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,. Phone or text Corsario Charters @ 738 o080 corsarlocatalma.com Join us on a private charter to catch your own lobsters! Leave at dusk for a short ride along the beautiful Catalina coastline for a sunset cruise. Drop the nets, and enjoy the comfort of our comfortable 3o foot vessel equipped with TV, heated cabin, restroom, and all the amenities. Pull the nets just after dark, and return to Avalon with your own lobsters, cleaned and ready to take home. Or we can arrange to have them cooked for you at one of Avalon's finest restaurants. Only $125 per angler for a trip you will never forget! 424.738.o08o Local residents may receive erroneous notices from county BY JUDY HIBBS Seniors in Los Angeles County who have both Medicare and Medi-Cal, with the exception of those who live in Avalon, have to choose a new "MediConnect" plan, or a Medi-Cal managed care plan, or the county will pick one for them. Avalon is home to a large num- ber of residents who have both Medicare and Medi-Cat ("Medi/ Medi"). Residents of the 90704 zip code are in the only "carve out" area in LA County, meaning they are not required to select a plan because straight Medi-Cal is the only option here. Unfortunately, local residents may still be receiving notices from Los Angeles County stating that they have to select a plan and they may be confused by those notices.) In the past, Islandershave erro- neously signed up for Medi-Cal Managed Care plans, which then required a lot of time and effort to "undo" their registration and revert to the approved Medi-Cal coverage.. If you are an island resident who receives a letter asking you to choose a "MediConnect," or a Medi-Cal Managed Care plan please call Healthcare Options at 844-580-7272, and let them know that you live in the 90704 zip code. In order to receive care at Catalina Island Medical Center it is necessary to maintain regular Medicare and original Medi-Cal coverage. The County system is set up so that island residents should not be asked to be put into a Managed Care plan, but because it has happened before, Dawn Sampson, LCSW, Director of CIMC's Social Services urges all residents with both Medicare and Medi-Cal to call the County to made sure they will not be signed up for one of these plans against their wishes. A volunteer organization, HICAP (the Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program) provides free and comprehensive information and counseling about Medicare. If anyone wants help with a Medicare issue, call HICAP at 213-383-4519. For additional assistance residents can also call Catalina Island Medical Center 310-510-0700. Hospital celebrates 55th birthday next Thursday Catalina Island Medical Center will celebrate 55 years of medical care by hosting a Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce Mixer Birthday Party. On Thursday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. celebrate with the Medical Center, take a tour of the refurbished building, meet admin- istrative and medical staff and board members and eat appetizers from Steve's Steakhouse. To attend, call 310-510-1520. Humans have been living onon Catalina Island for more than 7,000 years. The originaLinhabit-= ants were born here, lived here: and died here, creating a society that lasted for hundreds of genera- tions. While that culture has left evidence of its existence, it has- little to tell us about what medical care was like. The first written evidence of doctors on the island dates back to 1889. More than a century ago, physi- cians were treating patients at both Two Harbors and in Avalon. The first "hospital" on Catalina Island served the island's residents and visitors from 1900 to 1923. 1915, a clinic had been established in Avalon's first per- manent structure--the original Metropole Hotel. Unfortunately Avalon's mas- sive fire that year destroyed the Metropole and burned most of the town to the ground. Shortly after that time, records show that a Dr. Chapman began seeing patients in the Strand Hotel, located on Sumner Avenue. From 1923 to 1957 the hos- pital assumed responsibility for the Island's medical services at the site now occupied by the Los Angeles County Sheriff and public library o mner. The oid:bospital site was in 1957. You're in hands, VALuN GRILLE GET H 3- PM $3 BEERS I *4 WINE I $5 WELL COCKTAILS RESERVATIONS AT OPENTABLE.COIq 310.510,7494