Smiles all around, top photo, for the new Winter Homecoming Queen TJ Verdegaal, crowned at the Friday night festivities at Oakdale High School in between the varsity girls and varsity boys basketball games. Shown is last year's queen, Emma Burke, left, presenting Verdegaal with her tiara. Oakdale's 2016 Winter Homecoming royalty included, from left: King Clayton Verdegaal, Prince Jack Verdegaal, Queen TJ Verdegaal and Princess Kennedy Brewer.
Both the Stanislaus County Agriculture Commissioner and a member of the California Department of Food and Agriculture were on hand Tuesday night, Jan. 19 to update Oakdale City Council members on the current threat of the Asian Citrus Psyllid, ACP, a pest recently located in the city.
Heather Sherburn, a former principal at Modesto's Orville Wright Elementary School, and an educator for 27 years, will be the guest speaker addressing the topic, "Supporting Children – Community, Peace and Children's Rights: One Educator's Perspective." This meeting will be held Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at the Stanislaus County Library in the Community Auditorium at 7:30 p.m., to allow parents and interested community members to hear her discuss her learning and experiences as a successful school administrator, and her work to initiate a successful child centered peace-building program in the schools she last administered. She will ...
Oakdale Police were called to the scene of a stabbing of a 25-year-old man at a convenience store located in the 900 block of S. Yosemite Avenue on Friday, Jan. 14. Police later arrested the female suspect walking away from the scene and, with the use of a police canine, located the knife used to commit the assault.
Average retail gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 7.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.46/gallon Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 201 gas outlets in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has fallen 6.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $1.90/gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Four Orange Blossom 4-H members competed in the Stanislaus County 4-H Creed Contest on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016 at the Stanislaus County Ag Center. The 4-H Creed is written by an anonymous author, and is about members using their head, heart, hands, and health to be good citizens. There are divisions by age, and categories are those who choose to read the Cred and those who choose to recite it from memory.
The first month of 2016 is rapidly winding down, but calendars featuring artwork by local students and celebrating salmon are still available. Cost is just $5 for the 2016 calendars, available at the Great Valley Museum located at Modesto Junior College West Campus, or by contacting Jamie Meek at eaststanislausrcd.@gmail.com or Teri Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds from the calendar will be used for the 2016 Salmon Festival. Each year, the Stanislaus River Salmon Festival Planning Committee invites young artists to celebrate the return of Chinook salmon to the Stanislaus River through participation in the Salmon Festival ...
Winter storms cause tremendous stress and severe damage to trees in the urban forest. Snapped or downed trees should be removed, but what about a tree that only suffers minor damage? How can a homeowner tell if a tree is safe enough to keep?
Members of the Oakdale community and surrounding areas are coming together for a charitable cause. Dr. Christina Chan and Oakdale Mixed Martial Arts Academy, along with other businesses, are joining up to lend a hand in helping a local youngster's wish come true. Organizers said a 4-year-old girl, with optical cancer, has been selected for a wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Her name and that of her wish are not yet being disclosed but will be at a later date.
Stanislaus County Health Services Agency (HSA) and its Keep Baby Safe (KBS) Program will conduct a free child safety seat check event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23. The safety checks will be held in the Learning Institute parking lot, 917 Oakdale Road, Modesto. Trained car seat technicians will be on site to assist the public in making sure children are riding in an appropriate car seat for their age, weight and height.
Stanislaus County Housing and Support Services Collaborative (SCHSSC) will be conducting a point in time count of homeless persons throughout Stanislaus County on Thursday, Jan. 28. That will include an accounting of the homeless in Oakdale.
The Bianchi Community Center was the setting Friday night, Jan. 15 for the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce 70th Annual Awards Dinner. According to Chamber CEO Mary Guardiola, over 260 people attended the event that saw the Gilbert Family awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award and Citizen of the Year recognition going to community humanitarian Jo Harris.