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Ramona author participates in book signing event

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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.

Marine Tradition


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.

Dante Cosentino to launch ‘Pride and Memory’ at book signing Saturday

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

Ramona VFW honors firefighter/paramedic


Ramona Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3783 Commander Doug Scholl presents a certificate of appreciation to Fire Apparatus Engineer/Paramedic Shawn Warcup of Cal Fire/Ramona Fire Department. The VFW honored Warcup for his actions on June 26, 2013, during a structure fire with an explosion on Ashley Road. Lifetime VFW member Carroll Harris suffered burns as a result of the fire that evening. Warcup acted quickly in treating and preparing Mr. Harris for air transport to the burn center. Although Mr. Harris eventually died of his injuries, the Ramona VFW Post recognized what it called Warcup’s undaunted efforts by donating $300 to the San Diego Burn Institute in honor of Mr. Harris.

Why eight days?


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.

Walk for Life attracts 500, raises $3,000


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.

Billiard players cue up for Wednesday nights


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.

Who will be the next Ramona Citizen of the Year?

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.

Cadets’ Salute to Veterans at Ramona High brings tears to many

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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.

Steve Shevinsky retires from dentistry after 31 years in Ramona


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.