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Another year has gone by and for many of us 2014 brought changes good and bad into our lives. For some the joy and happiness of a wonderful event, for others the past year brought sorrow and heartbreaking sadness. Over the years I've come to realize that there are definitely "seasons" throughout our lives. It has taken me a lifetime to understand that truly my life has had many different seasons. I look back on the season of my youth, of marriage and family, softball, football, cheerleading, rodeo events, our family would also see family and friends off to ...

December 31, 2014 | WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News


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Family and friends were treated to a most special evening this past Friday night! The afterschool program presented a delightful Christmas program filled with magic and holiday spirit. The hard work of Tom Cassinetto, Bonnie Gellerman and their wonderful assistants provided the most spectacular holiday entertainment. The program featured Valley Home school students and every scene brought huge applause! A very special highlight was an appearance by recording artist Rich Price. Mr. Price is the grandfather of Valley Home 1st grader Sarah Gruenig and sister Caroline Gruenig. Mr. Price, dressed in the most beautiful sparkling Western attire, played guitar and ...

December 24, 2014 | WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News


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Star power ... Our entire family gathered around the T.V. eagerly waiting for "Toy Story that Time Forgot," to begin! Grandson Cody had just given us the big news! His good friend R.C. Cope was the voice of "Mason" or the "video game playing kid" in the show. We were all so excited to have the opportunity to enjoy R.C. on the big screen! The show was just a few minutes from airtime, we scrabbled to get our popcorn and get settled in, we did not want to miss a single second. Sure enough "Toy Story that Time ...

December 17, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of December 10, 2014

A dazzling full moon shone brightly across the peaceful little park. The small town Christmas Parade had just ended, its glistening lights now just a beautiful glow against the night skyline. The little park had just witnessed the beginning of the ninth annual community celebration in Valley Home. Folks were now making their way into the darkened little park, where in just a few minutes joyful voices would fill the night air with the beautiful sounds of traditional Christmas carols. As if it were magic, suddenly the little tree came to life; its branches sparkled and dazzled the crowd gathered ...

December 10, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


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We hope you come out this Saturday and enjoy Christmas in Valley Home! The community sponsored Christmas parade will usher in the evening's traditional tree lighting and community Christmas Potluck Dinner! Everyone is invited to enter a safe, 'lighted' entry and show up between 5:00 pm and 5:30 pm to get in line for the parade. You do not need to fill out an entry form ... Just show up and be a part of this small town Christmas celebration. All entries should be lighted and the parade will begin promptly at 5:30 pm. Best viewing will ...

December 03, 2014 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving ... a time for us to bow our heads and be thankful! Throughout the year it is easy to get so caught up in our day to day busy lives that we tend to overlook being grateful for each day. For those who are natural worriers those daily worries can sometimes rob us of the joy of being thankful for small pleasures in our lives. I sincerely wish for each of you a wonderful Thanksgiving! I hope your day is filled with hope, happiness and many blessings. For those who have suffered the loss of a loved one this year ...

November 26, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of November 19, 2014

A life well lived ... The passing of Bonnie Gellerman's "Aunt Mary" has left a definite void within our community. The following are Bonnie's words of thanks and reflection in honor of her Aunt Mary Duncan:

November 19, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of November 12, 2014

What fun our Valley Home students had during Red Ribbon Week! Pajamas, moustaches, etc. were the order of the week as the kids showed their pride for Valley Home School! The focus now is on school attendance, the students are encouraged to make every effort to be at school each day. Special prizes will be awarded during the year.

November 12, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of November 5, 2014

Bushwacker ... The greatest bucking bull of all time! We are so fortunate to have this magnificent bull living right here in Valley Home. It is such a treat when you drive by the beautiful green pastures he calls home and catch a glimpse of the iconic Mr. Bushwacker. Watching him last Monday on TV as he bucked his way into history becoming the 2014 Bucking Bull of the year made for a fantastic evening! As our family of Bushwacker fans gathered around the TV, we watched, yelled, and clapped as the famous bulls performed one after the other trying to ...

November 05, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of October 29, 2014

THANK YOU ... to all you that helped make the Valley Home Fall Harvest Festival such a wonderful success! Because our much needed rain came, we made the decision to move as much as we could inside the school gym. It turned out to be a fantastic event with tons of fun for all. Again we give a huge thank you to the very special people who came and worked all evening to make the Harvest Festival fun for all! To the folks who donated to this event, your generosity is very, very much appreciated. Because of the tremendous support by ...

October 29, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of October 22, 2014

It's Harvest Festival Time in Valley Home! What a wonderful Autumn feeling has settled over Valley Home. As they days get shorter and the nights grow colder we know we have said goodbye to another California summer. Years past in Valley Home at this time of year it was rice harvest time. I remember looking across the fields of freshly irrigated rice in Valley Home and thinking what a lovely and peaceful place to live! With a brilliant sunset sinking into the evening sky, the fiery orange, the hot pinks, the hues of deep blue with purple mixed in ...

October 22, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of October 15, 2014

Our Oakdale High Football team was well represented this past Saturday at Levi's Stadium! Mustang colors dominated the crowd with the opposing colors of Buffalo green being not so dominant. The game was a thriller with our Mustangs coming out on top. Our cheerleaders and football players were brilliant and represented our area with tremendous pride and hard work. Go Mustangs!

October 15, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of October 8, 2014

Our fall scarecrow contest is off to a great start ... remember all entry forms must be turned in by this Friday, October 10th! If you do not have an entry form and would like to enter call Cooper Bartholomew at 209-985-5233. Prizes will be awarded at our annual Valley Home School Harvest Festival on October 25th. Scarecrows will be judged on October 18th and must be visible from the road. Special thanks to all of you who are building scarecrows and keeping our fall traditions alive in Valley Home!

October 08, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of October 1, 2014

With fall upon us, it is time to share one of our most delightful happenings here in Valley Home. Our annual fall scarecrow contest starts October 1st. This contest is a great way to enjoy our beautiful fall season and have some fun with friendly competition. Scarecrows will be judged in 4 categories: 1. Western; 2. Funny; 3. Family; 4. Garden Protector. Entries can be picked up from the General Store, Valley Home School or by calling Cooper Bartholomew at 985-5233 or coming by Cooper's house at 12501 Valley Home Road. Entries can be turned in at these same ...

October 01, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of September 24, 2014

It's not too early to mark your calendars for October 25th. That is when our Valley Home School will host their annual Fall Harvest Festival! The festival is an important fundraiser for the school and all proceeds directly benefit our Valley Home students. There will be a huge silent auction, giant pumpkin contest, scarecrow contest, pumpkin patch, delicious food, pies, games, and tons of other exciting fun. More details to come over the next few weeks.

September 24, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


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VALLEY HOME NEWS- 2-25-15

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.

February 25, 2015 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


VALLEY HOME NEWS- 2-18-15

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 ...

February 18, 2015 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News-Week of 2-11-15

This past week I had the opportunity to visit with a young man I hadn't seen for a very long time. Seeing Cy Chrisman all grown up was a reminder to me of how quickly the years are going by. It's always such a great pleasure for me when one of our Valley Home young folks drops by our home for a visit when home from college. The joy of seeing these young people as they go from elementary school to high school and now to college is such a true blessing! My visit with Cy came while ...

February 11, 2015 | WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News


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A great chance to support our Valley Home School ... Thursday, February 12th "On the Scene Cuisine" will be providing a tri-tip and ribs dinner. The dinner is a fundraiser for the Asilomar field trip costs! Each dinner will include tri-tip and ribs, five cheese homemade macaroni and cheese, molasses baked beans, buttered corn, garlic bread, and dessert! Dinner pick up will be between 4 and 6 p.m. Dinner tickets are $18 per meal. For more information you can call the school at 847-0117.

February 04, 2015 | WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News


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We send our heartfelt sympathy to our Knights Ferry neighbors. Once again this small tight knit community has lost one of their own. Glenda Maisel passed away very suddenly this past week. Glenda and her husband Rick owned and operated the historic Knights Ferry General Store, Bar and Glenda's Deli. Many folks, including several of us here in Valley Home will remember Glenda's delicious cooking! I will always remember the care Glenda took to get every order just right, her customers were each special to her! The community of Knights Ferry has suffered the loss of so many ...

January 28, 2015 | WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News


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It was birthday time in Valley Home as Garret Lee celebrated his big day! Garret and his friends and family enjoyed an afternoon of indoor swimming at Modesto Aquatics this past Saturday. The seventh grader and his guests were treated to pizza following their afternoon in the heated pool. It was a wonderful birthday and we wish Garret many happy returns of his special day!

January 21, 2015 | WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News


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It was back to school this past week for our Valley Home school students. Looking for a bright spot, the students were excited to learn they would have a vacation day on January 9th and also on January 19th! January 9th was a staff development day and January 19th is Martin Luther King Jr. day. On January 21st there will be a teacher collaboration meeting at 3:00pm. Friday January 23rd is the first basketball game of the season! Teams will travel to Paradise school to play. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to come out and support our Valley Home ...

January 14, 2015 | WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News


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As 2015 begins, we offer a very special thank you to Mrs. Laura Burghardt. Laura wrote the Valley Home News for many years before taking a much deserved rest. For 38 years Laura brought our community together by sharing happenings within Valley Home. It was so important to Laura to make sure school events, community events, family celebrations, and community information was available through her column. We appreciate your many years of service to our community Laura!

January 07, 2015 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


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