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Tibbs Western Center in the San Diego Country Estates equestrian area. “I am grateful for the many wonderful projects I’ve been selected to do. The one that means the most to me would have to be our Welcome to Ramona monument because of all the incredible people who participated and whose contributions made it possible,” said Souza. “It began with John Degenfelder’s vision of having a welcoming monument, then to the Ramona Trails Association, who commissioned me to design and


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construct it. The stunning rock work of Eric Gunther, and the owner/ operator of Ramona Pump and Supply (Steve Grassilli), whose crane hoisted the monument onto its foundation. Even the folks driving by giving the thumbs-up as the monument went into place all played a critical role. “We (the townspeople) have embraced our monument because it is a reflection of the kind of people who call this town ‘home.’ It’s amazing!” Souza’s work has won multiple awards in both the fine art and landscape design categories, and is displayed in all 50 states and found abroad in Canada and Italy, and in Leslie Souza in her studio during last month’s Open Guadalajara and Mexico Photo by Annette Williams Studios Tour. City, Mexico. She and her husband, Souza has recently expanded her Cliff Fuerst, own a 36-acre ranch on Salida works to include artwork contracts with Del Sol where she has her studio and has the Unified Port of San Diego. worked on her metal art projects for the “I am very pleased to now be a past 18 years. Unified Port of San Diego-approved

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Among Souza’s local eyecatching works are the Welcome to Ramona monument, the Casey Tibbs Western Center gates and the entrance to Iron Mountain. Photos by Leslie Souza

Two of Souza’s dock gate design pieces commissioned by Marina Cortez for the Port of San Diego. The color was selected to match the existing dock railing and to endure both sun and salt water exposure.

support each other and do occasionally work on projects together,” said Souza. “I would like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who has inspired, challenged or believed

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ome might consider Old Survey Road 97 nothing more than a retired dusty trail. But to members of the Ramona Trails Association (RTA), it’s nothing less than a road to adventure. Glen Morgan, board member for the RTA, sheds light on the historic road and some of its travelers. He says the wide, wellgraded dirt road was once used by Native American Indians, Kit Carson and others who were determined to reach Ramona and parts of the backcountry. “It’s a legitimate road,” he said, telling how it’s been traveled by Wild-West wagons, stagecoaches and eventually automobiles. The old route connects Ramona to the Crest to Coast Trail and begins near Rangeland Road, runs through San Pasqual Valley toward Escondido, and T-bones into the San Dieguito River Trail, which runs alongside Lake Hodges down through Rancho Santa Fe, and stretches to the Del Mar coastline. Historic documents reveal that the trail was established in the late 18th century. It served as a postal route, brought eager gold miners to the nearby town of Julian, and in 1875 was declared a public highway, for the second time.

Though it was considered a main throughway for travelers between Ramona and Escondido until the early 1900s, it was officially abandoned in 1930 when it was replaced by an alternate road, Highway 78.

In 2010, the RTA felt it was time to resurrect its interest in the trail. With the hopes of having it designated as a historic point of interest, the nonprofit organization paid for an archeological evaluation of the land. As they gained momentum, they encountered opposition from community members. One local wildlife group identified a golden eagle nest about half a mile from the road, situated on the side of a cliff, and a few hundred yards away from a residential area. See The Dusty Trail continued on page 31

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Modified racing is one of the oldest forms of car racing and dates back to the early days of post World War II. Though there are a variety of sanctioned body styles and engine sizes, racers must follow a strict set of guidelines when building and competing their miniaturized stock cars. Taft has personally witnessed the checkered flag whip through the air as he crossed over the finish line time and time again. He has competed in numerous races, most on a local level, starting with the first car he raced, which was built by Ed Morris of Triple EEE Racing.

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weekend of March on the very track where his dream was born. The building process took 12 months, and he said, “I didn’t do it alone.” Giving kudos to a team of friends and family, he recognized the tremendous help that came from Bobby Brown and Darren Brent of B&B Race Chassis. He also identified RHS instructors Robert Grace and Mike Saavedra from the automotive program, saying he learned a lot about the overall maintenance and internal function of engines in their classes and in the Skills USA program. Taft grew his knowledge by competing in the Skills USA program his first three years at RHS and even advanced to the state level every year, winning the bronze award during his sophomore year. Although his new car has only three races under its belt, he knows all too well there will be plenty of opportunities to

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and Cabernet Sauvignon gained a public victory in a 1976 international wine tasting competition in Paris. “I started planting grapes in 2006,” Moore said. “We opened

our wineries to the public in January 2013. But it’s costly to start in the business. “It cost $35,000 an acre to get started,” he said. “That involves getting your licenses

and bonding with the federal government and state agency. Then there was the cost of obtaining barrels and making the wine.” According to records, in 2000, John Schwaesdall was the only bonded and licensed winery in operation in what is now the Ramona Valley AVA, but others were growing wine grapes, and some were making wine on an amateur basis. Then, a few growers attended a vineyard management class. They began talking about their common interest, and the wheels started turning. “Here at Ramona Ranch, we strive to produce balanced wines that will stand the test of time,” Moore continued. “Our wines are produced from estate and local vineyards, personally selected for the quality fruit. Ramona Ranch Winery started planting in 2006, with a small test vineyard of Petit Sirah, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Merlot and Mourvedre. In 2010, they planted larger vineyards on the property, consisting of Tannat, Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon.

“Attention to detail is something we practice steadfastly at our winery,” Moore concluded. “In fact, as the owners and wine makers, we are usually here to offer insights into our wine

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Coldwell Banker Honors Award Winners


oldwell Banker Country Realty recently hosted its annual awards breakfast at the San Vicente Inn, marking a year of success and significant accomplishments in real estate sales by the agents, said Broker/Owner Katie McNorton. Several fun awards were presented to the agents for the work they perform throughout the year, and the occasion was finalized with an announcement of the national awards earned by the top-producing realtors. “All of our agents had outstanding production for 2013, however, the following agents placed in the topproducing agents of the nation for Coldwell Banker,” said McNorton. “It is important to know that Coldwell Banker is the top-producing real estate brand in the United States and Canada, so these awards are no small accomplishment for anyone working in the

real estate industry.” Sharon Quisenberry was presented with the President’s Premier Award, which is given to only 1 percent of agents worldwide. Karen Dye received the Diamond Society award, which is given to only 15 percent of all Coldwell Banker agents. And Susan Michalek received the Sterling Society Award, which is given to only 20 percent of agents. Trudy Brodbeck, in her first year in real estate, received the Ramona office’s Rookie of the Year award for outstanding production, with more than 15 transactions in her first eight months. “We are enormously proud and thankful to these agents for their continuous success and hard work on behalf of Coldwell Banker Country Realty,” said McNorton. n

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cholarships help to give academic achieving graduates an encouraging financial boost as they pursue new educational challenges and career goals. Each June, the Ramona Rotary Club does its part in presenting scholarship money to deserving high school students in the area. To reach these financial goals, the club has established fundraising programs, including an opportunity drawing for a Traeger Lil’ Tex Elite pellet grill and accessories, with the drawing to be held May 18 at the Rotary booth at Ramona Rodeo. Meanwhile, a five-person panel is screening applications from several high schools in the area, checking records, studying endorsements and reading essays. “They are judged on grade point average, financial needs and community service that might adhere to the club’s motto,” said scholarship chair Joan Renaud. This is her third term as the chairperson and 10th year on the committee. “We also look at their majors, faculty consideration and personal achievement recommendations,” she said. “Vocational applications are a little different from the academic.” “We look at what their ambitions are, if they are realistic,” said Renaud, who was an English teacher in Vermont and Texas before coming to Ramona. “And we need proof of their enrollment in a course of study. Some even write essays. We try not to give a scholarship to those who have received many others.” She said early applications have been received from Julian Union High School, Ramona High School and Mountain Valley Academy. She stressed the importance of students filling out the club’s application form. Financial chairman Bob Vaughn said the amount of money the club is able to award depends on economic conditions in the community. “In 2008, for example, we gave $1,000 each to 14 students, but we haven’t matched that since,” he said. “This year, we’re raffling off a barbecue. We’ll sell more tickets at the rodeo, of course. It’s part of our overall fundraising projects. Scholarships are a part of what we do.” Tickets for the Traeger Lil’ Tex Elite pellet grill are available for a $10 donation at Farmers Insurance, 603 Main St., Ste. 7; Java Hut, SDCE; Ramona Home Journal, 726 D St.; Ramona Valley Presbyterian Church, 1039 D St., Ste. 4; and at the Rotary booth at the rodeo. n

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The Music Never Stops at Bluegrass & Old West Fest By Annette Williams


his year’s Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Fest promises never-ending music for the May 3 and 4 event.Three stages will feature more bands than ever before. In fact, when one

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instruments to the fun and informative music workshops, which are also listed online. Don’t miss the hands-on display of bluegrass instruments, jam sessions and fireside storytelling. For the kids, there will be face painting and a Kid’s Korner. Merchandise and food vendors will be on hand. This year’s opportunity drawing prize is a new Deering Goodtime Banjo. As an added touch of authenticity, an Old West Encampment with more than 100 participants will bring the Civil War and Western eras to life. “It’s guaranteed to be a great couple of days of music and festivities!” organizers promise. Adult tickets are $20 for Saturday, $15 for Sunday, or

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ow that another school year is drawing to a close, your young children are a step closer to the day when they’ll be heading off to college. Of course, as you’re probably aware, higher education doesn’t come cheap — and the costs seem to continuously climb.You can help your children — or even your grandchildren — meet these expenses by investing in a 529 plan. And this college savings vehicle offers estateplanning benefits. As a college funding vehicle, a 529 plan offers some significant benefits. When you contribute to a 529 plan, your earnings accumulate tax free, provided they are used for qualified higher

education expenses. (Keep in mind, though, that 529 plan distributions not used for qualified expenses may be subject to federal and state income tax and a 10 percent IRS penalty.) Furthermore, your 529 plan contributions may be deductible from your state taxes. However, 529 plans vary, so be sure to check with your tax advisor. And the lifetime contribution limits for 529 plans are quite generous; while these limits vary by state, many plans allow contributions well in excess of $200,000. Plus, a 529 plan is flexible: If the child, grandchild or other beneficiary decides against college, you can transfer the unused funds

to someone else, tax and penalty free. Now, let’s turn to a 529 plan’s estate-planning benefits. If you think that you may need to reduce the size of your taxable estate, and you also want to create a legacy you may be able to enjoy during your lifetime, you may find that the 529 plan offers a solution for you. When you establish and contribute to a 529 plan, the assets leave your estate — but they don’t leave your control. If your named beneficiary decides against college and you don’t have another family member to whom you can transfer the account — or if you simply change your mind about funding the 529 plan — you can get your money back at any time, although, as mentioned above, you’ll have to pay taxes, and possibly a 10 percent IRS penalty, on the earnings. Your contributions to a 529 plan also qualify for the $14,000 annual gift tax exclusion, so you can give large amounts each year without

incurring the gift tax. In the investment world, you can find many vehicles that can help you make progress toward one goal. But it’s far less common to find something that may give you a boost toward two. And when the two goals are helping a child or grandchild go to college and lowering the value of your taxable estate — while still maintaining control of your assets — you’ve got an investment worth considering. So consult with your tax and financial advisors to determine if a 529 plan is right for you. And if it is, think about taking action soon, because the more

years you can contribute to a 529 plan, the better the outlook for both your future student and your estate plans. Edward Jones, its employees and financial advisors are not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult your estateplanning attorney or qualified tax advisor regarding your situation. n Patrick Meskell is a financial advisor for Edward Jones. He can be reached at 760-787-1113. Patrick Meskell’s office, 1425 Main Street, Ramona, is located in the Albertsons Center.

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RMWD Breaks Ground for Natural Gas Pipeline By Ruth Lepper


amona Municipal Water District directors tossed the first shovelfuls of dirt in a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the beginning of the installation of a natural gas pipeline at the district’s Poway Pump Station.The event, that took place in Poway on the district’s easement road, was an extension of the regular board meeting on April 22 that was held at the Ramona Community Center. RMWD General Manager David Barnum welcomed the small crowd that gathered, calling the event a “milestone,”

saying it was a rare occurrence for the water district to have a new project getting under way. Barnum paid special tribute to the employees working on the project. In particular, he praised Operations Supervisor Johnny Brean, engineer Mike Metts and Ricardo Soto, of the engineering department. The construction contract was awarded to Atom Engineering Construction, Inc., from Hemet with a winning bid of $240,398. The natural gas pipeline will ensure that the Poway Pump Station continues to serve as a secondary power source for the district. The new pipeline will

improve the operation of the pump station and ensure that power will continue to be available without interruption in the event of an emergency, such as fire or power outage. As a result, ratepayers may benefit from energy savings. The pump station project has been in the works for the past two years. RMWD coordinated with San Diego Gas &

ing the groundbreaking ceremony, the directors approved scheduling an informational meeting on the proposed 201415 budget to be held at 7 p.m. June 23. The approval of the budget will be on the agenda for the regular meeting at 2 p.m. the following day. No action will be taken at the June 23 meeting. It is intended for information only, with


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he 34th annual Ramona Rodeo gets under way May 16 with three days of events scheduled. Competitors from near and far will be arriving in town to take part in several categories. Joani Georgeson, with the Ramona Outdoor Community Center heading the event, said more stock will be brought in for the rodeo than there has been in past years. Honeycutt Rodeo Stock Contractors out of Colorado will be providing horses, steers and calves for the cowboys to ride, wrestle or rope. Popular rodeo announcer Andy Stewart returns. He first came to Ramona for last year’s rodeo. “He is infectious — just awesome,” Georgeson said. “It’s like he’s riding every single animal in every single event. He makes you feel like you are in that event.” Also returning will be Troy Lerwill, billed as “The Wild Child,” a Texas-born clown who performs spectacular feats in the rodeo ring while riding a motorcycle, as well as clowning around with the contestants. Lerwill began his career in 1995, and two years later joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA). There are seven categories for the riders: steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, team roping, bull riding, calf roping and barrel racing. A hospitality tent is available for the contestants to relax in between events and have a place where they can absorb the country-town atmosphere and feel welcomed to Ramona. “Cowboy Church” will take place Sunday morning at the ROCC Pavilion for participants and visitors. Mutton Bustin’ is a popular event for youngsters ages 5 to 7. In the past, it was featured only on Sundays for the Kids Day programs, but this year will be included in all three rodeo shows. “It was such a hit last year, we brought it to all three performances this year,” Georgeson said.



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Six contestants will take part during each of the three shows. The boys and girls will be scored and timed, the same as in the adult competitions. Sunday will feature special programs and events for youngsters before the afternoon rodeo performance begins. Children are admitted free on Sunday for Kids Day, and their entry to the rodeo is $5. Admission for children is $5 on Friday evening. Adult tickets are $10 regular admission or with preferred seating at $15. The Saturday evening tickets are the same price for children and adults: $17 regular admission and $22 for

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Rodeo Parade Marches Down Main Street

By Ruth Lepper


or the fourth year running, the Ramona Rodeo parade will march down Main Street. Spectators will be lining up early on Saturday, May 17, in anticipation of the 10 a.m. start. Eight-year-old James T. Dukes has been chosen as the grand marshal. He is the California Junior Rodeo Association’s current Pee Wee Champion All Around Cowboy, a title he earned in January at an event in Norco.

James is a student at James Dukes (no relation) Elementary School in Ramona. He is the son of Maria and Tito Dukes. James has been diagnosed with a rare cancer, Berkus lymphoma leukemia. Reports show he is responding well to treatments. In part due to James’ ailment, the parade and rodeo committee selected this year’s theme to be “Tattoos on ‘R’ Town.” “He is one of the ‘tattoos’ on our town,” Joani Georgeson, with Ramona Outdoor Community

Center, said. “He’s just an up-andrunning little cowboy, what our hometown stands for. We’re all working together to help him through his battle.” The theme also is a play on the song, “Tattoos on This Town,” made popular by country singer Jason Aldean. In keeping with a spotlight on youth, the parade committee also named Alexavia Zetterberg as co-grand marshal. Alexavia, 9, was given a special recognition youth award in January by Ramona Chamber of Commerce.

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The Barnett Elementary School student is the daughter of Regina and John Zetterberg. Also headlining the parade will be Ramona Rodeo Queen Brittney Phillips. A Ramona resident, the 20-year-old Grossmont College student has also served as Ramona Rodeo Junior Queen in 2010, Poway Rodeo Queen in 2011 and 2012, and Miss Rodeo Lakeside in 2013. Her goal is to one day wear the crown of Miss Rodeo California. Georgeson said she is hopeful that the Al Bahr Shrine units will be in this year’s parade. The units consist of clowns, a marching band and old cars of a smaller variety. The committee is looking for

entries to feature autos and trucks, floats, equestrians, bands, clowns, drill teams and heavy equipment, among others. The parade will march down Main Street from 13th to Fifth streets, then turn west to Aqua Lane. It is expected to have at least 95 to 100 entries but could go as high as 120. Deadline to enter is at 5 p.m. on May 5. Applications are available online at n

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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. at 1 pm at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Ln. 760-789-0440 San Diego Outback 4x4 Club second Wed. at 7 pm upstairs at 310 Ninth St. promotes responsible off-road use on public lands. 760-789-8294 Teen Creative Writing Thurs. at 4 at Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. 760-788-5270 Palomar Health free and lowcost health education classes and screenings. 800-628-2880

LOcal Club News Woman’s Club Ramona Woman’s Club welcomes Deborah Blanpied, who will speak about the Chateaux of the Loire Valley at the club’s May 1 meeting at 1 p.m. Card Party is May 8 at 11:45 a.m. Literary Section meets May 12 at 1 p.m. Ladybugs Garden Section planning meeting is May 12 at 10 a.m., and field trip is May 22. Meetings are held at 524 Main St. Call President Jill McKenzie at 760-789-3596 or visit

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Ramona Garden Club presents Master Gardener Laura Eubanks, who will share her popular technique of creating art with succulent cuttings and glue at the May 14 meeting. The club gets together the second Wednesday at noon for a potluck lunch and meeting at Ramona Woman’s Club, 524 Main St. Call 760-787-0087 or visit www.ramonagardenclub. com.

Republican Women Intermountain Republican Women Federated will meet May 19, at 10:45 a.m., at Ramona Valley Grill, 344 Main St. Guest speakers will be Brad Weinreb, who is running for Superior MAY 2014

Court Judge, and Barbara Decker, who is running for California Assembly District 78. The group welcomes members, spouses and guests from Ramona, Julian, Santa Ysabel and surrounding areas. Contact 760-788-6342 or

Art Guild Ramona Art Guild presents watercolor artist Stan Goudey at its May 21 demonstration meeting at 7 p.m. at Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. He will also lead a workshop May 24 at the library. Call 760-787-1962 or visit

San Vicente Valley Club The San Vicente Valley Club will present scholarship recipients and install officers at the May 28 meeting in the San Vicente Resort, 24157 San Vicente Rd. Reservations are due by the Friday before the meeting at the front desk or by calling Maxine McNamara 760-7886189. Luncheon is open to the public; cost is $12. Social time begins at 11 a.m., followed by a short business meeting, lunch at noon and the program at 1 p.m. Visit www.sanvicentevalleyclub. org. n

Members of local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3783 will honor past and present veterans and activeduty military with three ceremonies on Memorial Day, May 26. The first service will be at 10 a.m. at Nuevo Memory Gardens, 532 Ash St. where veterans’ graves will be marked with small American flags, placed in advance by local Boy Scouts. Other ceremonies will follow at the World War II Memorial at the ball field on Ninth Street, and at the Vietnam War Memorial at Schwaesdall Winery, 17677 Rancho de Oro Dr., off Highway 67. After the services, a picnic will be held at the VFW Post at 2247 Kelly Ave. Call 760-789-7888. n SERVICE CLUBS Ramona Rotary Club Tues. at noon at Ramona Valley Grill, 344 Main St. Amber Ramirez, 760-789-0010 Kiwanis Club of Ramona Sat. at 7 am at Ramona Valley Grill, 344 Main St. Kevin Bell, 760-476-7734 Soroptimist International business meetings the second Tues. at Casa Reveles, 724 Main St., and program meetings and potluck the fourth Tues. at members’ homes. 760-789-1334 BUSINESS NETWORKING Business Network Exchange Thurs. at 7 am at Ramona Valley Grill, 344 Main St. 760-504-6608 Ramona Real Estate Association (RREA) third Wed. at 4 for local networking and last Tues. 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 Tues. at 6:30 pm at area locations. Elaine Lyttleton, 760-787-1102 SUPPORT GROUPS Alzheimer’s Support Group third Wed. at 10 am at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Ln. 760-787-0172 CoDA (Co-Dependents Anonymous) Sat. from 5:30-6:45 pm at Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. 760-755-8257 Free Dinner & Bible Study Mon. at 6 pm with Open Door Ministry at Grange Hall, 215 7th St. 760-788-4716 McAlister Institute, North Rural TRC meetings at 323 Hunter St. Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous, CoDA (Co-Dependents Anonymous), and Teen SPIKE group. 760-788-6520 Mood Disorder Support Group meetings at 323 Hunter St. Fri., 10 am. 760-788-6520

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. at 7 pm excluding June, July, Aug. and Dec., at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 16275 Pomerado Rd., Poway. 858748-2594 Ramona Al Anon Serenity Wednesday from 6:30-7:30 pm, 760-788-6520, and Serenity on Saturday from 8:15-9:30 am, 760-505-9231. North Rural TRC, 323 Hunter St. Taking off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS) Thurs., Grace Community Church, 1234 Barger Pl. Weigh-in 8 am, meeting 8:30, program 9. 760-789-0238 ORGANIZATIONS Arriba Teen Center open Tues.Thurs. 3-6 pm at 1710 Montecito Rd. 760-788-6443 AWANA Club Wed. 6:30-8:30 pm Sept.-May at two Ramona churches to meet the spiritual needs of youngsters age 4 through grade 12. 760-315-2323 Boys & Girls Club Ramona Branch sports, social and educational activities for Ramona youth at Collier Park, 622 E St. Snack program weekdays at 4:25. 760-789-8203 Boy Scouts of America Cub and Boy Scout units. Russ Christensen, 760-788-8180 russcinramona@ Committee for a Better Ramona last Wed. at 6 pm at Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. Double D Rescue Ranch Senior Dog Meet & Greet at 2330 Main St., Ste. C. Email doubledrescue

Out of the Box Players local plays and theater events at BBS Playhouse, 321 12th St. 760789-0856 www.outoftheboxplayers. Ramona Bar Association Free Legal Clinic first Sat. from 10-2 at Ramona Library, 1275 Main St. Sign in by noon. 760-789-9314 Ramona Christian Writers Critique Group first and third Mon. at 6 pm. 760-310-9539 Ramona Community Singers first and third Mon. through June 2, 7 pm at Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. 760-788-1887 Ramona Design Review Board last Thurs. at 7:30 pm at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Ln. 760-788-4308 Ramona Grange third Sat. at 10:30 am at 215 7th St. dlfriedli@ Ramona Municipal Water District Board second and fourth Tues. at 2 pm at 434 Aqua Ln. Ramona Santana Riders first Wed. at 7 pm, Int. Equestrian Ctr. Rotunda, 16911 Gunn Stage Rd. Open Shows 760-822-6165, gymkhanas 619-937-1501. www. Ramona Trails Association first Wed. at 7 pm except Sept. and Dec. at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Ln. 760-443-0809 Ramona Writers Group first and third Tues. at 1 pm at Ramona Community Center, 434 Aqua Ln. 760-789-1952 San Vicente Saddle Club second Wed. at 7:30 pm at International Equestrian Center, 16911 Gunn Stage Rd. 760-788-7533 Town Hall Bridge Club meets at Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. 760-789-1132 n

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Senior Center Marks 40 Years of Service

amona Senior Center will celebrate the completion of 40 years of service to the local senior community on Monday, May 19. From 9 to 11 a.m. there will be an open house showcasing some of the current activities the center offers, as well as displays of photos from the past.

Ready for Rib Fest! Lora Cicalo, left, Nancy Walker and Pete Bakarich prepare to serve baby back ribs at the Ramona Chamber of Commerce Mixer, held last month at the Ramona Senior Center. It was a preview for the center’s upcoming Community BBQ Rib & Chicken Fest fundraiser, set for June 21. The dinner will be held rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Olive Peirce Middle School Performing Arts Center, 1521 Hanson Ln. Guests who dine on the premises will enjoy an all-you-can-eat meal. Dinners can also be ordered to go. Coupons for $1 off available at the senior center, 434 Aqua Ln. Call 760-789-0440 or visit n

“We would like to have as many people as possible join us that day,” said Pete Bakarich, the center’s fundraising chairman. A special anniversary lunch will be held at 11:30. Organizers recommend making lunch reservations in advance. Call 760-789-0440 n

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Ramona Senior Center, at 434 Aqua Ln., and its Meals on the Go program, is funded by community donations and the County of San Diego Aging Independence Services, and is not affiliated with Meals on Wheels or other organizations.

Call 760-789-0440 or visit 1: Cabbage Rolls, Mashed Potatoes, Malibu Vegetables, Banana* 2: Baked Fish, Rice Pilaf, Tuscany Vegetables, Fresh Baked Crisp 5: Chicken Fajitas, Mexi-Rice, Refried Beans, Fruit Cocktail* 6: Salisbury Steak, Mashed Potatoes, Carrots, Orange, Salad* 7: Stuffed Bell Peppers, Mashed Potatoes, Mixed Vegetables, Pineapple* 8: Meatloaf, Gravy, Baked Potato, Spinach, Peaches 9: Mother’s Day Chicken Cordon Bleu, Rice Pilaf, California Vegetables, Bread Pudding 12: Teriyaki Chicken, Rice, Stir-Fry Vegetables, Mandarin Oranges* 13: Denver Hash Brown Omelet, Biscuit, Sausage Links, Tropical Fruit, Salad* 14: Chili Dog, Cheese, Onion, Tater Tots, Coleslaw, Pears* 15: Tuna Noodle Casserole, Dinner Roll, Broccoli, Peaches

16: Birthday Lunch Oven-Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, California Vegetables, Cake 19: 40th Anniversary Celebration Pot Roast, Red Potatoes, Carrots, Dinner Roll, Fruit of Forest Pie 20: Beef Stew, Homemade Biscuits, Ambrosia, Salad 21: Pasta Crab Salad, Tomato, Cucumber, Cornbread, Cookies 22: Taco Salad, Refried Beans, Mexi-Rice, Apricots 23: Memorial Day Lunch Hamburgers, Pork & Beans, French Fries, Strawberry Shortcake 26: Closed for Memorial Day 27: Ham, Cherry Sauce, Sweet Potatoes, Green Beans & Tomatoes, Salad, Chocolate Pudding* 28: Chicken & Broccoli Casserole, Cornbread, Carrots, Tropical Fruit 29: Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Italian Vegetables, Pineapple 30: Sloppy Joes, French Fries, Coleslaw, Mandarin Oranges*

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Members of the Ramona Sheriff’s Substation Senior Volunteer Patrol are pictured with certificates of recognition signed by California State Senator Joel Anderson. Those who were honored have served Photo Courtesy of Bill Lawler between 1,000 and 7,000 hours as patrol volunteers.

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Choosing a Hospital That’s Best for You By David Sayen


ave you ever read a restaurant guide before picking a place for a special dinner? Or a consumer-advice magazine before buying a new car? Wouldn’t it be great if there was a similar guide for looking up the quality of care at hospitals in your area? Well, there is. It’s called “Hospital Compare,” and you can find it on the Medicare website at Hospital Compare contains a wealth of information on how well hospitals perform certain surgeries and treat certain medical conditions. The data varies from hospital to hospital, since some hospitals do a better job of caring for patients than others. The idea behind Hospital Compare is that making qualityof-care information easily available to the public will motivate hospitals to improve their care. Medicare has similar “compare” websites for nursing homes, home health agencies and dialysis facilities. You can search Hospital Compare by ZIP Code, city or state. The data you’ll find are intended to provide a snapshot

of the quality of care at more than 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals throughout the United States. You don’t have to be a Medicare beneficiary to use Hospital Compare — it’s open to everyone and it’s free of charge. If you’re having a medical emergency, go to the nearest hospital. But if you have time to plan a surgery, or if you have a condition such as heart disease and you know you’ll need hospital care in the future, talk to your doctor about the local hospital that best meets your needs. Find out which hospitals your doctor works with and which hospitals he or she thinks give the best care for your condition. If you’re a Medicare beneficiary, ask if the hospitals participate in Medicare.

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ON MEMORY’S BACK TRAIL The Woodward Family By Darrell Beck


arlan J. Woodward (1875-1961), son of Simon Barker Woodward of Des Moines, Iowa, married Dora Zell Mechling in 1897, and came to Ramona in 1907.Their six children were Albert Arthur, Harry Wilfred, Frances Ramona Lego, Barker Paul, Guy Burton and Lela Otila Harrison-Hamlin-Woodall. Harlan was involved with farming and dairy operations, including a number of odd jobs, and at one time he was postmaster of Ramona. Harlan’s brother, Wilfred E. Woodward (1870-1943), of Jasper County, Iowa, came to Ramona in 1896. He had a dairy and creamery, served as the constable for a while, was a Ramona Town Hall Trustee, and helped organize the State Bank of Ramona. Wilfred married Adelaide Evans in 1903, and they had no children. Harlan and Dora’s eldest son, Dr. (Albert) Arthur Woodward (1895-1985), completed high school in Ramona and went to University of California, Berkeley, embarking on a long and distinguished career. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I, worked at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., spent 26 years with the Los Angeles County Museum as chief curator, and served with Admiral Byrd and the Office of Strategic Services during World War II. Arthur was a noted archaeologist, anthropologists’ consultant and prolific author of history and Indian culture. He wrote books and articles for quarterlies and popular Western magazines, including “The Brand Book,” published by the Los Angeles Corral of Westerners. From 193536, he even found time to contribute many local newspaper articles about the history of the Santa Maria Valley and adjacent regions. His columns, titled “Out

of the Past,” were reproduced years later by his younger brother Guy under the title “Dusting off the Past.” Guy B. Woodward (1909-97), who was born in Ramona and attended schools here, married Geneva Larimore in 1926. They had two children, Richard and Kenneth. Guy had a long career in law enforcement and as a motorcycle cop in Oceanside and El Centro. He returned to Ramona, and upon retirement, became involved with the Ramona Pioneer Historical Society and served as a Ramona Town Hall Trustee. He was instrumental in development of the local museum, located in the old Verlaque House, and added to the existing collection of historical artifacts. After Guy Woodward’s death, Kenneth Woodward took over the reins of the museum.

young boy. A quick learner, ambitious and with an analytical mind, he was eventually put in charge of keeping track of every item in the store. Kirkman continues to participate in civic duties in many ways, but has excelled as President of the Ramona Town Hall Board of Trustees. Due to his efforts and that of the other trustees — along with public-supported fundraisers, honorary mayors’ efforts and volunteers — the restoration of the 1894 historic structure to its original condition has made great progress. Woody Kirkman and his wife, Dawn Kirkman, now own and operate a family business, W.T. Kirkman Lanterns, Inc., a major Ramona manufacturer, doing a large volume of business nationwide. n

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Woman’s Club Presents Tea and Fashion Show

Ramona Woman’s Club presented its New York Fashion tea and fashion show April 10, to raise funds for the club’s scholarship fund. Modeling the ensembles are club members, from left, Karen Stangl, Maxine McNamara, Alicia Gonzales, Michael Ann Haight, Jennifer Lane, Sally Westbrook, Sandra Bedard and Janet Murdoch. The club’s youngest member, far right, Ella Mae Lane, appears to enjoy her turn on the fashion runway. Ella Mae is a fourthgeneration Woman’s Club member, following in the footsteps of her great-grandmother Ellie Whitcomb, grandmother Sharon Uran, and mother, Jennifer Lane. n

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Two volunteers with Ramona Community Library were honored as Volunteers of the Year, along with six other volunteers from throughout the San Diego County Library system. Nancy Dohrer was recognized for volunteering three days a week shelving and pulling books and assisting at special library activities, such as the annual Star Wars program. Dick Wayman began as a volunteer member of the Friends of the

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The Dusty Trail The discovery was a significant roadblock and left the project at a dead-end. “It was a huge disappointment, especially for John Degenfelder, who considered this his pet project,” said Morgan. RTA founder John Degenfelder refuses to give up on the old road. “It’s been 20 years in the making,” he said. Believing it can be dusted off and given new purpose, Degenfelder sees the trail as a valuable resource for the public. “I know County Parks would love to open it. But I’m not so sure about Fish and Wildlife,” he said, recognizing that certain areas have stricter regulations when it comes to flora and fauna. But in more recent discussions with San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Degenfelder received encouragement. In an exclusive statement made to Ramona Home Journal, Jacob said, “Old Survey Road 97 is not only a link to our history, but it links the Ramona Grasslands to the San Pasqual Valley on a beautiful stretch of our backcountry. It’s important that we do all we can to preserve it and to make it as

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accessible as possible for the public to enjoy.”

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Morgan says opening the road would be a matter of unlocking a few gates and repositioning a small portion of the trail, near the tail end, to accommodate a property owner who had shown previous support for the historic designation. “Right now, we need to raise awareness,” he said, adding that farmers and ranchers currently use the road, and that even

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“There’s no such thing as a bad idea,” he added. “Only bad timing.” At present day, the RTA is pursuing other avenues, including having the trail designated a historic point of interest at the state and national levels. While the RTA waits optimistically, they envision the dust on Old Survey Road 97 will soon be converted into happy trails. n


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he Ramona High School band and color guard will host the RHS Band Cars & Crafts Show May 3. The event, on campus at 1401 Hanson Ln., will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will feature antique and show car displays, with everything from chromed-out classics to customized PT Cruisers. In addition, there will be local craft vendor booths, food, raffle baskets and silent auction. Guests will enjoy the swinging sounds of the award-winning Royal Blues Jazz Bands, according to event organizers. “Popularity of the band

This classic car and many others have been on display at the annual RHS Band Cars & Crafts Show.


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Ramona Rebels Elite Cheer organization will host its fourth annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on May 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Olive Peirce Middle School Performing Arts Center. New this year will be a dessert auction and silent basket auction. Organizers say it is the group’s biggest fundraiser, and a percentage of the proceeds will go toward a scholarship fund that will be established for the 2015-16 season. Interested sponsors and donors may contact Carrie Bryant at Tickets are $10, available from Rebel members or at the door. Children 5 and under are free. n

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Magnificent airplanes from the World War II era made a stop at Ramona Airport last month when the Wings of Freedom Tour few into town. This B-17 “Flying Fortress” was one of three aircraft open for public tours.

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ing to better themselves with programs such as this and enable the students to participate without financial limitation.” Admission for spectators is free. Car entry fee is $25 in advance or $30 the day of the show. Entry forms are available at carshow.html, or call 760-440-7692. n

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GATED – $699,800

West end gated estate on 5.33 acres, zoned multi-family. Offering 10+BR over 6900 esf. Sparkling pool, tennis court, outdoor barbecue. MLS#140016605

Offering 4BR/3BR with 3122 esf. on 4.19 acres. Orange grove, electric gate, fenced and cross fenced. IGG pool and waterfall fountain. VIEWS! MLS#130058428

OPEN SPACE – $435,000

2 MASTER SUITES – $447,800

5 BEDROOMS – $385,000

Custom 3BR/2BA with city and well water. Open floor plan. Covered porch. Mature trees, solar heated pool. MLS#140015279

Courtyard with waterfall leads to this 3BR/3+BA, 2624 esf. on .55 acre. Sunken living room, spacious kitchen, newer appliances. Storage building. MLS#130060092

Cul-de-sac location, conveniently located, two story residence. Fenced backyard with side access. MLS#140016940

REMODELED – $539,800

OAK TREE RANCH – $129,900


Offering 5 BR/3+BA with 2916 esf. Stainless steel appliances, granite counters, hardwood flooring. In-ground pool and spa. MLS#140007965

Move-in ready. Offering 3BR/2BA beautiful Manufactured home. Complete with fridge, washer, dryer. Spacious kitchen, formal dining, large laundry room. MLS#130048944

Black Canyon Estates. Offering 4BR/3BA with 2410 esf. on 2 acres of usable land. Gourmet kitchen, upgraded appliances, 3-car garage. MLS#140006833

OWNER MAY CARRY – $185,000


9.34 ACRES – $179,800

Located on 14.50 acres with utilities to site. Varied terrain with 360 degree views. MLS#140016983

Located on 8.75 acres., Renovated 3BR duplex, detached 1BA guest, detached workshop. Industrial and commercial uses. MLS#130050094

Santa Teresa Estates. Private, paved street. Utilities to site, partially fenced, house pad, installed septic and community well. MLS#140014549

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