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Bulldog boys win league cross country championship

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In Sherri Edwards’ first year as Ramona High School’s head cross country coach, the Bulldog boys secured the Valley League championship with a win at Guajome Park on Nov. 15.

“I’m not going to take all the credit. Steve Albanese did a great job with them,” Edwards said, referring to the boys’ coach from 2009-13 and the girls’ coach last year.

Mobile lab makes a splash at Ramona Elementary


Ramona Elementary fourth- and fifth-grade students learned about water issues and ways in which humans impact water resources when the Splash Science Mobile Lab, a 30-foot self-contained mobile laboratory, visited their school.

The mobile lab’s stop was partly funded by Ramona Municipal Water District.

Airport, naming parks among planners’ topics


John and Arvie Degenfelder were recognized for their 30 years of service to the community at the Ramona planning group’s Nov. 6 meeting, which also included informational topics of a cautionary nature.

Piva, chair of the planning group, made the presentation to the Degenfelders.

“In recognition of your 30 years,” he began to read from the framed certificate, but then stopped. “Now just think about that — 30 years. They have shaped this community to be what it is today, including this library where

Girls volleyball beats Coronado, advances to CIF semifinals


Ramona High School’s girls volleyball team advanced to CIF semifinals by beating Coronado today, Nov. 15.

The team plays next on Wednesday at home.

Teen’s horse rescue finds a home in Ramona


A young girl’s homeschool project and her affection for a horse named Zoey spurred her family to create a horse rescue and relocate to Ramona to accommodate its growing operation.

Annika Russell, 15, is the force behind the horse rescue that she named TheraPony after searching for names online. The name reflects a “spin off of therapy,” said Annika.

Ramona Food and Closet Foundation donates $5,000 to Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center

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Judy Beckett, executive director of Cornerstone Therapeutic Riding Center in Ramona, accepts a check for $5,000 from Jeff Funk, Ramona Food and Clothes Closet Foundation chairman, in the Food and Clothes Closet’s Thrift Store at 773 Main St. last Thursday. Also pictured are Mary Halliday, left, foundation secretary, and Vesna Curry, Ramona Food and Clothes Closet service manager. Beckett said the donation will go toward feed.

Voters reject Q, may unseat trustee

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“This is a devastating loss for the school district,” school board president Dawn Perfect said. “We really put everything we could, resource-wise, into the information component of Measure Q. We really tried to get the word out about the particulars, what it exactly entailed and why we needed it.”

Pregnancy care clinic marks milestone at banquet


Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic supporters gathered recently to celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary.

Model, actress and writer Jennifer O’Neill was the keynote speaker at the clinic’s 25th Anniversary Banquet, held at Mountain View Community Church, and talk radio host Mark Larson was the master of ceremonies.

Vacated board seat, legal services, rate and fee study among agenda topics for RMWD’s meeting on Wednesday


The Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors’ agenda for its meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12,includes discussion and possible action to fill the Division 3 seat recently vacated by Director Rex Schildhouse, and discussion on the San Vicente sewer rate and fee study.

The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. in the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane. RMWD meetings are normally scheduled the second Tuesday of the month, however, because Veterans Day fell on the second Tuesday the

Ramona football takes down Carlsbad; Bulldogs earn seed in CIF Open Division

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Damon Baldwin had a choice to make this week.

Many coaches, at all levels, are faced with how best to position their team for postseason play. Professional football teams will rest their starters in a late regular season game so that they are healthy for the playoffs.