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Community Corner - Introducing The MOPS Group

I joined MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers, last year as a participant. At the urging of my friend and the fearless leader of the group, Tracy Mota, I decided to devote two mornings a month to myself. So on the first and third Thursday of every month, I go to River Oak Grace Church in Oakdale for fun, fellowship and really great food.

April 18, 2012 | Erin Pearson | Local Columns


Editor’s Notebook - Just Take A Minute

If there's one thing I've learned over the years in this business, it's that the 'story behind the story' is often the more interesting to tell.

April 04, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Awash In Memories

For those of you who wanted rain, looks like you got your way.

March 28, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Community Corner - Museum, Rodeo Part Of Area History

Rodeo time in Oakdale is also anniversary time at the Oakdale Cowboy Museum. It was the second week in April 1996, when Chamber of Commerce staff and volunteers invited merchants, and members of our community to celebrate the grand opening of the Museum by hosting a Chamber Rodeo Mixer. After all it was during a planning meeting of the Chamber Board of Directors that the idea to create an institution that would celebrate our unique western history was born. The City of Oakdale agreed to lease 500 square feet of space in the historic Southern Pacific Railroad Building to hold ...

March 21, 2012 | Christie Camarillo Oakdale Cowboy Museum | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Roles In Friendship

I love learning.

March 14, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Technological Wonders

There's really no question in my mind that computers are smarter than we are. Well, perhaps I should speak only for myself. My computer is smarter than me. And just when I think I have it figured out, something else changes and the learning curve starts all over again.

March 07, 2012 | | Local Columns


Ramblings - Save Us From Telephone Solicitors

May the Good Lord preserve and keep us from telephone solicitors - please.

February 29, 2012 | John Branch | Local Columns


Mommy Musings - Bye-Bye Winter?

I think I missed winter.

February 15, 2012 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


Dawn's Column - The Newlywed Word

Are we still newlyweds?"

February 08, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Full Speed Ahead

Time just has a way of sneaking up on you.

February 01, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Stuff N' Nonsense - Delving Into A Dangerous Place

Recently, I turned in the rough draft of my 18th novel to my publisher. Initially, there's always a sense of exhilaration that I completed this monstrous creative task but after the high fades, I'm swamped by feelings of loss.

January 25, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


The Reluctant Columnist - Here’s To Our Health

Fitness seems to a reoccurring theme in my life lately. Our group of newspapers, Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon, has decided to introduce a monthly health and fitness section, which means I will be writing health and fitness stories at least once a month. Our office is also participating in a 100 miles in 100 days challenge, so I have been trying to walk or bike at least a mile a day. Add in all of the New Year's resolution talk, and I've had just about all the fitness I can stand.

January 18, 2012 | Andrea Goodwin | Local Columns


Kimberly's Book Reviews

DeletSpecial Agent's Perfect Cover

January 18, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Editor’s Notebook - Changes For The Better Slated In 2012

As we ease in to the New Year, some changes 'are afoot' for The Oakdale Leader and its companion papers, The Escalon Times and The Riverbank News.

January 18, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Dawn's Column - Step Away From The Chips

After some discussion and observation, it seems to me that most people make New Year's resolutions that are related to better health. They usually go something like this: join the gym, lose weight, stop smoking, cut back on the beer, and so on.

January 11, 2012 | Dawn M. Henley | Local Columns


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Marg-Ins - Two Decades And Counting

Twenty years goes faster than you think. Trust me.

March 27, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Love Lost … And Found

More than a week past deadline, I finally have taken a few deep breaths and will try to get this column written. Typically, the 'Marg-Ins' column appears the first Wednesday of the month, which means it is running a week later than normal this time.

February 13, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Rich In Thought – All The X’s, L’s, V’s And I’s

The Super Bowl Season is upon us as many of us gather for what is as close to an American holiday as it can get.

January 30, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Still Matters – The New Girl

Hello, Escalon, Oakdale, and Riverbank. I am the new girl at the Oakdale Leader office. You may have seen my name on a few different articles, pictures, or both in various issues. Or by now, you may have even met me in person.

January 23, 2013 | Virginia Still | Local Columns


Community Corner – What’s Growin’ On …

Happy New Year! We all survived the Mayan calendar apocalypse and the "Fiscal Cliff" – kind of started to remind me of the Y2K phenomenon 13 years ago.

January 16, 2013 | Tom Orvis Stanislaus County Farm Bureau | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - A Graceful Exit

I have an issue with finality. At the end of every year, as everyone is celebrating the ball drop on a New Year, I'm lamenting the fact that I'll never be in that moment again - another year lost to time, never to experience again. In that second before the big calendar change, I panic just a little knowing that it's over. I'm happy to report that the panic doesn't last but I can always count on it because I hate endings.

December 26, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT - Be Prepared, Do Something, Denial Kills

I was originally going to do this column about family quirks around the holidays, but with the tragic events over the last few weeks with the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut and the Clackamas Mall shooting in Oregon, we are reminded of the ever increasing threat of an active shooter anywhere in the country. Not holiday feel good stuff, but something we can't ignore.

December 26, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Ramblings – This Scribbler Calls It Quits

Resigning from any job is bound to quicken the heartbeat but retiring from a career is downright frightening. I did just that at the end of November although I've been on medical leave since August.

December 19, 2012 | John Branch | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Keeping The Perspective

When you start adding it up, a column a month for 19-plus years working for The Oakdale Leader, The Escalon Times and The Riverbank News, I've probably covered about all there is – and some topics, more than once.

December 05, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Community Corner – Sending Out Holiday Wishes

Happy Holidays to our wonderful community! MOPS/MOMSNext would like to extend a warm wish for love, peace and togetherness during this holiday season. We here at MOPS/MOMSNext have been having a great time crafting, cooking, sharing meals and also listening to some amazing speakers. We recently went out into the community and attended our very first community block party put on by our local Center for Human Services. What a great and fun family outing! We met so many wonderful new people and were able to get our message out into the community and invite a lot of ...

November 21, 2012 | Erin Pearson | Local Columns


Editor’s Notebook – Holiday Season: Opportunity Knocks

Elections are over, the political ads are gone from television, radio and the print media, and now people can turn their attention to everyday life and getting back into the routine.

November 21, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Reaching Out

What a difference a month can make. Our columns here give us a chance to put down our 'reporter' or 'editor' labels and just be real people for a change. It provides us with an opportunity to offer an opinion, talk about something personal as opposed to writing a story about a football game or a council meeting.

November 07, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


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