It is always a pleasure to be able to share exciting news concerning one of our young Valley Home people that we have watched growing up in our community. On August 14th about 50 friends and family members attended the Graduation-Happy Birthday Party for Alanna Jones. Alanna graduated from Oakdale High School with the Class of 2010. Her birthday will be on September 12th, however she will not be home for the celebration. Alanna has accepted an academic/athletic scholarship to attend Davis and Elkins College in West Virginia and left for college this past month.Well wishing family members came as far as from the San Francisco Bay Area to join in on festivities. The guests were fed tri-tip, chicken and fixin’s prepared by her parents, Dennis and Synthia Jones. The crowd was entertained by a slide show video of Alanna, which brought tears to the eyes of many. Background and dancing music was supplied by Jeffery Miller Productions. The guests enjoyed assembling their own party favors at the Self-Serve Candy Bar. The evening was a happy success.Alanna signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball for the Division II Davis and Elkins College in November, 2009. She plans to major in Sports Medicine/Athletic training. Alanna’s parents accompanied her to West Virginia on August 26. All Alanna’s Valley Home friends and neighbors join her family in wishing Alanna a successful and prosperous college career.*****An updated report on the status of the Valley Home Community Park was received Sunday and it is getting exciting as the completed project is so close at hand. The fencing was completed and it was decided that eight redwood picnic tables/benches were needed for the pavilion area and they have been ordered from a supplier in the northern Sacramento Valley and as a special deal for our non-profit community project they will be delivered for the cost of gasoline only. The project seems to be earning help and assistance from many sources.The next scheduled exciting work item is the planting of the trees and shrubs which must be done before the sod is laid to prevent damage to the new sod by heavy equipment needed for handling the trees etc. This planting will be in about two weeks. Word has been sent to those people or organizations donating trees or shrubs to be ready. Valley Home resident Sharon Hoffman will chair the planting phase of this project. The Oakdale Garden Club has been notified and they are contacting their oak tree nursery in the foothills with the word that the project is ready to receive two oak trees. In addition, the garden club has three pine trees standing by for delivery. The Valley Home project has other trees-shrubs already on hand and if anyone is interested in making an additional donation contact the Valley Home News reporter and word will be passed on to the project tree chairman.One item that has been scheduled but is still waiting to be accomplished is putting up the fence around the well ballard but this will not delay the planting.*****The Valley Home PTC is hosting the scholastic book fair this week and will be selling books in the library Tuesday - Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Lots of great books for Pre-K thru 8th grade available for purchase. All proceeds purchase more books for our school library for all to use! Thursday is our monthly meeting at 3 p.m. in Mrs. Moore’s room, please come and see what the Harvest Fest Committee has in store for us this year. *****Kenzie Spence celebrated her 9th birthday on September 1. Loads of Happy Birthday wishes are sent to Kenzie from all her friends.*****Loads of Happy Anniversary wishes to Tami and Art Tharp from all their Valley Home friends on their 39th wedding anniversary!