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Volunteers, deputies join forces to take back Santa Maria Creek


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.

Ramona landscaper wins awards at Garden Masters show


For the sixth consecutive year, Ramona landscaper Scotty Ensign was invited to participate in the Garden Masters exposition at the San Diego Spring Home and Garden Show and, as in the past, he walked away with awards.

“I’ve won a different award every year,” said the owner of Scotty’s Plantscapes.

‘Superheroes’ train for new mission


They call themselves the Superheroes and they are on a mission to raise money for a “super cause.”

Twins Erika and Elysia Eifler and their best friend Shannon Yandall grew up in Ramona, attending kindergarten through high school here, and are training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Executive director considers his job a ‘grand opportunity’


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Dr. Robert Argyelan is executive director of the Ramona Chamber of Commerce. A chiropractor with a background in fine arts, Argyelan has a lengthy list of accomplishments in professional, community and cultural developments. Originally from New Jersey, “just a subway ride from Manhattan,” Argyelan was exposed early to the museums and the culture of New York City. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute and a Master of Arts from New Jersey City University where he taught in the Fine Arts Department for 10 years. He obtained a grant to create a Department of Cultural Affairs for Jersey City, where he served as deputy director for 15 years.

Where are they now? Filmmaking opens new world for Ramona High graduate


Passionate about storytelling and highlighting social issues through film, Laurel Gwizdak has embarked on a journey that has taken her from Ramona to urban centers and remote villages overseas, including one in Ukraine, and has ultimately landed her in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“I think I’ve found a home in providing these participatory filmmaking tools to young people,” the 2001 Ramona High School graduate said.

Couple seeks key to locksmith company’s lasting success


Something old will soon become new again on Main Street as a three-decade-old business opens under new ownership.

Longtime Ramona residents Rheynard Morgan and his wife, Mary, are the third owners of Ramona Locksmith Inc. since 1976. This Saturday, they will hold a grand opening celebration with free food and other giveaways at the business’ new 1,700-square-foot storefront on the backside of the Day Promenade Building at 850 Main St.

ChuckAlek to host St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold charity event Saturday


ChuckAlek Independent Brewers invites the community to St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold for Charity on Saturday, March 15, from 5 to 9 p.m.

The event will feature a live band — the Jive Bombers — and will benefit three Ramona charities: the Friends of Ramona Unified Schools (FORUS) school roofing project, the Neighborhood Tatas Susan G. Komen 3-day Walk team, and Ramona Pony Baseball.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church to host Ugandan Orphans Choir

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The Ugandan Orphans Choir, a ministry of Childcare Worldwide, will present a concert in Ramona on March 5.

Hosted by Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church, the 10 Ugandan children will present their songs and dances in the church, 1735 Main St., at 7 p.m.

All 10 children have been given hope through Childcare Worldwide’s Sponsorship Program and are spreading that hope to audiences across the United States, states an announcement of their performance in Ramona.

Where are they now? RHS grad travels the world, teaches yoga, delivers aid


She calls herself the “traveling yoginista” and among her many adventures was delivering aid to typhoon victims in the Philippines.

Desiree Crossman, a 2000 Ramona High School graduate, didn’t have to travel far to deliver the aid last November — it took about a 4 1/2-hour boat ride to take food and building supplies to the residents of the isolated village of DapDap on Ponson Island.