This word just in from the Stanislaus County Fair: Valley Home's Garret Bryhni won Supreme Champion Hog beating out over 400 pigs! He's now looking for buyers and really needs some help. All of Valley Home is so excited and proud of him. Valley Home residents are anxiously awaiting word of further results of our 4-H'ers who are participating in the county fair. Thus far, other than the word on Garret, we have not received judging results and will include them in next week's column.
We received word from Tammie Smith that our Valley Home 4-H'ers are currently all busy getting ready for the Stanislaus County Fair. Tammie reminds us that with the ending of the Oakdale Junior Livestock Boosters which helped purchase the market animals, many kids are without buyers for their animals at the Fair, this year. If anyone is interested in buying an animal or helping a 4H'er they should contact Tammie at 604-6942.
Let's have a big round of applause for Valley Home 4-H'ers, Samuel Fletcher, Heidi Schaefle and Jenny Schaefle who competed in 4-H State Presentations on May 28th during the State 4-H Field Day at UC Davis. They worked diligently for several months on their presentations, earning gold awards at the county and regional levels which entitled them to compete in State Presentation Day. In Sam's demonstration titled "Ready, Aim, Fire" he taught the audience how to make a sling shot out of a "V" shaped tree branch. Heidi's prepared informational speech, "Rude Awakening" educated the audience ...
History has been made again in Valley Home with the dedication of the new Valley Home Community Center Park on Saturday, June 18, 2011. Music filled the air thanks to new Valley Home resident D.J. Ken Soffiotto and his Cruiser Music Productions. The wonderful aroma of steak and chicken sandwiches prepared by Jerome Food Catering of Valley Home greeted visitors as they arrived at the park. Attendees soon found out that there was more to remember about the food than the aroma, it was outstanding.
Dedication of Valley Home Community Center Park – Saturday, June 18, 2011
Sometimes, on very rare occasions, in gathering information to include in the Valley Home News, we receive such a bonanza of news items to share with our readers that we are unable to include all of it in the column. Last week was just such an occasion and we would like to include those items in this week's column.
The familiar strains of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance filled the air on May 23, 2011 as the Valley Home eighth grade students made their entrance into the School Multipurpose Room for their Graduation Ceremony. Judah Burton, Nathan Soares and Luis Penaloza joined in rendering the Pledge of Allegiance. Principal Kevin Hart welcomed parents and members of the audience to the ceremony.
We are happy to report that we have received good follow up reports on stolen property found due to the efforts of Farm Watch News Alert and Neighborhood Watch people. Residents need to keep on the alert and aid in preventing more such crimes from occurring.
History has been made in Valley Home on Sunday, May 15th with the first party held in the new Valley Home Community Park. The event was a birthday party for Ethan Butler, who has just turned 2 years old. Ethan has an older brother, Noah and his parents are John and Christina Butler. Attending the festivities for Ethan were Grandma "Mimi" Kim Butler and "Papa" Steve Butler who live on Hines Road in Valley Home. The other set of grandparents were also in attendance "Opa and Oma" JoAnn and Nico Beukelman. The birthday boy's daddy set up a "Bouncy ...
Our Valley Home young people have been making good use of the nice weather we enjoyed for a while. We received word that Melissa Koppinger has been enjoying an opportunity to play some golf. Way to go Melissa! Melissa's twin sister, Melinda is having an absolute awesome season playing softball at Oakdale High School. Valley Home is proud of you both!
Time flies! The year has been a busy one for our Valley Home 4-H members! Our 4-H president, Halley Smith reminds members that Record books are due at the June meeting. Halley states that there are no exceptions. Members must turn in a record book on time to be considered a member in good standing. You must be a member in good standing to enter and show at the County Fair, and have your current 4-H year count. Primary members do not need to complete a record book but they may complete a primary record. See Sally Chrisman for help ...
The weather turned out great on Saturday for the 4-H sponsored Easter Egg Hunt and a good number of egg hunters showed up for the fun event! Our 4-H Easter Bunny helpers did a great job hiding the eggs on the grounds of the "old" school and the weather couldn't have been better for the hunt. The eggs were dyed and decorated by the 4-H'ers in Chairman Jenna Heaton and Cody Bartholomew's barn and afterward the kids all enjoyed a marshmallow roast out by the fire.
There was an error by your reporter in last week's column concerning the meeting of the Valley Home Municipal Advisory Council, the date for the meeting is tonight, April 20th, and begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the library located at the "old" campus on Texas Avenue. The meeting will have a speaker from STARS who will speak on the Farm Watch Program. All interested residents need to be there. You could save some valuable property if you follow their suggestions.
We offer an important reminder to Valley Home residents that if you have not already done so be sure to plan to attend the Valley Home Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) this evening at 6:30 p.m. A STARS volunteer for the Farm Watch program will speak about Owner Applied Numbers for the Farm Watch program. It is hoped that all the residents who have purchased Farm Watch signs in the past and those that are planning on purchasing the signs in the future will be able to attend. The meeting will be at the Valley Home School library on ...
We have received important information from Nancy Osmundson, Chairperson for our Valley Home Mac meetings to be sure to circle Wednesday, April 20 on your calendars and plan to attend a very important meeting for our Neighborhood Watch program. Nancy has spoken with the STARS volunteers and invited them to our Valley Home Mac meeting. We will have a member from that group scheduled to speak about the Owner Applied Numbers for the Farm Watch program.
A bad break ... Just as irrigation season is beginning our wonderful hard working neighbor Darlene Nunes suffered a broken foot. The break was very serious and will really be hard on Darlene. The Nunes family is well known throughout our Valley Home community for their dedication to this rural way of life we all love so much! Darlene and Alvin just give a holler if you need anything ... you know you have a community that thinks the world of you both and is ready to help in any way needed!
Hot, yummy cinnamon rolls ready to eat...come by tomorrow, Thursday, March 19 and support our Valley Home students! Cinnamon rolls will be available at 8 a.m. for purchase. The early morning delicacy will be $5.00 for a tin of four delicious rolls. What a great way to start the day...a tasty treat while helping raise funds for our students Asilomar trip! Be sure to get there early, sale will end when cinnamon rolls are sold out.
This week is an exciting week for future kindergarten students at Valley Home School! Today, Wednesday March 11, is registration day! It's always such a big day for the youngsters and parents alike ... It's a bittersweet time for many parents as they realize how quickly their little one is growing. Registration will be held on the Texas Avenue campus from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Our Valley Home 4-Hers met last evening for their monthly community meeting. The 4-Hers are holding a drive thru Tri Tip dinner this Friday evening. The Tri Tip will be smoked and the dinner will have sides of beans, dinner rolls and salad. The dinner will serve a family of four and the cost is $35. Proceeds will go toward the 4-Hers trip to Monterey Aquarium in May! For more information you may call 4-H president Sierra Haynes at 596-6672 or Community Leader Sean Haynes at 324-7286. Your support is greatly appreciated! Pick up location is the Valley Home school ...
This week we salute a local hero. Gene Benedix was wounded in combat in 1951 during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart commendation. He never received the actual Purple Heart medal. There will be a special presentation by Congressman Jeff Denham on April 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Gladys Lemmons Senior Center to present this medal. Please try to attend. Thank you to Judy Bossard for sharing this important news with the community.
Cost Less Market ... What a spectacular trip it is from Valley Home to go grocery shopping. Taking the time to appreciate this trip is something that I have learned to make a priority. Where else can you drive five minutes to go grocery shopping and pass almond orchards with beautiful blossoms, go past Bushwacker's home, watch cattle and horses grazing on lush green pastures, then at the edge of town and right before shopping, pass over the most spectacular bridge! Crossing this beautiful gateway bridge offers you a moment to reflect. Many thousands use this strong and steady passage ...
This past week I had the opportunity to visit with a young man I hadn't seen for a very long time. Seeing Cy Chrisman all grown up was a reminder to me of how quickly the years are going by. It's always such a great pleasure for me when one of our Valley Home young folks drops by our home for a visit when home from college. The joy of seeing these young people as they go from elementary school to high school and now to college is such a true blessing! My visit with Cy came while ...
A great chance to support our Valley Home School ... Thursday, February 12th "On the Scene Cuisine" will be providing a tri-tip and ribs dinner. The dinner is a fundraiser for the Asilomar field trip costs! Each dinner will include tri-tip and ribs, five cheese homemade macaroni and cheese, molasses baked beans, buttered corn, garlic bread, and dessert! Dinner pick up will be between 4 and 6 p.m. Dinner tickets are $18 per meal. For more information you can call the school at 847-0117.
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