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Marine with Ramona ties suffers severe injuries in IED explosion

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U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Brandon Dodson is in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recovering from severe injuries he suffered this month in an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Afghanistan.

On Aug. 9, Dodson was on a combat foot patrol as an infantry squad leader with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines in Helmand Province when an IED detonated, taking off his legs, fracturing his pelvis and causing other injuries including a broken tailbone and broken right hand, former Marine Dave Smith reports in his “Task & Purpose: Unsung Hero” tribute online at taskandpurpose.com/unsung-heroes-tribute-one-toughest-marines-ive-ever-served-wounded-fallen.

Tractor Supply’s first customer is a 3-year-old

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Three-year-old Dawson Schuler of Ramona became Tractor Supply Company’s first customer, with assistance from his great-aunt, Carole Wylie, who had some pull as she was the architect who designed the store’s building at Main and Hunter streets.
Wylie, also of Ramona and a former chair of the Ramona Design Review Board, knew how much Dawson loves tractors and was aware that Tractor Supply Company carries toys.

Sheriff’s Reports

Sunday, Aug. 17

•Female, 21, arrested, 200 block Main Street, receive known stolen property, possess unlawful paraphernalia, felony bench warrant and misdemeanor bench warrant.

•Petty theft of $8.69 worth of goods, Stars gas station, 1900 block Main Street.

Planners critical of architecture for church expansion

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Presented with preliminary plans for Mountain View Community Church’s building expansion, Ramona Community Planning Group members responded by suggesting the architecture blend with the character of the community.

To do that, planners recommended the proponents take a look at the Ramona Village Center Plan of form based codes that was adopted into the county zoning ordinance by the county supervisors on July 30 and provides architectural designs reflective of Ramona’s rural character.

Desert crash sends adult, infant to hospitals

An adult and an infant were flown by medical helicopters to a hospital today as a one-vehicle crash closed state Route 78 in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

The crash was on Route 78 about a mile west of Borrego Springs Road, and it was first reported about 11:45 a.m. today, according to a CHP dispatcher.

Complex receives Crime Free Multi-Housing certification

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Lt. Hank Turner, left, from the sheriff’s Ramona station presents Oscar Correa, manager of Montecito Village Apartments at 1464 Montecito Road, with signage and certificate declaring Montecito Village Apartments a Crime Free Multi-Housing complex. Turner made the presentation during a safety social in the complex’s community room. Montecito Village Apartments is the 11th property in Ramona to be certified in the program.

Backcountry Quilters call for entries in Enchanted Autumn Quilt Show

Members of Back Country Quilters are gearing up for the Enchanted Autumn Quilt Show, their 15th show.
Everyone wanting to enter a handmade quilt at the show is invited to get a registration form at Crazy 9 Patch, 2260 Main St. The quilts may be antique or modern and should be created by them or family or friends.
Registrations will be accepted through Sept. 13. Quilts are to be dropped off at Crazy 9 Patch between Sept. 29 and Oct. 4. If dropoff cannot be done between those dates, contact Candy Mittag at 858-361-8905 or cndymmjwc@cox.net to make other arrangements.
The quilt show will be on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
All quilts shown at the show are photographed and included on the annual DVD sold at the quilt show.

Third-generation Ramonan stages Health & Wellness Expo Saturday

Third-generation Ramonan Marcie Laws will stage a Health and Wellness Expo featuring everything from organic and natural foods to face painting and firefighters at Ramona Town Hall on Saturday, Aug. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Laws, owner/operator of Mirabella Care, is a senior care provider and personal assistant.
“Through my work, I am interested in providing organic and natural foods and products to my clients and child, as well as other services that promote overall health and wellness,” she said.
The expo will showcase vendors that provide health and wellness goods and services such as organic foods, natural and green cleaning products, fitness experts, weight loss solutions, medicine alternatives, natural pet products, medical professionals and gluten-free products.
A guest speaker will discuss healthy eating choices and how it affects overall wellness, CrossFit Brand X will provide demonstrations, Dr. Richard Turpin’s Chiropractic Clinic will offer free spinal evaluations, and Ramona Fire Department will provide information about fire prevention during the drought and how to clear vegetation from property and yards to make them less of a fire hazard. The department also will have a fire truck at the expo, said Laws.
Face painting for the children also is planned.
Admission is $1.
The first 300 people attending will receive a goodie bag with coupons from local businesses as well as treats and samples.
“What’s exciting for me is that I was born and raised here, and some of the participating vendors are people I literally went to elementary school with,” noted Laws. “Now we all have young kids and aging parents, and are interested in making sure they have healthy choices available right here in Ramona. As a senior care provider, I also think these vendors and topics are very important as we age. I also love the opportunity to support and promote small local business and remind people to shop Ramona.”
Town Hall is at 729 Main St.

Whooping cough cases surpass last year, say county health officials

The number of pertussis cases in San Diego County so far this year has surpassed the record set in 2010, the county Health and Human Services Agency announced.

The agency has tallied 1,183 confirmed diagnoses of the disease, also known as whooping cough, in 2014. The 2010 total was 1,179, according to the health agency.

Ramona Skateboard Champions to outline plans Tuesday

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Less than a month after one skateboard park group dropped its efforts, another stepped up as torchbearer and will hold an information meeting for the public on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

The meeting will be in Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St., from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The town’s new skatepark proponents are the Ramona Skatepark Champions. They met with members of the Friends of the Lakeside Skatepark last Monday and held an executive meeting last Tuesday to discuss what they had learned and to focus their efforts, said Dwight Webster, the group’s media spokesperson.

“Who we are, what we know so far and what we plan to do” will be among discussion topics at the public meeting, said Webster. They will provide some history of previous skatepark efforts in town and outline what they want to do now and in the future.

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