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Winegrape harvest under way in Ramona Valley AVA

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The 2014 winegrape harvest is under way throughout Ramona and should continue into late September, reports the Ramona Valley Winery Association (RVWA).

“This is the earliest harvest in Ramona Valley’s young history,” said RVWA President Victor Edwards, of Edwards Vineyard & Cellars, who farms on the east side of the AVA (American Viticultural Area). “Drought conditions are continuing, but wine grapes are a very low water-use crop. The much-needed March rains came at the right time for many varietals, but those in early bloom suffered losses in crop set as a result of the timing, or from the unusual Santa Ana winds during spring. The earlier harvest dates should help us get our crops in prior to fall rains.”

Technology, math and writing at forefront of Ramona’s new school year

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Monday, Aug. 25, is the first day of school for the students of Ramona Unified School District, and if the start of a fresh year isn’t exciting enough, district sites are implementing a variety of new learning opportunities with technology, math and writing at the forefront.

The increased ability to integrate technology across the curriculum has all sites buzzing with plans. In support of the district goal to upgrade technology capabilities and opportunities at all sites, mobile Chromebook labs containing 30 student Chromebooks were purchased for all schools. This has Ramona Elementary Principal Daniel Paquette “well on the way to providing every student with a Chromebook that will allow learners to research, read and write about all core material through the use of technology.”

Ramona Kiwanians make special delivery to elementary school

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Kiwanis Club of Ramona delivers classroom supplies to Ramona Elementary School the Friday before school starts. From left are Michele Beus, transitional kindergarten/kindergarten teacher Michele Beus, Kiwanis member Mary Halliday, fourth-grade teacher Amanda Szyjka and Ramona Elementary secretary Susana Abarca.

Firefighters extinguish blaze in fifth wheel

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Friday, Aug. 22—Ramona Fire Department/Cal Fire firefighters extinguished a blaze in a travel trailer in the 1300 block of Ash Street about 11 a.m. this morning.

According to homeowner Victor Smith, he was in his house when two females knocked on his door, saying they were driving by and saw a fire in back of his lot. They had already called the fire department, he said.

“I have no idea who they were,” he said.

Suspect faces attempted murder charge after shooting reported in Ramona

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A 26-year-old man suspected of opening fire on a man and his two children as they ran for cover in Ramona was arrested early today, authorities said.

The victim told sheriff’s investigators that the suspect, later identified as Brandon Quiroz, had pointed a handgun at him and his children and fired six shots in the 200 block of Third Street near Main Street shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday, sheriff’s Sgt. Brent Strahm said.

Ramona chamber’s Last Wednesday series continues with goal-setting expert

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Ramona Chamber of Commerce’s Last Wednesday Workshop education series continues on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 a.m. in the Ramona Library Community Room with a lecture by well-known business coach Cindi Britton. Dr. Britton, who has an Ed.D in education and is a former head administrator from the Cajon Valley school system, will lead a [...]

County poised to start San Vicente Road project

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To provide information to residents and address concerns about the San Vicente Road Improvement Project that is set to begin Sept. 15, a community outreach meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Charles Nunn Performing Arts Center at Olive Peirce Middle School 1521 Hanson Lane.

The public forum, to be facilitated by the Ramona Community Planning Group (RCPG), will include county staff and representatives from the Ramona Fire Department, Ramona Unified School District, Ramona Municipal Water District, San

Marine with Ramona ties suffers severe injuries in IED explosion

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U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Brandon Dodson is in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recovering from severe injuries he suffered this month in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Afghanistan.

On Aug. 9, Dodson was on a combat foot patrol as an infantry squad leader with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in Helmand Province when an IED detonated, taking off his legs, fracturing his pelvis and causing other injuries including a broken tailbone and broken right hand, former Marine Dave Smith reports in his “Task & Purpose: Unsung Hero” tribute online at taskandpurpose.com/unsung-heroes-tribute-one-toughest-marines-ive-ever-served-wounded-fallen.

Tractor Supply’s first customer is a 3-year-old

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Three-year-old Dawson Schuler of Ramona became Tractor Supply Company’s first customer, with assistance from his great-aunt, Carole Wylie, who had some pull as she was the architect who designed the store’s building at Main and Hunter streets.
Wylie, also of Ramona and a former chair of the Ramona Design Review Board, knew how much Dawson loves tractors and was aware that Tractor Supply Company carries toys.

Albertsons celebrates remodel with samples, activities, donations

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Albertsons celebrated the completion of its two-month remodeling project with a grand re-opening that included a ribbon cutting, free samples, in-store activities and donations.

Brian Swartwood, store director, presented $1,000 donations to the Ramona Food and Clothes Closet, Ramona Senior Center, and Ramona High School for its band and cheer programs. Ramona High Principal Christopher King suggested the donation be split between cheer and band, Swartwood said. Both high school groups entertained in front of the store with music and cheers.

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