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County plans workshop on possible changes to winery ordinance

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Update, Monday, Jan. 13—Those interested in attending a county workshop Friday to discuss possible changes to the tiered winery ordinance have until Jan. 15. to RSVP to Planning and Development Services (PDS).

Joe Farace with PDS said the deadline was extended and the workshop is open to the public. The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. in the public hearing chambers at the San Diego County Operations Center, 5520 Overland Ave., San Diego. To RSVP, call Farace at 858-694-3690 or email joseph.farace@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Hawk Watch founder keeps tradition alive

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Ramona naturalist Thomas Stephan, who started Ramona’s Hawk Watch as Raptor Watch in the early 1990s, wants to keep the annual tradition alive, albeit in a more informal way.

Several years after Raptor Watch began, Dave Bittner assimilated it into his Wildlife Research Institute program and called it Hawk Watch. The free program, held on Saturday mornings each January and February, attracted hundreds of visitors a session.

Transportation services in Ramona

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Several transportation services are available in Ramona. North County Transit District (NCTD) and Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) offer scheduled routes from the Ramona Station at Main and Day streets by the Kmart shopping center. Other options listed provide service to and from the home but require reservations.

Manes & Trails: The California Mission Ride

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It took more than two years to complete. The logistics and planning took quite a bit of time. The northern leg covered about 450 miles. The southern leg covered another 450 miles, give or take.

The reality of riders on horseback making an estimated 900-mile journey through California was a huge undertaking and may even sound like something done in the distant past, but they finished here in San Diego just weeks ago.

Santa arrives for Ramona Christmas Tree Lighting

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Santa, with Ramona Chamber of Commerce Director Bob Krysak dressed in his top hat and traditional Dickens of a Christmas outfit, encourages early arrivals to give a hearty “Ho! Ho! Ho!” to mark the chamber’s lighting of the Ramona Christmas Tree in Collier Park just after 5:30 p.m. Saturday. An estimated 150 people arrived for a chance to share their Christmas wishes and have their photo taken with Santa Claus. The chamber rescheduled a scaled-down version of the event originally scheduled for last week, when wind and rain forced the cancellation of the 21st annual celebration. The tree will be lighted every night through New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.

Agency calls for fire weather watch this weekend

Strong winds and low humidity will create a heightened risk of wildfire in San Diego County this weekend, meteorologists said today.

The National Weather Service scheduled a fire weather watch for the valleys and mountains from Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast or occurring.

Chamber reschedules Christmas tree lighting, Santa visit

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Weather may have pulled a “Bah! Humbug!” on Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s 21st annual Christmas Tree Lighting celebration last Saturday, but Santa will be making a return trip to Collier Park at 5:30 p.m. this Saturday.

Manes and Trails: Help update Cuyamaca State Park plan

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Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is undergoing a transformation, and it’s not too late to get involved. The nearly 25,000-acre park has acquired more land and is adjacent to Anza Borrego State Park as well as other public lands and trails. The third and final public meeting was held on Nov. 12, but the public comment period is still open. Everyone with an interest in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park is invited to send comments and ideas for the General Plan process to State Parks at www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27169. The website has

Rain or shine, Ramona’s Christmas Tree Lighting is a go

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A little rain won’t stop Ramona Chamber of Commerce from staging its 21st annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday.
The outdoor festivities will be in Collier Park, 626 E St., from 4 to 8 p.m.
Most of the activities will be covered either by the gazebo or canopies, said chamber director Hans Hemkes, event chair. Santa will have all the protection he needs so he can hear the children’s Christmas wishes.
Two snow machines, a Kids Crafts and Cookie Painting Zone, face painting, food, vendors, photos with Santa, the town Christmas tree lighting, and music and entertainment are on the roster.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
Come hungry. Food vendors will be offering everything from Mexican food and macaroni and cheese to holiday pies and eggnog.
Hemkes, owner of Ramona Martial Arts, will give youngsters an opportunity to learn how to break boards. The lessons will be supervised, he promises parents.

A little rain won’t stop Ramona Chamber of Commerce from staging its 21st annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday.
The outdoor festivities will be in Collier Park, 626 E St., from 4 to 8 p.m.
Most of the activities will be covered either by the gazebo or canopies, said chamber director Hans Hemkes, event chair. Santa will have all the protection he needs so he can hear the children’s Christmas wishes.
Two snow machines, a Kids Crafts and Cookie Painting Zone, face painting, food, vendors, photos with Santa, the town Christmas tree lighting, and music and entertainment are on the roster.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome.
Come hungry. Food vendors will be offering everything from Mexican food and macaroni and cheese to holiday pies and eggnog.
Hemkes, owner of Ramona Martial Arts, will give youngsters an opportunity to learn how to break boards. The lessons will be supervised, he promises parents.

A little rain won’t stop Ramona Chamber of Commerce from staging its 21st annual Christmas Tree Lighting on Saturday.

The outdoor festivities will be in Collier Park, 626 E St., from 4 to 8 p.m.

Most of the activities will be covered either by the gazebo or canopies, said chamber director Hans Hemkes, event chair. Santa will have all the protection he needs so he can hear the children’s Christmas wishes.

Ramona Christmas Tree Lighting festivities promise snow, Santa, fun

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Look for more snow at Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s 21st annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Collier Park on Saturday.
Look for more snow at Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s 21st annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Collier Park on Saturday.

Admission is free, and all are welcome at the family event at 626 E St. from 4 to 8 p.m. Santa will arrive in Ramonan Bill Bryant’s motorized sleigh by 4:30 p.m., and youngsters will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with Santa as they share their Christmas wishes with him.

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