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Escondido man dies in Santa Ysabel motorcycle crash

Sunday, April 6—The man killed in a motorcycle crash near Lake Henshaw on Saturday was identified today as a 27-year-old Escondido resident.
Shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the rider of a 2013 Harley-Davidson Breakout motorcycle lost control at an unknown speed on a curve in westbound state Route 76 near East Grade Road, California Highway Patrol Officer Jim Bettencourt said.
Bettencourt said the rider veered to the right, struck a boulder and was thrown from the motorcycle.
The motorcyclist died at the scene, Bettencourt said.

Ramona lacrosse team beats San Dieguito Academy

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Applying lessons from past deficiencies, Ramona High School’s girls lacrosse team beat San Dieguito Academy in its first Valley League triumph of the season.

“They took into account everything that we had said at practice,” said assistant coach Al Cavell. “The team did really, really well. They looked probably the best they’ve looked all season.”

The Bulldog girls will face Helix High School for the first time this year on Thursday at Ramona High.

‘Tree Dreams’ opens with artist’s reception on Saturday

Artwork by landscape painter Joan Boyer is featured in a one-person show titled “Tree Dreams” in Santa Ysabel Gallery from April 5 through May 18.

A reception for the artist will be in the gallery, 30352 Highway 78, on Saturday, April 5, from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

True Value puts Ramona store on its top 13 list in nation

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Mother and son Joanne and Jimmy Gilchriest, co-owners of Ransom Brothers True Value, are in the spotlight as recipients of a national award from the True Value Company.

The Gilchriests joined 12 other retailers honored at the seventh annual Best Hardware Store in Town international recognition program at True Value’s 2014 Spring & Rental Reunion in Atlanta, Ga.

Kindergarten registration starts at Ramona elementary schools

Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten registration for the 2014-15 school year in the Ramona Unified School District started this week.
Students entering kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. Those who will be age 5 on or between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2 will be in TK. Youngsters who will be 5 years old on or after Dec. 3 will be eligible to start school in 2015-16.
Registration packets are at the elementary schools. Students will attend the school closest to their residence. Parents who do not know which school their child should attend may call the district’s Education Services office at 760-787-2012.

Ramona Calendar of Events

LITTLE PEOPLE’S LEARNING CENTER AUCTION AND CARNIVAL, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., Saturday, 3394 Chapel Lane. Magic show, carnival games, fun house, inflatable jump, barbecue dinner at 5:30 p.m., art show, silent auction. Benefits scholarships and playground improvements. Dinner and show tickets $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 3 to 12. Carnival games, 50 cents. More: 760-789-3435.

Ramona Senior Center lines up week’s activities, menus

Ramona Senior Center at 434 Aqua Lane is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Meals also are delivered to the homebound.

Suggested lunch donation for seniors age 60 and older and for the homebound is $4. Transportation is $1. Lunch for a non-senior guest of a senior is $6. For reservations and more information, call 760-789-0440.

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History buffs strive to connect Ramona students with nation’s past

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Jim Cooper sees a gap building between the nation’s youth and its history, and he and a group of encampment re-enactors are doing something about it.

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ opens Friday

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New in Theaters — April 4

Captain America: The Winter Soldier PG13 Steve Rogers teams up with The Black Widow to fight corruption in Washington, D.C. Stars: Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie

Ramona’s first homeless count triggers Plastic Egg and Plastic Food Drive

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Ramona’s first Plastic Egg and Plastic Food Drive is taking place through Easter Sunday to benefit the homeless in the community.

The volunteers who counted the homeless during the 2014 “We All Count” effort in January found 21 visibly homeless persons living outdoors in Ramona — one appeared to be a teenager — and they know there are more.

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