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Finley retires after 25 years with water district


Ramona Municipal Water District Board President Bryan Wadlington presents Annette Finley with a resolution noting she is the longest tenured department manager in the district’s history. Finley, hired as a temporary administrative assistant in 1986, retired as the district’s administrative services director on April 16. The resolution states that Finley “has continued to be a highly dedicated employee, with an unsurpassed work ethic, who has played a valuable role in making the district a stable and safe place to work.” From left are district directors Kit Kesinger, Joe Zenovic, Wadlington, Finley, Darrell

Chase Bank joins chamber


RIBBON CUTTING­—Management and employees from Chase Bank celebrate a ribbon cutting event marking the bank’s membership in the Ramona Chamber of Commerce on April 4. Joining them are chamber ambassadors and Ramona rodeo queens.. Phyllis Adamo, Chase district manager, holds the membership plaque while Branch Manager Glenda McCarthy prepares to cut the ribbon. Also taking part in the festivities from Chase are: Mindy Grimming, area manager for business banking; Sandy Evola, assistant branch manager; Thomas Metzger, investment manager; Shannon Hill,

Pacifica Spa plans anniversary open house


Pacifica Spa Studio invites the public to celebrate its one-year anniversary at an open house on Friday, April 20.

Owner Michele Radeke said she will have refreshments, discounts on products and services, and a drawing for a gift basket filled with products and certificates for services. Holistic health practitioner Amy Vikander will give chair massages.

Chamber introduces new members


New members of Ramona Chamber of Commerce are introduced at the mixer hosted by the Business Network Exchange and Tanguay’s Ramona Truck and Auto. From left are: Erin Barker, Travis Barker, Teri Crutchfield, and Jesse Rook of ShirtZink and Kat McClanahan and Bob McClanahan representing San Vicente Saddle Club. Not pictured is Justin Humbert of Just-N-Time Deli.

Cactus Star Vineyard joins Chamber


Joe and Becky Cullen, owners of Cactus Star Vineyard at Scaredy Cat Ranch, hold their sign and a bottle of their wine as they prepare to cut the ribbon marking their membership in the Ramona Chamber of Commerce. Rick Terrazas, district chief of staff from Congressman Duncan Hunter’s office, second from left, presents them with a certificate of recognition. Cactus Star Vineyard off Highland Valley Road has a wine tasting patio by appointment. More information is at or 760-787-0779.

Just-n-Time joins chamber


RIBBON CUTTING­—Just-n-Time deli owner Justin Humbert, center, holds his Ramona Chamber of Commerce membership plaque, as presented by chamber President Jason De Leo, while his son, Justin, helps to cut the ceremonial ribbon. Also at the ribbon cutting on March 22 are Humbert’s wife Alecia and their daughter, Sarah; his parents Michelle, far left, and Art Candlan, second from right; and chamber members. Just-n-Time is at 1415 Main St. in the Albertsons shopping center.

Dinner Studio ribbon cutting

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Dinner Studio owners Josh and Natalia Otten, center, and their 3-month-old son, Smith, celebrate their membership in the Ramona Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon cutting held Friday at The Yogurt Barn, 1334 Main St. Standing with the Ottens are Chamber President Jason DeLeo, fourth from right, and other chamber members. Dinner Studio prepares weekday meals for busy families and delivers the meals to The Yogurt Barn in the Sun Valley Center on Tuesdays for pickup between 2 and 7 p.m. Meals, averaging $4.90 per person, may be ordered online and personalized, said Josh Otten. More

Chamber ribbon cutting


Samuel Lutt, center, owner of Mariscos Mar De Cortez restaurant, stands with members of his staff and with Ramona Chamber of Commerce ambassadors as he cuts the ceremonial ribbon in front of his business, marking his membership in the chamber. The new Mexican seafood restaurant is at 109 10th St.

IRS partners with Free File Alliance

With less than six weeks left until the tax deadline, the Free File Alliance, a coalition of industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), suggests taxpayers take advantage of the IRS Free File program.

Because of Free File Alliance’s partnership with the IRS, all taxpayers with a 2011 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $57,000 or less may

Cumming Ranch is topic at RREA meeting

Gene Driscoll, project owner of Cumming Ranch, will be the speaker at Ramona Real Estate Association’s breakfast meeting that will start at 8:30 a.m. in Nuevo Grill, 1413 Main St., on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Cost of $5 for members and $10 for non-members includes a breakfast buffet. All are welcome to attend and should RSVP at 760-787-3189 or email