Each year, the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce honors members of the community for Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Junior Achievement, Community Service, and Lifetime Achievement. The annual Oakdale Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet is scheduled for this Friday and this week we profile those in the running for Junior Achievement and Community Service along with the remaining two 2016 Business of the Year nominees.
After 17 years at the helm of the varsity football Oakdale Mustangs, head coach Trent Merzon has been recognized at the state level for his efforts. Earlier this month, Merzon was named Cal-Hi Sports Coach of the Year in the 'medium schools' division.
In advance of placing American flags throughout the community for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday observance on Monday, Jan. 16, Oakdale Lions Club members Alan Turner, left, and Don Lee vacuumed out and prepared the post holes on Saturday morning, Jan. 14. Lee is the project chairman and said there are specific routes that the Lions Club has for flag placement on holidays; with 340 total flags placed, along East F, West F and an area encompassing First, Second and Third streets as well as North and South Yosemite avenues.
The motto of Lions International is about as simple as it can come: "We Serve." Their Mission Statement is a bit more in depth: "To empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions clubs."
Stanislaus County Health Services Agency officials are reporting the first influenza (flu) associated death for the 2016-2017 flu season. The deceased, a 59 year-old man, had multiple underlying medical conditions, and died on Monday, Jan. 9.
Black Oak Casino Resort will maintain its reputation as the ultimate destination for entertainment in 2017. This January, the property will welcome a wide variety of live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, ranging from the hottest tribute performers in the U.S. to some of the best local bands Northern California has to offer.
Stanislaus County Clerk/Recorder/Commissioner of Civil Marriages Lee Lundrigan and her staff invite engaged couples to join them as they perform marriage ceremonies on Valentine's Day at the historic McHenry Mansion located at 906 15th St., in Modesto.
U.S. Representative Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) on Tuesday welcomed retired Staff Sgt. Peter Butler of Turlock as a Wounded Warrior Fellow in his Modesto office. Mr. Butler is a seven-year veteran of the United States Army, having served two tours in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom where he earned both a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
Caltrans recently announced the appointment of Blair Thompson to be its first Chief of Innovation, Risk and Strategic Management. Thompson will oversee a newly created office, tasked with developing ways to streamline and improve department performance. In addition, Thompson will manage and implement the 2015-2020 Strategic Management Plan, as well as additional innovation initiatives and risk management projects.