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Gardening: Big harvests begin with small supply list

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As a 20-plus year veteran of Ramona gardening, Maggie Johnson knows what it takes to be successful in our climate. She grows a large variety of vegetables and herbs that she features in her exotic ethnic cuisine.

But no matter what type of food you enjoy, gardening can involve as much—or as little—investment in supplies as the gardener wishes. For the time and money involved, vegetable gardeners reap what they sow, enjoying the benefits of fresh taste and personal achievement.

Former foster child puts herself into her Girls State experience

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Ramona High School senior Tatiana Lloyd-Dotta represented Ramona at the 71st annual Girls State conference sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization.

Over 500 girls from around the state met at McKenna College in Claremont to participate in the auxiliary’s mission of “providing an outstanding, unique and coveted educational opportunity for the young women of California that instills the basic ideals and principles of American government.”

Local flier soars for Team USA

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At the recent World Gliding Championships in Finland, a Ramona resident was one of seven on Team USA.

To qualify for the team, Garret Willat won the 2013 U.S. Club Class Nationals in Mifflin, Penn.

“That got me enough points to make it on the team,” he said.

Former crane operator, cantor who helped establish Etz Chaim congregation turns 100 this fall

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Operating heavy equipment during the week and singing at a Jewish congregation on the weekends proved to be an unusually harmonious combination for Albert Wollner, who will turn 100 this fall.

“He worked outdoors for his job,” said his son, Shaun Wollner, 68. “But he’d come home every night and practice singing.”

Albert and his late wife, Marcia, moved to Ramona in 1976.

Trash truck hits tree branch, triggering Mussey Grade Road closure

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A trash truck collided with a large oak tree branch leaning over Mussey Grade Road this afternoon, causing the roadway to be covered with branches and limbs and impassable until the county can clear it.

The collision occurred around 2:30 p.m. just past Dos Picos Park Road.

JoBeth Lytle, road supervisor for the county’s Ramona road station, estimated the road won’t be cleared for traffic until about 6:30 p.m.

Bulldog Yoga

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“Stand like a proud warrior,” Emily Maehler instructed the Ramona High School football team.

And she wasn’t talking about a fighting stance or even a fierce mentality. She was leading the Bulldogs in a morning yoga class, an element new to this year’s summer football training.

“Yoga is great for strength, flexibility and injury prevention,” said head football coach and Athletic Director Damon Baldwin. “Many professional athletes, professional sports teams and college programs are incorporating yoga as a regular part

Car fire causes morning traffic back-up on SR-78

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Fire officials respond to a car fire on state Route 78 near Ramona Highlands Road Wednesday morning around 11:40. No one was reported injured but traffic was stopped in both directions until a tow truck could remove the vehicle.

Life is full of surprises— at any age

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Estelle Reckling said she never had a surprise In her long life like she had last week.

And there are a lot of years in her life — 100, as of July 6.

To honor her 100th birthday and show appreciation for the many years she has been a propane customer, Pro-Flame of Ramona gathered its employees and surprised Reckling with a birthday party on July 8.

Compromise opens door for resident ownership at Oak Tree Ranch

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A compromise between County of San Diego staff and the Caster family that owns Oak Tree Ranch will allow units to be converted to resident ownership.

San Diego County supervisors in May expressed support for converting 119 Oak Tree Ranch units off Black Canyon Road to resident ownership, but they were unwilling to override county counsel’s advice that approval of the proposal violates state law. Instead, they continued the hearing so Oak Tree representatives could provide a new map that covers only the 199 unit spaces and not the entire 255 spaces allowed in a 1965 zoning variance.

Ramona 4-H, FFA win big at San Diego County fair

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Ramona 4-H and Future Farmers of America members once again returned from San Diego County Fair with top awards. Among them are Kaylin vanTol, Christopher Wier, Brenna Alvarez, Jazmine Zwicker and Carney Flinn.

After two years of earning supreme reserve champion designation at the San Diego County Fair for a veal calf she raised, Kaylin vanTol settled for reserve champion dairy calf at the 2014 San Diego County Fair.

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