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Friends of Ramona Unified Schools ‘kicks it up a notch’

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The failure of Proposition Q does not mean Ramona does not support schools or children, Greg Chick told a roomful of people at Ramona Elementary School’s Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser in the school’s multipurpose room Friday evening.

“It means Q is not for Ramona by popular vote,” said Chick, one of the founding members of Friends of Ramona Unified Schools (FORUS), a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit group of volunteers formed in early 2013 after Ramona Unified School District’s 2012 $66 million bond bid failed.

Ramona voters this month rejected the district’s $40 million bond bid, with 53.58 percent voting no and 46.42 percent voting yes, unofficial election results show. To pass, the measure needed 55 percent support of those voting.

Pregnancy care clinic marks milestone at banquet

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Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic supporters gathered recently to celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary.

Model, actress and writer Jennifer O’Neill was the keynote speaker at the clinic’s 25th Anniversary Banquet, held at Mountain View Community Church, and talk radio host Mark Larson was the master of ceremonies.

High school band earns first in Festival of Bands

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Saturday, Oct. 25, was a day of firsts for the Ramona High School Royal Alliance band. Not only did the day mark the group’s first competition of the 2014 season, but it was the first competition under the guidance of first year teacher Zachary Christy.

Continuing with the theme of “firsts,” the Royal Alliance took first place band in its division, and the parade band took first place overall receiving the highest score Ramona High has ever earned at the annual Mt. Carmel

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.

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