From the emails and voice mails:
Glenn Burghardt, who ran the local museum for years, said the state ordered the city to remove the sign sometime after World War II because it didn’t want decorative archways over its state highways. What happened to the sign? Nobody seems to know.
“We heard lots of stories,” Burghardt said. “But I don’t know. It possibly was destroyed.”
Or, it could be in somebody’s garage or shed somewhere.
A group of Oakdale residents would like a more definitive answer. In fact, the folks would love to recover the sign. Restored, it would make a nice entry feature for the plaza in front of the Gene Bianchi Community Center; or to the park at Yosemite and F; or to Dorada Park, which is home to a wooden play structure.
If you remember the sign, know its history or – better yet – know if it is still exists, contact Monica Perrone at firstname.lastname@example.org
Two hours later, she went to get something from her purse. Except the purse wasn’t there.
“I figured I must have left it in my car,” she said. So she checked the vehicle. No purse. That, of course, triggered pure panic. She began retracing in her mind everything she’d done that day. That included a trip to the bank to get cash, and in a larger amount than usual.
She called Target, and an amazing thing happened: She’d left the purse in the cart out in the parking lot. It remained there until one of the store’s employees went to retrieve the carts and bring them back into the store.
“The employee found it and turned it in,” she said, totally relieved and thankful. “Everything was in it.”
Considering the security breach the retailer experienced before Christmas, her purse turned out to be safer left in a shopping cart in the store’s parking lot than her debit card would have been inside the store during the holiday season.
“That’s why I wanted them to get some positive attention,” she said. “They were so nice and so honest. They really saved me.”