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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


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


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Reporter’s Notebook – Not Any ‘Ol Saturday

Dreams do come true. Four simple words, with such big meaning.

October 15, 2014 | Teresa Hammond | Local Columns


RICH IN THOUGHT - Crunching The Core Numbers

15-7=8 Or is it 15-5=10 and then 10-2=8?

October 08, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local Columns


City Needs Measure Y

Dear Editor,

October 01, 2014 | | Local Columns


Marg-Ins - Best Laid Plans…

Technology is tremendous.

October 01, 2014 | Marg Jackson | Local Columns


CRITIC’S CORNER – True West At Center Stage Conservatory

True West is a play written by Sam Shepard, and it is currently running at Center Stage Conservatory, a small, intimate theatre located in the lower level studio of the Modesto City Center at 948 11th Street, or on the corner of J and 11th Street. True West will be running until the 28th of September, performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. True West tells a story of brothers and role reversal. This production was in a very intimate small basement theater, as such the audience really felt the intensity ...

September 24, 2014 | Chris Hunter Special To The Leader | Local Columns


Still Matters – #Stillmatters

Although technology has made several advancements, why does it seem as if some people have left their intelligence behind? I am sure that we have all discussed the changes that technology has made in our lives. Are we really at a point where we no longer think for ourselves and let machines do the thinking for us?

August 27, 2014 | Virginia Still | Local Columns


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