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County selects Ramona man Dispatcher of the Year

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When San Diego County Sheriff’s Department hired Benny Hernandez to answer emergency calls in 1979, they did things differently.

All information was handwritten on a card, time-stamped and then placed in racks to be given to U.S. Navy radio chiefs who would then dispatch the calls to deputies in the field.

Now, sheriff’s dispatchers use a computer-aided system.

Tour brings World War II planes to Ramona Airport

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Residents will have a chance to see World War II aircraft up close at Ramona Airport April 23-25.

The Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour will display and give tours of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” heavy bomber, a consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” heavy bomber, and a P-51 Mustang fighter from 2 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.

Easter egg hunts galore this weekend in Ramona

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Youngsters have their choice of Easter egg hunts this weekend, including the Ramona Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary event that will feature 4,500 eggs filled with candy and toys on Sunday afternoon.

An added treat will be the VFW’s second annual Easter Bonnet and men’s Baseball Cap Contest scheduled after the egg hunt. The contests are open to all ages and there is no charge

Students find Ramona connection during East Coast trip

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Ramona eighth-graders continue to explore the nation’s capital and Arlington, most recently the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial, the Marine Corps War Memorial with the bronze sculpture of servicemen raising the U.S. flag during World War II’s Battle of Iwo Jima, the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and Smithsonian Institution.

2014 Miss Ramona title goes to Courtney Ford

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Courtney Ford, second from right, is crowned 2014 Miss Ramona while Elizabeth Bowersox, second from left, wins the title of Teen Miss Ramona during the Miss Ramona and Teen Miss Ramona Scholarship Pageant at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center Saturday Night. The First Princess Teen title goes to Shannon Huff, left, and First Princess Miss to Chersten Sandvik, right.

32 teams to participate in 2014 24-hour Ramona Relay for Life

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Representatives of 32 teams will line up for the Opening Ceremony of American Cancer Society’s 2014 Relay for Life of Ramona at 8 a.m. Saturday.

The 24-hour event, which raises money for cancer research and education, will be held at Wilson Stadium, 720 Ninth St. All are welcome.

Who will wear the crown?

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Sixteen girls will be competing in the annual Miss and Teen Miss Ramona Pageant that will take place at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center on April 12.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The pageant begins at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at the gate.

Vying for the title of Miss Ramona are four contestants: Brenna Brean, Courtney Ford, Andrea Proctor and Chersten Sandvik.

Ramona’s first homeless count triggers Plastic Egg and Plastic Food Drive

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Ramona’s first Plastic Egg and Plastic Food Drive is taking place through Easter Sunday to benefit the homeless in the community.

The volunteers who counted the homeless during the 2014 “We All Count” effort in January found 21 visibly homeless persons living outdoors in Ramona — one appeared to be a teenager — and they know there are more.

Volunteers, deputies join forces to take back Santa Maria Creek

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Volunteers and sheriff’s deputies are among those joining forces to clean up the Santa Maria Creek bed.

Crissy Tobiason, who is heading up the volunteer effort, has created a tentative schedule to begin phase 1 of the creek bed cleanup — from Seventh to 10th streets — in late September, after nesting and raptor seasons end.San

Ramona Relay’s Honorary Survivor of Hope walks for others

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Ramona resident and cancer survivor Darlene Scott is American Cancer Society Ramona Relay for Life’s 2014 Honorary Survivor of Hope.

Scott, who moved to Ramona with her husband Mark and their children in 2000, was diagnosed with breast cancer when her youngest child was 3 months old. This year that child will be 18 years old. Each birthday celebration of his is also a celebration of another year of survival for her. Her family now includes grandchildren.

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