Lisa Kjeldgaard may well have been born with the need to help others because back when other teenagers had been gossiping about boys, hairstyles and clothes, at 16 Lisa had dreamed of doing ministry work in Africa.
Much like his father before him, Jay Barnes has stories to tell. A lifelong resident of Oakdale with roots that go deep into local soil, Barnes grew up on a horse, knows a thing or two about how to get along in the backcountry, and is doing his best to see continued success with the family business as proprietors of Mather Saddle and Pack Station in Groveland.
Kelly Rhead, owner of Absolute Hydroponics, is the first to admit he wasn't much of a gardener before he opened his Oakdale storefront but he's committed to learning about this booming business that has sprung from the most unlikely of places.
After six years of work, Oak Valley Hospital's volunteer Oversight Committee has completed its task of overseeing the expenditure of the Measure H general obligation bond measure to help finance construction of a new hospital. The committee issued its final report to the hospital governing board at the April 27 meeting. Hopefully, that means opening of the 'new' hospital is soon to follow.
All around in the community are people who are silent servants. They volunteer their time, working behind the scenes without accolades, and sometimes their selfless work is unnoticed or taken for granted.