K.L. Osborne is a fifth generation Ramonan who returned home after living in several places in California, New Mexico, Texas and Missouri.
He was born on Christmas Eve in 1965 with club feet, which defined his young life. He wore a brace on his left foot to straighten it. His right foot required surgery. As a child, K.L. was told he would probably never be able to wear boots, making his dream of being a cowboy difficult.
Walking into Dennis and Ellen Sargent’s home during the holidays is like entering a Christmas shop.
It’s not just the Ramona couple’s showpiece Christmas village that consumes nearly half their living room. There are also four decorated Christmas trees, collectibles such as San Francisco music boxes, doorways bedecked with greenery, lights and shiny colorful ornaments, and shelves of seasonal figures of which many are mechanical. Additional Christmas village pieces are set up on ledges above doorways and on kitchen counters.
With his “Love Life” sign displayed above his head, cross country walker Steve Fugate heads into Ramona Thursday afternoon, having left Santa Ysabel in the morning. The Vero Beach, Fla., resident is heading to Coronado, where he plans to meet with a friend, and then he will head up to Sacramento and make his way back east. His goal is to walk in all lower 48 states on this seventh trek across the country. The 67-year-old has logged 34,000 miles so far on his trips, spreading his message to love life. Having experienced tragedy in his family, Fugate said, “I want to mend the broken heart while it’s still beating.” More about his story and trip is on his website, lovelifewalk.com.
Jae Marciano, Ramona Food and Clothes Closet manager, finds a good spot for another ornament on the Christmas tree near the front door of the nonprofit’s Thrift Store at 773 Main St.
The shelves are lined with Christmas decorations and gift ideas. Proceeds from sales at the thrift store benefit those in need in the community.
The Food and Clothes Closet is accepting cash donations as well as donations of canned food and unwrapped toys for its Share Your Holidays program.
Donations of clothing, furniture and household and miscellaneous items also are accepted at the thrift store.
For more information, call 760-789-4458.
The nation’s oldest pygmy hippo celebrated its 40th birthday at its home in Ramona on Nov. 22.
Hannah Shirley, the pygmy hippo, lives at The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center, an animal sanctuary on Highland Valley Road. She arrived at the center in 2002 after she was discovered living in the backyard of a private home in Escondido.
Friends surround Dante Cosentino, center wearing vest, in Unicorn Books and Gifts, where he held a book signing for his memoir, “Pride and Memory,” on Saturday. Cosentino, who retired as a Ramona High School teacher, tells his story of growing up as the son of a poor immigrant family and embarking on a quest for identity and a shot at the American Dream.
Ramona resident Michael Raher has been appointed general manager of the Ramona Sentinel. Phyllis Pfeiffer, vice president and general manager of U-T Community Press made the announcement on Monday. Raher replaces Rob Laverty, who left to pursue other interests.
“I am passionate about this town; I absolutely love Ramona,” Raher said. “I love the Ramona Sentinel and truly believe it is the best choice for any business wanting to advertise their products and services.”
Mary Galusha of Ramona signs copies of her adventure and romance novel, “Sapphire Skies,” at a book signing with bestselling author C.J. Lyons and other romance writers in Best Western Seven Seas in San Diego on Saturday.
Nov 25 2013 | Posted in Local Spotlight
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Celebrating the U.S. Marine Corps’ 238th birthday at Ramona Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3783 on Nov. 9, U.S. Marines Lt. Col. Bob Darron, retired, serves cake to retired 1st Sgt. Normand Brabant, at age 91 the oldest Marine present, who passed it to Gunnery Sgt. Joshua Davenport, the youngest Marine present.
Retired Ramona High teacher Dante Cosentino has lived the quintessential American experience, seeing and partaking in some of the most pivotal moments of the nation’s history and living through some of its most crucial periods.
His book, “Pride and Memory,” is a memoir that tells the true story of the son of a poor immigrant family growing up in one of the wealthiest towns in the United States and embarking on a quest for identity and a shot at the American Dream. He will sign copies of his book at Unicorn Books and Gifts, 738 Main St., on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m.
While driving across the United States with his 16-year-old son some years ago, Cosentino told his son stories of his life experiences. One was about participating in the Mar