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Ramona Girl Scouts strive to make world a better place

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From sprucing up the Welcome to Ramona sign and collecting donations for foster youth to serving military troops and providing clean water across the globe, the nearly 300 Girl Scouts of Ramona and surrounding areas strive to make the world a better place.

To celebrate the achievements of local Girl Scouts, the Sunrise Valley Service Unit — which serves Ramona, Julian, Borrego Springs and Warner Springs — recently held its seventh annual Court of Awards ceremony in Ramona. Girl Scout Cadettes Sarah Dean and Makena Jackson served as emcees for the occasion, which began with a flag ceremony.

Authors Day at Ramona Library to feature a dozen local writers

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Friends of Ramona Library’s third annual Authors Day will feature 12 local authors whose works cover a wide range of subjects.
The event will be held in the library’s Community Room, 1275 Main St., on Saturday, Oct, 25, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m A forum on getting published will follow.
Attendance is free to the public.
The writers will be available to discuss and sign their books. They include featured speaker Laurel Corona, best-selling author of historical novels who will speak at noon.
Ken Woodward will unveil his new work titled “RUBABOO” about the life of Arthur Woodward. Arthur was Ken’s uncle and Guy B. Woodward’s brother. He was a Ramona High School graduate of 1917 who became a world-renowned scientist, anthropologist, historian and explorer.
Other authors include Mary Galusha, western novel; Steve McClure, science fiction; Judith Doxey, art and poetry; Dante Cosentino, memoir; Lynn Keller, earliest American book on morals; Chuck LeMenager, S.D. backcountry historical trilogy; Annette Williams, family memoir; Don Failla, communications book with multimillion copy sales; David Van Cleve, park ranger’s humorous memoir; Timothy Daniels, law enforcement action; and Penelope Fox, historical fiction. For those writers interested in getting their book to the public, there will be a forum on different ways and options for publishing, promotion and distribution. Panelists include Corona and her work with agents and publishing houses, Van Cleve on production and marketing with CreateSpace, and LeMenager about working with university publishing and self-publishing.
Beth Edwards will talk about book design and PDF service for self-publishers, and Daniels will discuss full-service production and marketing firms. The open-to-the-public forum will start at 2 p.m.

Crowds fill Station 80 grounds for Fire Department Open House

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For four hours on Saturday, guests of all ages packed onto and into Fire Station 80 for demonstrations, fire safety talks and materials, food, discussions with emergency preparedness workers and volunteers, and to sit inside fire trucks and other emergency vehicles. They also watched as emergency helicopters landed on the grounds of the fire stations, and then gathered around for a closer look.
Smokey Bear made an appearance, posing for photos, and Cal Fire rescue crews demonstrated how to extinguish various types of kitchen fires and how they remove a vehicle’s roof and doors to extricate accident victims.
Youngsters also had the opportunity to enter a coloring contest that promised a range of prizes. Among the numerous booths at the open house, members of Ramona High School’s Song Team sold baked goods and candy to raise money for their trip to competition in Florida in March.

‘Enchanted Autumn’ quilt show continues on Saturday

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Mary Alice Staggs, a member of the Back Country Quilters and a Ramona resident, looks at “Ladies of the Sea,” a quilt by Susan Axelrod at the Quilt Show Friday at Mountain View Community Church. The quilt show will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Mountain View Church, 1191 Meadowlark off state Route 78 and Ash Street. Admission is free. Tickets may be purchased for the Opportunity Quilt, “Enchanted Autumn” when entering the show.

Carnival, fire department open house, quilt show, play opening among upcoming events

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Coming Home Night Carnival, ‘Johnny Brooke: A Ghost Story’ opening, annual quilt show, Ramona Fire Department Open House and Ramona VFW’s Christmas in October dinner are among events in Ramona Thursday through Sunday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Five Questions: Barbara Wallace, sheriff’s crime prevention specialist

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Barbara Wallace is the crime prevention specialist assigned to the sheriff’s Ramona station.

In addition to Ramona, her territory includes Julian, Borrego Springs and Warner Springs.

She began her career as a crime prevention specialist in November 2001 at the Santee Patrol Station. Wallace was sent to Ramona in November 2009, assigned to Santee again a year later, and returned by request to Ramona in 2011.

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