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Athlete Of The Week - Sarah Peterson

Talented Oakdale softball player Sarah Peterson on the Under-16 California Grapettes has been lights out in summer competition. She followed up a thrilling run to a Sac-Joaquin Metro title by playing her best in the Champions Cup premier tournament in Irvine. Peterson was one of five Oakdale players to combine for 28 hits across the tournament and belted her first career home run over the fence in a two-run bomb against Fort Collins. Peterson earns Athlete of the Week honor for her efforts.

July 28, 2010 | | Local Sports


Elizabeth Marie Bonnet

A girl, Elizabeth Marie Bonnet, was born June 21, 2010 to expectant mother Stefany Bonnet of Oakdale. The newborn weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces upon arrival at Oak Valley Hospital.Chris and Joyce Bonnet of Oakdale are the maternal grandparents.

July 21, 2010 | | Birth Announcements


Kamden Isaiah Caporale

Gary Caporale and Nicole Phillips of Oakdale welcomed the arrival of their son, Kamden Isaiah Caporale on July 4, 2010. The newborn weighed four pounds, six ounces upon arrival at Oak Valley Hospital.Welcoming the newcomer home were older siblings Matthew Phillips, Isabelle Caporale and Eliyes Robert Caporale.Jerry and Audrey Phillips of Modesto are the maternal grandparents.Froilan Ruiz and Teresa Caporale of Oakdale are paternal grandparents.

July 21, 2010 | | Birth Announcements


Jayliyah Lorian Espino

A girl, Jayliyah Lorian Espino, was born July 7, 2010 to expectant parents Jose Javier and Claudia Aide Espino of Oakdale. The newborn weighed six pounds, seven ounces upon arrival at Oak Valley Hospital.The mother is the former Claudia Aide Arciga.Welcoming the newcomer home was older sibling Izaias Jeramya Espino.Vuena Ventura and Sara Arciga of Oakdale are the maternal grandparents. Jose Ramon and Maria Espino of Escalon are paternal grandparents.

July 21, 2010 | | Birth Announcements


Caroline Anne Thrasher

A daughter, Caroline Anne Thrasher, was born to expectant parents Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Thrasher of Reno, NV on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 in Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 21 inches long. She is the second daughter for the couple.The mother is the former Katie Devany.Maternal grandparents are Mimi and Don Devany of Fresno.Paternal grandparents are Brenda and Fred Thieman of Oakdale and Greg Thrasher of Hayward.

July 21, 2010 | | Birth Announcements


Knights Ferry News for July 21, 2010

Welcome to Knights Ferry Chris Ingham and son Nick and daughter Kristy. They are renting Gregg Haskell's house from Anna. They were good friends of Gregg.*****The results are in from the He Man contest held recently at the Phil Frymire's home. First place went to Dave Rorabaugh, Ronnie Harris took second place and third place went to Larry. The dart contest at a previous party was won by "Soda."*****Welcome to the world Colton William Roen, born June 30 to Eric and Kim. He weighed in at 8 pounds 5 ounces. Welcoming him home are big brothers ...

July 21, 2010 | | Knights Ferry News


Valley Home News for July 21, 2010

This is the week that many of our Valley Home 4H'ers are busy at the Stanislaus County Fair along with their parents so news has been hard to get but the following PeeWee Showmanship news was received late Sunday evening.For the rabbit showmanship award, Kiley Rinna placed 6th in 4H True Novice. The results in PeeWee Showmanship were Ben Fletcher and Cody Soares receiving awards in swine, Macy Soares in beef calf and Wyatt and Emma Woenschul and Callie Chrisman in meat goats.Hailey Smith won a second place and two third place awards for her photographs of ...

July 21, 2010 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Friends Give Thanks, $$

Dear Editor,Friends of the Oakdale Library would like to thank Ellis Storage for giving us a free place last year to store our books, for our book sale.Hi Tech Storage is helping us out this year.We appreciate these local businesses assisting us in our efforts to support the Oakdale Library.Friends of Oakdale Library gave $5,000 to the Oakdale library to purchase books.If you have books that you would like to donate for our book sale, drop them off at the Oakdale library. Any questions please contact Pat Paul, vice president Friends of Oakdale Library ...

July 21, 2010 | | Your Views


The Rest Of The Story

Dear Editor,This past February I was out on a business trip when I got a call from my wife at approximately 9 p.m. She had just gotten a frightening call from her 82-year-old mother who lives alone on Tioga Avenue. She said there was a strange acting, hooded man sitting in a rocking bench on her back patio. I told my wife to call the Sheriff's Department since Tioga Avenue is just outside the city limits and in their jurisdiction. My wife said the Sheriff's Office had already been called and she was on her way ...

July 21, 2010 | | Local Columns


Ronald Fuentes

Ronald Michael Fuentes, 65, of Riverbank died Thursday, July 15.He was a native of Vallejo and lived in Riverbank all his life.Mr. Fuentes served in the U.S. Army.He was a truck driver for 40 years.He had many pals. He enjoyed fishing and racing go-carts, cars, and motorcycles.He is survived by his children, Corey Fuentes of Oakdale, Marty Fuentes of Coulterville, Brandon Fuentes, and Bo Fuentes, both of Riverbank; and eight grandchildren.Private family service.Oakdale-Riverbank Memorial Chapels in charge of arrangements.The Oakdale (Calif.) LeaderJuly 21, 2010

July 21, 2010 | | Obituaries


Patricia Gilstrap

Patricia A. (Cooper) Gilstrap, 72, died Monday, July 19.She was born in El Centro to Albert and Viola Cooper and lived most of the next 10 years in Clarinda, IA, where she had many fond memories. She lived 60 years in Stanislaus County, 33 years on a ranchette where her sons and their family enjoyed many holidays. She attended Modesto High School.For the past six years, she and her husband lived in Oakdale, in Foothill Oaks senior living village, where her neighbors showed her much kindness during her time of illness.Mrs. Gilstrap was a registered nurse. For ...

July 21, 2010 | | Obituaries


Henry Medrano

Henry Medrano, 62, of Riverbank died Wednesday, July 14, while enjoying one of his favorite hobbies, fishing, in Sonoma County.He was born in Oakdale to Abelardo and Maria Medrano, the youngest of nine children. He attended Oakdale schools and lived in the Riverbank area all his life.Mr. Medrano worked for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District for 33 years.He enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports, they were his pride and joy. He had a large extended family and friends, who he loved dearly.He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Anita Medrano of Riverbank ...

July 21, 2010 | | Obituaries


Joe Pinheiro

Joe Alves Pinheiro, 89, died Thursday, July 15 at Memorial Medical Center.He was born on June 14, 1921 in Faial, Azores to Joe and Rosa Pinheiro.A resident of Escalon for the past 50 years, he worked in the dairy industry for most of his adult life and for the past 10 years he also worked for Escalon Packers. He enjoyed gardening, traveling to the Azores, attending Portuguese celebrations and loved to dance. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, U.P.E.C. and I.D.S.Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years ...

July 21, 2010 | | Obituaries


Knights Ferry News For July 14, 2010

The Knights Ferry General Store was broken into at 3 a.m. The alarm went off and they got nothing, but Rick and Glenda have the bill to fix the door! Everybody needs to keep on top of activities around town and report anything suspicious.*****Welcome to the world Colton Redden. He was born May 24th to Scott and Kristie Redden in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He came into the world two months early but is catching up fast. Grandma Nancy has visited him twice. Scott is in the Army and Kristie is staying with her parents in Pittsburgh.*****Birthday greetings ...

July 16, 2010 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News


VALLEY HOME NEWS FOR JULY 14, 2010

Members of the Valley Home community were saddened to receive word that former Oakdale Mayor and friend, Elmo Garcia passed away on July 6th. Elmo was one of those rare people that you could always depend on. Elmo was a staunch supporter of the Oakdale Museum, the Oakdale Historical Society and the Oakdale Garden Club among many other organizations. As Mayor of Oakdale, he attended the ribbon cutting at the grand opening of the museum in 1985 and all the festivities that followed, including the special event where one could make a donation to the museum and enjoy a picnic ...

July 16, 2010 | LAURA BURGHARDT | Valley Home News


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Late Spring Drop Seen In Gas Prices

Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 4.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.44/gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.75/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

May 26, 2015 | | Local News


Micke Grove Hosts Memorial Day Ceremony

A Memorial Day celebration welcomes the community to honor those who have served in the US Armed Forces, enjoy a free-admission day at Micke Grove Regional Park and Museum, followed by a complimentary dinner on the grounds of the Historical Museum.

May 24, 2015 | | Local News


Seatbelt Use Monitored During Holiday Weekend

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is joining the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement agencies nationwide to promote the "Click It or Ticket" campaign, which focuses on seat belt use, during this year's Memorial Day Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP).

May 23, 2015 | | Local News


Boaters Can Help Fight Spread Of Invasive Species

California agencies combatting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels remind boaters to remain vigilant over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.

May 22, 2015 | | Local News


Safety Precautions Urged For Holiday Weekend

With great weather expected across most of the Golden State this holiday weekend, CAL FIRE urges everyone to use caution as fire danger remains higher than normal due to the drought. Memorial Day weekend is often said to be the official start of summer with everyone enjoying outdoor activities and recreation during the three-day break.

May 21, 2015 | | Local News


Music Download Aids Nepal Earthquake Victims

Two local independent record labels – Ronald Records (owned/operated by Jonathan Jennings of Turlock) and Way Grimace Records (owned/operated by Sean Duncan of Oakdale) – are spearheading an effort to raise money and awareness for the recent events that took place in Nepal.

May 18, 2015 | | Local News


California Observes Endangered Species Day

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will recognize the 10th National Endangered Species Day on May 15 with a focused environmental concern. The purpose of the Endangered Species Act is to conserve imperiled species and the ecosystems upon which they depend to prevent extinction.

May 14, 2015 | | Local News


Elementary Schools Celebrate Agriculture

Like their counterparts at Cloverland and Fair Oaks elementary schools did at the beginning of the school year, students at Sierra View and Magnolia got an up close look at the wonderful world of agriculture recently. Both campuses had special Ag Day programs, allowing kids the opportunity to learn more about livestock, food production, jobs in the industry and more. Presenters brought a variety of information with them, and students had the opportunity to visit several stations set up at their schools for the fun, educational day.

May 13, 2015 | | Education


Escalon Golf Celebrates 35 Years In Business

Escalon Golf, in commemoration of its 35th Anniversary, is presenting a $50,000 Hole-In-One Shoot-Out on Sunday, May 17.

May 13, 2015 | | Local News


Bicyclist Injured In Collision

A Friday night accident left one woman with major injuries and saw traffic along a bus stretch of North Yosemite shut down for a brief time while traffic was detoured around the scene.

May 13, 2015 | | Local News


Directors, Farmers Battle In OID Water War

An emotionally charged debate about water allocations in the fourth year of drought broke out at Tuesday's Oakdale Irrigation District board meeting.

May 06, 2015 | | Local News


State Observing Wildfire Awareness Week

As drought conditions continue to significantly elevate California's fire danger, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has declared May 3-9, 2015 as "Wildfire Awareness Week."

May 04, 2015 | | Local News


Highway Patrol Updates Website

Whether you are looking for a local office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), are interested in learning about careers with the CHP or traffic safety programs, wish to file a commendation or report a crime on state property, it will all be much easier on the new CHP Web site that is launching this week.

May 01, 2015 | | Local News


Farmers Market Adds “Twist”

Opening Wednesday, May 6, the Oakdale Farmers Market provides the community with an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables as well as products that are grown and produced locally. The market, being overseen by the Oakdale Tourism and Visitors Bureau will run every Wednesday, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. until Sept. 2.

April 30, 2015 | | Local News


Olsen Education Bill Passes Committee Vote

Legislation by Assembly Republican Leader Kristin Olsen, of Modesto, and Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D - San Diego), that seeks to provide a creative answer to the need to grow early education opportunities by harnessing the power of the private sector passed its first committee on Monday.

April 27, 2015 | | Local News


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