Columbia College hosted its 47th Commencement on Friday, April 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Oak Pavilion. A reception for the graduates, their families, friends and guests followed immediately after the ceremony in Carkeet Park next to the pavilion.
Caltrans maintenance crews are busy clearing highways, cutting through steep and narrow mountain passes, including the Sonora pass in Tuolumne County, and the Ebbetts and Monitor passes in Alpine County, with the goal of getting all passes opened soon.
Columbia State Historic Park will present "Diggins Tent Town 1852" – its annual living history event this coming May 19 through May 22. Sponsored by Friends of Columbia and Columbia State Historic Park and depicted by over 150 costumed volunteers, visitors can experience the events and environment of an 1850's mining camp that is re-created in detail from the clothing, food and entertainment.
Classics will soon be cruising in to the area, with trips to Oakdale and Knights Ferry, as part of the Western Gaslight one- and two-cylinder Tour. The automobiles and their owners will be arriving next week and they have planned a day in the Main Street Park in neighboring Escalon with a luncheon on Tuesday, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
In a swift Oakdale City Council meeting on Monday, May 2, that saw only three of the council members on the dais, Michael Renfrow, who oversees the Oakdale Airport, informed the city council that the status of the facility is improving and it has been granted support for its activities by the Federal Aviation Administration.
Last week I mentioned that I was going to be fishing for bass with a childhood friend. It's been at least six months since I've been on a bass boat. We ended up fishing the Delta. Both of us were expecting a great bite since it was the perfect time of year and the tide was going to be big. Anytime the tide chart goes from a plus to a minus tide the fishing is usually pretty good. My friend was trying out some new baits for his sponsors while I was trying to fish baits that would ...
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) held a statewide Litter Removal Day and Enforcement Day on Thursday, April 21 to pick up litter, trash and debris along the state highway system and to educate the public about this costly issue.
Volunteers will meet near the river in the Cost Less parking lot. Bring gloves, boots, and energy. So far volunteers have collected over eight tons of debris in the last three months, which would have otherwise been grabbed by the river this past week as the water rose to its highest level in years.
For the third year Doctors Medical Center will honor its "graduates" of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Superhero Night at the Modesto Nuts game. NICU grads and their families will be honored on the field and one special NICU grad will throw out the first pitch with the help of the NICU Medical Director, Dr. Timothy Yao. The Nuts will honor an MVP NICU grad who turns seven that day. Children are encouraged to dress like superheroes and there will be a photo booth taking trading card photos of the NICU grads in their superhero attire.