Dear readers, sitting down to write this week's Valley Home News is one of the most difficult things I have had to do during the 35 years I have had the privilege of reporting Valley Home News! During that time I have had the privilege of meeting and making many new friends in our community. I cherish the wonderful opportunity that I have had to write about these many in the weekly column. During that space of time, I missed turning in only two columns and the Leader missed printing another two out of an approximate total of 1860 ...
Knights Ferry School held its Graduation last Wednesday out on the front of the school overlooking the town. Megan Willis rang the school bell to begin the program. The school children sang, "You're a Grand Old Flag". Mrs. Holcomb presented the Kindergarten class. Kindergarten graduates were Byron Macon, Jenna O'Neil, James Peterson, Troy Peterson, Maria Pineda, Trexler Porter, Madison Regan, McKenzie Regan, Kyla Ryan and Lilly Sturtevant. Eighth Grade teacher Randy Russell spoke on mistakes and the future. The gift to the school by the eighth graders was a drinking fountain. The children sang "Saying Goodbye" then Mrs ...
Oakdale youth water polo talent Emily Bennett was selected to the eighth grade and under 'Development' USA National Water Polo training team. She competed with the nation's top 70 athletes in her age division for a spot on the 28-person squad. If selected to the top 13, she will represent the USA in International competition later this summer.
The California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA), in association with the National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA), has announced Modesto Junior College has placed 11th out of 105 Community Colleges in the final standings of the 2012-13 NATYCAA Cup.
With dry winds forecast for many parts of Northern California, CAL FIRE has increased its staffing and is urging the public to be extra cautious due to the heightened fire danger. The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning stretching form Shasta County down through the Sacramento Valley to San Joaquin County starting Friday morning for high winds and low humidity lasting through Saturday evening.
California Dairy Campaign (CDC) members applauded Rep. Jim Costa, D-16, for his leadership in passing the "California Milk Marketing Order Act" in the House Agriculture Committee passed farm bill. Representative Jim Costa, D-16, spoke to the California Dairy Campaign board of directors and membership to discuss the farm bill, ethanol policy, immigration and water issues at the CDC office in Turlock.
Congratulations go out to former Knights Ferry School students who are graduating from high school: Maria Arias, Jordyn Cooley, Dustin Donnelly, Kaitlin Odom, Miranda Roberts, Jasmine Derrick, Aislinn Finn, Faviola Garcia, Elissa Simons, Robert Murray, Mason Kalik, Marissa MacDonald, Jonathan Gazdik, Dylan Mack and Fred Mesker.
Your reporter attended the Valley Home Joint School District Graduation on Tuesday evening May 21, 2013. The ceremony held in the school multi-purpose room was quite pleasant and the attractive decoration plants were provided by the Knudsen Nursery. The traditional processional music, Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance brought the fifteen graduates to chairs at the front. Ciara Mitchell, Juana Glover and Juan Cabrera lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag followed by a welcome from School Superintendent Mrs. Desrosiers-Lewis.