Our young County Fair entrants are enjoying a well-earned rest following the close of the fair activities. We received information that Savannah Rogers and Nikki Truhett rode their horses and competed in the fair Gymkhana and did very well in their events. We heard that both young people spent last week showing their swine.
Gunter Brisi won advanced showmanship in the meat goat class for 4-H and went on to compete against the other 4-H and FFA members last Thursday evening in Master Showmanship Class in which he had to show a goat, beef, dairy, swine and horse. He showed very well and Valley Home 4-H members, parents and leaders as well as his family and friends were there to support him and were all very proud!
Peewee showmanship was held on the last day of the Fair. Samuel and Benjamin Fletcher and Nicolas Hayes with the help of Sierra Hayes showed swine. Callie Ann Chrisman and Cody Bartholomew showed a meat goat. All of them did a great job!
Valley Home residents are very proud of all our young people for their hard work and winning entrants in the Fair.
School started on Monday and our Kindergarten students enjoyed a special welcome hosted by Valley Home PTC and were invited to come by and have a muffin and water … and a Kleenex and a shoulder if it was needed.
Valley Home School PTC will hold their first meeting of the new year on August 13 at 3 p.m. at which time the calendar of school events will highlight the agenda. Meetings are regularly scheduled for the 1st Thursday of the month and are held at the “old” campus and babysitting is provided so that parents are able to attend the meeting.
BTS 2009 “Stuff the Bus” will begin on August 17 through August 21. What is “Stuff the Bus”? Plan to attend the August 13 meeting of Valley Home PTC and find out!
Your reporter has just returned from a week vacation with daughter, Kathy and granddaughter, Kate, exploring the Humboldt and coastal area. Stops along the way included visiting and enjoying the Coastal Redwoods, beaches, historic sites, carriage ride and tour through old town in both Eureka and Ferndale, with its beautifully restored Victorian homes and businesses, a visit to the Humboldt State University Marine Laboratory and last but not least a visit to Fort Humboldt where General Ulysses S. Grant was stationed prior to mustering out and traveling down for a visit to in-laws at Knights Ferry and eventually traveling back east. No visit to the forests would be complete without the hope of spotting the elusive Big Foot, said to inhabit the forests of the area! Did we succeed in spotting him? We have the photo to prove it!
Patrick’s Point State Park was perhaps our favorite spot to explore. The beach there provided spectacular views of the ocean and wooded areas surrounding the beaches. Ferns growing alongside the pathways to the beach were spectacular and in some spots were over our heads in height. There was also an Indian village to explore within the surrounding forest with an entirely different style of wooden house. To enter, one had to crawl through a round opening and then step down into a hollowed out room, complete with fire area for cooking. Redwood bark was stuffed between each roof board to insulate the roof. A board went along one wall to provide a place for storage. It was a very comfortable abode. There were also two wooden canoes displayed which were carved out of redwood trees which appeared to be very sea worthy.
Enjoying wedding anniversaries this week are Synthia and Dennis Jones on August 13th and Jean and Jim Lutz, who celebrate their 49th on August 14th. Happy Anniversary to both couples!