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Sally Jones leads 2010 Ramona Rodeo royalty as queen

   Twelve young ladies, all vying for one of four coveted positions on
the 2010 Ramona Rodeo royal court, came together for the final decision
Saturday evening.
   Selected to represent the sport of professional rodeo, Ramona Rodeo
and the community of Ramona are: Senior Queen Sally Jones,  Junior
Queen Brittney Phillips,  Young Miss Bridgette LaHaye and Little Miss
Farah Angel.
   Earning the right to wear the sash and be declared queen is more
than any single event.  It is a culmination of scores in horsemanship,
appearance,  general rodeo knowledge test, personal interview with the
judges and a speech given at the final event in the performing arts
center at Olive Peirce Middle School. 
   The evening progressed through the personal biographies of the
Little Miss contestants, through glimpses into the heritage of rodeo
and through the longer essays of the Junior Queen and Senior Queen

‘Horse Master’ television show holds training clinic in Ramona

 The award-winning Horse Master television show will hold its next training clinic in Ramona.
   The clinic on April 17 and 18  will be at Dos Picos Ranch, where
trainer Julie Goodnight will use fundamental principles important to
any style of riding to teach “Classic Skills for a Natural Ride.”
   Goodnight has trained horses in dressage, jumping, racing, reining,
colt-starting and versatility ranch work, and wilderness riding,
providing instruction to riders in any discipline or at any level.  She
“travels coast-to-coast—and beyond” to help horse and rider effectively
communicate with each other and develop a deeper understanding of the
horse and riding skills that lead to a balanced and rhythmic rider and
a light and responsive horse.

Jennifer Hallman earns accolades from district

 In an emotional presentation Thursday, Jennifer Hallman accepted
congratulations from Dr. Robert Graeff, superintendent of the Ramona
Unified School District. 
   “Jennifer has been announced as the 2010 Classified School Employee
of the Year,” and is in the running for the countywide title.
   According to Director of Pupil Services—and Hallman’s
supervisor—Eileen Highley, “Jennifer is extremely dedicated to her job,
acting as effective liaison between the parents, staff at the various
school sites and peers at the district office.” 
   Hallman is known for a positive attitude and “incredible empathy” by many co-workers. 

Scouts and skylines: Troop tours Ramona Airport

   What could be more fun than watching aircraft take off and land? 
How about watching aircraft maneuvers from the tallest building in
   Members of Ramona Girl Scout Troop No. 8711 got a front row seat,
four stories off the ground as they were allowed to watch takeoffs and
landings from the air traffic control tower, also called “the cab.”
   “Wow!  It’s really cool up here,” exclaimed Amalie Shelby, a
fourth-grader at Barnett Elementary School.  “What are all the lights
on that box?  How come the numbers keep moving?  How high are we?” 

Secrets to a lasting love

   “Be friends,” Jackie Feederle, married for more than half a century,
said with certainty. “You need to be friends and always talk things
   Jackie and Ron Feederle of Ramona have been married for 55 years,
but, for both, it seems like only yesterday. They agree communication
and friendship are key. “That and you don’t bring your work home with
you,”  said Ron.
   When asked how they met, Jackie giggled. 
   “We met in the fourth grade at St. Rose of Lima Parish School in
Maywood,” said Ron. “You have a group that you associate with
throughout school. We were friends for many years.  When we graduated
the eighth grade, I went to the boys school and she went to the girls
school, but we still saw each other every day on the way to school, in
church and so on. We kept in touch.”

TEA’d group to hold monthly parties

   Citizens gathered in Ramona Mainstage Saturday for a town hall
meeting about the proposed national health care plan, Medicare and
“common sense.” A couple of protestors gathered outside, holding signs
in support of “helping insurance companies,” but proposed solutions to
a medical debt quagmire were offered inside. 
   Ramona residents Dan and Susan Summers sponsored the first town hall
event on Aug. 29. Saturday’s presentation was sponsored by Ramona TEA’d
(Taxed Enough Already) Party. The owners of the Ramona Mainstage, Orrin
and Cheryl Day, donated the use of the building for both venues.

Town honors soldier

 Bonham Bros. and Stuart Mortuary was filled and overflowing as family,
friends and even strangers came from all over California to show
respect and to honor the memory of U.S. Army Pfc. Michael Robert
Jarrett on Saturday.
   Jarrett, 20, died on Jan. 6 in Balad, Iraq. He was assigned to the
2nd Battalion, 159th Aviation Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade,
in Illesheim, Germany.
After the memorial service concluded in the mortuary chapel, Jarrett’s
coffin was transported to Nuevo Memory Gardens cemetery on Ash Street,
where full military honors were held. A large crowd silently gathered
to offer what comfort can be provided to a grieving family. 

Ramona soldier, 20, dies in Iraq

 Just over a month ago, U.S. Army Pfc. Michael Robert Jarrett, 20, of
Ramona stood in full dress uniform in the Bonham Bros. & Stewart
Mortuary at the funeral of a friend. 
   On Saturday, family and friends will gather at the same place to
honor Jarrett, who died on Jan. 6 in Balad, Iraq, supporting Operation
Iraqi Freedom. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 159th Aviation
Regiment, 12th Combat Aviation Brigade, in Illesheim, Germany.
   “Mike was 6’5”, 160 lbs, lean and had a smile that would brighten a
room,”   said his mother, Brenda Jarrett. “People always remembered him
by face and personality.  Like so many young boys, he needed direction.
He joined the Army in August 2008, deciding the military was something
to help him get the direction he was searching for.  His test scores
were super high.  It qualified him for being a 15 Romeo, a mechanic for
Apache helicopters.”

Work begins on trail to river, Cedar Creek Falls

   Editor’s note: This is the first
in a two-part series about a new nonmotorized, multi-use San Diego
River Gorge Trail leading to the popular Cedar Creek Falls. Next week’s
article will focus on the trek that leads to the falls, referred to as
one of San Diego County’s gems.

   “So what are all the tents doing over on Thornbush?”  has been a
question from residents in that part of San Diego Country Estates. 
   About a dozen tents are pitched at the San Diego River Gorge Trailhead. 
   According to Debbie Hobbs, recreation and lands officer for the
Cleveland National Forest’s Palomar Ranger Station, camping is not
permitted anywhere in or around the area in question. 
   So, Hobbs said, “I am glad you ask. The tents will be a common site
over the next year or so. Work crews for the trail down to Cedar Creek
Falls will be using the tents as temporary living facilities while a
new multi-use trail is being constructed.” 

CERT receives fire department accolades

   Ramona’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) received accolades
from the Ramona Fire Department at the volunteer organization’s
Christmas potluck.
   CalFire Capt. Robert McLaughlin with the Ramona department presented
certificates of appreciation during the team’s meeting in the Ramona
Library on Dec. 22: Don Scott, Richard Elling, Jolene Dayton, Dave
Smith, Philip Savage, Kathy Brown and Barry Davis. Member Brad Fisher
also received a certificate but was not present at the meeting.