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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.

H1N1 flu virus contributes to popular pastor’s death


Family and friends will gather at Mountain View Community Church this weekend to celebrate the life of Senior Pastor Charles Youngkin.

Known as Charlie, the vibrant 60-year-old’s sudden death Feb. 12 is being attributed, in part, to the H1N1 flu virus.

Couple’s love continues after seven decades


At just 17 years old, Irene Dresback embarked on a cross-country trip to marry her 19-year-old high school sweetheart, Ralph Kling, just before he was to be shipped overseas to fly a P-47 fighter plane.
That was 70 years ago, and their love has endured through the decades.

Olympic snowboarder with Ramona ties finishes 15th overall in halfpipe


Teenage snowboarder and former Ramonan Seamus O’Connor, who represented Ireland at the Winter Olympics in Russia, came close to making the finals in the men’s halfpipe on Feb. 11.

After qualifying for the semifinals, he posted a score of 54.00 in the first run, enough for fourth overall at that stage with the top six advancing to the final, but he couldn’t improve on his score in the second run and finished ninth out of 12 competitors, posted the Olympic Council of Ireland on its website.

Four Bulldogs make it official on National Intent Signing Day 2014


Four Ramona High School athletes signed national letters of intent for college on National Intent Signing Day 2014 today, Feb. 5. From left are Amber Davis, who will play softball for Stony Brook University in New York; Kailey Hill, who will play softball for University of San Diego; Travis Kerchner, who will play football for U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland; and Matt Lawler, who will attend U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

Ramona High senior sings national anthem at Dianne Jacob’s State of County address

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Ramona High School senior Brenna Brean sang the national anthem during the State of the County ceremony at the County Operations Center in San Diego.

“Amazing. It’s undescribable, and it’s such an honor to be here,” Brean said at the event on Jan. 29.