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Valley Home News for September 7, 2011

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 ...

September 07, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for August 31, 2011

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.

August 31, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for August 24, 2011

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.

August 24, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for August 17, 2011

We enjoyed a recent opportunity to meet and visit with W.C. Koch, a cousin of Cindy Fleischer, a former long time resident of our Valley Home community, who dropped by to bring us up to date on the Fleischer family activities. Cindy and Chuck now reside at Dardanelle, where she and Chuck own a grocery store, gas station and lodgings. The couple were always quite active in our Valley Home, especially with our community and Volunteer Firefighter activities before moving up to their current location.

August 17, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for August 10, 2011

Residents of the San Joaquin Neighborhood Watch group joined with Valley Home residents to celebrate a successful Neighborhood National Night Out on last Tuesday evening with a potluck dinner held in our new Valley Center Community Park. The food was abundant and delicious and the company great. We enjoyed a very interesting and informative presentation by Sgt. Todd Wright of the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department who introduced us to Deputy Mike Munson, Deputy Sal Soto, Deputy Josh Stillman and Deputy Tim Noveteke who also provided informative insight on their neighborhood watch activities. The theme of their presentation was that ...

August 10, 2011 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for August 3, 2011

Your reporter was unable to visit the Fair and see our 4-H'ers in action, however, one of our readers sent me some E-mail photos of the heifers being shown by Jennifer Schaefle, Gracie Azevedo and Justin Azevedo. The smiles on our 4-H'ers faces really brightened my day and made up for not being able to attend the event myself. The smiles just radiated as the threesome displayed their animals for the Judges. Gracie was the recipient of 2nd place overall showmanship and Justin received 5th place in overall showmanship. Jennifer received a 5th place award in dairy cattle ...

August 03, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for July 27, 2011

What an exciting weekend for our Valley Home 4-H'ers who attended the Stanislaus County Fair. In last week's column we wrote about Garret Bryhni's exciting win at the Fair and his entry beating out over 400 other pigs and that he was now looking for buyers for the animal. Garret named his animal "All That" and his entry came away with the title of Supreme Champion Market Hog, and thanks to the efforts of "Friends of Garret" he received $41.00 a pound, $11,152, for his 272-pound hog. We received word that "All That" will happily ...

July 27, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for July 20, 2011

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.

July 20, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for July 6, 2011

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.

July 06, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for June 29, 2011

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 ...

June 29, 2011 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for June 22, 2011

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.

June 22, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for June 15, 2011

Dedication of Valley Home Community Center Park – Saturday, June 18, 2011

June 15, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for June 8, 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.

June 08, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for June 1, 2011

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.

June 01, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for May 25, 2011

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.

May 25, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


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Valley Home News Week of July 16, 2014

It's fair time again! Many of us have special memories of attending the county fair in our youth. What great times were had at the fair! The brightly colored Ferris wheel was always my favorite as I was never brave enough for the faster rides. For others it was the tilt-a-whirl...spinning faster and faster until before you knew it, it was spinning you rather than you spinning it. It is wildly fun and for some they can't get enough of it. Whatever your ride of choice the county fair is always a fun time for all! Remember ...

July 16, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of July 9, 2014

This week we highlight a very important person who is active in both Valley Home and Escalon. This young man is Bryce McKenzie! Bryce attends Valley Home School and is a very busy guy. He carries a high grade point average and attends school basketball and football games as the Hawk. The Hawk is the school mascot and Bryce loves to create school spirit. His school pride is contagious and the crowd is always delighted to see Bryce show up as the Hawk. Way to go Bryce! This summer Bryce will be attending the Stanislaus County Fair and will be ...

July 09, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of July 2, 2014

Fourth of July ... Sparklers, firecrackers, homemade ice cream, hot dogs and tall cold glasses of frosty lemonade! This special holiday is a reason to celebrate! We celebrate this great country, with the silvery outline of Lady Liberty etched in our minds, we gather to watch the dazzling explosions of color high in the evening sky. Whether your family celebrates big or celebrates small this special holiday always does your heart good! Old Glory with all her beauty waves proudly in the summer time breeze, children run and play on fresh mowed lawns, old folks sit and rock gently on front ...

July 02, 2014 | By WINNE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of June 25, 2014

Here in Valley Home we love to celebrate the good in life! Recently one of our favorite Valley Home families reached a big milestone. Jeff and Sally Chrisman celebrated 23 years of marriage on June 15th, which was also Father's Day this year. The Chrisman family spent a wonderful four days with their children at the Long Barn Lodge and on Lake Beardsley kayaking and fishing. The couple's youngest daughter Callie Ann Chrisman even caught two large Rainbow Trout. Way to go Callie Ann! Jeff and Sally are truly unique and caring people, so full of love that ...

June 25, 2014 | By WINNE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of June 18, 2014

The joy of summertime memories...it was another special June visit for lifelong friends Taylor Denman and Jenna Heaton! It always amazes me, the bond these two friends share. Becoming best friends in kindergarten at Valley Home School, the friendship survived long distance when the Denman family moved to Texas when the girls were about twelve years old. The families stayed close with automobile trips back and forth every summer. As the girls became older- high school aged- the trips became airline flights to and from Valley Home and Texas. Now with the girls attending college, one in California and ...

June 18, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of June 11, 2014

Every community needs caring young people...Valley Home has many! One of which is recent Oakdale High graduate Melissa Koppinger! Melissa who is talented in many areas has chosen to follow a career path in the medical field. Melissa enrolled in ROP during high school, which consisted of many ride-alongs with EMTs and paramedics. It was during this time she realized she was definitely where she wanted to be. Her strength and her skills for helping others have made her a natural for this demanding career. Melissa is the daughter of Debra and Jay Koppinger of Valley Home. This fall ...

June 11, 2014 | By WINNE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of June 4, 2014

As a child growing up in Valley Home, those around Melinda Koppinger knew that she was a talented athlete! Over the years Melinda has sharpened her skills and has become one of the area's best softball players. Parents Debra and Jay Koppinger are their daughter's biggest supporters and together they have raised five of the most talented and unique children parents could ask for. Melinda, who before graduation had several scholarship offers from various colleges decided on Ohio Valley University. Melinda will major in education and looks forward to becoming a school teacher one day. As her high ...

June 04, 2014 | By WINNE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of May 28, 2014

So much excitement in the air with all of the recent graduation activities. Oakdale High School Class of 2014 graduation ceremonies commenced on Friday evening with several graduates being from right here in Valley Home. This event is always bittersweet as it is the beginning of a new chapter yet also the closure of another. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing a bit about the recently graduated Valley Home young people.

May 28, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of May 21, 2014

Lifetime friends are made at Valley Home School...For our eighth grade students tonight's graduation ceremony will bring to a close life as a student at this over 100-year-old school. For our graduates this will be a turning point in their young lives. At Valley Home School teacher and staff alike wrapped their arms around each and every student. Individual needs, the best education possible, and motivating students to be the very best they could be has been the priority of each teacher and staff member at Valley Home. Tonight when the music begins the graduates will file in ...

May 21, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of May 14, 2014

The most beautiful sound throughout Valley Home...the ringing of the church bells on Sunday morning at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

May 14, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of May 7, 2014

We were thrilled this week to receive a surprise visit from our Knights Ferry friend Maizie Brown. Years ago, along with many other dedicated folks, Maizie worked tirelessly to help get the measure passed that would provide Rural Fire with much needed funds. We were so happy to have her visit us here in Valley Home. Maizie is a special and much respected friend within both the Valley Home and Knights Ferry communities. Our gratitude to you Maizie and to all of those who years ago served on the Oakdale Fire Committee, walked areas, knocked on doors and made tons ...

May 07, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of April 16, 2014

We begin this week's column with a special Happy Birthday to a gentleman who has worked tirelessly for our Valley Home community. Mr. Glenn Burghardt celebrates his big day during the month of May! Glenn and his lovely wife Laura have volunteered countless hours, and have been involved in most of the committees, events, work days, etc. that help make Valley Home such a special place to live. Glenn, we appreciate everything you do. Happy Birthday to our good friend ... Go Navy!

April 30, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of April 16, 2014

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 ...

April 23, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of April 16, 2014

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 ...

April 16, 2014 | By WINNE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of April 9, 2014

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.

April 09, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


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