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Frauleins are walking ads for Ramona Oktoberfest

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OKTOBERFEST FRAULEINS—Oktoberfest Frauleins greet guests at the Ramona Chamber of Commerce mixer on Friday evening. Oktoberfest, presented by the chamber, sill be at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, on Oct. 4 from 1 to 10 p.m. Helping to advertise the event are Frauleins, from left, Bonnie Maiden, BeeBee Wilson, Jackie Herbin, Rene Hensley and Sandra Tibbs.

Former franchisee thrives as independent business owner

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It’s been 15 years since Elmer Vires bought his Main Street business as Big O Tires. In January 2010, his lease with the franchise ran out and the business went independent, taking on the new name of Traction Tire & Service Center.

It’s a decision he’s never had to regret.

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.

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