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Common Ground women’s circle to meet monthly

Life coach Deborah Rosasco will facilitate the monthly gathering where women will have an opportunity to connect, share, learn and have fun. Various topics will be introduced and discussed with the emphasis on creating a sense of community and support among women.

The group will meet the first Tuesday of each month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Although attending every group meeting is encouraged, participants may join in at any time.

Yogurt shop dream finally comes true

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Just over a year after she originally intended to open a yogurt shop in Ramona, Carla Westhoff celebrated the grand opening of her All About Yogurt store.

“Finally!” Westhoff exclaimed just before the store opening last weekend.

Readers may remember Westhoff’s dilemma last year when she leased a space in the Stater Bros. shopping center on Main Street and was informed by the Ramona Municipal Water District (RMWD) that she would need to pay for additional

Congregation Etz Chaim to observe Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur

On the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 28, Jewish congregations worldwide will begin the observation of Rosh Hashanah, the celebration of the creation of the world.

Etz Chaim, the only Jewish presence in Ramona, will hold services at 8 p.m. in the Rotunda of San Diego Country Estates, 16911 Gunn Stage Road. Rabbi Leslie Bergson will conduct the service assisted by Cantor Mary Baron and Cantor Emeritus Al Wollner.

Board trims non-teaching employees

In a special meeting Monday, Ramona Unified School District trustees trimmed $139,575 from the district’s $49.6 million budget by reducing the hours of 29 non-teaching employees. Three of those workers will, effective March 1, 2012, no longer be eligible for health insurance benefits.

“This resolution verifies that there is a significantly reduced funding for the 2011-12 school year resulting in a need for reduction of staffing,” reads a report presented to the trustees before they voted 4-0 for the move. Board member Bob

Junior Mitey Mite Dawg Pack

The Dawg Pack, Ramona Pop Warner’s Junior Mitey Mites team, had their second loss of the season to Torrey Pines.

In a game that promised to be intense from the beginning, the boys never gave up and fought intensely for every offensive yard gained and for each defensive yard prevented, report their coaches.

The Pack put points on the board with a fake punt and a pass from Coane to Steingraber. McManus had an interception and Savage is credited with a fumble recovery.

Trails group promises fun at Spurs, Spokes and Sneakers

The Ramona Trails Association (RTA) invites riders, bikers and hikers to its annual Spurs, Spokes and Sneakers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1.

Open to the public, the fundraising event, which includes a silent auction with thousands of dollars of prizes, opportunity drawings and lunch, will be held at the RTA trail staging area at the Ramona Community Park on Aqua Street.

The approximate two-hour ride/hike will start from the RTA staging area and leave in groups between 9 and 10 a.m. Participants can follow the trails for chances to win prizes from a poker hand or opportunity drawing tickets. Participants

Yogurt Barn opens in Sun Valley shopping center

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On a Friday afternoon, the new Yogurt Barn in Ramona’s Sun Valley Shopping Center was bustling with customers.

“It’s always busy after school,” said Lauri Youngblood who owns the shop with her husband, Jeff.

She also noted that the Yogurt Barn was holding a fundraiser for Ramona Rebels Cheer with 25 percent of her sales that day going to the cheer team.

Bulldogs water polo begins season 4-2

Donnie Williams, Ramona High School’s water polo coach, believes that the greatest benefit of the Poway Invitational tournament, which opened the Bulldogs’ season, was six games of experience for his team predominantly comprised of new players.

The benefits of the tournament also included a 4-2 won-loss record to start 2011.

Pee Wee Dawg Pack continues winning streak

Ramona Pee Wee Dawg Pack had its third win Saturday night under the lights at San Marcos. The Pack defeated the San Marcos Lords 24-8 in a game that put on display the best of the boys on both sides of the ball.

Steingraber, Duvalian and Coane are credited with the Pack’s four touchdowns. The first touchdown of the evening covered the length of the field when a punt was deflected off a Pack player and was recovered by Steingraber in what coaches describe as an impressive display of focus and athleticism. The boys on the line contained the defense, paving the way for huge gains on the ground.

San Vicente Resort Hosts Chamber Mixer

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At left, Kitty Brisendine, office manager of Ramona Sentinel, helps Realtor Martha Luce register on, a free social media networking website for Ramona, during the Ramona Chamber of Commerce mixer in San Vicente Resort last Thursday.