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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FRIDAY January 10, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 2 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM BRI[FS Catalina Islander turns 100 Chuck Liddell's history of the Catalina Islander continues as the paper celebrates its lOOth year. See page 4 CHOICES Open House Join the CHOICES Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers for a New Year's 0 pen House on Monday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the A8 Bungalow Office (behind City Haft). Parents. stu- dents and the community will hear of CHOICES' new programs for 2014. Speak with Rho nda Kalish, CHOICES Continuing Care Specialist about the new "Life Issues" group for grades 6-8 and the continuing Peer Mediation and Mentoring Team at Avalon School. Appetizers will be served. Co.EdSoftball sign ups After a long winter break, Catalina Co-Ed Softball is ready to return to the field, are you? Registration is open, and the league is wilt begin Jan. 23. Registration is $45 per person. Applications are avail- able at 83 Sol Vista. Only paid applications will be placed on a team. See Kenny or Patti Engel for any questions. Catalina rattler may be declared it's own species Researchers could announce as early as this winter that the Catalina Island version of the Southern Pacific rattlesnake has enough differences from the mainland version of the serpent to declare it a separate subspecies. See page 6. Teaching healthy habits Catalina Island Medical Center's ,Stepping Into Health" Program is also "stepping up" efforts to edu- cate and encourage students at Avalon School about healthy nutri- tion and physical activity. See page 5 Basketball team struggles There is no doubt that the Lancers have been playing against some tough competition but they still seem to be battling more with themselves than with their opponents. See page 6 Rotary gets sizable grant The Rotary Club of Avalon has received a second matching Rotary District 5320 Simplified Grant to assist low-income com- munity members with the cost of boat transportation for medical or surgical services that are not available on the island. See page 9 Avalon Lions Club President Burney Ramming new T shirts for the Orphanage's children and Avalon Lions Club sends T shirts with Catalina message BY BURNEY RAMMING Ten dozen brand-new Hanes T shirts are on the way to the United Hearts Orphanage in Montrouis, Haiti. The 120 shirts are white with a gold buffalo and Catalina Island race logo on them. The shirts are left over from the Avalon Lions Club 50 Mile benefit run held on Catalina Island each year. The shirts are in two donated presenting Haiti's United Hearts Orphanage Support Coordinator Darlene Schmecktoeper with 120 staff. Courtesy photo suit cases which will be taken as extra baggage on the Haiti bound plane with luggage fees paid for by the Avalon Lions Club. The next Catalina Island 50 mile Benefit Run will be held on Saturday Jan. 11, 2014. Call John Regalado at 310-463-4921 for details. The donated shirts" are being delivered to Haiti by a support mission team from the Avalon Community Church. Blanca Alvarez, Diana Alvarez, Emma Ownes, Carly Sabicer, Susanna Savitt, Scott and Darlene Schmeckpeper, Andrew and Catlin Quintana and Yasi Khairolomour Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: Twister BY JIM WATSON On this particular night, I was waiting for the projector lamp to Once upon a midnight dreary cool down as usual before clos- (actually it was about 11 p.m.), I ing the joint up when suddenly was wrapping up a night's my tinny A.M. radio be- work in the projection room making that annoying of the historic Avalon The- that lets listeners atre where I work as a pro- know the good people at jectionist, the Emergency Broadcast Back in the days when System have something to we still showed two movies a night, this job would often I listened intently as see me shutting down and closing the computerized voice told up late in the evening or even in me that a tornado the wee hours of the morning. departed on December 27 and return on January 3, 2014. Darlene Schmeckpeper is the United States Coordinator of support for the orphanage. United Hearts Orphanage Pastor Oguenol felt God leading him to-start an orphanage, but he did not have the space or financial ability to do that. Still hopeful, he started a free sbhool for the poor neighborhood children in Haiti. All schools in Haiti require a fee or you cannot attend. He would hold class out- side under a tree with a. old chalk board. More and more children Lions, Page 2 Oridinance expected to come to council in late February BY CHARLES M. KELLY Avalon staff will bring an oridi- ance banning plastic bags to the City Counil next month. The council, in a unanimous vote, directed staff to draft the ordinance following a presenta- tion on the plastic bag issue at the Tuesday, Jan. 7. council meeting. The council also approved an amendment to the transportation permit for Bike Catalina. Audra McDonald, administra- tive analyst, gave the presentation on the plastic bag ban in response to a request from Council Member Richard Hernandez. McDonald said the courts have consistently upheld plastic bag bans. City Attorney Scott Campbell said the most recent decision came Monday, Jan. 6, when the appellate court in San Francisco said plastic bag bans are categorically exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act--which meant Avalon would not have to do an Environmental Impact Report before banning plastic bags. McDonald said one of the next steps for Avalon would be to before Plastic bags Page 11 was bearing Though exceedingly rare, tornadoes and Watsoll, Page 8 heads around Catalina. Courtesy photo waterspouts have been known to rear their ugly