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Miniature books reap big awards

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Eileen Cummings has displayed portions of her miniature book collection at the San Diego County Fair in past years but it was her assortment of teddy bear-themed books that won her Best of Show and Best of Division for Home and Hobby this year.

“This is like winning the gold medal at the Olympics,” the enthusiastic Ramona resident said. “I reached the ultimate goal.”

Where are they now? ‘Country girl’ defends rights and gives second chances

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Christina (Chrissy Kapelczak) Oleson works in a field that she finds rewarding but, she said, it does not attract a lot of women and is often viewed negatively.

“What I do is help people get a second chance,” she said of her profession as a criminal defense attorney.

The 1999 Ramona High School graduate said that at a young age she knew she wanted to be an attorney.

92065 pool team competes at BCA nationals

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A team of Ramona pool players competed at the BCA Pool League National Championships in July after qualifying to represent San Diego at the event.

“Ramona in general has the best pool players in San Diego,” said Henry Preciado, who served as captain of the team, dubbed “92065.”

Competing on the team with Preciado were Ramonans Chad Bennett, Bill Mellecker, Nick Iorio, Eric Whitford and Jess Libsack.

Local flier soars for Team USA

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At the recent World Gliding Championships in Finland, a Ramona resident was one of seven on Team USA.

To qualify for the team, Garret Willat won the 2013 U.S. Club Class Nationals in Mifflin, Penn.

“That got me enough points to make it on the team,” he said.

Former crane operator, cantor who helped establish Etz Chaim congregation turns 100 this fall

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Operating heavy equipment during the week and singing at a Jewish congregation on the weekends proved to be an unusually harmonious combination for Albert Wollner, who will turn 100 this fall.

“He worked outdoors for his job,” said his son, Shaun Wollner, 68. “But he’d come home every night and practice singing.”

Albert and his late wife, Marcia, moved to Ramona in 1976.

Life is full of surprises— at any age

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Estelle Reckling said she never had a surprise In her long life like she had last week.

And there are a lot of years in her life — 100, as of July 6.

To honor her 100th birthday and show appreciation for the many years she has been a propane customer, Pro-Flame of Ramona gathered its employees and surprised Reckling with a birthday party on July 8.

Ramona/Julian Academy dance students reap awards at Nationals

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Ramona/Julian Academy of Dance students brought home many awards from the Thunderstruck Nationals in Las Vegas July 7 through 10.

The dance competition was held at Green Valley Ranch in Henderson, Nev.

Those who received awards are:

Parade, fireworks on tap for July 4 in Ramona

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Independence Day in Ramona will start with a morning parade in San Diego Country Estates and end with evening fireworks in town. In between are free hot dogs and hamburgers at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3783.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. at the Casey Tibbs Western Center at Pappas Road and Avenel Lane and continue along Pappas Road to Ramona Oaks Park. While the parade is open to the public and features entries from throughout Ramona and the region, festivities in the park after the parade are open only to Estates residents and their guests.

St. Louis Cardinals draft former RHS baseball player

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After three stellar seasons on Concordia University’s baseball team in Portland, Ore., Blake Drake decided to forgo his senior season and turned pro.

The 2011 Ramona High graduate was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and assigned to their farm team in Johnson City, Tenn. Drake started playing baseball in Ramona at age 6 and signing with the Cardinals fulfills a lifelong ambition.

Ramona man wins Firefighters Destruction Derby at county fair

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Ramona resident Ehren Kahle won the Firefighters Destruction Derby at the San Diego County Fair on Saturday.

“It feels great,” said Kahle. “When you can raise money to send kids to camp, burn-injured children, and have a blast doing it, there’s nothing more rewarding than that.”

In 1995, the Cajon Speedway, the Burn Institute and local fire departments collaborated for an annual night that included fundraising and promotions for the Burn Institute, a pre-race parade of fire trucks, a U.S. flag raised from a fire engine ladder for the “Star-Spangled Banner,” and a Firefighters Destruction Derby.

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