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Ramona Soccer League to kick off 35th season with Opening Ceremonies


Ramona Soccer League will start its 35th season of fall soccer with a party called Opening Ceremonies at the soccer fields on Friday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m.
“Not only will the teams show off their uniforms for the first time, but there will be plenty of activities and food to keep the whole family entertained,” said league parent David Williams.
Food will be available to buy as all the Intra players man booths to raise money for their respective teams. The league will also be selling nachos, popcorn, carne asada and more.
“We’ll even have the Kona Ice truck on hand to beat the heat,” commented Williams.
For the silent auction, each team has put together a basket of goodies for bidding. Among the prospective deals is a $1,000 family picture package.
More information about the league is at

No more endorsements

Once upon a time, before absentee balloting became the preferred way for voters to express their candidate preferences, newspaper publishers and editors would spend considerable time and energy on offering ballot recommendations to their readers.
That tradition dates back to days long before the Internet, when most of the information gained by voters about those seeking pubic office would be found in printed media. The thinking behind making newspaper endorsements went something like, “We have been covering the campaigns and the issues, we have met in person with the candidates, and we’d like to offer our considered opinions as to who should be elected.” The endorsements typically were printed a week or so before Election Day.
That was then, this is now. The practice of good citizens waiting until Election Day to cast the ballots has changed. Now a majority of all ballots cast in San Diego County are done through the mail. Of ballots cast in the low-turnout June primary, 73 percent were by absentee. The November 2012 election saw 56 percent of the voting done by mail.
Absentee ballots are mailed 29 days before Election Day. For our endorsements to have any relevance, they would have to be printed four weeks before Election Day. That, in our opinion, is much too early. A lot can happen during those four weeks. Candidates can (and do) stumble.
Early endorsements might also open us up to allegations that coverage of an endorsed candidate might be “slanted” toward his or her election success. That would never happen here, but perception is seldom influenced by facts.
For these reasons, we have decided to no longer endorse candidates for political office. It is the end of a long tradition here, but one that needs to be ended.
We encourage our readers to do their own research on candidates running for office. Read us for profiles on local candidates and coverage of public candidate forums. Study our reports on how their campaigns are financed. Be skeptical of all campaign literature. Dig a little deeper. Be informed, and cast an intelligent ballot.

Complex receives Crime Free Multi-Housing certification

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Lt. Hank Turner, left, from the sheriff’s Ramona station presents Oscar Correa, manager of Montecito Village Apartments at 1464 Montecito Road, with signage and certificate declaring Montecito Village Apartments a Crime Free Multi-Housing complex. Turner made the presentation during a safety social in the complex’s community room. Montecito Village Apartments is the 11th property in Ramona to be certified in the program.

Letters to editor: Newspaper coverage, road extension, school trustee and budget, more….

Appreciates coverage and Mainstage Regarding Ms. Watzek’s letter condemning the Sentinel and her comments about the attendance at the Arpaio event in Ramona Mainstage Theatre: I have been to several of the Tea Party forums there and at every one of them, all the seats were filled. I have yet to attend the midget wrestling, [...]

Volunteers get Ramona Town Hall ready for Barbecue Hoedown benefit

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Volunteers are working to spruce up Ramona Town Hall’s courtyard in preparation for the Barbecue Hoedown slated for Saturday, Aug. 23.
The fundraiser to benefit restoration of the 120-year old adobe building will be from 6 to 10 p.m.
Advance reservations are requested at $35 each. No-host beer and Ramona wines will be available and admission is for those age 21 and older only.
Honoray Mayor Sharon Davis, whose main job is raising money for Town Hall restoration, is keeping track of all who are helping prepare the grounds for the Old West-style hoedown. Dawn Kirkman, Doug Houston, Bernie Thompson, Sandee Salvatore, Piva Rentals, Woody Kirkman, Bob Hailey, Dave Brown, Madison Kirkman, Ken Davis and Jon’s Tree Trimming Services are among those she listed.
“So come and see all the changes at the hoedown,” said Davis.
Admission includes complimentary dinner, dancing, a dessert auction and live music from the Ramona Community Singers.
Tickets are available at the Original Old Town Ramona Antique Fair, 734 Main St., and Ramona Chamber of Commerce, 960 Main St. They also are available by calling 760-788-7215 or 760-803-6885.

Former Olympian shares more than volleyball tips at Ramona camp

Connie Halfaker, head coach of Ramona High’s girls varsity team, organized this summer’s volleyball camp, but she didn’t lead all the sessions.

She left the two high school camps to former Olympic player Eric Sato.

Retired teacher shares his passion for photography


Retired after a 23-year teaching career, Don Truett of Ramona is finally able to pursue his longtime passion for photography full time.
He and his wife Denise, also a retired teacher, have traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Photographs from some of these trips are in his show showcased in Ramona Library.
“Whether landscape, nature, abstracts or a different look at everyday objects, Don Truett is interested in all and strives to convey that interest to the viewer,” said Judy Nachazel, Ramona Library’s art liaison. “And his eye-catching photography has won a number of awards, including many first place in shows throughout the county.”
Wanting to present quality artwork to his buyers, Truett noted that he does his own printing on a top-of-the-line printer with archival inks and premium papers.
“Stop by the library to see his photography,” said Nachazel.
Anyone interested in seeing more of his work may go to and
Ramona Library at 1275 Main St. opens at 9:30 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
It is open until 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Ramona Senior Center

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.
Thursday, Aug. 14: Tuna salad on lettuce, carrot sticks, cottage cheese, tropical fruit.
Friday, Aug. 15: Birthday luau lunch of kalua pork, thin cut green beans, sweet rolls, pineapple rice, pineapple upside down cake.
Monday, Aug. 18: Chicken patties and gravy, ambrosia, California vegetables, mashed potatoes.
Tuesday, Aug. 19: Chili with meat, cheese and onions, cornbread, salad, fruited Jello.
Wednesday, Aug. 20: Pasta crab salad, carrot raisin salad, crackers, grapes.
Exercise classes: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m.
Walking group: Tuesdays, 8 a.m.
Yoga: Tuesdays, 9 a.m.
Bingo: Thursdays, 1 p.m.
Pinochle: Wednesday, Friday, 9 a.m.
Pokeno: Friday, 1 p.m.
Bridge: Wednesday, 12:30 p.m.
More information about the center is at 760-789-0440, at and on Facebook.

Backcountry Quilters call for entries in Enchanted Autumn Quilt Show

Members of Back Country Quilters are gearing up for the Enchanted Autumn Quilt Show, their 15th show.
Everyone wanting to enter a handmade quilt at the show is invited to get a registration form at Crazy 9 Patch, 2260 Main St. The quilts may be antique or modern and should be created by them or family or friends.
Registrations will be accepted through Sept. 13. Quilts are to be dropped off at Crazy 9 Patch between Sept. 29 and Oct. 4. If dropoff cannot be done between those dates, contact Candy Mittag at 858-361-8905 or to make other arrangements.
The quilt show will be on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All quilts shown at the show are photographed and included on the annual DVD sold at the quilt show.

Third-generation Ramonan stages Health & Wellness Expo Saturday

Third-generation Ramonan Marcie Laws will stage a Health and Wellness Expo featuring everything from organic and natural foods to face painting and firefighters at Ramona Town Hall on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Laws, owner/operator of Mirabella Care, is a senior care provider and personal assistant.
“Through my work, I am interested in providing organic and natural foods and products to my clients and child, as well as other services that promote overall health and wellness,” she said.
The expo will showcase vendors that provide health and wellness goods and services such as organic foods, natural and green cleaning products, fitness experts, weight loss solutions, medicine alternatives, natural pet products, medical professionals and gluten-free products.
A guest speaker will discuss healthy eating choices and how it affects overall wellness, CrossFit Brand X will provide demonstrations, Dr. Richard Turpin’s Chiropractic Clinic will offer free spinal evaluations, and Ramona Fire Department will provide information about fire prevention during the drought and how to clear vegetation from property and yards to make them less of a fire hazard. The department also will have a fire truck at the expo, said Laws.
Face painting for the children also is planned.
Admission is $1.
The first 300 people attending will receive a goodie bag with coupons from local businesses as well as treats and samples.
“What’s exciting for me is that I was born and raised here, and some of the participating vendors are people I literally went to elementary school with,” noted Laws. “Now we all have young kids and aging parents, and are interested in making sure they have healthy choices available right here in Ramona. As a senior care provider, I also think these vendors and topics are very important as we age. I also love the opportunity to support and promote small local business and remind people to shop Ramona.”
Town Hall is at 729 Main St.