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Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Walk for Life to focus on awareness, prevention, resources

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The 6th Annual Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Walk for Life will take place at the Ramona High School football field on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

There is no registration fee to participate in the walk. It is a free event.

The community event is to raise awareness about suicide prevention and issues contributing to the mental health of youth. Proceeds from the event will provide programs in the Ramona Unified School District that address bullying, mental health issues, stress reduction and team building among students.

Chamber re-elects four incumbents, chooses one newcomer

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Amber Ramirez, right, Ramona Chamber of Commerce second vice president, introduces newly elected chamber directors during the “Take a Trip to Wonderland” mixer hosted by Ramona Disposal Friday evening.

From left are Sally Westbrook, TL&Associates real estate agent; Michael Raher, Ramona Sentinel general manager; Carol Fowler, Stage Presence Homes real estate agent; Charlotte Jensen, chamber president; Bob Murray, The Java Hut owner; and Ramirez.

Incumbents for the three-year terms starting in January are Westbrook, Fowler, Galloway and Murray. Raher is new to the chamber board.

Director’s No vote ends water board meeting

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Ramona Municipal Water District’s board meeting Oct. 14 abruptly ended after two minutes because a vote to adopt the agenda failed, 2-1, so no agenda items could be addressed.

After the vote in which director Rex Schildhouse was the lone dissenter, board president Darrell Beck said he could not conduct a meeting without an agenda and therefore had to close the meeting.

Only three of the five directors were at the meeting — Beck, Schildhouse and Joe Zenovic. Director George Foote was absent and Director Kit Kesinger has not attended a meeting in the past 1-1/2 years.

Three votes, a majority, were needed to adopt the agenda.

It wasn’t the first time Schildhouse did not approve adoption of the agenda. He voted no at the Sept. 9 meeting and abstained at the Aug. 12 meeting.

“I can’t get anything on the agenda, so I’m not going to approve it,” Schildhouse told the Sentinel. He has been at odds with the board since February over the requested format to place items on the agenda, as well as other complaints.

Schildhouse said he felt bad for members of the public who attended the meeting, but added, “I voted to my principles. It wasn’t to punish the board.”

Ramona trustees give initial nod to 28 bond oversight applicants

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Thanking the 28 people who applied to be on the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, Ramona Unified School District trustees gave conditional approval to them all.

Among other business at their meeting Oct. 21, trustees heard reports on student enrollment, Scholastic Aptitude Test results for 2013 graduates, and what Olive Peirce Middle School students are learning in their Project Lead the Way STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) course titled Design and Modeling.

Palomar Health board election attracts 14 candidates

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Fourteen candidates are running for four seats on the Palomar Health Board in the Nov. 4 election. The boundaries of the taxpayer-supported, public health district include Ramona, Julian and Inland Corridor communities, and Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and Pomerado Hospital in Poway.

Of the 14 candidates, 11 responded to a questionnaire by the deadline. One of the candidates, Dr. Marcelo R. Rivera, is a Ramona resident. Other candidates are: Dale Bardin, a businessman/technology specialist; Dara

Couple marks 25 years of kenneling kritters

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Vacationing at Kritter Kamp has been a treat for many a pooch over the past 25 years.

The boarding kennel off Old Julian Highway marks its 25th year in business this month. And during that time, not only have owners Jim and Kim Lasley seen their clients’ pets grow up, they have also seen clients’ children mature into adults who now bring their animals to the kennel.

Voters will select seven of 14 planning group candidates

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Voters will select seven of 14 candidates vying for a seat on the Ramona Community Planning Group in the Nov. 4 election. Each is for a four-year term. The 15-member elected group advises the county on planning and land use issues.

Monday is last day to register to vote in Nov.4 election

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Monday, Oct. 20, is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 general election.

If you’ve moved, changed your name or aren’t registered, you need to get your registration forms postmarked or turned in to the Registrar of Voters Office by the end of the day.

Crowds fill Station 80 grounds for Fire Department Open House

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For four hours on Saturday, guests of all ages packed onto and into Fire Station 80 for demonstrations, fire safety talks and materials, food, discussions with emergency preparedness workers and volunteers, and to sit inside fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. They also watched as emergency helicopters landed on the grounds of the fire stations, and then gathered around for a closer look.
Smokey Bear made an appearance, posing for photos, and Cal Fire rescue crews demonstrated how to extinguish various types of kitchen fires and how they remove a vehicle’s roof and doors to extricate accident victims.
Youngsters also had the opportunity to enter a coloring contest that promised a range of prizes. Among the numerous booths at the open house, members of Ramona High School’s Song Team sold baked goods and candy to raise money for their trip to competition in Florida in March.

Ramona wins 49-14 over Westview

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Ramona Bulldogs wins big in Homecoming game against Westview, 49-14.

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