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Valley Home News for July 11, 2012

On Saturday cars and pickups lined both sides of the road leading into the Taro Ranch on East Dodds Road and also filled the empty field adjacent to the Taro home. There was excitement in the air as friends and neighbors gathered at the Taro Ranch to join in the birthday festivities, or as the invitations stated "A very special Wild West Hoedown" for one of our favorite people, Tony Taro, who was celebrating his 90th birthday. Preferred attire for the festivities was Country Western, and guests were delighted to oblige.

July 11, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for July 4, 2012

Tammie Smith sent us this wonderful news item concerning the exciting trip enjoyed by the Valley Home School Washington DC Travel Club. The group returned home on June 29 from their Washington DC and Virginia trip after a rocky start resulting from a flight cancellation leaving the group stranded in Los Angeles until a flight for 10 persons to Miami could be booked. The group had a very turbulent and scary flight through tropical storm Debby. Tammie tells us that "due to weather and airline changes, in order to get to our destinations we used 6 different airports in 3 ...

July 04, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for June 27, 2012

Just a reminder that the fireworks display at Woodward Reservoir will be held on Sunday, July 1st this year. Whether you enjoy the colorful fireworks display from out at the Lake or from your own backyard here in Valley Home it is always quite a spectacular show and a great way to celebrate the Fourth of July Season with family and friends.

June 27, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for June 20, 2012

Now is the time to take a moment, grab a pen and circle Sunday, July 1 on your calendar as a reminder that the Annual Fourth of July Fireworks display at the reservoir will undergo a day and a time change this year. The Fourth will actually take place during the middle of the week this year. The fireworks display over the reservoir is always awesome and those of us who are fortunate to reside here in our Valley Home community have the added benefit of sitting out in our back yards or fields that evening to enjoy the spectacular ...

June 20, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for June 13, 2012

Kathleen Burghardt-Cobb asked me to pass the following on to our readers. One of our Valley Home neighbors helped her out the other day when she was pulling her horse trailer home. She had to stop at the corner of Pleasant Valley and Sawyer to change the trailer hitch ball because she had the wrong one on her truck.

June 13, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for June 6, 2012

Our Valley Home Silent Film devotees enjoyed an afternoon of "old time" movie fun on Sunday afternoon as we watched Ronald (Buster Keaton) do his best to win the love of his college days, Mary, who is being pursued by his competition, her jock boyfriend, Jeff, who takes her hostage in her dormitory room and tries to get her to marry him. Mary manages to contact Ronald by telephone, who, in a sudden show of athleticism, sprints to her Dormitory building, pole vaults into her window, and fights off Jeff by throwing household objects at him. Mary agrees to marry ...

June 06, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for May 30, 2012

Let's hear a resounding applause for two of our Valley Home young people, who received the Most Valuable Players Award in Basketball. They are Amanda Kerns and Dillon Arenebeck. Amanda is on the Girls 8th Grade A Team and Dillon played on the 7th Grade Boys A Team. Congratulations to both young people on the accomplishments, Valley Home is proud of you!

May 30, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for May 23, 2012

Kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade all enjoyed field trips this past week. Previously, 5th-8th grade traveled to San Francisco to visit the Planetarium in Golden Gate Park. The field trips were funded by our Valley Home PTC through their fundraising efforts with See's Candy and Gold Canyon Candle sales. A big Thank You to our parents and community for your support to make these extra enrichment activities possible.

May 23, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for May 16, 2012

Once again it is that time of year when Valley Home residents can look forward to a delightful step back in time, relax, sit back and enjoy a Sunday afternoon of good old fashioned silent film comedy. We have received word from Sharon Hofmann that St. John's Lutheran Church here in Valley Home is preparing to host their Seventh Annual Silent Movie, on Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m.

May 16, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


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


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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


Valley Home News Week of May 22, 2013

All those who attended the Silent Movies on Sunday at St. Luke'' Lutheran Church here in Valley Home were in for a special treat. The afternoon showing began with a Charlie Chaplin movie in which the actor really demonstrated his acrobatic talents as an inebriated gentleman arriving home after a big night on the town who meets up with all sorts of obstacles gaining entrance to his home, from losing his house key, climbing through a window, being attacked by stuffed animals, finding his lost key and climbing back out the window to then enter again through the front door ...

May 22, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of May 15, 2013

Valley Home students and families enjoyed a free family fun night Friday night in the gym. Thanks to the City of Oakdale, a giant inflatable movie screen was set up in the gym and everyone enjoyed "Monsters, Inc." Thanks to Steves Chevrolet, fresh popcorn popped all night and was enjoyed by all. Thanks to Chad Tienken for operating the movie and sound so professionally. Thanks are also due to the Valley Home PTC for a free and fun filled evening!

May 15, 2013 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News For May 8, 2013

Mike and Nancy Osmundson enjoyed guests visiting here from Lakeville, MN. Nancy's sister, Pam and her husband, Ken Heimdal spent this week visiting with the Osmundsons and their family.

May 08, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for May 1, 2013

If you haven't gotten around to marking your calendars for the St. Luke's fundraising afternoon of Silent Movie films coming up on May 19th, be certain to grab a pen, circle the date, and plan on attending for an afternoon of silent screen comedy that will keep you in stitches. There will be four silent movies shown that day from what we have been told. We have only received the titles of two of them thus far and we will announce the titles of the other two when they are made available. In addition to the silent comedies ...

May 01, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of April 24, 2013

Whoopee!! We have just received word that the time has arrived for an afternoon of Silent Movie fun, a laugh packed fundraiser for St. John's Lutheran Church here in Valley Home. Grab a pencil and circle May 19 on your calendars for an afternoon of good old fashioned fun and comedy with Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy. Chaplin will dispense his style of comedy in a film entitled 1 A-M, and the team of Laurel & Hardy will be offering their style of slap stick comedy in Double Whoopee. There will be a total of four movies shown on that ...

April 24, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of April 17, 2013

We are delighted to share the exciting news that all three members of the Valley Home 4-H Public Speaking Project received gold medals at Regional Presentation Day held at Madera High School on April 20th.

April 17, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for April 10, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to the Tony Taro family on the loss of the family matriarch, Claire Taro. Claire was devoted to her family and her home. Many of her friends referred to her as a truly grand lady. Claire made her family and home her priority. She could always be found cooking, cleaning or working in her garden. Claire was also known for her hospitality to friends and family. Valley Home will miss Claire very much.

April 10, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for April 3, 2013

Our Valley Home Hawks celebrated their annual Jog-A-Thon last Thursday. The Easter Bunny was on hand to watch the kids run and walk. It was obvious that everyone had some fun. After the jogging, the candy jump was held and the prizes were awarded. Maddie Jones' name was drawn as the winner of the iPad Mini device. The best decorated T-shirt awards went to Brandy Seaton for the K-3 grades and Stephanie Lee for the 4-8 grades. Payton Sinclair won the Craziest Socks competition and Alisha Martinho won for Craziest Hair. Due to the earlier minimum day schedule this year ...

April 03, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for March 27, 2013

It is that time of year once again when our Valley Home students are stretching their legs and toning up their muscles for the school annual Jog-a-Thon on Thursday, March 28th. Students are decorating their own T-shirts again this year. We have received word that prizes will be awarded for the best T-shirt design for both K-3 and 4 thru 8. Additional contests and prizes will also be awarded. Just a reminder that Spring break begins Friday!

March 27, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for March 20, 2013

Valley Home 4-H Annual Club Presentation Night will be held on Thursday, March 21 at St John's Church here in Valley Home. The Presentation will commence at 6 p.m. in the Church Hall. This will be the final dress rehearsal for club members attending County Presentation Day. The event provides a wonderful opportunity to come and listen to Valley Home and Orange Blossom 4-H speech project members give their presentations. These young people have been working very hard preparing and practicing their presentations. You are invited to please join them and support your fellow 4-H'ers for an ...

March 21, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for March 13, 2013

Things will really be hopping here in our Valley Home community on Saturday, March 30th! We have received word that the grounds located at the "old" school will be visited by our friend, The Easter Bunny! Our furry little friend has sent a special message that, with the help of our Valley Home 4-Hers, they are planning on having hundreds of colorful eggs hidden in marked areas of the playing field. We are told that there will be plenty of prizes, candy, games and contest, in addition to the traditional hunt! Staring time for the fun event will be 10 ...

March 13, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for March 6, 2013

We have received word that our Red Hat Queen, Margo and our Valley Home members of Oakdale's Fun Lovin' Ladies welcomed in our beautiful spring-like weather with a delicious luncheon and meeting at Bella Italia Restaurant in Modesto. The members of the group were able to enjoy viewing all the blossoming Almond orchards they passed along the way.

March 06, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for February 27, 2013

This week's Valley Home News leads off with the news received that Bob Yuskaitis our Valley Home friend and dedicated Neighborhood Watch Patrolman for our community was involved in a serious automobile accident on February 11th while crossing Highway 120 at Pioneer Avenue. It appears he was driving home after an evening patrol and his and another vehicle collided, with his car rolled and he received serious, multiple injuries. He is recuperating in a facility in Modesto. The residents of the Greater Valley Home Area wish Bob Yuskailis a full recovery.

February 27, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


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