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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


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


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


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


Rich In Thought - Sit Down, These Ain’t The Cheap Seats

I recently had the pleasure – and luxury given their cost – of some excellent seats for games of both local major league baseball teams as they pursued the post season.

October 31, 2012 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


Stuff ‘N Nonsense - Transitions And Adjustments

Well, after much planning and talking about doing it, I've finally managed to make good on my plans to cut back. I've successfully cut back to 15 hours a week with a solid plan to make my graceful exit from the newspaper staff by January.

October 31, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Marg-Ins – Back Down The Road

One of the interesting things I have discovered about being a parent is that opportunity to re-live certain moments, certain aspects of your own life when your children get to that same place.

October 10, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Tight Lines – Hounding The Hunters

Last week, California Governor, Edmund "Jerry" Brown signed Senate Bill 1221 to outlaw the traditional hunting of bears and bobcats with hounds. Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the new law will ban any hunting of bears or bobcats by using hounds. The Bill was authored by Senator Ted Lieu of Torrance, California, at the request of The Humane Society of the United States. Supporting groups include the ASPCA, Sierra Club, and numerous anti-hunting groups. Opponents of the bill include: The California Cattleman's Association, The California Farm Bureau, Safari Club International, California Outdoor Heritage Alliance, California Houndsmen for Conservation, and the ...

October 03, 2012 | Don Moyer | Local Columns


Kimberly’s Book Reviews

Grading system:

September 26, 2012 | Kim Van Meter | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Rising To The Challenge

The only thing that was disappointing about the recent 'Rachel's Challenge' community presentation in Oakdale was how few members of the community turned out.

September 19, 2012 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Ike’s Sights - I’d like To Solve The Puzzle: Justin Martin Sandoval

"It ain't easy to walk to the top of a mountain. It's a long, hard walk. It's a rocky road. But I plan on walking. Oh I'm gonna walk…hard. I will walk hard."

September 19, 2012 | Ike Dodson | Local Columns


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International Program Recruiting Host Families

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with your community high school, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ...

April 26, 2017 | | Local Columns


Dealing With Chronic Illness

If you have Medicare, there's a good chance you have two or more chronic conditions such as arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, or dementia.

April 25, 2017 | | Local Columns


Making The Most Of ‘Found’ Money

What is it about getting money back at tax time that makes it seem like you are receiving a gift?

April 19, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


Practical Money Skills

Flipping Houses – It's Not Like TV

April 19, 2017 | | Local Columns


Time To Celebrate Financial Literacy Month

By BILL SPANIEL

April 12, 2017 | | Local Columns


Wait Just A Minute

As this column gets written on Friday afternoon – the deadline for it to appear in the Wednesday, April 5 edition – the long range forecast calls ...

April 04, 2017 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


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