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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

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.

Albertsons celebrates remodel with samples, activities, donations

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Albertsons celebrated the completion of its two-month remodeling project with a grand re-opening that included a ribbon cutting, free samples, in-store activities and donations.

Brian Swartwood, store director, presented $1,000 donations to the Ramona Food and Clothes Closet, Ramona Senior Center, and Ramona High School for its band and cheer programs. Ramona High Principal Christopher King suggested the donation be split between cheer and band, Swartwood said. Both high school groups entertained in front of the store with music and cheers.

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

Arborist works to save oaks

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Thomas Stephan is on a quest to save oak trees.

“I can’t watch the oak trees die anymore,” the Ramona resident said. “I had to do something.”

As a certified arborist who operated Stephan’s Tree Maintenance for 32 years, he knows a lot about trees. In 2005 he switched from running a tree service business to installing barn owl nest boxes for organic rodent

Fix Auto owner offers employee ‘unbelievable’ opportunity

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When Steve Lamb received a phone call from his employer with an unbelievable offer, his first thought was that it was a prank call.

“I just — I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe the opportunity he was giving me,” said Lamb, a Ramona resident.

His employer, Greg Carter, was offering to give him the Fix Auto franchise in Ramona.

Mega farm, ranch retailer opening this summer

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Within a few months, mega farm and ranch retailer Tractor Supply Co. will introduce itself to the San Diego County market with a new store opening on none other than Ramona’s Main Street.

The nearly 20,000-square-foot store will open at Main and Hunter streets some time in the third quarter, according to Randy Guiler, Tractor Supply’s vice president investor relations.

The contractor on the job, CSI Construction of Irvine, began construction on Feb. 5. A tentative completion date is late June.

New dentist in town aims to bring more smiles to Ramona

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Whether he’s talking about his work or his family, Ramona’s newest dentist is as passionate as they come — and for good reason.

His humble beginnings in Mexico and his not-always-easy path to financial security have shaped Dr. Rodolfo Orozco into a man of devout faith and appreciation.

Orozco, a licensed dentist in California since 1991, opened Ramona Oak Dental at 1721 Main St., Suite 201, this month. The new office is a complement to Orozco’s longstanding

Ramona interior designer makes Cowboy Christmas debut

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In 1996, a year after she moved to Ramona, Marlene Holmquist traveled to Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo and visited the Cowboy Christmas gift show at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

She did not return to Las Vegas during NFR until 2013, when her involvement with Cowboy Christmas was as an exhibitor on behalf of her Luxury Ranch interior design business.

Assisted living lodge strives to create homey environment

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Off a dirt road, in the rural nooks and crannies of southwestern Ramona, is a new business striving to make elderly residents feel at home.

It’s called Ramona Senior Lodge and is a six-bed assisted living facility for the elderly. The lodge, which sits at 15855 Marmac Drive, is the brainchild of longtime San Diego resident Serena Nelson, now a Ramona resident.

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