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Historic Ranch Feted With Anniversary Celebration

Several generations from the Willms family along with invited guests gathered at the historic Willms house and ranch on Saturday, June 9 to mark the 160th anniversary of the legendary estate.

June 20, 2012 | Richard Paloma | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Going To The Dogs - Local Students Are Puppy Trainers For Guide Dog Program

It's a huge responsibility - one that the whole family has to agree upon - but three local Oakdale kids are shouldering that responsibility without reservation as they serve as official puppy raisers for the Guide Dogs For The Blind program.

May 30, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | 209 CELEBRATIONS

TV Host Presents Mini Gardens

Television gardening host Arlena Schott and Jeremie Miniatures brought the "Magic of Miniature Gardening" to local enthusiasts at the P&L Concrete and Garden Center in Escalon on May 15.

May 23, 2012 | John Branch | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Wine, Women, Chocolate

Over 275 women, some donning chapeaus, gathered at The Reata in Oakdale on Friday, May 18 for the fourth annual Wine, Women and Chocolate Extravaganza benefitting the Oak Valley Hospital Foundation. Proceeds from this year's event went toward women's wellness and the Center for Human Services.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Burchell Hill Planting Celebrates Earth Day

Oakdale celebrated Earth Day on Saturday, April 21 by planting 40 of the 80 trees purchased through a CAL FIRE Urban Forestry Grant called "Leafing Out" that was awarded to the City of Oakdale in close cooperation with the Burchell Hill property owners. This unusual grant from CAL FIRE provided $7,500 for the tree planting in the Burchell Hill area and the City of Oakdale matched funds with $2,500.

April 25, 2012 | | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Cowboy Museum Gets A Facelift

The Oakdale Cowboy Museum is ready for its close up.

April 11, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Sign Of Spring: Dogwood Days Return To Oakdale

The headline on a history column in the April 11, 2007 issue of The Leader read "Annie Gilbert, Oakdale's Dogwood Angel" and was written by local historian Glenn Burghardt.

April 04, 2012 | | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Reigning Royalty - Escalon Native Enjoys Life As The Scottish Queen

You'd never know it to look at her, but Escalon native Jerri Levers is living a double life.

March 28, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Surviving The Spring Allergy Season

For some - such as those who suffer from seasonal allergies - the appearance of delicate pink and white blossoms perched on various tree branches throughout the region in the spring is not a beautiful sight.

March 21, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Joust And Jig - Celtic Faire Draws Crowd From Afar

The weather couldn't have been more perfect for the 26th annual Sonora Celtic Faire held over the weekend at the Sonora Fairgrounds, March 9-11 and the crowds were out in force dressed in their medieval finest.

March 14, 2012 | | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Buzzing About Bees - Crowd Swarms To Hear About Health, Future Of Industry

Can you imagine farmers pollinating their orchards with feather dusters because all the bees have disappeared? That's what happened to China due to high levels of pollution and although California and New York have the strictest pesticide controls, there's something worrisome happening within the commercial honeybee industry that has beekeepers and growers concerned.

February 29, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Broadway Classic Comes To Sonora Stage

A burst of trumpet opens the musical classic Gypsy and instantly marks a masterpiece.

February 22, 2012 | | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Local Woman Carves Name For Self In Male-Dominated Field

Kelly Vermeer-Vella is a great testament to the wonder of chance and the power of fate.

February 15, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Saddle Club Sees Changes Over Years

(Editor's note: This is the final installment in The Leader's three-part series on the history of the Oakdale Rodeo and its sponsoring organization, the Oakdale Saddle Club.)

February 15, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | 209 CELEBRATIONS

Oakdale Saddle Club Spotlight

(Editor's note: This is the first in a three-part series on the history and operation of the Oakdale Saddle Club, which hosts the annual rodeo and brings events and people in to the area on a regular basis.)

January 18, 2012 | Ike Dodson | 209 CELEBRATIONS

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