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Ramona Country Fair, junior fair—together again

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Ramona Country Fair chairman Bob Murray with co-chairs Sally Westbrook and Darrel Kinney promise the 44th annual event will be bigger and better than ever.

Together again, Ramona Country Fair and Ramona Junior Fair will be sharing events July 31 through Aug. 3. Events will be in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center and Ramona Junior Fair grounds off Aqua Lane.

Volunteers, deputies join forces to take back Santa Maria Creek

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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

Two Ramonans weigh in on county plan to boost agriculture

Two Ramona residents — Dave Harbour and Beth Edwards — weighed in at the county meeting where planning commissioners recommended moving ahead with a plan to promote more agriculture in the region.

The county proposes streamlining regulations for small agricultural operations in unincorporated areas such as Ramona. If approved by county supervisors, changes likely won’t take effect for two to three years.

Highway project clears major hurdle — money

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Caltrans announced Monday that it has secured funding to improve the intersection of state Route 67 and Highland Valley/Dye Road for better traffic flow.
The $10 million will come from two sources: $7 million from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program, and $3 million from the County of San Diego, according to Caltrans.
The improvements will include construction to widen the intersection and to add lanes, shoulders and new traffic signals. Officials expect to break ground in late 2015.
When the project is completed in late 2016, it will mean good news for the more than 22,000 motorists who use that portion of SR-67 on an average daily basis, said Caltrans District Director Laurie Berman.
“Finding the dollars for these much-needed projects is never easy,” she said. “However, having the preliminary engineering completed positioned us to jump-start the project when funding was made available. We look forward to continuing to partner with San Diego County to improve mobility.”
For information on Caltrans transportation projects, see www.dot.ca.gov/dist11.

Ramona Elementary students achieve language milestone

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In a new tradition at Ramona Elementary School, recently designated Fluent English students took center stage for a ceremony in the school library Friday morning.

The students came to Ramona Elementary as English language learners and are now proficient in English.

Planners recommend park money for school ball fields

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Ramona High School is one step closer to receiving funding for safety improvements at the school’s baseball and softball fields.

At its March meeting, Ramona Community Planning Group recommended that the county release $100,000 of Park Land Dedication Ordinance funds that RHS baseball coach Dean Welch, who served to champion the Baseball/Softball Fencing and Dugouts project, had requested.

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.

China Blue, Bella Mia stylists schedule cut-a-thon for late pastor’s family

Stylists from China Blue Salon and Day Spa and Bella Mia Salon, Spa & Boutique invite the community to “help make a difference with one haircut” on Sunday, March 30.

Free shampoos and haircuts will be given in China Blue Salon, 17135 Main St., from noon to 5 p.m. with donations to benefit the family of the late Pastor Charles Youngkin, who died last month.

Common Core State Standards: What are they?

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Education is a topic, much like medicine, law or politics, on which everyone has an opinion and experience at some level. It is a topic that is easily discussed whether a person is at his or her own dinner table or giving a political speech, often making it difficult to separate fact from opinion.

St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold raises $258 for school roofs

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A four-hour event featuring live music, corned beef sandwiches, peanuts, chips, beer and desserts boosted the coffers of three Ramona charities: Friends of Ramona Unified Schools (FORUS), Ramona Pony Baseball, and the Neighborhood CrossFit Tatas.
ChuckAlek Independent Brewers hosted the St. Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold for Charity on Saturday evening. Greeting guests entering the business at 2330 Main St., Suite C, were FORUS members with packaged peanuts and chips — and a donation jar. The donations will go toward the pending nonprofit’s efforts to plug leaks on the roofs of Ramona’s public schools.
With the approval of Ramona Unified School District’s maintenance supervisor, FORUS will pay for roof repairs that started after the recent rainstorm and continued this week. Jim Brown of Brown Roofing and Construction estimated the repairs at $7,000 to $10,000.
FORUS members set an initial goal of $20,000 for roof repairs. Donations so far are $10,151.84, the group’s treasurer, Carmen Bedia, reported Saturday evening. Of that, $225.84 went into the donation jar during the Pot of Gold event. Marta Jankawska, ChuckAlek co-owner, added $32.48 that came from the FORUS donation canister in her business.
As FORUS sought donations outside ChuckAlek, members of the Neighborhood CrossFit Tatas were inside, serving corned beef sandwiches, chips and desserts and accepting donations. CrossFit team members are scheduled to walk in the Komen 3-Day Nov. 21 to 23 and are raising money to benefit the Komen foundation’s breast cancer education and research effort.
In addition, Jankawska, ChuckAlek co-owner Grant Fraley and Lauren Guy will divide proceeds from Guy’s Birthday Keg among the three groups. Corned beef sandwich proceeds also will go to the three charities, said Jankawska.

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