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Valley Home News Week of June 4, 2014

POSTED June 3, 2014 4:52 p.m.

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 school graduation day approached Melinda knew that things would never be the same, exciting changes were coming her way! With new horizons in her future, there has also been the realization that she will be leaving those she loves most. She has found tremendous strength and encouragement from her lifetime best friend and confidante, twin sister Melissa.

On graduation day, with the music reminding these two inseparable sisters that it was time to walk the stage, the two linked their arms together, smiled at each other and joined their classmates and became the Oakdale High Class of 2014! “Papa’s cowboy boots are special!”

Next week we will feature twin sister Melissa Koppinger.


This past week Consolidated Fire Chief Randy Bradley spoke at the Valley Home MAC meeting. Also present was Valley Home resident Ray Martin who serves on the Oakdale Rural Fire Board. Both men answered questions and shared valuable information with those in attendance. The next MAC meeting will be held on July 16th. All are welcome!


Glenn Burghardt reports that several people have used the community park over the past few weeks. It is exciting to know that our Valley Home community appreciates and loves this very special place. There is not a community member designated to clean the park or haul trash away. The park belongs to, and is the responsibility of all who use it.

It is important that each of us knows where to find information about the park and you can find it on Facebook at Valley Home Community Park. Information on park watering times, electrical usage, and hauling out one’s trash after each event can be found here and will soon be posted at the park as well. In the meantime, there are extra garbage bags in the bottom of the trash cans for us to use and haul. It is great to see everyone having such a wonderful time at the park. We hope you all enjoy the hard work of those wonderful folks who had this vision!


Our Valley Home 4-H members will be holding their year end potluck and club meeting on Tuesday June 10th at the Weaver Ranch. Fun! Fun! Fun!


You may reach me at Until next time, “Happy trails to all...”


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