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Clockwise from top: Liz (Greig) Emmerich Lawton (who died in July)with her husband Jack Emmerich ride horses and look out over Avalon Harbor. They met while filming a 15-minute full color silent film (a "spoof" of the western genre entitled "The Tenderfoot Returns." Liz's lifelong friend Deedie Wrigley (whose family purchased Catalina in 1919). Liz and Jack in their heyday. Year In Review From page X Street (Crescent Avenue) near the Wrigley Stage, in front of the Catherine Hotel, or at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. Armed with skulls, bones, arti- facts and gadgets, these savvy guides can answer questions about Catalina's unique ecology, history and environmental issues. In Two Harbors you can visit with them at the Mobile Nature Station, the Conservancy's fully portable nature exhibit, complete with a solar-powered media unit, ;hes Call 714-546-2020 For a Saturday clinic appointment at CIMC. 1D ORANGE COAST eye cener interactive photo opportunities and a wealth of information about the Island. Now in its second year of operation, visitors to Two Harbors can watch videos about how the Conservancy manages bison on Catalina Island or on the forma- tion of the Trans-Catalina Trail. This year's Naturalists came to the island from all over the coun- try, each with diverse interests and specialties of Tampa, where she earned her B.S. in marine biology. While eager to jump into the beau- tiful waters surrounding Catalina Island, Melissa is looking forward to broadening her expertise by learning about Catalina's unique terrestrial ecosystems. Island loses a native daughter Liz (Greig) Emmerich Lawton, who could have been oldest native of Catalina Island, died in July. She was an active member of the Catalina equestrian group known as the "Vaqueros" made a 15-min- ute full color silent film (a "spoof" &BLAIR Steve Snyder of the California Chamber of Commerce presents the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce a President's Circle award to Wayne Griffin for "Outstanding Achievement as an Advocacy Partner and in Helping Businesses Comply with California Labor Laws." Griffin is president and CEO of the Catalina Chamber. The award places Catalina in top 10 percent of California Chambers. Courtesy photo of the western genre entitled "The Tenderfoot Returns.") Local Island residents Jack Emmerich played the hero and Liz Greig played the heroine. Something must have sparked on the movie set during the film- ing because they fell in love and were married in Las Vegas in 1940. She was 95 when she died according to her nephew, retired US Army Colonel Bill Fortier. "Liz was also the last living member of Catalina Island's original horse- back riding group, The Vaqueros, which existed from 1939 to 1942." Fortier said. There have since been new riding  groups formed called the "Vaqueros" and "Los Caballeros" ,that ride the hills of Catalina. The iS anta Catalina Island Company Achievement as an Advocacy Partner and in Helping Businesses Comply with California Labor Laws." Griffin is president and CEO of the Catalina Chamber. The President's Circle award was presented to 27 chambers statewide this year, making the Catalina Island Chamber in the top 10 percent of Chambers. Country Club offers comedy The Country Club's LA Laugh Factory series continued on Friday nights through the summer. On July 19, the two shows included Paul Rodriguez and Ian Edwards. A longtime comedian, Rodriguez has been making audi- ences laugh all over the world (in Spanish and English) for nearly .... /" ingr;gluP  three de6ades- vith This unique 'to:gix;e its employees something to brand of humor that is a perfect do during their days off. At one time she was the young- est member of the Vaqueros until her very good friend Deedie Wrigley (whose family purchased Catalina in 1919) joined at around age 16. The two remained close until Wrigley's death in 1992. Chamber installs board The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce held their annual Installation of Officers Dinner on Thursday, July 11, at the M Restaurant. Past chairman of the Board Rock Gosselin, of the Catalina Laundry and The Avalon Hotel, handed over the gavel to Kevin Strege, of Catalina Island Vacation Rentals and Real Estate. That same night, Steve Snyder of the California Chamber of Commerce gave the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce a President's Circle award to Wayne Griffin for "Outstanding blend of his Latin heritage, the American dream and his undeni- able universal appeal. As an actor and comedian, 4th of July From page 1 through the free concert with the Catalina All Stars outside the Casino building with the excite- ment growing until the even- tual fireworks over the harbor. Residents ande visitors alike said it was one of Avalon's best Fourth of July celebrations, which are a huge draw of tourists during the busy summer. Rodriguez's multi-faceted career includes starring roles and fea- tured appearances in over 45 films and countless television series and comedy specials. Voted one of the most influ- ential Hispanics in America and awarded the Ruben Salazar Award by The National Council 4 i Friday, January 3, 2014 Autumn Reifensnyder, new president of Avalon Rotary, with her advisor, Lucy. Courtesy photo of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, Edwards is a British-born, Jamaican, New York raised, and now an LA-based comedian and writer. Pete's clinches softball title In the final co-ed softball game of the season between CSC Skate Shop and Pete's Snack Bar it was Pete's who came out on top. Both teams scored two in the first inning. In the bottom of the second inning Pete's Snack Bar went ahead with five runs scored. CSC Skate Shop stayed close with two runs home in the third. In the bot- tom of the third inning Porschia Denfiing ' robbed Chuy Sillas of an extra base hit with her catch at second. CSC Skate Shop kept plugging away, sending two more home in the sixth. Pete's Snack Bar wasn't making it easy, adding four more runs. Top of the seventh and final inning saw CSC Skate Shop add one more, but it wasn't enough for the win. Final score CSC Skate Shop 9, Pete's Snack Bar 15. With the win, Pete's Snack Bar clinched the league title. Water Levels drop rapidly The water level in the Thompson Reservoir was 494 acre feet as of July 18, according to Ben Harvey, Southern California Edison's region manager for public affairs. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, imagine an acre of land. Year In Review, Page 5 Cheer squad From page 1 drive, and dedication, and Avalon is lucky to have such a commit- ted group of girls cheering them on," said Theresa Macktal, Varsity Cheer coach. "Of course, none of this would be possible without the help of many supportive groups in our small island community. Special thanks go out to the Santa Catalina Island Company and the Avalon's Lions Club for their gen- erous donations and helping them make this dream a reality." For more information about the Varsity Cheer Program and ways that you can support or be part of what they are doing, please contact coach Teresa Macktal at 310-634-3567. THE CATALINA ISLANDER