With our 2014 Stanislaus County Fair behind us and our State Fair in full swing we look at the commitment our FFA and 4-H families have. Much like our youth sports teams the commitment is huge and it is usually a total family commitment! With 4-Hers and FFA students the commitment is year round, and first involves learning about caring for the animals. Next comes hands on experience and attending judging events and project meetings. Then it's ownership. Another remarkable part of both FFA and 4-H is the dedication of great leaders and teachers! These teachers and leaders can ...
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) invites all Californians to celebrate summer by fishing this Saturday. July 5 is the first of two Free Fishing Days in 2014, when people can try their hand at fishing without having to buy a sport fishing license. Free Fishing Days are also a great opportunity for licensed anglers to introduce non-angling friends and children to fishing and the outdoors.
As continued drought and the threat of wildfires remain in the spotlight, the American Red Cross Capital Region reminds communities to also remain vigilant in their efforts to prevent home fires.
Beulah "Boots" Miller, 90, passed away on Tuesday, June 17 in Oakdale.
Carole Lucille Hill, 85, of Escalon, passed away on Tuesday, June 17.
Mary Hensley, 83, died peacefully Friday, June 13 with her children by her side.
Steven Bruce Cochran 49, of Silt, Colo., died Thursday, May 29 in Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Arvin Lloyd Fore, 77, died Monday, June 9 in Oakdale.
Earl Lloyd Giddens, 88, died Monday, May 26.
David Eugene 'Moose,' 'Raul' Hedden, 64, of Waterford died Monday, May 26 with his family by his side in Modesto.
Donald Henry Kendrick, 48, died Monday, June 9 at Doctors Medical Center with his wife Jane at his side.
Donald MacCready, 89, died Friday, June 6 in Modesto.
Jackie Carol (Ray) Sparano, 76, died peacefully on Saturday, June 7 in Long Beach.
Carol A. Vieths, 74, died suddenly on Monday, June 9 as a result of a massive heart attack.
Colleen Ann (Robinson) Woods, 77, of Fresno died peacefully on Tuesday, June 3 in her home with her loving family and pets at her side.
So much excitement in the air with all of the recent graduation activities. Oakdale High School Class of 2014 graduation ceremonies commenced on Friday evening with several graduates being from right here in Valley Home. This event is always bittersweet as it is the beginning of a new chapter yet also the closure of another. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing a bit about the recently graduated Valley Home young people.
Congratulations to graduates of Oakdale's high schools that had at one time gone to Knights Ferry School: Rylie Pena, Zane Gookin, Haleigh Ballesteros Bailey, Alyssa Perigen, Zeke Tanner, Alissa Baize, Jessie Freitas, Taylor Kelley, Hanna Martinelli Holland, Oskar Nilsson, Kaitlin Van Ryn, Charles Wong, Rachael Munoz, Leah Armario and Zeke Spani. Good luck in all you do!
In a special gathering on Monday, May 12 the softball community honored both the Oakdale High School Junior Varsity and Varsity teams for their accomplishments this season. The event took place at the Bianchi Center in Oakdale. With four awards given our for each program, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Most Improved player of the Year that were voted by the team, the coaches also gave out their Coaches Award as well.