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Students Enjoy ’50s Fun at RLS Sock Hop
By Lindsay Santa ~ the journal
early 150 RLS Christian Day School teachers, staff, students and their families attended the school’s first Sock Hop dance at Mountain Valley Ranch. The well-known local barn was outfitted with a dance floor and festive ‘50s-era décor. With 15 vintage cars on site, the setting was like a scene straight from a 1950s
San Diego. Games included a hula hoop contest and bubble blowing contest. “It was a fabulous evening,” said Booster Club President and Sock Hop organizer Maryann Peik. “The children seemed to really enjoy the theme, and seeing everyone dressed up in costume was lots of fun.” The event was the finale to the school’s week-long
The entryway to the new medical care facility.
A Lifeline for Wild Animals
By Tracy Rolling ~ the journal
hen The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center opened its doors nearly 30 years ago, staff and volunteers had no idea the impact they would make on the community, let alone the area wildlife. But since then, they have helped more than 17,000 animals and have earned a reputation as being one of the nation’s largest and most diverse networks of animal care centers. As an affiliate of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), The Fund for Animals recently hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to christen a new medical care facility. Ali Crumpacker, director of The Fund for Animals, thanked nearly 100 guests and donors in attendance before acknowledging how the new 5,200-square-foot wildlife medical center had been six years in the making and cost just over a million dollars. Crumpacker applauded a dedicated crew of contractors along with staff and volunteers before introducing The Humane Society of
From left, President and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) Wayne Pacelle, The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center Director Ali Crumpacker, and HSUS Board of Directors member Jerry Cesak cut the ribbon during the grand opening of a new wildlife care Photos by Tracy Rolling facility.
the United States (HSUS) Board of Directors member Jerry Cesak, from the popular “Jeff and Jer” radio show. Cesak described the nonprofit organization as, “An effective agent of change for animals.” He used words such as “remarkable” to describe the state-of-the-art facility that will treat coyotes, bobcats, spotted skunks, weasels and larger carnivores. He also referred to the See A Lifeline for Wild Animals continued on page 9
Costumed guests pose in front of a vintage vehicle at the RLS Christian Day Photos by Lindsay Santa School Sock Hop dance.
movie. Guests enjoyed dinerstyle foods, coordinating Elvis-themed cupcakes and a photo booth. Dance music was provided by Jump’n Jack Flash, host of the “Moldie Oldies Show” on KCBQ radio and host of the “Military Appreciation Channel” in
festivities in celebration of Lutheran Schools Week. Along with the dance, the students participated in a community service project to help local senior citizens, as well as regular on-campus service activities. n
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one in four children is food insecure, meaning they have no idea where their next meal will come from. Studies also show that 41 percent of these children’s families are not eligible for certain federal nutrition programs. All local donations collected by the Scouts will go to the Ramona Food & Clothes Closet to help replenish their dwindling supplies and bring relief to members of the community who are in need. n
By Tracy Rolling ~ the journal
As part of their pledge to “do a good turn daily,” local Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America will team up with Feeding America San Diego in the hopes of collecting nearly 50,000 pounds of food for families in need. The nonperishable food drive will be held weekends throughout March, and door hangers will be left at homes indicating when the Scouts will return to collect donations. According to Feeding America,
Montecito Teacher Named SD Educator of the Year
Veteran Montecito High School math teacher Christine Hill was recognized last month as Educator of the Year for the San Diego County Region of the California League of High Schools. Hill gave a presentation to the league about excellence in teaching and learning Christine Hill Photo Courtesy of in the continuation school Ramona Unified School District environment.
The third and most recent mural from the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project was sponsored by members of Ramona Chamber of Commerce and installed Feb. 8 on the Affordable Treasures building on Main Street, owned by Donna Zick. The mural replicates a painting done by the late Louise Shidner depicting early commerce in Ramona. Chamber officers and directors pictured from left are Robert Argyelan, Bob Krysak, Janice Baldridge, Carol Fowler, Sally Westbrook, Amber Ramirez, Darrel Kinney, Charlotte Jensen, Robert Critney and Photo by Carol Kinney Frankie Newberg.
Ramona Unified School District Superintendent Bob Graeff commended Hill for her outstanding service to Ramona’s students. She will continue on to the statewide competition in Sacramento this spring. n
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San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob will host a Coffee with Constituents meeting on Feb. 27 at 8:30 a.m. in Ramona Town Hall, 729 Main St. Jacob will give members of the community a chance to ask questions and hear updates on community issues. For more than two decades, Jacob has hosted informal coffees across
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Councilman Hikes Coast to Crest Trail
oway City Councilman Cunningham decided he couldn’t wait for the Coast to Crest Trail to be finished if he wanted to hike the entire 70-mile route during his tenure as chair
the headwaters of the San Dieguito River begin. He was joined for several legs of the hike by Bill Simmons, a member of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC) board,
Highway 78. Since then, Cunningham and his hiking partners have embarked on other segments of the Coast to Crest Trail, concluding with a planned six-mile coastal section on Feb. 11. “We are fortunate to have such ecological diversity in San Diego,” said Cunningham. “The Coast to Crest Trail traverses habitats ranging from coastal wetlands, to chaparral and oak groves, to mountain forests, and ends with a spectacular view of the AnzaBorrego Desert. It gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy a vast expanse of open space, which is so rare in Southern California.” Next month, as many as 40 11th-grade students from High Tech
Poway City Councilman Jim Cunningham hiked the Coast to Crest Trail from Volcan Mountain Photo Courtesy of Jim Cunningham to Del Mar.
High North County plan to hike the same route. The group — led by biology teacher Matt Leader and University of California, San Diego, grad students — will hike 10 or more miles per day over five or six days, with permission from Conservancy and River Park authorities. No camping is allowed in the park, so students will be dropped off and picked up each day of the hike. Along the way, they plan to document their journey with a video that will be available on the High Tech High North County website. More than 45 miles of the planned 70-mile Coast to Crest Trail have been completed and are open to the public. Visit www.sdrp.org/trails.htm. n
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Heartfelt Stories Happen at Annual Locks of Love
By Tracy Rolling ~ the journal
hough it occurred a little early this year, the 11th Annual Locks of Love event hosted by Artistry In Hair was a huge success. But it wasn’t the number of ponytails collected or the generous monetary contributions made by the community, patrons and hardworking hairstylists — it was the story behind each donor. Salon owner Natallie-Rose Phillips shared, “Its incredible how much love comes from each person’s donation.” From left, Sandy Phillips, Michelle Wooldridge, Natallie-Rose Locks of Love is a nonprofit Phillips, Cherri Frazier, Jo Barefoot and Joani Shall. organization that helps children suffering Photo Courtesy of Natallie-Rose Phillips from various forms of hair loss by living at Rady Children’s Hospital, Katelyn providing them with hair prosthetics. Phillips was able to return home to Ramona. says that men, women and children may Today, she is five years in remission. Not donate ponytails 10 inches or longer — even only is she a survivor, but she is grateful for chemically treated and naturally her best friend Tegan Barker, who donated her gray hair. hair in Katelyn’s honor. Tegan’s mom, Erin Barker, explained how she and Krystal shared the same due date before the girls were born. “My husband, Travis, and I have been friends with their family ever since,” says Barker, telling how Tegan suddenly asked days before the Locks of Love event if would be okay for her to cut her hair and donate it for kids who might be sick like Katelyn was. “Katelyn inspires her,” Barker says, describing her daughter a very kindhearted six-year-old. “I think it was an act of God. Not
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“On average, it takes between six and 10 ponytails to make one prosthetic,” she says, explaining how the collected ponytails are hand-woven into a specially molded skullcap and colored to match the hair of a child in need. This method of construction gives children confidence to swim, perform gymnastics or just swing on a swing set without feeling insecure about their appearance. Ramona resident Katelyn Devermann knows all too well what it’s like to lose her hair. She lost hers at a young age when she was battling leukemia. “Katelyn was only 15
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months old when she was diagnosed with leukemia,” said her mom, Krystal Devermann. “It was the most trying time of our life. I was pregnant with our second daughter, and Katelyn was going through sometimes five rounds of chemo a day.” After seven long months of
Hair stylist Joani Shall with Joshua and Nora Cobian. Photo Courtesy of Erin Cobian
only did she come up with the idea on her own, but it was Katelyn’s grandma who got to cut Tegan’s hair.” Stylist Cherri Frazier said it was an honor and that she is very proud of both girls. Believing that everything happens for a reason, Barker says that Tegan’s little sister, Riley, has hair just a few inches shy of the required donation length and plans to donate in the months ahead. Another donor was Leslie Hodge, owner of A Country Clip dog groomers. She said she was inspired to donate her hair after growing it out for more than two years, and has previously donated to Locks of Love. She knows her thick red locks will bring much love to a child in need. Local resident Joshua Cobian suffers from cerebral palsy. He uses a wheelchair, and his only method of communication is offered through verbalizations his mother, Nora Cobian, has come to understand. When his mom asked him if he wanted to donate his hair in honor of late Grandma Juanita, who passed away from a cancerous brain tumor, she says, “He got so excited and couldn’t stop smiling. I knew he wanted to donate!” Phillips says there are so many heartfelt stories in Ramona and across the country where people are donating their hair and raising awareness about the national program. “That’s why I do this. To bring love and hope to children in need,” says Phillips, crediting fellow stylists Frazier, Michelle Wooldridge, Jo Barefoot and Joani Shall, and her mom, Sandy Phillips, who prepared refreshments and manned the front desk during the event, for volunteering their time. “It’s true she may be too young to remember that part of her life,” says Krystal about Katelyn’s ordeal. “But for older children, hair loss can be devastating. It’s amazing how much a little bit of hair can make such a big difference in a child’s life.” n
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alifornia Forensic Psychophysiology (CFP), Inc. — a professional polygraph service — has opened in Ramona. CFP president and Ramona resident James M. Evans has been associated with polygraph for more than 30
verification, screening and specific issues. Lie detection has become increasingly accepted as a means of truth verification in both civil and criminal cases, as well as by private individuals. In fact, studies show that the polygraph is up to 96 percent accurate. States such as California allow the tests in court if everyone
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years, primarily in the detection of performance-enhancing drugs in sports. In addition to drug testing, his company provides polygraph testing for fidelity, pre-employment, post-conviction sex offenders, criminal cases, family crises, pretrial truth
agrees, and allows juries to draw whatever conclusions they wish from the results. Most federal courts allow judges to admit polygraphs at their own discretion. Can you beat a polygraph? “Not likely,” says Evans, a graduate of the renowned Backster School of Lie Detection. “Even an expert like Cleve Backster, founder of the Backster
RMWD Directors Pass Two Resolutions
By Ruth Lepper ~ the journal
t’s official. Sewer connection fees for the Santa Maria plant have been lowered from $20,000 to $13,000 — a savings of $7,000 for new customers hooking up to the sewer system and for current customers who are increasing their usage. Ramona Municipal Water District Board of Directors approved the recommendation following a public hearing on Jan. 28. The hearing did not bring out anyone for or against the resolution, and few comments came from the directors. The proposal had been discussed in detail, along with a PowerPoint presentation, at the previous meeting. The only other action coming
before the board was another resolution approving a retiree health premium reimbursement plan. Human Resources Manager Tim Clement told the directors there are “only a couple of retirees on this plan,” but it’s necessary for the resolution to be in place in order to process reimbursement requests. “It’s really just an administrative tool to process these reimbursements,” Clement said. Under directors’ comments, Rex Schildhouse reminded his fellow board members that there is no comma or pause in the Pledge of Allegiance when stating, “. . . one nation under God . . .” n
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drug use. “Sometimes couples have trust issues in their marriage,” says Evans. “They are trying to make their marriage work, but one partner may have a history of cheating, and the other partner needs confirmation that it isn’t still going on. Or sometimes no cheating is going on, but one partner is jealous and believes that something may be going on even when it isn’t and needs validation one way or the other. “With teens, many parents want to trust that their children are not using drugs but quietly fear that they might be involved anyway. Because they love their children, they need to know for sure. A specific-issue polygraph can put their fears to rest.” Free consultations are available to learn if a polygraph might resolve a personal issue or give peace of mind. Evans adds, “The truth will prevail.” California Forensic Psychophysiology is located at 406 16th St., Ste. 104C. Call 707-208-5924 or visit www. calpolygraph.com. n
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School and founder of the CIA’s polygraph unit, who died in July at age 89, asserted that he could not beat a polygraph. So it is highly unlikely that the average person could ever do it. Besides, even attempts to beat the polygraph are recorded by the computerized polygraph.” The modern computerized polygraph is a sophisticated instrument that measures blood pressure, heart rate, respiration and skin conductivity, simultaneously recording the responses on a chart that is “scored” by a trained polygraph examiner — forensic psychophysiologist — to determine veracity. The examiner also employs activity sensors to detect any attempt by the subject to use physical countermeasures in the form of bodily movements or muscle control efforts to beat the test. Among the most popular private uses of the polygraph are to test for fidelity — or infidelity, as the case may be — and testing for teen
Ramona Man Helps Lost Pets Return Home
By Jim Evans ~ the journal
ost people can identify with the tragic loss of a pet. Storefronts up and down Main Street are typically dressed with flyers of lost cats, dogs and other furry friends. Sometimes they are victims of our rural environment, but sometimes they are just lost, and whoever finds them has no idea who owns them or where to return them. Ramona’s Peter Massaro knows about this firsthand.
“My father invented the Identicollar back in 1967 in Beverly Hills after his pet poodle — Archie — got out. He was devastated. Fortunately, Archie was found a few blocks away from my father’s house, sitting on one side of a gate and checking out a female dog on the other side,” recalls Massaro with a laugh. But it could have been a lot worse. “Still, my father told himself that he would never
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again lose a pet without some way of finding it, so he came up with the idea of a collar with nickel-plated brass letters riveted into the fabric, identifying the name of the pet and the phone number of the owner.” “What makes the Identicollar different,” Massaro explains, “is that the rivets — or snaps — can be installed with simple finger pressure but do not come out without the use of a pair of pliers, and the collar ultimately looks like ‘jewelry’ around the pet’s neck.” The Identicollar was marketed by Ralston Purina in the 1970s and ‘80s and was available in many retail pet stores across the country. Several other companies and organizations have promoted Identicollar in their catalogues
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available in 10 and 12 inches, with an elastic safety release. Collars can also be customsized for livestock. The collars were originally made of leather, but are now made of longer-lasting nylon. The company also makes luggage tags. Massaro maintains a modest inventory of products and supplies in his Ramona warehouse and conducts business through the company’s website. “We’ve always done a steady business online for years,” says Massaro, “but I’ve often thought about
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taking Identicollar to the next level with an investor. “After all, we’ve been around for more than 40 years, and that’s a lot of credibility. In the meantime,” he chuckles, “we’ll just help people identify their pets one cat, one dog, one goat, one horse or one cow at a time.” For information, contact Massaro at 760-694-0880 or visit www.identicollar.com. n
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residents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln both made their marks on American history, so much so that every year Americans celebrate their birth and influence with Presidents Day. Washington may have been the country’s first president, but Lincoln is perhaps more frequently celebrated for his profound efforts to abolish slavery. He is best known for presiding over the United States during the Civil War and signing the Emancipation Proclamation, which liberated slaves across the country. While much is widely known about Lincoln and his life, there are some lesser-known tidbits that only historians or history buffs seem to know. In honor of his birthday, here are 13 facts about President Lincoln that aren’t as widely known. 1. Towering over others at a height of 6 feet, 4 inches tall, Lincoln remains the tallest president to hold office. It is likely his stature helped to present an air of authority during his presidency. 2. Lincoln had two romantic interests before he married Mary Todd in 1842. He was in a relationship with Ann Rutledge, who died of typhoid fever. He also courted Mary Owens for some time before they ended their relationship. 3. Lincoln was notoriously messy. His law office was often cluttered, much to the chagrin of his partner William Herndon. It is said Lincoln kept an envelope on his desk marked, “When you can’t find it anywhere else, look into this.” 4. Lincoln was the first president to be photographed at his inauguration. His future assassin, John Wilkes Booth,
can be seen in a photo standing close to the president. 5. In 1849, Lincoln obtained Patent No. 6,469 for a device that was designed to lift and keep boats afloat when they passed over a sandbar or entered shallow water. Lincoln served as a ferry operator and flatboat pilot prior to entering politics. 6. Lincoln’s beard is almost as famous as the man. He was urged by advisors to grow a beard during his first term to soften some of his harsh features. 7. Lincoln was born to Thomas Lincoln and Nancy Hanks. Actor Tom Hanks is a distant relative of the former president. 8. Despite his stature, Lincoln apparently had a high-pitched voice and not a deep timbre. 9. Lincoln wore a size 14 shoe. 10. According to reports by his personal secretary John Hay, Lincoln would sometimes pace the White House because of insomnia. He would keep Hay up with funny stories or with readings of Shakespeare. 11. Lincoln accepted a challenge to a duel with James Shields, a state auditor. Lincoln chose a broadsword as the weapon, but Shields decided to work through his differences with Lincoln amicably rather than face him in the duel. 12. The contents of Lincoln’s pockets on the night he was killed were not revealed until February 12, 1976. He carried two pairs of spectacles; a chamois lens cleaner; an ivory-and-silver pocketknife; a large, white Irish linen handkerchief, with “A. Lincoln” embroidered in red;
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the Ramona facility. Before the three made their way to a red ribbon draped in front of the care center entrance, Pacelle said, “It takes resources and legislation to protect these animals. It’s not as much about animal rights as it is about human responsibility.” The ribbon was cut as the crowd applauded. Guests were treated to an assortment of foods and invited to participate in a guided tour. Under normal circumstances, the quiet, 13-acre, west-end property is closed to the public due to the delicate nature of its recovering patients. With a goal to keep the animals as stress-free and independent of humans as
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are uniquely designed crates with guillotinestyle doors and removable tops. These features make it easier to clean and care for the animals that receive live food though a special access point in the enclosure. All of the animal food is 100 percent humane certified. Live cuisine is acquired from farms and ranches, while meat and vegetables are stored in three well-labeled refrigerators and an industrial freezer located in the new facility. In addition to the oversized stainless steel kitchen, the new building accommodates a call center, triage area, surgical room, radiology and laundry facility, which runs nearly 24 hours a day, seven days a week. As staff and volunteers rejoice at the opening of the new facility, they prepare to celebrate The Fund for Animals’ 30th anniversary next month. They know there is still much to be done — more animals to save, enclosures to build, funds to raise, and public awareness to instill to bring about an end to animal cruelty. Yet, they stay focused on the task at hand, which is to rescue nearly 3,000 animals a year representing 150 different species. Perhaps staff member Stacey Parker summed it up best by sharing her favorite part of the job. “Hands down, it has to be helping rehabilitate an animal enough to release it back into the wild. That’s what it’s really about —
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e all know that texting while walking can be dangerous. We’ve all seen videos of people stepping into potholes, tripping over curbs, bumping into telephone poles and even falling into fountains. But those are too obvious. Apparently texting on your phone while walking also has a deleterious effect on balance and posture. A study by researchers at the University of Queensland and published in Plos One, an international scientific peerreviewed online publication, found that texting modified the body’s movement, causing people to walk more slowly, deviate from a straight line (makes sense because they can’t see where they are going), and move their necks less. Subjects in the
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Golf Tournament to Benefit Fund for Animals The Fund for Animals Wildlife Center will be the beneficiary of a Wildlife Golf Tournament March 21, hosted by San Vicente Golf Resort, 24157 San Vicente Rd. Guests will enjoy a four-person, scramblestyle tournament, games, food and prizes. Activities include closest-to-the-pin, putting and chipping contests, and a chance to win a Mazda 3 for the first hole-in-one on No. 8.
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