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DONNA SHERRILL 1943-2010 Donna Davies Sherrill passed away Dec. 25, 2010. Donna was born in Tacoma, Wash., Jan. 14, 1943, the second child to Donald and Ruby Davies. After early childhood in the Puget Sound area, she mtoved with her family to Sherman Oaks, and then to Cata- lina Island. Donna graduated from Avalon High School in 1960. She earned her bachelor of science de- gree in Animal Husbandry at Po- mona College and her Master of Science degree in Dietary Nutri- tion of Large Animals at the Uni- versity of Arizona. Donna married Lewis C. Sher- rill in 1967, and together they ope- rated Avalon Marine Service in Avalon for many years. They crea- ted LewDon Enterprises, which provided diesel mechanical repair in Long Beach. Donna established Sherrill Orchards in partnership with Lewis' father at his ranch in Arvin, Calif. She was involved in the Direct Farm Marketing As- sociation, speaking at conferences and receiving numerous accolades for her knowledge and commit- ment to this agricultural mainstay. She started Donna Sherrill Distribution to provide packa- ged jams, relishes, and specialty food products throughout the west coast from Southem California to Washington. Donna is survived by her husband of 43 years, two brothers, one sister, three stepchil- dren, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. at The Reef Restaurant in Long Beach. Museum From page 1 Wilson. The presence of the team on the Island was extensively doc- umented, and this exhibition fea- tures a large collection of photo- graphs, which not only document the Cubs' many visits to the island but also lend a unique view into the history of Chicago Cubs base- ball and Chicago's Wrigley Fiei& The exhibition also chroni~Fes the.many pranks and practical jokes the Cubs played on one another, as well as the various personalities that descended on the island while the Cubs were training. Perhaps the best known of these personalities was a young radio announcer who followed the team to Santa Catalina before the 1936 and 1937 seasons. After conducting a successful Hol- lywood screen test during one visit to the island, Ronald "Dutch" Rea- gan eventually went on to become -presid~flt of th6 Unifed'gLa~es._ :" :i~e: ~afalina Island Miiseum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. January. 28 through February. 3 Shows Nightly at 7:30pm For More Information Call 310-510-0179 Desalination From page 1 about $3 million. However, Edi- son officials could not verify the amount by press time. The plant has the potential to produce about 200,000 gallons of potable water a day. The plant's output is pumped directly into Avalon's water distribution sys- tem. "It is an essential component of the Catalina Island water sys- tem, helping to ensure a continu- ous, of safe drink- ing water," said Ben Harvey, an Edison spokesman. Typically, one Edison employ- ee oversees the plant's normal operations. It is operated around the clock, 365 days-a-year, ex- cept for periodic shut downs for maintenance, usually in the winter months. According to Harvey, de- salination is approximately three and a half to four times more ex-" pensive than groundwater. Known to Edison employees simply as "the desal plant," it was once decommissioned after it was seen as too expensive to operate. It has since been put back in use. Ac- cording to Edison, when the plant was built, they used the reverse os- mosis technology available at that time. "Currently, there are more ad- vanced versions of reverse osmo- sis technology available," Harvey said. "The technology being used at SCE's desalination plant has proven to provide a consistent, re- liable supply of safe drinking wa- ter to Catalina Island. The current technology used in the desalination plant has many years remaining in its life expectancy." Catalina Island has experi- enced a drought since 2005. "By operating the desalination plant at or near 100 percent capacity, SCE has been able to ensure that Catalina Island's groundwater was not overly depleted," Harvey said. "Without it, the Island would have entered Phase II rationing in No- vember, 2010. Recent rains have brought an end to Phase I water rationing. The desalination plant remains a critical component of the water system due to the finite amount of groundwater on Cata- lina Island and SCE's ongoing commitment to ensure continued reliable delivery of safe drinking water." Desalination is a process that removes salt from water. The wa- ter it produces can be used for irri- gation purposes, however, its main purpose is to make seawater safe for people to drink. It is used in many countries around the world, but mostly in.places with low rain- fall, or as in Catalina Island's case, a finite amount of places to store its rainwater . The idea of using desalination plants to filter out salt and other minerals from ocean water has been around since the 1950s. However, it was not economically feasible until a few decades ago. It boomed in California during the 1990s. The technology improved more quick- 12’ as water scarcity became more apparent due to droughts, water shortages and an ever-increasing population that needs more water with each passing year. Some believe desalination could be California's answer to droughts in North America. Others argue that it is too expensive and energy de- pendent. The process has become more popular since reverse osmosis technology freed desalination from the use of therrfial energy. Before reverse osmosis, which is used in Avalon, condensed steam was used to distill freshwater from seawater. Reverse osmosis uses fine mem- branes and pressure to separate salts from water. Distillation, evaporating fresh water from heated salt water, was highly energy dependant, while reverse osmosis does not require thermal energy. Desalinated water accounts for about 10 percent of California's water supply, or about 50,000 acre feet of water a year. However, ex- perts warn that it is ideal only for certain commnnities. According to the CMifomia Public Utilities Commission, at one time, desalinated water ac- counted for about 25 percent of Catalina's total water production. However, desalination accounted for approximately 70 percent of total electricity usage. H EALTH CL! N IC First Tuesday of the month 1:3o - 4:30 p.m. TWO Harbors Baywatch Station Call 31o-51o-oo96 for appointments. Walk ins welcome. Out-patient, non-emergency services are available. • General preventative care • • Well-child checks • • Treatment of acute health conditions • • Treatment of chronic health conditions • • Minor wound care Island Medical Center On-site laboratory work also available. • Urinalysis • • Hemoglobin • • Pregnancy tests. • Rapid strep tests • • Phlebotomy (blood draws) • P.O. Box 1563 lOO Falls Canyon Road Avalon, Calif. 90704 (31o) 51o-o7oo Appointments (31o) 51o-oo96 ~ cAiAJLi~ isi~N~li ...................... Friday, January 28, 2011'~ 9