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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


Valley Home News for January 18, 2012

We have received word that two horses were lost on Friday night right on Valley Home Road near Pleasant Valley Road as a gate was left open. One is a sorrel warm blood and the other is a small bay. The owner is Brian Bradley, his phone number is 848-4849. Please contact him if you have any information about this.

January 18, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for January 11, 2012

Valley Home residents began the New Year by welcoming in the new Superintendent/Principal for Valley Home School, Mrs. Rolanda Desrosiers-Lewis, to replace former Superintendent/Principal, Kevin Hart. The first official day for the new Principal began on Tuesday, January 3, as she welcomed the return of our Valley Home students from winter break. Mrs. Desrosiers-Lewis has the distinction of being the first woman to be placed as superintendent/principal for Valley Home School. Seventeen applications were submitted for that position out of which five applicants were selected to be interviewed, and of these three were selected for interviews on ...

January 11, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for January 4, 2012

Can't think of a nicer way to start off the New Year than with a delicious pancake breakfast and that is just what our PTC members have put together for us on January 7th. Breakfast is priced at $3 for children through 8 years with adults at $7, and served from 6-11 a.m.

January 04, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for December 28, 2011

A report was received from Claire Taro that their daughter Vickie and son-in-law Leo Albers picked she and Tony up in their pickup on December 9th and drove them to Fernley, Nevada where their granddaughter Kristen and husband Joey Volene live with children 13 year old Rebecca and 11 year old Mathew. On Saturday the group went to a piano recital by their great-granddaughter Rebecca who has been taking piano lessons for a year or so. She has been doing well and her performance of three songs included Skateboard Boogie. Her great-grandparents are so proud of her.

December 28, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for December 21, 2011

One of the highlights of the school year for our Valley Home students is the fun and enjoyment of shopping at the PTC sponsored Holiday Store. The store has become a traditional and enjoyable and a most anticipated event at Valley Home School for many years thanks to the hard work of our PTC members. These hard working volunteers provide a variety of gift items for a nominal price in this special Christmas Store giving our students a wonderful opportunity to select and purchase that special gift for their family members. Thank you Melissa, Shelly, Kathy, Darlene and all of ...

December 21, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for December 14, 2011

Just a reminder, in case you may have forgotten to check your calendar, Friday, December 16th has been reserved for the Valley Home School Washington DC Fundraiser Drive-Through Chicken Dinner for Four. The dinner includes chicken, beans, bread, salad and dessert and is priced at $30 and may be picked up at the Pioneer Ave. Valley Home School campus at 5:30 p.m. or after. Presale tickets are available from Halley Smith or 5th/6th grade teacher Justin Trunnell.

December 14, 2011 | | 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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