Changing times and adventures


Welcome to some very warm Valley weather. One day it’s cloudy and raining and the next it’s 96 degrees. Summer is coming on with a bang!
I’m excited for my youngest son Eric and his girlfriend Amanda. They took the leap and moved to Idaho at the end of May. Jobs are plentiful there, and the state is absolutely scenic and beautiful. I have noticed that the cost of housing in Idaho has certainly gone up in the past two years, but overall living expenses seem low. I wish them all the best in their new jobs and home.

My eldest son Blake has been promoted to ITS2 in the U.S. Navy. He’s looking forward to returning to civilian life in January 2019. What a life changer the military has proven to be. It has great training, structure and advancement opportunities. He is excited for his future and he’s ready to put his IT skills to work. The world is his oyster.

I’m so proud of all of them.

Guess that makes me an empty-nester, hmm? What to do?

I bought a 36-foot motor home and I’m hitting the open road. The first stop is Pismo Beach (I have never been there) then onward to San Diego, Mission Beach for the memorial Willie Run and back home. What a kick it is practicing driving the “beast.” This is too much fun.
May was an especially busy month around the region, and there was plenty to share. One event comes to mind, the Power of One Luncheon (see the opposite page), that celebrated the great things women are doing in our community. We enjoyed a savory meal, learned a great deal about human trafficking and the work being done to fight it and there was also some fun with the beautiful cakes, great fundraiser.

As I write this column, it is Memorial Day. I’m thinking about all the service men and women that provide this great country of ours freedom and security, including the many that perished fighting for this nation. You fought bravely for us (even for those who are too “troubled” to stand for our flag and Anthem). A hero remembered, never dies.

I’m proud to be the daughter of three generations of Navy veterans. I’m proud my son is serving his country. But, mostly, I’m proud to be an American living in a country lead by President Trump. I will always stand and show respect for my country and my flag.
Exciting times ahead. Remember to vote June 5, every vote counts! See you at the polls.

God bless America,
Sharon Alley-Calone

Dear Advertisers, subscribers and friends of the Central Valley Business Journal,

It is with heavy heart that I write the following. As we celebrate our 28th year in business, I feel so honored to have become a trusted voice for the Valley’s business community.

After examining all of my options, I’ve come to a tough decision; perhaps the toughest in my life. This will be the final edition of the Central Valley Business Journal under my tutelage.

I thank you with all my heart for the trust you’ve instilled in me to spread your important news.

I’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places.



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