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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


Valley Home News Week of April 16, 2014

In this week's column we pay tribute to a very special man...our friend Mark Dickens. Mark was a true Valley Home boy who grew up to be one of the kindest and most generous friends a person could wish for. One could write pages and pages trying to describe the effect Mark had on the people of Valley Home, Oakdale, and the many places he visited. He was a special man who made a difference in so many lives. You could meet Mark one time and realize he would forever be your friend. He had a firm, but ...

April 16, 2014 | By WINNE MULLINS | Valley Home News


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Valley Home News 4-22-15

Homemade pie, delicious ice cream and a heartwarming silent cowboy movie will welcome everyone this Saturday, April 25th at St John's/St Luke's Church. The fun will begin at 2:00 p.m. and is an ongoing fundraiser for the "church well fund." We hope everyone will attend and enjoy this very special day! St John's/St Luke's church is located at 4606 Michigan Avenue in Valley Home. All are welcome, your presence would be very much appreciated.

April 22, 2015 | WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Valley Home News 4-15-15

This week we remember fondly the man who was a friend to all! Mark Dickens was born and raised in Valley Home and in the years since his passing he is missed each and every day by all who knew and loved him.

April 15, 2015 | WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Valley Home News 4-8-15

Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go out to one of Valley Home's most special people ... Cody Fleischer! Cody was in a bad accident this past weekend and we all wish him a quick recovery. Cody is well known and very well liked in our community, he is a fun loving kid who is great fun to be around. Get better soon, Cody!

April 08, 2015 | WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Valley Home News 4-1-15

We hope everyone will take the opportunity to honor a local hero on Tuesday, April 7 when Gene Benedix receives the Purple Heart medal. The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. at the Gladys Lemmons Senior Center. This is such an amazing honor for someone very deserving!

April 01, 2015 | WINNINE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Valley Home News 3-25-15

A bad break ... Just as irrigation season is beginning our wonderful hard working neighbor Darlene Nunes suffered a broken foot. The break was very serious and will really be hard on Darlene. The Nunes family is well known throughout our Valley Home community for their dedication to this rural way of life we all love so much! Darlene and Alvin just give a holler if you need anything ... you know you have a community that thinks the world of you both and is ready to help in any way needed!

March 25, 2015 | By Winnie Mullins | Valley Home News


Valley Home News 3-18-15

Hot, yummy cinnamon rolls ready to eat...come by tomorrow, Thursday, March 19 and support our Valley Home students! Cinnamon rolls will be available at 8 a.m. for purchase. The early morning delicacy will be $5.00 for a tin of four delicious rolls. What a great way to start the day...a tasty treat while helping raise funds for our students Asilomar trip! Be sure to get there early, sale will end when cinnamon rolls are sold out.

March 19, 2015 | By WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Valley Home News 3-11-15

This week is an exciting week for future kindergarten students at Valley Home School! Today, Wednesday March 11, is registration day! It's always such a big day for the youngsters and parents alike ... It's a bittersweet time for many parents as they realize how quickly their little one is growing. Registration will be held on the Texas Avenue campus from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

March 11, 2015 | WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News


Valley Home News-3-4-15

Our Valley Home 4-Hers met last evening for their monthly community meeting. The 4-Hers are holding a drive thru Tri Tip dinner this Friday evening. The Tri Tip will be smoked and the dinner will have sides of beans, dinner rolls and salad. The dinner will serve a family of four and the cost is $35. Proceeds will go toward the 4-Hers trip to Monterey Aquarium in May! For more information you may call 4-H president Sierra Haynes at 596-6672 or Community Leader Sean Haynes at 324-7286. Your support is greatly appreciated! Pick up location is the Valley Home school ...

March 04, 2015 | WINNIE MULLINS | Valley Home News


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


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