Letters to the Editor

Time to honor a friend to many

For many of us, each morning starts by getting the kids ready for school and seeing them off to the bus stop.

Each morning, the school bus arrives right on time to get them to one of the many schools in our community.

Like clockwork, the buses travel around our town picking up and dropping off our children.

If your child has ever ridden a school bus in Ramona, chances are you’ve met Debbie Ballantyne.  If your child has special needs and is transported by bus, chances are even more likely that you’ve met Debbie Ballantyne.

After 30 years of driving our children, Debbie plans to retire on June 30.  She has been like family to so many in our community.  She has been someone that we have trusted with our children for years.

Debbie has spent 30 years of her life caring for our children. She is a skilled driver and reliable, dedicated, and incredibly responsible with her precious cargo and a good friend to all.

She and her family are well known in Ramona.  Debbie and her husband, Kirk, have passed on to their children the love of living in our small town and they continue to give back to our community in a number of ways.

So, if you see Debbie, please congratulate her on her 30 years of service to the school district and so many of us.

From our family, we wish you good health, many blessings and know we have sincere appreciation for everything you’ve done for the children in Ramona.

Congratulations and may your retirement bring you all the happiness that you have given to the families and children of Ramona.

The Youngs — Craig, Celeste and Mattman

Ramona

Kiwanis thanks Ramona

This letter is to thank those who made the 8th annual Kiwanis dog show fundraiser, known as the BowWowPowWow, a huge success. More than 70 dogs were entered.

Our thanks to the Ramona Outdoor Community Center for the immaculate condition of the venue. All we had to do is show up.

A special thanks to all our sponsors who in many cases were repeat contributors to this annual event: Elstons Hay & Grain, Ken Dower, Ramona Rotary,   Mt. Valley Ranch, Drina Hunt, Darrell Beck, Heather McGlee, VFW Auxiliary, VFW Post 3783 and SunCraft Solar.

An important part of the program is the Silent Auction where donated items are on display for attendees to place their bids. Special thanks to Kiwanis member Mary Halliday for making this her project each year. Thanks to all who donated auction items: Cierra & Bill Owens for the beautiful dog house, Adobe Animal Hospital, All About Fun RV Rental, All About Yogurt, Animal Artistry, Animal Pharm, Amici Restaurant, Bisher’s Meats, Birch Aquarium, Boll Weevil Restaurant, Cold Stone Creamery, Danny’s Truck & Auto, Darrell Beck, DiCarlos Restaurant, Dotty Cronin, Duncan Hunter, Elston’s Feed and Grain, High Valley Vet, Hornblower Cruises, Jeanne Bell, Jon Fink Heating & Air, Kahoots, Kritter Kamp, Laund-Yer-Mutt, Main St Auto, Midway Museum,  Pamo Valley Winery,  Poway Center for the Arts,  Ramona Café,  Ransom Brothers,   Reuben H. Fleet Science Ctr., Ron’s Tire & Brake,  San Diego Air/Space Museum,   San Diego Museum of Art, S.D. Natural History, San Vicente Inn & Resort, Sears, Sizzler, Stater Brothers, Tom Taylor, Transit Van Shuttle Service, and Webb Pool and Spa.

Thanks to Ramona Rodeo Queen Sarah Baughman and Junior Miss Ramona Rodeo Megan Buckley for assisting in ribbon presentations.

Thanks to Stater Brothers and Albertsons for allowing Kiwanis Club to promote the event in front of their stores. And thanks to the Sentinel for its extensive coverage.

Without the judges there would be no show. Thank you, Kim Lasley and John and Ellen Massie.

For information on show results, go to kiwanisramonaca.org/.

Let’s do this again next year.

Tom Taylor

Kiwanis Club of Ramona

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