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Ramona merchants gear up for holiday shoppers

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Old Town Ramona merchants are pooling together for the holidays to offer shoppers special events and sales in a festive environment with plenty of good cheer.

Among the events are Black Friday sales, Nov. 28; Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29; and the Christmas Tree Lighting, Dec. 6. A Find the Elf scavenger hunt and a window decorating contest will put shoppers of all ages in a jolly mood.

Ask Mr. Marketing: Vacation thoughts

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¡HOLA! My bride and I just celebrated our 25th anniversary on the Mexican Riviera Maya. There we over-drank, overate, and overslept at every opportunity. We spent time in the ocean, in the jungle, in underground lakes, and on a zip-line shouting “YEE-HA!” with newfound friends.

Businesses celebrate Halloween

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Staff at Ramona Dental Group dress up as witches for Halloween. From left are Tabitha Blakey, Carla Chavez, Gianna Allison, Michelle Tuckee, Clarice Bradley, Melissa Severin, Sandy Shaw, Dr. Chris Falkosky and Kathy McDaniel.

Beyond recycling: Richardsons show unique collection


Ron and Debbie Richardson never know what kind of “treasures” might pop up at their recycling business.

In Richardson Recycling’s 25 years of business, countless unusual items have been carried in with customers along with the CRV plastics, cans, cardboard, and scrap metals.

“You wouldn’t believe the stuff that we have,” said Debbie.

Chamber re-elects four incumbents, chooses one newcomer

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Amber Ramirez, right, Ramona Chamber of Commerce second vice president, introduces newly elected chamber directors during the “Take a Trip to Wonderland” mixer hosted by Ramona Disposal Friday evening.

From left are Sally Westbrook, TL&Associates real estate agent; Michael Raher, Ramona Sentinel general manager; Carol Fowler, Stage Presence Homes real estate agent; Charlotte Jensen, chamber president; Bob Murray, The Java Hut owner; and Ramirez.

Incumbents for the three-year terms starting in January are Westbrook, Fowler, Galloway and Murray. Raher is new to the chamber board.

Couple marks 25 years of kenneling kritters

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Vacationing at Kritter Kamp has been a treat for many a pooch over the past 25 years.

The boarding kennel off Old Julian Highway marks its 25th year in business this month. And during that time, not only have owners Jim and Kim Lasley seen their clients’ pets grow up, they have also seen clients’ children mature into adults who now bring their animals to the kennel.

Ramona Food & Clothes Closet Foundation offers Community Spirit scholarships

First-generation college-bound students from low-income families have an opportunity to earn a scholarship through Ramona Food & Clothes Closet Foundation’s Community Spirit Scholarship Program.

Scholarships are open to students in the nonprofit’s service area of Ramona, Julian, Santa Ysabel, Ranchita, Borrego and Warner Springs. All applicants must live in one of these areas, volunteer for 40 hours in the thrift store and be accepted in a two- or four-year California college, university or trade school, before they can apply for a scholarship.

San Diego author to sign her second novel at Unicorn in Ramona on Saturday

San Diego author R.J. Belle will be in Ramona for a book signing of her second novel, “Second Sight,” in Unicorn Books and Gifts on Saturday, Oct. 4, from 3 to 5 p.m.
Belle’s debut novel, “First One Down: A Paul Sutton Novel,” was released in April 2014 and within months landed on Amazon’s Top 100 Legal Thrillers, climbing to No. 1 on multiple dates. The mystery novel also ranked in the Top 50 Indie Books as voted by Indie Author News readers in June and July.
“Second Sight” is the next installment in the Paul Sutton series. Detective Sutton is on a new case that pushes the boundaries between ethical and moral standards. He is out to catch one of San Diego’s worst while threatening to color the reputation of an entire police department in the process.
Erin Greene lost the love of her life and found herself inside a world of gunrunners and loan sharks. The danger is real and consequences could be deadly. Her life is on the line and she propels herself into living a role she knows nothing about.
The deeper she falls underground the more she discovers her hidden strengths. Going from a naive girl-next-door to a one-woman force to be reckoned with, how is the gray area defined? How close can you get to the line before you’ve gone too far?
Sutton discovers a new world, too. While investigating the senseless murder of a young war hero, he is introduced to a homeless veteran society, the people often ignored and unseen by society. He learns that these nameless men see much more than most will ever know, and someone among this invisible community could hold the key to helping Sutton catch a killer.
As this case test’s every law and justice principle Sutton has ever known, he learns that things are not always black and white. There is gray in everything.
Belle began writing as a teenager as a way to express her creative side. In 2013, she found herself spending a great deal of time working on plot development and character creation, and decided to make the jump into writing for publication. After spending 15 years in the lending industry, she left her career to write full time and within three months she published “First One Down.”
She will release her first nonfiction book, “After,” in late 2014. To learn more, go to
Unicorn Books and Gifts at 738 Main St. is owned and operated by business partners Stacy Bart and Julia Dammeir.
The age limit at the book signing is 18.

Firefighters, businesses team up for fire safety

A fire safety awareness event at Albertsons on Saturday will include an appearance from the Energizer Bunny, Ramona firefighters, a fire truck, fire safety demonstrations, Energizer giveaways, family-friendly activities and educational materials.
The event, a partnership of the fire department, Albertsons and Energizer, is to encourage residents to change the batteries in their smoke detectors when they change their clocks twice a year. It will be from noon to 3 p.m.
“On average, seven people are killed in home fires every day,” states the National Fire Protection Association. Three of five fatal fire injuries are in homes without working smoke alarms, the association reports.
Albertsons is at 1459 Main St.

Salerno Winery creates cultural experience


Classical opera in Ramona?

Pair it with award-winning wines and a garden full of sculptures, and you’ve got Salerno Winery’s vision to become a cultural destination in the Ramona Valley.

“We want to showcase art and opera,” said Carol Fowler, who is working with the winery’s owners, Herman and Rose Salerno, and their new partner, Mexican businessman and art collector Jaime Chaljon. Fowler