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Harold Pope went to be with his Heavenly Father, Monday, October 31, 2016. He is survived by June, his loving wife of 65 years, daughters, Sandy Mercer and Barbara Aker, son Keith Pope, eight grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his daughter Cheryl Hayes.

November 08, 2016 | | Obituaries


Catherine was born on December 13, 1927, in Queens, New York. She moved out West, making Oakdale her home for the past twenty years. She is survived by her children James Szakmary (Janet) of Lake Ronkonkama, NY, Gary Szakmary (Cathy) of Buffalo, NY, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, one brother Patrick Lyons of Auburn, CA, nieces Kathleen Jenkins (Lester), Oakdale, CA, Elizabeth Farkas, Oakdale, CA, and nephew Joseph Farkas (Sirleigh), Dublin CA. She was preceded in death by her husband Bruno Szakmary and siblings Thomas Lyons, William Lyons and Elizabeth A. Farkas.

November 08, 2016 | | Obituaries


Roger Lundgren, lifelong resident of Oakdale, passed away peacefully on November 4, 2016 at the age of 76. Roger is survived by his wife of 47 years, Carol and their two sons, Roger Jr. and Scott. Roger grew up hunting and fishing with his father Kenneth, who was a local Barber, and his brothers and uncles. His mother Nellie was a Nurse at the nearby Oak Valley Hospital. Roger was employed by Hersheys Chocolate in Oakdale for 38 years, where he worked several different positions and had many friends. He enjoyed horse riding and horsemanship activities. In more recent years ...

November 08, 2016 | | Obituaries


Torben (Toby) Torngren was born in 1929 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to Danish parents who immigrated to the U.S a year before. At the age of 17, he joined the Army and was stationed in Augsburg, Germany. There, he met his future German wife, Maya, to whom he was married for 64 years.

November 08, 2016 | | Obituaries

Helpful Holiday Travel Tips

Millions of people travel to visit family and friends each holiday season. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, during the Christmas and New Year's holiday period, the number of trips to and from a destination 50 miles or more away rises by 23 percent compared to the average number for the rest of the year.

November 08, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

Writers Gather In Sonora

The Sonora Writers Group meets every second Saturday of each month. This Saturday, Nov. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., guest presenter will be Matt Peller, author of "Second Blossoming." Peller will share his recent experience in Angels Camp, where he attended the Social Media Workshop presented by the Manzanita Press.

November 08, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

Accordion Gathering Scheduled

The next meeting of the Good Time Accordion Club is set for this evening, Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Ave.

November 08, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

Serve As 2017 Host Family

Cultural Homestay International (CHI) is seeking volunteer local host families for international high school students, ages 15 to 18 years old that are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester.

November 08, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

Pumpkin walnut pies part of Fruit Bowl offerings


November 08, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

THE MANTECA PIE GUY The Pie Company serves up homemade pies


November 08, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

More From Mollette

Do What Makes You Happy

November 08, 2016 | | Local Columns

MJC’s Engagement Project Hosts ‘Drone’ Documentary

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a screening of the documentary film 'Drone' on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. in Forum 110 on MJC's East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. The free event is part of the CEP Fall Film and Lecture Series. Campus parking is available for $2 in student parking lots.

November 08, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

Leg Lamp And BB Gun ‘Star’ In Christmas Story

Sierra Repertory Theatre presents a stage adaptation of the nostalgic holiday film, "A Christmas Story," from Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Dec. 18 at the East Sonora Theatre on Mono Way.

November 08, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

Make A Positive Impact: Give A Foundation Gift

Celebrate this year's holiday season with friends and loved ones while supporting conservation and tree planting with the help of the Arbor Day Foundation.

November 08, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

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Aletia Copin (66) passed from this world peacefully at her home with her loving family surrounding her, following a short illness. She is survived by ...

November 30, 2016 | | Obituaries

Swimmers Raise Funds

Come support some swimmers this weekend.

November 30, 2016 | | Local Sports


The Oakdale Spurs 10U team won the championship for the Rainbow Fields Youth Fall League. They went 12-0 for the season. Shown, back row from ...

November 30, 2016 | | Local Sports



November 30, 2016 | | Local Sports

Soccer Squads Start Play

With the move from fall to winter, the Oakdale boys soccer began its preseason on Friday, Nov. 26 with a home match against Enochs. The ...

November 30, 2016 | | Local Sports

OHS JV Wrestlers Make Early Season Statement

The wrestling season is underway and for Oakdale the expectations are running high. Oakdale has always been a powerhouse program and has been the class ...

November 30, 2016 | | Local Sports

Prado Closes Stellar Season At State Meet

For the first time in Oakdale High School history, the cross country program had a representative compete in the CIF State Cross Country Championships. What ...

November 30, 2016 | | Local Sports

Fishing Report

I've been amazed lately on what I've seen in terms of anglers filming themselves while out fishing. I personally have a GoPro which ...

November 30, 2016 | By JAROD BALLARDO | Local Sports

CHP ‘Drive Smart’ Program

Every year, drivers 65 years of age and older look to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for assistance in maintaining or improving their ability to ...

November 29, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

Cold Weather Outdoor Entertaining Made Easy

Outdoor entertaining has never been more popular. As more and more homeowners turn their homes into their own personal oases, extending the party outdoors has ...

November 29, 2016 | | 209 LIVING


Handel's Messiah will usher in the Christmas season with the 71st annual performance by the Ripon Oratorio Society at the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church ...

November 29, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

HOLIDAY BOAT PARADE RETURNS Stockton, Lodi & Tracy plan holiday events


November 29, 2016 | | 209 LIVING


The magic of

November 29, 2016 | | Local Columns

Money Management

Financial Tips For The Sandwich Generation

November 28, 2016 | | 209 LIVING

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