The following was sent to us by Willie Mullins.
Brrrr! Can you feel the chill in the air? Is it really the weather or a foreboding warning of coming events scheduled to occur in our community? If you have a pen handy, circle Saturday, October 27th on your calendar and plan to visit the Valley Home Community Park to enjoy an evening with thrills and chills courtesy of Valley Home 4-H. Enjoy a visit to a Haunted House/Halloween Party, sponsored by the Valley Home 4-H Community Service Project Members.
The Valley Home MAC will be hosting the Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) Bi-Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 for the eight county MACs beginning at the Community Center Park and concluding at the Valley Home Fire Station (a short walk). Arrival & Reception at 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. and a light dinner will be provided during reception.
Brrr! What was that noise? Do you feel that sudden chill in the air? Word is that the chill has nothing to do with "Old Man Winter", instead it is the forerunner of the Halloween festivities due to arrive this coming Saturday night! Beware! Beware! Ghosts and goblins have sent word that our Valley Home Community is scheduled for a special evening of Halloween fun! Spirits will abound and offer an invitation to the brave of heart to enter and tour their Haunted House and offer an invitation to visit their creepy abode!
Just a reminder that Friday, October 6th is the last day to sign up for the 2012-2013 4H year. If you have any questions you may contact Erika Cotta at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Smiles could be seen all around on Saturday in our community as folks gathered for a fundraiser for our beautiful little Valley Home Community Park. The laughter of children and teenagers could be heard throughout the park. Neighbors, friends and families greeted each other with hearty handshakes and friendly hugs. The mouth-watering aroma of the Mike Jerome Family Catered dinner drew folks who were just passing by or were nearby neighbors. Compliments are sent to the chef!
We have a delicious opportunity this weekend to enjoy some fabulous food while supporting our hardworking Valley Home 4-H members in addition to the wonderful fundraising Barbecue for our Valley Home Community Park.
With so many activities going on this time of year, time has a way of slipping around pretty fast, so we thought that this might be a good time to remind everyone of the opportunity to let the lady of the house take a well earned break from kitchen duty. To enjoy a delicious dinner without all the work, just circle Saturday, September 22nd on your calendars and plan to attend the fundraiser dinner planned for that evening at our Valley Home Community Park. We are offering an opportunity to stop by and enjoy dinner in a park setting or ...
Erin Balaam shares some important information with us concerning the Northern California Junior Rodeo Association finals that will occur on September 8th and 9th at the Oakdale Rodeo Grounds. We are told that the following young people have worked all year to qualify in the top ten for one or more of their events. They are Jolie Balaam, Travis Kent, Wyatt Roseberry, Machaela Sinclair, Brett Eskew, Caden Farquer, Harlee Burtschi, Colton Farquer, Kelsey Cadwell, Payton Sinclair and Dante Martin. Erin promises to provide us with the results for these entrants, she also tells us that she will provide the results ...
The members of the Valley Home 4H Club will hold their meeting on Tuesday, September 4th at the Valley Home Community Park. The meeting will be at the regular time.
Sheri Rathbun, our Valley Home School Parent Teacher Club president, shares the following news item with us this week. A special thank you to Michelle McKenzie for organizing our Scholastic Book Fair this past week as well as to all of the volunteers who made it a success. We have received word that the book selection was incredible and the students enjoyed starting the school year off with new books to read. Sheri invites you to join us for our August PTC meeting this Thursday, august 23rd at 3 p.m. at the Texas Ave. campus in Mr. C's ...
We are happy to share some more news on the activities of our Valley Home 4-H'ers at the Stanislaus County Fair. Our 4-H members here in Valley Home always put on a good showing at the Fair and this year was no exception. Our community was well represented in all areas of the livestock entries. After much hard work, long hours and doing a wonderful job of demonstrating their skills at showing their animals were: Justina and Marrisa Hicks in the Sheep Barn and paying a visit to the Dairy Barn, we find that Jenny and Heidi Schaeffle did ...
We have received word that our Valley Home community was very well represented at the California State Fair. Our 4-Hers Jenna Heaton, Cody Bartholomew, Samuel Fletcher, Conner and Collin McKenzie and helped by Benjamin Fletcher, brought home many ribbons and lots of happy memories. Our group of 4-Hers would like to offer a very special thank you to Ryan and Christine Neugebauer for their support with their animals. The group of youngsters attending the State Fair kids left that area and headed home at 9 p.m. Saturday evening. Arriving back in Valley Home, the group took advantage to grab ...
The hot weather we have been sweltering in the past couple of weeks seems to have taken a toll on Valley Home activities this past week. There is the old saying that "no news is good news" however, in this case we are disappointed at not having received a word from our Valley Home 4-H entrants in the County Fair!
We received this update from one of our fellow neighbors who shares the following information on an occurrence happening on Tuesday, July 10th in the area of Steinegul and Lone Tree.
Looking across the freshly mowed grass of Valley Home school one could easily feel the pride the 100-plus year old institution instills within our community. The sky was a beautiful blue and filled with wispy white clouds that floated with the morning breeze, the kind you feel like you could just reach up and touch. It was the day before Easter and the Valley Home 4-Hers had hidden over 600 brightly decorated eggs throughout the school yard. As the warm morning sun peeked down, you could hear the children's excited laughter as they ran from one hidden egg to ...
In this week's column we pay tribute to a very special man...our friend Mark Dickens. Mark was a true Valley Home boy who grew up to be one of the kindest and most generous friends a person could wish for. One could write pages and pages trying to describe the effect Mark had on the people of Valley Home, Oakdale, and the many places he visited. He was a special man who made a difference in so many lives. You could meet Mark one time and realize he would forever be your friend. He had a firm, but ...
We dedicate this column to the memory of our dear friend Claire Taro. Claire's passing one year ago left a tremendous void in her family and for us here in Valley Home. Claire was the cherished wife of Valley Home rancher Tony Taro and much loved mother of Don and Vicki. Claire was well respected for her gracious manners and sweet personality. She is deeply missed by all and will be remembered fondly.
We hope everyone is planning to help with "Love Valley Home" this weekend. This is a great opportunity to work together for our community. Meet at the school/park at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and/or Sunday, April 5th and 6th.
Birthday greetings for the month of March go out to: Bill Frias, Tom Wright, Rick Maisel, Shavon Haskell, Rocky Goehring, Pat Johnson, Aaron Hodge, Brendt Ohe, Aislinn Finn, Richard Bell, Kara Lopez, Amber Coston, Bill Martinelli, Gayle Higgins, Danna Morgan, Mark Schlegel, Kim McCarthy, Wendy Burns, Grant Page, Luke Dickens, Levi Dickens, Taylor Kelley, Gracie Anderson, Bryce Anderson, Anthony Neely, Carter Sturtevant, Sergio Garcia, and Ken Morris.
Valley Home students were excited to have a little green leprechaun driving their school bus on St. Patrick's Day! Later on in the day the leprechaun showed up all over campus wearing green as school staff and students got into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day in Valley Home!
We were so happy to see the rain! The fields are green, the creeks are rising, and although we need more rain, we are grateful for the amount we have had recently!
It made for an exciting game of basketball when good friends Tom Cassinetto and Randy Russell met up this past Thursday at Valley Home School. Randy coaches Knights Ferry basketball and Tom coaches Valley Home. Before being hired to teach at Knights Ferry Randy taught at Valley Home School. Randy was a favorite at Valley Home and it is great to see his success and happiness at Knights Ferry School. Both gentlemen have strong ties to both Valley Home and Knights Ferry and no doubt having their teams come together on Thursday was a special day indeed! Our thanks to ...
Valley Home School Math teacher Cory Reid held a very informative meeting regarding the new approach to Mathematics at the sixth grade level. Common Core, as it is known, will be more hands-on and in-depth. Rather than rushing through each lesson in order to meet standards, teachers will be able to slow down a bit in an effort to ensure that each student is learning and understanding the concept. Tests will now be taken online and are reported to be very difficult. Although there are challenges ahead we have high hopes that Common Core will bring positive results. We are ...
Valley Home fourth grader Maddie Jones took her History assignment "Create a California Mission" to the family kitchen! Maddie used her cooking skills and her imagination to bake and decorate a very tasty mission. Maddie's teacher Robin Cole was very impressed and her classmates were thrilled to be able to munch on Maddie's delicious California mission. Great job Maddie!
How wonderful to see the rain! We are so grateful.
It was exciting to see the rain come this past week…wishing for more!
We would like to wish a happy birthday to a very important person in our Valley Home community. Kevin Koppinger is 21 years old! Kevin is always volunteering to help at our school and community activities. He is a student at Columbia College and is a manager at Papa Murphys Pizza. Happy Birthday Kevin. Hope you have a great one!
We are excited to learn that our friend and neighbor, Ray Martin, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Oakdale Rural Fire. Congratulations Ray!
Happy Birthday wishes go out to a very hard working Valley Home grandma…Mrs. Shelly Carpenter. Shelly is always willing to help out wherever she is needed and she is a great organizer! She is also a wonderful grandmother to Mary Beth, Wyatt, and Emma. We appreciate all your hard work Shelly!