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Ramona trustees give initial nod to 28 bond oversight applicants


Thanking the 28 people who applied to be on the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, Ramona Unified School District trustees gave conditional approval to them all.

Among other business at their meeting Oct. 21, trustees heard reports on student enrollment, Scholastic Aptitude Test results for 2013 graduates, and what Olive Peirce Middle School students are learning in their Project Lead the Way STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) course titled Design and Modeling.

Ramona beats Westview 49-14; Poway’s next

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Ramona’s varsity football team improved its overall record to 6-1 and its league record to 2-0 by beating the visiting Westview Wolverines 49-14 on Homecoming Friday night.

“I am so proud of the team for the way they approached and the way they played Westview, our second Palomar League match-up this season,” said head coach Damon Baldwin. Beating two Poway Unified School District teams back to back feels good.”

Spikers improve to 4-0 in league, finish SoCal Invitational in top 8

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After Ramona High School’s girls volleyball team improved its Valley League record to 4-0, the Bulldogs reached the premier division quarterfinals of the Nfinity SoCal Invitational tournament Friday and Saturday.

“We had quite an exciting tournament,” said Ramona coach Connie Halfaker. “We did a great job.”

Monday is last day to register to vote in Nov.4 election


Monday, Oct. 20, is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 general election.

If you’ve moved, changed your name or aren’t registered, you need to get your registration forms postmarked or turned in to the Registrar of Voters Office by the end of the day.

Crowds fill Station 80 grounds for Fire Department Open House


For four hours on Saturday, guests of all ages packed onto and into Fire Station 80 for demonstrations, fire safety talks and materials, food, discussions with emergency preparedness workers and volunteers, and to sit inside fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. They also watched as emergency helicopters landed on the grounds of the fire stations, and then gathered around for a closer look.
Smokey Bear made an appearance, posing for photos, and Cal Fire rescue crews demonstrated how to extinguish various types of kitchen fires and how they remove a vehicle’s roof and doors to extricate accident victims.
Youngsters also had the opportunity to enter a coloring contest that promised a range of prizes. Among the numerous booths at the open house, members of Ramona High School’s Song Team sold baked goods and candy to raise money for their trip to competition in Florida in March.

Ramona wins 49-14 over Westview


Ramona Bulldogs wins big in Homecoming game against Westview, 49-14.

Fire department to host open house on Saturday

Youngsters will have the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat of fire engines, meet Smokey Bear and watch emergency helicopters land during Ramona Fire Department’s annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 18.
Among other activities will be up-close viewing of a Cal Fire dozer and a Mercy Air helicopter, Jaws of Life demonstrations and stove fire demonstrations. The family event will be at Fire Station 80, 829 San Vicente Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.
An interactive fire safety trailer, California Highway Patrol and San Diego County sheriff’s booths, and Ramona Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) booth are among other open house features.
Mexican food will be available, and music is planned.
Anyone wishing more information may call 760-788-2269.

Ramona Food & Clothes Closet Foundation offers Community Spirit scholarships

First-generation college-bound students from low-income families have an opportunity to earn a scholarship through Ramona Food & Clothes Closet Foundation’s Community Spirit Scholarship Program.

Scholarships are open to students in the nonprofit’s service area of Ramona, Julian, Santa Ysabel, Ranchita, Borrego and Warner Springs. All applicants must live in one of these areas, volunteer for 40 hours in the thrift store and be accepted in a two- or four-year California college, university or trade school, before they can apply for a scholarship.

Republican women to ‘Lunch with Mr. Jefferson’

Intermountain Republican Women Federated will “Lunch with Mr. Jefferson” in Barbara DeGraw’s home at 3889 Daley Flat Road in Julian on Monday, Oct. 27.

Melissa Richmond, who worked for Gov. Mitt Romney for 10 years in the Massachusetts State House, will discuss an “Insider’s view of Presidential Campaigning.” Check-in and social time are 10:15 a.m. with the meeting beginning at 10:45.

Letter to editor: Troubles about lack of U.S. flags on Main Street

Thought I would write about an item that has been troubling me for the past few years. I have been a member of the Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Committee for several years now and I recall a few years back with the support and special pricing of Ransom Bros. Hardware, our committee was able to walk up and down Main Street offering the discounted U.S. flag kits and we had our tools with us and even installed them on the spot for the merchants who wished. We probably installed some 15 flag kits