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Friendships spring from Wednesday night bike rides

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They range in age from 15 to 67, but the friendship they share, developed from their passion for cycling, transcends the different generations.

Every Wednesday evening a group of cyclists begin to gather at 5:15 at Kirk’s Bike Shop, 619 Main St. They take off at 5:30 for a 20- to 30-mile ride.

“We ride at the same time year-round,” said Kirk Newell, owner of the bike shop.

Supervisors adopt Ramona Village Design plan

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A new zoning plan for Ramona’s town center that has been in the works for 10 years takes effect 30 days from its approval by San Diego County Board of Supervisors on July 30.

“This is a big day for Ramona,” Carol Fowler, vice chair of the Ramona Village Design Group, told the supervisors.

The Ramona Village Center Plan of form based codes and a similar plan for Alpine, along with amendments to Fallbrook’s village zoning regulations were grouped together for adoption.

County looks at selling surplus property on SR-78

San Diego County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to adopt a resolution of intention to sell surplus property in Ramona and set a bid date at its Aug. 5 meeting.

The 1.36-acre parcel, located at 849 state Route 78, was acquired through a donation in 2000 and is zoned A-70, which is limited agricultural and allows residential use.

County staff recommends a Sept. 23 hearing for supervisors to conduct the bid opening approve the sale of county parcel number 2014-0006-A to the highest responsible bidder. The minimum bid is expected to be $40,000.

Miniature books reap big awards

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Eileen Cummings has displayed portions of her miniature book collection at the San Diego County Fair in past years but it was her assortment of teddy bear-themed books that won her Best of Show and Best of Division for Home and Hobby this year.

“This is like winning the gold medal at the Olympics,” the enthusiastic Ramona resident said. “I reached the ultimate goal.”

Where are they now? ‘Country girl’ defends rights and gives second chances

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Christina (Chrissy Kapelczak) Oleson works in a field that she finds rewarding but, she said, it does not attract a lot of women and is often viewed negatively.

“What I do is help people get a second chance,” she said of her profession as a criminal defense attorney.

The 1999 Ramona High School graduate said that at a young age she knew she wanted to be an attorney.

Former foster child puts herself into her Girls State experience

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Ramona High School senior Tatiana Lloyd-Dotta represented Ramona at the 71st annual Girls State conference sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization.

Over 500 girls from around the state met at McKenna College in Claremont to participate in the auxiliary’s mission of “providing an outstanding, unique and coveted educational opportunity for the young women of California that instills the basic ideals and principles of American government.”

Local flier soars for Team USA

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At the recent World Gliding Championships in Finland, a Ramona resident was one of seven on Team USA.

To qualify for the team, Garret Willat won the 2013 U.S. Club Class Nationals in Mifflin, Penn.

“That got me enough points to make it on the team,” he said.

San Diego County invites public to MSCP workshop

The county will conduct its Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) Annual Report Workshop at 9 a.m., Tuesday, July 22, at its operations center, 5520 Overland Ave., San Diego.

Residents are invited to learn about regional habitat conservation accomplishments and goals, according to the county. Local jurisdictions and state and federal agencies will give an update on lands preserved for the approved MSCP and on MSCP projects completed in 2013 in the southwest portion of the count

Partnering in the pool

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Sounds of cheering and splashing could be heard from Ramona High School’s pool on Wednesday mornings when a group of students learned water polo from peers who know the game well.

The program proved beneficial for the Adapted Physical Education (A.P.E.) students who have moderate to severe disabilities, their swim instructors and the volunteers who helped.

“I love the kids,” said peer tutor Tatiana Lloyd-Dotta, who volunteered. “It’s an amazing opportunity and eye-opening about life.”

Life is full of surprises— at any age

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Estelle Reckling said she never had a surprise In her long life like she had last week.

And there are a lot of years in her life — 100, as of July 6.

To honor her 100th birthday and show appreciation for the many years she has been a propane customer, Pro-Flame of Ramona gathered its employees and surprised Reckling with a birthday party on July 8.

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