Provisions from the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety (PIPES) Act, authored by Railroads, Pipelines and Hazardous Materials Subcommittee Chairman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock), was adopted June 8 in the U.S. House of Representatives through the passage of an amendment to S. 2276, the SAFE PIPES Act. The House amendment strikes the text of the Senate bill and replaces it with an amendment that includes text from the PIPES Act of 2016 (H.R. 4937). This will be the final House action on the bill and is expected to be cleared by the President and signed into law.
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 4.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.74/gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.4 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.38/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
A young Catahoula mix, about two years old, had been at the Oakdale Animal Shelter for a few weeks waiting to be adopted. He arrived at the shelter as a stray and after several attempts to find his owner, the dog was placed with the other shelter pets and made available for adoption.
Residents who want to improve their public speaking skills are encouraged to join with the REO Speechtrain Toastmasters Club for regular meetings every Wednesday morning, 6:30 a.m. to 7:45 a.m., at Perko's Cafe, Patterson and Oakdale roads, Riverbank. This is a fun way to learn the self-confidence and skills needed for public speaking. All are invited to come and check out the group. The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 22. For more information, call (209) 614-8462.
Stanislaus County Office of Education's YES (Youth Entertainment Stage) Company is producing the classic musical "Les Miserables, School Edition" to be performed at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto. Tickets are now on sale at the Gallo Center for the Arts box office and online at www.galloarts.org. Performances are slated for 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, July 22 and 29 as well as Thursday, July 28; with 3 p.m. shows on Saturdays, July 23 and 30; Sundays, July 24 and 31.
Members of the OHS SEAL team traveled to Coronado, CA recently for the sixth annual Navy Seal Challenge. The Oakdale team had been training since November, so expectations were high this year. The Navy Seal Challenge is a competition between high schools from all over California and is a test of strength, endurance, and mental toughness, patterned after actual SEAL training exercises. This year the Oakdale team had several financial sponsors including Allcare IPA and SaveMart, which helped defray the cost of training and traveling to So Cal.
Community Hospice, the oldest nonprofit hospice organization serving the Central Valley, was awarded re-accreditation with deemed status on June 9 from the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP). CHAP is the leading national accrediting agency for hospice and home health organizations.
Water Polo goalie Curtis Lineberger, an Oakdale resident, played on both the 55 to 60 team and the 60 to 65 water polo teams in the Master's National Championship in Irvine this past weekend. Playing a total of eight games over two days, Lineberger and his team pulled out a Gold Medal in the 60 plus bracket, winning all four games. Lineberger is also bringing home a Silver Medal in the 55 plus bracket, with three games won and one loss.
The California Trucking Association – San Joaquin Unit will host its 15th annual Truckin' for Hospice fundraiser on Saturday, June 25 to raise money for two local nonprofit hospice organizations, Community Hospice and Hospice of San Joaquin.
Tulane University awarded degrees to nearly 3,000 graduates on May 14, 2016 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Local student, Justine Keel of Oakdale, graduated from the Law School with a Juris Doctor degree. The ceremony's keynote speaker was Hoda Kotb, co-host of NBC's "Today" show who also received a Tulane President's Medal. Honorary degrees were given to renowned artist Lynda Benglis and Christopher Paola, a world leader in the study of earth surface processes, particularly in river and delta regions.
Friends of the Oakdale Library President Colleen Cordano presented Oakdale High School senior Brooklyn Pope with a Certificate of Appreciation and a check for $100 on May 24 for submitting the winning entry in the organization's logo contest.