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Lois Marie Schack, of Oakdale, CA, passed away September 16, 2016 in Oakdale CA. Visitation will be held at Oakdale Memorial Chapel in Oakdale on September 22 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Funeral service will be held at St John's Lutheran Church on September 23, 2016 at 10 a.m. with Reverend Kevin DeHope officiating. Graveside service at Lakewood Memorial Park 2 p.m. Oakdale Memorial Chapel is handling the funeral arrangements.

September 20, 2016 | | Obituaries


Jacqueline Carol (Evans) Foster of Oakdale was received by the Lord on August 24, 2016, with family at her bedside. She was born November 26, 1925, in Oakland, California to Albert and Elsie Evans. Jackie and her family moved to Hayward when she was five years old. She attended Fairview School, Bret Harte Middle School and Hayward High, where she met her future husband, Raymond Keith Foster. Jackie and Ray were married November 25, 1944, while Ray was on leave from the Marine Corps during WWII. They lived on Kelly Hill in Hayward for 54 years, where they raised their ...

September 20, 2016 | | Obituaries

STOCKTON or MODESTO There are reasons to love each one.

STOCKTON - Tony Rivera stood on the patio of the Stockton Golf & Country Club during a recent class reunion.

September 20, 2016 | | 209 LIVING


There are reasons to love each one.

September 20, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

A perfect hike for neophyte peak baggers


September 20, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

Practical Money Skills

Preparing To Become

September 20, 2016 | | Local Columns

OID, SSJID Oppose State’s Water Take


September 20, 2016 | | Local Columns

Annual Fall Concert Set By Swiss Valley Echoes

The San Joaquin Valley Swiss Echoes, a singing and yodeling club in Ripon since 1947, is having its annual fall concert and dance on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Swiss Hall in Ripon, on the corner of Manley and East Main streets.

September 20, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

Plan A Day To Visit Local Fairs, Shops And Stands

Autumn is tailor-made for getting out of the house to enjoy the great outdoors. With crisp temperatures perfect for strolls or sightseeing and breathtaking scenery awash in bright autumnal hues, autumn landscapes make for the ideal backdrop for weekend plans, including shopping excursions.

September 20, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

Stories In Stone Tours Scheduled In Columbia

The Friends of Columbia State Historic Park organization is once again hosting the Stories in Stone Cemetery Tour at the historic Columbia Cemetery on Sept. 23, 24, 30 and Oct. 1. This once-a-year evening event will be led by costumed volunteers holding lanterns to light the way. Guests will stop at specific gravesites where stories of those who have lived and died in Columbia will be told by some very convincing characters. Listen to some funny, some sad and some horrendous stories from these people who lived during a different period of time and shaped the town's history.

September 20, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

Fun Facts In Time For Fall

Autumn is a season of many changes, with some of the most notable including the dramatic multicolored displays that occur just prior to trees shedding their leaves. It's also a time of year when many people feel reenergized by cooler temperatures and spend many hours outdoors enjoying all that fall has to offer.

September 20, 2016 | | 209 LIVING


Modesto Junior College Art Gallery presents Abstract Considerations, an exhibition of the works of artist Matt Rhoades. The display is open to the public through Thursday, Sept. 22. The MJC Art Gallery is located on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto and it is open Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

General Deer Season Opens This Weekend

California's 2016 general deer season will open in zones B1-B3, B5, B6, C1-C4, D6-D8, X9A, X9B and X12 on Saturday, Sept. 17. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) reminds hunters to pay close attention to the occurrence of wild fires in their favorite hunting spots. Current information on forest closures can be found at

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Emergency Responders Need Structured Support System

Emergency responders, which includes the police, firefighters and paramedics who are the first to arrive at the scene of an incident, are in the business of protecting others and helping to save lives. These workers are on call during natural disasters, technological failures, terrorist attacks, and many other potentially traumatic events. Emergency responders are the unsung heroes of many communities that they work hard to keep safe and secure.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

New Report Shows UC Merced Making Strides

In just its 12th academic year, the University of California, Merced, has been named one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

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Valley Home Students were recently acknowledged for their scholastic efforts at the Student of the Month assembly. Students honored were: Bryce Eskew, Derek Silva, Jamie ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Spooky Trekkers Walk

The Delta Tule Trekkers are hosting a fun "Spooky Walk" at Caswell Memorial State Park, 28000 Austin Road, Ripon, this coming Halloween weekend. Walks will ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Riverbank Methodist Church Holiday Bazaar, Soup Lunch

Riverbank United Methodist Church will be holding its annual "Holiday Bazaar and Soup Lunch" on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28 and 29 at the Church ...

October 19, 2016 | | News Briefs

OJUSD Prepares For Annual Red Ribbon Week Events

Monday, Oct. 24 will mark the start of the Red Ribbon Week, nationally observed each year. The national theme for this year's event is ...

October 19, 2016 | | Education

MJC Opens San Joaquin Blues Production On Stage This Week

The Modesto Junior College Theater Department presents San Joaquin Blues, an award winning original play about life in the mid-1960's in the Central Valley ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Meeting Offers Information On Pharmacy Tech Program

Modesto Junior College Workforce Development has scheduled a Pharmacy Technician Training Program information meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in John Muir ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Senior Safety Seminar

Sign up now for the upcoming S.A.F.E. (Seniors Against Financial Exploitation) Free Safety Seminar, sponsored by the Stanislaus Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance ...

October 19, 2016 | | News Briefs

Knights Ferry News

It smells so good after a rain!

October 19, 2016 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry News

Valley Home News

A huge thank you to all of you who attended or helped in any way to make our school Harvest Festival such a wonderful success ...

October 19, 2016 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News

Oakdale Animal Shelter Seeking More Volunteers

The Oakdale Animal Shelter, 9800 Liberini Avenue, serves Oakdale and Riverbank and they are in need of volunteers Monday through Saturday between 9 a.m ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

K-9 Unit Keeps Busy With Searches, Arrests

Oakdale Police K-9 Officer Cruze had an active afternoon on Friday, Oct. 14 regarding two separate incidents. The result: two men in custody, both facing ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

Police Beat

NOTICE: The names and incidents printed in the Police Log are obtained from the daily log of the Oakdale Police Department, which is a public ...

October 19, 2016 | | Crime


Magnolia Bears were all abuzz last week as they competed in the school's Annual Spelling Bee. The top three winners for this year's ...

October 19, 2016 | | Education


Kindness Much Appreciated

October 19, 2016 | | From Our Readers


Sierra View Elementary school librarian Gwen Schmitt, left was recently joined by Kiwanis Club President Nanci Tougaw and Principal David Kindred in the school library ...

October 19, 2016 | | Local News

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