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Timeout with Tambo: Fired up and ready for the 2014 football season

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Joan (Thomsen) Snelling, a June 1953 graduate of Downey High School, moved to Ramona in July of the same year and has been serving Ramona ever since.

She attended San Diego State for one year before going to work for Pac Bell. She worked for Ma Bell for 31 years.

Snelling has been a member of every Ramona High School boosters club since 1953.

TV Time-Out

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The “good ol’ days” are gone. And that is a good thing.

I lived in the Valley of the Sun when television reception was more of a disaster than a joke. Before cable. Before satellite. Before hundreds of stations. We had two or three that could be picked up by antennas. Dave Casper was not the only ghost who played football on TV. Every football player, baseball player, basketball player and hockey player looked like a ghost on the tube. Most of the time one could see the football or

Ask Mr. Marketing: A classy way to stand out in the graduating crowd

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Congratulations, graduates! You’ve received diplomas, some gifts and maybe even a scholarship or two.

Before all hell breaks loose and you get into summer celebrations, consider how mailing a thank you note to the gift-giver or scholarship committee will differentiate you from the majority of students and really make your reputation shine.

County celebrates opening of Waterfront Park

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Fireworks boomed, scissors snipped a 1,600-foot-long ribbon, and fountains of water soared toward the sky — all hailing Saturday’s opening of San Diego County’s new Waterfront Park downtown.

Crowds of people participated in the festivities at the 12-acre park’s formal opening to the public.

“Today, with the opening of this park, we’re making history,” said San Diego County Board Chairwoman Dianne Jacob. “The idea of a special gathering spot on our downtown bayfront has been dreamed about for decades. Now we have the good fortune to deliver on that dream. We have created a world-class landmark that will be enjoyed by residents and visitors for generations.”

The county’s newest park features a civic green along the entire western side of the park with room for 3,900 people on the north lawn and 2,900 on the south lawn, grand promenades and an elevated terrace that wraps around the west side of the building. An 830-foot-long fountain runs nearly the length of the park, and its jets shoot water 14 feet into the air. The fountain’s basins create a one-inch-deep splash area for children.

Even Big Bird makes mistakes

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The email you forwarded was well-designed, had a cohesive message, and was obviously targeted to a house mailing list. It appears to be part of a multi-segment campaign, with messaging that probably includes direct mail, events and other communications outlets.

However, I was troubled by the greeking. Greeking — also known as Lorem Ipsum — is dummy text mimicking everyday language patterns. It’s used by graphic designers to fill space until actual text can be written.

And as you probably noticed, the entire right hand column of the email was Lorem Ipsum.

Narcolepsy in Horses – Did You Know?

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The other day I was having lunch with a friend, and she mentioned that a gal she knows has a horse that may have narcolepsy. It caught my breath. I had never considered that this disorder may occur in the equine species.

Horses sleep so little each day that I would never imagine narcolepsy would happen for them. Horses rest a lot. In fact, most of every day is eating or resting, but actual sleep is not part of their nature.

Adult horses sleep about three hours in a 24-hour period, with younger horses and senior-aged horses sleeping more than that, just as in the human species.

Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Corner: Nixle — emergency information now

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Would you like to receive free official emergency notifications if there is a fire, hazard or danger in your neighborhood? Are you doing everything you can to protect and defend your family if a fire or natural disaster struck?

While you prepare your emergency supplies, be sure to prepare your “digital emergency lifeline” as well. Start preparing by signing up for Nixle alerts for your phone and your computer.

Ramona’s Trainer: Are you FITTE?

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Everyone wants to be FIT, but not everyone understands the benefits of being FITTE. The FITTE principle has been a long-term component of personal training and coaching for years.

The FITTE principle is used to help keep you moving forward and making progress. I know, you’re in the dark and have no clue what I’m talking about, so let me explain.

‘Tis is the season for desert camping

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It’s still desert season. If you’ve never been camping in the desert with your horse ­— or if you’ve ever been — there is one camp you should not miss. Stage Coach Trails and Horse Camp is fantastic for first timers and seasoned camp veterans.

Large sites, hookups for those of you with luxury model trailers, restrooms, showers and laundry for those of us with basic trailer accommodations, you will be comfortable for an overnight stay or a weeklong adventure.

TimeOut with Tambo: Briseno achieves wrestling goal to compete at state; sets goal to medal next year

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Bulldog wrestler Raul Briseno set goals early in the season. Many might have thought that those goals were set too high. Not Briseno.

“I wanted to win the league, earn a trip to the Masters and go to the state meet,” he said. “I knew that if I did my best I could accomplish those goals.”

The old saying goes: “If you can do it, it ain’t braggin’.” Briseno did it.

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