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A great time in Valley Home ... this Friday, September 16 is our "Park Fundraiser Drive Thru Dinner!" A very special thank you to all who purchased tickets or made a heartfelt donation. We each can feel great pride in our little park, whether we smile as we drive by, or sit at a picnic table and enjoy lunch, our community park is truly a blessing for all!

September 14, 2016 | | Valley Home News

Knights Ferry News

At the Knights Ferry School Board meeting 5th grader Austin led the flag pledge. The board approved the Unaudited Actuals, adding a 4-hour Aide, hopefully one that speaks Spanish to help with the English Language Learners program and showed that the school has enough Instruction Materials. They also approved three resolutions. Dr. J told of students starting clubs at school. Clubs so far are Spanish, Pokémon, Kindness and Agriculture. Lynn Duckworth is back and off her crutches.

September 14, 2016 | Mary Sue Shearer | Knights Ferry 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 document. The listing of a name here does not imply that person's guilt or innocence. That can only be determined by a court of law.

September 14, 2016 | | Crime

Tuolumne Sheriff’s Bust Oakdale Man In Camp Thefts

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department reported that on Saturday, Sept. 10, sheriff's deputies arrested an Oakdale man in connection to a pair of campsite burglaries that occurred over the weekend.

September 14, 2016 | | Crime

MJC Presentation Focuses On Mountain Lions, Bighorn Sheep

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer the presentation "Mountain lions and bighorn sheep: risks, rewards, or range abandonment?" by Jeff Villepique, Ph.D., a wildlife biologist with California Fish & Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region. The free event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on Modesto Junior College's West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

CHP Schedules Brake Safety Week Activities

For the safety of everyone traveling on California roadways, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is focusing on brake inspections and education for commercial vehicles during Brake Safety Week, Sept. 11-17, 2016.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


Astoria Senior Living resident Donna Wilkens recently checked a box on her bucket list. The 88-year-old took a first time motorcycle ride with a friend to Knights Ferry for lunch at the River's Edge. She also shared that she thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to do it again.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Offer A School Lunch That Kids Will Devour

Children can be picky eaters, making it challenging for parents to find foods their kids will consume. Family dinners are challenging enough, but lunches kids will love can be even more difficult to come by.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Oakdale FFA Members Continue To Shine

Oakdale High School Future Farmers of America was acknowledged for its past few months of accomplishments by the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board on Monday night.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Datebook is your guide to upcoming events in and around the Oakdale area.

Set aside some time this evening, Sept. 14, and join in with The Good Time Accordion Club, having its second Wednesday of the month musical and social gathering at the Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Ave. Admission is $5 at the door; meetings are at 7 p.m. and the rest of the club's meetings for 2016 are scheduled on Wednesdays, Oct. 12; Nov. l9 and Dec. 14. Accordion players of all ages and levels are welcome, in addition to listening enthusiasts. The club also accepts donated accordions. For more information, contact Gayle Certini at 209-526-3627.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Put Fall Improvement Projects On ‘To-Do’ List

Homeowners know that maintaining a home can be a year-round job. No home is immune to wear and tear, and homeowners who want to protect their real estate investments should try to stay two steps ahead to ensure their homes do not succumb to the elements or become outdated and unappealing to prospective buyers.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


Bloomingcamp Ranch will host A Taste of Stanislaus County for its upcoming Farm to Table dinner. The event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Stanislaus Grown Project and a raffle will be conducted with proceeds benefitting the Oakdale Farmers Market. Tickets are available from Bloomingcamp Ranch online at

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


Aspiring artist and Fair Oaks Elementary sixth grader, Kenadee Martinez recently paid a visit to Apparel Graphics, left, to sign off on the proof of her art work. The Fair Oaks sixth grader submitted the winning art piece, right, for this year's Oakdale Elementary School Jog-a-thon T-shirts. Kick-offs for the Oct. 14 event were hosted at elementary schools this past week and students will now be seeking sponsorships. Kenadee's art will grace over 2500 shirts worn throughout the district.

September 14, 2016 | | Education

Market Continues Run Throughout September

Oakdale's popular downtown Farmers Market will continue its run this month, offered each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., wrapping up with a final market night on Sept. 28.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Saturday Dedication Marks Irish Hunger Memorial

Some 100 people attended a dedication ceremony of the new Irish Hunger Memorial in Eugene's Saint Joseph's Cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 10. The memorial was the concept of the Irish Cultural Society of Stanislaus County and the San Francisco Chapter of the Irish American Unity Conference.

September 14, 2016 | George Trainor Special to The Leader | Local News

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Chester A. Mallory, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away on October 18, 2016. He was born on August 16, 1922 in Coalinga ...

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Survived by Parents Richard and Christina Zulim.

October 25, 2016 | | Obituaries

Founders Of Sierra Repertory Theatre List Transition Plans

Dennis and Sara Jones, who founded Sierra Repertory Theatre 37 years ago, met recently with the Board of Trustees to announce their retirement. They will ...

October 25, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

Missing Eugene Cemetery Headstones Due For Return


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Halloween has transformed from a spiritual celebration of the harvest and a time to pay respect to departed relatives into a more lighthearted day for ...

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Sonora Festival Brunch Offers Classical Guitarist

The Sonora Bach Festival will present classical guitarist Gordon Rowland and the cooking of Chef David Ingram at the final event of its 40th year ...

October 25, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

Guest Opinion

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October 25, 2016 | | Local Columns

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October 25, 2016 | | Local Columns


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

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