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SERVING CATALINA & ITs MAINLAND FRIENDS every week — since 1914 ’I‘DG CH'I‘HLIDH Museum virtua Exhibit includes 1826 letter sent from West Coast to East Coast COURTESY 0F CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM The Catalina Island Museum continues to stay connected to its community through virtu- al events. This month’s event explores the island’s mail carrier history and its connection to a significant part of communica- tion by mail. The virtual event, “You’ve Got Mail: Catalina Island’s Mail Carrier History” takes place Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 at 11 a.m. (PST) on Zoom. The museum will present a virtual program highlighting a rare letter in its permanent col- lection from 1826. Written on the island and mailed to Ipswich, Massachusetts, this was the first known letter carried from the West Coast to the East Coast via Cape Horn. The museum’s Director of Exhibitions Johnny Sampson will explore the significance of this letter, how it relates to United States and Mexican his- tory, and a brief history about the use of carrier pigeons on the island. Local resident Francisco Bravo will share information about training pigeons and Margarita Jackson, the Post Mistress of Avalon’s Post Office, will share how even today the island is unique in the way its mail delivery is handled. Francisco Bravo and Alistair Lee attach messages to a carrier pigeon. Catalina used carrier pigeons to send mail in the late 18005. Photo courtesy of Catalina Island Museum “We are so thrilled that virtual events like this can help bring attention to items our perma- nent collection,” said Julie Perlin Lee, executive director of the Museum. “This letter in particular has a significant connection to the history of our region when it was still a territory of Mexico,” said Perlin. “In addition, we are excited to explore the island’s use of carrier pigeons in the late 1800s and recently made history by send- ing messages over to the main- land using that same method of communication,” said Perlin. Mail, Page Pictured above is an 1826 letter in the Catalina Island’s Museum's collection. Fluuv Jan. VOLUME 107 Issue 4 wwaIIEcIuALmAIunnumcou Council considers the year ahead* Though optimistic. members See challenges to ‘ buSiness, and the city's financial future BY CHARLES M. KELLY p Avalon City Council members expressed cautious optimism about the year ahead, even as acknowl-, edged the challenges caused by the ongoing COVID-l9 pandemic in response to an informal survey. The Islander recently emailed each council member to ask: “What do you see as the oppor- tunities and challenges facing Avalon in the year ahead?” Four of them answered. The fol- lowing are the replies the Islander received by editorial deadline. . Councilmember ' Yesenia De La Rosa: “It is difficult to imagine I what the world, or our small community, will look like after what we experienced in the year 2020. We’ve faced traumatic and extreme conditions that will never be forgotten. Through these expe- riences we’ve grown together, we’ve learned to adapt and evolve with COVID-l9, and will continue to do so. Committed actions from . ' our community is the reason we will move forward and find the beSt adjustment to this crisis. “Avalon shares the extensive LBUSD preparing for return to classrooms District employees eligible for vaccine as early as Jan. 25 BY TED APODACA Long Beach Unified School District released a statement regard- ing the move to return to in-class instruction. The district is again reaching out to families in the dis- trict with a survey on preferences to how they would like to have their children transition back to the class- rooms. District Superintendent Dr. Jill Baker addressed the recent devel- opments with a video message, in which she referenced Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent “California’s Safe Schools for All P‘l‘afi”, hich was presented on Dec. 30. Prior to the release of the plan outline, Baker noted that the district had already been working on some of the guide- lines. “We’ve already addressed a num- ber of the components for the plan,” Baker said. One of the main priorities of Newsom’s plan included the vac- cine. According to the districts release, starting as early as Jan. 25, LBUSD employees and educators will be eligible to receive the first dose of the Moderna vaccine. The district has been working with the City of Long Beach and the city’s Health Department in planning for the first round of vaccinations for district employees. The collabora- tion between the organizations is expected to help activate the process as quickly as possible. “While vaccinating enough peo- ple will take time, the effort is a cru- cial step toward reopening schools for'in-person learning as soon as possible,” the district release stated. ' Baker also noted that the district has been working with the teacher’s association to develop viable plans for returning to in-class instruc- tion. She said the cooperative work between the district and teacher’s groups have been instrumental in preparing the transition, after a long, trying delay. “I am highly aware of the exhaus- tion that has set in for our staf ,” Baker said. Baker also noted that support from the community, as well as dis- trict families has helped shape the plans for returning. In the summer, a family survey was sent out that helped the district understand where families stand on transitioning back to in—class. However, understanding that people’s views and concerns may have changed, the district is currently sending out a new survey and are encouraging families to pro- vide updated feedback. “This survey data will allow schools to plan for the days ahead and specifically for how many ele- mentary students might return to in-person instruction this year,” the release States. LBUSD stated in the release that in addition to supporting distance learning, they are also preparing for social emotional support for stu- dents, as well as academic services that may be needed to help students LBUSD, Page a1 impact that the entire world is experiencing. COVID has disrupt- ed our day to day, yet has allowed us to reflect, and reconsider. Our community is held together by strong families that formulate our workforce. They’ve pushed for innovations that will continue on to this new year. Being grateful for their willingness to continue their hard work through these threaten- ing times, is a crucial opportunity for this year. “Our priority is, and will be, our children’s mental and social health. COVID has casted restric- tions on them but it has also direct- ed them towards an understanding of technology, and an opportunity to develop a new set of life skills, such as cooking, gardening and- Year Ahead, Page r... - «— mat.