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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
Dedication of Valley Home Community Center Park – Saturday, June 18, 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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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!
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 ...
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.
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.
This week we remember fondly the man who was a friend to all! Mark Dickens was born and raised in Valley Home and in the years since his passing he is missed each and every day by all who knew and loved him.
Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to one of Valley Home's most special people ... Cody Fleischer! Cody was in a bad accident this past weekend and we all wish him a quick recovery. Cody is well known and very well liked in our community, he is a fun loving kid who is great fun to be around. Get better soon, Cody!
We hope everyone will take the opportunity to honor a local hero on Tuesday, April 7 when Gene Benedix receives the Purple Heart medal. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Gladys Lemmons Senior Center. This is such an amazing honor for someone very deserving!
A bad break ... Just as irrigation season is beginning our wonderful hard working neighbor Darlene Nunes suffered a broken foot. The break was very serious and will really be hard on Darlene. The Nunes family is well known throughout our Valley Home community for their dedication to this rural way of life we all love so much! Darlene and Alvin just give a holler if you need anything ... you know you have a community that thinks the world of you both and is ready to help in any way needed!
Hot, yummy cinnamon rolls ready to eat...come by tomorrow, Thursday, March 19 and support our Valley Home students! Cinnamon rolls will be available at 8 a.m. for purchase. The early morning delicacy will be $5.00 for a tin of four delicious rolls. What a great way to start the day...a tasty treat while helping raise funds for our students Asilomar trip! Be sure to get there early, sale will end when cinnamon rolls are sold out.
This week is an exciting week for future kindergarten students at Valley Home School! Today, Wednesday March 11, is registration day! It's always such a big day for the youngsters and parents alike ... It's a bittersweet time for many parents as they realize how quickly their little one is growing. Registration will be held on the Texas Avenue campus from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Our Valley Home 4-Hers met last evening for their monthly community meeting. The 4-Hers are holding a drive thru Tri Tip dinner this Friday evening. The Tri Tip will be smoked and the dinner will have sides of beans, dinner rolls and salad. The dinner will serve a family of four and the cost is $35. Proceeds will go toward the 4-Hers trip to Monterey Aquarium in May! For more information you may call 4-H president Sierra Haynes at 596-6672 or Community Leader Sean Haynes at 324-7286. Your support is greatly appreciated! Pick up location is the Valley Home school ...
This week we salute a local hero. Gene Benedix was wounded in combat in 1951 during the Korean War and was awarded the Purple Heart commendation. He never received the actual Purple Heart medal. There will be a special presentation by Congressman Jeff Denham on April 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Gladys Lemmons Senior Center to present this medal. Please try to attend. Thank you to Judy Bossard for sharing this important news with the community.
Cost Less Market ... What a spectacular trip it is from Valley Home to go grocery shopping. Taking the time to appreciate this trip is something that I have learned to make a priority. Where else can you drive five minutes to go grocery shopping and pass almond orchards with beautiful blossoms, go past Bushwacker's home, watch cattle and horses grazing on lush green pastures, then at the edge of town and right before shopping, pass over the most spectacular bridge! Crossing this beautiful gateway bridge offers you a moment to reflect. Many thousands use this strong and steady passage ...
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