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Valley Home News for October 3, 2012
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Just a reminder that Friday, October 6th is the last day to sign up for the 2012-2013 4H year. If you have any questions you may contact Erika Cotta at

Be sure to check out the 4H window display at the Valley Home General Store which will run between October 1st - 5th.

Our Valley Home 4-H'ers are off to a busy week. They would like you to circle Friday, October 6th on your calendar and stop by to visit their booth in front of Tractor Supply in Oakdale, where the group will be offering baked goods, crafts, tri-tip sandwiches and a pumpkin patch.

We have received word that our annual Valley Home Harvest Festival is coming right along. Be sure to circle Saturday, October 13th on your calendar and plan to attend the annual fun filled event, which begins at 4 p.m. and closes at 8 p.m. The carnival will end at 7 p.m., but the silent auction inside the gym will continue until 8 p.m.

This year get ready for thrills and chills when you visit the haunted house which will be set up in the school parking lot. Kathy Bryhni will be overseeing this project and promises a haunting good time for all who dare to enter!

In addition, there will be plenty of games and prizes too! Tickets for the fun activities are priced at 50 cents each or a wristband for $5.

New this year is the raffle of a 42 inch Plasma 3D HD television set. Raffle tickets are on sale now for $2 each, thanks to Mountain Mike's Pizza, Conlin Supply and AgSource Magazine!

Returning this year is the ever-popular kids' costume contest and the Mid-Valley Ag. Services, Inc. Pumpkin contests. It is free to enter the contests. Pumpkins may be entered in 5 categories...Giant Pumpkin (judged by weight), Best-Decorated, Best Carved, Most Perfect and Strangest-Shaped Pumpkin. Come and see Hallie Smith and her friends to order the pumpkins at 3:30 p.m. All contest judging will begin about 5:30 p.m. This year's judges are Valley Home's Glenn and Laura Burghardt.

The Silent Auction returns with the magnificent class "baskets" and the many priceless items donated by generous local businesses and families. And of course, Ferrarese's Deli is providing the delicious dinner again this year, thanks to the hard work and generosity of Gina Betschart and her family.

The Valley Home PTC welcomes everyone to this fun filled family event!


Congratulations to our young artist, Bryce McKenzie. Bryce was awarded two firsts and four seconds with his six art entries at the San Joaquin County Fair. Bryce is a junior member of the Oak Valley Art Society.

O.V.A.S. member, Dorothy Girling entered her depiction of the Escalon Historical Society and was awarded "Best of Division."


Be certain to circle Tuesday, October 23 on your calendar and plan to attend the Fall Biannual MAC Meeting which will be held at our Valley Home Community Center Park, from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. The meeting will begin with a short reception that includes a light dinner. The Supervisor representing the hosting MAC (Chairman William O'Brien) will kick off the formal program at 6 p.m. followed by some welcoming remarks by Valley Home MAC Chair Nancy Osmundson, Stanislaus County Chief Executive Officer Monica Nino and Valley Home Joint School District Superintendent Rolanda Desrosiers-Lewis are scheduled as guest speakers and the Valley Home MAC is coordinating a very special presentation on the success of their local community park project. Also, each MAC will have an opportunity to share information regarding their efforts, projects and partnerships.


The Valley Home Community Park fundraiser committee is asking all those ticket sellers for last week's event who have not turned in their ticket money please do so as the committee wants to complete the final financial report. A large thank you to all those who supported this event. We look forward to the next one in the Spring.