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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.

Salerno Winery creates cultural experience

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Classical opera in Ramona?

Pair it with award-winning wines and a garden full of sculptures, and you’ve got Salerno Winery’s vision to become a cultural destination in the Ramona Valley.

“We want to showcase art and opera,” said Carol Fowler, who is working with the winery’s owners, Herman and Rose Salerno, and their new partner, Mexican businessman and art collector Jaime Chaljon. Fowler

Concert association opens season celebrating a double anniversary

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Ramona Concert Association will open its 2014-15 season Oct. 4 celebrating two anniversaries: Their 30th and concert headliner The Four Preps’ 60th.

Ramona Concert Association began in 1985 as a dream of Olive Peirce Middle School’s first principal, Charles R. Nunn. Nunn wanted to see the new school and its performing arts center used to present the finest in music to the students and residents of Ramona.

Prepare for triple-digit temperatures

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Inland daytime temperatures are projected to soar into the triple digits from mid-morning to late afternoon Friday through Sunday, forecasters said.
For its part, Cal Fire is bracing for the hot weather by assigning an additional air tanker to the Ramona Airport this weekend, according to public-affairs Capt. Kendal Bortisser. In the event of a wildfire, Cal Fire would have a total of three airtankers at the ready to help squash the flames.
National Weather Service attributes the forecast to high pressure over California mixes with offshore flow.
In other parts of the county, the hottest temperatures will occur from mid-morning to late afternoon Friday and Saturday in coastal areas, and from late morning through late afternoon Friday and Saturday in the mountains, according to the weather service.
The agency scheduled a heat advisory for the valleys from 11 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Sunday and for coastal and mountain areas from 11 a.m. Friday to 8 p.m. Saturday.
No advisory was issued for the deserts, though triple-digit heat is also expected there starting Friday.
“Heat can be stressful to animals and humans, making it hard for the body to acclimate and remain hydrated,” according to the weather service. “Without precautions, even healthy adults could experience heat stress and illness.”
The agency encouraged those spending time outside to reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours, if possible.
Relief from the heat wave is expected early next week but it will be a slow cooling, forecasters said.

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