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i n i Parsons qualifies for national triathlon competition BY JAKE BOWKER Cal Parsons has qualified for the Olympic-distance race at the 2016 USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships on Aug. 13th in Omaha, Nebraska, after finishing in the top 10-percent in his age group at the Catalina Island Triathlon held last November. The USA Triathlon Olympic- Distance National Championships race is the nation's premier ama- teur Olympic-distance event with top athletes from all 50 states forming one of the most pres- tigious age-group fields in the sport. The top 18 finishers from each age group will also automati- cally qualify to represent Team USA at the 2017 International Triathlon Union Age Group World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The dates for the 2017 ITU World Championships will be announced later this year, and additional information will be added to the Team USA website. This is lust one of many acco- lades for which Cal should be recognized, but there simply isn't enough room in this article for such a list. On behalf of the Avalon Cross Country team, however, I'd like to personally thank Cal for all his support over the years. Cal's youngest daughter and former AHS runner, Sadie Parsons, has long graduated, yet Cal remains committed to sup- porting our team at almost every race. The team recognizes Cal as a sort of "team dad," and his mere presence motivates many of our runners to push themselves to the limit. Cal continues to inspire the Avalon High School Cross Country team with his tremendous work ethic and exemplary lifestyle. From maintaining a strict diet to upholding a balanced exercise regiment, Cal serves as a reminder to everyone that age should not be used as a limit- ing excuse to a healthy lifestyle. Despite having undergone intense surgery on a broken foot, Cal has competed in numerous triathlons, 5k/10k runs, as well as the 1989 Half Ironman Triathlon in Saipan; he's made the podium for his age group in all but one event. Congratulations on this amaz- ing achievement, Cal, and thank you for all you continue to do in support of the youth of Avalon. Just as you've inspired Our Cross Country team, you continue to inspire me to strive, for excellence and not let excuses prevent me from achieving my goals. Letter to the Editor To: LA While days go by like no tomor- row, our love will always follow. We're getting close to those magic numbers. Though we might stumble and fumble along the way, We know the touchdown's not far away. Soon the frowns will leave the field, Letting our smiles take the wheel. Thank you for finding the best direction for our team, helping to pick up our fumbles, and mastering our goals! Happy Valentine's Day to my favorite team captain!! ILY:LA Do you have news? " Please e-mail your submissions to editor@thecatalinaislander.com Founded in 1913 by Ernest WJndle Publisher Vince Bodiford vince@thecatalinalslander.com Editor Dixie Redfearn editor@thecatalinalslander.com Assistant Editor Charles Kelly General Manager Jon Remy advertising@thecatalinalslander.com Office Assistant Kristy Throndson office@thecatalinalslander.com Have you seen our newest survey? Graphic Designer Christy Smith Multimedia Director Franco Te francote@communitymediaus.com 635 CRESCENT AVENUE SUITE A AVALON, CA 90704 (310) 510-0500 FAX" (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 DEADLINES Calendar: Noon Monday I News: 5 p.m, Monday I Display Adver tising: 2 p.m. Tuesday I Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday I Legal/Public Notices: 5 p.m. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS Send to manager@cinews.us One Year Subscription: Catalina .............................................. $39 Mainland ............................................ $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $80/year A Publication of CommunltyMedla Corporation. CATALINA ISLANDER (USPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C, F.R. 3464 periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree No. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina islander. Published weekty at 101 Marifia Avenue, #6 Avalon, CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander, No part may be repro- duced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2015 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander. Inc., All Rights Reserved. MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER ~ERS ASSOCIATION Important information about Island City Council election Islander will only publish letters dealing with issues Candidates and those helping campaigns, take note. In late March The Islander will pub- lish statements from each of the City Council candidates. These will begin with name, occupa- tion, age and years on Catalina. Each candidate will then have a maximum of 500 words to explain their positions on issues and why readers deserve their vote. From now until the April 12 election, the Islander will only print election letters that deal with issues, not specific candidates. The above rules are to ensure balanced campaign coverage. Candidates wanting addi- tional coverage beyond their 500 word statement may buy an ad. --Editor Dixie Redfearn hi Are you a writer, or would like to be one for'the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons. New report- ers and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the editor at edito -ethecatalinalslander.com or call (310) 510-0500. Mainland travel increases by more than 20% STAFF REPORT In a nod to it's upcoming 35th anniversary, Catalina Express, the leading ferry service to Catalina Island, with departures from Long Beach, San Pedro and Dana Point to Avalon and Two Harbors, recently announced the launch of a new departure schedule, begin- ning March 11. "We have comprised a new schedule to run more efficiently, giving our passengers more conve- nient departure times and to allow on-time departures and arrivals," said Greg Bombard, president of Catalina Express. More than 25 million passen- gers have ridden Catalina Express and Lasik evaluation Latisse for longer eyelashes Call 714-546-2020 For a Saturday clinic appoin t, CtMC. ORmCECOAST since it began service 35 years ago. Generations of families have built a lifetime of memories via Catalina Express and its more recent Ride Free on Your Birthday and Birthday Island programs. About Catalina Island and Catalina Express Located 22 miles off the coast of Southern California, Catalina Island is accessible by boat from three ports via Catalina Express: San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point. Catalina Express offers up to 30 daily departures and year- round service to Avalon and Two Harbors, transporting more than one million passengers annually. It offers comfortable airline-style seats and grouped table seating. Traveling to Catalina Island in as little as one hour, each ves- sel was designed and built/pur- chased specifically for comfort and speed. Catalina Express is an unparalleled resource in Southern California, and one of the world's most respected ferry fleets. For information and reservations, call 800-429-4601, or visitCatalina Express. Catalina has a wealth of natu- ral and cultural resources, unique animals and plants found nowhere else on earth. Sightseeing oppor- tunities are varied from escorted tours around town, adventure rides into the interior, jeep eco tours, hummer rides, to zip lines, rock climbing and undersea adven- tures. Nonprofit Seeks Boat Donation To Support Our Maritime and Youth Programs Center for Environment, Commerce & Energy Seeks a tax deductible donation of a boat and dinghy. If you need a tax deduction, or want to help an environmental group contact: Norris McDonald@msn.com 4 i Friday, February 12, 2016 THE CATALINA ISLANDER