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Vanderheiden Is Named OPD’s Newest Sergeant

With recent retirements and new hires, the Oakdale Police Department continues to fill its upper ranks with the recent promotion of veteran patrol officer Gary Vanderheiden to the rank of sergeant within the department.

September 14, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

MJC Presentation Focuses On Mountain Lions, Bighorn Sheep

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer the presentation "Mountain lions and bighorn sheep: risks, rewards, or range abandonment?" by Jeff Villepique, Ph.D., a wildlife biologist with California Fish & Wildlife, Inland Deserts Region. The free event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on Modesto Junior College's West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

CHP Schedules Brake Safety Week Activities

For the safety of everyone traveling on California roadways, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) is focusing on brake inspections and education for commercial vehicles during Brake Safety Week, Sept. 11-17, 2016.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


Astoria Senior Living resident Donna Wilkens recently checked a box on her bucket list. The 88-year-old took a first time motorcycle ride with a friend to Knights Ferry for lunch at the River's Edge. She also shared that she thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to do it again.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Offer A School Lunch That Kids Will Devour

Children can be picky eaters, making it challenging for parents to find foods their kids will consume. Family dinners are challenging enough, but lunches kids will love can be even more difficult to come by.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Oakdale FFA Members Continue To Shine

Oakdale High School Future Farmers of America was acknowledged for its past few months of accomplishments by the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board on Monday night.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Datebook is your guide to upcoming events in and around the Oakdale area.

Set aside some time this evening, Sept. 14, and join in with The Good Time Accordion Club, having its second Wednesday of the month musical and social gathering at the Escalon Community Center, 1055 Escalon Ave. Admission is $5 at the door; meetings are at 7 p.m. and the rest of the club's meetings for 2016 are scheduled on Wednesdays, Oct. 12; Nov. l9 and Dec. 14. Accordion players of all ages and levels are welcome, in addition to listening enthusiasts. The club also accepts donated accordions. For more information, contact Gayle Certini at 209-526-3627.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Put Fall Improvement Projects On ‘To-Do’ List

Homeowners know that maintaining a home can be a year-round job. No home is immune to wear and tear, and homeowners who want to protect their real estate investments should try to stay two steps ahead to ensure their homes do not succumb to the elements or become outdated and unappealing to prospective buyers.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


Bloomingcamp Ranch will host A Taste of Stanislaus County for its upcoming Farm to Table dinner. The event is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 16 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Stanislaus Grown Project and a raffle will be conducted with proceeds benefitting the Oakdale Farmers Market. Tickets are available from Bloomingcamp Ranch online at

September 14, 2016 | | Local News


Strong and smart leadership will head up this year's OHS Associated Student Body Executive Board for the 2016-17 school year. Elected into office for the current school year are, front to back: Meagan Eaton, President; Danika Brown, Secretary; Amy Schenck, Treasurer; and Hope Kindred (guide dog Saba), Vice-President.

September 14, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Market Continues Run Throughout September

Oakdale's popular downtown Farmers Market will continue its run this month, offered each Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., wrapping up with a final market night on Sept. 28.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Saturday Dedication Marks Irish Hunger Memorial

Some 100 people attended a dedication ceremony of the new Irish Hunger Memorial in Eugene's Saint Joseph's Cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 10. The memorial was the concept of the Irish Cultural Society of Stanislaus County and the San Francisco Chapter of the Irish American Unity Conference.

September 14, 2016 | George Trainor Special to The Leader | Local News

River Clean Up Effort Saturday On Stanislaus

The East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District is hosting the eighth annual Stanislaus River Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 17 as part of the statewide Great Sierra River Clean Up. Volunteers will converge on the river to haul away cigarette butts, broken bottles, tires, and more.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

“Valley Voice” Delegates Return

Elected officials from all eight San Joaquin Valley counties recently traveled to meet with key federal legislators during the annual "Valley Voice" advocacy trip to Washington D.C.

September 14, 2016 | | Local News

Oakdale Equine Rescue Returns With Barn Bash

Oakdale Equine Rescue is prepared to establish tradition. The 501(c)3 not for profit will host the Second Annual Benefit Barn Bash on Friday, Sept. 23 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center in Oakdale. Doors open for the event at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 each or $250 for a table of eight. Tickets are available at or by calling (209) 614-2338.

September 14, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

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OASIS Aims To Strengthen Ties With Police Department

OASIS After School Program Manager Matt Dillon is looking to foster positive relationships for his students and their community.

October 05, 2016 | Teresa Hammond | Local News

Residents Relay Bypass Concerns

Monday night's Oakdale City Council meeting brought a standing room only crowd to the council chambers with the overflow of citizens into the lobby ...

October 05, 2016 | Richard Paloma | Local News

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