Regardless of the time of day that I am on patrol, there is one traffic infraction I am sure to see: pedestrians crossing F Street outside the confines of a clearly marked crosswalk. You've seen it, too. Referred to as "jaywalking," it is clearly unsafe. Everyone has jaywalked at some point in their life. Many think of this as a "victimless" crime. However, in 2009 there were 17 pedestrians injured in traffic accidents in Oakdale, two of which I personally investigated. Just last month, a man lost his life crossing the highway near downtown Oakdale. "Victimless?" I don't ...
Two Oakdale Joint Unified School District employees, Penny Muniain and Shelly Crist, will be honored at a dinner on Friday, May 7 as recipients of the School Bell Award. Oakdale Teachers Association President Linda Kraus described the School Bell as an award that is "given to educators and/or community members who exemplify service to the community through their contributions toward the enhancement and improvement of education and the enrichment of the lives of children."
On Saturday, May 8, Oakdale letter carriers will again help 'Stamp Out Hunger!' across America with the community's help in order to provide assistance to the rapidly increasing number of Americans who are struggling with hunger.
With spring rains pelting the Northern California Central Valley area throughout the week, it was time for the sun to come out. And come out it did, just in time to allow another great weekend of drag racing at Sacramento Raceway for the annual "Funny Car Fever" event.
Knights Ferry lost another long time resident, Jim Porter. His wife, Pat and 7 children, including Mary-Ann Largent of Knights Ferry, 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, survive him. Services were held last Saturday.
The following news item arrived after the column had been sent off last week and we are including it now. We are always happy to share the activities of our 4-H members. Jenna Heaton and Gunther Brisi did quite well, representing Valley Home at the recent Valley Classic Goat Show held at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Jenna also exhibited at the Junior Grand Nationals at the Cow Palace. Her heavyweight goat won market champion and her lightweight goat won overall FFA Reserve Champion! Congratulations to both on their wins!
Delbert Charles Benedix, 65, died Sunday, April 25 at Doctors Medical Center.
Eva C. Ewing, 93, of Henderson, TX died Sunday, April 18 at her residence.
Sam Henderson, 81, died Friday, April 16 in Modesto.
Dorothy Marie Sundling, 94, died Wednesday, April 21 at her Oakdale home.
After a six-hour red eye flight on April 9 from San Francisco to New York City, 50 students of the Oakdale High School Drama club and chaperones, under the direction of OHS drama teacher Bryan Mills, explored the Big Apple for five days during their spring break.
Weather conditions for the 31st annual Carquest Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park near Phoenix, Arizona was comfortable and partly cloudy, producing some great on track performances. The conditions also brought out a near capacity crowd over the entire three days of racing.
Our Valley Home 4-Hers met last evening for their monthly community meeting. The 4-Hers are holding a drive thru Tri Tip dinner this Friday evening. The Tri Tip will be smoked and the dinner will have sides of beans, dinner rolls and salad. The dinner will serve a family of four and the cost is $35. Proceeds will go toward the 4-Hers trip to Monterey Aquarium in May! For more information you may call 4-H president Sierra Haynes at 596-6672 or Community Leader Sean Haynes at 324-7286. Your support is greatly appreciated! Pick up location is the Valley Home school ...
Breakfast Sunday dawned bright and clear with the daffodils and redbud trees blooming and the almond trees that were past their prime greening up and those just coming into bloom were puffs of pink. The sandhill cranes were heading north from their wintering spots, whirling in their large groups and making a funny call. The sporadic rain that we got helped the grass to grow (also the weeds).
BETTY JEAN SERPA
BETTY LOU (DUKE)
MARY BEATRICE FRIEL
ROBERT NORMAN GOLDEN
RUTH VIOLA VAN TUINEN
STANFORD "SANDY" HUDSON SLATE
Monday was a real page turner, all across Oakdale.
With each passing week without a significant storm, the grip of the four-year California drought squeezes more tightly on water agencies up and down the state. And members of the Oakdale Irrigation District board are feeling the pressure.
The first winter of the amended residential wood-burning program ended Feb. 28 with more days that newer, cleaner wood-burning devices could be used compared to past winters.
Symbiosis Gathering is returning to Woodward Reservoir in Oakdale, CA on September 17 - 20, 2015 … and they're celebrating their 10 year anniversary! The Super Early-Bird tickets go on sale on March 3rd and the people behind Symbiosis want the local community to have first dibs on these. Producer Kevin KoChen promises, "This event will draw from the best of years past and look to the future in a production worthy of the decade of decadence."