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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 for February 20, 2013

It sounds like our Valley Home 4-Hers not only had a great time at their February meeting, but also made lots of money at their annual Box Social on February 5th. The Box Social provides an evening of fun for all the members, as they all participate in seeing who can create the prettiest decorated box of goodies to be auctioned off at the meeting. This meeting was no exception and goodies of every kind were auctioned off. A special thank you to Gary Lewis who acts as auctioneer for the fun filled event. Helping Gary with the auction were ...

February 20, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for February 6, 2013

Where did all the neighbors go? Unbelievably, our Valley Home community was turned into a ghost town this past weekend, nary a soul could be found and our normally busy streets were empty of traffic. There is an old adage that "no news is good news," however I beg to differ! Our normally busy streets were devoid of traffic, where did everyone disappear to? Our normally busy little community was bereft of even a lone car traversing our roads. Where did all our townspeople go? The mystery was solved however, your reporter had simply forgotten that Sunday was "Super Bowl ...

February 06, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for January 30, 2013

Our members of Oakdale's Fun Lovin' Ladies are all getting gussied up in their purple outfits and making that important decision on which one of their Red Hats to select for their February 6th meeting. The group will travel to Modesto this month to partake of the cuisine offered at Minnie's Restaurant. Just a reminder to be certain to give Cookie a ring at 847-0761, if you need to cancel or have not made your reservation, as we need to confirm with the restaurant how many to expect.

January 30, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for January 23, 2013

Oak Valley Art Society members met at the Escalon Library on Saturday, and members enjoyed a very informative program on art techniques offered by long time member, and prize winning artist, Dorothy Girling. Due to a mix-up, the artist scheduled to demonstrate that day was unavailable and the group was treated to a very enjoyable program by Dorothy, who offered helpful hints to the group on working with pastels and various and helpful hints on that medium.

January 23, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for January 16, 2013

Our Valley Home MAC committee will be meeting tonight, January 16 at the Valley Home school. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. in the school library. These meetings are a wonderful way to keep the line between the residents and the county representatives. There will be reports of what has happened since last meeting, what is scheduled to happen in the near future and also an opportunity to report a problem that may need to be forwarded to the county leaders. Be at the meeting and see what is going on in your part of the county.

January 16, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for January 9, 2013

We received word that Cooper Bartholomew had a great time celebrating his sixth birthday on New Year's Day. Cooper celebrated with friends and family on New Year's Eve. A special treat for Cooper that evening was hearing Austin Dickens and Luke Pouncy entertain by playing the guitar during the evening!

January 09, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for January 2, 2013

Word has just been received that the next meeting of the Valley Home 4H will be January 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Valley Home School gym.

January 02, 2013 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for December 26, 2012

We hope that Santa was able to make his visit to our Valley Home area and deliver a sleigh full of Christmas cheer even though he was greeted by rainy weather! Valley Home residents were still able to enjoy wending their way through our streets in the rain, and enjoy the colorful display of lighted homes. Even though we had to undergo heavy rain at times, the lights were enveloped in a misty glow that was beautiful to see.

December 26, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for December 19, 2012

Lots of excitement emanating from Valley Home School today as the Valley Home PTC throw open the doors for their annual Christmas gift store for the students. The Christmas Store is a much anticipated highlight of the year for the students. Students have an opportunity to look for and purchase gifts for their families. Prices are kept low and members of the PTC are on hand to wrap the items the students purchase so their selections are all ready for Christmas giving. The sight of all the happy faces at this special function is a delight to all who witness ...

December 19, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for December 12, 2012

It was a cold and foggy evening on Saturday, however, it didn't dampen the spirits of all those who gathered to view our annual Valley Home Community Christmas Parade. Christmas spirit and warmth filled the air as residents gathered and lined the streets to watch the colorful annual Christmas Lighted Parade as it wound its way through the center of town.

December 12, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for December 5, 2012

Our Valley Home 4-H'ers are very proud to announce the 2012 Grand Marshall for our "Old Tyme Christmas Parade". Our 2012 Grand Marshal is Mr. Marcel Dickens and his lovely wife, Kathy. Marcel was a Valley Home 4-H community leader several years ago. He and his wife have been very active in their Valley home community. At present, their grandson, Austin is very involved in Valley Home 4-H and also very active within the community. Marcel and Kathy have raised sons in Valley Home and now enjoy being the grandparents of very active and successful grandchildren. The Dickens' are ...

December 05, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for November 28, 2012

This week has been a busy week for our 4-H'ers and we are told that next week promises to be even busier! The members will be working on their Christmas float entry this Friday night at the Barretto family ranch. The group will be putting the finishing touches on their delightful Candy House entry for the Lighted Escalon Christmas Parade in which they will ride and wave at viewers on Saturday, December 1st during the evening on Main Street in Escalon. Be sure to watch for starting time.

November 28, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for November 21, 2012

It seems like the Holidays have really crept up fast on us this year! This past week our Valley Home 4-Hers celebrated their accomplishments during the past months with a delicious dinner and awards ceremony. Special guests for the evening were Mrs. Jan Hempleman, former Valley Home 4-H leader and Mr. Ken Wilmarth, retired Stanislaus County 4-H Program Director. Laughter, generated by lots of fun and friendship filled the Valley Home School Gym as our 4-H'ers enjoyed the evening together! The evening was made even more special with the Valley Home School Superintendent, Rolanda DesRosiers-Lewis and her delightful husband ...

November 21, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for November 14, 2012

Christina Barreto shares the following information with us. Our Valley Home 4-H members are busy planning for another Bake Sale at Tractor Supply in Oakdale on Saturday, November 17th. There will be the delicious odor of baking delectable goodies filling the air throughout our community this coming week as our 4-H'ers busy themselves baking up a storm of delicious goodies to sell at their booth. The 4-H'ers will be found manning this booth located inside the Tractor Supply Store in Oakdale. The sale featuring an array of delicious fresh baked goodies is being held to aid in raising ...

November 14, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for November 7, 2012

Our Red Hat Queen Bonnie Bianchi tells us that our Red Hat Oakdale Fun Lovin' Ladies are enjoying their monthly meeting and luncheon at Marie Calendar's Restaurant in Modesto today. These ladies always have a great time planning for their next adventure and meeting. Their next meeting will fall on December 5, 2012, and will be held at Mimi's Cafe, located on Dale Rd. in Modesto.

November 07, 2012 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


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