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EVERY CLOUD HAS A SILVER LINING—That’s how Nora Seidl at Packards is taking a disappointment. Packards was on the lineup of Ramona’s Nine Days and Nights of Music until a sheriff’s detective showed up at the coffee shop with a cease and desist order, telling her she couldn’t have entertainment at her business without an entertainment license.

Behind the Front Page: Retirements, resignations, and Ramona Day at the Fair

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WHO’S COUNTING?—Add another two names to the list of administrative retirees and resignations at Ramona Unified: Phyllis Munoz, Ramona Elementary principal, and Anne Staffieri, assistant superintendent of human resources. Superintendent Robert Graeff made the announcement of Munoz’s retirement on April 10, and Staffieri’s name is on Escondido Union High School District’s April 16 agenda as a “new hire” with the same title — assistant superintendent, human resources.

The Tale of Broken Tail


The writing and publishing process for my children’s book was quite different than for the memoir, “A CANYON TRILOGY: Life Before, During and After the Cedar Fire.” For one, I had the privilege of working with a wonderful local artist, Dorothy Mushet. She owns the Banner Queen Art Gallery in Julian. After I wrote the manuscript and formatted the text around the descriptions of the future illustrations, along with my own poorly executed attempts at sketching them, Dorothy painted the pictures.

Behind the Front Page: Ping-Pong politics, ‘R Town’ parade

“R TOWN”—That’s the theme of Ramona’s 2012 Main Street Parade scheduled for Saturday, May 19, reports Parade Committee Secretary Bonnie Kirkland, Ramona High Class of 2000 graduate. Now married, Kirkland’s classmates at RHS remember her as Bonnie Donovan.

“R Town,” a nice play on the title of the Thornton Wilder play “Our Town,” means parade entrants can choose anything related to Ramona for their entry. The committee will start

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CHAMBER MOVE?—On Tuesday, Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s 2012 directors held their retreat in Ramona Town Hall. The chamber board traditionally meets in January for a daylong retreat to plan the year’s direction and activities and to choose directors who will chair specific committees and events.

This year they may have done more.

Veteran or veterinarian?

YOU’RE A WHAT?—Normand Brabant has a sense of humor. Before he participated in the cake-cutting ceremony at the 236th anniversary of the Marine Corps birthday in Ramona Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3783 last Thursday evening, he talked with fifth- through eighth-graders at Ramona Lutheran School. He was one of nine veterans from various branches of the service talking to the students before Veterans Day.

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KNOW WHAT YOU’RE ENTITLED TO—That’s the theme of the Veterans Benefits Workshop hosted by American Legion Post 332 in the Ramona Library Community Room from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29. Since the post’s regularly scheduled meeting on the fourth Friday of the month is the day after Thanksgiving, the workshop will take the place of that meeting.

Don Scott, the post’s first vice commander, said that representatives from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Congressman Duncan Hunter’s office are among those expected to have tables set up to help veterans learn

Behind the Front Page: RHS Homecoming Game will start with a BANG

GET READY FOR FIREWORKS—Ramona High Principal Tony Newman hopes there will be no surprises when the fireworks go off at the beginning of the homecoming football game at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. “We want to be good neighbors,” he said.

Several Ramonans in different parts of town were caught off-guard when the graduation fireworks went off in June. Some thought the

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CLEAN UNDERWEAR—During an otherwise serious school board meeting last Thursday evening, the importance of wearing clean underwear came up several times. It seems it was on board member Dan Lopez’s list of Top 10 Ideas for Success at Ramona High School and Beyond during freshman orientation the first day of school. In thanking Lopez for being the guest speaker during the Fresh Start program, Shay Alwan, Ramona High’s student representative on the school board, said, “some of his most notable ideas were always wear clean underwear,

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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE STUPID—The blackout last Thursday was an eye-opener for many. Either they were prepared or they weren’t. Either they reacted well or they didn’t. A drive through town showed that most Ramonans were unruffled. Fans sat in the stands at Bulldog Stadium as the Ramona High freshman football team played Morse. “In football you don’t need anything but a stopwatch,” said longtime Bulldog Booster Joan Snelling. Ramona Woman’s Club, celebrating the start of its 100th year, had a wine tasting get-together scheduled. With