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Valley Home News

August 18, 2010

POSTED August 18, 2010 4:12 a.m.

In last week’s column I stated that Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson would be at tonight’s meeting of the Valley Home Municipal Advisory Council meeting and I wish to make that announcement again. Yes, Sheriff Christianson is scheduled to attend tonight’s meeting of the Valley Home MAC. You do not want to miss this meeting as there has been some unwanted activity such as gang tagging of buildings, trespassing and theft in the Valley Home area this past few weeks and the sheriff will be discussing what has happened and how we can be prepared for what may happen in the future.

Other items on the meeting agenda include reports from our California Highway Patrol officer, the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District, the request to remove commercial trucks from Lone Tree Road, and reports from other county departments and Raul Mendez, Chief Executive Office representative.

The meeting will be held as usual at the Harold Pope School library, 4600 Texas Avenue in Valley Home. This meeting is where residents have the opportunity to hear the latest words on the latest activities in our area and to express their concerns and opinions to our county supervisors on items affecting our community. You must plan to attend this meeting.

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It has been reported to me this Sunday evening that many long anticipated things have happened this week at the Valley Home Community Center park site — more dirt was delivered and spread where needed, fence pole holes have been dug awaiting the arrival of more chain-link fencing as wrong stuff was received and had to be returned for exchange for correct stuff. But the most exciting was the work on the sprinkler system. The trenching of the site was accomplished followed by the insertion of the plastic pipe lines into the trenches, followed by the burial of the pipe lines. The short upright pipes are in place awaiting the placement of pop-up sprinkler heads on each one.

One may ask, “How were all these projects accomplished?” Well, with the leadership of Board Chairman Joe Perez who worked with Tom and Jim Winchester in digging the fence post holes and led the crew of Valley Home resident Sharon Hoffman and Joe’s wife Linda Perez in the sprinkler project, all was accomplished and the result looks great.  It is so wonderful and so rewarding when volunteers are available for community projects.

Next to come will be the “rock” bricks for the two-foot fence on Pioneer Ave. The bricks will be picked up Friday and installed on the days following. Your reporter talked with the Oakdale Garden Club president last week and found that 3 pine trees have been added to the oak trees already earmarked for donation to the Valley Home project. It just keeps happening.

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Valley Home PTC hosted their Annual Kindergarten Welcome Back on August 11th, providing an opportunity to meet and greet new families as well as returning ones.

Back to School Night will be held tonight, August 18th, in the Gym/MPR, with the PTC serving up FREE root beer floats at 6 p.m. for all families in attendance. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us for our First PTC meeting this Thursday, August 19th at 3 p.m. in Mrs. Moore’s classroom on the Texas Avenue Campus. This is a great opportunity to learn what PTC is all about and how you too can be an involved parent!   Goodies and babysitting are provided so please stop in and say “Hi!” and all in attendance will receive a $2 coupon good towards the purchase for you or your child’s “Spirit Wear!”

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