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Health officials reports first cases of EV-D68 in county

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Three San Diego County children were among the first four cases of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) respiratory infection confirmed in California this year, California Department of Health and the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

Brush fire reported at Scripps Poway Parkway/Route 67

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Emergency crews are responding to a report of a brush fire in the vicinity of Scripps Poway Parkway and state Route 67.

Emergency crews respond to report of fire on East Old Julian Highway

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Wednesday, Sept. 17, Update, 3:45 p.m.—Firefighters have extinguished the brush fire, reports Karen Brainard with the Sentinel.

Wildfire warning system gauges severity of Santa Ana windstorms

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Wildfires that swept through San Diego County in 2007 spurred development of a web-based weather monitoring system that quantifies the risks of blazes during Santa Ana windstorms to equip first-responders and the public with information to prepare for an emergency, officials said today.

U.S. Forest Service rangers, along with representatives from San Diego Gas & Electric and UCLA, jointly developed the Santa Ana Wildfire Threat Index, which was unveiled during a briefing at the forest service’s Southern California Geographic Area Coordination Center in Riverside.

Music program makes for better grades and friends, middle school students tell younger students

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Elementary school students throughout Ramona are being encouraged to join band not only for the fun of it, but also to help improve their grades and expand their social circle.

Last week, students at Ramona Elementary School were treated to concert in which the encouragement came from Olive Peirce Middle School’s Community Outreach Ensemble. Also known as “Core,” the ensemble is comprised of about a dozen eighth-grade musicians who travel the area, playing their instruments and drumming up support for the program.

Director walks out of water board meeting in protest

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Upgrades to the San Vicente wastewater treatment plant and Fire Station 81, both of which serve San Diego Country Estates, were recommended by the three Ramona Municipal Water District directors who sat through the entire Sept. 9 meeting, as one director walked out early following an angry encounter with board president Darrell Beck.

It was the third or fourth meeting this year that Director Rex Schildhouse, who represents a portion of the Estates in his Division 3, walked out of a meeting after clashing with other directors. He told the Sentinel he did so in

Animal control officers rescue dogs left in cars during heat wave

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The searing temperatures are keeping San Diego County Animal Services busy rescuing dogs trapped in baking cars.

The department said so far this month, animal control officers have responded to 95 calls of dogs left alone in vehicles, 23 more than for the same time period last year. In cases where an animal’s life is in danger, officers will break windows to get the animals before they die from the heat.

Teenagers take on leadership roles at Ramona Library

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A group of high school students are not only earning community service hours for school as they volunteer at Ramona Library, but they are learning responsibilities as well.

“What we’re trying to do is prepare them for leadership roles,” Ramona Library Branch Manager Ellie Slade said of the Teen Action Council (TAC) program.

“These are life skills…we treat it like a job,” added librarian Charlotte King-Mills.

Beetle claims more oak trees in Ramona

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The goldspotted oak borer (GSOB) continues to claim the lives of oak trees in Ramona.

Latest casualties include two oak trees on the San Vicente Golf Course and a tree in the right-of-way on Archie Moore Road, south of Rancho De la Angel Road.

Ramona Community Planning Group voted Sept. 4 to recommend to the county that the tree on Archie Moore be cut down as it is now considered a safety hazard.

Business can be fun, Ramona Boys & Girls Club youth learn

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Youngsters participating in the Ramona Boys & Girls Club end-of-summer Our Town project combined creativity with entrepreneurial skills as they studied business and economics and then designed their own businesses around a theme.
Participants created three restaurants and chose the countries they wanted their restaurants to represent. After deciding which restaurant and country they preferred, they got busy researching the country’s cuisine online and selected menus. They also designed the restaurant’s entry banner and decor.
“Job interviews were conducted and each member had a different role within the restaurant,” said Simone McCune, supervisor of the Ramona Branch of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego. “Some worked in the kitchen preparing plates of food while others were waiters/waitresses, cashiers and cleaning crew.”
The youngsters each had a scheduled shift, and, when they weren’t working, they were free to spend “Club Bucks” at the restaurant of their choice, said McCune.
“All earnings were divided amongst the restaurant employees, and members had the opportunity to bid on items in a prize auction,” noted McCune. “The restaurant that generated the most revenue had more to spend.”
Community members also participated and graded the restaurants on food quality, customer service and atmosphere.
“Every year, members strive to make their restaurants better than the year before, and the youth and counselors alike enjoy the chance to be creative as well as to learn business skills,” said McCune.
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