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From page 1 be able to maintain its current rationing progress as the decrease in water usage occurred during a time that saw a significant increase in visitation to the Island. Last November, visitation to the Island was up by 38 percent and in December visitation saw a 16 percent increase in comparison to those months in 2013, according to Lawrence. With the increase in visitation hitting such a high mark, Avalon still managed to decrease its water usage by about 12 acre feet for both months combined. "It's reallypositive results from the community" said Lawrence at the meeting. "It's very encourag- ing but we need more rainfall." Since the baseline year of 2012, the results also show a steady decreasing trend. For the months of August through December of last year, water usage is down about 29 per- cent in comparison to 2012. Most of the Island has gotten on the water-saving bandwagon but the positive results have come with its fair share of setbacks. "The most significant [water usage[ violations are water run- off and the time of day people are watering;' said Lawrence toward the end of his presentation. "And the most recent violations are from using water to maintain spas and pools." Violations are bound to happen with any citywide project but the amount of repeat offenders has left some room for thought. Flow-restricting devices are mandatory and installed on homes and commercial properties that violate the water usage restrictions repeatedly. So far since the project began in 2012, about 138 devices have been installed, according to Lawrence. I|' Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the editor at editor@the- catalinaislander.com or call (310) 510-0500. Fun, Exciting & Unique Toys For All AgesJ Pet Supplies Games Puzzles Arts and CraFts Books Educational Toys Video Games Indoor/Outdoor Sports Items .... So much m, We provide in-home Caregivers so you can stay in Avalon! 24-Hour Live In Care Alzheimer's & Dementia Medication Reminders Light Housekeeping Meal Preparation Companionship Our Caregivers Liability Insured Background Checked Pre-employment Screening CNA's Available Call: 949-630-0487 Sz, zoo OFF First Month with Live-In Care. Satisfaction Guranteedl 1 Art association showcases third version of gallery BY JIM WATSON There is a new art gallery in town, and you can take that to the bank. As a matter of fact, the new Catalina Art Gallery, which opened last Friday for all to see, is located in the lobby of the U.S. Bank on Crescent Avenue. Operated by the Catalina Art Association, the gallery is actu- ally the third incarnation of the popular establishment after mov- ing first from the Casino, where it had operated for 50 years, to the Metropole Marketplace and now to the U.S. Bank building. The gallery features the paint- ings, photographs, sculptures and other works of numerous artists, all members of the association. Featured artists include Artist of the Month Judy Grear, Porschia Avalon Mayor Anni Marshall and Catalina Art Association President Drew Mauck wield big scis- sors to cut the ribbon at the grand opening of the new Catalina Art Gallery in the U.S. Bank building on Crescent Avenue. (Photo courtesy Catalina Art Association) Denning, Alan Barlow, Jan Vander Velde, Carlos Martinez, Sheldon Borenstein, Dero Dion, Snake Jagger and RTK Photography. Catalina Art Association Board Member Darla Fisher said the gallery is open for viewing anytime the U.S. Bank building doors are open, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The building is normally closed Sundays. More information can be found at the Catalina Art Association's website at www.catalinaartasso- ciation.org or at the gallery's dedi- cated website at www.catalinaart- gallery.com. From page 1 Forget the plastic Produces 5-7 gallons a day No plastic waste Great for homes and boats 75 % more pure than bottled water UVING SOLUTIONS and Rita Whitaker completed the mandatory district grant training. Last year, the Rotary also received this grant and it provided round trip boat tickets and in some cases commuter books to many appre- ciative community members. Local residents with a medical/ surgical necessity on the mainland, will be screened by the social ser- vices and business office depart- ments at Catalina Island Medical Center for eligibility. For more information, contact Dawn Sampson at the Medical Center at 310-510-0700. Avalon Rotary actively contrib- utes to the betterment of the Island community by donating to local community charities. Avalon Rotary raises money through its fundraisers to contribute to local residents for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, offers local Avalon High School students' scholarships, and support projects at the Catalina Island Museum, the Avalon School, the Avalon Veterinary Clinic and the Catalina Island Medical Center. In addition, Avalon Rotary Club supports international aid to Mexico and supports Rotary International's End Polio Now campaign. Avalon Rotary is a vibrant group of community leaders and business people united in their belief that working together, they can make the world a better place. Avalon Rotarians meet on Wednesdays, at noon, at M Restaurant, to enjoy fellowship, extraordinary food, informative guest speakers and plan our com- munity and international service projects. Visiting Rotarians are always welcome. Rotary is the world's premier international humanitarian ser- vice organization with 1.2 million members in over 200 countries. All Rotarian share a mission of advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. 6 i Friday, January 23, 2015 THE CATALINA ISLANDER