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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.

Sheriff’s reports: Vandals cause $2,000 damage at Ramona High School

A vending machine in the middle of the Ramona HIgh School’s campus was knocked over and broken, causing $2,000 worth of damage, reports the sheriff’s Ramona station. The vandalism was believed to have occurred between 8 p.m. July 7 and 8 a.m. July 8.

Among other reports filed at the sheriff’s Ramona station:

RSL offers last weekend of fall soccer registration

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Parents have just a few more days to sign up their children for Ramona Soccer League’s fall season, says the league.

The last weekend of in-person registration takes place Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside Quiznos, 1664 Main St., in the Stater Bros. shopping center.

Registration by mail for the fall season will be accepted until July 15. To register by mail, go to RamonaSoccer.com, fill out the registration form and send it in with the fee and a copy of the child’s birth certificate.

Ramona builder constructs Zero Net Energy house

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Eric Webb, owner of Webb Construction, is so pleased with the outcome of his first Zero Net Energy (ZNE) house that he is building four more in Ramona.

“Basically this house produces as much energy as it uses,” he said of the ZNE spec house he built on Indian Oaks Road off state Route 78.

Tested by a Home Energy Rating System company, the house’s energy efficiency results were 48.5 percent better than required by the state of California under Title 24, said Webb. Title 24, he explained, is the energy code for the state, and a

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