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OTVB Names New Administrator

OTVB Names New Administrator

 

A new face with new enthusiasm and drive will be taking over as administrator for the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) after the departure of Ramona Howard who left the organization to pursue other career interests.

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Successful Run Concludes For 2014 County Fair

 

Midway lights, great food bites, and daily concert nights were just some of the many highlights as the Stanislaus County Fair celebrated its 103rd year.

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Council Boosts Fees

Council Boosts Fees

A Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District (LLMD) agenda item on fee increases that prompted lengthy discussion at the previous meeting, and eventually delayed the vote until questions could be answered, was approved at a relatively brief Monday, July 21 Oakdale City Council meeting.

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Water Plan Finalized

Water Plan Finalized

With California water regulators having voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, the City of Oakdale must now come up with a conservation plan for its residents and 7,000 water customers.

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Posted: Jul. 22, 2014 2:49 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 23, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Water Plan Finalized Comments 0 Comments
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Breaking Bread, Breaking Ground

Breaking Bread, Breaking Ground

At a ceremony on July 15, Oakdale Joint Unified School District officials broke ground for the new 5000-square foot steel structure that will be the Central Kitchen. This will be the first of a handful of projects spearheaded by the Facilities Committee.

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Posted: Jul. 22, 2014 3:10 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 23, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Breaking Bread, Breaking Ground Comments 0 Comments
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No Felony Charge For Death Of Off-Duty Officer

No Felony Charge For Death Of Off-Duty Officer

 

After the end of a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, May 20, Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Ricardo Cordova determined there was not enough evidence for Jose Hermosillo to stand trial for a felony count of manslaughter in the November 2012 death of off-duty Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek.

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Posted: May. 22, 2014 1:06 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 22, 2014 1:02 p.m. | No Felony Charge For Death Of Off-Duty Officer Comments 0 Comments
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Oakdale To Finalize Conservation Plan

Oakdale To Finalize Conservation Plan

 

 

With California water regulators having voted to approve fines up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing, the City of Oakdale must now come up with a conservation plan for its residents and 7000 water customers.

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Senate Resolution Recognizes Service Of Auxiliaries

 

U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), co-chairs of the Senate Military Family Caucus, on Thursday introduced a resolution recognizing the patriotism and contributions of veterans service organizations (VSO) known as women’s auxiliaries.

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Swift Follow-Up By Police In Weekend Crimes

Swift Follow-Up By Police In Weekend Crimes

 

 

The man wanted in connection of the rape of a teenaged girl was spotted and arrested on the grounds of Oakdale High School Tuesday night, July 15.

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Statue Capstone Unveiling Celebrates Cowboy Day

Statue Capstone Unveiling Celebrates Cowboy Day

 

The Oakdale Garden Club along with Project Coordinator Dan Holman will be hosting a champagne reception at the unveiling of the recently installed capstones surrounding Oakdale’s famous “Yesterday Is Tomorrow” cowboy statue in front of the Oakdale Cowboy Museum on Saturday, July 26 at 12:30 p.m. The unveiling and reception are open to the public.

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Business Development Center Continuing Its Success

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC), in conjunction with the City of Oakdale and Oakdale Chamber of Commerce operates an enhanced program to assist entrepreneurs and existing businesses in the City of Oakdale by providing no-cost one-on-one professional business consulting and low-cost business training programs.

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County Fair Serves Up Family Fun

County Fair Serves Up Family Fun

The fun continues daily at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds in Turlock, with concerts, fun on the midway, food, displays and more.

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 4:27 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | County Fair Serves Up Family Fun Comments 0 Comments
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Blue Star Mothers Group Forms Locally

When Emmy McDaniel’s son Clayton joined the Navy after graduating from Oakdale High School in 2013, she became one of many parents who are part of a special group, facing uncertainty as she waits to find out where his career takes him.

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 4:30 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Blue Star Mothers Group Forms Locally Comments 0 Comments
Domestic Dispute Turns Into Barricaded Subject

Domestic Dispute Turns Into Barricaded Subject

 

Oakdale Police responded to a reported domestic disturbance on Old Bluff Court Thursday night, July 10 at 5 pm that resulted in the eventual arrest of one of the involved residents for kidnapping and false imprisonment.

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Landscape, Lighting - Questions Prompt Assessment Delay

Landscape, Lighting - Questions Prompt Assessment Delay

 

 

A series of questions presented by residents regarding Landscape and Lighting Maintenance District (LLMD) assessments for Burchell Hill, Bridle Ridge, and The Vineyards developments resulted in over an hour of dialogue at Monday night’s Oakdale City Council meeting. The final result was a 4-1 vote to delay the agenda item until those questions could be answered.

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Posted: Jul. 08, 2014 3:08 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 09, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Landscape, Lighting - Questions Prompt Assessment Delay Comments 0 Comments
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Record Crop Predicted For Almond Growers

 

 

The Almond Board of California reported on Tuesday, July 1 that the state should expect a record harvest for this fall’s crop. Based on 860,000 bearing acres – nearly 900 orchards – in the state, the California Almond objective forecast for the 2014-2015 crop is 2.10 billion meat pounds, an all-time high.

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Posted: Jul. 08, 2014 3:09 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 09, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Record Crop Predicted For Almond Growers Comments 0 Comments
Musical Variety On Tap At County Fair

Musical Variety On Tap At County Fair

Entertainment at this year’s Stanislaus County Fair has all genres of music to entertain the masses including country artist Rodney Atkins and R&B band Kool and the Gang.

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Posted: Jul. 08, 2014 3:20 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 09, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Musical Variety On Tap At County Fair Comments 0 Comments
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Food Network To Film At Stanislaus County Fair

 

The Stanislaus County Fair has been chosen to be featured on the Food Network’s new show “Carnival Eats.”

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Controller Candidate Requests Multi-County Recount

 

Stanislaus County Clerk Recorder and Registrar of Voters, Lee Lundrigan, has been advised by the Office of the California Secretary of State that State Controller third place candidate John Perez has requested a partial recount in the primary race election for California State Controller. The November General Gubernatorial Election ballot will list only the top two primary race candidates receiving the most votes in the June 3 Primary Election. The State Controller race has a clear first place candidate for the November ballot, yet the third place candidate is separated from the second place by only 481 votes.

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Red Cross Issues Holiday Swim Safety Tips

 

The long Fourth of July weekend is here and many people are planning to spend part of their holiday at a backyard or community pool. The American Red Cross is issuing ten steps people should take to be safe while poolside.

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Posted: Jul. 03, 2014 1:40 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 04, 2014 2:00 p.m. | Red Cross Issues Holiday Swim Safety Tips Comments 0 Comments

Measure Y Kicks Off Campaign Strategy

 

Oakdale’s Measure Y committee commenced its campaign with a meeting to discuss the approach for promoting the Nov. 4 ballot measure to continue the half-cent sales tax for the city’s general fund.

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Posted: Jun. 27, 2014 1:43 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 02, 2014 1:43 p.m. | Measure Y Kicks Off Campaign Strategy Comments 0 Comments
Be Safe, Sane For July 4 Holiday

Be Safe, Sane For July 4 Holiday

It’s a shortened work week for many Americans, as Friday is the Fourth of July federal holiday, the observance of our nation’s birthday.

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Crews Converge In Encampment Clean Up

Crews Converge In Encampment Clean Up

It is no secret that the river that runs by Oakdale Shopping Center off Highway 120 is the home to many of Oakdale’s homeless. Several complaints recently came into the Oakdale Police department about issues in that area, including a broken lock by the river gate, so access could be gained into a restricted area.

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Court Tosses Out Lawsuit Against Cops And City

Court Tosses Out Lawsuit Against Cops And City

 

 

A Federal lawsuit filed last December by local insurance agent Dirk Vermeulen against the Oakdale Police Department and the City of Oakdale was dismissed by the United States District Court’s Eastern District of California on June 26.

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Two Confirmed Human WNV Cases

West Nile Virus – in the form of human cases – has arrived in Stanislaus County.

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Day Camp Wraps Action Packed Summer

Day Camp Wraps Action Packed Summer

This week marks the final week of Oakdale’s Super Summer Camp program offered through the Oakdale Joint Unified School District. Camp is open to students in kindergarten through sixth grade and campers can attend any or all of the weeklong summer sessions.

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Posted: Jul. 22, 2014 2:47 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 23, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Day Camp Wraps Action Packed Summer Comments 0 Comments
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Care Closet: Donations Needed For Students

School supplies are being collected now, as Oakdale Joint Unified School District officials look toward the fast approaching start of the new school year.

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 4:30 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Care Closet: Donations Needed For Students Comments 0 Comments

Summer Sessions Focus On Homeschooling Options

Homeschooling is a rewarding educational alternative. It is especially valuable for those families wanting to pass on their religious heritage, family values or personal beliefs to their children. Special needs or high achieving children who do not fit into a typical campus classroom benefit greatly from the one on one work at an individual pace.

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FFA Officers Attend Leadership Camp

FFA Officers Attend Leadership Camp

Oakdale FFA members recently attended a three-day sectional leadership conference in Pinecrest over a weekend, at Camp Sylvester. During this time FFA chapters from the Stanislaus-Tuolumne section and the Tri-Rivers section went along with two delegates selected by their chapters. These delegates were to vote for the new sectional officers that would represent each section at regional meetings and events and also help run the section.

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Horse Around With Pre-County Fair Horse, Livestock Events

Horse Around With Pre-County Fair Horse, Livestock Events

Trot on down to the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds for horse show and livestock events before the fair opens.

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Posted: Jun. 17, 2014 5:28 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 18, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Horse Around With Pre-County Fair Horse, Livestock Events Comments 0 Comments
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Knights Ferry Graduates Group

Knights Ferry Graduates Group

Knights Ferry School held its commencement ceremony on June 3, graduating 13 eighth graders. Each of the graduates had speaking parts in the ceremony.

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Posted: Jun. 10, 2014 3:39 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 11, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry Graduates Group Comments 0 Comments
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School Board Passes 2014-2015 Budget

The 2014-2015 school budget was approved by the Oakdale Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees at the June 9 regular meeting.

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Posted: Jun. 10, 2014 3:42 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 11, 2014 1:00 a.m. | School Board Passes 2014-2015 Budget Comments 0 Comments
Super Summer Camp On Now

Super Summer Camp On Now

Summer Camp is open. Oakdale’s Super Summer Camp started on June 2 and is an eight-week summer program for children in kindergarten through sixth grades to keep them engaged in fun activities, field trips, and learning opportunities five days a week.

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Posted: Jun. 03, 2014 4:36 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 04, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Super Summer Camp On Now Comments 0 Comments
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Valley Home Graduates Eight

Valley Home Joint School District held its eighth grade commencement ceremony on May 21 at the school gymnasium, with eight students graduating.

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Posted: Jun. 03, 2014 4:45 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 04, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Valley Home Graduates Eight Comments 0 Comments
Graduation Celebration - Class Of 2014

Graduation Celebration - Class Of 2014

Elgar’s “Pomp and Circumstance” was a familiar tune recently as the Oakdale Joint Unified School District graduations took place Wednesday, May 21 through Friday May 23 with a total of 748 high school and junior high graduates who crossed the stage to receive their diplomas and advance to the next chapter of their lives. Each graduating class was presented to the OJUSD Superintendent Marc Malone by their respective school principal. School board members then presented diplomas to the graduates as their names were read.

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Posted: May. 27, 2014 4:43 p.m. | Updated: May. 28, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Graduation Celebration - Class Of 2014 Comments 0 Comments
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Swift Follow Up Leads To Arrest

Swift Follow Up Leads To Arrest

The man wanted in connection with the rape of a teenaged girl was spotted and arrested on the grounds of Oakdale High School on Tuesday night, July 15.

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Domestic Dispute Turns Into Barricaded Subject

Domestic Dispute Turns Into Barricaded Subject

 

Oakdale Police responded to a reported domestic disturbance where the wanted suspect from earlier in the day returned to Old Bluff Court on Thursday night, July 10 at 5 p.m. The incident resulted in the eventual arrest of one of the suspects for kidnapping and false imprisonment in addition to the previous domestic violence charges.

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City Sees High Crime Weekend

City Sees High Crime Weekend

A depleted Oakdale Police Force was busy over the weekend in gang related incidents that started with Friday afternoon gunshots and then greater problems of a stabbing outside the Battered Beaver Bar in the early morning hours on Saturday, a person shot outside 7-11 on West F Street at midnight Saturday night, and a forcible assault reported early Sunday morning.

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 4:22 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | City Sees High Crime Weekend Comments 0 Comments
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Holiday Hopping For Police, Fire

Holiday Hopping For Police, Fire

 

Oakdale Police reported that units were kept busy responding to numerous call-to-call complaints about fireworks during the long Independence Day Holiday weekend, Friday, July 4 through Sunday, July 6. Police also were tied up providing traffic control assistance for a brush fire near the Oakdale Airport.

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Posted: Jul. 08, 2014 3:05 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 09, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Holiday Hopping For Police, Fire Comments 0 Comments
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Reward Offered In Barry Case

The family and friends of Blake Barry, the victim of a hit and run fatal accident on Dec. 29, 2013 in Waterford, is offering a reward starting at $10,000 in the case. The reward will grow as donations are received, and is designed to reward persons for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the hit and run death of Barry. The incident occurred in the 12500 block of Dorsey Street in Waterford.

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Police Sweep Nets Guns, Drugs

Police Sweep Nets Guns, Drugs

 

Oakdale Police in coordination with members of the Stanislaus Sheriff’s Department and Stanislaus Probation Department conducted a gang suppression operation and arrested three Oakdale residents during a probation search of a residence in the 1100 block of West G Street. Police recovered an illegal shotgun and narcotic offenses also resulted from the action.

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Man Gets 16-Month Sentence In Stalking Of Oakdale Cop

Man Gets 16-Month Sentence In Stalking Of Oakdale Cop

An Oakdale man’s fixation on Oakdale Police Lieutenant Keri Redd, a 23-year veteran of the department, has landed him with a felony conviction and a 16-month prison sentence. The Stanislaus District Attorney’s Office released the information about the case this week.

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Posted: Jun. 10, 2014 3:48 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 11, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Man Gets 16-Month Sentence In Stalking Of Oakdale Cop Comments 0 Comments
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Oakdale Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Molest

Oakdale Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Molest

On June 3, Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager announced that Daniel John Ruiz, 26, of Oakdale, pleaded no contest to two counts of felony child molest on May 21. Deputy District Attorney Merrill Hoult prosecuted the case for the People.

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Posted: Jun. 10, 2014 3:50 p.m. | Updated: Jun. 11, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Oakdale Man Sentenced To 10 Years For Molest Comments 0 Comments
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No Felony Charge In Death Of Off-Duty Officer

After the end of a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, May 20, Stanislaus Superior Court Judge Ricardo Cordova determined there was not enough evidence for Jose Hermosillo to stand trial for a felony count of manslaughter in the November 2012 death of off-duty Oakdale Police Officer Paul Katuszonek.

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Knights Ferry News Week of July 23, 2014

There is a new sign up on the highway, a gateway sign for Knights Ferry. It points to the town and tells that there is food and recreation there. Sponsors for the sign so far are: River’s Edge, 50’s Roadhouse, River Journey, Knights Ferry History and Museum Associates and the Ice Cream and Sweets Shop. It looks really nice.

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Posted: Jul. 22, 2014 3:21 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 23, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Knights Ferry News Week of July 23, 2014 Comments 0 Comments

Knights Ferry News Week of July 16, 2014

The streets of Knights Ferry look good after the slurry seal. As of Saturday the lines had not yet been repainted.

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Knights Ferry News Week of July 9, 2014

Kaeli Sweet flew to Virginia Beach, Virginia, to visit her Uncle Adam and Aunt Tiffany. Hurricane Arthur, the first named storm of the season, went up the Atlantic seaboard also. We have to wait until Kaeli is home to find out how that experience was.

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Knights Ferry News July 2, 2014

Stanislaus of Public Works has CHANGED THE DATES of the slurry seal on the town’s streets. New dates are July 7-8-9. The streets are to be sealed in the order as before, Monday-Dent past Vantine and Vantine and Main Street. Tuesday-Lynde, Shurl, Dean and the rest of Dent, Wednesday-Ellen and by the Plaza to Cemetery road. No cars or pedestrians are to be on the sealing job for two hours afterwards. Plan your day accordingly.

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Knights Ferry News June 25, 2014

At the MAC meeting to be held Thursday, June 26th, the slurry seal of all the streets in the Ferry will be discussed. The meeting is at 7:00 p.m. at the clubhouse. The sealing of the streets will be July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. There will be no cars or pedestrians allowed on the seal for two hours. The first streets to be done are Dent past Vantine and Vantine and Main Street on the 1st. The next day will be Lynde, Shurl, Dean and the rest of Dent. Day three will be Ellen Street and in front ...

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Knights Ferry News Week of June 18, 2014

Birthday greetings for the month of June go out to: Bob Brunker, Eric Sinkevich, Greg Borba, Johnathan Borba, Jeff Donnelly, Audrey Mack, Landon Burns, Katelyn Hunter, Carl Schafer, Ava Schulz, Rawlin Hixon, Preston Page, Madison Dickens, Pete Studer, Aleesha Harden, Mikayla Largent, Leah Armario, Oskar Nilsson, Karyn Miller, Patti Mack, Loretta Raphael, Kaeli Sturtevant, and Jazzlynn Velasquez.

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Knights Ferry News June 11, 2014

Knights Ferry School held its Graduation on June 3rd on the front of the school overlooking the river valley and town. Charlee Birdsong rang the bell to start the program. The eighth Graders processed in and then Kaeli Sweet led the Flag salute and Alyssa Sisco led the “Star Spangled Banner”. Speaker for the evening was Natalie Brockman, Paraprofessional and Band/ Music instructor. Graduates were Mario Aries, Jose Garcia, Sergio Garcia, Aleesha harden, Clay Heffington, Lindsey Largent, Alondra Machado, Julia Nilsson, Ray Patton, Jordan Proch, Kylee Sisco, Julian Velasquez and Megan Willis.

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Knights Ferry News June 4, 2014

Don’t forget Thursday, June 5th is the Community Club dinner meeting at 6:30 at the clubhouse.

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Knights Ferry News Week of May28, 2014

Congratulations to graduates of Oakdale’s high schools that had at one time gone to Knights Ferry School: Rylie Pena, Zane Gookin, Haleigh Ballesteros Bailey, Alyssa Perigen, Zeke Tanner, Alissa Baize, Jessie Freitas, Taylor Kelley, Hanna Martinelli Holland, Oskar Nilsson, Kaitlin Van Ryn, Charles Wong, Rachael Munoz, Leah Armario and Zeke Spani. Good luck in all you do!

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Valley Home News Week of July 16, 2014

It’s fair time again! Many of us have special memories of attending the county fair in our youth. What great times were had at the fair! The brightly colored Ferris wheel was always my favorite as I was never brave enough for the faster rides. For others it was the tilt-a-whirl...spinning faster and faster until before you knew it, it was spinning you rather than you spinning it. It is wildly fun and for some they can’t get enough of it. Whatever your ride of choice the county fair is always a fun time for all! Remember ...

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Valley Home News Week of July 9, 2014

This week we highlight a very important person who is active in both Valley Home and Escalon. This young man is Bryce McKenzie! Bryce attends Valley Home School and is a very busy guy. He carries a high grade point average and attends school basketball and football games as the Hawk. The Hawk is the school mascot and Bryce loves to create school spirit. His school pride is contagious and the crowd is always delighted to see Bryce show up as the Hawk. Way to go Bryce! This summer Bryce will be attending the Stanislaus County Fair and will be ...

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Valley Home News Week of July 2, 2014

Fourth of July ... Sparklers, firecrackers, homemade ice cream, hot dogs and tall cold glasses of frosty lemonade! This special holiday is a reason to celebrate! We celebrate this great country, with the silvery outline of Lady Liberty etched in our minds, we gather to watch the dazzling explosions of color high in the evening sky. Whether your family celebrates big or celebrates small this special holiday always does your heart good! Old Glory with all her beauty waves proudly in the summer time breeze, children run and play on fresh mowed lawns, old folks sit and rock gently on front ...

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Valley Home News Week of June 25, 2014

Here in Valley Home we love to celebrate the good in life! Recently one of our favorite Valley Home families reached a big milestone. Jeff and Sally Chrisman celebrated 23 years of marriage on June 15th, which was also Father’s Day this year. The Chrisman family spent a wonderful four days with their children at the Long Barn Lodge and on Lake Beardsley kayaking and fishing. The couple’s youngest daughter Callie Ann Chrisman even caught two large Rainbow Trout. Way to go Callie Ann! Jeff and Sally are truly unique and caring people, so full of love that ...

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Valley Home News Week of June 18, 2014

The joy of summertime memories...it was another special June visit for lifelong friends Taylor Denman and Jenna Heaton! It always amazes me, the bond these two friends share. Becoming best friends in kindergarten at Valley Home School, the friendship survived long distance when the Denman family moved to Texas when the girls were about twelve years old. The families stayed close with automobile trips back and forth every summer. As the girls became older- high school aged- the trips became airline flights to and from Valley Home and Texas. Now with the girls attending college, one in California and ...

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Valley Home News Week of June 11, 2014

Every community needs caring young people...Valley Home has many! One of which is recent Oakdale High graduate Melissa Koppinger! Melissa who is talented in many areas has chosen to follow a career path in the medical field. Melissa enrolled in ROP during high school, which consisted of many ride-alongs with EMTs and paramedics. It was during this time she realized she was definitely where she wanted to be. Her strength and her skills for helping others have made her a natural for this demanding career. Melissa is the daughter of Debra and Jay Koppinger of Valley Home. This fall ...

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Valley Home News Week of June 4, 2014

As a child growing up in Valley Home, those around Melinda Koppinger knew that she was a talented athlete! Over the years Melinda has sharpened her skills and has become one of the area’s best softball players. Parents Debra and Jay Koppinger are their daughter’s biggest supporters and together they have raised five of the most talented and unique children parents could ask for. Melinda, who before graduation had several scholarship offers from various colleges decided on Ohio Valley University. Melinda will major in education and looks forward to becoming a school teacher one day. As her high ...

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Valley Home News Week of May 28, 2014

So much excitement in the air with all of the recent graduation activities. Oakdale High School Class of 2014 graduation ceremonies commenced on Friday evening with several graduates being from right here in Valley Home. This event is always bittersweet as it is the beginning of a new chapter yet also the closure of another. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing a bit about the recently graduated Valley Home young people.

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Posted: May. 27, 2014 5:13 p.m. | Updated: May. 28, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Valley Home News Week of May 28, 2014 Comments 0 Comments
Lena C. Baldonado

Lena C. Baldonado

Lena C. Baldonado, 80, died June 23, 2014.

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James D. Broedlow

James D. Broedlow, 67, died Wednesday, June 18, 2014.

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Nell Dolly

Nell Dolly, 96, of Oakdale died Friday, July 11.

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Alice C. Henriques Highfill

Alice C. Henriques Highfill

Alice C. Henriques Highfill, 82, passed away peacefully in her home on Thursday, July 10, 2014.

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 4:36 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Alice C. Henriques Highfill Comments 0 Comments
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Phil Orlando

Phil Orlando

Phil passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 6th at the age of 80. Phil Orlando was born in Brooklyn, New York on July 12, 1933. His Italian parents were Vincent Orlando and Sadie Sorrentino Orlando. He had three sisters, Beatrice, Rose and Joann. He came to California when he was five years old and became a Riverbank boy even though he graduated from Oakdale High School in 1951. Soon after graduation, Phil joined the Coast Guard during the Korean Conflict. After his discharge, he began working as a meat cutter in Oakdale and retired after 37 years in ...

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 4:37 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Phil Orlando Comments 0 Comments
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Claude Ralph Ozbirn

Claude Ralph Ozbirn, 94, died Sunday, July 6, 2014 due to complications from a fall.

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 4:38 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Claude Ralph Ozbirn Comments 0 Comments

Clifford Thomas

Clifford Thomas, 86, passed away peacefully on July 4, 2014 in Seattle, Washington.

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Posted: Jul. 15, 2014 4:40 p.m. | Updated: Jul. 16, 2014 1:00 a.m. | Clifford Thomas Comments 0 Comments

Ruth Anne Gatzman

Ruth Anne Gatzman, 96, passed away in Livermore, CA, on Thursday, June 5.

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Posted: Jul. 09, 2014 8:51 a.m. | Ruth Anne Gatzman Comments 0 Comments
Barbara Beatrice Bryant

Barbara Beatrice Bryant

Barbara Beatrice Bryant, 75, of Oakdale lost her battle with cancer on Saturday, June 28.

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Posted: Jul. 09, 2014 8:50 a.m. | Barbara Beatrice Bryant Comments 0 Comments
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Randall ‘Randy’ Keith Alford

Randall ‘Randy’ Keith Alford

Randall ‘Randy’ Keith Alford, 53, tragically passed away on Saturday, June 21, 2014.

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Posted: Jul. 02, 2014 12:08 p.m. | Randall ‘Randy’ Keith Alford Comments 0 Comments
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