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Softball league ends season

   The Ramona Girls Softball fields at Aqua Lane were all abuzz as an
estimated 120 softball and T-ball players gathered around the diamond
on Field No. 2 for the annual Closing Ceremony for Spring Ball on
   Parents and grandparents, kids and coaches all came together for a
trophy ceremony to honor the efforts of the players and to thank the
coaches, board members and families who support them.
   Sporting their team colors and flying their team banners, each
youngster was called to home plate, one by one, by their coaches for a
handshake, a hug and a trophy to signify another sucessful season.

All-District music concert packs school gymnasium

   Soaring vocal harmonies and instrumental masterpieces danced their
way through the rafters of the Ramona High School gymnasium Saturday
night at the 3rd Annual All-District Concert, entertaining a packed
house, all in attendance to support the community’s music students and
teachers who make up the various music departments at Ramona’s public

NJROTC Drill Meet

   Ramona High School and its NJROTC (Navy Junior Reserves Officer
Training Corps) program played host on Saturday for the Area 11
Qualifier Meet, a big step for all local NJROTC programs hoping to
stake their claim for the state championships slated for the end of
   The meet took place on and around the football field at Ramona High
beginning at 7:30 a.m., with various events, inspections and
competitions throughout the day, and an awards ceremony wrapping things
up in the afternoon.

HawkWatch attracts hundreds

   On a morning that felt more like the middle of May than the middle
of January, nearly 300 fascinated folks gathered on the grounds of the
Wildlife Research Institute (WRI) at 18030 Highland Valley Road for
HawkWatch 2010, held each Saturday in January and February from 9 a.m.
until noon.
   Celebrating its 20th year of HawkWatch, the WRI has seen its crowds
grow from a handful of hardcore enthusiasts in the early days to these
days averaging between 200 and 600 excited onlookers.

Public treated to inside look at county airport

   This past Saturday, the Ramona Airport hosted its annual Open House,
an admission-free event that allows the community to take a peek at the
airport’s activities, both on the runways and behind the scenes.
   The gates opened at 7 a.m., when a delicious pancake breakfast was
served, and festivities, displays, and demonstrations lasted until 3
Air Traffic Control Tower personnel provided guided tours of its
facilities throughout the day as they guided aircraft of all shapes and
sizes on and off the busy runway and landing pads.

Drivers, on your mark, get set—MOW!

This past Saturday, the Ramona Fairgrounds played host to its Third
Annual Lawnmower Race, a nonprofit event that will donate 100 percent
of its proceeds to Ramona High School.
If you’ve never been to a Lawnmower Race, you don’t know what you
missed Saturday at the Third Annual Lawnmower Race at the Ramona
Country Fair.

Judges’ final decision: Four 2009 Ramona Idols

The stars were shining brightly during the 3rd Annual Ramona Idol
Finale, held in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center Pavilion.  
Years of hard work and practice for these talented crooners led to
months of qualifying rounds held at Cheers of Ramona and Boll Weevil,
and it all came to a head in an extremely competitive finale on Sunday. 

Pups on Parade at Junior Fair Dog Show

The Riordan family dog barks when we get home, slobbers water all over
the wood floors when he drinks, and pulls so hard on his leash that
walking him is an intense full-body workout. He sleeps all day and
smells funny sometimes.  
He’s not exactly dog show material.  
That’s not the case with the pooches entered in the Ramona Junior Fair
Dog Show on Saturday.  Over 30 dogs entered the 2009 show at the junior
fairgrounds, wrapping up what is essentially a six-show season for the
San Diego County 4-H Dog Project and Advisory. 

Showmanship and equitation canter into Fred Grand Arena

The sun was shining and the spurs were jingling this past Sunday at the
Fred Grand Arena as the Ramona Junior Fair held its annual Horse Show.  
Riders from all over the county, representing Grange, FFA and 4-H clubs came together for a full day of fun and competition.