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 ...
Attendance was high on Saturday for the Valley Home PTC sponsored Harvest Festival. There was lots to see and do for the attending crowd. It was wonderful to see so many smiles on our children's faces as they played football toss, bobbed for donuts, raced tricycles, got their faces painted, tried their hand at dropping clothespins into a milk bottle, a lollipop pull and the excitement of being a lucky winner in the cake walk and more! The Cogburn family left many visitors with chills and thrills after visiting their spooky haunted house!
The arrival of the fall season heralds the arrival of one of Valley Home's most enjoyable activities. Excitement has been building as our community readies for one of our most anticipated fun filled festivals. The Valley Home Parent Teacher Club proudly presents their annual Harvest Festival this coming Saturday, October 15th from 4-7 p.m. at the Pioneer Avenue campus. Come out to support our school's largest fundraiser with a fun event designed for enjoyment by the entire family! The event promises an afternoon and early evening of fun and food for everyone. There will be games for ...
Lots of excitement in the air as Valley Home residents dive into preparations for the Annual Valley Home Harvest Festival coming up on October 15th. The Scarecrow contest already has works in progress. Pumpkins are receiving lots of TLC in preparation for entry in the pumpkin contest. We understand there will be lots of "Spooktacular" fun in store for those who are brave enough to enter the Haunted House being planned for this year's event. There will be a cakewalk offering an opportunity to put your best foot forward and walk home with a delicious cake. One of the ...
Last Saturday, the Valley Home Community Park was the site of birthday festivities for Avery Kay Cornett. The park pavilion was transformed into a gala setting to celebrate little Avery's first birthday. About forty guests attended the celebration to honor Avery which was hosted by her parents, Shane Cornett and Emma-Rubio Cornett. Barbecue dinner and special birthday cake was enjoyed by all and served at tables covered with purple tablecloths. Clusters of purple balloons attached to the pavilion posts with ties of curled purple ribbon carried out the color theme.
We would like to offer a big warm Valley Home WELCOME to Steve and Viki Reeves, and their children, Cameron and Haili, who have recently moved to our community. The family formerly resided in Jamestown and we are told they are active members of the Oakdale Saddle Club. We understand that they are also involved in raising and training roping horses and ponies. We also learn in addition, that the Reeves family also competes in roping and rodeo events and we look forward to watching them in action at the Oakdale rodeo.
The Bryhni family, who are all big Giants fans, traveled to San Francisco this past weekend. Kathy, Brooke, Sierra and Garrett enjoyed a tremendous outing by the Giants and also appreciated the opportunity to be part of such a moving tribute to 9/11. Maybe the family should go to more games as it seems to have brought luck to the team by the Bay!
We have received word from Valley Home PTC president, Sherri Rathbun, that the meeting of the group on September 1st was a productive one. Mr. Trunnell our 5th/6th grade teacher reported to the club that he and the students going to Washington D.C. in June, will be having several fundraising events to reduce the cost of the trip. Currently, they are selling Mountain Mike's Pizza coupon books. The next event on the group's calendar will be held at Café Bravo in Oakdale on Thursday, September 22nd from 3:00 p.m. to closing. The students will ...
School is off to a great start! We understand that MoHawk the school mascot is currently residing with Ms. Vuyovich's 1st grade class. They won the mascot in the first week of the weekly Hawk Spirit Wear competition. Will the rivalry with Ms. Davis' second graders be rekindled this year? Or will another grade come on strong this year? Stay tuned. If you would like to purchase Valley Home Hawk T-shirts, sweatshirts or adult zipped hooded sweatshirts so you or your children can also participate in Spirit Fridays, call Michelle at 595-4071.
Nancy and Mike Osmundson enjoyed a visit from Mike's sister and husband, Karen and Nyal Bage from Independence, Iowa, this past week and a half. The foursome also enjoyed a weekend spent in the Bay Area.
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!