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Year In Review From page 4 Now imagine that acre submerged in water 1 foot deep. That's an acre foot. On July 11, the water level was 503 acre feet--a drop of 7 acre feet in seven days. "It's rapidly dropping," Harvey said. "We have not received a rain- fall in some time," Harvey said. Catalina was currently under Stage 1 water restrictions. Stage 2 restrictions, which would limit the specific volume of water busi- nesses and residents could use, would become mandatory if the water level dropped below 300 acre feet. Rotary installs new officers The AvalOn Rotary Club installed its new officers on July 1 for the 2013-2014 year at the M Restaurant. Chamber of Commerce President Wayne Griffin presided over the ceremony of outgoing president Lourdes Thoricht, pass- ing the gavel to the incoming president, Autumn Reifensnyder. Attendees enjoyed a spectacu- lar meal put together by Chef Kathleen Bombard and party planner Cinde Cassidy. The Rotarian of the Year award was given to Rita Whitaker. Whitaker is the first person from Santa Catalina Island to work Artist From page 1 portrait," the artist expains at her blogspot (listed below). A familiar face in one of her paintings was Jay Guion, who rents boats on the green pleasure pier. Bednar depicted him as a Geppetto-like character from the Disney movie of the legendary story "Pinocchio," making toys. "Jay likes to do crafts and build things so I wanted to do some- thing along those lines, with him using his hands, doing something masterful," she said. There are other faces in the series, more or less familiar, depending on how well the viewer is steeped in history and current events of Avalon and its people. Kids hooked on city's Summer Camp: The city of Avalon started its Catalina Island Summer Camp on Monday, an updated version of its Day Camp. It had extended hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a fresh format where campers pick their activities for the day. Campers enjoyed activities such as fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, crafts, music lessons, beach time, and more. They could register for the whole week or just drop in for one day, making it available for locals and visitors. The week's activity schedule is available at Seen above after a day of fishing are from left: Anthony P, Cole K, Nathan J, Elizabeth H, Weston J, and Kayla H. Courtesy photo with the 45 Rotary clubs in the District of Southern California as an assistant governor. Whitaker has a busy career as a nurse for both the Catalina Island Medical Center and Sharp Hospital in San Diego. However, she always makes time to keep her commit- ments to Rotary. The Citizen of the Year was awarded to Dr. Richard Denney for going above and beyond with his expertise and bottomless con- cern for the health and well being of Catalina pets and wildlife. The Interact Student of the Year award went to Jordan Williams. Both Lourdes Thoricht and Karin Hague praised her leadership in this important program for the high school students of Avalon. Library holds summer events Avalon Library's "Reading Is So Delicious!" summer reading program continued in July with a range of free activities for chil- The Four Preps above with Bruce Belland, center, who co-wrote "26 Miles (Santa Catalina). They performed a concert in August. Courtesy photo dren and teens that encouraged and supported a love of reading. Participants of all ages - babies, kids, teens, and adults - could win prizes for reaching their reading goals. Pick up an activity booklet at the library or register online at The reading program continued into August. "Reading is a great way to spend free time," said Avalon Library's Kelly Conn. "Plus, there's a serious side to summer reading. Research has shown that reading over the summer prevents reading loss and gives students a head start on the school year ahead." August Four Preps play concert The Four Preps performed in Avalon's Casino Building on Friday, Aug. 23. The event was called a magical evening of everything from Doo- Wop to pop standards with the Four Preps, singing their enchant- ing "26 Miles Across the Sea" in the legendary Avalon Theatre for the very first time. The Four Preps feature original lead singer and "26 Miles" co-writer Bruce Year In Review, Page 6 00r=Am00 C C LIC #738968 24 HOUR SERVICE CALLS RESIDENTIAL- COMMERCIAL- INHSTRIAL GENERATOR SALES & INSTALLATION Repairs I New Const I Remodel I Tenant Improvement AVALON 310-510-9239 OFFICE 310-829-5007 Purchase a Brick for the Memorial ,!9 1 THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, January 3, 2014 , IS