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Valley Home News for May 18, 2011

History has been made in Valley Home on Sunday, May 15th with the first party held in the new Valley Home Community Park. The event was a birthday party for Ethan Butler, who has just turned 2 years old. Ethan has an older brother, Noah and his parents are John and Christina Butler. Attending the festivities for Ethan were Grandma "Mimi" Kim Butler and "Papa" Steve Butler who live on Hines Road in Valley Home. The other set of grandparents were also in attendance "Opa and Oma" JoAnn and Nico Beukelman. The birthday boy's daddy set up a "Bouncy ...

May 18, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for May 11, 2011

Our Valley Home young people have been making good use of the nice weather we enjoyed for a while. We received word that Melissa Koppinger has been enjoying an opportunity to play some golf. Way to go Melissa! Melissa's twin sister, Melinda is having an absolute awesome season playing softball at Oakdale High School. Valley Home is proud of you both!

May 11, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for May 4, 2011

Time flies! The year has been a busy one for our Valley Home 4-H members! Our 4-H president, Halley Smith reminds members that Record books are due at the June meeting. Halley states that there are no exceptions. Members must turn in a record book on time to be considered a member in good standing. You must be a member in good standing to enter and show at the County Fair, and have your current 4-H year count. Primary members do not need to complete a record book but they may complete a primary record. See Sally Chrisman for help ...

May 04, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for April 27, 2011

The weather turned out great on Saturday for the 4-H sponsored Easter Egg Hunt and a good number of egg hunters showed up for the fun event! Our 4-H Easter Bunny helpers did a great job hiding the eggs on the grounds of the "old" school and the weather couldn't have been better for the hunt. The eggs were dyed and decorated by the 4-H'ers in Chairman Jenna Heaton and Cody Bartholomew's barn and afterward the kids all enjoyed a marshmallow roast out by the fire.

April 27, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for April 20, 2011

There was an error by your reporter in last week's column concerning the meeting of the Valley Home Municipal Advisory Council, the date for the meeting is tonight, April 20th, and begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the library located at the "old" campus on Texas Avenue. The meeting will have a speaker from STARS who will speak on the Farm Watch Program. All interested residents need to be there. You could save some valuable property if you follow their suggestions.

April 20, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for April 13, 2011

We offer an important reminder to Valley Home residents that if you have not already done so be sure to plan to attend the Valley Home Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) this evening at 6:30 p.m. A STARS volunteer for the Farm Watch program will speak about Owner Applied Numbers for the Farm Watch program. It is hoped that all the residents who have purchased Farm Watch signs in the past and those that are planning on purchasing the signs in the future will be able to attend. The meeting will be at the Valley Home School library on ...

April 13, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for April 6, 2011

We have received important information from Nancy Osmundson, Chairperson for our Valley Home Mac meetings to be sure to circle Wednesday, April 20 on your calendars and plan to attend a very important meeting for our Neighborhood Watch program. Nancy has spoken with the STARS volunteers and invited them to our Valley Home Mac meeting. We will have a member from that group scheduled to speak about the Owner Applied Numbers for the Farm Watch program.

April 06, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for March 30, 2011

It is always nice to hear from former Valley Home residents and catch up on their current activities. We were delighted to recently receive a greeting from former Walnut Avenue residents Narcy and Bernie Giva who send a warm "Hello" to all their Valley Home friends and former neighbors.

March 30, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for March 23, 2011

The strong wind that we had on Saturday did some damage here in Valley Home and some residents were left without power which also lasted for part of the day on Sunday also before the lines were fixed.

March 23, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for March 16, 2011

Our Valley Home area was host to one of the most beautiful almond blossom displays we have enjoyed for several years. Those trees on Pioneer Avenue near Highway 120 were exceptionally pretty and seemed to last the longest.

March 16, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for March 9, 2011

We are starting this week's column off with an exciting news item that arrived too late to include in last week's column. This news was sent to us by proud parents, Synthia and Dennis Jones. "The Salisbury, North Carolina Davis & Elkins softball team opened the 2011 season in strong fashion Friday afternoon, February 23rd, as they defeated Winston-Salem State University 11-3 in the Catawba College Tournament." Her parents are delighted to share the exciting news that their daughter, Alanna, who is a freshman pitcher, recorded eight strikeouts in her college debut and allowed one earned run. Wow, what ...

March 09, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News

Valley Home residents will enjoy a busy fun filled week, beginning with our Red Hat 'Fun Lovin' Ladies. Our Red Hatters enjoy selecting a different restaurant each month to visit and enjoy lunch while attending to club business and formulating plans for various projects and activities. Wednesday of this week finds our ladies sampling delicious Italian cuisine at the Olive Garden Restaurant in Modesto. Wherever our Red Hatters choose to dine, you can be certain that in addition to partaking of great food, the ladies will also have a great time! Next month their plans are to pay a visit ...

March 02, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News

This week of February finds residents enjoying a fabulous array of blossoms, appearing almost overnight on all the almond trees in our Valley Home area. Not to be out done in beauty, blossoming pear and ornamental plum, add additional color here and there throughout our community. Just one of the reasons we enjoy living in our Valley Home community.

February 23, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News

The Valley Home News reporter has been asked to put out a special call to old time Valley Home residents or descendants of those residents who may have a shoe box in the closet or a file in the family room or somewhere a special place that holds what is strongly sought by the Valley Home Community Center Board. The items are those to be used on the proper information-related sign on the nearly completed new community park. One of the major tasks yet to finish is the project for the sign that will identify the park, but more importantly ...

February 16, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for February 9, 2011

Valley Home 'Green Thumbs' were delighted to take advantage of this week's sunny weather and warmer temperatures to get outside and enjoy a little garden work to work off some of the winter blahs. Your reporter remembers when her family first moved to Valley Home the area there seemed to be nothing but fog, fog, fog, causing her to lament to family members, "Doesn't the sun ever shine here?" The past week's foggy days brought back those memories, however the sunny days which followed quickly dispelled those thoughts and it was outside to enjoy a wonderful day ...

February 09, 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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