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Valley Home News for May 9, 2012

At the May PTC meeting, officers were elected for the 2012-2013 school year. Treasurer: Michelle McKenzie, Secretary Darci Tienken, Vice President: Katharine Sinclair and Sheri Rathbun will resume the duties for another term as President. Congratulations to all!

May 09, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for May 2, 2012

We couldn't ask for a nicer day weather-wise than what we enjoyed on Saturday afternoon when volunteers gathered at the Valley Home Community Park for a tree planting. Bud Ferreila drove his truck carrying a power auger and parked next to our Community Park, then went to work digging a spot for the planting of the Colorado Blue Spruce which is now the official Valley Home Community Christmas Tree. The tree was a gift from Morris Nursery which was donated to the park last December where it quickly became one of the highlights of the Valley Home annual 4-H ...

May 02, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for April 25, 2012

Valley Home residents were saddened to receive word that long time resident of our community, John De Boer passed away on April 13, 2012. John was very active in our community and farm organizations and was the recipient of many awards for his services. He had a long time involvement with the Farm Bureau. One of the most notable accomplishments while he was on the board was helping to write the Williamson Act. When one wishes to put their land under the Williamson Act, they sign a contract that requires them to keep their land in farming, ensuring that the ...

April 25, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for April 18, 2012

Valley Home 4-H members had a busy weekend serving up food and soft drinks at their booth at the Oakdale Rodeo as they have been doing for many, many years.

April 18, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for April 11, 2012

Let's have a big round of applause for the Valley Home 4H sponsored Easter Egg Hunt which took place on Saturday morning on the grounds of the Valley Home School Texas Avenue site. The group did a wonderful job of giving our friend, the Easter Bunny a big helping hand and making the morning so much fun for all the eager young egg hunters!

April 11, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for April 4, 2012

This coming Thursday, April 5th, rain or shine, our Valley Home community will echo to the to the sound of jogging feet as our Valley Home students participate in the annual school Jog-A-Thon, at the Pioneer Ave. campus. This year something new has been added with students being encouraged to decorate their own shirt. We will let you know the winner in next week's column. We are told that there will also be other contests that day as well, such as craziest socks, most spirited, and crazy hair. These contests being held on Jog-A-Long day are just for 4th-8th ...

April 04, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for March 28, 2012

The Valley Home News column emailed to the Oakdale Leader office late Sunday evening was the wrong one, an error not made by your reporter but by her computer assistant. He sends his apologies to the readers. The information thought to still be noteworthy is included in this week's column. Let the News begin!

March 28, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for March 21, 2012

We always enjoy taking a step back in Valley Home history when winter doldrums seem to arrive in our community. Let's take a giant step back into 1944, serving during World War II in the month of December to be specific, and take glimpse of what some of our young male residents were doing during that time period. We found some of our Valley Home young men involved in the War action, both during the western and European action. Sgt. Paul Wieber, son of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Wieber and a graduate of Oakdale High School had already served ...

March 21, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for March 14, 2012

What a thrill to see our Valley Home Community almond tree orchards burst out in a gorgeous array of blossoms the past couple of weeks. The almond trees weren't the only beautiful trees flaunting gorgeous blossoms. Ornamental plums, Magnolia trees and flowering shrubs rapidly followed suit adding to the array of color. The sight of all the flowering trees is one of the many things that make living in Valley Home such a great pleasure.

March 14, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for February 29, 2012

Valley Home PTC members promise us a fun packed evening featuring great food, desserts and lots of prizes on Friday, March 2, when they hold their annual "Let it Roll" game night fundraiser. You won't want to miss the fun, so grab a pen, circle the date on your calendar and plan to join the crowd at the Valley Home School at the MPR/Gym located at 13231 Pioneer Ave. Enjoy a perfect opportunity to visit with parents, neighbors and school staff as the annual evening festivities always promise a good time for all. Dinner will be served at ...

February 29, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for February 22, 2012

Valley Home 4-H members can take a well-deserved big bow! We received word this week that the club sponsored Valentine Box Social was a great success. Word has been received that there were lots of baked goodies and other various items on hand at the club's annual fun filled event! Club members' delicious boxed desserts raised a little over $1,000 for the Club's treasury. The announcer was Ashley Barreto and Hallie Smith showed off her great talent as auctioneer. A Big Thanks to everyone who helped with the annual event, especially to all the members for their ...

February 22, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for February 15, 2012

The Valley Home Community Center board of directors had a meeting at the park last week to discuss the pending items for the community park and to discuss plans for the rest of the year. Present were Chairman Don Taro, Secretary/Treasurer Glenn Burghardt, and members Winnie Mullins and Ralph Damante. Member Roger Beymer was ill and missed the meeting.

February 15, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for February 8, 2012

How lucky can you get? Electrician, Mike Burghardt, who is employed by Square D, Co., recently returned from working on electrical problems at a Naval facility in Honolulu, Hawaii. Mike, when he had finished with his work, was able to enjoy some free time exploring the waters around the island with our grandson, Jeff. The two had a wonderful time exploring the waters around the island, photographing the colorful fish and enjoyed the thrill of swimming alongside the huge turtles that frequently tagged along close to the two men. The two men found some time to climb up to the ...

February 08, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for February 1, 2012

There will be an important meeting of the Valley Home MAC this evening, February 1st. Our three new council members, Winnie Mullins, Kate Hart and Chris Hempleman will be sworn in by County District One Supervisor William O'Brien. Heading the list of items to be discussed by the group will be a report on the mold situation discovered at the Valley Home Fire House, which has been the reason behind the closing of our station. The closing of our Fire House is a serious problem for our community. There will also be other items receiving reports or discussion, Sheriff ...

February 01, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for January 25, 2012

Oak Valley Art Society members enjoyed an interesting program at their monthly meeting on Saturday which featured an interesting program by Escalon artist, Dorothy Girling and her husband Bob. Dorothy displayed some of her work and gave suggestions on the use and care of various art mediums. Bob spoke on the best way to ready paintings for hanging, using plastic tubing to cover frame wire to keep from damaging the painting. Dorothy also leads a sketching class one afternoon a week at the Escalon library which has proven very beneficial to those interested in improving their drawing skills.

January 25, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


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Valley Home News Week of December 25, 2013

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.

December 24, 2013 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of December 11, 2013

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 ...

December 11, 2013 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of December 4, 2013

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 ...

December 04, 2013 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of November 27, 2013

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.

November 27, 2013 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of November 20, 2013

Happy birthday wishes to "Dad of the Year" Mr. Jeff Chrisman. Jeff is celebrating another 29th birthday this month. Happy birthday Jeff…you're just getting started!

November 20, 2013 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of November 6,2013

It is hard to believe that it is already this first week of November. As you drive around our beautiful community take notice of the brightly colored fall foliage throughout. The leaves are turning the loveliest shades of yellow and orange. Autumn has certainly arrived in Valley Home!

November 06, 2013 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of October 30, 2013

Valley Home would like to send a huge "Thank You" to all those who helped to make our 2013 Fall Harvest Festival a wonderful success. Those who donated, those who volunteered and everyone who attended, thank you for making such a nice evening possible. The sights and sounds of the night, along with many hard working folks will long be remembered.

October 30, 2013 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of October 23, 2013

The Valley Home Hawks welcomed the Knights Ferry football and volleyball teams this past Friday. Both teams played great and had a great time. Once again Mr. Mike had the field looking great even adding red, white and blue in the end zones. Valley Home would like to thank Knights Ferry for making the trip to play the Hawks. We certainly need to mention the super snack bar run by school staff. It's amazing how many hats one must wear in a small school setting. The day would not have happened without the great coaches from both schools...a ...

October 23, 2013 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of October 16, 2013

The Valley Home Hawks volleyball and football teams were all in action this past Friday. All teams did very well, everyone played hard, and everyone including the spectators had a great time. Special thanks to our coaches and a huge thank you to custodian Mike for getting the field ready for game day. The football players were especially proud of the Valley Home Hawk that Mr. Mike painted on the playing field!

October 16, 2013 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of October 9, 2013

Glenn and Laura Burghardt's grandson Ryan Burghardt was home this weekend for a very special occasion. Art and Tami Tharpe held their annual lobster feed and Ryan brought good friend Anna Laura to meet Tami. Tami was Ryan's first and second grade teacher and has had a tremendous influence on Ryan's life. Art and Tami host this spectacular gathering every year with this year being a near record for folks attending! We're told the pig came out of the ground just perfect and the lobster was delicious. Wow, what a party! We also want to congratulate ...

October 09, 2013 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of October 2, 2013

It seemed more like a party among friends rather than a weekend yard sale! Our Valley Home Community Park was alive with friends, neighbors and folks who quickly became friends! This past Saturday the park played host to a very well-attended yard sale. The event raised much needed funds to maintain the park throughout the year. The day started off with a visit from TV station CW31 from Sacramento. TV reporter 'Charity' did a superb job of bringing excitement to what is to become an annual event for the park. The day was made more special with a visit from ...

October 01, 2013 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of September 25, 2013

What an exciting week for our 6th graders from Valley Home School. They left for Science Camp on Monday and will return this Friday. This week of outdoor education is a learning experience much appreciated by these students. The 6th grade class would like to say a big THANK YOU to our PTC for making this trip possible!

September 25, 2013 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of September 18, 2013

Laura, we hope to do your column justice. After 38 years of writing the Valley Home News, Laura is taking a much needed and well deserved rest. Over the next few weeks, readers will notice the return of "Laura's Valley Home News" column…only now it will be written by three or four persons who will try to fill Laura's shoes! Valley Home says a big THANK YOU to Laura Burghardt.

September 18, 2013 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of June 5, 2013

Dear readers, sitting down to write this week's Valley Home News is one of the most difficult things I have had to do during the 35 years I have had the privilege of reporting Valley Home News! During that time I have had the privilege of meeting and making many new friends in our community. I cherish the wonderful opportunity that I have had to write about these many in the weekly column. During that space of time, I missed turning in only two columns and the Leader missed printing another two out of an approximate total of 1860 ...

June 05, 2013 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of May 29, 2013

Your reporter attended the Valley Home Joint School District Graduation on Tuesday evening May 21, 2013. The ceremony held in the school multi-purpose room was quite pleasant and the attractive decoration plants were provided by the Knudsen Nursery. The traditional processional music, Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance brought the fifteen graduates to chairs at the front. Ciara Mitchell, Juana Glover and Juan Cabrera lead the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag followed by a welcome from School Superintendent Mrs. Desrosiers-Lewis.

May 29, 2013 | | Valley Home News


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