From all appearances, it would seem that there was a mass exodus from our Valley Home community this past week with residents seeking the cooler breezes of both the ocean and the foothills. For those of us who stayed home and braved the heat, the community seemed unusually quiet, with almost no traffic to speak of.
Our Valley Home community welcomes South Dakota and Minnesota Hi 4-H exchange students Delani Jorgensen and Jared Hillard, along with Jared's mother, Eldonna. The threesome are being hosted by Valley Home 4-H members, Tiffany and Melissa Thompson and Jordan and Nathan Soares and their families during their stay here in our community. We are told that 25 students and chaperones will be staying throughout Stanislaus County during the weeklong exchange. During their time here the students will be visiting such places as Yosemite, Sea Cliff Beach and San Francisco. This is another example of how 4-H provides wonderful opportunities ...
The monthly meetings of the Valley Home Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) resume tonight with a meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Harold Pope School Library. A reminder that these MAC meetings are important to those interested in Valley Home happenings as representatives from various county agencies will make a report on the activities in their department - Sheriff, Animal Services, Public Works, etc. In addition, representatives from the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District, California Highway Patrol and the Valley Home Community Center will also make presentations. An interested resident of Valley Home will not want to miss this meeting.
Last week a copy of an email was received from Melinda Koppinger, the departing editor of the Valley Home 4-H Bug asking members running for office in the upcoming fall 4-H club to submit letters telling what office they are seeking and why. This week I would like to share with Valley Home News column readers these letters.
There is action at the Valley Home Community Center pavilion site, things are happening. Last week's activity was the building of the concrete forms for the floor of the pavilion and the pouring of the concrete. There was a large group of concrete workers who demonstrated their skill and by early afternoon there lay before us a beautiful concrete floor that had a smooth as glass rim border and a center section that gave the appearance of etched rockwork. A sidewalk was also laid from the edge of the pavilion across the soon to be grass covered dirt to ...
The multipurpose room at Valley Home School became a western setting on Wednesday evening, May 19th as a background for the eighth grade graduation ceremony. Western saddles and blankets displayed on a fence and containers of garden plants provided a setting on one side of the graduate seating, with benches, cowboy hats, lariats and colorful plants decorating the opposite side of the setting. As the first notes of the traditional Pomp and Circumstance by Elgar sounded, the procession of graduates advanced to the ceremony site.
We always enjoy sharing in the joy of birthday festivities for one of our favorite Valley Home residents. Hazel Henry had a wonderful day from morning to night enjoying festivities hosted by members of her family who gathered to help her celebrate her birthday on May 9th. Hazel tells us she had "a wonderful birthday and Mother's Day all in the same day." She tells us that her son-in-law and daughter, Frank and Patsy Carpenter came from Layton, Nevada, and cooked a delicious turkey dinner to celebrate the occasion.
This week's Valley Home News came close to not being. We had a power failure here at the ranch lasting for four days that could not be immediately remedied, and in fact is still not working. A very nice PG&E worker came to our assistance first and turned off the electricity so that repairs could be made. Fortunately, we have a wonderful friend who is an electrician and general handyman, who came to our aid and in addition to working many hours installing new wiring, poles and gadgets also generously loaned us the use of his gas generator ...
Don't forget to circle this coming Thursday, May 6, and plan to attend Valley Home School PTC's annual meeting at 3 p.m. Come and join the group as they plan to vote in new officers for the 2010-2011 school year! Suggestions for activities and fundraisers for the coming school year are always welcome. This group does so much in providing activities to benefit our students during the year. The meeting will be held in Mrs. Moore's classroom.
The following news item arrived after the column had been sent off last week and we are including it now. We are always happy to share the activities of our 4-H members. Jenna Heaton and Gunther Brisi did quite well, representing Valley Home at the recent Valley Classic Goat Show held at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Jenna also exhibited at the Junior Grand Nationals at the Cow Palace. Her heavyweight goat won market champion and her lightweight goat won overall FFA Reserve Champion! Congratulations to both on their wins!
The regular meeting of the Valley Home Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) is tonight (April 21) at 6:30 p.m. at the Harold Pope School library at 4600 Texas Ave. All residents are encouraged to attend, as this is a meeting especially for residents of the Valley Home area who are interested in what is happening in the community and/or interested in doing something for the community. The agenda for tonight's meeting includes reports from representatives from the county Animal Services, Public Works and Sheriff departments, from Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District and California Highway Patrol and a ...
Gray skies and cold temperature didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the children who turned out on Saturday to participate in the annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by our Valley Home 4-H members. MaryBeth Carpenter did a wonderful job of chairing this fun event. MaryBeth handed out beautiful chocolate bunnies to the winners and also gave out delightful gift packs to those who won for having found the most eggs. MaryBeth had everyone count their eggs at the close of the hunt, and it was discovered that the average basket held approximately 35 to 40 eggs. Valley Home is proud ...
You can feel the excitement in the air as our Valley Home students' lace up their running shoes and prepare to put their best foot forward for the Annual Jog-A-Thon on April 1st. Our runners have been busy collecting pledges for the event and are anxious to get running! MoHawk the School Mascot invites you to be sure to stop by the field located on the Pioneer campus at 10:30 a.m., and cheer our runners on.
Valley Home 4-Hers Dan Fletcher, Nathan Soares, T.J. Verdegaal and Halley Smith participated in Stanislaus county 4-H Livestock Proficiency Day in the areas of Beef, Swine and Meat Goats. They were tested in their knowledge of parts ID, equipment ID, judging, grooming/fitting, showing and general knowledge in their species.
Valley Home 4-H members will be hosting their Annual Easter Egg Hunt on April 3 at noon on the grounds of the "old" school. The "Hunt" is always a fun event for young and old.
We have received word that the 4-H Spaghetti dinner which was scheduled for March 19 has been postponed for now. The group tells us that a dinner fundraiser will be scheduled for later in the spring.
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!
As 2013 comes to an end we reflect on the many things that make living in a small community so special. Neighbors are more than neighbors, they become family. They enjoy the good times with you and they suffer through the bad.
What a special night it was in Valley Home! Stars lit up the night sky as car after car pulled into the Valley Home School parking lot. Friendly holiday greetings passed between old friends and new. The magic of this Christmas season was everywhere. This incredible evening was made possible by the hard work of Bonnie Gellerman, Tom Cassinetto, and the staff of the after school program.
Our 2013 Grand Marshal, Tony Taro, reports having a great time on Friday evening. Christmas in Valley Home brought out much of the community to enjoy a wonderful night filled with lots of fun, friendship, and very good food! A very touching part of the evening came as everyone gathered round the tree and joined together in caroling as Wyatt Wucherer threw the switch that brought our community tree to life. The little tree glistened with lights all aglow, it seemed almost magical…what a special evening! The night was frosty cold outside as the warmth of our school gym ...
Valley Home 4-Hers held their annual Christmas party this week. It was filled with lots of laughter and tons of fun. The 4-Hers each brought a white elephant item to exchange…what a bunch of fun they had! During the evening they enjoyed Christmas cookies and holiday punch. While they were busy playing games and enjoying refreshments they were stunned to hear a loud crash, almost as if someone had landed on top of the building. Before anyone could dash outside to see what all of the clatter was about the door flew open and in came a jolly old ...
We wish each of you a very happy Thanksgiving! We hope you are surrounded by the warmth of many friends and family on this Thanksgiving Day. For many of us this holiday will be a time spent with loved ones…eating too much turkey…and being thankful for our blessings.