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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 www.AuthorRJBelle.com.
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

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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

Chamber’s annual Oktoberfest promises nine hours of family fun

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Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s Oktoberfest promises nine hours of family fun at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, on Saturday, Oct. 4.
Music from the Kalifornia Krauts from San Francisco coupled with a flock of costumed frauleins, a bratwurst-eating contest and a beer garden featuring San Diego breweries will give the event its traditional German flavor.
Also planned for the event, slated from 1 to 10 p.m., are a Kids Zone with pumpkin patch and children’s activities, a Classic Car Show, food, craft and business vendors, Ramona wines, prize drawings, a costume and other contests, face painting, beanbag toss, and family games and activities.
Admission is $10 at the door and $8 in advance at the chamber office, 960 Main St. Admission for children age 11 and younger and active duty military is free.
Charlotte Jensen, chamber president, is event chair. More information is at the chamber, 760-789-1311 and www.ramonachamber.com.

Design review members ponder next step in new zoning plan

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How to implement and oversee the newly-adopted Ramona Village Center Form-Based Code was pondered by the Ramona Design Review Board after member Rob Lewallen distributed “hot off the press” books of the custom-tailored zoning for the town center.

New Main Street merchant welcomes community projects

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Ramona’s newest Main Street proprietor is a former bank manager who is hoping to turn her love for knitting into a business that gives back to the community in a most heartfelt way.

Connie Phillips opened Country Yarn Store at 638 Main St. on Sept. 15 in honor of her father’s birthday. In addition to the yarn implied in the store’s name, the 800-square-foot business sells the tools and other supplies necessary for knitting, crocheting and, to a lesser extent, needlepointing.

Tarrah Roane joins RE/MAX Direct as sales associate

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Tarrah Roane has joined RE/MAX Direct as the newest member of its sales team.
Roane brings to the office six years of banking experience and an even longer history in reputable customer service. She has lived in Ramona and been a part of many local events throughout her personal and work life for over 20 years.
“My clients are my first priority,” she said. “Providing Ramona homebuyers and sellers with the opportunities the RE/MAX brand has to offer, as well as its abundant resources, is a huge benefit for them. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
As one of the most recognized names in real estate, RE/MAX has associates in 90 countries.
Roane believes another advantage offered by her new company is the focus on continued education. RE/MAX offers on-demand real estate courses through an online platform that allows associates to access hundreds of full-length training programs on their own time.
“No other real estate organization has a higher percentage of associates with advanced, professional designations,” she said. “Keeping on top of the changes in protocols and procedures is extremely important. As an agent, I need to know the latest techniques so I can in turn provide the best quality of service to my clients.”
Roane is a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, the California Association of REALTORS®, the North San Diego County Association of REALTORS®, and the Ramona Real Estate Association.
For more information about Roane or RE/MAX Direct, visit www.tarrahroane.com or contact her at 760-317-8347.
RE/MAX Direct, a locally owned and operated full-service real estate brokerage, is at 1410 Main St., Suite A.

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