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Ramona Rodeo Celebrating 36 Years of Tradition By Tiffany Pressler ~ the journal

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rab your boots and cowboy hat and head on over to the Ramona Rodeo, May 19 through 22, for some good old-fashioned fun for all ages. “This year’s theme is America the Beautiful,” says Rodeo Production Coordinator Kayla Duba, the 2005 former Miss Rodeo California who now resides in Aledo, Tex.

Ramona Rodeo Production Coordinator Kayla Duba. Photo Courtesy of Kayla Duba

“In that role, I work with local businesses to meet the sponsorship needs of the event and then strategically provide those supporting businesses optimal exposure in order to promote their brand.” She says a lot of planning and preparation goes into where each banner is placed in the arena, the timing of each flag being run and much more. The sponsors are a very integral part of the entire event. Ramona Rodeo kicks off with a slack rodeo performance on Thursday, May 19, at 8 p.m., in the Fred Grand Arena, 421 Aqua Ln. This event will feature the overflow of contestants, and everyone is invited to watch free of charge. Friday, May 20, and Saturday, May 21, the rodeo gates open at 6:30 p.m., and the performance starts at 8 p.m. The

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Saturday morning begins with the America the Beautiful Rodeo Parade at 10 a.m. Parade road closures will begin at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 22, is Kids Day, with rodeo gates opening at 2:30 p.m. and the performance beginning at 4 p.m. The first 200 kids through the gates with a paid adult will receive a free gift. The junior barrel race will be one of the highlights of this performance. Mutton bustin’ will be held during the Friday and Sunday performances. This is where the youngsters hold on tight and ride sheep. For information on signing up little cowboys or cowgirls for the event, visit www.ramonarodeo.com, where you may find out about the age and weight requirements and fill out an application. Also visit the website for ticket prices, as they vary. Several things to look forward to at the rodeo

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include announcer Andy Stewart, who is a six-time-nominated top-five PRCA Announcer of the Year and Voice of Cheyenne Frontier Days; rodeo clown entertainer Mark Swingler, who is a three-time-nominated PRCA Clown of the Year and nine-time-nominated top-five Coors barrelman; and last but not least, stock contractor Honeycutt Rodeo Inc. “The rodeo is the largest event in Ramona that brings our community together,” says Duba. “The rodeo is a longtime tradition in this community and very important to my family. I do

not think it is any secret that those of us who are involved in this industry are not afraid to openly celebrate the colors of this great country we live in. In doing so, we will always recognize the many who have and will continue to sacrifice for the freedoms we are so fortunate to have in this great nation. “No matter what is going on in the world, you can be sure to find a rodeo happening in small towns and big cities, while the sound of the National Anthem pays respect for all that we have.” n

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Gold Ribbon Schools Announced

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he California Department of Education will honor local Gold Ribbon School Award recipients at a ceremony next week. Ramona Unified School District Superintendent Robert Graeff made a district-wide announcement April 19, congratulating Hanson Elementary School, James Dukes Elementary School and Ramona Elementary School on being selected. “This spring, only elementary schools across the state were eligible for the award,” Graeff said. “Of the 6,000 eligible schools, just over 750 are being recognized — and three are from Ramona Unified. Last year, both Olive Peirce Middle School and Mountain Valley Academy’s high school program were recognized in the first year of this new awards program. Hats off to principals Chris Gunnett, Joy Harris and Melissa Cobian for the leadership they provide to their respective school communities.” The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of

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“This is a practice we instituted three years ago to boost student thinking and achievement,” he said. “My teachers have done a remarkable job of educating our students to show many different ways to explain their mathematical understanding, logic and processes. Simply getting a correct answer is only a small piece to truly understanding math practices.

the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems. Schools applied for the award based on a model program their schools have adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies.

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Now, our students write to explain themselves in the math they immerse themselves in every day. “We have been able to boost our academic scores and deepen their conceptual knowledge in math. As the principal, I’m very proud to be leading such a professional

Principal Chris Gunnett of Hanson Elementary School said he is extremely proud of the school’s teachers, staff and students in receiving the California Gold Ribbon Award, and pointed to the school’s Writing in Mathematics program as one reason for the honor.

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Principal Joy Harris of James Dukes Elementary commended her school for its strong tradition of academic excellence and explained that character education is important for student success. “With the advancements in the new standards, we believe that our students need to be character-filled collaborators and academic scholars,” she said. “So we developed a schoolwide character education program that teaches students to be promising civic leaders by purposefully employing and teaching the knowledge, skills and dispositions of character identified within the new standards. “Our program is the clearest form of collaboration, with hundreds of

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tables, as no one wants to rush Mom out the door. Plan accordingly for a potentially long wait time. • Don’t arrive famished. No one wants the dining party to be hungry and cranky, which is not a good way to celebrate Mom. Have plenty of snacks and drinks on hand for young children, as well as activities to keep them entertained.

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relaxing at home on her special day. • Take-out is an option. Families can treat Mom to a dinner out, without really having to go out. Many restaurants offer takeout or curbside service, so whether Mom is in the mood for a burger or something more elaborate, she’ll have an option. • Expect an included gratuity. Restaurants often include a gratuity in the bill when servicing larger parties, such as those that might be celebrating Mother’s Day. The standard gratuity rate is 18 percent, but you may want to go above and beyond if you feel the service is exemplary. • Hire a sitter for young kids. Although Mother’s Day is a chance for the entire family to spend time together, the main goal is to ensure Mom’s comfort and happiness. If very young children are in tow, she may not be able to relax and enjoy her meal. Infants will need to be fed, and toddlers may be easily distracted. Have a sitter watch little ones when adults are dining out, and then Mom can enjoy time with the kids when she returns home for more celebrating. n

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In 1854, Joseph Swycaffer and Sam Warnock, who had recently been discharged from the Army in San Diego, agreed to take on a military contract to operate the twiceweekly mail delivery between San Diego and Yuma. During those first mail runs through the vast, unpopulated region, one man rode west, while the other rode east, sometimes meeting along the lonely trail. Most sources indicate that Swycaffer and Warnock used the Army Road, riding south through Mexico. However, one account claims the men, perhaps stirred by the free spirit of youth and adventure, ranged north to Poway and into San Pasqual, connected to the trace used by General Kearny in 1846, then into the Santa Maria Valley (the Ramona area), east to Ballena, and then onto the desert trail to Yuma. Another story says that Swycaffer was familiar with the region, as he had passed through the Ballena Valley in 1851, while enlisted in the Army on the trail of renegade Indians. Because of his knowledge of the beautiful valley, he and Warnock eventually settled there after they completed their agreement to carry the mail from 1854 to 1857. According to Hero Eugene Rensch in his publication “Lassator’s in Green Valley,” Joseph Swycaffer testified in 1870 that during the time he carried the mail, “He always traveled this route,” referring to a trail through Oriflamme Canyon.

The Jackass Mail In 1857, the government entered into a contract with James E. Birch to establish a twice-monthly mail and stage from San Antonio, Tex., to San Diego. The first mail

Before long, the first stages were in operation, destined for the Vallecitos station, where passengers and mail were transferred onto mules that carried their cargo 18 miles through difficult canyons to Lassator’s Ranch in Green Valley in the mountains to the west. From Lassator’s, the passengers and mail were transferred onto horse-drawn coaches for the remainder of the 45-mile journey to San Diego. Later, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors appropriated funds to have Lassator improve the hay road he used to haul hay from his Green Valley ranch down Oriflamme Canyon to the Vallecitos Stage Station. After this road was made suitable for coaches, the transcontinental stage and mail line began operating without the mule shuttle. This trail was washed out during the great flood of 1916. Another reason why the Jackass Mail is well known may be due to an intense rivalry between Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego that led to the disparaging name. It seemed that the northern sister cities were angered over a Birch mail contract being let in the south and were applying pressure to have Congress divert funds to their causes. An editorial appeared in the Sacramento Union and the San Francisco Call on Dec. 18, 1859, that said, “In regards to the San Diego Jackass overland mail route, we hope Congress will not hesitate to lop off this useless mail and apply the funds to the Central Overland Route.” Regardless of how the Jackass Mail was named, the moniker stuck, even though it was the Missouri mule, not the jackass, that carried the mail. MAY 5, 2016


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school’s efforts to provide instruction that meets the individual needs of students. She applauded the school’s daily support system called “Team Time, where students work in small groups to tackle challenging texts and build critical literacy skills. “Team Time provides a valuable opportunity each day to tailor instruction to focus on the unique language development needs of each of our students,” she said. “Students reap the benefits of this structure, experiencing accelerated academic growth and more personalized academic attention from teachers and staff. “Teachers have regular times throughout the school year to meet with their grade-level team to focus on developing instructional groups and creating tasks that assist students in meeting the rigor of the classroom environment. As a school and as grade-level teams, we analyze data gathered from a variety of assessments to help form — and adjust, when necessary — our instructional plans for Team Time.” State Superintendent of Public Education Tom Torlakson said, “These schools shine as bright beacons for others, putting forth an exemMAy 5, 2016

meat, coffee, bread and beans for an extra fee. Many of the old-timers who rode this trail on perilous journeys told about the exciting passage that helped open up the Southwest for settlement. The story of most interest to those who hail from San Diego County was about the trail from Fort Yuma across vast sand hills to relay stations at Carriso and Vallecitos, and

through Box Canyon to San Felipe, Warner, Oak Grove and Temecula. The low desert section was quite possibly the most difficult and desolate part of the route. While the main Butterfield line was only in operation for 2 ½ years and did not go directly into San Diego, several mail shuttle stage routes picked up the Butterfield mail in Los Angeles and carried it to San Diego. One mail route from San Diego came up Murray Canyon to Poway, then to Oak Springs, San Pasqual Valley, Santa Maria Valley and points east. When the Civil War broke out in 1861 and Texas seceded from the Union, mail delivery was disrupted, as the Butterfield line was terminated by the Postal Service.

However in 1862, John Capron began operating a stage on the old Army Road. After the Civil War ended, at least four stage lines were competing for passengers and mail, with the mail contract finally being let to Capron. But in 1872, a Capron stage lost the mail in the flooded Tijuana River. After the incident was reported and the Postmaster General discovered that mail routes were entering foreign soil, the mail contract was canceled. Once again, San Diego was without mail service. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors took action by establishing an easterly route that followed the Birch route, traveling through Pine Valley to Mountain Springs and Yuma. n

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Behind the Wheel By Johnny McDonald

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n old NASCAR axiom is, “The easiest way to make a small fortune in racing is to start with a big one.”

Costs can mount to nearly $400,000 a week — and that makes even the wealthiest car owners wince. Salaries, equipment and travel aren’t cheap, especially when NASCAR takes its act on the road. The days of loading a car on a trailer and pulling it with a pickup to the track are over. So are the days of loading up a van with the crew and reusing old car parts. The two biggest ingredients that rack up the dollars are engines and drivers. An engine costs about $100,000, and you’ll need more than one. Smaller teams may be forced to use the same engine for two or three races in a row.

The smaller teams generally pay 50 percent of their winnings to their drivers. Elite teams use a formula of salary and commission. Some of the higher-profile drivers make about $185,000 a week. In addition to the driver’s salary, average weekly payroll is $83,500. That includes the mechanics, pit crew, public relations team, truck driver and engineers. Tires and travel are next, at $32,000 a week. Teams don’t get a break on the cost of hotel rooms. In fact, they pay a premium because hotels generally double and triple their rates during race week. Each team needs about 10 rooms. A set of racing tires costs about $2,000. Many teams own airplanes to shuttle crewmen to the track, but the cost of fuel, pilots and insurance amounts

to about $500 a person. Brakes and rotors add $20,000 to the bill — $40,000 for the road courses — while insurance, sanctioning fees and meal money are another $18,500 combined.

EPA To Modify Wording The Environmental Protection Agency plans to remove wording from a proposed bill that led many in the racing industry to think the EPA was trying to ban streetto-racecar conversions. The wording was inside a 629-page proposal that the EPA released last June meant to cut carbon emissions in medium- and heavyduty trucks. In February, the Specialty Equipment Market Association began petitioning to have the wording removed. The EPA received numerous public comments against the proposed rule.

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Ford Sticks With 100 Ford Motor Company has no immediate plans to chase General Motors, Nissan and Tesla in the electric car range race. Kevin Layden, Ford’s director of electrification programs and engineering, said the 100mile range coming this fall in the 2017 Focus Electric — up from the 2016 model’s 76 miles — is enough distance to cover the daily commute of most drivers. n Johnny McDonald’s book “San Diego Motorsports 100 Racing Years — A Johnny McDonald Collection” is back in print, published by Williams Savage Books and available on Amazon.com.

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Community Connections Tell us what your group is doing! Send your club or organization’s upcoming meetings and events (up to 30 words). Annette Williams Phone: 760-788-8148 Email: News@RamonaJournal.com SCHEDULED AND ONGOING EVENTS Ramona Chamber of Commerce Mixer third Thurs. from 6-8 pm. 760-789-1311 Ramona Chamber Last Wednesday Workshop at 8 am in Ramona Library Community Room, 1275 Main St., the last Wed. of the month. 760-789-1311 2Create Gallery open Sat. and Sun. 11-6 at 438 Main St. Exhibits of artwork by local San Diego County artists. www.2creategallery.com Dos Picos County Park at 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd. Hikes, camping, science and nature walks and free Sat. events. 760-789-2220 Fun Riders Bike Club & Road Club meets Wed. and Fri. www.ramonafunriders.com Guy B. Woodward Museum tours Thurs. and Fri. 1-3; Sat. and Sun. 1-4; and by appointment at 645 Main St. 760-789-7644 Ramona Library activities and enrichment programs Mon.-Sat. at 1275 Main St. Library Book Store open 10-4 Mon.-Sat., with sales the third Sat. 760-788-5270 Ramona Ramblers Senior Travel Club first Mon. 1 pm at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Ln. 760-789-0440 Ramona VFW Post 3783 Fri. and Sat. dinners and Sun. breakfast at 2247 Kelly Ave. 760-789-7888 San Diego Outback 4x4 Club second Wed. 7 pm upstairs at 310 Ninth St. 760-789-8294 Palomar Health free and low-cost health education classes and screenings. 800628-2880 www.palomarhealth.org/classes SERVICE CLUBS Ramona Rotary Club Tues. at noon at Ramona Senior Center, 434 Aqua Ln. Bob Murray, 619-316-4456

Kiwanis Club of Ramona Sat. 7 am at Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. Pat Bell, 760-533-4884 Soroptimist International of Ramona business meetings second Tues. at Hatfield Creek Winery, 1625 Hwy. 78, and program meetings and potluck fourth Tues. at members’ homes. 858-722-6810 BUSINESS NETWORKING Business Network Exchange (BNE Ramona) Thurs. buffet breakfast 7 am at Nuevo Grill, 1413 Main St. No meeting on 3rd Thurs. www.bneramona.com Ramona Valley Vineyard Association fourth Tues. 6:30 pm at area locations. Elaine Lyttleton, 760-787-1102 RREA (Ramona Real Estate Association) third Wed. 4 pm & last Tues. 8:30 am. www.rrea.org SUPPORT GROUPS Alzheimer’s Support Group third Wed. from 10-11:30 am at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Ln. Elaine Bailey, 760-787-0172 Capability Ranch Special Needs Activities Wed. and Sat. 2-4 pm at 18030 Highland Valley Rd. 760-443-6861 www.capability ranch.org Depression and Anxiety Support Group Sun. 10 am. Location 760-497-4046 Free Dinner & Bible Study Mon. 6 pm, Open Door Ministry, Grange Hall, 215 7th St. 760-788-4716 GriefShare Meetings Mon. 6:15-8 pm at Mountain View Community Church, 1191 Meadowlark Wy. Ends May 16. 760-789-4798 Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meeting information, Van Reeder, 760-789-9129

Parent Advocates Seeking Solutions parents and caregivers of children ages 15 and older with developmental disabilities, third Thurs. 7 pm except June, July, Aug. and Dec. St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 16275 Pomerado Rd., Poway. 858-748-2594 www.powaypass.com Pregnant & New Mother Support Group first and third Thurs. 6:30 pm at Ramona Pregnancy Care Clinic, 1530 Main St., Ste. 6. 760-789-7059 Taking off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Thurs., Grace Community Church, 1234 Barger Pl. 760-789-0238 www.tops.org ORGANIZATIONS AWANA Club Wed. 6:30-8:30 pm Sept.-May at two Ramona churches to meet the spiritual needs of children age 4 through grade 12. 760-315-2323 www.ramonaawana.org Boy Scouts of America Cub and Boy Scout units. Russ Christensen, 760-788-8180 russcinramona@gmail.com Boys & Girls Club Ramona Branch sports, social and educational activities for Ramona youth at Collier Park, 622 E St. Snack program weekdays 4:30 pm. 760-789-8203 www.sdyouth.org Heart and Hooves Therapy Mon., Tues. and Thurs. sessions. www.heartsandhooves therapy.org 619-633-5105 Out of the Box Players local plays and theater events at BBS Playhouse, 321 12th St. 760-789-0856 www.outofthebox players. blogspot.com Ramona ACBL Bridge Club Tues. 2-4 free beginner lessons; Tues 3-4:30 mentor game; Wed. 9:30-1 open game; Thurs. 6-9 open game; Fri. 9:30-1 open game; Fri. 3-5 youth bridge, at 1721 Main St., Ste. 101. 760-789-1132 Ramona Back Country Quilters third Wed. 6:30 pm at Ramona Terrace Estates, 1212 H St., and Tues. 9 am at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Ln. Ramona Bar Association Free Legal Clinic first Sat. 10-noon, Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. 760-789-9314 Ramona Community Planning Group first Thur. 7 pm at Ramona Library, 1275 Main St.

Ramona Community Singers Tues. 7 pm at Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. 760-788-1887 Ramona Design Review Board last Thurs. 7:30 pm, Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Ln. 760-788-4308 Ramona Grange third Sat. 10:30 am, 215 7th St. dlfriedli@cox.net Ramona Municipal Water District Board second Tues. 2 pm, 434 Aqua Ln. Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Club (ROARS) www.roars.net Ramona Santana Riders first Wed. 7 pm every other month (Feb., April, June, Aug., Oct., Dec.) at International Equestrian Center Rotunda, 16911 Gunn Stage Rd. Open shows and gymkhanas. www.ramonasantanariders. com Ramona Skatepark Champions third Mon. 6:30 pm in Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. www.ramonaskatepark.org Ramona Stars 4-H second Wed. 7 pm in home economics building, 431 Aqua Ln. Robin Evans-Becker, 760-702-1424 ramonastars@gmail.com Ramona Trails Association first Wed. 7 pm except Sept. and Dec. Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Ln. 760-443-0809 Ramona Unified School District Board Meeting at 720 Ninth St. Meeting dates and time at www.ramonausd.net Ramona Vicente Pony Club Sat. at International Equestrian Center, 16911 Gunn Stage Rd. 619-517-5993 www.ramonavicente. ponyclub.org San Vicente Saddle Club second Wed. 7:30 pm International Equestrian Center, 16911 Gunn Stage Rd. 760-788-7533 www.sanvicentesaddleclub.com Santa Maria Lodge 580 second Mon. 6:30 pm dinner is open to public; 7:30 Stated Meeting. Masonic Center, 1175 Main St. www.santamaria580.org n

Library News First Fridays Series for Adults Launches May 6 Ramona Community Library will launch a new programming series for adults on the first Friday of each month, beginning May 6. The First Fridays series will invite local authors, educators, historians and experts to offer lectures and presentations from 1 to 3 p.m. in the library community room at 1275 Main St. The first presentation will be The Reel Story Behind the Classic Movies. Film historian Mark Carlson will talk about the fact that some of the most popular film classics from MAy 5, 2016

Hollywood are based on history or biographies. On June 3, experienced traveler Amanda Schaffer will present Traveling Light and Easy. She will share how to pack lightly for a more enjoyable trip and will offer tips on coordinating gear for any kind of adventure, whether

it’s exploring ancient trails or touring modern cities. On July 1, Bruno Leone will discuss the topic, Are Humans Unique? Leone will attempt to answer the question by examining the physical and cultural evolution of mankind. Programs are sponsored by Friends of the Ramona Library and are offered through San Diego OASIS, an organization devoted to improving the lives of residents age 50 and above through educational programs. Call the library at 760788-5270. n

County Library Director Aponte Retires The Friends of the Library for the San Diego County Library hosted a farewell reception May 4 to mark the retirement of San Diego County Library Director Jose Aponte. Aponte joined the County Library system in March 2005. During his 11 years of service, the San Diego County Library was named the 2012 Library of the Year. In addition, the system added 11 new libraries and has several more under construction. Aponte’s philosophy is, “Libraries transform

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communities and create public value: they are the catalyst that brings disparate groups together to build social capital, both virtually and in bricks-and-mortar institutions.” n Ramona Home JournaL 13


Pastor’s Corner By Rev. Andy Schreiber

The Lord’s Prayer, Part IV ‘Thy Kingdom Come’

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n this series about the Lord’s Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13), we come to the second request found in the prayer: “Thy kingdom come” (v. 10). Much like the previous request,“Hallowed be Thy name,” (v. 9), this might not sound much like a request, but that is precisely what it is. Another way of putting it would be to say,“Let your kingdom come.” But what exactly does it mean? As brief as this request may be — only three words in English — it is not all that easy to understand. Theologians have often distinguished between the kingdom of grace, and the kingdom of glory. These are not two separate kingdoms, but are two aspects of one and the same kingdom of the Lord

Jesus Christ. The Puritan writer Thomas Watson notes in his book “The Lord’s Prayer” that, “They differ not in nature, but in degree only.” In other words, the kingdom of grace is the present-day expression of the rule of Christ, while the kingdom of glory is the future, final and complete expression, or manifestation, of that very same rule. So when we pray for the Lord’s kingdom to come this side of glory — that is, before the return of Christ — we pray for things such as the salvation of the lost; that sinners would be brought to repentance from sin and to faith in the Savior; that the Lord’s rightful reign would be more and more acknowledged by all; that his good

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and righteous commandments would be affirmed, upheld and obeyed in all spheres of human life; and for the good news of the gospel to spread to the ends of the earth. And when we pray for the coming of the kingdom of glory itself, we are echoing the words of Rev. 22:20: “Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (KJV). To pray for that is to pray for the Lord himself to return in glory, to judge the living and the dead, and to rule in glory with his redeemed people forever in heaven.

In that great day, the words of Rev. 21:3-4 will finally become a reality: “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.’” (ESV) When you see it put this

way, who wouldn’t want to pray, “Thy kingdom come!” May the Lord be pleased to teach us how to pray, and may he advance and hasten his kingdom in answer to the prayers of his people! n Rev. Andy Schreiber is pastor of Ramona Valley Presbyterian Church. He may be reached at 760-787-1570 or andy@ ramonasvalleypca.com. Visit www.ramonavalleypca.com. Opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the publisher.

Republican Women Plan Meeting in Julian

Intermountain Republican Women Federated will meet May 23, at 11 a.m., at Wynola Pizza & Bistro, 4355 Highway 78 in Julian. Guest speaker will be Tony Teora, a Julian resident who is running to represent the California State Assembly 71st District.

The group’s scholarship winners will also be present to read their essays. Members, spouses and guests from Ramona, Julian, Santa Ysabel and surrounding areas are welcome. RSVP by May 16 to 760-703-9963 or email sandylandrid@hughes.net. n

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Former Presidential Hopeful Rolls out the Red Carpet to Honor Scholars

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“We have a great group of students at MVA,” said Principal Kathryn Gunderson. “It was hard to choose just one, but we really feel Hannah is an exceptional student. “One of the things that set her apart is her level of community service. Not only does she have the grades and super attitude, but she has a tremendous amount of community involvement.” Overseen by the Ramona Unified School District, MVA offers an independent study program for grades K through 12. Gunderson said, “From a day-to-day perspective, we offer kids a more flexible schedule. Many of our high school students take community college courses, and we have agreements in place with CIF and NCAA regarding student eligibility. In fact, many of our students are involved in competitive team sports and other demanding activities.” She said the school has a solid partnership with Palomar College and is proud to be recertified as a California Distinguished School, as well as named a Gold Ribbon and Silver Medal High School. “Enrollment is ongoing, and

we personally interview each student prior to admittance,” she said, telling that the school has supportive services to ensure student success. While Gill is setting an example for others, she’s also influencing her little sister, Leah, to make a difference. “Leah is training a puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind,” said Stacey. She will train the dog for 18 months before handing him over to the nonprofit organization, where he will be matched with a visually impaired person. As a hurdle jumper for Ramona High School, Hannah Gill has had to overcome many hurdles in her own life. She was born premature, weighting only 2.2 pounds. Not only are her parents impressed with how well she’s navigated through her life thus far, they are excited to see what her future holds. Grateful for the accolades, Hannah said, “I know it’s a lot of responsibility, but I wouldn’t change a thing. Regardless of the red-carpet recognition, I’m lucky to do the things I love, and hope I can encourage others along the way.” n

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School Board to Continue Search for New Superintendent

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t’s back to the drawing board in Ramona Unified School District Board of Education’s search for a new superintendent. Current Superintendent Robert Graeff will be retiring June 30. Board President Kim Lasley announced that the board could not finalize an agreement with the leading candidate for the position. More than 30 information packets were requested from potential applicants, and 19 were completed and returned. The position was advertised statewide earlier this year. “It was our hope to introduce the final candidate tonight,” Lasley said at the April 21 board meeting.

“We were not able to reach an agreement with the candidate.” The trustees returned to closed session following the board meeting to make plans on how to proceed in their search. In other business, Graeff congratulated three local elementary schools that were selected by the state as Gold Ribbon Schools. Hanson Elementary, James Dukes and Ramona Elementary schools were among 29 selected in San Diego County. Assistant Superintendent Theresa Grace updated the board on the district’s progress toward developing the Local Control Accountability Plan, commonly referred to as LCAP. Grace told trustees

that the state requires all school districts to develop a three-year plan for the use of district funds. The plan is reviewed and updated annually. Since February, administrators, principals and education services staff have been working on the annual review. Grace also formed focus groups consisting of parents, students, staff and members of the community. The first LCAP stakeholder committee meeting was held in early April. More than 600 responses were received from a community survey. Board members also will have an opportunity to express their opinions or suggestions for the annual review. Another community

forum will be scheduled for the end of May. The finished plan and a public hearing will be included in the agenda for the June board meeting. The board approved several requests for field trips, including Ramona High School’s Cycle Dawgs bicycling team to participate in a competition in Tehachapi in early May and in state championship finals in Los Olivos later in the month. Teacher Robert Grace is the team’s coach. Students from Mountain Valley Academy will be traveling to Catalina Island Marine Institute in October. Looking ahead, eighth-grade students from Olive Peirce Middle School will be making plans for a trip to Washington, D.C., in April 2017.

SDG&E Invention Saves Time and Money for Solar Customers Last August, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced the launch of its Renewable Meter Adapter invention, a technology that was developed as an alternative to expensive and time-consuming electric panel upgrades that are often required to accommodate solar. As a result, the energy company helped nearly 3,000 private solar customers save a combined total of $3 million on the costs to go solar. “I work with a number of solar customers, and after many conversations, I realized that electric panel upgrades were becoming an obstacle in the pathway to solar,” said SDG&E Customer Generation Manager Ken Parks, co-inventor of the Renewable Meter Adapter. “I knew that we could improve the customer experience if we could find a way to avoid the time and money associated with panel upgrades.” Typically, homes built before 1995 — which is nearly 75 percent of the homes in San Diego — require electric panel upgrades before they may be connected to private solar. These upgrades, which can cost as much as $10,000, often impact walls, stucco and landscaping, introducing additional delays and permitting requirements. Not only do these upgrades take time, they require intricate electrical work that may result in safety risks. “Homeowners have a new reason to consider going solar, because this device has made it more affordable and efficient,” said Councilman Mark Kersey, who represents San Diego’s Fifth District. “This is not only good for the environment, but also our local economy.” SDG&E customer Robert Clossin said, “When our solar contractor 20 Ramona Home Journal

recommended the Renewable Meter Adapter instead of a panel upgrade, we knew we would save money. However, the best part was avoiding the annoyance and extra time of having to upgrade our panel, trying to match the exterior paint on our home and coordinating additional inspections.” The Renewable Meter Adapter device can be installed in less than an hour, completing work that would have previously taken days and required additional electrical inspections. In addition, SDG&E will operate and maintain the device for the life of the product. “When we first announced this innovative technology, we believed it would help to make solar more accessible for our customers,” said Parks. “The response has been staggering, and the fact that this technology has helped so many customers is a testament to how this technology has created a solution to a problem. It’s making clean energy more affordable.” In addition, SDG&E’s “fast track” option allows same-day connection of panels, after they are are deemed safe by a city or county inspector. Visit sdge.com/rma or email rma@semprautilities.com. n

The board held public hearings before receiving and presenting initial contract proposals to the district’s two unions — Ramona Teachers Association and the local chapter of California School Employees Association. First readings for revisions were approved for three of the district’s board policies: supplemental instruction, high school exit exams, and differential graduation and competency standards for students with disabilities. The next regularly scheduled school board meeting will begin at 7 p.m. on May 26 at Wilson Administration Center, 720 Ninth St. n

Adult Construction Class Proves Popular

Montecito High School’s Tuesday night adult education class brought out 10 people who were eager to learn how to construct their own garden planter box. School instructor Nick Jordan, pictured, guided the group through measuring and marking wood, and safely using saws and other tools. The free three-week class began April 26 after quickly reaching its limit of signups. Photos by Annette Williams

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Hands-on workshops featuring alcohol ink artistry will be held May 7 and 14 at the Olde Ramona Hotel Gallery. Each class will be from 10 a.m. to noon at 845 Main St. Wilma Owens, an award-winning artist and Ramona resident, will help participants explore techniques that use vibrant colors to create designs on ceramic tiles, synthetic paper

and other surfaces. Cost is $35 per class, and materials will be provided to create four coasters. Attendees need to wear old clothes or an apron, and bring latex or nitrile gloves and a cardboard box with low sides to transport their tiles. To sign up, call 760-789-3682. n

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Financial Focus ‘Millennials’ in a Good Position to Invest for the Future Submitted by Patrick Meskell

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f you were born anywhere from 1982 to 2001, or within a few years of this range, you are considered a “Millennial.”As a member of this group, you share many things — cultural references, familiarity with technology, attitudes toward work and family — with others your age. And if you’re one of the “older” Millennials, you and your peers have something else in common — specifically, you have a good opportunity to launch investment strategies to help you save for the future. Why are you so well positioned to invest for the future? For one thing, it’s because you have so much of the future ahead of you. As an investor, time is your greatest ally, for a couple of reasons. First, the more years you have to invest, the greater the growth potential of your investments. And second, by investing for the long term, you can help reduce the impact of periods of short-term volatility on your portfolio. Furthermore, since you may be in the early stage of your career, you probably have yet to reach your maximum earnings and may be eligible to put in the full annual amount to a Roth IRA, one of the most effective retirement savings

vehicles available. (Eligibility to contribute to a Roth IRA is phased out over a specific income range.) When you invest in a Roth IRA, your earnings have the opportunity to grow tax free, provided you don’t start taking withdrawals until you’re at least 59 ½ and you’ve had your account for at least five years. Even if you do contribute to a Roth IRA, you can still participate in your employersponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k) if you work for a company, a 457(b) if you work for a state or local government, or a 403(b) if you work for a school or other tax-exempt organization. And you should indeed contribute to your employer’s plan, because it offers some key benefits: Your earnings accumulate on a tax-deferred basis, and you typically fund your plan with pre-tax dollars. So the more you put in, the lower your taxable income. (Taxes are due upon withdrawal, and withdrawals prior to age 59 ½ may be subject to a 10 percent IRS penalty.) The amount you can afford to put into your 401(k) or other employer-sponsored plan depends on your earnings and other circumstances — but you should at least

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Standout Sixth-Graders Recognized by Masonic Lodge By Jack Riordan ~ the journal

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anta Maria Masonic Lodge No. 580 in Ramona took time last month to recognize and honor eight exceptional local sixthgrade students. One student from each elementary school in the Ramona and Julian school districts was selected by teachers and administrators on their campuses to represent their school at an awards ceremony. The 2016 honorees are Jack Campbell, Mountain Valley Academy; Angel Leon, Ramona Elementary; Jacob Moniz, Julian Junior High; Cari Newman, Mt. Woodson Elementary; Lily Riordan, James Dukes Elementary; Adrian Rodriguez, Hanson Elementary; Taylor Smith, Barnett Elementary; and Ember Yanez, Ramona Community Montessori School. Parents of each honored student received a letter informing them that their son or daughter had been chosen to exemplify what it means to be a young leader, with an invitation for the entire family to join the Free and Accepted Masons for a celebration. Also invited were the students’ teachers and school principals. The crowd filed into the new lodge facility, located at 1175 Main St., where refreshments and a spaghetti dinner were served, followed by some cake. With that, the awards ceremony began. The students were brought before the room one at a time, flanked by their teachers and their principals, who told the group a bit about the child being honored. Though all of the students similarly lead their classes in academics and attitude, it quickly became apparent that at the age of 11 or 12, they are showing unique signs of the adults they will one day be. Though they have their own favorite hobbies, tastes in music and fashion style, the same words kept popping up in the speeches given about them. Words like “respectful,” “helpful” and “kind” came up quite often, as well as “leadership.” In addition to a keepsake Certificate of Distinction award, each honoree was given a brand-new backpack 22 Ramona Home Journal

Ramona Unified School District sixth-grade students honored by the Masons are, from left, Angel Leon, Ramona Elementary; Adrian Rodriguez, Hanson Elementary; Lily Riordan, James Dukes Elementary; Cari Newman, Mt. Woodson Elementary; Taylor Smith, Barnett Elementary; and Ember Yanez, Ramona Community Montessori School. Honoree Jack Campbell, Mountain Valley Academy, Photo Courtesy of Ramona Unified School District was absent.

Adrian Rodriguez listens as Principal Chris Gunnett, left, and teacher Darren Smith, right, describe why they chose him to represent Hanson Photos by Jack Riordan Elementary at the annual awards dinner.

stuffed with a plethora of school supplies to keep them at the head of the class. Pencils, notepads, markers, rulers and even a Texas Instruments scientific calculator were inside. Ramona Unified School District Superintendent Robert Graeff was in attendance. A genuine smile beamed across his face the entire night, as he watched the cavalcade of outstanding students being appreciated. “I get to come here each year to recognize all the parents, teachers, principals and the very highest-achieving students from our local schools,” said Dr. Graeff as he moved throughout the room, congratulating students and their families. “It’s an honor to be here.” Also in attendance was RUSD Assistant Superintendent Tony Newman. Although he was surely happy to see so many bright students from the district being honored, he was attending the event as a proud parent, as his daughter Cari Newman received the distinction from Mt. Woodson Elementary. “We are thrilled to be honored here with all of the

other students,” Newman said. “We are very grateful to the Masons for their willingness to recognize these students, and for their contributions to not only schools, but to our community.” Though many local service clubs put on events for young people to encourage learning, this event by the Santa Maria Lodge is the one time a year that students, teachers and administrators are brought together from local elementary schools to be honored. Joy Harris is the principal of James Dukes Elementary School, and she appreciates the rare opportunity to focus on one star student and give them the recognition that they have earned through their actions on campus. “We at James Dukes celebrate our students for their character on a regular basis,” Harris said. “But we don’t always get to do it for the student who goes above and beyond that good character. Organizations like the Masons give us this wonderful gift to be able to share these students with everybody else.” The history of the Freemasons is a long and storied one, and it is rooted in the promotion of a quality

Honoree Jacob Moniz of Julian Junior High School is pictured with his family, teacher Felicia Hill, and Principal Brian Duffy, as he receives his award from Bill Graham and Morgan Scott, right, of the Santa Maria Lodge.

education for all. The organization considers itself a philosophical fraternity, but also an educational institution. Dating back to the 1600s, Freemasons focused on passing along the craftsman’s knowledge of building things. Over the centuries, they have become less about building cathedrals and meeting halls, and more about building character, leadership and better individuals. M.W. Sidney Kase, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Washington, sums up the Masonic educational mission by saying, “We feel the nurturing of the leaders of tomorrow’s society is vitally necessary. Freemasons, collec-

tively, must support the public school system. We recognize the unique opportunity that scholarship and awards programs offer in recognizing and supporting tomorrow’s leadership. That, in a nutshell, is what school awards and scholarship programs are all about.” Notable historic Freemasons include George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain, Charles Lindbergh, Voltaire, Davy Crockett and Cy Young, to name but a few. They were all leaders in their own respect, much like the students recently honored. n

Duncan Hunter Visits Local VFW Post

Left, Representative Duncan Hunter, who represents California’s 50th Congressional District, visited Ramona Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3783 on April 25. Hunter answered questions from members of the Post and its auxiliaries, and spoke about issues of concern to veterans and active-duty service members. Photo by Darrel Kinney

Right, Hunter also met with Ramona High School junior Olivia Jensen, who was named Miss Los Angeles County’s Outstanding Teen 2016 in February. She will compete in the Miss California Outstanding Teen 2016 Pageant in Fresno this summer. Photo Courtesy of Catrina Jensen

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Dental emergencies may be categorized as toothaches, injuries or broken appliances. • Toothache If a toothache develops, using a brush and floss, clean the suspected area. Rinse with warm salt water. Do not place an aspirin on the gums or tooth [this may cause a burn]. Apply a cold compress to any facial swelling. Take acetaminophen [Tylenol] and call us as soon as possible. • Avulsed Tooth If a permanent tooth is knocked completely out, time is of the essence. Immediately call us for an emergency appointment. It is critical to get the person and their tooth to us within one-half hour. This makes it possible to re-implant the tooth with a high degree of success. Find the tooth, and holding it by its crown, gently rinse it to remove dirt and/or debris. Do not scrub the tooth. If possible, gently place the tooth back in its socket as a means of transport. Otherwise, transport the tooth in a cup of milk, saline [salt water], or saliva [place tooth between cheek and gum, unless child is too young]. If none of these are available, use a cup of plain water. • Extruded Teeth If a tooth is pushed either inward or outward, try to reposition the tooth using light finger pressure. Do not force the tooth into its socket. Try to get the injured person to us as soon as possible. The tooth may be stabilized and held in place with a moist tissue or gauze on the way over. • Fractured Teeth First rinse your mouth with warm water to keep it clean. Immediate dental care is necessary. The treatment will depend on the severity of the fracture and could range from smoothing out the chip to bonding with a resin [tooth colored] material to placing a crown [cap]. If there has been pulp [nerve] injury, root canal may be necessary at once or at a later date. • Soft Tissue Injury The tongue, lips or cheeks may be bitten, lacerated [cut] or punctured. If there is bleeding, apply firm pressure with gauze or clean cloth. If bleeding doesn’t stop within 15 minutes, bring the person to our office or a hospital emergency room. Sutures [stitches] may be necessary. Otherwise, clean the area with warm water FREE on a gauze or clean cloth. SECON Apply an ice compress to D OPIN the bruised or swollen CONS ION OR ULTAT area. Contact us for ION further instructions.

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Chamber Ribbon Cutting

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oldwell Banker Country Realty welcomes Realtor Ann Johan.

Ramona Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to welcome new member 2Create Gallery. Gallery Photo by Carol Kinney manager Molly Jaeger-Begent holds the scissors. Ann Johan

“I am honored to be a part of Coldwell Banker Country Realty in Ramona,” Johan said. “My husband and I and our family have lived in various parts of San Diego since 1979, and have seen it grow tremendously. I’ve worked areas all over San Diego and some in Riverside. “You’ve heard it said, ‘In life there are three necessities: food, clothing and shelter.’ The third, shelter — or more aptly stated, your home — takes more than knowing just your

likes and dislikes. Working with your realtor is a relationship that can last far beyond the sale. “In any relationship, there are many ingredients that keep it strong: In the professional world of a Realtor some of them are: Accessibility — I am there for you. Reliability — I respond, I inform and guide you to the finish. Communication — from the onset, I explain the process, provide information that helps you decide what is best for you, answer questions that you have, and provide you the contact information you need to reach me. Trust and honesty — I am up-front about the information I have access to and can help you obtain, and make every effort to make the process easy and painless.” n Coldwell Banker Country Realty is located at 2130 Main St. Johan may be reached at 858-414-2877.

Old West Days Presents Scenes of America’s Past

Ramona Old West Days brought the past to life, as it showcased scenes of how Americans lived in the 1800s. Character portrayals included “HooDoo Brown,” above, and “Badlands Bob,” who gave fourthand fifth-grade students from Hanson Elementary School a visual history lesson as they visited encampments set up at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center April 28 and 29. Events opened to the public April 30 and May 1, with gunfighting reenactments, costume Photos by Darrel Kinney competitions, peddlers’ shops and more.

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Morgan, the poignant tale is one not soon to be forgotten. North Coast Repertory Theatre’s production is dynamic. Director David Ellenstein has done a tremendous job with getting the

playwright’s message across. He has a stupendous cast supporting his efforts. Richard Baird stars as Aikins, a convicted man who is washed away by the raging floodwaters. Freedom is within his grasp, but he opts to return to prison to finish serving his sentence. Aikins and another inmate, Tommy, are sent on a rescue mission when the river’s floodwaters become too dangerous for the regular rescue crews during the “Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927.” It still bears the distinction of being the most destructive river flood in the country’s history. Some 27,000 square miles were inundated with floodwaters to a depth of 30 feet. When their rowboat

overturns, Tommy escapes by way of an overhanging tree, but Aikins is missing and later declared dead. However, Aikins has not drowned. He accomplishes their mission of saving a woman — Ellie, a very pregnant woman. After several weeks, Aikins and Ellie make their way to safety where Aikins is faced with the decision of starting a new life with Ellie or returning to prison. Baird is superb in his portrayal of Aikins. Sara Fetgatter couldn’t be better as Ellie; she was meant to breathe life into this character. Benjamin Cole plays the prisoner Tommy to perfection. The role of another prisoner,

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Hitman Honey, The Altar Billies, Farm Truck, The Shirthouse Band and Mariachi Perla entertained guests of all ages during the six-hour event. Music Fest was hosted by Ramona Rotary Club and Kiwanis Club of Ramona to help fund the groups’ scholarships and community projects. n

Ike, is performed by Robert Grossman, a favorite at NC Rep in any role he undertakes. Multiple roles are filled by Geno Carr, John Herzog and Max Macke. The set designed by Marty Burnette fits in with every scene. Background projections are the work of Aaron Rumley. Lighting is designed by Matt Novotny, with sound design by Melanie Chen. Costumes are by Alina Bokovikova. “Way Downriver” continues at North Coast Rep through May 8, with performances Wednesday through Sunday. The theater is located at 987 Lomas Santa Fe Dr., Solana Beach. Call 858481-1055 or visit www. northcoastrep.org. n

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Julian Arts Guild Presents Spring Art Show By Ann Reilly Cole ~ the journal

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ne of three art exhibitions sponsored by Julian Arts Guild each year, the annual Spring Art

Show kicks off the season with a group showing of member artists’ latest creations. The public can meet the artists at an opening reception

on Friday, May 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., in Julian Town Hall, 2129 Main St., Julian. The exhibition will continue over the weekend, with viewing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8. Visitors to the show may purchase work on display, which will include paintings, sculptures, photography, mixed media and jewelry. Admission is free. Visit www.julianarts guild.org. n

Royal Representatives Crowned

Artist Mike Holder Ramona royalty for 2016 were chosen at the Miss Ramona Scholarship Pageant on April 16. From left are Teen Ramona Princess Cheyenne DePhilippis, Teen Miss Ramona Ashley Dominguez, Miss Ramona Chersten Sandvik, and Miss Ramona Princess Robyn Turner. Sandvik previously served as the 2012 Teen Miss Ramona. Photo by Kathryn Cunningham

Prepare Your Patch for PUMPKINS

Ramona Home Journal’s annual “Pick of the Patch” pumpkin-growing contest is presented each fall, offering boasting rights and cash prizes to the top winners. The growing season for a pumpkin to set on the vine and mature is an average of 80 days, according to local growers, and home gardeners would be wise to prepare their pumpkin patches ahead of planting. Conditioning the soil early is a good first step. Steer or chicken manure can help,

but soil amendments need to completely decompose before seeds are sown. Also important is water — and pumpkins require a lot! With proper planning and preparation, home gardeners will be ready plant their “Pick of the Patch” pumpkins in just in a few months! The seventh annual “Pick of the Patch” competition is open to gardeners who live within the 92065 ZIP code. Call Ramona Home Journal at 760-788-8148. n

Newest Mural to Depict Midget Cars

Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project will unveil its eighth mural on May 7, at 10:30 a.m., at Ramona Automotive, 1936 Main St. The mural by artist Saratoga Sake depicts a midget car race and is a reproduction of a painting by well-known artist Bob McCoy. The mural pays tribute to Ramona’s history as the former home of a midget car track. Photo Courtesy of Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project 26 Ramona Home Journal

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Located on 4 usable acres, beautiful views from this 4BR/2+BA, split level. Open beam, hardwood floors, well and city water, mature fruit trees. MLS#150055773

FOREVER VIEWS – $468,800

Offering 3BR/2BA, 2227 esf. Remodeled interior. Open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, Birch cabinets, newer roof, fruit trees, owned solar. Backs to open space. MLS#160015820

Karen Dye

Associate Broker CAL BRE #01329918 www.kdyehomes.com

760-445-7168

REMODELED RANCH HOME – $459,800

Located in SDCE is this 3BR/2BA with 1920 esf. home. Entertainers backyard features a 72’x26’ patio, mature fruit trees plus more. MLS#160020218

VIEWS – $459,000-$479,000 VR

SPANISH HACIENDA – $528,800 Circular driveway leads to this 3BR/2.5BA, 2482 esf. Walled courtyard and iron gate. Enjoy the parklike setting. 2-car attached garage, plus more. MLS#160017192

Remodeled 3BR/1BA residence. Spacious living area, remodeled kitchen. Fully fenced rear yard with side access gate. Zoning will permit commercial use. MLS#150059099

CUYAMACA WOODS – $235,000

NEW ENGLAND STYLE – $545,000

RAMS HILL CONDO – $99,900

Entertainers delight describes this 4BR/3.5BA with 2806 esf in SDCE. Open wood beam ceilings, central vac system, whole house fan. Breakfast nook. MLS#160020673

Located on 3.47 acres with mountain and valley views is this 1BR/2BA with 1056 esf. Home is off the grid. Power system with solar and battery power. MLS#160006669

SOLAR ELECTRIC – $411,500

Located in Lake Elsinore is this 5BR/4BA, Tuscany Hills home. Spacious kitchen, 22’ ceilings, plantation shutters. Fenced backyard + amenities. Fenced backyard. MLS#160009370

Offering 3+BR/2+BA with 1976 esf. on 1.14 acres. Wood burning stove, custom built-in bar. On a well, covered deck, finished garage with epoxy floors. MLS#160005547

HORSE FACILITIES – $655,800

Offering 4BR/2BA, 2200 esf., 3-car garage. Usable 8.5 acres. Producing grape vineyard, assorted fruit trees, 10,000 gallon storage tank. MLS#150046097

CORNER LOT – $335,800

Remodeled, furnished and ready for its new owner! Stainless steel appliances. End UNIT. Private patio with barbecue. Covered entry and patio. MLS#160003411

UPDATED – $445,000

Located in SDCE is this 3BR/2BA home. New cabinets, windows, carpet, counters, fixtures, plus more. Trex deck, fully fenced, fruit trees, raised garden beds. MLS#160011102

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Ramona home journal may 5 2016