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Page 4 The CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, February 14, 2003 IIIII I I I I asked out and about in Catalina What would be your perfect Valentine's date ? Nick Rathhert Maggie Maki Dave Crelgh Construction Worker Meeting Planner Candy Man Avalon, CA Avalon, CA Avalon, CA "To set sail around the "Walking along a "Sweep my wife off world with the person 1 secluded, sandy beach to Paris to stroll the love." with my love walkingChamps d'Elysees and toward me." dine and stay at Le Pomd Point." Delores Kuzmanic Hospital Volunteer Avalon, CA "A quiet walk at sunset along the shore." The The Catalina Islander welcomes letters to the editor on issues pertaining to the Island. Letters must be no more than 400 words. Anonymous, third party or open letters will not be accepted. All letters must be signed and include printed name, address and phone number of the author. Emailed letters will be considered original. The Catalina Islander will only publish one letter every four weeks by an individual writer. The deadline is Noon, Tuesday, prior to Friday's publication and will be published as space permits. The Catalina Islander reserves the right to edit letters for grammar and legal requirements, views expressed in this section do not necessarily represent the views of The Cata//na Is/anderor its staff. Letters can be sent to Re. Box 428, Avalon, Ca 90704, faxed to (310) 510-2882 or emailed to catislander@catalina ISRcom 'Resolute' Fabian We recently read the article in The Catalina Islander about the death of Ed Fabian. We wanted to extend our sympathy to his family. Even though it was long ago, it brought back memories that we thought we would share. In the early 60's, I was a member of the Girl Scout Mari- ner Troop, L'Aventura, in Lomita, CA. My mom, Helen, was one of the leaders. We went out on the Resolute twice. It was a great adventure for us gals. We learned a lot about sailing, knot tying and nautically related things. Last year, I took some old family 8mm movies and had them copied on to VHS. There were a few minutes of the troop on the Resolute. It was fun to see. We have wonderful memories of sailing quietly over to and around Catalina Island. We wanted to say thanks, once again, to Mr. Fabian, for putting up with us silly girls and showing his boat and expertise. This allowed each of us to experience the joy of sailing and gave us values to carry into adulthood. Even swabbing the deck was fun. Helen Chitwo Scout Leader Connie Mariner Girl Scout of Hillsboro, NM. Ms. Hamilton notes in her letter that she remembers "one of the days in the past that goats were shot from helicopters and Sheriff's jeeps." I would like to clarify two things. The Sheriff's Department does not use jeeps on Catalina Island. And, the sheriff's Department is not involved, in any form, with the eradication of any group of animals on Catalina Island or elsewhere. Sgt. James Masters Avalon Sheriff's Station Shen'ff's clarify Kudos to policy This is m reply to the'l. tter to When I first went to work for Editor (Feb. 7), "Lacking The Islander in 1989, long-time Humanity," by Nancy Hamilton See Letters, page $ Report for Monday, Feb. 3 the Baywatch and treatment was transported to Avalon Hospital through Sunday, Feb. 9 continued for his shortness of for further evaluation. Monday, Feb. 3 - (no time breath. He Was transported to Saturday, Feb. 8- 11:45 a.m. reported)-Baywatch Avalon met Avalon Hospital for further - Baywatch Avalon, Boat 6, Baywatch Isthmus at Long Point evaluation. Rescue 6 and Patrol 55 responded for a patient transfer. A 32-year- Friday, Feb. "l - 8:05 p.m. - to the Dive Park for a person in old Isthmus man suffered a leg Baywatch Avalon, Rescue 6 and distress. The person was rescued injury and was treated with Patrol 55 responded to Avalon from the water by the Harbor dressings and a bandage. The High School for a 32-year-old Department and brought, to the man was taken to Avalon male complaining of an altered Rescue Dock. the 34-year-old Hospital for further evaluation, level of consciousness aftermale had made a rapid ascent Tuesday, Feb. 4 - 12:20 p.m. haveing two seizures, the Los while scuba diving, became very - Baywatch Avalon met Angeles man was assessed, tired on the surface and was Baywatch Isthmus for a patient treated with supplemental becoming entangled in the kelp. transfer at Long Point. The oxygen, an IV was established, an On exam, he was symptom-free. Isthmus child was moved aboard EKG taken and the patient was See Baywatch, page 5 Dar Brown is the editor and publisher of The Catalina Islander Hold the chocolate, please I always have a little trouble writing about Valentine's Day. Don't get me wrong, I am a hopeless (or should I say "hopeful") romantic and somehow believe Mr. Right is out there somewhere. Of course, he's probably married to Mrs. Right but that's another story. Let's just say my history with Valentine's Day has, for the most part, been less than a "can you feel the love" day. I know "love is in the air" and "romance is blossoming" will be the buzz phrases heard around town today. I also know that flowers and chocolate are being purchased in droves as a way of saying "I love you" on this wonderful "Hallmark" holiday. I also know I'm a bit cynical when it comes to cupid's official hunting season but, as tradition would have it, the love bug will infect many on this day. And some traditions, from long ago, will carry on around the world. Did you know that hundreds of years ago, in England, many children dressed up as adults on Valentine's Day and went singing from home to home? One verse they sang was "Good morning to you, valentine, curl your locks as I do mine, two before and three behind, good morning to you, valentine" You figure it out and don't you just love those English traditions! In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week, thus the phrase "wearing your heart on your sleeve:' Well, there are a lot of match-making dances and parties being held overtown and I guarantee you, even though the single hopefuls have been "matched up" no one is wearing their name on their sleeve until they get a peek at their match. Love at first sight? Maybe. Run for the hills? Probably. In Wales, wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on the 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favorite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!" Next! If you are single and want to take the walk down the aisle, try this "sure-fire" Valentine's Day tradition. Think of five or six names of men or women you might marry. As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the names until the stem comes off. You will marry the person whose name you were saying when the stem fell off. My suggestion is that you have plenty of apples handy. You want to get it right, don't you? Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire. Makes me wish I had paid more attention to the recent bird count survey done on the Island. Traditions started long ago and the origin of St. Valentine's Day has long been a topic of conversation. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries (you'll definitely want to learn more about this). Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine." Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine became the "patron saint of lovers" Well, as we round the corner through this "love struck" day, I'm praying to St. Valentine for love and romance, for tradition and sentiment. I'm also going to borrow Cupid's arrow and take a few shots of my own to find Mr. Right and next year, I'll get the cards, the flowers, and the chocolate. Happy Valentine's Day. ~i1,1 i i ii i iii i i i Report fl~r Monday, Feb. 3 his father opted for further boy, they released him to his through Sunday, Feb. 9 medical treatment. Bavwat~h mother and she was to take him Monday, Feb. 3- 2:(X) p,m. Isthmus treated with 1~2 fluids to Avalon Hospital for further Life uards swam an abandoned and a medicated breathin evaluation,