Category archives for: Country Living

Tractor Supply’s first customer is a 3-year-old


Three-year-old Dawson Schuler of Ramona became Tractor Supply Company’s first customer, with assistance from his great-aunt, Carole Wylie, who had some pull as she was the architect who designed the store’s building at Main and Hunter streets.
Wylie, also of Ramona and a former chair of the Ramona Design Review Board, knew how much Dawson loves tractors and was aware that Tractor Supply Company carries toys.

Volunteers get Ramona Town Hall ready for Barbecue Hoedown benefit

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Volunteers are working to spruce up Ramona Town Hall’s courtyard in preparation for the Barbecue Hoedown slated for Saturday, Aug. 23.
The fundraiser to benefit restoration of the 120-year old adobe building will be from 6 to 10 p.m.
Advance reservations are requested at $35 each. No-host beer and Ramona wines will be available and admission is for those age 21 and older only.
Honoray Mayor Sharon Davis, whose main job is raising money for Town Hall restoration, is keeping track of all who are helping prepare the grounds for the Old West-style hoedown. Dawn Kirkman, Doug Houston, Bernie Thompson, Sandee Salvatore, Piva Rentals, Woody Kirkman, Bob Hailey, Dave Brown, Madison Kirkman, Ken Davis and Jon’s Tree Trimming Services are among those she listed.
“So come and see all the changes at the hoedown,” said Davis.
Admission includes complimentary dinner, dancing, a dessert auction and live music from the Ramona Community Singers.
Tickets are available at the Original Old Town Ramona Antique Fair, 734 Main St., and Ramona Chamber of Commerce, 960 Main St. They also are available by calling 760-788-7215 or 760-803-6885.

Whooping cough cases surpass last year, say county health officials

The number of pertussis cases in San Diego County so far this year has surpassed the record set in 2010, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced.

The agency has tallied 1,183 confirmed diagnoses of the disease, also known as whooping cough, in 2014. The 2010 total was 1,179, according to the health agency.

Friendships spring from Wednesday night bike rides


They range in age from 15 to 67, but the friendship they share, developed from their passion for cycling, transcends the different generations.

Every Wednesday evening a group of cyclists begin to gather at 5:15 at Kirk’s Bike Shop, 619 Main St. They take off at 5:30 for a 20- to 30-mile ride.

“We ride at the same time year-round,” said Kirk Newell, owner of the bike shop.

Storm shifts livestock auction, drenches country fair


As drizzle turned to downpour Saturday afternoon, temporarily shutting down the livestock auction, Ramona Junior Fair participants didn’t miss a beat.

They sent their buyers across the street for an early dinner in the community center as they and their adult leaders pulled together to move the auction to the beef barn that has a covered roof.

Country Fair gets under way today, promises Four Best Days of Summer


Contests, tournaments, carnival rides, live entertainment, games, a food court, and lots of vendors will fill the outdoor community center when Ramona Chamber of Commerce kicks off what’s been called the Four Best Days of Summer on Thursday.

The 44th Annual Ramona Country Fair at 431 Aqua Lane coincides with the Ramona Junior Fair next door, giving residents and visitors a taste of Americana and four days of old-fashioned summer fun. Presented by the Ramona chamber, the country fair features a photography contest on Foto Friday, Home Sweet Home Country Canning Contest on Saturday, and the fourth annual Valley of the Sun Pitchers Duel Horseshoe Tournament on Saturday. Carnival rides and games will be ongoing from July 31 through Aug. 3.

Live entertainment will be on two stages, and the fair also boasts the Ramona Idol singing contest, a craft and

Where are they now? ‘Country girl’ defends rights and gives second chances

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Christina (Chrissy Kapelczak) Oleson works in a field that she finds rewarding but, she said, it does not attract a lot of women and is often viewed negatively.

“What I do is help people get a second chance,” she said of her profession as a criminal defense attorney.

The 1999 Ramona High School graduate said that at a young age she knew she wanted to be an attorney.

Ramona Junior Fair continues Sunday


Ramona Junior Fair continues Sunday with goats, llamas, alpacas and horses.

The 43rd annual junior fair opened today at Ramona Junior Fairgrounds, 431 Aqua Lane, with a dog show, rabbit and cavy show and home economics judging.

A highlight of the 10-day fair for 4-H and FFA participants is the livestock auction slated to begin Saturday at 1 p.m.

Two squirrels test positive for plague on Palomar Mountain

Two squirrels captured on Palomar Mountain for routine monitoring tested positive for plague, county officials said today.

The squirrels were trapped at the Camp Palomar Outdoor School, which is undergoing maintenance and is not scheduled to be used by campers until Aug. 25, according to the county Department of Environmental Health.

County reminds hikers to take precautions in summer’s heat


With summer temperatures rising and the death this week of a teenage hiker who suffered from heat-related physical distress, the county reminds residents to take precautions when planning to enjoy the area’s mountains or other backcountry attractions.

On Tuesday, an 18-year-old female hiker died after she was airlifted out of an area on the Three Sisters Falls trails in Julian, reported San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. The County Medical Examiner identified her as Yasmen Vidales of San Diego.