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VALLEY HOME NEWS FOR JULY 14, 2010

Members of the Valley Home community were saddened to receive word that former Oakdale Mayor and friend, Elmo Garcia passed away on July 6th. Elmo was one of those rare people that you could always depend on. Elmo was a staunch supporter of the Oakdale Museum, the Oakdale Historical Society and the Oakdale Garden Club among many other organizations. As Mayor of Oakdale, he attended the ribbon cutting at the grand opening of the museum in 1985 and all the festivities that followed, including the special event where one could make a donation to the museum and enjoy a picnic ...

July 16, 2010 | LAURA BURGHARDT | Valley Home News


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Valley Home residents enjoyed a quiet Fourth of July this year with picnic luncheons and visiting friends gathering together to watch the annual Fireworks display over Woodward Reservoir. Valley Home residents are in a fortunate position to enjoy the colorful displays lighting the sky over Woodward without having to leave their own back yards. Just another of the many reasons that makes our Valley Home area such a special place to live.

July 07, 2010 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


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From all appearances, it would seem that there was a mass exodus from our Valley Home community this past week with residents seeking the cooler breezes of both the ocean and the foothills. For those of us who stayed home and braved the heat, the community seemed unusually quiet, with almost no traffic to speak of.

June 30, 2010 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


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Our Valley Home community welcomes South Dakota and Minnesota Hi 4-H exchange students Delani Jorgensen and Jared Hillard, along with Jared's mother, Eldonna. The threesome are being hosted by Valley Home 4-H members, Tiffany and Melissa Thompson and Jordan and Nathan Soares and their families during their stay here in our community. We are told that 25 students and chaperones will be staying throughout Stanislaus County during the weeklong exchange. During their time here the students will be visiting such places as Yosemite, Sea Cliff Beach and San Francisco. This is another example of how 4-H provides wonderful opportunities ...

June 23, 2010 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


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The monthly meetings of the Valley Home Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) resume tonight with a meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Harold Pope School Library. A reminder that these MAC meetings are important to those interested in Valley Home happenings as representatives from various county agencies will make a report on the activities in their department - Sheriff, Animal Services, Public Works, etc. In addition, representatives from the Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District, California Highway Patrol and the Valley Home Community Center will also make presentations. An interested resident of Valley Home will not want to miss this meeting.

June 16, 2010 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


VALLEY HOME NEWS for June 9, 2009

Last week a copy of an email was received from Melinda Koppinger, the departing editor of the Valley Home 4-H Bug asking members running for office in the upcoming fall 4-H club to submit letters telling what office they are seeking and why. This week I would like to share with Valley Home News column readers these letters.

June 09, 2010 | LAURA BURGHARDT | Valley Home News


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There is action at the Valley Home Community Center pavilion site, things are happening. Last week's activity was the building of the concrete forms for the floor of the pavilion and the pouring of the concrete. There was a large group of concrete workers who demonstrated their skill and by early afternoon there lay before us a beautiful concrete floor that had a smooth as glass rim border and a center section that gave the appearance of etched rockwork. A sidewalk was also laid from the edge of the pavilion across the soon to be grass covered dirt to ...

June 02, 2010 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


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The multipurpose room at Valley Home School became a western setting on Wednesday evening, May 19th as a background for the eighth grade graduation ceremony. Western saddles and blankets displayed on a fence and containers of garden plants provided a setting on one side of the graduate seating, with benches, cowboy hats, lariats and colorful plants decorating the opposite side of the setting. As the first notes of the traditional Pomp and Circumstance by Elgar sounded, the procession of graduates advanced to the ceremony site.

May 26, 2010 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


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We always enjoy sharing in the joy of birthday festivities for one of our favorite Valley Home residents. Hazel Henry had a wonderful day from morning to night enjoying festivities hosted by members of her family who gathered to help her celebrate her birthday on May 9th. Hazel tells us she had "a wonderful birthday and Mother's Day all in the same day." She tells us that her son-in-law and daughter, Frank and Patsy Carpenter came from Layton, Nevada, and cooked a delicious turkey dinner to celebrate the occasion.

May 19, 2010 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


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This week's Valley Home News came close to not being. We had a power failure here at the ranch lasting for four days that could not be immediately remedied, and in fact is still not working. A very nice PG&E worker came to our assistance first and turned off the electricity so that repairs could be made. Fortunately, we have a wonderful friend who is an electrician and general handyman, who came to our aid and in addition to working many hours installing new wiring, poles and gadgets also generously loaned us the use of his gas generator ...

May 12, 2010 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


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Don't forget to circle this coming Thursday, May 6, and plan to attend Valley Home School PTC's annual meeting at 3 p.m. Come and join the group as they plan to vote in new officers for the 2010-2011 school year! Suggestions for activities and fundraisers for the coming school year are always welcome. This group does so much in providing activities to benefit our students during the year. The meeting will be held in Mrs. Moore's classroom.

May 05, 2010 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


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The following news item arrived after the column had been sent off last week and we are including it now. We are always happy to share the activities of our 4-H members. Jenna Heaton and Gunther Brisi did quite well, representing Valley Home at the recent Valley Classic Goat Show held at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. Jenna also exhibited at the Junior Grand Nationals at the Cow Palace. Her heavyweight goat won market champion and her lightweight goat won overall FFA Reserve Champion! Congratulations to both on their wins!

April 28, 2010 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


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The regular meeting of the Valley Home Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) is tonight (April 21) at 6:30 p.m. at the Harold Pope School library at 4600 Texas Ave. All residents are encouraged to attend, as this is a meeting especially for residents of the Valley Home area who are interested in what is happening in the community and/or interested in doing something for the community. The agenda for tonight's meeting includes reports from representatives from the county Animal Services, Public Works and Sheriff departments, from Oakdale Rural Fire Protection District and California Highway Patrol and a ...

April 21, 2010 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


Valley Home News for April 4, 2009

Gray skies and cold temperature didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the children who turned out on Saturday to participate in the annual Easter Egg Hunt hosted by our Valley Home 4-H members. MaryBeth Carpenter did a wonderful job of chairing this fun event. MaryBeth handed out beautiful chocolate bunnies to the winners and also gave out delightful gift packs to those who won for having found the most eggs. MaryBeth had everyone count their eggs at the close of the hunt, and it was discovered that the average basket held approximately 35 to 40 eggs. Valley Home is proud ...

April 07, 2010 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


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You can feel the excitement in the air as our Valley Home students' lace up their running shoes and prepare to put their best foot forward for the Annual Jog-A-Thon on April 1st. Our runners have been busy collecting pledges for the event and are anxious to get running! MoHawk the School Mascot invites you to be sure to stop by the field located on the Pioneer campus at 10:30 a.m., and cheer our runners on.

March 31, 2010 | Laura Burghardt | Valley Home News


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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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