunities. The Animal Shelter to Riverbank ...

April 27, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Remembering Humility

There is very little which is monotonous about writing for a small town paper.

April 27, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


OJHS Team Prepares For Annual Pentathlon

Eleven Oakdale Junior High School eighth graders will be among a field of approximately 150 students on Saturday as participants in the 12th Annual Stanislaus ...

April 27, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Knights Ferry School: Gold Ribbon Honors

While its campus may be small and somewhat unassuming, Knights Ferry Elementary School is achieving big things.

April 27, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Students Prepare For Business World

Oakdale High School students are learning how to do business.

April 20, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Annual Peddler’s Faire Supports Local Museum

Whether it be a love of the outdoors, a unique find or a bit of history, Knights Ferry has it all to offer its visitors ...

April 20, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Oakdale Resident, Author Runs Sub 3-Hour Boston Marathon

It was 33 years to the day that well known sports journalist and accomplished author Matt Fitzgerald crossed the Boston Marathon finish line for the ...

April 20, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Soul Travels: Oakdale High School Senior’s Sole-Fullness

By TERESA HAMMOND

April 13, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Oakdale School Board Recognizes Excellence

By TERESA HAMMOND

April 13, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mini Rodeo Rolls Into Sierra View

By TERESA HAMMOND

April 13, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Mommy Musings

Sitting In The Shuttle

April 13, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


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