As the winter solstice approaches, the nights grow longer and daylight hours decrease.
It has been common for many of the world’s peoples to illuminate the darkness by the lighting of candles. This practice is observed by many of the world’s religions and has been so for many millennia.
An estimated 500 people participated in the 5th Annual Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Walk for Life at the Ramona High School field on Saturday.
They walked the track, wore memory beads and bracelets, learned Zumba moves, had their faces painted, posted messages and/or photos on the Memory Wall, decorated memory tea light bags, won prizes, listened to music, visited the food booth, and talked with and received information from counselors and others manning the resource tables.
“It was a great crowd, said Sun Valley Council PTA President Kristina Krohne, event chair. “It just grows every year.”
Approximately $1,000 in donations came from students, parents, school employees and community members at the walk, and the food booth raised about $300. Add to that the $1,700 donated before the walk — $800 from Dr. Jane Tanaka, $800 from Palomar Health and $100 from Fitness Xpress — and a total of $3,000 will go to anti-bullying, Challenge Day and other programs at Ramona High, Montecito High, Olive Peirce Middle School and the elementary schools.
Decisions about specific programs will be made after walk organizers discuss options with school counselors, said Krohne.
More information about the walk is on the Ramona Suicide Prevention Walk for Life Facebook page and on the Ramona Unified School District Facebook page.
On a typical Wednesday night in Molly Malone’s sports bar, the mood among a group of patrons is friendly but focused.
Most would not be in a bar on a mid-week night except for one reason, said Bill Mellecker of Ramona, and that is to play pool.
With the formation of a Billiards Congress of America Pool League (BCAPL) in Ramona, playing pool competitively is growing.
Ramona Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the annual awards the chamber will present at its awards dinner in January.
Awards will be presented in the following categories: Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Non-Profit Organization of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award.
Inspiring, educational, emotional, enlightening and patriotic are adjectives that describe what occurred as the Ramona High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps held its sixth annual Salute to Veterans at the school on Saturday.
About half of the 66 cadets present participated in the ceremonies as speakers, honor guards and demonstrators. Master of ceremonies was Cadet Maggie Mellecker, a 4.08 grade-point average student who wants to attend University of California Santa Barbara and pursue a doctorate in psychology.
After serving Ramona with dental care for 31 years, Dr. Steven Shevinsky, D.D.S., is retiring and looking forward to traveling with his wife, Lynne.
Shevinsky, a Ramona resident since 1982, started as an assistant with Dr. Walt Drexl, D.M.D, when he moved to the community. In 1989, he bought Drexl’s practice at 1530 Main St.
Next week Trevor Jackson, a Ramona High School senior, will be competing on the U.S. team in the 2013 World Trampoline and Tumbling Age Group Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria.
The 17-year-old was one of four gymnasts selected by USA Gymnastics to serve on the men’s U.S. team, ages 17 and 18. He will be competing in tumbling.
The spirit of Ramona pioneer Ida May Kearney lives on, says Markay Holly Schroeder, who met her great-grandmother only once — 42 years after she died.
“I’ll never forget it. It was so powerful,” Schroeder said, still in awe of the moment.
A 5-year-old Ramona girl who was accidentally run over by a minivan her mother drove Oct. 17, was remembered by a crowd that gathered for a candlelight vigil Sunday evening.
The vigil for Bella Noble was held at Harbour Farm & Vineyard on State Route 67, not far from the scene of the accident. Bella and her family had visited the pumpkin farm the weekend before the accident.
Bella, her mother and siblings were at a friend’s house at 3306 Carnation Avenue last Thursday when, about 5:20 p.m., Bella ran behind her mother’s 2000 Chevrolet Astro van in an attempt to open a gate as her mother was backing up, according to authorities.
The girl’s father, William Noble, told reporters that night that his wife was backing up and unaware that Bella and their other children were on the van’s bumper, and that Bella had jumped off.
“The mother lost sight of her daughter and felt a bump at the rear of her vehicle and realized she may have struck her child,” said California Highway Patrol in a statement. “Not realizing she had run over her daughter, she pulled forward and struck her child a second time.”
Paramedics flew Bella to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, where she died a short time later.
On a website set up for Bella, www.bellabenefit.com, Noble is quoted as saying, “Just hug your kids. Love them. Make time for them. Do everything they ask you, even if you have to dress up funny, because you never know when they’re not going to be here anymore.”
Harbour Farm and Vineyard Owner Dave Harbour said he will honor Bella’s life by creating a garden at the farm in her name, Bella’s Garden, with trees and flowers that the family can choose. A savings account has been set up for the family to accept donations for funeral and other expenses. More information on donating is at www.bellabenefit.com.
Tracy Potter of Ramona studies the colorful squares of vegetables and fruits in a quilt called “Something Delicious,” made by Jean Scofield, at the 14th Annual Quilt Show at Mountain View Community Church, off Highway 78 and Ash Street. Presented by Ramona Back Country Quilters, the show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.