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Tour of California a Hit with Ramona Residents and Visitors By Jack Riordan


hey came in blue jeans and boots, some in flip-flops and shorts. And, of course, there was lots and lots of Lycra. Hundreds of folks braved the unseasonably warm weather on Mother’s Day to see what just might be the most exciting minute in spectator sports. The Amgen Tour of California is an annual eight-stage, 750-mile bicycle race, that is regarded as the largest and most prestigious event of its kind in the country.

For the first time in the eightyear history of the Tour, the route switched directions, heading south to north this time around, and bringing the procession of world-class cyclists right up Main Street in Ramona. Crowds consisting of everything from cycling fans to curious onlookers began to swell on both sides of the street at around 11:30 a.m. on May 12. The spacious sidewalks were soon packed with camera-toting, stroller-pushing, bicycle-riding locals and out-of-town friends,

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families and fans, all jockeying for a good spot to see the action from. Some of the more hardcore fans could be found moseying in and out of Kirk’s Bike Shop, where the NBC Sports television feed of the race was giving updates along the course leading east up Highway 78 and into town. Sam Powell, a manager at Kirk’s, was excited to see the highly respected race pull through town, saying that the unique width of Ramona’s Main Street is well-suited for spectator events. Heads turned from the TV momentarily to nod in agreement as he talked about the “old days” in town, when Main Street had to be wide enough to allow a 20-mule team to turn a wagon


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around if need be. Focus snapped back to the race announcer when the latest time splits were given. A leading group of four cyclists had pulled four minutes away from the pack and was getting close. Given their starting time and mileage, quick math said they were traveling up the hill from Escondido at an average speed of around 25 miles per hour. Just outside of Kirk’s, a few large canvas shade canopies had been set up and were overflowing with a vibrant array of closeout and pre-worn cycling jerseys that were available for sale, ranging from $5 to around $40. Jim Friebert, as part of his business, Recycling Jerseys, takes in a box a week from sources around the globe, including a hefty donation

from Kirk’s earlier in the day. Friebert hails from Orange County but is very familiar with Ramona, having ridden these roads himself on more than one occasion. “It’s a beautiful area,” he says. “The weather, the landscape, the challenge. It keeps me coming back.” Even though it was a Sunday, and a holiday, local businesses along the Tour route on Main Street joined in celebrating the nationally televised peek at our country town. Set up in front of an insurance office on the corner of Sixth and Main with a group of friends and colleagues, Amber Ramirez of Farmers Insurance and Sally Westbrook of Century 21 Award real estate, both members of the Ramona Chamber of Commerce, were all


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to the Tour de France, challenged cyclists with nearly 10,000 feet of climbing. Filming the 45 seconds of fury with his smartphone, Tero Setola was anxious to get back on his bike as well, but was happy to share his thoughts on the day’s event. When asked if he was visiting from out of town, Setola

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fired up for the big event. Westbrook was proud of the cooperation she saw from all of the local shop owners affected by the race, and said that the Tour of California was a “great way to introduce people that are visiting, who may not be familiar with our Main Street businesses.” The largest crowd, though, was congregated opposite from one another, stealing slivers of shade in front of Bella Mia Salon and Ramona Town Hall on one side, and The Original Old Town Ramona Antique Fair on the other. Race logoemblazoned barriers had been erected along that portion of the course, and the thrill in the crowd reached a fever pitch when a clanging of cowbells from down the street announced the approach of the head of the pack of racers. The four in the lead whipped past the

gallery of spectators, flanked by motorcycle-riding race officials throttling to keep up with the superhuman cyclists. Before the crowd could process the initial flurry of excitement, the full pack of cyclists roared past in a rainbowcolored blur, hundreds of legs churning like pistons in some powerful engine of human perseverance. And just like that, it was over. Spectators looked around at each other from the edge of their own emotional cliffs, and one by one began to dissipate. Scores of non-participant amateur cycling groups and individuals mounted their rides to follow in the tracks of the pros as they continued on the course up Old Julian Highway, over Palomar Mountain, and back down through Pala to where the stage began in Escondido. This stage, the first of eight in a race often compared

Amber Ramirez, left, and Sally Westbrook, Ramona Chamber of Commerce directors were volunteers during the race.

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The Long Blue Line By Tracy Rolling


he Long Blue Line” may sound like a foreign expression to most people, but to an elite few, it’s a prestigious phrase and a well-earned entry into one of America’s finest fraternities. It refers to the graduating class of the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. But the Long Blue Line isn’t as much about the few hundred steps it takes to walk across the skillfully decorated stage

during the graduation ceremony as it is about the thousands of hours and years of preparation in getting there. Recent graduate and longtime Ramona resident Christopher Fabian knows all too well what it takes to walk the Long Blue Line. He attended Mountain Valley Academy (MVA) and ran cross country for Ramona High School, graduating from MVA in 2009 as valedictorian. Fabian said he found encouragement and a tremendous amount of academic support at MVA. “The teachers did an excellent job in preparing me.” He credits a federal judge for planting the seed about looking into various service academies, and describes how after investigating the Air Force Academy,

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tion to achieve academic excellence, each has a passion for physical training and participated in CrossFit Brand X while in Ramona. Today, they continue the rigorous fitness program at CrossFit on campus. Fabian summarized his Air Force Academy experience by saying, “You get in because you have what it takes. You graduate, and become part of the Long Blue Line because you’re not afraid to determine your own future.” n

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he Ramona Community Foundation has released its grant guidelines for 2013, which allows nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, schools and governmental agencies to submit a proposed program to benefit the community of Ramona.This will be the Foundation’s second year of awarding grants. A Grant Seekers Forum will be held

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Ramona resident Barry Betha is set to appear on a new reality TV series, “72 Hours,” in June.

The show travels to exotic locations where nine complete strangers — working in teams of three and supplied only with a bottle of water and a GPS tracking device — have 72 hours to navigate treacherous wilderness in a race to find a briefcase filled with a $100,000 prize.

Betha got his chance of a lifetime to find adventure and fortune on the Lost Coast of New Zealand, and felt like he was on cloud nine the whole time. Convincing the casting crew that he had the personality they wanted was his first obstacle. In a filmed interview in San Diego, Betha described himself and his background, highlighting what he hoped would catch their interest. Once over that hurdle, he met with the show’s producers to persuade them that he was uniquely suited for the job. It took a few months before he learned that in less than a month, he would fulfill his dream. Not knowing the location until shortly before the trip, he didn’t know how to prepare for the challenges that lay ahead. As a firefighter for the City of San Diego, Betha must be ready for situations requiring strength and stamina. He works out daily to be in top physical form, so he wasn’t worried about physical challenges. Rather, the question was how he would compete against and work with people he didn’t know. In the fire department, he works through tense situations with people he knows very well.

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As captain, he is accustomed to being the boss. “We know each other’s thoughts. I give the orders, and they know the expectation,” he said of his fire crew. But in New Zealand, he would be in a risky, competitive situation without knowing the capabilities of his teammates. Once he learned the location, he researched conditions he might encounter: climate, animal life, and what might be poisonous. At home, he nibbled on

‘I didn’t want it to end. I could have gone another week.’ — Barry Betha berries in the wild to get ready for subsistence on the land. As ready as he was going to be, his philosophy was to keep moving as fast as possible. Once at the Lost Coast,

Betha, who is 50, met team members Melody, a 29-yearold hairstylist from Georgia, and Meg, a 30-year-old auto body shop manager from Massachusetts, as the race started. They immediately determined how each could contribute. He didn’t think much about being observed, even though cameras were at times in his face. It wasn’t all peaches and cream — it was cold, and there were ups, downs and heated debates. But in the end there were no hard feelings. He enjoyed every moment. “I didn’t want it to end,” he said. “I could have gone another week.” The final challenge of this extreme adventure for Betha, who hasn’t yet seen the show, will be watching the episode for the first time in the company of his family and friends. He is a bit apprehensive that others may witness sides of his personality that they have never seen before, but he hopes they will sympathize with him and enjoy the show. The “72 Hours” episode featuring Barry Betha’s adventure will air June 13 at 9 p.m. on TNT. n

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Right, the Julian Mack Stage in the 2012 Julian Fourth of July Parade. Julian Journal File Photo

primarily had specialized in building multipassenger vehicles. These vehicles generally replaced horse-drawn wagons. They made only three of this half-truck, halfbus body style, and referred to it as a “combination car.” Two of these vehicles were delivered to Joe Foster in San Diego, in 1912 and 1913. The original engine was not reasonably repairable so a

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His search was expanded to the Guy B. Woodward Museum and San Diego Auto Museum in Balboa Park. He did uncover a new photo of the 1912 Mack Stage with the driver and passengers in front of the Kenilworth Inn. “The Auto Museum suggested I visit the California Room at the main city library downtown and look through the business directories for the years the stage lines operated, as there may be ads for freight and passenger services from San Diego to Ramona and Julian,” he said. Other leads point toward the extensive photo archives of the San Diego Historical Society. “Maybe out there somewhere, in a dusty attic, dingy basement or local antique store is a photo album with the pictures we are searching for,” he said, hopefully. n

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In His Steps Christian Homes will hold its third annual walkathon June 15 on the track at Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Ln. The 5K walk will take 20 laps, and wheelchair participants are welcome. Entrants may register at the event at 8 a.m. “We just want people to come out and join us and have a good time,” said staff member April Powell. “We’re trying to get the community involved.” An award will go to the participant with the most pledges raised, and free T-shirts will be given to all who raise $100 in donations. The walkathon will feature music and refreshments, and there will be a raffle drawing. The nonprofit organization’s goal is to help individuals “move from a lifestyle of dysfunctional misbehavior to a lifestyle of which one can carry his or her own weight and become an active participant in their community.” Funds raised will help provide for the needs of residents. Well-running vehicles are also needed. Donations are taxdeductible. Organizers recommend that participants dress in comfortable clothing and shoes, and bring sunscreen and a hat. Visit www.inhisstepsramona. org or call 760-788-4716. n

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he Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) announced its inaugural Grape Day in the Backcountry event, set for June 8 at the San Vicente Inn, 24157 San Vicente Rd. The keynote speaker will be Greg La Follette from Sebastopol, one of California’s most accomplished winemakers. He will speak on the importance of “terroir” and how to preserve that character in wine. “La Follette has delved far more deeply

than most into the science behind the art of winemaking and is a fervent believer in letting the vineyard speak through the finished wine,” organizers state. “He is a sought-after speaker, and Ramona is very fortunate to have been able to get him to speak for this inaugural event.” Other speakers will include Amy Kolberg from Enartis Vinquiry, speaking on chemistry considerations at harvest. A general update on the political landscape for the winery and grape farming

industry will also be presented. Industry vendors will be on hand to answer questions and share their expertise. Set to appear are suppliers of wine making materials and equipment such as Vintner’s Vault, Lafitte Cork & Capsule, and Billick Label Design & Production; and suppliers of vineyard equipment and services such as Andaman Organic Fertilizers, Crop Production Services, Hydro-Scape Irrigation, and Grangetto’s Farm & Garden Supply.

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Patrol Offers Vacation Home Security Checks As a service to the community, the Ramona Sheriff’s Senior Volunteer Patrol offers free vacation home checks. Patrol members perform exterior security inspections Monday through Saturday, checking that doors, windows and garage are locked. They will also

hide newspapers and packages. If they see anything suspicious, they will call for the assistance of a deputy who will determine if there has been a break-in. Upon return, residents will receive a welcome-home letter listing the dates the home was checked and observations made

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Dogs Star at Bow Wow Pow Wow


og owners of all ages are invited to bring their four-legged friends to participate in the annual Kiwanis Club Bow Wow Pow Wow Fun Dog Show on Saturday, June 8. Entrants will spend the day competing in fun categories,

such as Best Costume, Dog and Owner Look-Alike, Most Beautiful, Most Handsome, Best Tail Wagger, Best Kisser, Most Talented, Most Unusual Markings, Cutest Little Dog and Best in Show. Kiwanis will serve its famous

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In addition, there will be vendor booths and animal organizations with information and opportunities for pet adoption. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis Community Services. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the show starts at 11 a.m. Guest admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children age 12 and under. Entry fees for the contest are $5 per category or $20 for five categories. The event will be held at the Ramona Outdoor Community Center, 421 Aqua Ln. Visit www. or email n

VFW Honors Scout of the Year

Ransom Brothers Lumber & Supply partnered with Red Brand fencing and its Home Grown program to help support Ramona High School’s agriculture department and Future Farmers of America. From left are Ron Ertman and Tony Jauregui Jr. of Ransom Brothers, presenting a check for $267 to Amanda Raines, FFA secretary; Kenneth Crowder, FFA treasurer; Christopher Wier, FFA member; and Kadie Callac, Ramona High School agriculture teacher. The Home Grown program gives financial assistance to more than 700 FFA chapters nationwide. n

Winners at Riviera Oaks Tennis Expo

Photo by Tracy Rolling

Sisters and accomplished tennis players Amanda and Melissa Mang, front row, left, paired up with nationally ranked tennis player Leland Rolling, second from right, and Riviera Oaks Resort and Racquet Club’s head pro Doug Failla, right, for a special tennis exhibition match held at Riviera Oaks last month. After the match, spectators became participants and were invited to play in a round-robin doubles competition during the fourth annual event, followed by a “hit for prizes” opportunity where everyone walked away a winner.

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Ramona VFW Post 3783 and VFW District 1 of California honored Eagle Scout Benjamin Anderson-Parks, left, from Troop 130 with the title of 2013 Scout of the Year. Post Senior Vice Commander Robert Yates presented Anderson-Parks with certificates, a plaque, and checks for $250 from the Ramona Post and $200 from the District.

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Vagabond Yoga organized a fundraiser to benefit the Ramona High School art program. The event was hosted at Mahogany Mountain Vineyard and Winery last month and featured yoga nstruction, wine tasting, an art class and an art show. The event raised $444, which was presented to the school’s art teachers. From left are Katie MacLeod of Vagabond Yoga, Ramona High School art instructors Liz Schaude and Paula Payne, and Joy Bennett of Vagabond Yoga.

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Ramona PONY Baseball Sends Teams to Playoffs

By Lindsay Santa


his recent baseball season was a vibrant one for the Ramona PONY Baseball organization.The league boasted five divisions, 28 teams, and a

The first tournament the All Star Teams participated in was during the 31st Annual Ramona Baseball Invitational May 24 through 27 at the Ramona PONY Baseball fields. Played under the lights for the second year, this

club certificates and lifetime achievement awards. “Ramona PONY Baseball was also honored to be a host site again this year for the ‘Home Run for Chelsea’ Tournament,” said Kelly Roe, a public relations

First-place team, Mustang Athletics.

Photos Courtesy of Kelly Roe

The Bronco Mets at the closing ceremonies after their final game.

Chris “CB” Bryant was awarded a home run certificate for the three OTF home runs he hit during the 2013 season on the PONY Padres team.

grand total of 354 players for Ramona. Nine of these local teams went on to play in the playoffs in May, including two Pinto teams, three Mustang teams, two Bronco teams and two Pony teams.

four-day tournament brought more than 50 teams and 500 players and family members to the local event. There was camping, food and vendors, and even a home run derby. The league ended the season May 18 with its traditional closing ceremony at the PONY Baseball fields. During the ceremony, trophies for first, second and third place were distributed to players, along with home run

spokesperson for the PONY organization. “This annual oneday baseball tournament, benefiting Chelsea’s Light Foundation, unites the Southern California baseball community to make a positive difference in the lives of our youth.” For 2013, the Home Run for Chelsea Tournament encompassed a broadened theme that included live music at Rancho Bernardo Community Park,

Second-place team, Mustang Tigers.

celebrating the “taking back” of the park, encouraged by the King family and the thousands of supporters of Chelsea’s Light Foundation. As in past years, Home Run for Chelsea 2013 was a simultaneous event operating at field locations

throughout San Diego County. “Starting as a grassroots outpouring of support for Chelsea’s Light, the tournament has grown into a unique, fun-filled charitable event that celebrates See Pony BAseball continued on page 22

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Congratulations to the Ramona High School graduation will take place June 12 in the RHS stadium, 1401 Hanson Ln. Tickets are required for priority seating at 5:30 p.m. and general seating at 6:15. No tickets are needed for open seating at 7 p.m.

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Adrianna Lynn Johnson Jake Fredrick Johnson Gabriela Juan Vicente Alicia Cecilia Juarez Kelly Anne Justet Alissa R Kahler Daniel James Kemp Laurel Anne Kerner Amber Lynn Kerrigan Kelsey Marion Ketchem Kristen Anne Keyes Megan Nicole Kinnaman Sarah Elizabeth Anne Kosut Jacob Joseph Kramp Alexandra Marina Krueger Matthew Robert Kruse Patricia Rose Krussow Quintin James La Rosa Dayna Loral Lake Grason McClure Lanz Tiffany Elizabeth Larson Brett William Larzalere Danielle Marie Lash Deanna Rita Lasley Katie Ann Laws Serena Marie Laws Austin Michael Leaf Maryana Ledezma Khadeem R Lee Mikayla Nicole Leiber Oscar Leon Carmelita Maria Leyva Rios Alaina Blair Lindquist Courteney Ann Lisowski Annalisse Rose LitkaBaughman Jonathan Christopher Lobaugh Erick Oswaldo Lopez Romero Estephany Paola Lopez Stephanie Lopez Jacqueline Eileen Loranger Shea Andrew Loska Renee Marie Lowe Valeria Estefania Lozano Castillo Patricia Magana Lorene Christina Marquez Gabriela Martinez Giovanni Michael Martinez Kathryne Suzanne Martinez Marissa Nicole Martinez Taylor Rose Mason Mark James Masters Marc Alexander Mattern Sean Michael McCain

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Kent William Szewczynski Marisa Nicole Dawn Tatro Jacqueline Noel Taylor Dakoda Russell Thill Cory Alan Thomas Mark Allen Thorn Maria Anaberta Tinoco Jasmin Toledo Justin Lane Tomb Brandon Torres Vicky Ana Torres Jacob Patrick Triplett Tanner Charles Triplett Hannah Elizabeth Tucker Thomas Scott Tuiofu Dylan Reed Twedell Kayla Marie Twyman Lauren Ashley Udvig Sierra Grace Utech Alan Valdes Lopez Jose Enrique Valencia Allen Cesar Vasquez Karina Vazquez Vanessa Jazmin Velasco Noemi Vera Amaris Ines Villalpando Guadalupe Villegas Chelsey Aileen Volk Julie Marie Voorhes Dillon Larry Voss Anthony Thomas Walsh Brawnson James Walter Haley Rose Walter Julieta Marie Ward Rachel Nicole Ward Rachael Brooke Waring Eric Dylan Webb Maxwell Dylan White Michael L White Jammi Lee Whitney Kelsie Anne Whitten Zachary Allen Wiechert Christopher Patrick Sebastian Wier Timothy L. Wilder Krista Jeanne Williams Rhett Oliver Williams Breanna Lyn Wilson Kyle Edward Wochaski Rose Wolfe Deidre Rose Wolff Colton Michael Wood Pohl Mackenzie Ann Wright Megan Taylor Wright Michael Yturralde Daniel Gregory Yelsits Jay-Ar Zafra JUNE 2013

Graduating Class of 2013 Montecito High School Mountain Valley Academy

Graduation ceremony for Montecito High School and Future Bound Independent Study will be held June 11 at 6 p.m. at Montecito High School, 720 Ninth St.

Victoria Allen Autumn Banegas Jack Brooks Nicole Buttle Nicole Buttle Savanah Close Edgar Cobian Kevin Cole Carly Davis Blanca De La Cruz Ashton Flynn Gabriel Galindo

Mario Garcia Marylyn Garcia Prizma Garcia Justine Glenn Shane Hampton Simonne Hanson Rhett Henry Jessica Hernandez Jasmine Hill Jason Hoffman-Miller Jesseca Jensen Kathrine Keller

Khadijah Lee Thomas Lesinski Acacia Lynch Cian McClees-Drake Viviana Medina Brett Miller Mario Munoz Santiago Oros Marco Reyes Elizabeth Rodriguez Josue Rodriguez Adrieana Rodriguez

Damian Rodriguez Horta Alejandra Romero Paul Rosenbusch Janeth Saldana Aldair Sanchez Sanchez Deja Scott Joshua Sears Joseph Shaffer Joseph Shaffer Alex Suazo Brandon Tiersten Luis Valencia

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Kellie Annis Jonathan Briese Stephen Brundage Hailey Byers Nicole Caliguri Allen Carruthers Joselyn Castillo Megan Craig

Andrew Curreri Isaiah Davis Stephen Donovan Dustin Gruber Gabriela Hernandez Tyler Hunter Kandice Klein Raymond Lee

Adam Liewen Monique Magallanes Nathaly Martinez Juan Martinez Madison Meerschaert Taylor Palensky Skyler Paschke Luis Quino

Elizabeth Reed Shelby Riggs Ashley Rivera Nicole Rogers Heather Vaughn Maribel Villegas Kristin Yerkes Blanca Zarate

Graduation will take place June 10 at 5 p.m. in the Charles R. Nunn Performing Arts Center at Olive Peirce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Ln. Scott Michael Barber Mark William Blair Hannah Lynn Casteen Charlotte Olivia May Coggins Autumn Christeen Colt Kacie Anne Doyle Robert David Farren Alissa Cynthia Gore Erik Morgan Haney Rachel Marie Hogervorst Taylor Leann Hout

Abigail Dawn Jacobi Brandon Michael Kelderman Dylan Thomas Loftis Gina Marie Lucas Alexa Moorea Machado Jessica Lynn Mallonee Kayla Bree Martin Sorcha Rois McCleesDrake Darrel Lee Millen Antoinette Rose Miller Austin Rhey Nabors

Samantha Perez Chloe Ariana Sells Scott Patrick Sindewald Austin Nihil Smith Seth Austin David Sosbee Olivia Ann Springfield Rickey Rae Thomas Darby Ann Toth Katie Anne Wagner Angelica Marie White Zachary Paul White

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Jacob Powers received three awards and a lifetime achievement award from the board of directors. He was also awarded a home run certificate for the grand slam OTF home run he hit during the season. His team, the Pony Cardinals, was awarded a trophy for second place. PHoto Courtesy of Kelly Roe

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our common love for baseball and our shared commitment to participate in positive change in our neighborhoods,” Roe added. The local PONY organization is currently building a new Shetland Field, which they hope to have completed by the start of the winter baseball season later this year. “We are still in need of sod, fencing, building materials and labor to build the dugouts and crowd stands,” said Roe. Those interested in helping by making a cash or in-kind donation of materials or labor to sponsor this project, and parents interested in signing up their children for PONY Baseball, may contact Kelly Roe at 760-803-4719 or by email at n

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Behind the Wheel By Johnny McDonald

Honolulu No Paradise Having just returned from five days in Oahu, Hawaii, we can attest to a recent survey that lists Honolulu as the secondworst city for traffic jams. Too metropolitan for a vacationer heading for Waikiki Beach.

adding 26 minutes to what should be an eight-minute drive. From our Hawaiian North Shores condo and with two-lane highway and freeway travel, it took a little over an hour midday to reach Pearl Harbor. Bumperto-bumper in mornings and

accentuated by smooth Hawaiian music. Interstate H-1 is a pleasurable ride at 65 mph, as you pass interesting rural communities along the way. A bit more of an adventure with our University of Hawaii graduating granddaughter scooping breakfast oatmeal while chauffeuring the van. Last year, the national survey found that the average American wasted 38 hours sitting in traffic. But for those living in the nation’s most congested cities, that number jumped to 42 hours. This year’s most congested cities were: 1. Los Angeles, 2. Honolulu, 3. San Francisco, 4. Austin, Tex., 5. New York City, 6. Bridgeport, Conn., 7. San Jose, 8. Seattle, 9. Washington, D.C., and 10. Boston.

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New Star from Alpine When Jimmie Johnson competed as a teenager in Mickey Thompson’s off road truck races in Qualcomm Stadium, he received little attention. Ivan Stewart and Walker Evans were the big guns. The same can be said about

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Formula One Eyes Long Beach

California’s Interstate 405 and Hawaii’s Interstate H-1 helped Los Angeles and Honolulu rank as the United States’ two worst cities for Photos from Wikimedia Commons traffic jams.

Los Angeles’ “snail travel” freeways easily clogged their way back to No. 1. In a 2012 traffic scorecard, it was disclosed that at peak hours on Interstate 405 in Los Angeles, cars and trucks moved at 14 miles per hour,

evenings could mean an added half-hour to 40 minutes. There’s some solace here when you know little will change the pristine beaches, lush green mountains and waterfalls,

Apparently, Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone likes what he sees with the huge crowds at the Long Beach Grand Prix and wants to take over the operation in two years. The F1 cars enjoyed seven previous years in Long Beach until the cost of flying everything over from Europe became too costly. He’s given Indianapolis and Austin a try, but he still has his eyes on Long Beach, which has been highly successful for the past 29 years with IndyCars. “Not much to report on the F1 rumor,” LBGP president Jim Michaelian answered via email. “We have not been approached by anyone with regard to F1 wishing to run here at Long Beach. “We are just coming off the completion of our 39th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, which was the most successful event in the last 10 years.” He further stated: “We have two more years under our current agreement with the city

Ham Radio Club to Host Field Day When local amateur radio enthusiasts gather Saturday morning, June 22, there will be plenty of talk — which is the whole point. The Field Day gathering will be hosted by ROARS, the Ramona Outback Amateur Radio Society. The mission is national; all club members aim to talk to as many people around the world as possible in 24 hours, using various forms of radio equipment. Amateur radio operators, usually nicknamed “hams,” have long communicated with each other without the benefit of the Internet, cell phone towers, or other infrastructure. JUNE 2013

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Ramona Ramblers Senior Travel Club 1 pm the first Monday at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Ln. 760-789-0440 San Diego Outback 4x4 Club second Wednesday at 7 pm upstairs at 310 Ninth St. to promote responsible off-road use on public lands. 760-789-8294 Teen Creative Writing Thursday at 4 at Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. Out of the Box Players monthly local plays and theater events at 321 12th St. 760-789-0856 Palomar Health free and low-cost health education classes and screenings led by physicians and other professionals. 800-628-2880

Anonymous), and Teen SPIKE group. 5K Walk for Sobriety is June 22 at NTC Park at Liberty Station, San Diego. 760-788-6520 Mothers & More Chapter second Thursday at 7 pm at Nuevo Grill, 1413 Main St. Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meeting information, Van Reeder, 760-789-9129 Serenity on Saturday Ramona Al-Anon Saturday from 8:15-9:30 am at North Rural TRC, 323 Hunter St. 760-505-9231 Taking off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Thursday, Grace Community Church, 1234 Barger Pl. Weigh-in 8 am, meeting 8:30, program 9. 760-789-0238


Arriba Teen Center open Tues.-Thurs. 3-6 pm at 1710 Montecito Rd. 760-788-6443 Boys and Girls Club Ramona Branch sports, social and educational activities for Ramona youth at Collier Park, 622 E St. Snack program weekdays at 4:25. Simone McCune, 760-789-8203 Boy Scouts of America Cub and Boy Scout units meet weekly. Russ Christensen, 760-788-8180 Committee for a Better Ramona fourth Wednesday at 6 pm at Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. Double D Rescue Ranch Senior Dog Meet & Greet last Saturday from 3-7 pm at 2330 Main St., Ste. C. Email doubledrescueranch@ Frontline Intercessors Prayer Group second Sunday at 7 pm. 760-789-7573 Ramona Bar Association Free Legal Clinics first Saturday from 10-2 at Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. 760-789-9314 Ramona Christian Writers Critique Group first and third Monday at 6 pm. 760-310-9539 Ramona Design Review Board last Thursday at 7:30 pm at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Ln. 760-788-4308 Ramona Municipal Water District Board Tuesday at 2 pm at 434 Aqua Ln. Ramona Santana Riders second Wednesday at 6 pm, International Equestrian Center Rotunda, 16119 Gunn Stage Rd. Open Shows 760-822-6165, gymkhanas 619-937-1501. Ramona Trails Association first Wednesday at 7 pm except September and December at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Ln. 760-443-0809 Ramona Writers Group first and third Tuesday at 1 pm at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Ln. 760-789-1952 San Vicente Saddle Club second Wednesday at 7:30 pm at International Equestrian Center, 16911 Gunn Stage Rd. 760-788-7533 n

Ramona Rotary Club Tuesday at noon at Ramona Valley Grill, 344 Main St. Carol Kinney, 760-788-8148 Kiwanis Club of Ramona Saturday at 7 am at Ramona Valley Grill, 344 Main St. Walter Ainslie, 760-788-3601 Soroptimist International business meetings the second Tuesday at Ramona Cafe, 628 Main St., and program meetings and potluck the fourth Tuesday at members’ homes. 760-789-1334

BUSINESS NETWORKING Business Network Exchange Thursday at 7 am at Ramona Valley Grill, 344 Main St. 760-504-6608 Ramona Real Estate Association (RREA) third Wednesday at 4 for networking at locations in Ramona and the last Tuesday at 8:30 for breakfast at Nuevo Grill, 1413 Main St., with speakers on hot market issues. 760-787-3189 Ramona Valley Vineyard Association fourth Tuesday at 6:30 pm at various locations. Elaine Lyttleton, 760-787-1102 SUPPORT GROUPS Alzheimer’s Support Group third Wednesday at 10 am at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Ln. 760-787-0172 Back to Basics Ramona first Saturday at 9 am. Save money and become self-reliant. Bereavement Support from Horizon Hospice, first and third Wednesday from 3-4:30 at Ramona Adult Day Health Center, 2138 San Vicente Rd. 858-748-3030 Celebrate Recovery Saturday from 5-6 pm at The Way Church, 838 Hanson Ln., for those affected by or struggling with an addiction. 760-789-2732 Free Dinner & Bible Study Monday at 6 pm with Open Door Ministry at Grange Hall, 640 B St. 760-788-4716 McAlister Institute, North Rural TRC meetings at 323 Hunter St. Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous, CoDA (Co-Dependents

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Ramona Club News Woman’s Club Ramona Woman’s Club meets June 6 at noon for its end-ofthe-year potluck and installation of officers. Meetings are held at 524 Main St. Call President Karen Stangl at 760-788-6116 or visit www.ramonawomans

at Collier Park, 626 E St. A tour of the park garden, raffle and plant swap are part of the fun. Members and invited guests are welcome. Members are asked to bring completed membership renewals and dues to the meeting. Call 760-787-0087 or visit

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Ramona Women’s Connection June 11 dessert and concert meeting will feature the local violin and piano team of Andy and Pam Stubbs and inspirational speaker Anna Johns, who will talk about “Footprints on my Heart.” Guests will enjoy a build-your-own-sundae bar. The meeting begins at 1 p.m. in the West Wing of Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. Cost is $7. RSVP to 760-703-7543.

“Ranger Doug” Oliver, owner of Ranger Doug’s Shootists’ Emporium, will speak at the Ramona Pioneer Historical Society’s June 18 potluck at 6:30 in the Barnett Barn at 645 Main St. He will give a brief history of firearms and talk about firearms safety. The public is welcome. Those attending the potluck are asked to bring a main dish, salad or dessert for eight. Call 760-789-7644.

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The June 12 year-end meeting of the Ramona Garden Club will feature the installation of officers and a picnic at noon

Wire sculpture and glass artist Lyn Feudner will be the guest at Ramona Art Guild’s demonstration meeting June 19 at 7 p.m.

at Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. Mosaic artist Gwen Pellecchia will hold a workshop at the library June 29 and July 13. The Art Guild meets the third Wednesday, except July and August. The public is welcome. Call 760-787-1962 or visit

Republican Women Intermountain Republican Women Federated’s Hawaiian Luau Scholarship Program Fundraiser will be held June 24 at 5:45 p.m. at Ramona Oaks Park on Pappas Road. Delores Chavez Harmes of Hispanic Outreach will be the guest speaker, and Mary Baker will talk about Sustainable Development, fabricated by the United Nations’ Brundtland Commission. The group welcomes members, spouses and guests from Ramona, Julian Santa Ysabel and surrounding areas. Cost is $15. RSVP by June 17 to 760-789-4658. n JUNE 2013

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Athletes Compete for a Shot at World Championship By Jack Riordan


rom July 22 to 28 in Carson, Calif., the top male and female CrossFit athletes in the world will compete in the 2013 Reebok CrossFit Games for a top prize of $250,000 and a year to flex their bragging rights as the cream of the crop in the world’s fastestgrowing sport. Last month, from May 17 to 19 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego, six elite contenders from Ramona’s CrossFit Brand X gym beat out thousands of Southern California challengers to represent

Camzin Morrell-Stinson, left, Allison Patenaude, right, and Jane Rheinhardt celebrate on the first day of the CrossFit competition in Del Mar. Photos by Danell Marks Photography

their gym and their town in the Regional Round of the seventh annual CrossFit Games, to be held later this summer. After months of rigorous training just to qualify for the regionals, Ramona athletes Connor Martin, Keegan Martin, Randy Hill, Camzin MorrellStinson, Jane Rheinhardt and Allison Patenaude combined to form the six-person, co-ed team to represent Brand X in the elite three-day competition. Pitted against 29 other SoCal squads sporting names like Invictus, Team Dogtown, Brick Nation and Ruination, Brand X overcame a difficult learning curve in the first workout of the weekend, eventually finishing the competition in 15th place overall. One of the many challenges that participants in the games must face is the fact that the specific workouts that the teams and individuals will be JUNE 2013

competing in are not announced to them until right before the event. This year’s regionals pushed the team competition to the limits with rowing, pull-ups, overhead squats, deadlifts, box jumps and more.

sights set on next year’s title. She points to the relative youth that the Brand X team enjoys, with an average age of 24, and realizes that the experience gained this year, added to another year of Brand X-style training, is a game plan for success. While CrossFit itself is a workout program, its rising popularity with all age levels led to the creation of the CrossFit Games in 2007. Back then, the original grand prize was a whopping $500. But as the audience has grown, so has the bounty. The competition is now nationally televised by ESPN, and the top contenders are enticed by prize money, sponsorships, and most Camzin Morrell-Stinson and Connor Martin importantly, their perform a weighted lunge. They are not only own personal goals teammates, they plan to marry this summer. and records. Jeff Martin, CrossFit Brand X Since its creation in 2000 founder and team coach, was by Greg Glassman, the CrossFit extremely proud of the perforworkout program has grown to mance by his athletes, noting more than 6,100 affiliated gyms that they were one of the few around the world, with tens of teams who walked away from thousands of members avidly the weekend’s events uninjured practicing the booming trend and ready to get back to training in fitness. on Monday morning. Here in Ramona, in a modAfter some questionable judg- est warehouse on Maple Street, ing regarding “range of motion” CrossFit Brand X is well into its in the very first event slowed 10th year of teaching the conthe local team and dropped stantly varied, always inclusive, them to the bottom of the ranks, new wave form of strength Martin, whose sons Connor and training. Ramona’s very own Keegan are on the team, left the Brand X was one of the original stands to check on the morale five official affiliates approved of the inexperienced squad. He by Glassman, and there are still gets goose bumps when now affiliates in most major he describes the upbeat and cities in America, as well as positive attitudes that the Brand Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin X competitors were displaying America and Australia. at that moment, even as rival Today, it is the only one of teams were melting down those five still training under around them. the same banner, giving them The Ramona athletes excelled the honor of being the oldest in some areas, such as power continuously operating CrossFit lifting. Connor Martin is the affiliate on the planet. only competitor in any of the 17 Another proud distinction regionals so far to complete the that Brand X has brought home 275-pound deadlift and 30-inch to Ramona is their CrossFit Kids box jump event “unbroken,” fitness regimen that was cremeaning, he took no breaks ated in 2004 by Jeff Martin and between reps. But the team fell his wife, Mikki. From its humble back in other exercises, finishing beginnings here in Bulldog the weekend short of their goal, Country, CrossFit Kids is now but with a newfound drive “Forging the Future of Fitness” and determination. in more than 400 affiliated gyms The top three teams adaround the globe. vanced to the July games, but That may be the greatest the gap between the leaders and appeal to the CrossFit lifestyle our hometown heroes was much — that it offers something for closer than the final placing everyone. Regardless of your suggests. Far from discouraged, natural athletic ability or backCamzin Morrell-Stinson and her ground, or what kind of shape teammates already have their you are in when you first walk

Morrell-Stinson, center, competes in the one-armed dumbbell snatch with 50 pounds.

through the door, you will always be welcome. With adult CrossFit classes being offered six days a week, with several morning and evening options, the quick 45-minute workout appeals to moms on the go as well as dedicated athletes. A “masters class” is offered two days a week for members above the age of 55 who do not want to take part in the adult class. The CrossFit Kids classes generally mirror the adult workout times, making it

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Barefoot Boy from the Backwoods

uring the eighth grade in Ramona, I remember that Clarence Schwartz and Kenneth Woodward were the

By Darrell Beck

to get to the wire just ahead of Kenneth.This rivalry lasted until we graduated in 1946, when Clarence quit school and Kenneth went on to become an outstanding athlete at Oceanside High School. Four years after the eighth grade, the Ramona High School track team was invited to participate in the Vista Relays. During

Lacking adult supervision, as the coach had gone to visit his presumed girlfriend, my youthful reasoning agreed with my conclusion as being only slightly tarnished, since Clarence actually had attended Ramona schools at one time. We quickly found an extra blue jersey and a pair of shorts, but could not find running spikes large enough, so we

fastest sprinters on the old grammar school track team. Clarence, however, was a real jackrabbit and always seemed


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Ramona’s eighth-grade class of 1946, with Darrel Beck, second row, third from left; Clarence Schwartz, second row, far right; and Kenneth Woodward, top row, fifth from left. Photo Courtesy of Darrell Beck

those years, Ramona team members were allowed to drive their own vehicles to the games, so I took the entire five-man “A” team in my ‘39 Chevy sedan. Upon our arrival at the field, our coach announced that his departure would be necessary due to a sudden “emergency,” although we suspected he was afflicted with an affair of the heart and his time could not be divided with the team. It was therefore resolved by the coach that I, as captain, would be in full charge of Ramona’s track team that day. After completing several individual events, we were preparing for one of the sprint relays and our team had been registered and announced. Prior to the start of our relay, I looked up into the spectator stands and recognized a familiar face, a face one would never forget. It was Clarence from the eighth grade! I knew that Kenneth just by happenstance was running anchor for Oceanside, so like a signal to Pavlov’s dog, I must have drooled a bit as I envisioned the possibility of Clarence the rabbit replacing Fred from Ramona, who was of questionable swiftness. So after a crash reunion with Clarence and discussing the possibility of my scheme, Clarence assured me he was as fast afoot as ever and agreed to run in place of Fred.

decided he would run barefoot. So there on the track stood Clarence, the spectator from the grandstands, who to us was still Clarence from the eighth grade (who was always faster than Kenneth, now our rival from Oceanside). But to the Vista track officials, he became Fred from the Ramona track team. I then decided Clarence (or Fred) should run anchor (last of a four-man relay) against his old rival, and we were set to go. Our first two runners lost some ground, but by the time I handed Clarence the baton, we were almost neck-and-neck. I yelled, “Run, Clarence, run!” I’ll never forget Clarence, the barefoot boy from the backwoods, running for his pride and the honor of Ramona and the eighth grade, as he galloped, stride-for-stride, down the track and into the curve. But in just 100 yards, the imposter’s legs turned to lead as he ran out of gas going into the stretch, and Ramona failed to win, place or show. As I went to console my old friend, Clarence gasped, “Dang, I never lost to him before!” Because losers are not awarded medals, and the participants who would remember this episode are no longer with us, I have no proof to my skeptics that this event took place. But it really did! n

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n a clear night, the stars and the moon quietly shine over the peaceful Ramona valley. But once a year, starbursts of another kind loudly illuminate the sky, celebrating Independence Day with a fireworks display presented by the Ramona Rotary Club at Olive Peirce Middle School. The program runs from 5 to 9:30 p.m., beginning with games for the kids and food and treat vendors, and finishing with fireworks at 9 p.m. The tradition of exploding fireworks on the Fourth of July goes back to the first anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and has come

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to symbolize the many freedoms that Americans hold dear. The event brings families, friends and neighbors together for a common purpose. In that spirit of community, the Ramona Fourth of July fireworks show is a grassroots effort, made possible by generous donations of money and time by a variety of local individuals, businesses and groups. What to bring: chairs/blanket, jacket, snacks or a picnic, and friends. Do not bring alcohol, tobacco, animals or pets. Make the most of your evening by arriving early, prearranging a meeting spot if separated, and planning to stay a little while after the finale to avoid the traffic rush. n

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s the housing market begins to pick up, Ramona is starting to see quite a few new homes under construction. KirE Builders, Inc., whose president is longtime Ramona resident Josh Santa, recently acquired the Black Canyon

Energy-efficient and sustainable homes come with solar systems, offering homebuyers a great value in a beautiful setting. Estates project on the east end of town and has begun construction on four new single-family homes. With five homes

already finished on the site, the company has plans to build four to eight more homes by 2014, with a master plan of up to 25 more new homes in the development. “Ramona is a great place to live,” said Santa. “Once you drive out to Black Canyon Estates, you see how much further your dollar goes. We are offering innovative new homes on two to four acres while still in the low $500s price range. You just cannot beat that!” Black Canyon Estates’ new homes are situated on lots in the countryside with views facing the Cleveland National Forest. “KirE’s energy-efficient and sustainable

homes come with solar systems, offering homebuyers a great value in a beautiful setting,” added Santa. The four homes under construction range in size between 2,400 and 2,600 square feet, with three or four bedrooms, two-plus baths, and three-car garages. Each home offers covered patios designed to take advantage of indoor-outdoor living. They are expected to be move-in ready by mid-June. KirE also announced the June grand opening of a model home in Black Canyon Estates. The model will allow prospective buyers to tour through one of the company’s most popular single-story plans, with features including a solar system, a large covered patio, vaulted ceilings, and an innovative pest control system built into walls during construction and serviced from outside the home.

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Stephen Ministers Care in Times of Crisis Four members of Mountain View Community Church were commissioned as Stephen Ministers on May 19. They joined 11 other church members trained to provide one-on-one, confidential, Christian care and support to people facing illness, sadness, change, loss, or difficulties such as fear, pain or loneliness. Serving as Stephen Ministers are Marylin Boecher, Jerda Campbell, Bev Clauser, Pat Cram, Sue Doyle, Judith Guest, Clay Highfill, Orjan Karlsson, Tony Lungulow, Marci Shirley, David Smith, Stew Stewart, Julie Sullan, Matt Threlkeld and Jim Wray. “Our role is not to solve problems for people, but rather to help them — through prayer, trust and support — to find strength and courage,” said Judith Guest, leader of the local group and training program. They help pastors provide personal ministry for as long as people need it. Each minister is assigned one individual and meets with that person for about an hour a week for as long as the need exists. The formal relationship ends when the person receiving care recognizes he or she has reached a point of strength, confidence, independence and autonomy — anywhere from six weeks to more than a year, at no charge. The program is in more than 11,000 congregations, representing 159 denominations throughout the U.S., Canada and 25 countries. Ministers serve Ramona, Julian, Poway and surrounding communities. Contact Guest at 760-789-7927; the church office, 1191 Meadowlark Wy.; or visit n

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