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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


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


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Valley Home News Week of January 8, 2014

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!

January 08, 2014 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of January 1, 2014

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.

December 31, 2013 | | Valley Home News


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


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