Weather proved to be the number one topic throughout Oakdale Joint Unified School District Elementary schools last week, as parents, administrators and teachers were faced with a Friday forecast of rain. An unprecedented occurrence, by midweek schools were faced with the task of Contingency Plans and how to execute the Annual Jog-A-Thon, rain or shine.
The annual Homecoming week Juniors vs. Seniors powder puff flag football game took place on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Thousands of fans gathered to watch the game at The Corral and were not disappointed in the action. Last season the seniors defeated the juniors 33-0 and last year's juniors – now seniors – did not want to lose again.
Rainy weather arrived just prior to the start of the annual Oakdale High School Homecoming Parade on Friday afternoon, with the parade stepping off a little earlier than scheduled in hope of beating the raindrops. Here are a few photos from the semi-soaked festivities.
Chosen as the 2016 football Homecoming royalty were Homecoming Queen Deonna Osmundson, left, and Princess Grace Verdegaal, the two taking a moment to smile for the camera after being crowned at halftime of the Friday night football game at The Corral. Earlier in the week Noah Rodrigues was crowned Homecoming King and Blake Morgan as Prince.
Twenty-year police veteran Scott Heller was named chief of police after he was unanimously approved by the Oakdale City Council prior to the start of the council's regular meeting Monday night, Oct. 17.
Two Oakdale Irrigation District directors that had been barred from discussing certain closed-door lawsuit discussions, due to a temporary order filed by the district, have been exonerated for their actions and allowed back into meetings with a Stanislaus Superior Court judge tossing out the order on Thursday, Oct. 13.
Looking for a good book? Librarians at the Oakdale Library are always happy to offer reading suggestions. And now, a good book is easier to find than ever. New books at the Oakdale Library will be featured on the first Wednesday of each month in the Oakdale Leader. Librarians will provide information about books for children and adults, both fiction and non-fiction.
Sierra View Elementary School recently hosted its Annual Spelling Bee. Photographed are the top three winners accompanied by Principal David Kindred, left, and Jeff Aprile, right. Students left to right are: Adam Jones, First Place; Jackson Taylor, Third Place and Devin Rowe, Second Place. Adam will now go on to represent Sierra View at the County Spelling Bee.
The word whizzes of Fair Oaks recently paired off in the Annual Spelling Bee. Top three honors went to, from left: Jessica Birchall, First Place; Carter Franca, Third Place and Joseph Yakligian, Second Place. Birchall will now compete at the county spelling bee as the Fair Oaks representative.
Album, a comedy drama by David Rimmer and directed by Rocky Rhoades, opens Friday, Oct. 14 and plays for only three weekends until Oct. 30, at Stage 3 Theatre Company, 208 S. Green St., in historic downtown Sonora.
Several Sierra 4-H members spent the evening recently with customers at Tractor Supply Company in Oakdale promoting National 4-H Week. The 4-H members sold green paper clovers that represented head, heart, hands, and health, with the clovers signifying the buyer's support of the program. A display shows some of the activities that 4H offers. Members would like to thank the community for continuing to support them.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW), Oakdale Riverbank Escalon Branch, is holding its Annual Fall Scholarship Fundraiser this Sunday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. at the Gene Bianchi Center, 110 S. Second Ave., Oakdale. The theme this year is titled, "A journey through Spain on the Camino de Santiago."