Those who missed the pie-eating contest at the country fair Sunday afternoon lost an opportunity to witness eight of their neighbors dive into lemon meringue pies — head first, no hands — with spirit, energy and anticipation of being the first to down “the whole thing.” Family, friends and onlookers gathered ‘round the contest table to cheer on the entrants, shoot video and take photos.
It was one of the highlights of a weekend of highlights presented by Ramona Chamber of Commerce assisted by a string of sponsors, volunteers and community boosters. While some have criticized what they call the unsavory element that sometimes shows up at a carnival once the sun sets, that wasn’t what we saw as we strolled through the carnival portion of the fair and saw children having fun under the watchful eyes of parents and other adults, and pre-teens and teens seemingly inconspicuous as they checked out who else was there.
Many Ramona young people look forward to the fair each summer. For teens, it’s a place to go to be seen, to connect with classmates they may not have seen since June, to have fun, to be kids. For families, it’s a place to enjoy family time, to create memories. For young children, it’s discovering cotton candy, carnival rides, trinkets and whatever else catches their eye.
We’re thankful Ramona still has a country fair. As long as the community refuses to surrender a good thing to a few trouble-seekers who may show up now and then, this family tradition will have a place here.
Aug 2 2013 | Posted in Editorial
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Detroit is the mattress bearing the stain left behind from the steamy amalgam which oozed during the incestuous drunken orgy with big business, labor and government.
Detroit, however, is not alone. Many cities in the U.S. are currently engaged in such orgies, though blinded by their own lustful addiction to bonds, taxes, regulations, and corporate cronyism taking place which will lead to predictably similar stains, smells and debts.
Can the Ramona Unified School District (RUSD) be saved? Are we destined for a state takeover of the RUSD? Can our children count on a comprehensive education in the years to come? Will we be forced to surrender local control of our school district or are we destined for a state takeover?
First off, I would like to give kudos to the team that put on the Junior Fair Barbecue & Pie Auction. The Steering Committee Kids were FABULOUS and the extra efforts made by the many volunteers who pulled together to make this year’s BBQ & Pie Auction an epic event. Thank you!
“Bubbles..Bubbles!” Toddlers, beauty queens, retired teachers, and others came to play and dance in streams of bubbles from our bubble machine. Many came to look at one of the hundred Vandalproof soap dispensers to be installed in student bathrooms throughout Ramon Unified School District.
Washing! Washing is one of the many duties performed by 4-H’ers to get ready for the fair.
Other responsibilities include clipping, feeding, cleaning out pens, exercising, practicing, showing, and loving.
We 4-H’ers work very hard and put a great deal of time and effort into our animals, even the ones we only have for a couple months.
Six Ramona moms raised the bar of parent participation in schools this year, and we’re delighted they’re staying in the public arena. Their unbiased Fact or Fiction presentation, their Facebook page, and their commitment to have at least one member at each school board meeting are welcome additions to the school district.
Jun 25 2013 | Posted in Editorial
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Citizens for a Rural Ramona are fighting the good fight I just finished reading the article about the solar farm in Ramona on Warnock. It was in The Reader and pictured the Myers in pig T-shirts with the title “You cannot pet a solar farm.” The folks at CFARR (Citizens for a Rural Ramona) have [...]
You won’t see us at half-time on the football field or advertising for music and dance concerts. The visual arts are the quiet arts. In addition to the responsibilities of teaching, an art teacher must creatively stretch supplies and keep them from growing legs and filtering out of the classroom.
We’ve just celebrated another great Memorial Day in Ramona. It began with the well-attended VFW-sponsored Memorial Day Program at the Nuevo cemetery where more than 500 flags marked graces of the veterans there.
The program was to honor all veterans and especially those who gave their lives so we could enjoy the freedom we