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Public Objections - Council Approves Long Range Plan

 

Citing that it’s better to plan for a city’s growth that would be bound to happen anyway, the Oakdale City Council approved two long-term specific projects that call for residential, commercial, and retail developments on the city’s edges.

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Updated: mar. 05, 2014 1:00 a.m.

High-Flying Rodeo Success

High-Flying Rodeo Success

From the nearly perfect weather to well-attended events throughout the week, Oakdale’s 63rd annual PRCA Rodeo culminated with a fast-paced weekend of competition. All Around champion at the Oakdale Saddle Club-sponsored rodeo was Elko, Nevada resident Dakota Eldridge. He earned the title and the championship buckle, finishing in the money in both steer wrestling and tie down roping.

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Saturday Parade Kicks Off Rodeo Weekend

Saturday Parade Kicks Off Rodeo Weekend

The final event in nearly a week of festivities before the start of the actual rodeo, Saturday morning’s parade along F Street through downtown Oakdale draws dozens of entries and hundreds of participants.

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Join In Kids Spring Fest Saturday

Weather forecasters are calling for sunny skies and temperatures peaking in the 80s on Saturday, picture perfect for some egg hunting and fun.

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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK –  One Greenhorn And 464 Cowgirls

REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK – One Greenhorn And 464 Cowgirls

 

I have to admit, this is my first experience with Rodeo Week due to usually taking anniversary vacations in April during my time here at The Leader.

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Screening Of ‘Chasing Ice’ Planned

The Modesto Junior College Civic Engagement Project (CEP) invites the community to a screening of the documentary film “Chasing Ice” on Thursday, April 17, at 7p.m. in Forum 110 on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. This is the final event of the CEP Spring Film and Lecture Series and admission is free. Campus parking is available for $1 in student parking lots.

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Reclamation Increases Stanislaus River Flows

 

Beginning on Monday, April 14 the Bureau of Reclamation began increasing releases from Goodwin Dam into the Stanislaus River to benefit Stanislaus River steelhead and San Joaquin River Chinook salmon. Goodwin Dam is located downstream from Tulloch Dam and New Melones Dam and Reservoir, features of the Central Valley Project.

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Emergency Dispatchers Recognized For Service

Emergency Dispatchers Recognized For Service

 

You may be in the midst of a chaotic moment, a health crisis, or even worse and the three numbers that come to mind to call in the emergency are 9-1-1. The people answering the phones are highly trained professionals who may calmly give direction on what to do, or perhaps give life-saving instructions. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) honors the brave men and women you do not see who are behind the scenes. National Public Safety Telecommunicators week is April 13 – 19 and it is a chance to give thanks to the men and women on the other end ...

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Computer Classes Legislation Gets Committee Nod

 

Assemblymembers Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, and Joan Buchanan, D-Alamo, have announced that AB 1764, a bill that would encourage districts to expand computer science courses in high schools, has unanimously passed the Assembly Committee on Education.

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Hundreds Turn Out To Love Oakdale

Hundreds Turn Out To Love Oakdale

From one end of the community to the other, volunteers fanned out to attack overgrown lawns, clean up alleyways, spruce up planter boxes, help their neighbors and, just generally, Love Oakdale.

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Plethora Of Issues - Council Addresses Issues, Brennan Offers Apology

 

Plenty of action items for the Monday, April 7 Oakdale City Council meeting saw a proposal that the city half-cent sales tax be extended for another five years, a narrowly passed move to purchase water conservation software, opposing public comments on the Valley View River Access Trail, and a questionable apology by a city councilman regarding comments made in a recent Oakdale Leader article.

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MJC Hosts Poetry Reading

 

The Modesto Junior College Visiting Author Series will host a poetry reading by Patricia Smith and June Sylvester Saraceno on Tuesday, April 15 at 6:30p.m. in the Music Recital Hall on East Campus, 435 College Ave., Modesto. The event is free and open to the public.

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Regional Transportation Plan Now Up For Review

 

The Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) has released its Draft 2014 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) and associated Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for a public review and comment period.

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Glowin’ For A Cure Benefits Relay

 

Oakdale High School’s Get AMPed Health and Fitness Club will host its third annual Glowin’ for a Cure Fun Run on Friday, April 11.

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More Time Needed In Fire Contract Talks

More Time Needed In Fire Contract Talks

Details are still being sorted out in the merger of Oakdale Rural Fire Department with the Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District and the City of Oakdale contracting with the fire district for fire services.

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Distracted Driving Crackdown Planned During April

 

In an effort to save lives and eliminate dangerous behind-the-wheel distractions like talking, texting, or browsing on a cell phone, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), California Highway Patrol (CHP), and more than 200 law enforcement agencies across the state today announced high visibility enforcement operations during April’s National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

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Overtime, Payouts See Six Figures For Firefighters

Five of 14 of Oakdale’s rank and file firefighters made over $100,000 in 2013 according to figures obtained by The Leader.

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Love Valley Home, Oakdale Events Slated

Volunteer clean up effort, Love Valley Home, is slated for April 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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OID Revisits Water Options

The Oakdale Irrigation District plans to talk with Paulsell Valley landowners to discuss water options and opportunities, as the Board of Directors authorized General Manager Steve Knell to proceed with arranging a meeting in an action at the April 1 regular meeting.

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Hundreds Delight In Juicy Bull Jewels

Hundreds Delight In Juicy Bull Jewels

 

Oakdale’s FES Hall was packed on Monday night, March 30, as locals and out-of-towners feasted in a unique community fundraiser that helped support two organizations – the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and the Oakdale Cowboy Museum. The fare: over 400 pounds of bull testicles, better known as Rocky Mountain Oysters, accompanied with beans, Caesar salad, and French bread.

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Almond Growers Approve Continuing Market Order

In an overwhelming show of confidence in the Almond Board of California (ABC), the state’s almond growers once again voted in favor of continuing the Federal Marketing Order for California Almonds. Federal Marketing Order 981 requires the continuance referendum to take place every five years.

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Overtime And Payouts Push Five Firefighters Into $100K Compensation

Overtime And Payouts Push Five Firefighters Into $100K Compensation

Five of 14 of Oakdale’s rank and file firefighters made over $100,000 in 2013 according to figures obtained by The Leader.

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Free Heirloom Seed Swap Slated

 

With the lack of water and the price of vegetables going up, a garden is going to be more important this year. This may be the year to join the Riverbank Heirloom Garden Club. With heirloom seeds you can save your own seed and plant them year after year. When stored properly the seeds will keep for years. Don’t know how to save the seeds? The Heirloom Garden Club members can show you how. These heirloom seeds have adapted to Stanislaus County as they have been grown here for years. Through the years garden club members have selected the ...

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Vehicle Vs. Hydrant Accident On South Maag

Vehicle Vs. Hydrant Accident On South Maag

A midmorning vehicle vs. hydrant accident on South Maag left a geyser shooting into the Oakdale sky. Crews responded to turn off the water supply. No injuries were reported.

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Scholarship Lunch Sows Seeds For Future Ag Grads

Scholarship Lunch Sows Seeds For Future Ag Grads

 

 

With the emcee and both guest speakers alumnus of Oakdale High School, Mustang Pride was prevalent in the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce’s 41st Annual Oakdale Ag Scholarship Luncheon held at the Bianchi Community Center on Thursday, March 20.

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POWER DOWN

POWER DOWN

A hit and run accident resulted in this light pole going down on North Second Avenue, reported early Monday morning, March 24. The pole came down on the awning of the Oakdale MMA building and crews responded quickly, removing the damaged pole to make way for a new one.

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Staff Recognized For Saving Teacher’s Life

A group of Oakdale Junior High School staff members were recognized for saving the life of seventh grade science teacher Fred Yerzy in early March during the public comments portion of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting on April 14.

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Students Recite At Poetry Café

Students Recite At Poetry Café

Cloverland Elementary School third grade teacher Cindy Bellinger and her students held a Poetry Café night at school on April 4.

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Talk Slated About Art Inspired By Science, Math

 

The Modesto Area Partners in Science (MAPS) will offer a presentation entitled “Art Inspired by Science and Mathematics” by Carlo H. Séquin, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkeley on Friday, April 11, at 7:30p.m. in Sierra Hall 132 on the Modesto Junior College West Campus.

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Scholarship Lunch Sows Seeds For Future Ag Grads

Scholarship Lunch Sows Seeds For Future Ag Grads

With the emcee and both guest speakers alumnus of Oakdale High School, Mustang Pride was prevalent in the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce’s 41st Annual Oakdale Ag Scholarship Luncheon held at the Bianchi Community Center on Thursday, March 20.

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Open Enrollment For California Connections Academy

 

California Connections Academy @ Ripon, an online public school serving students in grades K-12, is accepting new students for the 2014-2015 school year during the current open enrollment period. Now in its second year of instruction, California Connections Academy provides high-quality, personalized online education to more than 500 students in Alameda, Amador, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara and Stanislaus counties. The school is now hosting free family information sessions—both online and in-person—with Connections Academy educators and staff to fulfill the growing number of requests for information.

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Island Theme Fundraiser For Music Programs

Prepare to be “shipwrecked” and party, island style.

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Learning In Arts Reception Slated

 

As part of Youth Arts Month the Stanislaus County Office of Education, in partnership with the Stanislaus County Alliance for Arts Education, is hosting a Region 6 Student Art Show, which includes Amador, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne Counties. Students, parents, teachers and the Region 6 arts community are invited to attend an evening reception to celebrate Learning in the Arts on Tuesday, March 18 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. The reception will include a tour of the art exhibit along with music performances from local students and a presentation of teacher awards.

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Board Approves Spending Of Common Core $$

To implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees approved the expenditure plan for it at the March 10 regular meeting. The district receives funds in a one-time allotment of a little over $1.05 million from the state and they may be spent in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. The CCSS are required to be in place for the 2014-2015 year and the funds must be spent by July 1, 2015. As a condition of receiving the funds for implementation, the district is required to develop and adopt a plan explaining how the ...

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OJHS Steel Band Performs At Band-O-Rama

OJHS Steel Band Performs At Band-O-Rama

This video shows the OJHS Steel Band's Tuesday night performance at the Band-O-Rama.

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Science Fair Slated

 

The Oakdale Joint Unified School District’s 31st Annual Science Fair is slated for March 10-13, at the Oakdale FES Hall on North Lee Avenue, across from Fair Oaks Elementary School.

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Oakdale Schools Celebrate Read Across America

Oakdale Schools Celebrate Read Across America

The Cat in the Hat was back to celebrate the 17th annual Read Across America Day, held on March 3. Read Across America is a program that focuses on bringing awareness and motivating children to read. The event is always held on or near the March 2 birthday of children’s author Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss.

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OHS Eyes Regional Science Olympiad Prizes

OHS Eyes Regional Science Olympiad Prizes

More than 550 students representing area junior and senior high schools will participate in a day-long event that showcases their scientific knowledge on March 1.

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Board Moves Forward With Common Core

Preparing for the pending Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation was a primary topic at the Feb. 3 Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees regular meeting.

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Aca Dec Team Brings Home Trophy

 

Oakdale High School won the Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon championship on Feb. 1, following two days of testing, speeches, and interviews.

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Aca Dec Team Eyes County Prize

Aca Dec Team Eyes County Prize

Oakdale High School has won 13 consecutive Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon championships and number 14 is at stake.

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Say Hay - Making A Difference

Say Hay - Making A Difference

Janet Hay of the Oakdale Joint Unified School District will represent Stanislaus County in the 2014 State Classified School Employees of the Year Program in the Child Nutrition category, recently announced by the Stanislaus County Office of Education (SCOE) and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Stanislaus Charter.

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‘School Choice Week’ This Week

 

This week is School Choice Week in California and across the country. More than 440 events are planned across the Golden State, in addition to 5,500 events nationwide.

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Eighth Grade Parent Night Meeting

 

Parents of eighth grade students who will enter the ninth grade for the 2014-2015 school year at Oakdale High School are invited to attend the Eighth Grade Parent Informational Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the OHS main gym.

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Valley Charter High School Hosts Open House

 

Valley Charter High School’s (VCHS) Open House is slated for Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 6:30p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the school, 108 Campus Way, Modesto. The open house is an opportunity for all parents and prospective students to meet students and teachers and to learn more about the programs offered in collaboration with Modesto Junior College and how to enroll for the current and upcoming school years. A robotics league match will be running during the open house. Spectators will be able to enjoy the excitement and view robotics opportunities for younger siblings.

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Students Prep For Future City Contest

 

Students from 10 Stanislaus County schools, including Valley Home School, and two Stanislaus County organizations will participate in the Stanislaus County Mock Future City Competition on Wednesday, Jan. 15 from 4p.m. – 8p.m. at the Petersen Event Center, 720 12th St., Modesto. The final round of the competition is open to the public and begins at 6:15p.m.

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Allergy Injection Act Starts In New Year

Starting Jan. 1, the School Access to Emergency Epinephrine Act (H.R. 2094) will take effect. This important legislation will help protect students with food allergies. The bill encourages states to adopt laws requiring schools to have “stock” epinephrine auto-injectors on hand, such as EpiPens, that are not prescribed to a specific student but can be used for any student or staff member in an emergency.

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OHS Care Closet Needs Pre-Holiday Stocking

 

Oakdale High School’s Care Closet, known as Veronica’s Care Closet, for less fortunate students is in great need of some re-stocking prior to the Christmas Break. The last day of school prior to the break is Friday, Dec. 20.

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School Board Learns About Social Media

A presentation about student rights, free speech, and social media responsibility was an educational topic for the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at their regular meeting on Dec. 9.

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Salmon Study Spawns Learning

Salmon Study Spawns Learning

 

 

Chinook salmon returning to spawn in the Stanislaus River at the Knights Ferry recreation area offers an opportunity for Oakdale students to learn firsthand about the habitat and life cycle of the native fish.

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OHS Food Drive Slated

Oakdale High School’s Leadership students are hosting a canned food drive from Monday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 22. Students and staff can drop off cans anytime to room K-3 on campus.

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Agencies Cooperate In Probation Sweep

Agencies Cooperate In Probation Sweep

Oakdale Police in conjunction with the Stanislaus County Probation Department conducted a probation search on Friday, April 4. A total of six persons were arrested by police for offenses including possession of narcotics, paraphernalia, along with other probation violations.

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Federal Child Porn Charges For Youth Pastor

Federal Child Porn Charges For Youth Pastor

 

 

The Oakdale Bethel Assembly of God youth pastor arrested for possession of child pornography last month was taken into custody by federal authorities on suspicion of receiving or distributing images of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct after a Stanislaus Superior Court hearing on Wednesday, March 19.

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Drunk Driving Arrest In Crash

An early Saturday morning accident left an Oakdale man facing felony driving under the influence and hit and run counts, after police found his vehicle a short distance from the incident.

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Gunshot Victim Identified

The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department reported on Monday, Feb. 24 that a body was found at the Horseshoe Recreation area, located on Orange Blossom Road just east of Oakdale.

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Youth Minister Arrested In Child Porn Investigation

Youth Minister Arrested In Child Porn Investigation

An Oakdale youth minister was arrested by the Ceres Police Department in Oakdale on Monday, Feb 17 after a tip that the 27-year-old was in possession of child pornography.

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Oakdale Youth Minister Arrested For Child Porn

Oakdale Youth Minister Arrested For Child Porn

An Oakdale youth minister was arrested by the Ceres Police Department in Oakdale on Monday, Feb 17 after a tip that the 27-year-old was in possession of child pornography.

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Suspected Car Thief Picks Wrong House

Suspected Car Thief Picks Wrong House

A Modesto man, out on bail for drug charges, who police say led them on a high speed chase in a stolen car, was shot by a local homeowner in the early morning hours of Nov. 13 after attempting to break in to the residence despite being warned to halt.

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Few Leads Surface In Walnut Heist

Few Leads Surface In Walnut Heist

Three sets of gondola-type dual trailers filled with 140,000 pounds of dried and hulled walnuts were surreptitiously taken from GoldRiver Orchards off Enterprise Road and Highway 120 in Escalon. Authorities believe the theft of the nuts, valued at $400,000, occurred sometime between 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30 and 7 a.m. Thursday. Oct. 31.

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Shooting Suspect Now In Custody

Shooting Suspect Now In Custody

Oakdale Police announced on Tuesday, Nov. 5 that the adult suspect wanted in connection with the Oct. 17 shooting at Oakdale Market was taken into custody during a vehicle stop at J Street and South First Avenue.

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Gun, Drugs, Stolen ATV – Search Warrant Leads To Arrest

Oakdale Police, with assistance from the Ceres Police Department SWAT team, served a search warrant in the 300 block of South Third Avenue on Monday morning, Nov. 4, leading to the discovery of heroin, a stolen ATV, and a loaded handgun.

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Oakdale Man Arrested For Child Molestation

After a month long investigation, a former Boy Scout troop leader and Oakdale business owner was arrested by Stanislaus County Sheriff’s detectives on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 5 for engaging in sexual acts with a minor and showing the minor pornography.

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Valverde ID’d As Shooter

A Stanislaus County Superior Court criminal complaint released on Tuesday, Aug 20 charges that Felix Valverde of Oakdale shot both Scott and Janet Pettit in their Modesto home. The Pettit’s 25-year-old son, Brandon, is also accused of the murders in the complaint.

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Homicide Arrests - Oakdale Man, Victims’ Son Implicated In Pettit Deaths

Homicide Arrests - Oakdale Man, Victims’ Son Implicated In Pettit Deaths

 

 

With a history of being a security guard with a license to carry a firearm and reported past boasting of phantom employment within the fire service, it may not be surprising that Brandon Pettit, 25, was arrested in connection with the murder of his parents. The bodies of his mother and father were discovered after an Aug. 8 house fire in Modesto.

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Scam Targeting Elderly

“Grandma, what a big bank account you have.”

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No Contest Plea In Infant Death

Nicole Todd-Smith, the mother accused of overdosing her 44-day-old baby with methamphetamine, pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment and causing great bodily injury or death on Friday, March 22.

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Local Realtor’s Hunch Leads To Chop Shop

When a Ford F-250 was stolen in a burglary from one of Oakdale Realtor Kevin Benziger’s properties on 26-Mile Road, he went into detective mode trying to tie the loss and possible motive to identify the thieves.

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Court Appearance Due In Endangerment Case

Court Appearance Due In Endangerment Case

The mother of a 44-day-old baby that died more than two months ago is due to appear in Stanislaus Superior Court today, Wednesday, Feb. 27 to answer to charges of felony child endangerment.

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Arrest Warrant Issued In Baby Overdose

Oakdale police have obtained a felony arrest warrant for the mother of a 44-day-old girl that died in December. Toxicology results returned in January showed the infant had a high level of methamphetamine in its system at the time of its death.

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Slow Going In Baby Death Investigation

With nearly a month passing since receiving toxicology reports listing high levels of methamphetamine in a 44-day-old baby that died in December, Oakdale Police still have the case listed as an open investigation.

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Police Presence - Forces Converge After Shots Fired Call

Police Presence - Forces Converge After Shots Fired Call

Gun shots that were initially believed to be fired at an Oakdale police officer late afternoon on Jan. 29 resulted in a multi-agency dragnet and the eventual arrest of two suspects. No officers were hurt or struck by the gunfire and by the end of the evening, both suspects were in jail. Police later determined the shot fired was “accidental” by one of the suspects who had just committed a burglary.

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Finding: Infant’s Death Due To Overdose

The December death of an infant has now been classified as suspicious by the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office and is on the cusp of becoming listed as the third homicide for Oakdale in 2012.

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Piece Of The Past Missing From Business

Piece Of The Past Missing From Business

The red, white and blue pole that has been out in front of Norm’s Barber Shop on West F Street in Oakdale for over 45 years has been stolen. The theft occurred overnight, sometime between when the business closed on Wednesday, Jan. 16 and re-opened the next day. The iconic barber pole was ripped off the wooden structure that it had been attached to for years.

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Charges Reduced In Sexual Assault Case

Charges Reduced In Sexual Assault Case

 

The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office reduced charges on Wednesday, Jan. 9 for an Oakdale man accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at a December party he was hosting.

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Thieves Hit Kerr Park In Search For Copper Wire

For the second time in a year, Kerr Park has been hit by criminals and stripped of copper wire used for lighting the 14-acre North Stearns Road city park.

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Boyz ‘N The Burb: Gun Incidents Rising

Boyz ‘N The Burb: Gun Incidents Rising

 

The Cowboy Capital of the World is taking on another trait of the Old West, this one definitely not a characteristic it may want to continue.

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Knights Ferry News April 16, 2014

At Public School’s Night, the Masons announced the winners of the essay contest. The students wrote on why the Masons were involved in Public Schools. First Place winners received a check for $50.00. They were 6th grade- Braden Sousa, 7th grade- Alyssa Sisco and 8th grade- Julia Nilsson. Second Place winners received a check for $25.00. They were 6th Grade-Mikali Willis, 7th Grade- Kaeli Sweet and 8th Grade- Clay Heffington. Third Place winners received a check for $25.00. They were 6th Grade- Ivan Garcia, 7th Grade- Austin Santillo and 8th Grade- Aleesha Harden. Congratulations to you!

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Posted: Apr. 15, 2014 5:38 p.m. | Updated: Apr. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry News April 16, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Knights Ferry News Week of April 9, 2014

Tonight, Thursday, April 9th is Public School Night celebration at KFS beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the classrooms open. At 6:00 p.m. the program will begin in the multi-purpose room with the essay contest winners announced by the sponsoring Masonic Lodge Oak Summit #112, Free and Accepted Masons, Knights Ferry. Classrooms will be opened again at 6:30.

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Knights Ferry News April 2, 2014

 

Don and Gayle Diltz have returned from a trip to Dana Point where they went whale watching. There were Grey Whales and lots of dolphins. Then they went to Capistrano and got in on a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. They spent 4 days in that area and then went to Palm Springs where they enjoyed the 82-degree weather. In Indio Don and Gayle went to a date farm where they learned all about how they pollinate each tree by hand and then they got to taste a variety of dates.

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Knights Ferry News Week of March 26, 2014

Birthday greetings for the month of March go out to: Bill Frias, Tom Wright, Rick Maisel, Shavon Haskell, Rocky Goehring, Pat Johnson, Aaron Hodge, Brendt Ohe, Aislinn Finn, Richard Bell, Kara Lopez, Amber Coston, Bill Martinelli, Gayle Higgins, Danna Morgan, Mark Schlegel, Kim McCarthy, Wendy Burns, Grant Page, Luke Dickens, Levi Dickens, Taylor Kelley, Gracie Anderson, Bryce Anderson, Anthony Neely, Carter Sturtevant, Sergio Garcia, and Ken Morris.

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Posted: Mar. 25, 2014 4:57 p.m. | Updated: Mar. 26, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry News Week of March 26, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Knights Ferry News Week of March 19, 2014

Spring is in the air-literally! The sandhill cranes have been going over in big waves on their way north.

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Knights Ferry News Week of March 12, 2014

Congratulations go out to the Knights Ferry School Student of the Month: Kindergarten- Joshua Maceira, 1st and 2nd grades- Jenna O’Neil and Levi Dickens, 3rd and 4th grades- Ben Cassinetto and Dylan Anderson, 5th and 6th grades- Marcada Baker and Braden Sousa, 7th and 8th grades- Alyssa Sisco and Aleesha Harden. They were honored at an assembly. A new award at KFS is for NED-Never give up, Encourage others and Do your best. Those honored were Johnny Wheat, Troy Peterson, Dylan Anderson, Destiny Machado, and Katherine Ramirez. Way to go students!

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Knights Ferry News Week of March 5, 2014

Former Knights Ferry residents Joe and Jeanette Evans are first time grandparents! On December 31st little Felix Lee Evans was born to Joe and Sue in Sacramento. Welcome to the world Felix!

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Knights Ferry News Week of February 26, 2014

 

There have been sightings of a Golden Eagle in the Horseshoe/Orange Blossom road area. The Golden Eagle has a wingspan of 7 feet. It eats rabbits and rodents where the Bald Eagle eats fish. If you can get a close look at the Golden Eagle it has feathers down to its toes and the Bald Eagle’s legs are bare. There are more sightings of the Bald Eagle in this area as it eats fish.

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Posted: Feb. 25, 2014 4:23 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 26, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry News Week of February 26, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Knights Ferry News Week of February 19, 2014

Birthday greetings for the month of February go out to: Melissa Holcomb, Bob Muller, Steve Feichter, Makena Mendonca, River McCarthy, Jaycee Harden, John Pfefferle, Shaela Borba, Brendan Finn, Ed Cassinetto, Bill Telfair, Bernie Foster, Tim Hudelson, Ed Viohl, Holly Hixon, Matthew Wolf, Lily Sturtevant, Olivia Doshas, Dylan Anderson, Heaven Tucker, Austin Sherley, Mikali Willis, Johna Harris and Arijaan Bulk.

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Knights Ferry News Week of February 12, 2014

 

Congratulations go out to the following Students of the Month for January at Knights Ferry School: K- Charlee Birdsong, 1-2- Layla Dennis and Ange-David Kouvassi, 3-4- Carter Sturtevant and Maribel Limon, 5-6- Jazzlynn Velasquez and Dean Dodge, 7-8- Kylee Sisco and Angel Limon. Superstars were Tristan McCarthy and Dane Sturtevant.

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Knights Ferry News Week of February 05, 2014

Don’t forget tomorrow, Feb. 6 is the Community Club dinner meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the clubhouse. The upcoming Spaghetti Dinner will be discussed along with the April car show. Bring a dish to share and help the club in their functions.

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Posted: Feb. 04, 2014 4:19 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 05, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry News Week of February 05, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Knights Ferry News Week of January 29, 2014

 

At the MAC meeting last Thursday, Ric Feichter was chosen President and Dolly Haskell is Secretary. During Citizen Forum, the Oakdale Rural Fire Department and Rick from Stanislaus Consolidated talked on the possible merger of the two districts. Oakdale City Fire does not want to merge but will contract for services. If they merge it should have more resources available. Consolidated would own all and that raised a question of our local fire station since the town built it and sold it to Oakdale Rural for $1.00. If anything happened the station was to revert back to the town ...

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Knights Ferry News Week of January 22, 2014

Your reporter was looking out the kitchen window enjoying the morning cup of coffee when something caught my eye in Jim Rotelli’s pasture. Thought it was a yellow dog until it turned sideways. It was a mountain lion! It was just ambling along, looking around. The dogs were inside so I put on my slippers but by the time I got outside it was in the berries and gone. I couldn’t believe it, just as plain as day walking so close to our place. Now I watch outside every moment I get, knowing that I will not see ...

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Knights Ferry News Week of January 15, 2014

Knights Ferry School Board met Thursday at their new time - 5:30 p.m. This early time enables teachers to attend. The Board approved the Audit and the Board Policies. Superintendent Cheryl told of the installation of the public address system over vacation. This was a safety issue. The fiber optics line to the school has been turned on. There will be a mobile computer lab with 25 laptops coming next week so the students can take the tests for Common Core. The Character Assembly was on NED, Never give up-Encourage others-Do your best.

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Knights Ferry News Week of January 8, 2014

Happy birthday wishes for January go out to: Heather Wright, Sean McCarthy, Barbara Burroughs, Kevin Burns, Heather Brockman, Wayne Largent, Sherron McCarthy, Amy Simons, Alexis Arias, Angel Limon, Kaeli Sweet, Madison Page, Ric Feichter, Richard Lutz, Joe Murray, Larry Bell, Sam Page, Matthew Boyer, Elijah Elting, Benjamin Cassinetto, Brooks Bonde, Carson Sundburg, Katherine Ramirez, Mitzy Collantes, Rhiannon Hawthorn, Heather Voortman, Clarissa, Phoebe and Lucas Jones.

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Knights Ferry News Week of January 1, 2014

Hope all had a Merry Christmas and will have a great New Year. Can’t believe it is 2014!

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Knights Ferry News Week of December 25, 2013

 

There was a packed clubhouse for the Knights Ferry School’s Winter Program. It opened with Julia Nilsson as Mistress of Ceremony and the K-4 students on stage and the 5-6 in the choir area singing “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” followed by “Frosty the Snowman” with Denali Benson as Frosty. Denali’s costume was great! After that the Kindergarten and First and Second Grades sang “Mister Santa”. Natalie Brockman is the choir director and the band director. The Intermediate Band, consisting of Kylee Sisco, Alyssa Sisco, Kaeli Sweet and Eden Cassinetto played “Jingle Bell Rock ...

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Knights Ferry News Week of December 18, 2013

Pajama clad children, with blankets and pillows, enjoyed movie night in the Ferry. All the children and some of the parents were in their nightclothes. Hot chocolate and candy cane sticks were slurped and licked as the Muppets provided the entertainment. The theater chairs at the clubhouse for the adults were moved to surround the area full of children. It was an enjoyable night. Your reporter and hubby missed it because granddaughter Claire Krippner was in a basketball tournament playoff. Claire scored 4 baskets out of 5 for the second place trophy in the Lutheran League.

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Knights Ferry News Week of December 11, 2013

 

Birthday greetings for the month of December go out to: Betty Rogers, Katie Feichter, Amanda Wright, Dane Hauskens, Denise Ray, Charles Wong, Lisa Frymire, Fred Dolling, Charlie Mynatt, Cathy Murray, Haley Page, Nicole Brunker, Helga Kaiser, Annette Arias, Reba Morgan, Don Diltz, Larry Hays, Jackson Ault, Joshua Maceira, Ange-David Kouvassi and Julian Velasquez.

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Knights Ferry News Week of December 4, 2013

 

 

The movie for December will be the “Muppets Carol” at the clubhouse on December 14th at 6:00 p.m. Dress in your pajamas (adults also) and bring your snuggly blanket and enjoy the hot chocolate and popcorn.

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Knights Ferry News Week of November 27, 2013

Congratulations go out to nine students of Knights Ferry School for having a 4.0 GPA for the 1st trimester. They are: Olivia Doshas, Mikali Willis, Matt Wolf, Rilyn Cassaretto, Wyatt Dickens, Alyssa Sisco, Kaeli Sweet, Julia Nilsson and Ray Patton. They were honored at an assembly.

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Posted: Nov. 26, 2013 3:53 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 27, 2013 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry News Week of November 27, 2013 Comments 0 Comments

Knights Ferry News Week of November 20, 2013

November birthday wishes go out to: Bob Brunker, Jr., Phil Frymire, John Krick, Alex Krippner, Roger Ray, Elise Seeds, Bill Carr, Bill Higgins, Ben Cassinetto, Wyatt Dickens, Megan Miller, Tristan McCarthy, Alyssa Sisco, Jenna O’Neil, Presley Wilson, Alexa Boyajian, Dayne Sturtevant, Megan Willis, Taylor Wizke and Gage Perry. Many happy returns!

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Knights Ferry News Week of November 13, 2013

 

This is conference week at Knights Ferry School so the students are dismissed at 1:00 p.m.

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Knights Ferry News Week of November 6, 2013

Congratulations to the Knights Ferry students of the month for October: Troy and James Peterson, First Grade, Anthony Neely and Breanna Banks, Fourth Grade, Makena Mendonca, Fifth Grade, Makali Willis, Sixth Grade, Kaeli Sweet, Seventh Grade and Ray Patton, Eighth Grade. They were awarded certificates at a recent assembly. Also Luke Dickens and Josh Reese won the Super Student drawing.

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Knights Ferry News Week of October 30, 2013

At the MAC meeting last Thursday Christie Dowd from the Stanislaus County Planning Department presented the tentative parcel division of the Thompsons. They want to divide 932 acres into 24 forty-acre parcels behind Horseshoe Road. Approximately 750 acres are now planted in almonds. The project proposes access to the property through a publicly maintained 30-foot wide easement off Horseshoe and they need a secondary access, proposed to Rodden Road. Two access roads are needed before anything can be done. Christine also presented the MAC with a letter from Nick Honchariw complaining about the Historical District’s 5-acre minimum parcel plan ...

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Valley Home News Week of April 16, 2014

In this week’s column we pay tribute to a very special man...our friend Mark Dickens. Mark was a true Valley Home boy who grew up to be one of the kindest and most generous friends a person could wish for. One could write pages and pages trying to describe the effect Mark had on the people of Valley Home, Oakdale, and the many places he visited. He was a special man who made a difference in so many lives. You could meet Mark one time and realize he would forever be your friend. He had a firm, but ...

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Valley Home News Week of April 9, 2014

We dedicate this column to the memory of our dear friend Claire Taro. Claire’s passing one year ago left a tremendous void in her family and for us here in Valley Home. Claire was the cherished wife of Valley Home rancher Tony Taro and much loved mother of Don and Vicki. Claire was well respected for her gracious manners and sweet personality. She is deeply missed by all and will be remembered fondly.

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Valley Home News Week of April 2, 2014

We hope everyone is planning to help with “Love Valley Home” this weekend. This is a great opportunity to work together for our community. Meet at the school/park at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and/or Sunday, April 5th and 6th.

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Valley Home News Week of March 26, 2014

Birthday greetings for the month of March go out to: Bill Frias, Tom Wright, Rick Maisel, Shavon Haskell, Rocky Goehring, Pat Johnson, Aaron Hodge, Brendt Ohe, Aislinn Finn, Richard Bell, Kara Lopez, Amber Coston, Bill Martinelli, Gayle Higgins, Danna Morgan, Mark Schlegel, Kim McCarthy, Wendy Burns, Grant Page, Luke Dickens, Levi Dickens, Taylor Kelley, Gracie Anderson, Bryce Anderson, Anthony Neely, Carter Sturtevant, Sergio Garcia, and Ken Morris.

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Valley Home News Week of March 19, 2014

Valley Home students were excited to have a little green leprechaun driving their school bus on St. Patrick’s Day! Later on in the day the leprechaun showed up all over campus wearing green as school staff and students got into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day in Valley Home!

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Valley Home News Week of March 12, 2014

We were so happy to see the rain! The fields are green, the creeks are rising, and although we need more rain, we are grateful for the amount we have had recently!

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Valley Home News Week of March 05, 2014

It made for an exciting game of basketball when good friends Tom Cassinetto and Randy Russell met up this past Thursday at Valley Home School. Randy coaches Knights Ferry basketball and Tom coaches Valley Home. Before being hired to teach at Knights Ferry Randy taught at Valley Home School. Randy was a favorite at Valley Home and it is great to see his success and happiness at Knights Ferry School. Both gentlemen have strong ties to both Valley Home and Knights Ferry and no doubt having their teams come together on Thursday was a special day indeed! Our thanks to ...

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Valley Home News Week of February 26, 2014

 

Valley Home School Math teacher Cory Reid held a very informative meeting regarding the new approach to Mathematics at the sixth grade level. Common Core, as it is known, will be more hands-on and in-depth. Rather than rushing through each lesson in order to meet standards, teachers will be able to slow down a bit in an effort to ensure that each student is learning and understanding the concept. Tests will now be taken online and are reported to be very difficult. Although there are challenges ahead we have high hopes that Common Core will bring positive results. We are ...

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Valley Home News Week of February 19, 2014

Valley Home fourth grader Maddie Jones took her History assignment “Create a California Mission” to the family kitchen! Maddie used her cooking skills and her imagination to bake and decorate a very tasty mission. Maddie’s teacher Robin Cole was very impressed and her classmates were thrilled to be able to munch on Maddie’s delicious California mission. Great job Maddie!

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Valley Home News Week of February 12, 2014

How wonderful to see the rain! We are so grateful.

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Valley Home News Week of February 05, 2014

It was exciting to see the rain come this past week…wishing for more!

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Valley Home News Week of January 29, 2014

We would like to wish a happy birthday to a very important person in our Valley Home community. Kevin Koppinger is 21 years old! Kevin is always volunteering to help at our school and community activities. He is a student at Columbia College and is a manager at Papa Murphys Pizza. Happy Birthday Kevin. Hope you have a great one!

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Valley Home News Week of January 22, 2014

 

We are excited to learn that our friend and neighbor, Ray Martin, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Oakdale Rural Fire. Congratulations Ray!

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Valley Home News Week of January 15, 2014

Happy Birthday wishes go out to a very hard working Valley Home grandma…Mrs. Shelly Carpenter. Shelly is always willing to help out wherever she is needed and she is a great organizer! She is also a wonderful grandmother to Mary Beth, Wyatt, and Emma. We appreciate all your hard work Shelly!

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Posted: Jan. 14, 2014 4:29 p.m. | Updated: Jan. 15, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Valley Home News Week of January 15, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Valley Home News Week of January 8, 2014

Welcome 2014! It is going to be a wonderful year! We will eat more veggies, walk more, smile more and worry less. Let’s all work together to make this year a great one!

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Valley Home News Week of January 1, 2014

As 2013 comes to an end we reflect on the many things that make living in a small community so special. Neighbors are more than neighbors, they become family. They enjoy the good times with you and they suffer through the bad.

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Valley Home News Week of December 25, 2013

What a special night it was in Valley Home! Stars lit up the night sky as car after car pulled into the Valley Home School parking lot. Friendly holiday greetings passed between old friends and new. The magic of this Christmas season was everywhere. This incredible evening was made possible by the hard work of Bonnie Gellerman, Tom Cassinetto, and the staff of the after school program.

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Valley Home News Week of December 11, 2013

Our 2013 Grand Marshal, Tony Taro, reports having a great time on Friday evening. Christmas in Valley Home brought out much of the community to enjoy a wonderful night filled with lots of fun, friendship, and very good food! A very touching part of the evening came as everyone gathered round the tree and joined together in caroling as Wyatt Wucherer threw the switch that brought our community tree to life. The little tree glistened with lights all aglow, it seemed almost magical…what a special evening! The night was frosty cold outside as the warmth of our school gym ...

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Valley Home News Week of December 4, 2013

Valley Home 4-Hers held their annual Christmas party this week. It was filled with lots of laughter and tons of fun. The 4-Hers each brought a white elephant item to exchange…what a bunch of fun they had! During the evening they enjoyed Christmas cookies and holiday punch. While they were busy playing games and enjoying refreshments they were stunned to hear a loud crash, almost as if someone had landed on top of the building. Before anyone could dash outside to see what all of the clatter was about the door flew open and in came a jolly old ...

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Valley Home News Week of November 27, 2013

We wish each of you a very happy Thanksgiving! We hope you are surrounded by the warmth of many friends and family on this Thanksgiving Day. For many of us this holiday will be a time spent with loved ones…eating too much turkey…and being thankful for our blessings.

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Posted: Nov. 26, 2013 3:55 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 27, 2013 1:00 a.m. | Valley Home News Week of November 27, 2013 Comments 0 Comments

Valley Home News Week of November 20, 2013

Happy birthday wishes to “Dad of the Year” Mr. Jeff Chrisman. Jeff is celebrating another 29th birthday this month. Happy birthday Jeff…you’re just getting started!

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Valley Home News Week of November 6,2013

It is hard to believe that it is already this first week of November. As you drive around our beautiful community take notice of the brightly colored fall foliage throughout. The leaves are turning the loveliest shades of yellow and orange. Autumn has certainly arrived in Valley Home!

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Valley Home News Week of October 30, 2013

 

Valley Home would like to send a huge “Thank You” to all those who helped to make our 2013 Fall Harvest Festival a wonderful success. Those who donated, those who volunteered and everyone who attended, thank you for making such a nice evening possible. The sights and sounds of the night, along with many hard working folks will long be remembered.

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Valley Home News Week of October 23, 2013

The Valley Home Hawks welcomed the Knights Ferry football and volleyball teams this past Friday. Both teams played great and had a great time. Once again Mr. Mike had the field looking great even adding red, white and blue in the end zones. Valley Home would like to thank Knights Ferry for making the trip to play the Hawks. We certainly need to mention the super snack bar run by school staff. It’s amazing how many hats one must wear in a small school setting. The day would not have happened without the great coaches from both schools...a ...

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Posted: Oct. 23, 2013 8:51 a.m. | Valley Home News Week of October 23, 2013 Comments 0 Comments

Valley Home News Week of October 16, 2013

The Valley Home Hawks volleyball and football teams were all in action this past Friday. All teams did very well, everyone played hard, and everyone including the spectators had a great time. Special thanks to our coaches and a huge thank you to custodian Mike for getting the field ready for game day. The football players were especially proud of the Valley Home Hawk that Mr. Mike painted on the playing field!

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Ron “Ronnie” Enos

Ron “Ronnie” Enos, 74, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, April 4 at home, surrounded by those he loved, after a short battle with cancer.

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Mary A. Morris

 

Mary A. Morris, 105, of Oakdale died Monday, April 7 after a lengthy illness.

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Frank Louis Scarlata

Frank Louis Scarlata, 79, died Friday, March 28 after a brief illness with family at his side.

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Hazel M. Nelson

Hazel M. Nelson, 94, died Sunday, April 6.

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Michael ‘Mike’ Trahan, Sr.

Michael ‘Mike’ Trahan, Sr., 27, of Oakdale, died unexpectedly on Monday, March 17.

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Judy Ann Padgett Blount

Judy Ann Padgett Blount

Judy Ann Padgett Blount, 63, died Thursday, March 20.

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Ted Marriot Bhend

Ted Marriot Bhend, 63, died Sunday, March 16.

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Barbara Anne Gulian-Sauers

Barbara Anne Gulian-Sauers

Barbara Anne Gulian-Sauers, 65, died peacefully on Sunday, March 16 at Alexander Cohen Hospice House, Hughson after a one-year battle with renal failure.

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Madeline Gail Smith

Madeline Gail Smith

Madeline Gail Smith, 91, of Oakdale, died Thursday, March 13 following a hemorrhagic stroke at Alexander Cohen Hospice House, Hughson.

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Velma Eileen Valk

Velma Eileen Valk

Velma Eileen Valk, 88, of Oakdale, died peacefully on Sunday, March 23.

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Ferne Franceen Millard

Ferne Franceen Millard

Ferne Franceen Millard, 71, of Petaluma, died peacefully on Saturday, March 1.

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Chuck Fowler

Chuck Fowler

Chuck Fowler, 42, of Oakdale passed away the evening of Thursday, March 6.

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Theodore James ‘Ted’ Fuller

Theodore James ‘Ted’ Fuller

Theodore James ‘Ted’ Fuller, 43, died Thursday, Jan. 27 in a motorcycle accident in Marin.

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Harriet May Chittenden

Harriet May Chittenden

Harriet May Chittenden, 91, died in Turlock, California, on Jan. 28, 2014.

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Jacklyn Libby

Jacklyn Libby, 81, died Tuesday, Feb. 25.

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Stanley R. Lowry

Stanley R. Lowry

Stanley R. Lowry, 89, of Oakdale died Saturday, Feb. 22 at Oak Valley Care Center.

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Gilbert A. Reynolds

Gilbert A. Reynolds, 77, died Tuesday, Feb. 25 at home surrounded by his family.

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Ann Marie Perusa Unruh

Ann Marie Perusa Unruh

Ann Marie Perusa Unruh, 98, died Thursday, Feb. 20.

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John Henry Dayton

John Henry Dayton

John Henry Dayton, 71, died Wednesday, Feb. 19.

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Ann Marie Perusa Unruh

Ann Marie Perusa Unruh

Ann Marie Perusa Unruh, 98, died Thursday, Feb. 20.

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Edward ‘Wayne’ Albright

Edward ‘Wayne’ Albright

Edward ‘Wayne’ Albright, 56, died Wednesday, Feb. 12 in Albuquerque, N.M. after a three-week battle with H1N1 influenza.

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Gary Graf

Gary Graf

Gary Graf, 61, died peacefully on Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at home with his wife Patti and son Keegan surrounding him.

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Billy Eugene Lemon

Billy Eugene Lemon

Billy Eugene Lemon, 93, died peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 11 after a short illness at Stanford Medical Center, Palo Alto.

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Mary Jo Peters McCullough

Mary Jo Peters McCullough

Mary Jo Peters McCullough, 64, of Oakdale, died in her sleep on Wednesday, Feb. 5.

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James Craig McLaughlin

James Craig McLaughlin

James Craig McLaughlin, 80, died Sunday, Feb. 9 in Reno, Nev. following a long battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Posted: Feb. 18, 2014 4:47 p.m. | Updated: Feb. 19, 2014 1:00 a.m. | James Craig McLaughlin Comments 0 Comments
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