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Community Reaches Out To Support Fire Victims

It could be said that the community of Oakdale has long arms when it comes to reaching out to help those in need. Known as a community that rallies to help its own when the need arises, the most recent fires in Sonoma, Solano and Napa counties have proven yet again Oakdale is a small town with big heart.

October 18, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Oakdale Junior High School Adds New Computer Science Elective

Farming and football aren't the only areas of interest for the decision makers of Oakdale Joint Unified School District. The start of the 2017-18 school year brought a welcome addition to the campus of Oakdale Junior High School by way of class elective. Beginning this school year, both seventh and eighth grade students were offered the option of Robotics.

October 11, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


School Board Talks Test Scores, Bullying

Oakdale Joint Unified School District continues to hold its own in Stanislaus County by way of SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) test results.

October 11, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Harvest Festival Kicks Off Fall For The Community

Pies will be baked, cider pressed, pumpkins stacked and activities set as Bloomingcamp Ranch hosts the Annual Bloomingcamp Ranch Harvest Festival, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

October 04, 2017 | By TERESA HAMMOND thammond@oakdaleleader.com | Local News


No Reason

I recently had an in depth conversation with someone on death. More specifically on those we love who are taken too soon. We're both believers in God so we spent time talking about grief, anger, lack of understanding and the way others respond as they try and hold you up.

October 04, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Mommy Musings

Parenting is tough.

September 27, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Student Librarians Are Hands On Helpers

Fair Oaks Elementary School has more than a new library and media center on campus. Thanks to the leadership and passion of Library Technician Geneva Franciosa, it is also tended to by a dozen Junior Librarians. A program she first began over three years ago.

September 27, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Education


TEDxModesto Gets A Piece Of Oakdale

Standing center stage and speaking at the Gallo Center for the Arts is likely not a place Elizabeth Wight envisioned herself five years ago. Today, however, Wednesday, Sept. 27 it is exactly where she will be, as she and six others participate in the Inaugural TEDxModesto event organized by Josh Boyd.

September 27, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


City Enjoys Celebration As Community Park Opens

It was a much anticipated day for many in the City of Oakdale. On Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 community members, city officials, honorary guests and hundreds more gathered for the Grand Opening of the Oakdale Community Park.

September 20, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Burns Heads Up OTA For 2017-18 School Year

Keith Burns isn't new to the education system.

September 20, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


New Downtown Business Receives Great Response

Finding a little something special just got a bit easier for the Oakdale shopper looking to find fashion and style on a limited budget.

September 20, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


Grief And Greatness

Two simple words: Never Forget.

September 13, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Mommy Musings


Flexible Seating Piloted In Magnolia Classroom

For visitors of Magnolia Elementary School, things may appear to be going off the grid by way of traditional seating and classroom structure.

September 13, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Education


New Purpose For School’s Multi-Purpose Rooms

Students of Cloverland and Fair Oaks elementary schools were treated to a special surprise as they returned from summer break earlier this school year. As they said their goodbyes to the respective campuses last May, a construction crew got to work.

September 13, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Football Fan Makes The Sidelines Home

Steve Gokey has always had a love of sports. That's a fact which may come as a shock to some, as Gokey has spent his entire life without sight – or so it would seem – to those not in the know.

September 13, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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Downtown Frame Shop Reopens With Gallery Feel

The name has seen a slight change and the interior an overhaul, yet one thing is for certain: Lori's Frame Shoppe still aims to ...

November 15, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


School Board Reviews District Survey Results

A light agenda made for a short meeting as board members, staff and community members gathered for the monthly Oakdale Joint Unified board meeting Monday ...

November 15, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Education


OHS Alumnus Finds Service In Guatemala Life-Changing

Some might say the 2017 year has been one of adventure and a broadened horizon for 19-year-old Derrick Pennington.

November 08, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


AG DAY PRESENTATIONS

In the spirit of Harvest and Agriculture education, Cloverland Elementary School hosted its annual Ag Day event on Friday, Oct. 27. Of the many visitors ...

November 01, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Oakdale Music Boosters Host Annual Dinner Auction

The Oakdale Music Boosters are looking to once again pack the Oakdale High School gym, fill some bellies and empty some pockets of generous donors ...

November 01, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Education


Oakies Board Shop – Two Decades Of Shredding And Counting

It has been over two decades since two young 20-somethings decided it was time to bring "boards" to Oakdale. In late summer of 1996, Jeff ...

October 25, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local Business


Foundation Focuses On Digestive Diseases

Kyle MacFarlane's childhood dreams were like most sports loving boys. His career aspiration simple – play professional baseball.

October 25, 2017 | Teresa Hammond | Local News


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