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Special Birthday wishes go out to long time Valley Home resident, Russ Carpenter. Russ is well known in Valley Home as a caring friend, a man you can trust completely, a devoted family man, and a man with a great sense of humor! Russ is very genuine, and it is always a pleasure when he comes by for a visit. You always feel better after a visit with Russ. Russ, we hope your birthday was the best ever, thank you for being the kind of man you are. Many returns of this special day to you!

August 20, 2014 | By WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of July 23, 2014

With our 2014 Stanislaus County Fair behind us and our State Fair in full swing we look at the commitment our FFA and 4-H families have. Much like our youth sports teams the commitment is huge and it is usually a total family commitment! With 4-Hers and FFA students the commitment is year round, and first involves learning about caring for the animals. Next comes hands on experience and attending judging events and project meetings. Then it's ownership. Another remarkable part of both FFA and 4-H is the dedication of great leaders and teachers! These teachers and leaders can ...

July 23, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of July 16, 2014

It's fair time again! Many of us have special memories of attending the county fair in our youth. What great times were had at the fair! The brightly colored Ferris wheel was always my favorite as I was never brave enough for the faster rides. For others it was the tilt-a-whirl...spinning faster and faster until before you knew it, it was spinning you rather than you spinning it. It is wildly fun and for some they can't get enough of it. Whatever your ride of choice the county fair is always a fun time for all! Remember ...

July 16, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of July 9, 2014

This week we highlight a very important person who is active in both Valley Home and Escalon. This young man is Bryce McKenzie! Bryce attends Valley Home School and is a very busy guy. He carries a high grade point average and attends school basketball and football games as the Hawk. The Hawk is the school mascot and Bryce loves to create school spirit. His school pride is contagious and the crowd is always delighted to see Bryce show up as the Hawk. Way to go Bryce! This summer Bryce will be attending the Stanislaus County Fair and will be ...

July 09, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of July 2, 2014

Fourth of July ... Sparklers, firecrackers, homemade ice cream, hot dogs and tall cold glasses of frosty lemonade! This special holiday is a reason to celebrate! We celebrate this great country, with the silvery outline of Lady Liberty etched in our minds, we gather to watch the dazzling explosions of color high in the evening sky. Whether your family celebrates big or celebrates small this special holiday always does your heart good! Old Glory with all her beauty waves proudly in the summer time breeze, children run and play on fresh mowed lawns, old folks sit and rock gently on front ...

July 02, 2014 | By WINNE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of June 25, 2014

Here in Valley Home we love to celebrate the good in life! Recently one of our favorite Valley Home families reached a big milestone. Jeff and Sally Chrisman celebrated 23 years of marriage on June 15th, which was also Father's Day this year. The Chrisman family spent a wonderful four days with their children at the Long Barn Lodge and on Lake Beardsley kayaking and fishing. The couple's youngest daughter Callie Ann Chrisman even caught two large Rainbow Trout. Way to go Callie Ann! Jeff and Sally are truly unique and caring people, so full of love that ...

June 25, 2014 | By WINNE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of June 18, 2014

The joy of summertime memories...it was another special June visit for lifelong friends Taylor Denman and Jenna Heaton! It always amazes me, the bond these two friends share. Becoming best friends in kindergarten at Valley Home School, the friendship survived long distance when the Denman family moved to Texas when the girls were about twelve years old. The families stayed close with automobile trips back and forth every summer. As the girls became older- high school aged- the trips became airline flights to and from Valley Home and Texas. Now with the girls attending college, one in California and ...

June 18, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of June 11, 2014

Every community needs caring young people...Valley Home has many! One of which is recent Oakdale High graduate Melissa Koppinger! Melissa who is talented in many areas has chosen to follow a career path in the medical field. Melissa enrolled in ROP during high school, which consisted of many ride-alongs with EMTs and paramedics. It was during this time she realized she was definitely where she wanted to be. Her strength and her skills for helping others have made her a natural for this demanding career. Melissa is the daughter of Debra and Jay Koppinger of Valley Home. This fall ...

June 11, 2014 | By WINNE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of June 4, 2014

As a child growing up in Valley Home, those around Melinda Koppinger knew that she was a talented athlete! Over the years Melinda has sharpened her skills and has become one of the area's best softball players. Parents Debra and Jay Koppinger are their daughter's biggest supporters and together they have raised five of the most talented and unique children parents could ask for. Melinda, who before graduation had several scholarship offers from various colleges decided on Ohio Valley University. Melinda will major in education and looks forward to becoming a school teacher one day. As her high ...

June 04, 2014 | By WINNE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of May 28, 2014

So much excitement in the air with all of the recent graduation activities. Oakdale High School Class of 2014 graduation ceremonies commenced on Friday evening with several graduates being from right here in Valley Home. This event is always bittersweet as it is the beginning of a new chapter yet also the closure of another. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing a bit about the recently graduated Valley Home young people.

May 28, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of May 21, 2014

Lifetime friends are made at Valley Home School...For our eighth grade students tonight's graduation ceremony will bring to a close life as a student at this over 100-year-old school. For our graduates this will be a turning point in their young lives. At Valley Home School teacher and staff alike wrapped their arms around each and every student. Individual needs, the best education possible, and motivating students to be the very best they could be has been the priority of each teacher and staff member at Valley Home. Tonight when the music begins the graduates will file in ...

May 21, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of May 14, 2014

The most beautiful sound throughout Valley Home...the ringing of the church bells on Sunday morning at St. Johns Lutheran Church.

May 14, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of May 7, 2014

We were thrilled this week to receive a surprise visit from our Knights Ferry friend Maizie Brown. Years ago, along with many other dedicated folks, Maizie worked tirelessly to help get the measure passed that would provide Rural Fire with much needed funds. We were so happy to have her visit us here in Valley Home. Maizie is a special and much respected friend within both the Valley Home and Knights Ferry communities. Our gratitude to you Maizie and to all of those who years ago served on the Oakdale Fire Committee, walked areas, knocked on doors and made tons ...

May 07, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of April 16, 2014

We begin this week's column with a special Happy Birthday to a gentleman who has worked tirelessly for our Valley Home community. Mr. Glenn Burghardt celebrates his big day during the month of May! Glenn and his lovely wife Laura have volunteered countless hours, and have been involved in most of the committees, events, work days, etc. that help make Valley Home such a special place to live. Glenn, we appreciate everything you do. Happy Birthday to our good friend ... Go Navy!

April 30, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of April 16, 2014

Looking across the freshly mowed grass of Valley Home school one could easily feel the pride the 100-plus year old institution instills within our community. The sky was a beautiful blue and filled with wispy white clouds that floated with the morning breeze, the kind you feel like you could just reach up and touch. It was the day before Easter and the Valley Home 4-Hers had hidden over 600 brightly decorated eggs throughout the school yard. As the warm morning sun peeked down, you could hear the children's excited laughter as they ran from one hidden egg to ...

April 23, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


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Valley Home News Week of September 17, 2014

Last week we stopped what we were doing to remember those lives lost on September 11, 2001. A horrible tragedy that changed our world forever. Words cannot express the sadness and overwhelming anger that touched each one of us during one of our country's darkest hours. We cannot change the events of that day, but we can remember those lost and the many public servants who died trying to save them. The date that marks this sad day has passed and as we look toward a brighter future, we honor those who continue to serve our nation's people ...

September 17, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of September 10, 2014

The dreaded picture... When I started writing this column over a year ago, I really, really did not want a picture of myself printed! I've always enjoyed reading the other columns in The Leader and appreciated the pictures that went along with them. It gives readers a chance to associate names with faces... I guess that I just was not sure a picture could be taken that wouldn't make my family and friends run for the hills! Even after Oakdale Leader Editor Marg Jackson asked my daughter to send a picture of me in for the column, it ...

September 10, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of September 3, 2014

News from school...September is a busy month for Valley Home School. Excitement is in the air as students prepare for volleyball and football season. It's a sure sign fall is just around the corner when you see these student athletes practicing and sharpening their skills! This year Valley Home School Parent Teacher Club is purchasing all new uniforms for our athletes. What a great way to show how proud we are of our students! We would like to invite our community to come to the games and support your Valley Home kids. Their games will be held of ...

September 03, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of August 27, 2014

Don't forget that St. John's/St. Luke's Church will be having a yard sale, bake sale, and enchilada sale on Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30 at the Church, 8 a.m. on Friday and 7 a.m. on Saturday. There will be a limited number of frozen pies, and enchiladas sell for 1/2 dozen for $15.00. Come and support their well fund and take advantage of this opportunity to support the Valley Home community!

August 27, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of August 13, 2014

A night so special...National Night Out was celebrated across the entire nation last Tuesday, and here in Valley Home it was truly a special night! Neighbor after neighbor came bearing special dishes to share. As the delicious community meal was set out for all to enjoy, the aroma of tasty food beckoned everyone to gather. During dinner shrieks of joy could be heard as children found their favorite foods and loaded their plates high. The night held special meaning in Valley Home as young folks who would soon be departing back to college and those folks who would remain ...

August 13, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of August 6, 2014

Valley Home Community Park yard sale...this Saturday, August 9th from 7:00 a.m. until it's all gone! Please come support our beautiful little park. All proceeds will go toward maintaining the park. There will be something for everyone...

August 06, 2014 | Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News Week of July 30, 2014

Exciting events coming to Valley Home next week! On Tuesday, August 5th, the fine citizens of Valley Home will meet at the park to celebrate living in this beautiful place called Valley Home! Across the nation the first Tuesday in August is celebrated as "National Night Out." Folks meet outside their homes with friends and neighbors to visit, make new acquaintances, and renew old friendships. It's a really important time that we can all meet and share together. We are so blessed to live in such a relatively crime free community. Let's all meet and celebrate together! CHP ...

July 30, 2014 | By WINNE MULLINS | Valley Home News


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