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Harbour Farm: A boost for agritourism

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The driving force behind Dave Harbour’s agritourism business is one that most parents can relate to: He’s doing it for the kids.

“The whole idea was to help my special needs son, Shea,” said Harbour, who owns the continually-growing Harbour Farm on state Route 67 just east of Dye Road. He explained that 14-year-old Shea has autism and said statistics show that autistic adults often have menial jobs.

Ramona beats Mt. Carmel 49-13

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Ramona High School’s Bulldogs send a strong message in their first league football game beating Mt. Carmel 49-13 in home game tonight, Oct. 10.

Ramona man bitten by bat undergoes rabies shots

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It may be the season for spooky creatures, but live bats landing on humans is no playful matter as one Ramona resident discovered.

Joe Cullen, co-owner of Cactus Star Vineyard at Scaredy Cat Ranch, just finished the series of rabies shots he was required to undergo after being bitten by a bat in late August.

Motorists donate to firefighters’ MDA Boot Drive

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Firefighter Roberto Machado from Cal Fire Witch Creek Station 87 accepts a donation for the Muscular Dystrophy Association from a driver at the intersection of 10th and Main streets Friday morning. Ramona Fire Department and Cal Fire firefighters held their annual MDA Boot Drive on Friday.

Minor injuries reported in two-vehicle collision at San Vicente Road and Hanson Lane

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Thursday, Oct. 9, 1:30 p.m.—Emergency responders reported minor injuries in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of San Vicente Road and Hanson Lane around 1 p.m.

Ramona Fire Department/Cal Fire paramedics were transporting a couple in their 60s who were in a white Camry — one of the vehicles involve — to an area hospital, said Capt. Jose Ramirez.

The driver of the other vehicle, an SUV, is an employee of Ramona High School, said the school’s principal, Dr. Chris King.

Teen hopes to restore historic mode of transportation

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Ramona teenager Madison Kirkman has a chance to bring a piece of history back to the Ramona area for restoration, but to do so he needs to raise funds to transport it here — from Anchorage, Alaska.

The historical piece he wants to restore was a mode of transportation for people to reach Ramona from San Diego: the McKeen Motor Car “Cuyamaca” ran on the San Diego, Cuyamaca & Eastern Railroad from 1908 to around 1916.

Voters invited to ‘Meet the (school board) Candidates’ tonight

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Sun Valley County Parents Teachers Association will host a forum featuring Ramona Unified School District candidates tonight at 6:30 p.m.

The “Meet the Candidates” event will be in the Ramona High School Performing Arts Wing, 1401 Hanson Lane.

Kiwanis Club of Ramona honors Bill Groves with lifetime membership

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Kiwanis Club of Ramona honored one of its own with a Kiwanis International Lifetime Membership.
Bill Groves, a Kiwanis member for 44 years, received the honor during the club’s annual officer installation dinner in Ramona Valley Grill on Sept. 27.
The lifetime membership is in appreciation for Groves’ longtime outstanding service to the club and to the community of Ramona, the service club’s leadership reported.
Since joining the club in 1970, Groves has served as club president for two terms and also has been club secretary and North County Division 37 secretary.
In addition, he has chaired each of the club’s service committees at least one time.
Groves and his wife, Mona, have traveled all over the world to attend Kiwanis International Conventions. Jeff Funk, fellow Kiwanian and friend, presented Groves with the award.
In other business at the dinner, the club welcomed its 2014-15 board: president Jessica Hickman, president-elect Paul Tarr, secretary Walter Ainslie, treasurer Dee Chenowth, and directors Darrell Beck, Pat Bell, Jim Cooper, Heather McGhee, David Gaines and Richard Wade.
Kiwanis of Ramona holds breakfast meetings in Ramona Valley Grill on Saturday mornings at 7. Guest are welcome.
Anyone wishing more information about the club may call 760-522-2526.

School bus laws: A matter of children’s safety

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Just cruising across town can sometimes be stressful for even the most experienced drivers. Add 50 to 60 children to the mix, loaded in a 40-foot-long school bus, and it can take nerves of steel to chauffeur safely.

Some recent situations in Ramona have made it clear that sometimes drivers, while well meaning, often do not realize the rules of the road when it comes to sharing the streets with school buses.

Lynette Beard, transportation supervisor for the Ramona Unified School District, explained that bus drivers follow a clear protocol for school bus safety — Vehicle Code 22112.

House fire in 1500 block of Ashley Road

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Emergency crews are battling a house fire at 1540 Ashley Road that is sending plumes of smoke through the neighborhood and beyond.
According to neighbors the owner of the house died a couple months ago and it has been vacant.
Cause of the Saturday morning fire has not been determined as firefighters continue to fight the blaze.

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