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Ramona softball finishes with .500 season

Ramona High’s varsity softball players finished their regular season by winning four of their final five games to finish with a 14-14 record. The Lady Bulldogs finished their initial season in the Palomar League with a 4-6 record.

In the final week of the season the Lady Dawgs beat the league champion Poway and lost to the second place Torrey Pines.

Pursuing Victory with Honor is more than a slogan at some schools

Ramona Athletic Director Damon Baldwin seldom uses the term athlete. He uses the term student/athlete and he believes in the term.

Last week Ramona’s tennis team advanced to the second round of CIF playoffs. The CIF match was scheduled on the same day as advanced placement tests. There are no makeups for advanced placement tests. To get college credits the students must take the tests at the assigned time.

Roger, that’s an “Oops!”

If you’ve ever screwed up something marketing-related at your business, remember TIME Magazine’s goof.

I just renewed my paid subscription and they sent me a desk clock as a thank you. It tells time in 16 cities and contains a calendar, stopwatch, and calculator. Plus it was absolutely free.

Only it doesn’t say TIME Magazine on it anyplace — just “Made in China.”

Can You Save for Retirement and Education?

The school year is coming to a close, which means that, if you have young children, you are now one year closer to college days — and college bills. At the same time, you are moving nearer to your own retirement. Can you save for college while you put money away for retirement? Yes, but it will take planning, patience, and discipline.

Closing State Parks Is Wrong


Last Friday the list of 70 state parks that will be shut down in July 2012 as a result of budget cuts was released representing 25% of the state parks system. Included in the list are 2 parks in North County, Palomar Mountain State Park and San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park. The proposed closures will save an estimated $11 million in the next fiscal year, and $22 million the year after, a mere drop in the bucket to the billion-dollar deficit facing the state.

Ramona man dubbed the ‘Skateboard Bandit’ admits to two bank robberies

A young man who grew up in Ramona and is suspected of being the “Skateboard Bandit” who held up banks has pleaded guilty to robbing two banks.

Colter Stanley Johnson, 26, is free on $100,000 bond with the condition he live with his parents in Ramona. He will be sentenced July 29 in U.S. District Court in San Diego.

Ramona Village Design Group nears zone completion

Ramona Village Design Group members stressed the importance of completing the Ramona custom-tailored zoning, known as a SmartCode, now that funding is finally available.

A $135,000 Caltrans grant and $15,000 from the county will allow the village design group to re-hire Howard Blackson of PlaceMakers, the consultant who helped the group develop a planning document for the Ramona SmartCode nearly two years ago.

Ramona Water District wants more fire information from air center

This rendering from the proposed Ramona Air Center development shows two-story hangar offices.

Following recommendations from staff and legal counsel, Ramona Municipal Water District directors decided at its May 10 meeting that more information is needed before it can issue a fire service availability letter for the Ramona Air Center development.

Young Ramona actor receives honor in Hollywood

How many young, budding actors dream of walking the red carpet in Hollywood and sharing the big screen with the likes of Morgan Freeman, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jennifer Love Hewitt?

Twelve-year-old actress Taylor Hay has done that and more. Most recently, the Ramona resident was recognized at the Bizparentz CARE Awards held at Universal Studios in Hollywood on April 30.

Ramona women’s exercise group builds strength and friendships

The Body and Soul Fitness program, designed as a way to exercise in a positive and uplifting setting, not only helps to develop your body, but friendships, too, say attendees.

The classes are led by Karen Gantzer, a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise, who has been a Body and Soul instructor for 13 years. In Ramona, Gantzer and her assistant instructor, Ann Weatherstone, offer strength, flexibility and cardio-strength classes at Grace Community Church.