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Valley Home News for July 22, 2009

POSTED July 21, 2009 11:08 a.m.
The temperature this last week in our community has been warm, especially the first part of the week up to news submission time. The report given to us was at least six days over 100 degrees. We know that this is the San Joaquin Valley and this is July and put those two together and what you get is hot weather but we have been spoiled a bit in early July with a small reduction in the heat. We can wish for it to return but be prepared no matter what direction it goes.
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Last Wednesday was the July meeting of the Valley Home MAC and as always we had a meeting with a great deal of information made available to the residents.
The community reports opened with a report from Lloyd Douglass, our Mosquito Abatement representative who gave us a lot of pertinent information regarding our constant war with that “flying-biting varmint.” The good news that he relayed to us was that the same service we have been receiving will be continued with no apparent cuts due to the current economic crisis. We learned that the abatement is divided into two wars – one against adult mosquitoes and the other against the larvae. We also learned when fighting the adults, the results will not be lasting as the adults will be replaced in a day or two.
Remember that aside from being a strong nuisance, the mosquito is capable of carrying the West Nile virus. A small supply of the pamphlet, “Easy & Effective Steps to Protect Your Home from Mosquitoes & West Nile Virus,” was left at the Valley Home store. Pick up a copy.
Lieutenant Darin Gharat, Stanislaus Sheriff’s Dept. presented statistics for the 5th & 6th months of the year. There were 88 calls for service with 63 of those being routine type. He told us that this was a good report. Lt. Gharat was asked about the great amount of shooting that residents hear and reminded us all that these shots fired excessively or recklessly can be very dangerous.
There was a discussion regarding the upcoming National Night Out on August 4th and encouraged the local residents or Neighborhood Watch to plan on locally sponsoring or participating in that National Event. The Sheriff will not be able to visit this year as travel funds have been deeply cut but the Lieutenant promised to be here.
The County Animal Control representative Dorothy DiGino was scheduled for wrong month and will be with the MAC in August. In the meantime, the online link of the Department is www.stancounty.com/animalservices/ that will answer your many questions – licensing or what you might need.
Under CEQA Referral, a notice from the Department of Environmental Resources of an Application for Permit to Operate a Food Processing By-product Use Site was read to those present. It covers 23 parcels located in the unincorporated areas. A period from July 15, 2009 – August 13, 2009 is open for comment on Con/Agra’s Application for the above. The public hearing date has not yet been scheduled. Call Vicki Jones at 525-6710 with any questions.
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Happy birthday wishes go this week to Tina Jensen and Kyle Rash. We hope your birthday celebrations turn out “cool”†in spite of the hot weather!
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