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nil Nil ill Iill I t I li r|[ll J|I|l aIImiIIlmmllll[iLllli[JL]JiillKim' ldTlIIJ[ l,I] J_]]JJ_]JJ]LJi], _ ..] i ,1: " SERVING CATALINA  ITS MAINLAbD FRIENDS " every week - since 1914 VOLUME 98, ISSUE 4 BRIEFS Mary Cicconi, 1930 - 2012 Longtime Island resident Mary Cicconi Iassed away on Wednesday. Special Council Meeting set A special City Council meeting will be held on Monday Jan. 30 at 5:15 pm The council will be addressing the specific issues fac- ing the City with regards to the recent California Supreme Court decision to disband all redevelop- ment agencies in the state. The meeting will be held in the City Council chambers and is open to the public. Interact Club offers Spaghetti Dinner event The Avalon Interact Club, an Avalon Rotary Club sponsored service club for young people, presents "Spaghetti Night" at The Landing on Sunday, Jan. 29. See story, page 2. Straight up builders clinches league title Straight Up Builders defeated Bravo's Landscaping in the first softball game of the night. Bravo's Landscaping made Straight up Builders earn their victory. See story, page 4. 5Sth PTA Community Birthday Calendars available The Avalon PTA's 55th Annual Community Birthday Calendar is ready to be ordered. The Avalon PTA sponsors the fundraiser for its Scholarship Fund. See story, page 2. Rotary's project in Mexico In early January, nine Avalon Rotary Club members and spouses traveled to Ensenada to work in partnership with tfiree other Southern California Rotary Clubs and the Club RotarY Centenairo of Ensenada. See story, page 8. Stars and new moon to light up Island of Romance The Lyrids Meteor Shower will be visible across the lower 48'states on Saturday night, April 21. While there are five more meteor show- ers expected this year, April 21 will be the warmesttime of the year with the best visibility. S=e story, page 4 D I Islaml Caravan Gallery to remain open I Oude The island Caravan Gallery are from left: Porschia i Denning, Sara Gallacher and Tom Plonka. - Opened in the month of December, the gallery was originally a spon- taneous conception to host a short-term holi- day exhibition. Nearly blooming overnight, the gallery has achieved notoriety among visitors and locals alike. The only co-op art gallery w,,, oo. Marrow drive for Packy A bone marrow donor drive will be held on the Island Feb. 3 and 4 from 11:30 a.m. tO 1:30 p.m. in the post office arcade. Finding a bone marrow donor will provide the best hope for a full recovery for Paxson Offield, who is currently battling leukemia. Offield, who is an integral part of Catalina Island, was diagnosed in December and has been receiving treatment in Portland, OR. "Packy has helped thousands with his generosity" said Sherri Cline, who is helping organize the drive. "I know that the Catalina Island community will be there to help him" Cline said that she hopes for a strong turnout at the two-day drive. Donors need to be between the ages of 18 and 60, al- though the optimtm age is 18 to 44. Potential donors may also be excluded if they have had some diseases or medical conditions "Even if you can't be a dondr, please come by to sign a commu- nity card for Packy" Cline said. The test itself is a simple cheek swab that is painless and only takes a second or two. "Being a donor can save a life" Cline Said. ;'Even if you aren't a match for Packy, there are many other people out- there who may need help" According to Be The Match, MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina'sfavts, folklore and fibs This Week: Fo Catalina for thousands of patients with life-threatening diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma, a mar- row transplant from an unrelated donor is their best or only hope for a cure. These patients depend on the Be The Match Registry t o find a match - and a second chance at life. While many patients do find the life-saving match they need each year, more donors are needed to help increase the likelihood that all patients will find a match At this time a matching donor has not been found among those al- ready registered with Be The Match and Offield's medical providers and family are hoping a donor drive will help identify a match. Collection kits are also avail- able for those who are not able to attend the drive. Contact Gail Hodge at (310) 510-2000, ext. 1234, for more information. In observance of the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War, Mysterious Island continues. its series .on the war and its effect on Catalina Island. BY JIM WATSON For nearly a year after the attack on Pearl Harbor and in the face of a prohibttaon on all tourism to the Island (and therefore the primary means of making a living), the handful of residents that remained on Catalina led a Spartan existence. Supplemented by whatever sav- ings they had, residents turned to Victory-gardens, hunting, fishing and the gathering of-wild fruit to make ends meet during that bleak year of 1942. All the while they endured frequent air-raid drills and nightly "blackouts" where the slightest sliver of light emanating from their homes would earn them a visit from the local Block Warden. Island families such as the Sal- danas, the Lopez's, the Weggmans and the Machados saw many of their young people head off to war, some of whom never returned. Desperate to pump economic life into his little colony on the Mystery, Page 9 ,",*A* January 27, 2012 $4.6 MILLION SEWER PROJECT IS STARTING STAI=F REPORT As part of the city of Avalon's $4.6 million dollar sewer improve- ment program, the first significant sewer main line replacement is scheduled to begin on Jan. 31. One hundred thirty feet of main line on Hiawatha will be replaced between Jan. 31 and Feb. 2. 400 feet of main line on Vieudelou will be replaced between Feb. 3 and Feb. 8. Additional manhole repair on Vieudelou, Upper Olive tnd Maiden Lane will take place between Feb. 9 and Feb. 10. Residents of those streets will experience restricted access during daytime hours. Nighttime access will be available. The city's contractor, Colich & Sons, will provide notification to all residents before and during construction about hours of street closures. Work dates may be al- tered due to weather or construc- tion delays. The work on Vieudelou will take place mainly on the land or uphill side of the street so that vehicular access to the interior can continue during most of the construction. The project is a response in part to studies of bacteria counts at Ava- lon Beach. The Southern California CoastatWater Research Project de- termined that Avalon has a marine beach impacted by mixed sources of fecal contamination including bird droppings, urban runoff, and leaking sanitary sewers. Insignia of the U.S. Army Signal Corps that put together a series of gun emplacements, bunkers and a tiny village of barracks, mess halls and latrines known as Camp Cactus, much of which survives to this day," albeit in an advanced stage of decay.