Photos Tom and Nadin Abbott
Oct. 31, 2014 (Ramona) It is hard to miss it. It is Halloween. In Ramona the community comes together and holds a trick or treat on Main Street. People come out in full costume, (or not) and walk around with stations all over the road.
Smokey Bear came out today, with his friends from the United States Forest Service (USFS), and greeted the ghouls, goblins, princesses, ninjas and creatures of the night. Yes, there was a Superman or two, and Wolverine too. Who can say no to a gorilla?
Engineer Charles H. Huxan of the USFS told Reporting San Diego that the department has been doing this for at least five years. They bring Smokey Bear, so children can have photos with the big guy. It also helps to get the message of fire safety out.
We even heard a woman promising Smokey that she would not start a fire, at which point Smokey gave her a high-five, and nodded.
The firefighters were giving the children candy, as well as pencils, erasers and pencil sharpeners with Smokey Bear’s image on them.
Even some of the dogs were in costume. A little lady bug was very cute.
Among the organizations that came out today to greet the little monsters and goblins were the Veterans of Foreign Wars the Ramona Chamber of Commerce, as well as Korey Martenson, the chaplain for the Veterans for Foreign Wars Men’s Auxiliary Post 3783. With him was Mark Gottos, the senior vice president.
Martenson told Reporting San Diego that this is the first year they do this. It is a way of “giving back to the community.”
Brandy, a resident, told us “it is very good that the community comes together.” She also said that this is a very good community to be at, and added that she will be opening an adult care center
On the way home these reporters also got a treat. We filled up the tank, and gas unleaded, was $3.29 a gallon.
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