Everyone from disadvantaged youth interested in attending college to chamber members wanting to “set the table” for community collaboration are among this year’s recipients of Ramona Community Foundation grants.
Nine nonprofits received checks ranging from $1,500 to $7,000 during the foundation’s third annual awards ceremony. The $29,200 awarded this year brings to $84,450 the total of foundation grants given since 2012.
Forty-two first-year cadets with Ramona High’s Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp took part in their first formal ceremony this month.
The cadets, considered recruits prior to the Oct. 7 ceremony, will learn discipline inside and outside of the classroom, Lt. Cmdr. Mike Ernst promised parents, who sat in the school’s stadium as their students stood shoulder-to-shoulder in military uniform on the track.
The driving force behind Dave Harbour’s agritourism business is one that most parents can relate to: He’s doing it for the kids.
“The whole idea was to help my special needs son, Shea,” said Harbour, who owns the continually-growing Harbour Farm on state Route 67 just east of Dye Road. He explained that 14-year-old Shea has autism and said statistics show that autistic adults often have menial jobs.
Ramona Fire Department responded to:
Sunday, Oct. 12
•Medical aid, 2200 block El Paso Street.
•Medical aid, 1600 block Griffith Road.
It may be the season for spooky creatures, but live bats landing on humans is no playful matter as one Ramona resident discovered.
Joe Cullen, co-owner of Cactus Star Vineyard at Scaredy Cat Ranch, just finished the series of rabies shots he was required to undergo after being bitten by a bat in late August.
Thursday, Oct. 9, 1:30 p.m.—Emergency responders reported minor injuries in a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of San Vicente Road and Hanson Lane around 1 p.m.
Ramona Fire Department/Cal Fire paramedics were transporting a couple in their 60s who were in a white Camry — one of the vehicles involve — to an area hospital, said Capt. Jose Ramirez.
The driver of the other vehicle, an SUV, is an employee of Ramona High School, said the school’s principal, Dr. Chris King.
RAMONA WOMAN’S CLUB 4TH ANNUAL WINE TASTING FUNDRAISER, 6 to 8 p.m., Pamo Valley Winery, 603 Main St. Tickets $25 each. Proceeds benefit the club’s Ellie Whitcomb Scholarship Fund.
OLDE RAMONA HOTEL GALLERY JURIED ART SHOW RECEPTION, 5 to 7 p.m., Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery, 845 Main St. Public welcome. Awards, refreshments. More: 760-789-3682.
Sun Valley County Parents Teachers Association will host a forum featuring Ramona Unified School District candidates tonight at 6:30 p.m.
The “Meet the Candidates” event will be in the Ramona High School Performing Arts Wing, 1401 Hanson Lane.
Just cruising across town can sometimes be stressful for even the most experienced drivers. Add 50 to 60 children to the mix, loaded in a 40-foot-long school bus, and it can take nerves of steel to chauffeur safely.
Some recent situations in Ramona have made it clear that sometimes drivers, while well meaning, often do not realize the rules of the road when it comes to sharing the streets with school buses.
Lynette Beard, transportation supervisor for the Ramona Unified School District, explained that bus drivers follow a clear protocol for school bus safety — Vehicle Code 22112.
Monday, Oct. 6—Authorities searched for a third day today for a 75-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s disease who went missing from the Pinezanita RV Park and Campgrounds in Julian.
Sally Estabrook was last seen around 4 p.m. Saturday at the 26.5-acre campground in the 4400 block of state Route 79, north of Harrison Park Road, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
She apparently walked off while her husband was showering, and he called the sheriff’s department to report her missing shortly before 5 p.m.
A sheriff’s department search and rescue team combed the area Saturday evening, and continued to do so on Sunday with no success.
Estabrook is white, 5 feet 4 and 145 pounds with shoulder-length blonde hair. She may be wearing a teal top and white knee-length pants. Sheriff’s officials said she is not very communicative but may respond to her name.
Anyone who spots Estabrook is asked to call 911 or the sheriff’s department at 858-565-5200.