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Valley Home News for August 24, 2011

Nancy and Mike Osmundson enjoyed a visit from Mike's sister and husband, Karen and Nyal Bage from Independence, Iowa, this past week and a half. The foursome also enjoyed a weekend spent in the Bay Area.

August 24, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for August 17, 2011

We enjoyed a recent opportunity to meet and visit with W.C. Koch, a cousin of Cindy Fleischer, a former long time resident of our Valley Home community, who dropped by to bring us up to date on the Fleischer family activities. Cindy and Chuck now reside at Dardanelle, where she and Chuck own a grocery store, gas station and lodgings. The couple were always quite active in our Valley Home, especially with our community and Volunteer Firefighter activities before moving up to their current location.

August 17, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for August 10, 2011

Residents of the San Joaquin Neighborhood Watch group joined with Valley Home residents to celebrate a successful Neighborhood National Night Out on last Tuesday evening with a potluck dinner held in our new Valley Center Community Park. The food was abundant and delicious and the company great. We enjoyed a very interesting and informative presentation by Sgt. Todd Wright of the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department who introduced us to Deputy Mike Munson, Deputy Sal Soto, Deputy Josh Stillman and Deputy Tim Noveteke who also provided informative insight on their neighborhood watch activities. The theme of their presentation was that ...

August 10, 2011 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for August 3, 2011

Your reporter was unable to visit the Fair and see our 4-H'ers in action, however, one of our readers sent me some E-mail photos of the heifers being shown by Jennifer Schaefle, Gracie Azevedo and Justin Azevedo. The smiles on our 4-H'ers faces really brightened my day and made up for not being able to attend the event myself. The smiles just radiated as the threesome displayed their animals for the Judges. Gracie was the recipient of 2nd place overall showmanship and Justin received 5th place in overall showmanship. Jennifer received a 5th place award in dairy cattle ...

August 03, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for July 27, 2011

What an exciting weekend for our Valley Home 4-H'ers who attended the Stanislaus County Fair. In last week's column we wrote about Garret Bryhni's exciting win at the Fair and his entry beating out over 400 other pigs and that he was now looking for buyers for the animal. Garret named his animal "All That" and his entry came away with the title of Supreme Champion Market Hog, and thanks to the efforts of "Friends of Garret" he received $41.00 a pound, $11,152, for his 272-pound hog. We received word that "All That" will happily ...

July 27, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for July 20, 2011

This word just in from the Stanislaus County Fair: Valley Home's Garret Bryhni won Supreme Champion Hog beating out over 400 pigs! He's now looking for buyers and really needs some help. All of Valley Home is so excited and proud of him. Valley Home residents are anxiously awaiting word of further results of our 4-H'ers who are participating in the county fair. Thus far, other than the word on Garret, we have not received judging results and will include them in next week's column.

July 20, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for July 6, 2011

We received word from Tammie Smith that our Valley Home 4-H'ers are currently all busy getting ready for the Stanislaus County Fair. Tammie reminds us that with the ending of the Oakdale Junior Livestock Boosters which helped purchase the market animals, many kids are without buyers for their animals at the Fair, this year. If anyone is interested in buying an animal or helping a 4H'er they should contact Tammie at 604-6942.

July 06, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for June 29, 2011

Let's have a big round of applause for Valley Home 4-H'ers, Samuel Fletcher, Heidi Schaefle and Jenny Schaefle who competed in 4-H State Presentations on May 28th during the State 4-H Field Day at UC Davis. They worked diligently for several months on their presentations, earning gold awards at the county and regional levels which entitled them to compete in State Presentation Day. In Sam's demonstration titled "Ready, Aim, Fire" he taught the audience how to make a sling shot out of a "V" shaped tree branch. Heidi's prepared informational speech, "Rude Awakening" educated the audience ...

June 29, 2011 | | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for June 22, 2011

History has been made again in Valley Home with the dedication of the new Valley Home Community Center Park on Saturday, June 18, 2011. Music filled the air thanks to new Valley Home resident D.J. Ken Soffiotto and his Cruiser Music Productions. The wonderful aroma of steak and chicken sandwiches prepared by Jerome Food Catering of Valley Home greeted visitors as they arrived at the park. Attendees soon found out that there was more to remember about the food than the aroma, it was outstanding.

June 22, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for June 15, 2011

Dedication of Valley Home Community Center Park – Saturday, June 18, 2011

June 15, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for June 8, 2011

Sometimes, on very rare occasions, in gathering information to include in the Valley Home News, we receive such a bonanza of news items to share with our readers that we are unable to include all of it in the column. Last week was just such an occasion and we would like to include those items in this week's column.

June 08, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for June 1, 2011

The familiar strains of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance filled the air on May 23, 2011 as the Valley Home eighth grade students made their entrance into the School Multipurpose Room for their Graduation Ceremony. Judah Burton, Nathan Soares and Luis Penaloza joined in rendering the Pledge of Allegiance. Principal Kevin Hart welcomed parents and members of the audience to the ceremony.

June 01, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for May 25, 2011

We are happy to report that we have received good follow up reports on stolen property found due to the efforts of Farm Watch News Alert and Neighborhood Watch people. Residents need to keep on the alert and aid in preventing more such crimes from occurring.

May 25, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for May 18, 2011

History has been made in Valley Home on Sunday, May 15th with the first party held in the new Valley Home Community Park. The event was a birthday party for Ethan Butler, who has just turned 2 years old. Ethan has an older brother, Noah and his parents are John and Christina Butler. Attending the festivities for Ethan were Grandma "Mimi" Kim Butler and "Papa" Steve Butler who live on Hines Road in Valley Home. The other set of grandparents were also in attendance "Opa and Oma" JoAnn and Nico Beukelman. The birthday boy's daddy set up a "Bouncy ...

May 18, 2011 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for May 11, 2011

Our Valley Home young people have been making good use of the nice weather we enjoyed for a while. We received word that Melissa Koppinger has been enjoying an opportunity to play some golf. Way to go Melissa! Melissa's twin sister, Melinda is having an absolute awesome season playing softball at Oakdale High School. Valley Home is proud of you both!

May 11, 2011 | 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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