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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


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


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.

Project Lifesaver program gets boost

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Spearheaded by the Kiwanis Club of Ramona, the Project Lifesaver program received a major boost to pay for upgraded equipment.

Ramona’s Project Lifesaver missing person’s locator system is the only one of its kind in the county. The late Gordon Zick, longtime Ramona Kiwanian and pharmacist, worked with the sheriff’s department to start the program in 2006, and Ramona Kiwanis, with support from the community, finances the program with the cooperation of the sheriff’s station in Ramona.

Frauleins are walking ads for Ramona Oktoberfest

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OKTOBERFEST FRAULEINS—Oktoberfest Frauleins greet guests at the Ramona Chamber of Commerce mixer on Friday evening. Oktoberfest, presented by the chamber, sill be at the Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Lane, on Oct. 4 from 1 to 10 p.m. Helping to advertise the event are Frauleins, from left, Bonnie Maiden, BeeBee Wilson, Jackie Herbin, Rene Hensley and Sandra Tibbs.

Teenagers take on leadership roles at Ramona Library


A group of high school students are not only earning community service hours for school as they volunteer at Ramona Library, but they are learning responsibilities as well.

“What we’re trying to do is prepare them for leadership roles,” Ramona Library Branch Manager Ellie Slade said of the Teen Action Council (TAC) program.

“These are life skills…we treat it like a job,” added librarian Charlotte King-Mills.

Ramona High cancels tennis matches due to heat

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Heat advisory remains in effect until 7 p.m. Tuesday

Ramona prepares for another day triple-digit heat, as temperatures near 100 before noon. Yesterday’s high was 102 degrees, and the Saturday’s high was 100 at Ramona Airport, although residents reported temperatures of 103 and even higher in San Diego Country Estates.

Rickey Rae Thomas graduates from 40th Annual San Diego Law Enforcement Explorer Academy


Ramona resident Rickey Rae Thomas completed the highest phase of the San Diego Law Enforcement Explorer Academy for the second time, and received her certificate of completion in August at a ceremony in Mandeville Auditorium in La Jolla.

She was among 241 Explorers from two dozen California and Washington state law enforcement agencies participating in the weeklong, live-in academy held on the University of California, San Diego campus. The training, which is divided into three phases, prepares Explorers to work alongside sheriff’s deputies and police officers.

The program’s first phase, which Thomas completed several years ago, is the equivalent of a basic police academy. In this phase topics include the administration of justice, criminal law, officer safety, traffic enforcement, juvenile procedures, physical c

Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic to start childbirth preparation series Sunday

Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic’s free four-session childbirth preparation series will begin Sunday, Sept. 7, and continue from 2 to 4 p.m. each Sunday through Sept. 28.
The class is designed to prepare a mother-to-be for the birth experience. Some of the topics covered will be choices available, nutrition during pregnancy, medical intervention, and different drugs and medications offered in the hospital. Natural pain relief, how to make a birth plan and what to do in case of an emergency also will be discussed as will breast feeding and information about the newborn.
Attendance at all four classes is encouraged. For more information or to register, call 760-789-7059. Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic is at 1530 Main St., Suite 6.

Kia treats couple to all-expense paid trip to Seoul, South Korea


A Ramona couple will soon be traveling on an all-expense paid trip to Seoul, South Korea, courtesy of Kia Motors.

Don and Nancy Failla were chosen by Kia as one of six couples to tour its headquarters in Seoul.

“Don and I are excited,” said an exuberant Nancy.

To send them off with fanfare, Team Kia in El Cajon is hosting a catered bon voyage party for them on Sept. 4.

The Faillas will fly on Sept. 13 from San Diego to Los Angeles, where they will stay overnight at a hotel and meet the other couples selected for the trip.