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Ramona gardens, artists and more on annual tour, plant sale Saturday

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Artists at their craft, a garage filled with Jaguars, and an increased selection of garden art are among attractions added to this year’s annual Garden Tour and Plant Sale, hosted by the Ramona Garden Club. This year’s “Blooms, Boulders and Birds” event is set for April 26.

Four gardens will be showcased on the tour. The biggest garden covers 24 acres and is the personal growing grounds for a major nursery in Rancho Santa Fe. The mountain views as well as the number and variety of low water use plants, especially cactus and agaves, seem endless.

County selects Ramona man Dispatcher of the Year

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When San Diego County Sheriff’s Department hired Benny Hernandez to answer emergency calls in 1979, they did things differently.

All information was handwritten on a card, time-stamped and then placed in racks to be given to U.S. Navy radio chiefs who would then dispatch the calls to deputies in the field.

Now, sheriff’s dispatchers use a computer-aided system.

Tour brings World War II planes to Ramona Airport

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Residents will have a chance to see World War II aircraft up close at Ramona Airport April 23-25.

The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour will display and give tours of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” heavy bomber, a consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” heavy bomber, and a P-51 Mustang fighter from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

Two suspects arrested in connection with burglary at St. Mary’s

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Two Lakeside residents were arrested on suspicion of breaking into St. Mary’s In-the-Valley Episcopal Church on April 14, stealing safes, cash, checks, communion silver, sacramental wines and other church property, reported sheriff’s officials. Detectives from the sheriff’s Ramona substation followed up on multiple tips from Crime Stoppers and media outlets on possible suspects and focused [...]

Forest service to host open house at Cedar Creek Falls Trailhead Wednesday

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Cleveland National Forest representatives will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns from the public regarding the Cedar Creek Falls Trail and permit system at an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the beginning of the trail in San Diego Country Estates.

With the arrival of spring, forest officials are seeing a spike in people hiking the trail, said Joan Friedlander, district ranger for the Palomar Ranger District in the Cleveland National Forest. The number of permits

Water district to hold groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for pump station project

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Following its 2 p.m. meeting on Tuesday, April 22, the Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors will mark the construction start of the district’s Poway Pump Station Secondary Power Source Project with a groundbreaking ceremony.

The ceremony, open to the public, will be held at the district’s easement road just south of the Blue Sky Preserve public parking lot on Espola Road in Poway.

Easter egg hunts galore this weekend in Ramona

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Youngsters have their choice of Easter egg hunts this weekend, including the Ramona Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary event that will feature 4,500 eggs filled with candy and toys on Sunday afternoon.

An added treat will be the VFW’s second annual Easter Bonnet and men’s Baseball Cap Contest scheduled after the egg hunt. The contests are open to all ages and there is no charge

Fewer claims net insurance refund for water district

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A check for $239,791 was presented to the Ramona Municipal Water District by representatives of the Association of California Water Agencies Joint Powers Insurance Authority (ACWA/JPIA) as a refund on the district’s insurance premium.

“This is our biggest one,” Melody McDonald, ACWA/JPIA executive committee member, said of the amount on April 8. “It’s a pleasure when you invest in your staff.”

Honoring thousands of hours of service to Ramona

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After a lifetime of work, many seniors look forward to the relaxed lifestyle that retirement promises — but the men and women of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department Senior Volunteer Program in Ramona aren’t ready to settle down just yet.

Bill Hicks, the senior volunteer administrator at the sheriff’s Ramona station since 1998, spoke from experience when he said that this volunteer program is “just like a job,” and that these volunteers are “another set of eyes and ears for the Sheriff’s Department and Highway Patrol.”

Repairman suspected of home burglaries arrested in Ramona

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The sheriff’s department is investigating a North County repairman who was arrested in Ramona, suspected of burglarizing homes during jobs, and is asking anyone who hired him and may have been victimized to contact law enforcement.

Carlos Barajas, 31, of RB Remodeling, was taken into custody in Ramona on April 9 on suspicion of check fraud and burglary charges, according to reports.

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