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Softball, baseball signups this weekend

Friday, Aug. 8 RAMONA LIBRARY, 1275 Main St. Bilingual Zumba at 9:30 a.m., Bouncing Baby Storytime at 10:30 a.m., Teen Music Shop at 3 p.m., Teen Action Council at 3 p.m., Family Craft at 3:15 p.m. More: 760-788-5270. TOWN HALL BRIDGE CLUB, 10 a.m., Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. More: 760-789-1132. SUPPORT GROUP for [...]

10 vie for 7 slots on Ramona planning group; 5 seek 3 seats on school board

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Thursday, Aug. 7—Ten people are vying for seven seats on the Ramona Community Planning Group and five are seeking three slots on the Ramona Unified School Board, according to the San Diego County Registrar of Voters website this afternoon. All are four-year terms.
Unless other candidates enter the race for two water district divisions, three will be no need for an election and the two men who have filed as candidates will be elected.
Joining school board incumbents Rodger Dohm, Kim Lasley and Bob Stoody on the Nov. 4 ballot are retired teacher Joyce Daubert and educator/farmer Dick Lemire.
Planning group incumbents Scotty Ensign, Kristi Mansolf, Dennis Sprong and Kevin F.J. Wallace are seeking re-election and are joining candidates Frank D. Lucio, Robin Joy Maxson, Elio Noyas, David Ross, David E. Stone and Rick Terrazas on the ballot.
In Ramona Municipal Water District’s Division 2, former water board director George L. Boggs is the long candidate so far, and incumbent Joseph Zenovic is the only candidate for Division 4 listed on the registrar’s website.
The deadline to file as a candidate in the November election is tomorrow, Aug. 8, at 5 p.m. The exception is if an incumbent has not filed by Aug. 8. In that case, the candidate filing deadline will be extended until Aug. 13. The extension rule does not apply to community planning areas, according to the Candidate Filing Guide.
More information about November elections is at www.sdvote.com.

Enjoy your vacation, but don’t take a vacation from fitness

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This is the time of year that many families pack up and head out for a vacation destination, be it tropical or mountainous.

From the oceans to the valleys, people will be venturing off for some down time and R&R. Believe me, down time and mellow yellow time is critical to recharge your batteries and a great time to refocus and come back motivated to change the world.

Montecito High School starts registration

Registration packets for new and returning students at Montecito High School are available in the school office weekdays through Aug. 15.
The office at 720 Ninth St. is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Montecito High is one of Ramona Unified School District’s alternative schools for students in ninth through 12th grades.
School will start on Monday, Aug. 25.
More information is available at the office, 760-787-4300.
Information about the district’s Future Bound program for independent study is at 760-787-2068.

Not all of Ramona’s youth are bored

We hear a lot about how bored many Ramona youngsters are — particularly teenagers.
Everyone at the Ramona Junior Fair and Livestock Auction saw a different breed of youth Saturday afternoon. When the downpour started, calling a temporary halt to the livestock auction, 4-H’ers and FFA’ers and their leaders sprang into action.
They invited the buyers to seek shelter from the rain in the Ramona Community Center. As buyers enjoyed a sumptuous meal of pulled pork, chicken and beef with barbecue sauce, salad, baked potatoes, corn, rolls, watermelon, pineapple upside down cake, chocolate chip bars and other desserts, the teenage exhibitors cleared the covered beef barn of animals, eliminated the individual stalls, swept piles of shavings out of the way and, under the direction of leaders, moved bales of hay, plants and chairs from the auction arena to the beef barn.
As they were doing that, other adults were hauling the bleachers into the barn. Within a short time, everyone was ready for the buyers to finish dinner.
All of this happened in less than an hour, and not one whine or negative comment was heard. To the contrary, the teens held expressions of determination and enthusiasm and served as outstanding models to the younger exhibitors.
This isn’t to say that every teenager needs to raise a pig, goat, lamb or cow for the summer fair. What it is saying is take a fresh look at this town and what it has to offer young people. Individual and team sports, library activities, swimming, hiking, park playgrounds, music and art opportunities and more are available.
From our perspective — please comment if you disagree — the adults of this community are the key, particularly the parents.
The adults at the junior fairgrounds aren’t paid. All are volunteers. They’re parents, grandparents, older sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, and community members, and they’re all interested and involved in helping to shape the ethics and values of Ramona’s younger generation.
The next time you hear a teen or child say he or she is bored, ask yourself: Is there something I can do to wake this young person to the joys and simple pleasures of life?

Sempra second-quarter earnings show improvement over last year

San Diego-based Sempra Energy today reported second quarter earnings of $269 million, or $1.08 per diluted share, compared to $245 million, or 98 cents per diluted share, in the same time period last year.

Sempra’s earnings in the first six months of 2014 were $516 million, or $2.07 per diluted share, compared with earnings of $423 million, or $1.70 per diluted share, during the first six months of 2013.

Letters to the editor: November election, Cedar Creek, school district, community news

The current Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors has been one of the most dysfunctional boards in the water district’s history. That says a lot for a district with a long history of dysfunctional boards.

It’s time for Ramona citizens and voters to do something to fix the situation.

Second-grader receives hero’s dinner at Ramona fire station

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A 6-year-old Ramona boy credited with saving his grandmother’s life was the center of attention at a dinner in his honor at Ramona Fire Station 81.

Xavier Mumaw seemed more interested in the pizza and personal tour of the fire equipment and ambulance he received from the station’s crew than in all the attention showered on him.

Registration packets available at Montecito High School Aug. 6-15

Registration packets for new and returning students at Montecito High School are available in the school office weekdays from Aug. 6 through Aug. 15.

The office at 720 Ninth St. is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Montecito High is one of Ramona Unified School District’s alternative schools for students in ninth through 12th grades.

School will start on Monday, Aug. 25.

More information is available at the office, 760-787-4300.

Information about the district’s Future Bound program for independent study is at 760-787-2068.

Reports from sheriff’s Ramona station

Among reports filed at the sheriff’s Ramona station:

Sunday, Aug. 3

•Male, 44, arrested, 1000 block Main Street, threaten crime with intent to terrorize.

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