Columbia's Glorious 4th of July Celebration begins with an 11 a.m. flag raising and black powder musket salute Monday, July 4, followed by a free concert from the Great Mother Lode Brass and Reed Band, as well as several traditional games and the annual Independence Day parade.
Residents young and old alike will do their best to keep cool and beat the heat, as June ends with a 100-plus degree heat wave. RaeAnn Rodrigues, 5, at left was joined by friends Ayla Reeves, 2, and Ryan Reeves, 4, for a splash and a swim in their Oakdale neighborhood pool. Meanwhile the Oakdale Library has been designed as a Cooling Center by the Stanislaus County Office of Emergency Services; residents in need of a cool place can stop by any time during the library's operating hours to cool off.
Members supporting the Oakdale High School Music Boosters busied themselves stocking their Fireworks booth on Tuesday afternoon in the SaveMart Parking lot. Theirs, along with over two dozen more, opened on Tuesday, June 29 and will remain open for fireworks sales through July 4, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Here, Amaya Toribio works at organizing the various items up for sale. Also helping were Rosie Ortiz, Tammy Kumanchik and Aalliiee Costa.
After breaches of confidentiality in closed session regarding a lawsuit, sworn declarations to the plaintiffs' attorney, and public bashing on social media by two of its directors, the Oakdale Irrigation District filed a lawsuit against Directors Linda Santos and Gail Altieri seeking a temporary restraining order to keep them from strategy sessions surrounding litigation.
Oakdale's JV baseball team was busy this past week with summer ball action, taking part in the Bob Loureiro Invitational Tournament hosted at Escalon High School. In Thursday's finale, they took on the host Cougars, taking the victory off the field. The Mustangs were also tops in the tournament. Here, pitcher Hayden Knittel sends a pitch toward the plate.
Getting the most out of the early morning mild temperatures, youngsters were found making some summer memories as Monday marked the first day of the season. A handful of youths played at the West J Street Park in the Vineyard subdivision of Oakdale.
A healthy diet can improve quality of life and reduce a person's risk of developing disease or other negative health conditions. For example, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can boost the immune system and promote cardiovascular health, lowering your risk of heart disease in the process.
Hot weather is dangerous, and seniors are particularly prone to its threat. Elderly heat stroke and heat exhaustion can be a real problem. A recent University of Chicago Medical Center study, in fact, found that 40 percent of heat-related fatalities in the U.S. were among people over 65.
Caltrans released new survey data this week that shows nearly half of all motorists surveyed admit to sometimes littering along the state's highways. Nearly one in five California motorists report intentionally dumping something on the side of the highway. Survey respondents confirmed they improperly disposed of items ranging from old furniture and appliances to green waste from their yard such as lawn clippings, branches or leaves. In addition, another six percent of motorists admitted that they fail to pick up waste left by pets on the side of the highway.
This year, Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) are asking thousands of Californians how they get around. Surveys are being distributed now through April 2017 and Caltrans is asking the public to take part and help plan for future transportation needs.
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have risen 0.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.73/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 4.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.34/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
This past April at the Oakdale Cowgirl Luncheon, Carl and Kathy La Force, owners of the Oakdale Grocery Outlet, donated a two-minute shopping spree as an auction item. Heather Porter purchased the shopping spree at the luncheon and donated it to friend Carol Botsford.
Known as "The Judge" and "Lester the Molester" former Raider great Lester Hayes made a three-day appearance at the Oakdale KMart this past week. The two-time Super Bowl champion and five-time National Football League Pro Bowler made his way to town as part of a 17-state stop for the children's charity, March of Dimes.