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Editor’s Notebook - Finding Inspiration

As awe-inspiring and patriotically thrilling as the 2012 Summer Olympics were, the London Games are now history, the medal totals in the books, many of the U.S. athletes already lining up endorsement deals or looking ahead to 2016 for another shot at gold.

September 05, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Community Corner - What’s Growin’ On …

For many people, Labor Day was the last chance to head to the lake for a little water-skiing and boating – a last blast of summer. In the old days, it used to mean the start of the school year.

September 05, 2012 | Tom Orvis Stanislaus County Farm Bureau | Local Columns


Rich In Thought - Not Every Olympian Gets A Medal

With the closing of the London Olympics earlier this month, I was impressed with the United States team's 104 medal count leading the way over other countries, with some competitors even receiving multiple medals. While I stress that making the US Olympic team is quite an honor in itself, I also accept that not all of the competing 539 US athletes received a medal – and rightfully so since the games are a highly competitive event.

August 29, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Getting Into The Games

So I'm feeling a little out of the loop.

August 01, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff N' Nonsense - From Cheer Mom To Cheer Coach

I'm not sure how it happened - I suspect cocktails were involved - but somehow I went from being a cheer mom to a cheer coach for the Rookie Stampede squad.

July 25, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Marg-ins - Cruz-ing Into Summer

Summer is in full swing and I was able to cash in a few hours of vacation time recently. Half of it was spent getting to and from the destination, but regardless it was an enjoyable break.

July 04, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Community Corner - Tips For Safe Summer Sun

Summer has arrived. As the weather heats up, it's critical for beachgoers and outdoor fun-seekers to be sun-safe.

June 27, 2012 | Kevin Ronneberg, M.D. | Local Columns


It’s A Lund-erful Life - The Previously Unknown Option C

The Upper Sacramento River turns back and forth in riffle, run, pool sequences for 30-some miles providing a buffet of great fishing opportunities.

June 20, 2012 | Jeff Lund | Local Columns


Ramblings - Thoughts On A Diamond Jubilee

Why just because I was born and raised in England I should be considered an expert on English life and customs and especially its monarchy I have never been able to understand.

June 13, 2012 | John Branch | Local Columns


Stuff N' Nonsense - Humbled

A few weeks ago I shared something incredibly personal with the community through my column. I hoped that in sharing my experience, it might resonate with as well as encourage others in their own personal journey.

June 13, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Community Corner - Celebrating Delicious, Diverse Dairy

Happy June! The sun is shining, kids are heading into summer vacation and the round of graduations, weddings and backyard get-togethers have just begun. Each June, in addition to these activities we take time to celebrate June Dairy Month – an observation of not only a delicious, diverse and nutritious food but also the dairy farm families who bring it to the table.

June 06, 2012 | Jennifer Giambroni California Milk Advisory Board | Local Columns


Community Corner - Your Hospital’s Health

Like all organizations today finances for a hospital are challenging. Yet, for the first 10 months of this fiscal year (July, 2011 to April, 2012) the hospital has generated revenues in excess of expenses (a profit) of $458,000. We are well ahead of our projected loss for the same period of $293,000!

May 30, 2012 | John McCormick CEO, Oak Valley Hospital District | Local Columns


Rich In Thought - The Dog Rescuer

Napoleon once said that a dog teaches us a lesson in humanity. As a big-time dog lover, I tend to believe the truth of that especially with my recent scholarly experience with the subject.

May 23, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Marg-ins - Exhilarating Exhaustion

Except for a strange early afternoon wind that acted like a mini twister and uprooted a handful of tents in a corner of the soccer field, the 2012 Oakdale edition of Relay For Life can go down as a success.

May 02, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff N' Nonsense - A Time For Reflection

Call it fate or coincidence but it seems, at the very least thought-provoking, that two weeks before the Oakdale Relay For Life event April 28, I would be going through my own personal cancer scare.

April 25, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


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Still Matters - Decorations Are Part Of The Experience

Another year is coming close to an end. Every year seems to go by faster and faster. I have heard after a certain age everything starts rolling downhill. I don't believe that is entirely true, but I do believe the speed has increased each year.

November 20, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local Columns


Didi’s Dogs – House, Car: In Or Out?

DEAR DIDI: I am hoping you can help solve a disagreement that my husband and I have been having. We love your column and your answer will be our 'tiebreaker' of sorts. My husband thinks our dog should spend nights outside in the yard to protect our home. I feel sorry for him and want him in the house but my husband says I baby him too much. What do you think? Caring Mom in Manteca

November 13, 2013 | Dierdra McElroy | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Remembering Rosie

Timewise, we have fallen back, hopefully taking advantage of that extra hour of sleep over the weekend. Daylight Saving Time has ended and we have, incredibly, entered the final two months of the year with major holiday celebrations fast approaching. Halloween is over; recent windy days have kicked up swirls of leaves and the possibility of rain has returned to the forecast.

November 06, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Ramblings – Back Home Again …

They say you can never go back. Well you can. But it will have changed and nostalgia will be all that remains. On a recent trip to England which I left for the United States more than 50 years ago, I got to visit the primary school that my sister and I attended when we were seven or eight years old.

October 30, 2013 | John Branch | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT - Sorrowful Legends Of The Fall

There's something special when the leaves turn, days start to get shorter, the weather cools, and you start to feel a tingle of a nip in the air.

October 16, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Ramblings – Time For Travel

Bowler hats and brollies, cricket on the village green, unceasing rain and wind, motionless sentries guarding a monarch, fish and chips with beer for an evening meal.

October 09, 2013 | John Branch | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - No Leaving Memories Behind

Now that fall has officially arrived, we are in my favorite season of the year.

October 01, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


More On Medicare

Some people with Medicare are asking lately if their Medicare coverage is affected by the new the Health Insurance Marketplace that starts in 2014.

September 25, 2013 | By DAVID SAYEN Regional Administrator | Local Columns


DAWN’S COLUMN - Superstitious Minds

As I write this column, it's Friday the 13th and this morning a coworker sent out a mass, funny text message about remaining calm, but then warning about all the things not to do on this date.

September 18, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Editor’s Notebook – Not Forgotten

If you look at the date on this paper, it likely touches off a flurry of memories. Images, perhaps, seared in your memory.

September 11, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Marg-Ins

One by one, readers, you have helped us make a huge difference in dealing with a devastating situation.

September 04, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense

In July I attended my annual writer conference sponsored by the Romance Writer's Association and this year it was held in balmy Georgia, which was where my first RWA conference was held in 2006. It was fun to return to the peach state a little wiser than my first go-round and with the exciting changes in publishing right now, it was an amazing, vibrant conference.

August 28, 2013 | | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT - The First Step Is Admitting The Problem

Hi, my name is Rich and I am an addict.

August 21, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Summer Of My (Dis)Content

There were five Wednesdays in July this year and that just makes it seem like it was months ago that my last column appeared.

August 07, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK – If They Could See Me Now

I admit that when I received the congratulatory notice, it had me fooled. I thought the well-worded email was the lead into a scam informing the recipient they've won an award but would have some sort of out-of-pocket expense to be paid in advance with a product I'd never see. As I read on, I found it was in fact authentic. My screenplay was a "Silver Ace Award" winner at the Las Vegas Film Festival being held July 18-21.

July 31, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


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