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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS F.ll)av January 15, 2016 VOLUME 102, iSSUE 3 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM 4D Bri[Fs ........................................ Only in Catalina The columnist recalls the time he danced with a tourist in the Casino. See story, page 3 Island Company names Employees of the Year Winners were selected from more than 400 full and part time employees. See story, page 4 Sheriff's Log The Sheriff's Station commander says that most thefts that occur in Avalon are crimes of opportu- nity, i.e., a cell phone left on the front seat of a golf cart, tools left in the back of a truck, fishing equipment left out on a porch, etc. Capt. Douglas Fetteroll is asking the public to secure their belongings. See story, page 4 Three safety tips for upgrading boat lighting The US Coast Guard wants boat- ers to know that some of the new boating lights aren't up to snuff and could increase the chances of a collision. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has three tips for boaters when they shop for or install boat lights. See story, page 4 Medical Center names chief of patient care Catherine Rhyne, RN, is the new chief of Patient Care Services for Catalina Island Medical Services. Rhyne came to the hospital on an interim basis on Oct. 1 and quickly established a presence that was needed and welcomed. See story, page 5 Jason Robert Barnum: Jan. 10, 1978 - Jan. 4, 2016 Jason Robert Barnum passed away on Jan. 4, at St. Mary's hos- pital in Long Beach. He was 40 years old. See story, page 6 'Looking Back ... ' answer A reader has identified all four of the individuals in the Jan. 1 "Looking Back" photo. See story, page 8 Life on the Rural Side After two months on the main- land, the Islander's Two Harbors columnist found that adjusting to a small, insular, village takes a bit of work. See story, page 7 Seen here with "Packy's Packer" are, from left to right Adri~! Courtesy photo Alessandra chavolla Packy offered a van to take children into Catalina's Interior BY AVALON COMMUNITY CHURCH Avalon Community Church is happy to announce it has received a new Sprinter van to serve the ministries of Avalon's churches and the needs of our community. and Jonathan Burcombe. Prior to his passing, God moved dren, we have named the van on the heart of Packy Offield to "Packy's Packer." Although Packy approach us with an offer to buy was never one to take credit, they us a new van so we could "keep agreed that this was an appropri- taking kids into the interior for the ate tribute to the spirit in which next 20 years." Packy was passion- the gift was given. ate both about Catalina Island and We are thankful for this good- Catalina's Kids. hearted man with his heart in the He was a supporter of the Lord's hands. TeenCenter since its inception We thank the Lord for this gift and believed that the work of the and celebrate that today Packy TeenCenter was a positive part stands with Jesus to see the plea- of the lives of many kids. With sure of His people enjoying His the permission of Packy's chil- good and gracious gifts! ll Avalon Library event will also explain new state boating laws STAFF REPORT On Tuesday, Jan. 26, a free navigation workshop will be held at the Avalon library from 7-9 p.m. The workshop includes free materials related to navigational charting and current information on the new boating licensing law. Participants in this workshop will learn the basics of coastal piloting, how to avoid common marine navigational errors, and hands-on charting practice. Also, the workshop will cover the new California law on rec- reational boat operator licens- ing requirements and informa- tion on how to obtain a Boater Education Certificate, and even- tually a Vessel Operator Card from the Department of Boating and Waterways. Coastal piloting will include use of plotting tools and reference publications--how to use land- marks, soundings and navigation- al aids in addition to electronic devices to find your position. This section will include a dis- cussion of common navigational errors and how to avoid them. The workshop is part of a series of library events partially funded by the Friends of the Library sys- tem in Los Angeles County and the matching grant won by the Avalon Friends. Workshop, Page 4 GOES TO Catalina's facts, fo Iklore and fibs This Week: BACK TO THE EGG BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: This is the first in a series of columns detailing the au- thor's travels to Africa in real time. Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," avail- able on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. What's that you say? "Mysteri- ous Island Goes to Africa" and there's a photograph of Independence Hall in Philadelphia? The answer, my friend, is that I have chosen a long, meandering path to the Af- rican continent: the North Atlantic by cargo ship to Belgium, train to Paris and then air travel from there to Ma- drid and finally to Dakar, Senegal. Watson, Page 2 Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the "scene of the crime" from the perspective of King George Ill. Photo by Jim Watson