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Don’t Forget To Pay Your Use Tax

 

As California consumers load up online shopping carts this holiday season, they might not realize these purchases are taxed to support vital public services. Online shoppers who are not charged sales tax may owe use tax, which has been imposed on purchases from out-of-state retailers since 1935. Like sales tax, use tax helps fund public safety, education and more.

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Posted: Nov. 20, 2014 2:46 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 20, 2014 2:47 p.m. | Don’t Forget To Pay Your Use Tax Comments 0 Comments
Community Spirit - Preparations Made For Thanksgiving Feast

Community Spirit - Preparations Made For Thanksgiving Feast

In just barely one week, the kitchen area of the Gene Bianchi Community Center will once again be clanking and moving. Twenty one years later, the Spirit of Oakdale community meal is more than an institution; it is a fine oiled machine. On Thursday, Nov. 27 the small army and committee will once again open the doors at 11 a.m. and serve up a free Thanksgiving meal to anyone who stops by.

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City Addresses ADA Accessibility Issues

City Addresses ADA Accessibility Issues

With the City of Oakdale required to do a self-evaluation of its Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and develop a formal transition plan, the Oakdale City Council on Monday, Nov. 17 unanimously approved an item for the city to address the changes necessary to implement accessibility in its buildings, parks and public rights-of-way.

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Posted: Nov. 18, 2014 7:05 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 19, 2014 1:00 a.m. | City Addresses ADA Accessibility Issues Comments 0 Comments
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CHP Receives Federal Funds For DUI Crackdown

 

 

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has announced receiving a federal “Reducing Impaired Driving” grant, which will fund 150 sobriety checkpoints, 75 DUI task force operations, proactive DUI enforcement patrols through Sept. 30, 2015, and at least 100 safety presentations.

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Posted: Nov. 14, 2014 5:26 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 17, 2014 6:00 a.m. | CHP Receives Federal Funds For DUI Crackdown Comments 0 Comments
Oakdale Ranks Fifth In State Water Conservation

Oakdale Ranks Fifth In State Water Conservation

While Central Valley residents are being urged to use water wisely during the drought, a new report shows that residents of Oakdale are coming through in their conservation efforts.

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Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

A Sconza Candy Company employee has filed federal charges against a local bakers union and her employer for a litany of rights violations regarding mandatory union membership and a subsequent suspension she received for not joining the union in a timely manner.

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Posted: Nov. 12, 2014 10:09 a.m. | Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union Comments 0 Comments
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Blue Star Moms Lead Donation Efforts

Blue Star Moms Lead Donation Efforts

Veterans’ Day now looks a bit different to Oakdale mothers Emmy McDaniel and Alicia London than it did two years ago. Both are now parents to sons who are on active duty in the military. That’s a fact which prompted them both to become pro-active with Mid-Cal Blue Star Moms, a congressionally chartered Veteran Service Organization.

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Posted: Nov. 11, 2014 6:27 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Blue Star Moms Lead Donation Efforts Comments 0 Comments
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Measure Y Wins Easily

Measure Y Wins Easily

Oakdale voters sent a message on Tuesday, Nov. 4 with a resounding “Yes” in approving Measure Y, the continuation of a local half-cent sales tax, passing it by a 70 to 30 percent margin.

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Posted: Nov. 11, 2014 6:28 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Measure Y Wins Easily Comments 0 Comments
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Thanksgiving Day - OHS Freshman Earns Spot In Macy’s Parade

Thanksgiving Day - OHS Freshman Earns Spot In Macy’s Parade

The 2014 Thanksgiving Break is going to start just a bit early for Oakdale High School freshman Hope Kindred. The 14-year-old will be boarding a plane on the evening of Thursday, Nov. 20, but she will not be headed for a tropical family vacation. Hope will be boarding a red eye flight out of Sacramento with a final destination of New York City.

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Operation Christmas Child Comes To Oakdale

Oakdale’s The River Christian Community Church, 1351 E. G St., is a collection location this year for Operation Christmas Child.

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Posted: Nov. 11, 2014 6:51 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Operation Christmas Child Comes To Oakdale Comments 0 Comments
Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union

 

A Sconza Candy Company employee has filed federal charges against a local bakers union and her employer for a litany of rights violations regarding mandatory union membership and a subsequent suspension she received for not joining the union in a timely manner.

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Posted: Nov. 10, 2014 11:27 a.m. | Sconza Employee Files Federal Labor Charges Against Union Comments 0 Comments
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Abnormal Conditions Create High Levels Of Pollution

 

Extreme weather conditions have led to abnormally high pollution conditions rarely seen in the Valley this time of year.

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Bushwacker Bucks Legendary Career Into Retirement

Bushwacker Bucks Legendary Career Into Retirement

The most prominent figure in sports to retire this year not named Derek Jeter lives right here in Oakdale.

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Posted: Nov. 05, 2014 1:19 p.m. | Bushwacker Bucks Legendary Career Into Retirement Comments 0 Comments
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Irrigation District Enacts Higher Fees

With little fanfare and no public comment, the Oakdale Irrigation District raised the price of water for its 2,900 agricultural customers Tuesday. Later, board members moved to soften the financial impact of higher rates by supporting a proposal to help farmers pay for projects to improve irrigation efficiency.

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Posted: Nov. 05, 2014 1:15 p.m. | Irrigation District Enacts Higher Fees Comments 0 Comments

Voters Give Thumbs Up For Measure Y

 

Oakdale voters overwhelmingly approved continuation of a half-cent sales tax in voting on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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Posted: Nov. 05, 2014 11:00 a.m. | Updated: Nov. 05, 2014 11:00 a.m. | Voters Give Thumbs Up For Measure Y Comments 0 Comments

Largent Claims Seat On Escalon School Board

 

Longtime Escalon Unified School District board member John Largent was returned to the board by an overwhelming majority in the Tuesday election.

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CHP Continues Distracted Driving Campaign Crackdown

CHP Continues Distracted Driving Campaign Crackdown

In response to this growing incidence of distracted driving, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has launched a yearlong, Adult Distracted Driving traffic safety campaign in partnership with the Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A minimum of 80 distracted driving enforcement operations and at least 500 traffic safety presentations will be completed statewide by the end of September 2015.

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Amtrak Train Hits And Kills Pedestrian

Amtrak Train Hits And Kills Pedestrian

 

Riverbank Police and Emergency crews responded to a report of a pedestrian struck by an Amtrak train around 9:13 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 near the area of Terminal Avenue and Claribel Road.

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Denham Cites Valley Water As High Priority

Denham Cites Valley Water As High Priority

 

While in the ag-rich Central Valley during a break from politicking in Washington D.C., Congressman Jeff Denham stopped by the offices of The Oakdale Leader to discuss certain federal issues that are affecting Central Valley residents he represents in California’s 10th Congressional District.

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Posted: Oct. 29, 2014 10:59 a.m. | Denham Cites Valley Water As High Priority Comments 0 Comments
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Tax Measure Tops Ballot

Oakdale voters will be voting for mayor, two open city council seats and determining whether or not to extend a half-cent sales tax assessment on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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Posted: Oct. 28, 2014 6:23 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 29, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Tax Measure Tops Ballot Comments 0 Comments
Time To Experience The Zombie Train

Time To Experience The Zombie Train

The Zombie train rolled into Oakdale earlier this year and is now reaching a fever pitch, as we near the conclusion of the Halloween season.

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Posted: Oct. 28, 2014 6:25 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 29, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Time To Experience The Zombie Train Comments 0 Comments
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Declaration Sheds Light On Sexual Assault Allegation

Declaration Sheds Light On Sexual Assault Allegation

 

Court papers filed shortly after a sexual assault complaint was made against a local pizzeria owner give insight to the circumstances surrounding his Oct. 20 arrest by Oakdale Police.

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$5K Reward For Construction Device

$5K Reward For Construction Device

 

 

The owner of a Sacramento construction company performing work in Oakdale is offering a $5,000 reward for a piece of equipment that was stolen from one of its work trucks during the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 17 at Motel 6.

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Burke Gets First Pitch Nod At AT&T

 

The postseason storyline for Frank Burke isn’t finished yet.

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Posted: Oct. 23, 2014 2:16 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 23, 2014 2:17 p.m. | Burke Gets First Pitch Nod At AT&T Comments 0 Comments
Priceless Catch – Home Run Ball Finds Oakdale Fan

Priceless Catch – Home Run Ball Finds Oakdale Fan

The most dramatic hit in the era of the modern day San Francisco Giants – a three-run, pennant clinching blast off the bat of journeyman Travis Ishikawa – landed in the hands of Oakdale’s Frank Burke.

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Field Of Dreams - Board Approves School Farm Project

It was a full house and a packed agenda as the Oakdale Joint Unified School Board convened at the OJUSD Technology Center Monday night, due to a conflicting schedule with Oakdale City Council.

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Posted: Nov. 18, 2014 7:06 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 19, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Field Of Dreams - Board Approves School Farm Project Comments 0 Comments
Fall Festival Celebrates Campus Anniversary

Fall Festival Celebrates Campus Anniversary

Magnolia Elementary School welcomed the Oakdale Join Unified School District’s recent three-day weekend with a little extra special Fall Festival Celebration. On Thursday evening, Oct. 30, the school’s administration, Parent Teacher Club and tireless work of Event Chair Teresa Medeiros also celebrated the 75th Anniversary of the school campus.

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Red Ribbon Week Theme: Love Yourself

Red Ribbon Week Theme: Love Yourself

Oakdale schools are busy this week, as they make the most of a short schedule and Red Ribbon Week observation. Red Ribbon Week is hosted nationwide the last full week of October.

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Posted: Oct. 28, 2014 6:20 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 29, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Red Ribbon Week Theme: Love Yourself Comments 0 Comments
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Passion Rewarded - Thompson Nets $2,500 Award

Passion Rewarded - Thompson Nets $2,500 Award

Class time will soon be made a little more exciting for Fair Oaks Special Day Class teacher Elizabeth Thompson and her seven students. Thompson was recently awarded California Casualty’s $2,500 Academic Award to use toward the betterment of her classroom.

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Scholarship Nets $10,000 For Pabalan

Oakdale High School senior Rachelle Pabalan has kicked off the ‘scholarship season’ of the 2014-15 school year with her recent earning of a $10,000 Scholarship from Nordstrom. The high school senior was surprised by a check presentation, as well as a new Mac Book Air during her 6th period class on Monday.

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Posted: Oct. 14, 2014 7:02 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 15, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Scholarship Nets $10,000 For Pabalan Comments 0 Comments

Student Expulsions Approved

Oakdale Joint Unified School District’s Monday night meeting began with a closed session, and Superintendent Marc Malone addressed those on hand for the public portion of the meeting, confirming the expulsion of two OJUSD students had been approved by the board at that closed session.

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Posted: Oct. 14, 2014 7:10 p.m. | Student Expulsions Approved Comments 0 Comments

The Black And White Of Cyber Bullying

In a day and age of social media, smart phones, cell phones and instant accessibility, students and parents alike may need to be more aware of the messages and words they choose to share.

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Posted: Oct. 07, 2014 6:05 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 08, 2014 1:00 a.m. | The Black And White Of Cyber Bullying Comments 0 Comments
Chalk One Up - Playground Project Needs Volunteers

Chalk One Up - Playground Project Needs Volunteers

For the artist at heart or a community group looking for a way to leave their mark, Cloverland Elementary School may have just the project to fit that need. This Friday, Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. work will begin on the Holistic Playground project.

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Posted: Sep. 30, 2014 6:42 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 01, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Chalk One Up - Playground Project Needs Volunteers Comments 0 Comments
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Mustang Homecoming Seasoned For Success

Mustang Homecoming Seasoned For Success

Downtown windows have been painted, dresses and top hats purchased, floats planned. This can only mean one thing for the City of Oakdale … Homecoming Week has arrived.

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Posted: Sep. 30, 2014 6:44 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 01, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Mustang Homecoming Seasoned For Success Comments 0 Comments
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Chromebooks Reach Oakdale Classrooms

Chromebooks Reach Oakdale Classrooms

The word ‘lab’ is taking on a new definition this 2014-15 school year in Oakdale schools.

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Posted: Sep. 23, 2014 5:23 p.m. | Updated: Sep. 24, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Chromebooks Reach Oakdale Classrooms Comments 0 Comments
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Ready To Roll - Bus Drivers Focus On Safety First

Ready To Roll - Bus Drivers Focus On Safety First

The saying goes, “there is no rest for the weary” and that just might be the case in the ‘Land of the Bus Yard’ at the east end of Oakdale.

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Posted: Sep. 23, 2014 5:41 p.m. | Updated: Sep. 24, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Ready To Roll - Bus Drivers Focus On Safety First Comments 0 Comments
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$26K Taken From Softball Account

$26K Taken From Softball Account

Oakdale Police are investigating the embezzlement of over $26,000 from the Oak Valley Youth Softball Association and, according to law enforcement officials, a decision from the district attorney whether to prosecute is expected any day now.

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Posted: Nov. 18, 2014 7:07 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 19, 2014 1:00 a.m. | $26K Taken From Softball Account Comments 0 Comments
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One Arrested, One Outstanding In Robbery

One Arrested, One Outstanding In Robbery

An eyewitness and an officer’s familiarity with subjects on his beat led to the arrest of a 15-year-old female juvenile for robbery, while police are also following leads to identify and apprehend her cohort, a 20-year old male.

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New Police On-Line Reporting Approved

By the beginning of the year Oakdale crime victims will be able to make a police report themselves without the need to have an officer come to the scene.

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Oakdale Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Child Pornography Charges

The United States Department of Justice announced Monday, Oct. 27 that Timothy Brian Werlhof, 24, of Oakdale, pleaded guilty to possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of prepubescent minors.

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Posted: Oct. 28, 2014 5:57 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 29, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Oakdale Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Child Pornography Charges Comments 0 Comments

Burglary Investigation Nets Arrests

 

Investigation into a local burglary in Escalon led local police officers to nearby Oakdale over the weekend, where they made three arrests.

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Posted: Oct. 07, 2014 6:12 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 08, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Burglary Investigation Nets Arrests Comments 0 Comments
12-Hour Ordeal - Shooting Leads To SWAT Standoff

12-Hour Ordeal - Shooting Leads To SWAT Standoff

A late night shooting that sent one man to the hospital resulted in a 12-hour police standoff with SWAT officers at an East H Street residence on Saturday, Sept. 27.

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Posted: Sep. 30, 2014 6:41 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 01, 2014 1:00 a.m. | 12-Hour Ordeal - Shooting Leads To SWAT Standoff Comments 0 Comments
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Knights Ferry News Week of November 19, 2014

Birthday greetings for November go out to: Bob Brunker, Jr., Phil Frymire, John Krick, Alex Krippner, Roger Ray, Elise Seeds, Bill Carr, Bill Higgins, Ben Cassinetto, Wyatt Dickens, Elissa Simons, Megan Miller, Tristan McCarthy, Megan Willis, Taylor Witzke, Alexa Boyajian, Alyssa Sisco, Dayne Sturtevant, Jenna O’Neil, Gage Perry and Ashlynn Henry.

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Posted: Nov. 18, 2014 6:02 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 19, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry News Week of November 19, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Knights Ferry News Week of November 12, 2014

There was a touching memorial service for Sara Harris last Saturday. She will be missed in this community!

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Knights Ferry News Week of November 5, 2014

The 51st annual Pumpkin Roll was sunny after a foggy start. It was fun to see people that used to live in the Ferry bring their children to experience rolling a pumpkin down the street. Winners in each category received a trophy. In the Boys 0-5 years the winner was Ryan Mayer and the Girls 0-5 winner was Rita Taylor with a roll 1 foot, 1 inch from the line. Bud Beuving won the Seniors division - mens, and Josephine Thompson won womens. Audrey Songer won the Girls division and Brayden Gordon won the Boys division. In the Teens category, Gwyn ...

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Knights Ferry News Week of October 29, 2014

This Friday, October 31st, will be the annual parade of Knights Ferry children going trick-or-treating on Main Street. It will start at 12:15 with the children coming down to Main Street in their costumes. Many folks gather to hand out candy and see the costumes. It is a fun time!

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Knights Ferry News Week of October 22, 2014

Lisa and Fred Dolling have returned from Las Vegas where they visited with Fred’s son, Justin and his wife Sarah and the grandchildren. They had a good time except for the return trip - eight-hour delay at the airport!

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Knights Ferry News Week of October 15, 2014

Sunday night thieves broke in to the outside post office boxes and stole some mail before they were chased off. Be on the lookout.

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Knights Ferry News Week of October 8, 2014

Birthday greetings for the month of October go out to: Jim Boyer, Carol Davis, Bev Noe, Dick Muniain, Lisa Dolling, Glenda Maisel, Natalie Albarico, Kody Simons, Nathaniel Van Ryn, Mike Ohe, Lis Whalen, Julia Nilsson, Alec Ray, Lisa Fogarty, Andrew Schlegel, Austin Page, Ivan Garcia, Faviola Garcia, Dusty Hobbs, Lenin Palafox, Bailey Stepp, Merna Jergentz and Nicolas Gonzalez.

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Posted: Oct. 07, 2014 6:32 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 08, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry News Week of October 8, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Knights Ferry News Week of October 1, 2014

Knights Ferry Community Club will meet tomorrow, Thursday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the clubhouse. It is a dessert meeting. Speakers will be from Oakdale Rural Fire Department and Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Department. Please plan to attend.

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Posted: Sep. 30, 2014 5:16 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 01, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry News Week of October 1, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Knights Ferry News Week of September 24, 2014

At the meeting of the Knights Ferry History and Museum Associates the gutter situation was discussed. New gutters will be installed in October by Byers Leaf Guard Gutters, ending the clogging and cleaning mess. Also discussed was the availability of the little room by the Ice Cream Parlor. The Voortmans will submit a plan to rent the space as an information center for Knights Ferry.

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Valley Home News Week of November 19, 2014

A life well lived ... The passing of Bonnie Gellerman’s “Aunt Mary” has left a definite void within our community. The following are Bonnie’s words of thanks and reflection in honor of her Aunt Mary Duncan:

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Valley Home News Week of November 12, 2014

What fun our Valley Home students had during Red Ribbon Week! Pajamas, moustaches, etc. were the order of the week as the kids showed their pride for Valley Home School! The focus now is on school attendance, the students are encouraged to make every effort to be at school each day. Special prizes will be awarded during the year.

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Valley Home News Week of November 5, 2014

Bushwacker ... The greatest bucking bull of all time! We are so fortunate to have this magnificent bull living right here in Valley Home. It is such a treat when you drive by the beautiful green pastures he calls home and catch a glimpse of the iconic Mr. Bushwacker. Watching him last Monday on TV as he bucked his way into history becoming the 2014 Bucking Bull of the year made for a fantastic evening! As our family of Bushwacker fans gathered around the TV, we watched, yelled, and clapped as the famous bulls performed one after the other trying to ...

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Valley Home News Week of October 29, 2014

THANK YOU ... to all you that helped make the Valley Home Fall Harvest Festival such a wonderful success! Because our much needed rain came, we made the decision to move as much as we could inside the school gym. It turned out to be a fantastic event with tons of fun for all. Again we give a huge thank you to the very special people who came and worked all evening to make the Harvest Festival fun for all! To the folks who donated to this event, your generosity is very, very much appreciated. Because of the tremendous support by ...

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Posted: Oct. 28, 2014 5:53 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 29, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Valley Home News Week of October 29, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Valley Home News Week of October 22, 2014

It’s Harvest Festival Time in Valley Home! What a wonderful Autumn feeling has settled over Valley Home. As they days get shorter and the nights grow colder we know we have said goodbye to another California summer. Years past in Valley Home at this time of year it was rice harvest time. I remember looking across the fields of freshly irrigated rice in Valley Home and thinking what a lovely and peaceful place to live! With a brilliant sunset sinking into the evening sky, the fiery orange, the hot pinks, the hues of deep blue with purple mixed in ...

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Valley Home News Week of October 15, 2014

Our Oakdale High Football team was well represented this past Saturday at Levi’s Stadium! Mustang colors dominated the crowd with the opposing colors of Buffalo green being not so dominant. The game was a thriller with our Mustangs coming out on top. Our cheerleaders and football players were brilliant and represented our area with tremendous pride and hard work. Go Mustangs!

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Valley Home News Week of October 8, 2014

Our fall scarecrow contest is off to a great start ... remember all entry forms must be turned in by this Friday, October 10th! If you do not have an entry form and would like to enter call Cooper Bartholomew at 209-985-5233. Prizes will be awarded at our annual Valley Home School Harvest Festival on October 25th. Scarecrows will be judged on October 18th and must be visible from the road. Special thanks to all of you who are building scarecrows and keeping our fall traditions alive in Valley Home!

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Valley Home News Week of October 1, 2014

With fall upon us, it is time to share one of our most delightful happenings here in Valley Home. Our annual fall scarecrow contest starts October 1st. This contest is a great way to enjoy our beautiful fall season and have some fun with friendly competition. Scarecrows will be judged in 4 categories: 1. Western; 2. Funny; 3. Family; 4. Garden Protector. Entries can be picked up from the General Store, Valley Home School or by calling Cooper Bartholomew at 985-5233 or coming by Cooper's house at 12501 Valley Home Road. Entries can be turned in at these same ...

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Valley Home News Week of September 24, 2014

It’s not too early to mark your calendars for October 25th. That is when our Valley Home School will host their annual Fall Harvest Festival! The festival is an important fundraiser for the school and all proceeds directly benefit our Valley Home students. There will be a huge silent auction, giant pumpkin contest, scarecrow contest, pumpkin patch, delicious food, pies, games, and tons of other exciting fun. More details to come over the next few weeks.

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David Nathaniel Sondeno

David Nathaniel Sondeno

Oct. 1925 - Nov. 2014

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Dixie DiCarlo

Dixie DiCarlo, age 90, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 7, 2014 after a brief illness.  Dixie DiCarlo had lived with her son, Joe DiCarlo, for the past 13 years in El Dorado, CA and Rancho Cordova, CA.  Dixie DiCarlo was one of five daughters born to Wade Rickets of Minnesota and Della Hancock of California.  She was born in Bakersfield, CA and graduated from John Brown University in Alabama.  She worked 19 years for the U.S. Postal Service in Riverbank, CA and volunteered in many civic programs such as a troop leader for the Girl Scouts.  Dixie married ...

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Helen Evans

Helen Evans

Helen Evans, 98, born in Helmer, Indiana  passed away Nov. 17, 2014 of natural causes in Oakdale, CA. Helen resided at the Oak Valley Care Center for four years.

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Gale Stapel

Gale Stapel

Gale Stapel passed away at the age of 85, on the morning of Nov. 3 from complications incurred after breaking his hip. Gale, the son of Justin and Jean Stapel, left Wisconsin as a toddler with younger brother Leighton and sister Donna during the Depression Era. His youth was spent in Valley Home where his father ran an automotive repair service. Gale attended  Oakdale High School and worked alongside his father. That training allowed him to serve as a mechanic for the U.S. Army when he was drafted. He endured the hardships of the Korean Conflict, afterward returning to ...

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Karen (Kay) Wamhoff

Karen (Kay) Wamhoff

Karen Wamhoff, 68, passed away on Oct. 30, 2014 in Joshua Tree, Ca. Karen resided in Oakdale for 15 years before moving to Yucca Valley, Ca. She was a housewife and homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin  (Mickey) Wamhoff and father William Kraemer. She is survived by her children Sherri Wamhoff of Yucca Valley, Ca. and Jason and Krista Wamhoff of Longwood, Florida, siblings Sharon and Dennis Katz of New City, New York and Rusty and Jan Kraemer of Santa Ana, Ca. Also survived by 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.  Services are Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 ...

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Posted: Nov. 11, 2014 5:12 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Karen (Kay) Wamhoff Comments 0 Comments
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Rex Bruton

Rex Bruton

Rex Bruton of Oakdale passed away at the Oakdale Care Center on November 3.  He was born in Ann, Missouri and served his country in the Navy during WWII.  In 1948 he married his sweetheart Hazel Jamison, whom he nicknamed Judy.  They had 66 very happy years together and raised 2 children, Ken Bruton who passed away 2 years ago leaving his wife Terry, and also Karen Hartkamp and her husband Gary.  Rex retired from Hershey foods after 22 years of being a mechanic.  His retirement years were spent enjoying camping and fishing with his wife, friends and grandchildren. He ...

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Posted: Nov. 11, 2014 5:13 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Rex Bruton Comments 0 Comments
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James Duncan “Scotty” Higgins

James Duncan “Scotty” Higgins

James Duncan “Scotty” Higgins, was born at home in Elgin Scotland on August 5, 1938 to Neil and Flora Higgins. He peacefully passed away at home in Oakdale, Ca., surrounded by his family on November 4, 2014. He leaves behind his twin brother Neil Higgins (Flo) of Scotland, his sister Flora Steven of Los Osos, Ca., His beloved wife Karen of Oakdale, Ca., his children Dawn Wohler (John) of Oakdale, Ca., Mark Higgins (Wendi) of Eagle Point Or. and Lorna Mason of Oakdale Ca., his stepchildren Jeff Casey of Nashville, Tn., Janet Spadevicchia (Joe) of Las Vegas, Nv. and Mark ...

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Posted: Nov. 11, 2014 6:20 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | James Duncan “Scotty” Higgins Comments 0 Comments
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Mary Kennedy Jordan Duncan

Mary Kennedy Jordan Duncan

“Ant” Mary Kennedy Jordan Duncan, January 1, 1924 – October 22, 2014. Born in Medford OR, raised in San Francisco CA, and for the past 70 years she made her home in the Valley Home & Escalon area. Preceded in death by son Steve Jordan (Tina). Survived by husband Dean Duncan, her sister Johan Gatzman (formerly of V.H), her brother Gene Files, and her son Larry Jordan. Retired from San Joaquin County Sherriff, previously worked at SPCA (she took most of them home), Private Secretary for Bechtel Corp whom helped to build the Bay Bridge (she loved to type). Mary could ...

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Willette Hughine Hults

Willette Hughine Hults

Willette Hughine Hults, 97, passed away on October 22, 2014 at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House in Hughson, California. She was born on August 03, 1917 in Gunn, Wyoming to Richard and Bertie (VerBryke) Roberts. The family moved to Oakdale when Willette was just a young girl.  She graduated from Oakdale High School and she remained an Oakdale resident for the remainder of her 97 years. Willette met and married Ira Sterling Hults in 1950 in Oakdale, CA. They were happily married for 46 years. Willette began a career as a civil servant at Sharp Army Depot in Stockton, California ...

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Posted: Nov. 11, 2014 6:21 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Willette Hughine Hults Comments 0 Comments
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Ronald Lee Schumacher

Ronald Lee Schumacher

Ronald Lee Schumacher, 76, of Oakdale, CA passed away unexpectedly November 3, 2014 in San Francisco, CA.

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Posted: Nov. 11, 2014 6:23 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Ronald Lee Schumacher Comments 0 Comments
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Lorne Arthur Wilson

Lorne Arthur Wilson

Lorne Arthur Wilson passed away Saturday November 8, 2014 from a long battle with cancer. Lorne was born February 9, 1930 in Los Angles California. Attended high school in the Alhambra school district.  He then went into the Army, serving in the Korean War. After he was discharged he moved back to his home area and began college.  Lorne started college at East Los Angeles junior college earning an AA.  Then Lorne Received a B. A. In Education from Santa Barbara University California. Then a Masters in Education from San Jose State. Loren began teaching in a few different schools ...

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Posted: Nov. 11, 2014 6:24 p.m. | Updated: Nov. 12, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Lorne Arthur Wilson Comments 1 Comment
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Thomas Henry Landers

Thomas Henry Landers, 70, of Oakdale passed away October 19, 2014 at home from a short illness. Tom was a welder and metal fabricator.

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Sara Gene (Hutcheson) Harris

Sara Gene (Hutcheson) Harris

8/5/1960-11/3/2014

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Stephanie Maureen Bowers

Stephanie Maureen Bowers

Stephanie was born on May 24, 1963 in Oakland, California at the Navy Hospital. Stephanie passed away in her sleep Oct. 22, 2014.

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Roger H. Beymer

Roger H. Beymer

Jun. 24, 1937 – Oct. 29, 2014

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Kyle Flynn Garcia

Kyle Flynn Garcia

   Kyle Flynn Garcia of Oakdale, 55, passed away on Oct. 22, 2014 at Memorial Hospital.

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Jack Vernon Young

Jack Vernon Young

March 3, 1945

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Billy Gene (Bill) Oliver

Billy Gene (Bill) Oliver

Billy Gene (Bill) Oliver slipped into the Lord’s arms on Oct. 23, 2014 in Modesto, CA. He was born in Fort Smith, AR to Earl and Violet Oliver. The family moved to CA in 1940 and Bill attended local schools, graduating from OHS in 1956. He loved sports and excelled in baseball, basketball and football, playing on championship teams for the Mustangs under Coach Jack Walker, who became a lifelong friend. At OHS, Bill met Diane Benoit who became his beloved wife for 56 years. Bill enlisted in the Navy and served on a destroyer tender until his discharge ...

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Posted: Oct. 28, 2014 6:03 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 29, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Billy Gene (Bill) Oliver Comments 0 Comments
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Lawrence “Larry” Joseph Alves

Lawrence “Larry” Joseph Alves, age 72, of Copperopolis, CA passed away on October 26, 2014 at Alexander Cohen Hospice House. He was born in Dos Palos, CA on May 1, 1942 to the late Frank and Kay Alves, Jr. Larry was a resident of Calaveras County for the past 19 years. As a young man, Larry was drafted into the US Army, where he received an honorable discharge in 1966. Larry enjoyed hunting, fishing and most of all spending time with his family.   

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Posted: Oct. 28, 2014 6:05 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 29, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Lawrence “Larry” Joseph Alves Comments 0 Comments

Mary Jane McCue

  July 31, 1935 - October 22, 2014

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Harold Benjamin Goldberg

Harold Benjamin Goldberg

One year ago today, Harold Benjamin Goldberg, our beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away Oct. 29, 2013, at his Oakdale home.  A Celebration of Life and Burial at Sea were held for Harold and Dorothy Goldberg, on July 12, 2014, at the Sea Crest Oceanfront Hotel, in Pismo Beach, CA.  Earlier in the morning a Burial at Sea, with military honors, was held for Harold and Dorothy on a local sailboat.  Over two hundred flowers and leis from Hawaii were scattered over the ocean on their committal to the sea offshore of the Sea Crest.  We were blessed ...

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Posted: Oct. 28, 2014 6:07 p.m. | Updated: Oct. 29, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Harold Benjamin Goldberg Comments 0 Comments
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