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You Have The Water

From the time of the first families settling in the greater Oakdale area, the main way of life in the area was agriculture and could be easily divided into two types - livestock or crop farming.

September 16, 2009 | GLENN BURGHARDT Special To The Leader | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Off Their Rockers

Many area senior citizens are proving that moving into their "Golden Years" may be a rite of passage, but that's about it.

September 02, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Expanding Horizons

Karin Watanabe is not dissimilar from the average American 'tween.' She lists music, crafts and sweets among her favorite things.
There are two things however, that set her apart from said tween group. Karin is a Japanese exchange student. Earlier this summer, with the love and support of her parents Yukaka and Michiyo Wantanabe, the 12-year-old boarded a plane and traveled over 5,300 miles for the experience of a lifetime.
On July 22, 2009 Karin arrived in Sacramento to the welcoming arms of her host parents Mark and Monica Perrone. The Knights Ferry couple serves as International Exchange Leaders ...

August 26, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS

My Friend Jason

Distinguishing the difference between friend and acquaintance has often been my downfall.
The word 'friend' is defined by Webster's New World Dictionary as: a person whom one knows well and is fond of; an ally, supporter or sympathizer.
Relationships built through everyday life bring with it a variety of titles. Other than the aforementioned titles, we often refer to a person as a co-worker, neighbor, fellow volunteer or business associate. Most recently I have come to realize that as these types of relationships end and our lives move in different directions the relationship of friend or acquaintance quickly becomes ...

August 12, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Musical Talents Line Up For Scholarship Concert

Anyone who knows Jim Brunk, knows he only does things one way - big. If anyone knew this best, it would be Brunk's late wife, Heidi Brunk.
"We would decide to have a party and she would say make a list of who you want to invite," Jim Brunk shared. "She would take my list and say 'Jim this list has 300 people on it.'"
As Brunk recalls navigating life with his wife by his side, his face glows, his eyes twinkle and a small tear fills the corner of each eye.
Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008 started out as just ...

August 05, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Local Resident Preps For Adventure Race

Oakdale resident and multi-sport athlete Mark Richardson has joined professional adventure racing team Tecnu Extreme/Staphaseptic. They are heading to South Dakota for the PrimalQuest adventure racing Championships that brings the best co-ed teams of four from all over the globe from Aug. 15-24.
Teams will mountain bike, paddle, run, rappel into caves, navigate, and mountain climb their way over a 600-mile course in the backcountry testing the boundaries of human endurance.
"He has slowly been becoming a killer multi-sport athlete and adventure racer, and this year we were excited to welcome him aboard professional adventure racing team Tecnu Extreme ...

August 05, 2009 | | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Cruise Of A Lifetime

Bob and Phyllis Bordona have spent much of their adult lives as active community members in Oakdale and its surrounding areas. Their family owned business has furnished homes and outfitted kitchens and laundry rooms for decades.
It is their work however, as parents, that has brought them the most reward and gratitude. Upon welcoming the arrival of their son Ron in September of 1971, the couple's lives were changed forever.
Their union as husband and wife, however, began 12 years prior to the birth of their only son. On July 11, 1959 in spite of a 108-degree Fresno day ...

July 29, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Rancher Day Celebrates American Cowboy

An estimated 150 people came together to celebrate the National Day of the American Cowboy during the Rancher's Day event sponsored by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, The Oakdale Cowboy Museum, Oakdale Saddle Club and Bud Light on Saturday, July 25 and held at the Oakdale Saddle Club rodeo grounds.

July 29, 2009 | | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Stanislaus County Fair Free Entertainment A Big Bargain

The 2009 Stanislaus County Fair is set to open on Friday, July 31 for a 10-day run. Fair admission and unlimited ride wristband eTickets are now on sale. Food Maxx Arena event tickets are currently available. Visit the fair's website for detailed ticket sale information.

July 22, 2009 | | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Eight-Year-Old Takes On Half Dome

It is estimated that over 1,000 pairs of hands and feet clutch the cables and make the climb up Half Dome on any given weekend.

July 15, 2009 | Teresa Hammond | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Residents Revive Knights Ferry Building

In the early 1980s, a group of Knights Ferry residents orchestrated the purchase of a dilapidated building in the downtown area on the corner of Sonora Road (Main Street) and Dean Street and set out to give it new life.

July 15, 2009 | Dawn M. Henley | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Fair Offers Saturday Ticket Office Hours Beginning July 18

It's time to set the TiVo for your favorite Saturday morning cartoons and make that coffee to go; the Stanislaus County Fair office will be extending its ticket office hours to the weekend.

July 15, 2009 | | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Horse Shows And More At The Stanislaus County Fairgrounds

Trot on down to the fairgrounds in Turlock to see some free and exciting four-legged events that precede opening day of the annual county fair.

July 15, 2009 | | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Rancher’s Day Celebrates National Day Of The American Cowboy

The Oakdale Chamber of Commerce, the Oakdale Cowboy Museum, and the Oakdale Saddle Club have joined together to present a Rancher's Day Event at the Oakdale Saddle Club on Saturday, July 25, in celebration of the National Day of the American Cowboy.

July 08, 2009 | | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Concerts In The Park Kicking Off Soon

Hot, dry summers signal the start up of the annual, free Concerts in the Park sponsored by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and various community businesses and organizations. This year the kick-off concert, featuring popular community band, Remedy, will be Friday, July 17. Remedy is popular for their classic rock and country sound so this is a concert, as the entire line-up, not to miss.

July 08, 2009 | | 209 CELEBRATIONS

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