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Health officials reports first cases of EV-D68 in county

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Three San Diego County children were among the first four cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) respiratory infection confirmed in California this year, California Department of Health and the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

Brush fire reported at Scripps Poway Parkway/Route 67

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Emergency crews are responding to a report of a brush fire in the vicinity of Scripps Poway Parkway and state Route 67.

Support school bond; let district focus on education

My husband, myself and our two youngest daughters were living in a less than ideal neighborhood and within a matter of months my oldest would be starting school. I was concerned about what that experience would be for her.

I knew that this was a defining moment in our lives and that it would lay groundwork for my children’s educational future. After much research and nearly deciding on moving to Austin, Texas, we happened upon a community right here in San Diego County. The schools were rated high, the neighborhood was relatively crime free, and the people were ­— different.

What’s new at the movies?

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The Maze Runner, Tusk, A Walk Among the Tombstones and This is Where I Leave You open in movie theaters Friday.

Ramona Calendar of Events

World War II fighter airplanes, experimental aircraft, firefighting air tankers and helicopters, air traffic control tower tour, food, classic cars and big-rig trucks, face painting and Smokey Bear — all at Ramona Airport Open House Saturday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

Emergency crews respond to report of fire on East Old Julian Highway

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Wednesday, Sept. 17, Update, 3:45 p.m.—Firefighters have extinguished the brush fire, reports Karen Brainard with the Sentinel.

Wildfire warning system gauges severity of Santa Ana windstorms

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Wildfires that swept through San Diego County in 2007 spurred development of a web-based weather monitoring system that quantifies the risks of blazes during Santa Ana windstorms to equip first-responders and the public with information to prepare for an emergency, officials said today.

U.S. Forest Service rangers, along with representatives from San Diego Gas & Electric and UCLA, jointly developed the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, which was unveiled during a briefing at the forest service’s Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center in Riverside.

Music program makes for better grades and friends, middle school students tell younger students

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Elementary school students throughout Ramona are being encouraged to join band not only for the fun of it, but also to help improve their grades and expand their social circle.

Last week, students at Ramona Elementary School were treated to concert in which the encouragement came from Olive Peirce Middle School’s Community Outreach Ensemble. Also known as “Core,” the ensemble is comprised of about a dozen eighth-grade musicians who travel the area, playing their instruments and drumming up support for the program.

Business can be fun, Ramona Boys & Girls Club youth learn

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Youngsters participating in the Ramona Boys & Girls Club end-of-summer Our Town project combined creativity with entrepreneurial skills as they studied business and economics and then designed their own businesses around a theme.
Participants created three restaurants and chose the countries they wanted their restaurants to represent. After deciding which restaurant and country they preferred, they got busy researching the country’s cuisine online and selected menus. They also designed the restaurant’s entry banner and decor.
“Job interviews were conducted and each member had a different role within the restaurant,” said Simone McCune, supervisor of the Ramona Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego. “Some worked in the kitchen preparing plates of food while others were waiters/waitresses, cashiers and cleaning crew.”
The youngsters each had a scheduled shift, and, when they weren’t working, they were free to spend “Club Bucks” at the restaurant of their choice, said McCune.
“All earnings were divided amongst the restaurant employees, and members had the opportunity to bid on items in a prize auction,” noted McCune. “The restaurant that generated the most revenue had more to spend.”
Community members also participated and graded the restaurants on food quality, customer service and atmosphere.
“Every year, members strive to make their restaurants better than the year before, and the youth and counselors alike enjoy the chance to be creative as well as to learn business skills,” said McCune.
In addition, the young

Ramona High cancels tennis matches due to heat

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Heat advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday

Ramona prepares for another day triple-digit heat, as temperatures near 100 before noon. Yesterday’s high was 102 degrees, and the Saturday’s high was 100 at Ramona Airport, although residents reported temperatures of 103 and even higher in San Diego Country Estates.

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