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Valley Home News Week of January 1, 2014
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As 2013 comes to an end we reflect on the many things that make living in a small community so special. Neighbors are more than neighbors, they become family. They enjoy the good times with you and they suffer through the bad.

We are blessed to live in this little community. Valley Home is a peaceful, family-oriented community in which children’s laughter can often be heard drifting across the pastures from one ranch to the next.

We enjoy the very best in education. Our school is one of a kind…we take great pride in our teachers and staff and in having exceptional students.

We have the General Store which is always well stocked and provides for all of our needs right here within our community.

Our fire department is first rate. They not only save lives but they are truly a part of Valley Home. We can count on them day and night!

Our churches are welcoming and inviting. They are a constant source of love, healing and devotion within our community.

Many businesses call this little community home and they are thriving and enjoying the good life.

Church events, school talent shows, festivals, and 4-H happenings are the heart of our community and ensure the preservation of our rural way of life.


One such special celebration will happen today when Valley Home first grader Cooper Bartholomew will turn seven years old. As Auld Lang Syne plays in the background it is tradition for the family to share a toast at midnight to Cooper with sparkling cider all around. As the confetti comes out, Cooper, as the birthday boy, usually finds himself the target of all the fun! Happy Birthday Cooper!


We end this column with a story of a local Christmas miracle. Valley Home resident Darci Morris and family were heartbroken with the loss of their dog Zoey on Christmas Eve. After searching the neighborhood and putting up posters it was such a blessing when four days later an Oakdale resident pulled into their drive with a happy and healthy Zoey in tow. Thank you to Gerardo for taking such good care of Zoey and taking the time to reunite her with her family. The Valley Home community is very grateful to you!


Happy New Year to all, and thank you to all the folks like Gerardo out there!