There will be an important meeting of the Valley Home MAC this evening, February 1st. Our three new council members, Winnie Mullins, Kate Hart and Chris Hempleman will be sworn in by County District One Supervisor William O'Brien. Heading the list of items to be discussed by the group will be a report on the mold situation discovered at the Valley Home Fire House, which has been the reason behind the closing of our station. The closing of our Fire House is a serious problem for our community. There will also be other items receiving reports or discussion, Sheriff ...
Oak Valley Art Society members enjoyed an interesting program at their monthly meeting on Saturday which featured an interesting program by Escalon artist, Dorothy Girling and her husband Bob. Dorothy displayed some of her work and gave suggestions on the use and care of various art mediums. Bob spoke on the best way to ready paintings for hanging, using plastic tubing to cover frame wire to keep from damaging the painting. Dorothy also leads a sketching class one afternoon a week at the Escalon library which has proven very beneficial to those interested in improving their drawing skills.
We have received word that two horses were lost on Friday night right on Valley Home Road near Pleasant Valley Road as a gate was left open. One is a sorrel warm blood and the other is a small bay. The owner is Brian Bradley, his phone number is 848-4849. Please contact him if you have any information about this.
Valley Home residents began the New Year by welcoming in the new Superintendent/Principal for Valley Home School, Mrs. Rolanda Desrosiers-Lewis, to replace former Superintendent/Principal, Kevin Hart. The first official day for the new Principal began on Tuesday, January 3, as she welcomed the return of our Valley Home students from winter break. Mrs. Desrosiers-Lewis has the distinction of being the first woman to be placed as superintendent/principal for Valley Home School. Seventeen applications were submitted for that position out of which five applicants were selected to be interviewed, and of these three were selected for interviews on ...
Can't think of a nicer way to start off the New Year than with a delicious pancake breakfast and that is just what our PTC members have put together for us on January 7th. Breakfast is priced at $3 for children through 8 years with adults at $7, and served from 6-11 a.m.
A report was received from Claire Taro that their daughter Vickie and son-in-law Leo Albers picked she and Tony up in their pickup on December 9th and drove them to Fernley, Nevada where their granddaughter Kristen and husband Joey Volene live with children 13 year old Rebecca and 11 year old Mathew. On Saturday the group went to a piano recital by their great-granddaughter Rebecca who has been taking piano lessons for a year or so. She has been doing well and her performance of three songs included Skateboard Boogie. Her great-grandparents are so proud of her.
One of the highlights of the school year for our Valley Home students is the fun and enjoyment of shopping at the PTC sponsored Holiday Store. The store has become a traditional and enjoyable and a most anticipated event at Valley Home School for many years thanks to the hard work of our PTC members. These hard working volunteers provide a variety of gift items for a nominal price in this special Christmas Store giving our students a wonderful opportunity to select and purchase that special gift for their family members. Thank you Melissa, Shelly, Kathy, Darlene and all of ...
Just a reminder, in case you may have forgotten to check your calendar, Friday, December 16th has been reserved for the Valley Home School Washington DC Fundraiser Drive-Through Chicken Dinner for Four. The dinner includes chicken, beans, bread, salad and dessert and is priced at $30 and may be picked up at the Pioneer Ave. Valley Home School campus at 5:30 p.m. or after. Presale tickets are available from Halley Smith or 5th/6th grade teacher Justin Trunnell.
Christina and Ashley Barreto, bring us up to date on the 4-H Fundraiser that was held at Tractor supply on Saturday, November 19th; it was a great success! The group offered lots of wonderful goodies and raised $666.73 for the club. Christina and Ashley would like to thank Oakdale Tractor Supply, everyone who donated items for the sale, the kids and adults that worked and everyone who bought goodies. If you missed the sale, the group is offering another opportunity to purchase goodies at their Christmas Bake Sale at Tractor Supply on Saturday December 17th from 9 a.m ...
Time is fast approaching for our traditional Christmas in Valley Home with the sparkling Lighted Parade, Tree Lighting, Santa's Corner, Community Potluck and Bake Sale. Everyone is invited to participate in the festivities, so grab a pen and mark Saturday, December 10th on your calendars and plan to attend. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to the Valley Home old fashioned Christmas celebration. The much anticipated event is sponsored by our Valley Home 4-H Club.
A group of our friends and neighbors from our Valley Home community traveled to Knights Ferry on Saturday to attend the fundraising dinner for 22 year old Ashley Bizzanelli. Ashley has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and is currently at Stanford Hospital undergoing treatment. Ashley is the girlfriend of fireman and rural volunteer Alec Mederos. The group enjoyed visiting with friends from Knights Ferry and the special ambiance of the evening. The community center was packed with people who came from as far away as the Bay Area to support Ashley. Everyone is looking forward to the ...
Our Valley Home 4-H'ers will be welcoming new members and their families and handing out awards for last year's accomplishments tonight, November 16th, at the group's annual Potluck and Awards Banquet. Lots of good food will be shared, followed by recognition given for all the hard work accomplished by members throughout the year. Topping off the evening, members will have an opportunity to enjoy a special slide show featuring all the good times enjoyed throughout the year.
We offer our congratulations to our Oakdale High School Mustang football team members on having defeated every 2011 opponent thus far this year by over 25 points. Valley Home is very proud that three of the team members are from Valley Home! Austin Jones, Jordan McCain and Nick Garza, all three young men grew up in Valley Home and attended Valley Home School.
Did you miss the Valley Home 4H Halloween Monsters' Masquerade at the Valley Home Haunted Park last Saturday night? If so, shame on you. It was an outstanding scary, spooky, ghoulish event that was done with a great deal of thought and work and greatly enjoyed by many visitors from near and far. At one time 22 vehicles were seen parked along dark Pioneer Ave. in front of the park and in the school parking lot.
Lots of excitement in the air as we hear rumors that there is a stirring of spooky things that go bump in the night beginning to stir in our Valley Home community! Have you heard strange noises in the night, a moan here or a groan there? These weird sounds seem to be emanating from the area around Valley Home Community Park! If you stroll by the park these October evenings you can hear whisperings in the air. Listen! You can hear voices calling, "Join us in the Mausoleum for the Monster's Masquerade!" For an evening of fun and ...
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!
Welcome 2014! It is going to be a wonderful year! We will eat more veggies, walk more, smile more and worry less. Let's all work together to make this year a great one!