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Local Businesses Come Together To Find A Cure

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and businesses in Oakdale Station are coming together for the first 'Hunt for a Cure' Event. Kristine's Designer Clothing, Papapolloni, Tainted Arts Tattoo, Jayne Hartley, CPA, Xtreme Stitches and Pura Vida have joined forces to help find a cure for the deadly disease.

October 21, 2015 | | Local Business

Veterans Meeting Focuses On Countywide Initiatives

Area veterans will have a chance to catch up on what the county is doing to help them when Riverbank hosts the monthly Stanislaus County Veterans Advisory Commission (VAC) meeting on Monday, Oct. 26. Local resident Diane Talbert will be the honored guest and speaker at the event taking place at 5:30 p.m. at the Riverbank City Council Chambers, 6707 Third St., Riverbank.

October 21, 2015 | | Local News

Knights Ferry Hosts Pumpkin Roll

The day after Halloween, Sunday, Nov. 1, will see the 52nd annual Pumpkin Roll hosted in historic Knights Ferry. It is always held on the first Sunday after Halloween, which this year also happens to be the day after the holiday.

October 21, 2015 | | Local News

State Plan Threatens OID, SSJID Water


October 21, 2015 | | Local News

Stampede Scoreboard

The Oakdale Stampede football teams hosted the Turlock Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 17 at The Corral. Oakdale's peewee team fell 27-6 but has improved over the course of the season. The junior varsity team suffered a tough loss as Turlock scored a touchdown with less than two minutes to play to take a 20-18 lead, which was ultimately the final score. Tyler Brown and Zeke Saffer both found the end zone for the Stampede squad. Oakdale's varsity team won their seventh game of the season in convincing fashion with a 40-8 victory over the Bulldogs. Oakdale has two ...

October 21, 2015 | | Local Sports

From Our Readers

(Editor's Note: As the Nov. 3 date for elections draws closer, The Leader reminds readers of our guidelines regarding political letters. In keeping with its longstanding practice to not run any political letters in the issue (Oct. 28) just prior to the election, this is the final issue for letters regarding the Nov. 3 election. Look for candidate profiles in the Oct. 28 issue.)

October 21, 2015 | | From Our Readers

Valley Home News

A Norman Rockwell evening ... children's laughter, the delicious aroma of homemade goodies, grown-ups smiling, waving to old friends ... as the afternoon sunlight faded into a rustic sunset, I took a moment to look around me, the spirit of a small community was everywhere! An 1800s buggy with pumpkins and cornstalks keeping it company beckoned Valley Home School Harvest Festival goers back to days long gone by. Hay bales became favorite sitting spots and delicious tri-tip sandwiches and cool drinks kept the crowd nourished during the evening. A delightful silent auction had bidders anxious to win the bid on their ...

October 21, 2015 | | Valley Home News

Knights Ferry News

Knights Ferry lost a neighbor, friend and extremely sharp person when Bill Frias died October 12th. His financial genius helped the Oakdale Rural Fire Department, Knights Ferry School District, Knights Ferry Odd Fellows, OID, and the Knights Ferry Community Church and Knights Ferry Community Club. A celebration of life will be Friday at 10 a.m. at the Living Hope Christian Fellowship in Oakdale, graveside services following at Burwood Cemetery and then a luncheon at the Knights Ferry Community Club. Bill is dancing with Evelyn as I type!

October 21, 2015 | | Knights Ferry News

Romance Theme Focus Of Concert

The St. James Concert Series presents an afternoon of Love and Romance with international opera stars Roy Stevens, Annalisa Winberg, and pianist Ron Brickman, in a program that features music from opera, operetta, Broadway, classical, popular, and Hollywood.

October 21, 2015 | | 209 LIVING

Musical Trio Performance At Modesto Junior College

The Modesto Junior College Music Department will present the faculty guitar trio ¡Tritarra! in concert on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the MJC Music Recital Hall on East Campus. The concert will also feature guest guitarist Mark Davila, a renowned local musician and first graduate of MJC's guitar program in 2001.

October 21, 2015 | | 209 LIVING

Halloween Happenings At New Melones

A couple of special spooky-themed programs for Halloween are being offered through the Bureau of Reclamation at New Melones Lake. All activities are free and suitable for all ages; most do not require reservations.

October 21, 2015 | | 209 LIVING

Antique Fair Slated In Tuolumne

The Tuolumne Memorial Hall Antique Fair opens Saturday morning, Oct. 24 at 8 a.m. and is open both Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday hours are 9 a.m. to through 3 p.m.

October 21, 2015 | | 209 LIVING

School Bus Safety Week

More than one million children ride school buses in California every day. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) joins the observation of National School Bus Safety Week, Oct. 19-23, to help recognize that school buses are the safest way for children to get to and from school.

October 17, 2015 | | Local News

Farm To Fork Event Saturday

The second annual Modesto Farm to Fork Event is set for Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the First Methodist Church Hall, 850 16th St., Modesto, next to the Downtown Certified Farmers Market.

October 16, 2015 | | Local News


Jaylen Craig Franks was born in Modesto, Ca on November 14th 1958, to the proud parents of Wanda Breshears and Fralie Franks. He grew up and resided in Oakdale, Ca his entire life. Jay attended Oakdale schools and graduated Oakdale High in 1976. He played high school football and baseball and developed a lifelong love for playing and teaching the sports to others. He first married right out of high school and tragically lost a son named Craig, but was blessed later with a daughter named Kendra.

October 14, 2015 | | Obituaries

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Annual Cowboy Christmas And More This Weekend

An Oakdale holiday tradition – Cowboy Christmas – is among the special events coming up this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and Nov 28 for the community ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Students Enjoy Hands On Learning Approach

A custom in the Oakdale area, local school children get the chance to take a field trip to Knights Ferry and watch a little slice ...

November 25, 2015 | | Education

Kids Tackle Turkey Time

In celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday a few Cloverland Elementary second graders were asked: How do you cook a turkey? Here are their answers.

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Recreation Round-Up

Visit the City web page at or Like us on Facebook at - City of Oakdale Recreation and Gladys L. Lemmons Senior Community ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Fire Safety Tips Listed For Holiday Cooking

With the Thanksgiving holiday this week, CAL FIRE is reminding Californians about the dangers that lurk during the holiday season. When most people think about ...

November 25, 2015 | | News Briefs

Maximum Enforcement Due For Holiday Travel

Thanksgiving weekend, traditionally one of the busiest travel times in America, can also be one of the deadliest. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will have ...

November 25, 2015 | | News Briefs

Orange Blossom 4-H Makes Time For Giving


November 25, 2015 | | Local News

Holiday Travelers Will Enjoy Lower Gas Prices This Week

Americans hitting the road for Thanksgiving will certainly have something to be extra thankful for: the cheapest gasoline prices since March 2009. The low prices ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local News

American Heritage Scholarship Program Essay Winners Honored

This fall, 137 high school juniors and seniors from throughout the county participated in the American Heritage Scholarship Series essay contest. Nineteen students were honored ...

November 25, 2015 | | Education


November 25, 2015 | | Education



November 25, 2015 | | Obituaries

Knights Ferry News

Birthday wishes for November go out to: Bob Brunker Jr., Phil Frymire, John Krick, Alex Krippner, Roger Ray, Elise Seeds, Bill Higgins, Ben Cassinetto, Wyatt ...

November 25, 2015 | | Knights Ferry News

Valley Home News

Forever thankful ... over the years our lives change in many ways. With Thanksgiving upon us, we reflect on the joys and sorrows of years gone ...

November 25, 2015 | | Valley Home News


An end-of-season tournament in Stockton featuring the top rec soccer squads from throughout the area saw two Oakdale teams come home with hardware earlier this ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

Contest Winner

Congratulations to Allie Brown, winner of this week's NASCAR Pick Your Drivers Challenge. In the season finale of our contest, Brown scored a total ...

November 25, 2015 | | Local Sports

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