Category archives for: Country Living

Celebrating 100 Years at Collier Park

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With nearly perfect November weather and an enthusiastic crowd on hand, only one thing was missing as Collier Park celebrated its 100-year anniversary — more local residents. But the attendees didn’t let that slow them down one bit.

Keith Van Sickle has been a ranger at Collier for 10 years. He stayed busy recounting the park’s history and present status to numerous individual questions throughout the events.

Brunch in the Park


What started as the First Day of School Breakfast in the Park for retired and former Ramona school employees morphed into Brunch in the Park due to the hot weather at the start of the school year and was held in Collier Park recently.

Concrete campers land big savings

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They came with tents, folding chairs and sleeping bags to form a concrete campground in front of the new 99¢ Only Store at 1326 Main St.

The payoff? Brand new 40-inch Westinghouse flat screen LED TVs, each for only 99 cents to the first nine customers in line.

Renee Bushey nabbed front-of-the-line honors at 1 p.m. Nov. 5 — 43 hours before the store would open at 8 a.m. Nov. 7. She was joined a half-hour later by her horseback riding

Volunteer hosts set up residence at Cedar Creek trailhead


A couple from Arizona has taken up temporary residence as trailhead hosts for the Cedar Creek Falls trail and is receiving a warm reception from their neighbors along Thornbush Road.

Within one week of arriving, they had been invited to dinner at Nancy and Phil Harding’s home.

Pets and Halloween


Creepy costumes, glowing jack-o-lanterns and candy galore make Halloween a treat for kids and grown-ups alike, but they can be seriously scary for our pets. To keep pets safe and healthy this Halloween, San Diego Humane Society and SPCA recommends keeping the following tips in mind:

Deskovick wins steer wrestling in San Dimas

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Professional rodeo cowboy and Ramona businessman Matt Deskovick won the steer wrestling buckle with his first-place time of 4.1 seconds at the Western Days Rodeo in San Dimas.

“I had a very good steer,” he said of Booger Red.

Day at the pumpkin patch


Johner Riehl gets some help carrying a pumpkin out of the patch from sons Whitaker, 4, and Zyler, 2, at Mountain Valley Ranch on Saturday.

Manes & Trails: Equine colic

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Colic is a scary word to horse owners. Although a common disorder of the digestive system, the term colic simply put means “abdominal pain.” The term in horses refers to a condition of severe abdominal discomfort characterized by pawing, rolling and sometimes the inability to defecate, and we all know horses poop a lot, a whole lot, 8 to 12 times a day, every day.

Witch fire survivors are ‘stronger and wiser’


Faith and angels have carried John and Janice Strizver through the challenges, heartaches and tears of losing their home and rebuilding their lives after the Witch fire six years ago this month. Some of those angels are still with them.

“We’re stronger and wiser and more faithful than ever,” said Janice, sitting at a table in their new home overlooking the Highland Valley Road area and the mountains beyond.

Back Country Quilters prepare for 14th annual Quilt Show


The Back Country Quilters invite everyone to the 14th Annual Quilt Show on Oct. 18 and 19, from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.

The show will be held at Mountain View Community Church, 1191 Meadowlark off Highway 78 and Ash Street. The hall will be decorated in an autumn theme, and there will be about 100 quilts displayed, all made locally.