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 your information no matter how small on an incident reported to the authorities may be what the officials are looking for to make a case against a suspect. So the motto was “no matter how small make a call.”
STARS volunteers Vern Blagg and Rodney Caetano members of Stanislaus County Sheriff Department were also on hand to answer any questions about their duties and to emphasize again the importance of the Owner-Applied, a Nationwide Identification Program that will identify a stolen piece of equipment and aid in getting it returned to its proper owner. Call them at (209) 652-0356 for information or to make an appointment for them to visit you and register your material.
Our Miss California High School Rodeo Queen, Katelin New, looking beautiful in her outfit, gave us an insight into her duties as Queen and told us that the next step for her will be running for National Queen. Katelin is from Valley Home and we are all proud of her! She was accompanied by Mary Corrie, age 10 who is currently Miss Junior NORCAL Rodeo Queen.
Oak Valley Art Society President Glenn Burghardt reports that the society’s “Art in the Park” event held Sunday was a great success. Member Bob Blan planned the event at the Fruit Yard Restaurant at the corner of Albers and Yosemite avenues in Modesto. There were nineteen members displaying approximately 180 art works for the public to enjoy with lots of conversation. Valley Home was represented by members Glenn & Laura Burghardt who displayed four of her many award winning oil paintings and Jim & Emma Bush who displayed many of their beautiful and competitive color photographs. The wonderful park setting for the art show was outstanding; the weather with a comfortable breeze was wonderful and an enjoyable day was spent talking with the many visitors.
The Valley Home Park continues to receive wonderful support from residents and businesses. This past week a truck arrived at the park with a gift of trees and plants from the Knudsen Nursery: 12 large flax plants, 6 purple coneflowers, 6 lantanas, 6 daylilies, 12 small white flowered mound growing plants and 6 red flowered mound growing plants plus a beautiful pineapple guava tree and 2 fruitless olive trees. What a beautiful assortment and did they look nice after they were planted by a group of adults and 4H’ers at the end of last week: Don Taro, Winnie Mullins, Kate Hart, Nancy Osmundson, Kathy & Garrett Bryhni, Austin Dickens, Cody Bartholomew, Jenna Heaton, Melisa Carpenter, Charlie, Wyatt & Emma Wucherer, Shelly & Marybeth Carpenter. Some of these folks pulled weeds early in the week and others planted flowers at the end of the week. It is so greatly appreciated by the park board of directors and the residents of the Valley Home Community. These are the supporters of “their” park.