Annalise VanderVeen, Oakdale's Distinguished Young Woman, competed in the Distinguished Young Women of California Class of 2017 State Finals along with 27 other accomplished high school seniors in Bakersfield on July 22 and 23.
Soroptimist International of Oakdale recently installed their new President, Nancy Lilly and her Board of Directors for 2016-2017. Along with Lilly, those installed included President Elect Marcia Speiller,
One hundred cadets are preparing to graduate from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Academy later this week. Before they do, they will run from the CHP Academy in West Sacramento to the California Peace Officers' Memorial monument across from the State Capitol. The approximate five-mile run is a tradition on the Wednesday before each graduation.
Willie Podesto, left, owner of the Rear End Shop in Riverbank donated the shop next door to Duke Cooper, a Marine Corps veteran that is opening a privately run Veterans First program in nearby Riverbank, a new retreat for veterans and first responders. The Grand Opening is set for Saturday, Aug. 13 at 9 a.m. at the location, 2372 Patterson Road. The event is free to the community and everyone is invited to celebrate veterans and first responders, shake their hand and say "thank you" for their service. Active duty and retired veterans will participate in a 25-mile bicycle ...
Some might describe Barbara Findlay as a gifted artist in her professional field. She has spent over 30 years relying on a keen eye and precision of her hands to earn a living as a reputable hair stylist. Well known throughout the community for her gift of singing, easy going spirit and giving heart, Findlay has found a new passion … painting.
Burchell Hill Park in Oakdale was full of life on Tuesday, Aug. 2 as members of the community came out for National Night Out to gather for an evening featuring a variety of booths, activities, food and fun. The annual community event promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to help keep neighborhoods safer and make them a better place to live. The relationship between neighbors and Oakdale Police brings back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring local law enforcement and neighbors together under positive circumstances.
There's a signature sound that has – in recent weeks – reemerged in the city to go off thrice daily from the city's fire station, only to be silenced again over the weekend. And now, an 11th hour decision could have that fire horn blaring once more but the question for many at this point is: Why? Is it to ring out danger, ring out warning, alert fire department staff, sound to mark certain times of day, and why are so many alerts per day needed?
Waterways have been busy during the summer in this area, including Woodward Reservoir and nearby Jacob Myers Park packed with rafters, boaters, and swimmers. With the increase in visitors to the reservoirs and the rivers during the summer months, people are sometimes more focused on fun instead of water safety. The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department Dive Team has been very busy this summer. They hold monthly trainings at the reservoirs and have been out several times on rescues and recovery missions. Their most recent training was at Woodward Reservoir on Aug. 4.
With all the political rhetoric that is going around and the negativity that can surround us, sometimes we just need to laugh. Frank Caliendo will soon be entertaining residents in the Central Valley, bringing his unique blend of comedy to the Gallo Center for the Arts. His show, Friday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m., will include impressions of celebrities like Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Robin Williams, politicians like George W. Bush, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, and broadcasters John Madden, Jon Gruden and Charles Barkley as well as talk show hosts, Dr. Phil, Jay Leno and David Letterman. Many ...