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Sheriff’s Ramona Mounted Patrol to step up rounds during holiday season

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Shoppers in Ramona can expect to see more of Ramona Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol during the holiday season.
Scott Milner, assistant administrator of the mounted patrol, said beginning the day after Thanksgiving the volunteer force will be patrolling on horseback in shopping center parking lots in town.
“The purpose is to give the community an awareness of how to be safe in the parking lot,” Milner said, adding that their presence also serves as a deterrent to crime.
The stepped-up patrols will be occur more on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, he said, but will include some weekdays and will continue through the end of the year.
About 15 volunteers serve in Ramona’s mounted patrol. Members go out in teams of at least two and never patrol alone, said Milner.
According to Milner, the volunteers have scheduled approximately 100 more hours of patrol time for this year’s holiday season than last year.

Catholic church continues 67-year-old tradition with turkey dinner Sunday

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church continues a tradition that started in 1947 when it stages its 67th Annual Turkey Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 16, from 1 to 6 p.m.

Because the congregation did not have a place to cook in 1947, the entire community pitched in and cooked the turkeys in their homes and delivered them and all the dinner trimmings where everything could be served to the public. Those were the days that Ramona staged a Turkey Festival with a parade, activities and special honors to citizens.

Ramona Food and Closet Foundation donates $5,000 to Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center

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Judy Beckett, executive director of Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center in Ramona, accepts a check for $5,000 from Jeff Funk, Ramona Food and Clothes Closet Foundation chairman, in the Food and Clothes Closet’s Thrift Store at 773 Main St. last Thursday. Also pictured are Mary Halliday, left, foundation secretary, and Vesna Curry, Ramona Food and Clothes Closet service manager. Beckett said the donation will go toward feed.

Ramona Chamber of Commerce invites all to Christmas Tree Lighting

Ramona Chamber of Commerce invites the community to a family evening of tree lighting and old-fashioned downtown holiday shopping with Santa, refreshments, train rides and more.
The Christmas Tree Lighting event will be in Collier Park on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. The tree will be lighted promptly at 5:30 p.m., and people will then be invited to visit with Santa. Children will have an opportunity to have their photograph taken with Santa.
The chamber will offer free train rides around the park, and guests are invited to head over to Main Street where shops will be open and merchants will be conducting a “Find the Elf” Contest.
Carolers will be singing holiday tunes in the park and in Old Town Ramona. The Ramona Community Singers will be caroling in front of Town Hall, and local school groups will be among other carolers adding to the holiday spirit.
Additionally, Ramona stores will be vying for “Best Holiday Decoration” honors. The contest, sponsored by the Ramona Sentinel, is open to all businesses in Ramona. Decorations should be completed by Dec. 1, and merchants must call the chamber office, 760-789-1311, to indicate their participation. Judging will be by the public on the Sentinel website, The winner will be announced before Christmas. Additional details about all of the activities planned are on the chamber website,
The annual Christmas Tree Lighting is open to all at no charge. For information about sponsorships, contact Dr. Robert Argyelan, the chamber’s executive director, at 760-789-1311 or

Ramona Trails Association to stage annual Turkey Trot on Nov. 22

Ramona Trails Association will stage its annual Turkey Trot on Saturday, Nov. 22.

Participants should be ready to hike, mountain bike or horseback ride from the staging area at Mt. Gower Open Space Preserve, 17090 Gunn Stage Road, at 10 a.m.

A potluck lunch will start about 12:30 p.m. just over the hill at Hellanback Ranch Winery.

Participants are encouraged to bring a friend or two to enjoy a leisurely ride or hike through Mt. Gower Open Space Preserve and then test the Thanksgiving dishes from their fellow turkey trotters.

Bring the potluck dishes to the staging area and they will be delivered to the winery.

Those interested in just joining the group for just the potluck lunch are welcome.

For more information, call 760-896-4782.

Suspect charged in case of puppy thrown over fence

A man accused of tossing an unwanted puppy over a 6-foot-high fence outside a commercial building in Ramona will be arraigned Thursday at the El Cajon courthouse on two misdemeanor charges, officials said.

Gary Sartor of Ramona faces up to six months in county jail or a fine of up to $1,000 for each violation — animal cruelty and abandonment — if convicted, according to county Animal Services Department spokesman Dan DeSousa.

Couple marks 25 years of kenneling kritters

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Vacationing at Kritter Kamp has been a treat for many a pooch over the past 25 years.

The boarding kennel off Old Julian Highway marks its 25th year in business this month. And during that time, not only have owners Jim and Kim Lasley seen their clients’ pets grow up, they have also seen clients’ children mature into adults who now bring their animals to the kennel.

Harbour Farm: A boost for agritourism


The driving force behind Dave Harbour’s agritourism business is one that most parents can relate to: He’s doing it for the kids.

“The whole idea was to help my special needs son, Shea,” said Harbour, who owns the continually-growing Harbour Farm on state Route 67 just east of Dye Road. He explained that 14-year-old Shea has autism and said statistics show that autistic adults often have menial jobs.

Ramona man bitten by bat undergoes rabies shots


It may be the season for spooky creatures, but live bats landing on humans is no playful matter as one Ramona resident discovered.

Joe Cullen, co-owner of Cactus Star Vineyard at Scaredy Cat Ranch, just finished the series of rabies shots he was required to undergo after being bitten by a bat in late August.

Teen hopes to restore historic mode of transportation

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Ramona teenager Madison Kirkman has a chance to bring a piece of history back to the Ramona area for restoration, but to do so he needs to raise funds to transport it here — from Anchorage, Alaska.

The historical piece he wants to restore was a mode of transportation for people to reach Ramona from San Diego: the McKeen Motor Car “Cuyamaca” ran on the San Diego, Cuyamaca & Eastern Railroad from 1908 to around 1916.