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Trimming trees for better reception


Last week I checked the sports’ page recently to see what college and high school football games were on the tube. The UT listed 35 games on Saturday but my satellite system had well over 50 choices. I also noted more high school football games than professional games.

What’s new at the movies?


New in Theaters — September 13

The Family R A Mafia boss and his family are relocated for protection, but their old habits soon emerge, threatening to blow their cover. Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron

Insidious: Chapter 2 PG13 The Lambert family continues to uncover the childhood secret that connected them to the spirit world. Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins

TimeOut with Tambo: Injuries don’t stop this golfer


When Caitlyn Doulgeropoulos shot a personal best 41 against San Pasqual High School in the opening golf match of the season, it was not news. That she played and finished the round was news.

Caitlyn’s coach, John Rathbun, was concerned that she would not be able to finish the round and did not want to put undue pressure on her. Caitlyn has been rehabilitating from injuries and battling pain since the end of last school year. Rathbun was just happy to have her on the team and was willing to let her play herself into shape.

Manes & Trails: Equine travel and illness

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Is traveling with your horse putting her in danger of illness, or worse?

In recent years the outbreaks of equine herpes virus 1, or EHV-1, and other communicable diseases in horses have really caught the attention of horse owners and governmental agencies. Sometimes deadly, the EHV-1 condition, which affects the nervous system of the horse, is

TimeOut with Tambo: Take in a high school sports event this fall


The school year is based on a time when America was an agricultural nation. Students had to be home to help with the crops during the summer. The work that needed every hand in the family to harvest was mostly done by fall so that is when school started.

The school calendar has seen big adjustments during the last decade or so. When I started teaching and coaching in California the school year started in mid-September and ended in mid-June. Most schools in the country started after Labor Day and ended just after Memorial Day.

The Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Corner: New way to report suspicious activity

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Ramona Sheriff’s Substation has created a new and hopefully more convenient method for citizens to provide information about criminal activity in our community.

It takes the cooperative effort of citizens and law enforcement to reduce crime and keep Ramona safe. In the “old days,” people with information about suspected criminal activities (drugs and drug sales, thefts, etc.) would pick up the phone and dial. Now you can quickly send an e-mail to:

Inch by inch


He’s 40 now and is successful in his work. He’s attained that upper management position at the firm and drives a nice luxury car big enough to fit the family, but flashy enough to make him feel young.

He’s happily married and has two kids, the house and the whole nine yards. He’s blessed and enjoys his biannual vacations to the white sand beaches of the Bahamas.

TimeOut with Tambo


Gone fishing signs are often seen on several establishments in Ramona this time of the year. The last part of my two-week vacation should be entitled “Gone Wishing” because when I throw a line in the water that is all that I am doing — WISHING!

I spent a week in the Eastern Sierras camping in the June Lake Loop at Grant Lake. Grant is the biggest of the four lakes in the June Lake Loop and the farthest from restaurants, watering holes and the town of

The Caregivers’ Journey: Sibling Harmony Imperative

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For my 65th birthday — when did I get so old? — my sister gave me a plane ticket to visit her in New York. She pointed out that we have lost Mom and Dad and Uncle Seymour and we’re pretty much all that is left of our family.

It made me think about some other siblings who once asked me to settle a squabble about how they were going to bury their dad. One insisted on an all-out military sendoff, while the other held firm for a small civilian ceremony.

Ramona Grasslands — one sweet ride


I’ve seen many of you out enjoying the lovely trails in town and I had to remind you that Ramona Grasslands Open Space is one sweet ride. Currently containing about 3400 acres and right off Highland Valley Road, this property has been set aside as an open space preserve and our community is able to enjoy hiking or riding along the trails, picnicking under the grand oak trees and enjoying the great outdoors.

Years ago, I anxiously waited for word from the county hoping they were working on a public staging area, which we had anticipated would open summer 2009. I can hardly believe it’s been so many years in the