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J OURNAL Ramona Home RHS Marksmanship Team Makes School History ~ Page 4 Skatepark Project Continues to Gain Momentum ~ Page 6 ‘Back To The Garden’ Returns to Music Fest ~ Page 11 French Class Again at RHS ~ Page 22 March 12, 2015 Volume 17 Number 19 AWARD-WINNING ~ PUBLISHED EVERY OTHER WEEK ~ LOCALLY OWNED PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID Ramona, CA Permit No. 20 ECRWSS Postal Customer
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    JournalRamona Home

    RHS Marksmanship Team Makes School History ~ Page 4Skatepark Project Continues to Gain Momentum ~ Page 6Back To The Garden Returns to Music Fest ~ Page 11French Class Again at RHS ~ Page 22

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  • 2 RAMonA HoMe JouRnAL MARCH 12, 2015

    By Ruth Lepper ~ the journal

    San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob opened her informal meeting with local residents by offering everyone in attendance an opportunity to not only introduce themselves, but to speak out on problems facing their community.

    The west wing of Ramona Town Hall was filled to overflowing capacity Feb. 27 for Jacobs popular Coffee with Constituents. More than

    80 people attended the early morning gathering.

    one of the benefits is networking, Jacob said of the gathering. Getting to know your neighbors.

    Jacob serves as supervisor for Division II. The county is divided into five districts, or divisions. Jacobs district is the largest of the five, with each division representing roughly the same size population.

    Its the best district because of the people in it, Jacob boasted of

    her division.The supervisor quizzed the audience

    on health statistics, starting with three factors that lead to the four top diseases responsible for deaths. She named the factors as lack of exercise, poor nutri-tion and smoking. The leading causes of deaths are cardiac, respiratory, cancer and diabetes.

    Jacob has taken a step forward in promoting research for Alzheimers disease with her involvement with the Alzheimers Project. Statistics show there

    are 60,000 people in San Diego County affected by Alzheimers disease, with 80 percent of the patients being cared for at home.

    It is the third-leading cause of death in our county and the sixth in the nation, Jacob said, adding that one out of nine Americans is diagnosed with Alzheimers disease or related dementia. We are facing an epidemic.

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    for Alzheimers disease. We can make a difference in this community, Jacob said.

    Questions and comments from the audience brought up concerns about solar energy plants, mobile home park regulations, fire protection districts, county-owned properties and agriculture, among others.

    Supporters of the Light of the Lamb ministry asked for Jacobs help with resolving its property tax issues with the county. She told them the Board of Supervisors has no authority with the county tax department and referred the group to that agency.

    With a projected rise in electricity rates, Jacob encouraged local businesses to become independent of San Diego Gas & electric. For residential SDGe customers, she mentioned a website, www.heroprogram.com, that helps with energy efficiency financing solutions. A suggestion from the audience was to also check with the California energy Commission.

    In regard to fire protection, Jacob announced that the county has invested $317 million to make this region better prepared. She added that 1.5 million

    acres in the county are under-served or not served at all for fire protection. We have coverage both air and on the ground, she said. We are not done with this. I want us to be the best prepared we can be. Were not there, but weve come a long way.

    Maurice Waters, president of the board of directors of the Intermountain Fire & Rescue Department head- quartered on State Route 78 between Ramona and Julian, brought up an issue facing that department. There is no paramedic ambulance stationed there, and other agencies that can provide that service are located from three to 20 miles away.

    We deal with motor vehicle accidents, Waters said of the pro- tection districts coverage of 135 square miles within the State Route 78/79 corridor. He suggested one of the ambulances from the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District be stationed at the Intermountain Departments facility to help alleviate the long wait time during emergencies.

    As for the countys financial situation, Jacob said, We are in good shape. n

    When the American Cancer Society Ramona Relay for Life 24-hour event steps off at 8 a.m. on April 11, Ramona resident and cancer survivor Justin Sturgeon will participate as this years Honorary Survivor of Hope.

    Sturgeon is a life-long Ramona resident, Ramona High School base-ball player and 1992 RHS graduate. He worked as a batboy for the San Diego Padres during his senior year, served in the u.S. Army for five years and returned to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in graphic design.

    Four years ago, he was diagnosed with astrocytoma, a form of brain can-cer. He fought cancer with medical treatment and the love and support of his family, faith, friends and the Ramona community, including Ramona PonY Baseball and Ramona Soccer.

    When asked what it means to Be the Hope, he responded, Its family, faith, friends and being connected to the community and people. Be friendly to strangers and let people know they are important. Its the little things in life that make a difference.

    Justin Sturgeon is 2015 Relay for Life Survivor of Hope

    Justin Sturgeon, center, with sons Garin and Grayson. Photo CouRteSy of ReLay foR Life

    Today, Sturgeon reports that he is healthy. He actively guides his sons, Grayson, 8, and Garin, 10, who play on local baseball and basketball teams while he heads up the Barnett elementary School running club.

    Relay for Life continues through 8 a.m. April 12 at Wilson Field, 720 ninth St. n

    Since its incorporation in 1989, the nonprofit Ramona Trails Association (RTA) has led community support for new trails and existing trails, along with preserving public access to public land.

    The organization is holding a membership drive to help fund its efforts to get these trails and pathways on the ground.

    Members participate in trail riding, hiking, biking, camping, obstacle courses, trail work, barbecues and community cleanup.

    The association stated, If you want to be able to walk the creek bed and enjoy nature, not trash, if you want to walk or ride the Grasslands and watch hawks; if you want to be able to ride somewhere other than around in a circle, please support us with your tax-deductible membership contribution.

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    By Tracy Rolling ~ the journal

    While a photo might be worth a thousand words, the opportunity to shoot at a national marksmanship competition and make school history is absolutely priceless. Such is the case for four Ramona High School navy Junior Reserve officers Training Corps cadets.

    Senior Devin Castro, junior Kellen Rolling, and freshmen nicole Lewis and Joseph Schultz made up the four-person air rifle team that competed last month in the 2015 Junior Reserve officers Training Corps Service Championships

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    using Crosman Challengers during the two-day event, the students shot 20 targets in each of the required positions, including prone, standing and kneeling.

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    The program is growing under the direction of Senior naval Science Instructor LCDR Mike ernst (Ret.) along with naval Science Instructor Chief Bob Richardson (Ret.), who say theyve sent individuals to this competition in the past, but this is the first year they sent an entire team.

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    Silva, and one parent chaperone accompanied the students to Phoenix.

    Though no Ramona competitor quali-fied to advance to the next level, every student, parent and coach expressed pride in being part of a historic moment.

    For a list of results, visit www. thecmp.org. n

    Tea, sandwiches, scones and light des-serts are on the menu at the Girl Scouts High Tea, set for March 28 at First Congregational Church, 404 eighth St.

    Activities will include games and door prizes, and guests are welcome to bring their own special teapots.

    Proceeds will benefit Betsy Dean, who will attend a Girl Scout Destination called Castles in the Sky

    Germany, and Makena Jackson, who will attend Girl Scout Destination Moab: extreme Multi-Sport in the Desert.

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    The Ramona High School Royal Alliance Band will host a Symphonic Band and orchestra Festival on March 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The public is welcome to enjoy the music of as many as 10 symphonic bands from schools around the county, performing classical and contempo-rary arrangements throughout the day. Admission is free.

    The Ramona band plays under the direction of instructor Zachary Christy, who joined the school in August. His musical achievements include perform-ing with the California All-State honor

    bands, marching in three Tournament of Roses parades and marching four years with the world-famous Santa Clara Vanguard drum and bugle corps. During his first year of instruction in Ramona, the program has received many acco-lades, including record-breaking success with the competitive parade band and winter guard performance ensemble.

    The festival will be held in the schools Performing Arts Wing at 1401 Hanson Ln. A Mexican food fundraiser for the RHS band programs will take place throughout the morning and afternoon.

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    Skatepark Project Continues to Gain MomentumBy Jim Evans ~ the journal

    Momentum continues to build for the Ramona Skatepark Champions, with a public meeting held Feb. 16 at Ramona Town Hall

    followed by a free skogging clinic the following Friday, hosted by the olive Peirce Middle School afterschool skate program on its tennis courts.

    The public meeting introduced the team of leaders and volunteers behind

    the latest organized effort to finally build a skateboard park in Ramona and included a discussion of old and new business, with an update on the 501(c)(3) status and fundraising and promotional efforts.

    The skatepark group reported that it is in active discussions with Ramona Grange 632 about the possibility of the local Grange becoming a primary sponsor of Ramona Skatepark Champions, subject to approval by the

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    California State Grange. While Grange is primarily known as an agricultural fraternity with a 140-year tradition, both groups share a common goal of supporting strong family values.

    The skogging clinic was open to all middle and high school students and featured skateboard pro Steven Skogger Meketa, who demonstrated the switch-kick and worked with the youngsters to develop greater pedidexterity for skateboarding. The term skogging specifically refers to a foundation skateboarding technique developed by skateboard legend and pioneer Chris Yandall of San Diego to improve the transition from one side to the other in

    skateboarding so that skateboarders can better push a skateboard.

    Meketa started skateboarding when he was just 6 years old and street skating at 10. However, in his 30s, he developed serious health issues with colon cancer and Crohns disease and colitis. He has been able to keep his Crohns disease under control by skogging and tries to promote a healthy lifestyle for youngsters through the art of skogging.

    Clinic participants were encour-aged to bring their own longboards or were able to ride a prize longboard, co-donated by LAX Longboards, Churchill Manufacturing, and Fun Box Skateboard

    Distributor. It was won by Grayson Sturgeon of Ramona.

    The clinic welcomed donations to help fund the proposed Ramona Skatepark.

    Contact Media and Outreach Champion Dwight Webster at 760-716-3229. n

    Meketa holds Grayson Sturgeon, winner of the longboard prize.

    Stephen Skogger Meketa teaches a clinic.

    Dos Picos Park welcomes the public to its annual egg hunt on Saturday, April 4.

    Zones will be designated for children up to age 2, from ages 3 to 5, and 6 years and older. More than 4,000 goodie-filled eggs will be available for hunting, and a bunny meet-and-greet will follow the hunt.

    The event begins at 10 a.m. at 17953 Dos Picos Park Rd. A donation of $1 per participant is requested, and all-day parking is available for $3. Call the ranger office at 760-789-2220. n

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    By Tracy Rolling ~ the journal

    Despite a distance of more than 6,000 miles and a nine-hour time difference, a 1,000-year-old house situated outside of Rome, Italy, has become the project of a lifetime for one Ramona resident.

    General contractor Joe Zenovic says the home was built in 960. Putting the buildings time frame into perspective, it was constructed before the First Crusade, the birth of Joan of Arc, and long before Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity.

    Zenovic describes the ancient home as constructed of Roman brick and native rocks brought up from Rome more than a millennium ago.

    The walls and ceiling are solid rock, he said. Theyre about three to five feet thick.

    Sitting off the shoreline of Lake Bracciano in a town called Trevignano Romano, about 30 miles outside of Rome roughly the same distance Ramona is to San Diego the home acts as a tribute to the Italian culture.

    It was designated a historic building by the Centro Historicio District, but has been privately owned for the past 35 years by Mary Hudson, an author and translator.

    Hudson decided last october it was time to renovate her second home. She

    mentioned the project to some friends at a school reunion Zenovic had planned on attending.

    It was during the ebola scare, he said. He decided to forgo the trip and learned about the opportunity through mutual friends.

    After several conversations and a few emails, Zenovic was packing his bags and boarding a plane bound for Italy. It was early December.

    He stayed at a quaint bed and break-fast that was a quick 10-minute walk from the house.

    They served fresh pastries and Italian espresso and cappuccinos every morning. It was great!

    on the same day, Hudson flew in from Paris, where she had been visiting her daughter.

    Shes a real globetrotter, he said.His initial inspection took a day and

    a half. The house was in horrible condition.

    It needed everything. Because it had been built in

    layers, there were multiple factors to consider, especially when it came to structural integrity and preservation of craftsmanship.

    The uppermost part of the structure had been a Roman Catholic Church that was consecrated in 1492. under that were the priests living quarters, and beneath that are two 3,000-

    square-foot flats. He began creating a list of renova-

    tions, including re-plastering large chunks of exposed rock, thinning bricks, and repairing severely cracked ceilings. He also noted cosmetic repairs that

    were needed, including refurbishing outdated bathrooms and floors and completely overhauling the kitchen.

    Were not replacing the walls, just removing old plaster and adding some modern-day amenities such as electricity and plumbing, he said, explaining that a limited amount of plumbing and power lines were installed between 1930 and 1950.

    She has an all-in-one tub. Its a cute little thing with a wand for the shower.

    The massive walls showcase grey and black rocks while helping keep the home energy efficient.

    With Romes weather similar to San Diego, Hudson shared, The great thing about the apartment is that it needs virtually no heat or air conditioning. It is highly energy efficient, from that point of view.

    Boasting features from traditional Roman architecture, the home has numerous curved archways that empha-size 90-degree angles. The interior colors are tastefully neutral, with simple white plaster between the rocks and newer planks of dark mahogany wood. Pieces of the 500-year-old tile and marble floor are being replaced with a modern salm-on-colored tile, and colorful furnishings will complete each renewed space.

    Since the church features a mural painted around the turn of the 16th century by world-renowned Italian

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    artist Raphael, renovations are particularly delicate.

    People can tour the church, he said.He acknowledges the project has

    had some unique issues, for example, the street leading up to the house is only six feet across at its widest point. Additionally, there has been the distance between the house and its contractor, as well as a language barrier.

    The demo people, electricians and plumbers only speak Italian. But still, I knew what I was getting into before accepting the job.

    one surprise they discovered while Zenovic was onsite was an underground tunnel.

    We were jackhammering the floor, expanding a 10-by-10 niche, when we detected the tunnel. It goes under the church and into a mountain. It could be a burial place, and looked like some-thing youd see in an Indiana Jones movie.

    Realizing they could only explore so much of the tunnel, the crew went back to work, and Hudson added it to a list of future projects.

    With the bulk of the work considered cosmetic, only one building permit had to be filed prior to Zenovics return home.

    We Skype every day. The crew shows me their progress from room to room. I tell them where items need to be placed and give them instructions on what to do next.

    He estimates the job will take a few more months. I got the cream of the crop when it comes to workers. They

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    He anticipates heading back to Rome sometime in May, when he will give his final inspection and sign off on the project of a lifetime that transformed a 1,000 year old house into a beautifully modernized home. n

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    British Baker at Home in Country EstatesBy Lindsay Santa ~ the journal

    Joanne Bennett began baking as a hobby. Her mother was a pastry chef in London, england, and from an early age, she grew up watching and baking with her in the kitchen.

    Four years ago, Bennett moved from the united Kingdom into a home in San Diego Country estates and began to look for something to do professionally. With a daughter and a son, she knew she needed something flexible that would allow her to raise her children.

    once settled, she decided to incorporate her passion for food, baking, cooking and selling, and opened up The

    London Bakery, a bakery that specializes in food fit for a queen, she says.

    I came up with the flavors, as I love to experiment with ingredients and I also love to get peoples reactions as they taste something different, Bennett says. With access to many farmers, I get the freshest fruits and veggies.

    Scones are her best-sellers, she says, Along with my short-bread, lemon curd and cakes, especially the Queen Victoria sponge cake. The Queen Victoria sponge is my late-grandmothers recipe, and this would be a treat for us after Sunday lunch. My scones are my late-mothers recipe that I have tweaked a little and added more variety in flavors.

    Scones were traditionally prepared without any fruit in them, and served with jam and cream at teatime in London. However, Bennett decided to adjust these recipes a bit and give them her own unique flavors.

    Lemon curd is also my grandmothers. I wanted a little more tartness, so I kind of made

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    it my own so it has a perfect balance of sweet and tart. I call it a little jar of sunshine, she says.

    The inspiration behind these products is to bring authentic British recipes to America.

    I like to keep my recipes real with real butter, real sugar, real vanilla and let the flavors speak for themselves without overdoing it. You can have an amazing-looking cake that took hours to decorate, but thats no good if it tastes awful and is nothing but frosting. I believe in keeping the butter in buttercream. Although its more expensive to do so, I think it

    shows in the taste.Bennett specializes in unique

    blends of shortbread. She varies the flavor combinations, including rum and raisin, orange and rosemary, lemon and thyme, lavender, chocolate chips, and fruits and nuts, sell-ing them at farmers markets around the county and online at www.eatlondonbakery.com.

    In celebration of the upcom-ing easter holiday, Bennett plans to offer hot cross buns, which is a very traditional British bun with raisins, typically sold in england around eastertime.

    The bakerys newest items are unique jams, including beer

    jam, made with real craft beer; drunken fig jam, made with figs and brandy; and carrot cake jam that tastes just like carrot cake.

    The names are both tradi-tional and inspired by London, using words for my jams such as Marvelous Mango, Scrumptious Strawberry, and Lovely Lemon. She says that her Black Cab Jam was inspired by the fact that the jam is made with black-berries and Cabernet wine, And the fact that a handful of my close family are London black cab drivers, so I thought I would honor them and place a picture of a London cab on the label.

    She says that drunken fig is a name she came up with because the jam is made from fresh figs and brandy.

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    By annette Williams ~ the journal

    Back To The Garden will return to headline this years Ramona Music Fest, March 28. The group was enthu-siastically received during their 2010, 2011 and 2012 Music Fest appearances, when they went by the name Cactus Twang & Whyte.

    Music Fest hosts, Ramona Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, are ramping up the excitement by bringing the event to a new venue Ramona outdoor Community Center at 421 Aqua Ln.

    The San Diego-based Back To The Garden boasts two mem-bers living in Ramona and is well known for pitch-perfect renditions of some of the most memorable music of the 1960s, including Crosby, Stills, nash & Young; Woodstock; the British Invasion; and eric Clapton.

    For this event, they will focus on the eric Clapton song-book, drawing from his entire body of work, including his early days with The Yardbirds and Cream, his work with Blind Faith, the worlds first super-group, and Derek and The Dominoes.

    Ramona resident and band member Sharon Whyte, who sings and plays the keyboard, says the last time they per-formed their Back To The Garden Celebrates the Music of eric Clapton show was in Del Mar, to an audience of nearly 4,000.

    It went over very well, she says. Lots of recognizable, crowd-pleasing songs, and a lot of energy.

    Whytes husband and band member Jim Soldi, vocalist and guitarist, says, our whole concept is to do shows featur-ing songs that a lot of us have grown up with. Theyre in our DnA.

    All of our shows are about fun, he adds. We try to con-nect at an emotional level with the music. Were not flashy. We make the best music possible, and it ends up making people smile and sing along.

    Although we do themed shows music from one artist or group we are not a trib-ute act. Were not going to try to imitate the manner-isms and antics of the artists whose music were celebrating. Were just being ourselves, and

    hopefully, taking the audience along for the journey.

    Rounding out the band are Marc Intravaia, vocals and guitar; Rick nash, bass; and Larry Grano, vocals and drums. Special guest Billy Thompson will join them for this performance.

    Thompson is a recognized artist in his own right, says Whyte. He happens to be in town during this weekend and has expressed an interest in being our special guest for the show. He has a large fan base, and the eric Clapton show will be a great fit for him. Its rare that hes in town. He lives on the east Coast but has a fan base in San Diego.

    Joining the Music Fest lineup of performers will be Jason Winters, a local recording artist and worship music leader, and The Shirthouse Band, who will

    bring their own style of bluegrass music.

    A very special prize will be won by one opportunity draw-ing ticket holder four park-hopper tickets to Disneyland, worth $600. Drawing tickets

    are $10 each, with the winning ticket to be selected near the close of the event. The ticket holder does not need to be present to win.

    In addition, there will be raf-fles and silent auctions all day.

    We have received some really nice donations for our auction, says Ramona Rotary President Craig Jung. Sponsorship is always a must, and we are looking for busi-nesses and sponsors to help.

    All donations are welcome. Donors of $250 and above will be named at the event and in Music Fest advertising, and will

    be invited to hang a banner at the Music Fest venue.

    For the kids, there will be organized and well-supervised face painting, toss games and more.

    Food and beverages will be available for purchase, with the menu featuring burgers and hot dogs, tri-tip sandwiches, kettle corn, nachos and more. Stone Brewery has been con-firmed for the beer garden, and Ramona VFW Post 3783 has donated a keg of Coors Light.

    Jung says that a number of chairs will be available at the Music Fest venue, and guests are welcome to bring their own.

    Music Fest hours are from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., and admis-sion has been reduced, at $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 to 17. Kids 11 and younger and military with official ID and their families enter free.

    With the lower prices and new venue, we hope to see more people coming out to join the fun, says Jung

    Tickets may be purchased at the gate or in advance at Ramona Home Journal, 726 D St.; Ramona Sentinel, 425 10th St.; and Ramona Valley Presbyterian Church, 1039 D St.

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    back to the Garden band members, from left, Rick Nash, Larry Grano, Jim Soldi, Marc intravaia and Sharon Whyte. PhotoS CouRteSy of baCK to the GaRDeN

    Joining Back To The Garden at Ramona Music Fest is veteran musician Billy Thompson, who is known for his electrifying guitar work, both on stage and in the studio.

    Billy brings a unique amalgamation of blues, R&B, rock, funk and new orleans styles. He has played with legends such as Little Milton, Albert King, earl King and Art neville, and has opened for Robert Cray, B.B. King, Sonny Landreth, The neville Brothers and Joe Cocker.

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    Billys latest CD, Friend, features guest appearances by Bill Payne, Ron Holloway, James Hutch Hutchinson, Kenny Gradney and Mike Finnigan. n

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    By Johnny mcDonald ~ the journal

    For several years, Alice Funk joined the down-the-hill Highway 67 traffic, driving to two different workplaces in San Diego. They certainly were con-trasting jobs.

    I was in sales at Lion clothing store at Sixth and Broadway (Avenue), usually outfitting rich ladies from Coronado and La Jolla as they prepared for trips, she said. Later, I moved to accounting.

    They catered to the very richest in the area with expensive clothing.

    When the store changed ownership, she went across the street to work for San Diego Trust and Savings Bank until it was sold in 1994.

    At the bank, I was in charge of auto loans and repossessions, she said. And I had several people under me to do the leg work.

    Inevitably, she decided to retire and look for some volunteer work around Ramona.

    She entered the gate at Guy B. Woodward Museum one morning 15 years ago to be a docent, and today youll find her running the place as the office manager.

    At first, they tried me as a docent. But when the girl in the office got sick, they offered me the job, and Ive been

    here ever since. I taught myself, because I didnt

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    Alice is the go-to gal for anyone seeking information about back- country history. She has her finger on the files of many of Ramonas historic families.

    When I talked to her recently, I caught her in a quiet moment after a busy weekend of visitors at the museum, where she put in some volunteer hours as a docent.

    Theres a guy who wants to donate

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    thats going on right now.Her duties have increased since Ken

    Woodward, son of the founder, retired as executive director in December.

    Hell still volunteer for some docent duties on the weekends, she said.

    one big change is weve had the house here painted. It had looked real old and was so faded. And we started to get the rose garden blooming again.

    She doesnt believe the board has advertised for a new director, but indi-cated it would be a volunteer position. Alice is the only paid employee.

    Its not all office work. You might see her cleaning the medicine wagon, dust-ing the buggies, straightening things in the buildings or opening the gate on a closed day to let someone in.

    All part of the job duties, she con-tinued. We have someone come in from time to time to help in the office when they can.

    Part of the job, too, is to schedule tours and make arrangements for school trips.

    When I first started, I only did typing and some organizing, she said. If I didnt know how to do something, Id read about it in a book.

    Historical information has been prepared manually. However, most museums have advanced to digitizing their records.

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    It is common knowledge that being overweight or obese is a serious problem and can cause all kinds of health issues, including premature death, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, cancer, sleep apnea, and the list goes on.

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    Friends of the Ramona Library will present the first in a series of programs, as Charles LeMenager gives an illustrated talk about his newly released second edi-tion of Ramona and Roundabout. The program is set for March 21 at 1 p.m.

    The new book about Ramona covers all the material found in the original publication, plus newfound, related material collected since the pre-vious edition, LeMenager said. The book was first released in 1989, and received the San Diego Historical Societys Institute of History award in 1990.

    Programs will be held every other month and will feature presentations from authors and literary personalities. The Friends board of directors meets in months when programs are not held.

    A membership drive for Friends of the Ramona Library continues every Saturday in March, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the library, 1275 Main St. Annual membership cost ranges from $10 for students and seniors to $30 for businesses. Patron and life membership categories are also available. Visit www.friendsoframonalibrary.org. n

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    St. Patrick: Separating the Truth from Legend

    Few saints are as well-known and widely celebrated as St. Patrick. Known as the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick annually inspires people from around the world to pay homage to his legend, which includes bringing Christianity to Ireland. Revelers don green clothing, participate in parades and decorate with shamrocks and symbols of Irish folklore.

    Much of what is known about St. Patrick is shrouded in mystery and legend. He has been credited with many miracles, including convert-ing an entire country to Christianity from paganism, and also participat-ed in many spiritual resurrections.

    While neither Patricks birth nor death dates are known with certain-ty, it is believed he was born in 373 A.D. in an area of Roman Britain, which is now Scotland. Patrick was not Irish, but a British Celt.

    Young Patrick was careless and not as spiritual as he eventually became. At 16, he was captured by a band of pirates and was sold to a chieftain in an area of northern Ireland. His labor included tending flocks of sheep. It was during his time of captivity that Patrick found God and decided to devote his life to professing the faith and grace of Christ. He acquired the Irish dialect of the Celtic language in captivity, which would prove essential in his future work.

    After six years of captivity, Patrick escaped and returned to his homeland, where he immersed himself in the scriptures and fully committed to Celtic Christianity, not the Roman Catholicism that became dominant throughout the Roman empire.

    He spent years studying and

    preparing for life as a missionary. Through historical documents writ-ten in his own hand, Patrick says he was called to be a servant in Christ to a foreign land. He began evange-lizing, but it wasnt until around his 30th birthday in 405 A.D. that he set out for Ireland.

    Patrick established schools and monasteries in Ireland because he believed education and faith were closely entwined. He taught many people, including his most famous student, Columba.

    While St. Patrick is credited with many miracles, such as driving snakes out of Ireland, some histori-ans believe these tall tales were just metaphors for pushing out pagan-ism. other miracles included feed-ing starving sailors with a herd of pigs that appeared when the sailors had faith in God. Some legends even suggest St. Patrick brought animals and people back to life.

    Many also associate St. Patrick with the shamrock. By using a three-leaf clover, St. Patrick was able to convey the concept of the Holy Trinity to a land of people familiar with the shamrock symbol.

    The supposed day of St. Patricks death, March 17, was officially rec-ognized as St. Patricks Day. In real-ity, St. Patrick was never officially canonized a saint by the Catholic Church and received the title in name only. At the time of his death, there was no official process for canonization, but Patrick was given the title by popular acclaim and likely with the approval of a bishop.

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    Have you ever started a daily Bible reading program of some kind, only to find yourself quickly falling behind and then just quitting altogether? I know I have more than once!

    Maybe a big part of the problem is looking at it like an item on the to-do list. There is nothing wrong with to-do lists. They can help keep us focused; they can help us get things done. They can even help us set priorities. But the one thing that a to-do list cannot do is provide us with the necessary motivation to get things done. If you have that motivation already, then a to-do list comes in handy. If you lack motivation the want-to then the list becomes more of a burden than a blessing.

    Having a to-do-list mentality when it comes to reading the Bible will only get us so far. (In other words, not very.) So what are we to do?

    Psalm 1 shows us the mindset that we need. In verses 1 and 2, it says: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.

    There is a clear contrast between sinful influences and the influence of the law of the Lord. And the blessed

    person is the one who avoids the sinful influences and instead meditates (i.e. reads and thinks about) upon the Scriptures day and night.

    Day and night? That sounds like an even taller order than the simple daily Bible reading plan. But look at the way that David, the writer of Psalm 1, puts it. How and why does this blessed man meditate upon the law of the Lord day and night? Because his delight is in it.

    We find time for things we delight in, dont we? We make time for things like that! And we can delight in the Bible and see it as a blessing and be blessed by meditating upon it precisely because it is not just the law, but the law of the Lord.

    The Scriptures are Gods Word to mankind. They are how He reveals Himself to us. It is in the Scriptures that He points us to His Son Jesus so that we may have eternal life. It is in the Scriptures that God teaches us how to live, how to pray, how to worship, and how to live a life that is truly blessed in Jesus. n

    Rev. Andy Schreiber is pastor of Ramona Valley Presbyterian Church. He may be reached at 760-787-1570 or [email protected] valleypca.com. Visit www.ramona valleypca.com.

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    Mountain View Community Church has announced a partnership with the Venture Program of Children of the nations. The organiza-tion partners with nationals to provide holistic, Christ-centered care for orphaned and destitute children, enabling them to cre-ate positive and lasting change in their nations.

    As part of the program, this year the church will send seven local men and women to the Chilumbo Village in Malawi, Africa, including eric Clarke, one of its pastors.

    The Mountain View team plans to reach, heal and build,

    said Heather Winters, a member of the mission team. Reaching, by focusing on evangelism, discipleship, pastoral training, youth ministry and childrens ministry. Heal, by providing hygiene smile packs to the children to help prevent disease and promote personal hygiene. We will also be serving to help with roofing and painting proj-ects in the village, while work-ing one-on-one with the chil-dren in the child sponsorship program.

    The mission team includes Winters and her sister nicole Jauregui, sisters Anna Simmons and Sierra Simmons, Pastor eric Clarke and Megan Buckley,

    all Ramona residents, and Sandra Minich, who will join the team after flying in from Pennsylvania.

    The entire cost of the trip for the team including all sup-plies for the specified projects is $31,500. They began their fundraising efforts in December and have already raised nearly $21,000. The deadline to raise the remaining $10,000 is May 10.

    Children of the nations is a wonderful organization who we have seen incredible thing done through firsthand, said Winters. Most importantly, we covet prayers for the protection of our team members and for the families we will be minister-ing to.

    The public is invited for a mission send-off at the churchs Sunday services June 28 at 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., when they will pray over the team. The church is located at 1191 Meadowlark Wy.

    Mission team donation information is available at www.mvccramona.org. n

    Mission team members, from left, include anna Simmons, Sierra Simmons, Pastor eric Clarke, heather Winters, Nicole Jauregui and Megan buckley. Not pictured is Sandra Minich.

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    Lutheran School Craft Fair Funds Classroom Technology By Lindsay Santa ~ the journal

    Ramona Lutheran Christian School will present its third-annual easter Craft Fest on March 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the school campus at 520 16th St. The fair serves as the schools primary fundraiser in support of its technology program.

    More than 50 vendors are confirmed, presenting items that will include hand-made products such as jewelry, art, homemade foods, confections, soaps and more. There will be a drawing for prizes every hour.

    In addition to craft vendors, there will be opportunities for children to meet the easter Bunny and enjoy carnival-style games, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon animals, a scavenger hunt and prizes.

    The technology fund supplies stu-dents with classroom use of Google Chromebooks as well as integrated online learning with teachers and staff.

    Its exciting for each child to have their own Chromebook, and it has changed the way I teach, said third- and fourth-grade teacher Karen Giebelman. our online math program is like hav-ing a personal tutor for each child and allows students to work at their own pace. I am the coach who helps them past rough spots and encourages them to do their best. I love seeing the stu-dents become independent learners, pursuing answers to their questions.

    Giebelman says that immediate feed-

    back plays an essential role. They no longer practice something

    incorrectly without realizing it. Instant recognition of their successes is really rewarding and keeps them coming back for more. online programs for spelling, vocabulary and math facts have put enjoyment into repetitive tasks, and supervised Internet searches allow chil-dren to gather so much information. I am grateful for the way these devices have enhanced learning in our class-room.

    The technology program was devel-oped nearly five years ago by school par-ent Cheryl Williams, who had a personal vision for how the school would grow and thrive by increasing its technologi-

    cal knowledge and the usage of curric-ulum-based technology in classrooms. Williams developed the Craft Fair as a way to keep the technology program on campus well funded, allowing for regular updates and future growth.

    I am so pleased with all we have been able to accomplish on campus with respect to its developing technol-ogy needs, Williams said. We distributed the media system based on Google Chromecast and Plex, enabling teachers and students to access and stream edu-cational content, prepared lessons and student projects to classroom projectors and TVs from their tablets and laptops.

    The system offers a full network that is wirelessly managed and accessed

    anywhere on the school and church campus.

    This year, Williams said, we added the ability to offer fully interactive and individualized Web-based learning for all students via Google Play for education and McGraw Hill ConnecteD, which has been invaluable for the teachers.

    For Craft Fair information or to make a tax-deductible donation to the schools technology program, call Williams at 760-701-2240. n

    Ramona Lutheran Christian School students learn to use Google Chromebooks, which were paid for out of the schools technology fund. Photo by DoRothy buRChMoRe

    An inaugural Horseshoe Tournament open to participants age 15 and older will be presented March 22 by Ramona Girls Softball.

    The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 435 Aqua Ln., and will feature two-player teams, blind draw and double elimination. entry fee of $25 includes lunch for players. non-players may buy lunch for $10.

    Participants may sign up at 9 a.m. at the event or online in advance at www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084AAAAD23A5F85- 1stAnnual.

    Proceeds will help fund field and equipment improvements for the league. n

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    eight hours and 33 minutes. Thats the time it took the last team from the u.S. to shear the raw wool from the back of a sheep, spin it, ply it, knit it and assemble it into a sweater and onto the back of a person. That was in 1996.

    This year, the only team rep-resenting the united States in the 21st International Back to Back Wool Challenge is training right here in San Diego County, most recently at Julian Weaving Works (JWW) in Santa Ysabel. The competition will be held at the Bonita Museum and Cultural Center on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    The origins of this unusual challenge date back to a wager in 1811 in Berkshire, england, over whether or not a finished coat could be made from the back of a sheep in one day. It took 13 hours to make that original coat.

    In 1992, the challenge was revived when Richard Snow, a young spinner from Scotland, decided to use the contest to raise money for cancer research. From there it has grown to an international competition with dozens of teams representing several nations and perform-ing on four continents and a few island nations. In 2004, an Australian team broke the five-hour barrier with a Guinness World Record of four hours, 51 minutes and 14 seconds.

    Like every athlete, the women of the San Diego County Spinners (SDCS) team engage in rigorous practice to hone their skills in order to work together like clockwork in a competitive race. Shaving minutes off their time requires careful observa-tion of their individual tech-niques, their interactions and their communication with each other, as well as experimentation with different tools, pr