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.
We hope everyone is planning to help with "Love Valley Home" this weekend. This is a great opportunity to work together for our community. Meet at the school/park at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday and/or Sunday, April 5th and 6th.
Birthday greetings for the month of March go out to: Bill Frias, Tom Wright, Rick Maisel, Shavon Haskell, Rocky Goehring, Pat Johnson, Aaron Hodge, Brendt Ohe, Aislinn Finn, Richard Bell, Kara Lopez, Amber Coston, Bill Martinelli, Gayle Higgins, Danna Morgan, Mark Schlegel, Kim McCarthy, Wendy Burns, Grant Page, Luke Dickens, Levi Dickens, Taylor Kelley, Gracie Anderson, Bryce Anderson, Anthony Neely, Carter Sturtevant, Sergio Garcia, and Ken Morris.
Valley Home students were excited to have a little green leprechaun driving their school bus on St. Patrick's Day! Later on in the day the leprechaun showed up all over campus wearing green as school staff and students got into the spirit of St. Patrick's Day in Valley Home!
We were so happy to see the rain! The fields are green, the creeks are rising, and although we need more rain, we are grateful for the amount we have had recently!
It made for an exciting game of basketball when good friends Tom Cassinetto and Randy Russell met up this past Thursday at Valley Home School. Randy coaches Knights Ferry basketball and Tom coaches Valley Home. Before being hired to teach at Knights Ferry Randy taught at Valley Home School. Randy was a favorite at Valley Home and it is great to see his success and happiness at Knights Ferry School. Both gentlemen have strong ties to both Valley Home and Knights Ferry and no doubt having their teams come together on Thursday was a special day indeed! Our thanks to ...
Valley Home School Math teacher Cory Reid held a very informative meeting regarding the new approach to Mathematics at the sixth grade level. Common Core, as it is known, will be more hands-on and in-depth. Rather than rushing through each lesson in order to meet standards, teachers will be able to slow down a bit in an effort to ensure that each student is learning and understanding the concept. Tests will now be taken online and are reported to be very difficult. Although there are challenges ahead we have high hopes that Common Core will bring positive results. We are ...
Valley Home fourth grader Maddie Jones took her History assignment "Create a California Mission" to the family kitchen! Maddie used her cooking skills and her imagination to bake and decorate a very tasty mission. Maddie's teacher Robin Cole was very impressed and her classmates were thrilled to be able to munch on Maddie's delicious California mission. Great job Maddie!
How wonderful to see the rain! We are so grateful.
It was exciting to see the rain come this past week…wishing for more!
We would like to wish a happy birthday to a very important person in our Valley Home community. Kevin Koppinger is 21 years old! Kevin is always volunteering to help at our school and community activities. He is a student at Columbia College and is a manager at Papa Murphys Pizza. Happy Birthday Kevin. Hope you have a great one!
We are excited to learn that our friend and neighbor, Ray Martin, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Oakdale Rural Fire. Congratulations Ray!
Happy Birthday wishes go out to a very hard working Valley Home grandma…Mrs. Shelly Carpenter. Shelly is always willing to help out wherever she is needed and she is a great organizer! She is also a wonderful grandmother to Mary Beth, Wyatt, and Emma. We appreciate all your hard work Shelly!
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!
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.
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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