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.
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.
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.
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.
The Oakdale Cowboy Museum is ready for its close up.
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.
You'd never know it to look at her, but Escalon native Jerri Levers is living a double life.
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.
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.
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.
A burst of trumpet opens the musical classic Gypsy and instantly marks a masterpiece.
Kelly Vermeer-Vella is a great testament to the wonder of chance and the power of fate.
(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.)
(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 is a busy time for the Alzheimer's Association. They receive an increased number of calls from concerned family members who noticed a change in a loved one during holiday visits. For some families, the holidays are the only time they see elderly relatives. Those visits can be a challenge for children, grandchildren and other family members who see personality changes in their loved one.