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2014 Boston Marathon, a time for closure and healing

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Dr. Steven “Steve” Tally and his wife Kris witnessed the tragedy that was the 2013 Boston Marathon and returned this year, hoping for some closure and healing.

“Of all the races I’ve run — well over 100 triathlons and over 25 to 30 marathons, this is the most inspiring and memorable race of my life,” said Steve, who participated as a runner.

Steve and Kris are athletes who find Ramona’s San Diego Country Estates the perfect place to live, enjoy nature and train for the marathons and triathlons that they enjoy. Last April, the Sentinel told their story about

Main Street Parade entries due Monday

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Time is running out to sign up for Ramona’s Main Street Parade. The deadline for applications is Monday, May 5, at 5 p.m.

Everyone’s welcome: nonprofits, businesses, equestrians, bands, the military, public safety vehicles and organizations, dance troupes, political candidates and groups, families, individuals, youth groups — everyone.

Tollers to demonstrate dog agility when San Vicente Valley Club meets

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At their next luncheon meeting, San Vicente Valley Club members will learn about dog agility, a sport in which the handler directs the dog through an obstacle course in a race for time and accuracy.

The meeting on Wednesday, April 30, is open to the public.

Ramona resident Donna Murdoch will bring her Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Blaze and Koty, who compete in dog agility, a fast-growing sport that demonstrates a dog’s willingness to work with handlers in a variety of situations. Blaze and her younger brother Koty will demonstrate the sport and Murdoch will show a video of recent competitions.

Ramona High Class of 1964 reminisces at 50th reunion


The first weekend in April held some special memories for a group of former — as well as a few current — Ramona residents. The Ramona High School Class of 1964 held its 50th reunion in the Rotunda in San Diego Country Estates.

There were 83 graduates. Of the 62 surviving graduates, 43 attended the events with their spouses and guests. The attendees traveled from throughout California as well as from Idaho, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, New York, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington. Eight graduates still live in Ramona.

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


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


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


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


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.