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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Patty Ann McKinnon is pictured at center ready to cut the ribbon and officially open the new Catalina Children&apos;s Dental Health Clinic. Courtesy photo CDHC From page 1 - Ion in which dental health clinics were held for more than 23 years. It was old and had to'be replaced. Cathy Moran, Avalon School nurses' clerk and records-keeper, said Avalon School is looking for- ward to the first clinic in the new building. "We don't have one sched- uled yet" Moran said. "We still have to sign off on a few things" Moran said she is not sure how often the clinic will operate. "In the past we started holding them once a month, then twice and then three times a month" she said. "It depends on the funding, but I think it will be at least twice a month?' The clinic will serve children on the Island, whether or not they at- tend Avalon School. However, the largest pool of patients will likely come out of the school. "We will screen the students' dental health and if necessary, we will refer them to the clinic or-Dr. Ben Calise, a private practice den- tist on Catalina," she said. "We Will send our referrals to the parents that their children may need a dental checkup. Parents may call either lo- cation. We hope to be able to treat them here on the Island instead of them having to travel to the main- land." The clinic is meantto serve under-privileged children and the amount they will pay or not pay will depend on their financial status. The Avalon dental clinic's his- tory is tied to The Children"s Den- tal Health Clinic in Long Beach, which began in 1932, when Dr. Robert Anderson, a Long Beach dentist, saw a need for access to dental care for the children of the poor in the community. More than 77 years ago, he took a trailer to lo- cal schools with the dream of pro- viding convenient dental screen- ings and care to young students. Since its inception, it has served more than half a million children. In an effort to treat the underserved children on Catalina, the CDHC started the Avalon Satellite Clinic in 1988. "THE WRITE STUFF" 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 Islander publisher at or call (310) 510-0500, Avalon School provides the space for the building and Long Beach Unified School District is providing the utilities. The Long Beach Children's Dental Clinic is funding the clinic itself. The den- fists who work at the clinic are volunteers who, once or twice a month, will take a boat to Catalina and donate their time to treat the Island's underserved children. Those attending the grand open- ing ceremonies included Patty Ann McKinnon (Platinum Sponsor) and family, Ralph Morrow (Avalon City Council Member and Tuna Club Member), Kaiser Permanente- South Bay (Silver Sponsor, repre- sented by Janae Oliver), Richard Espinosa representing the office of LA County Supervisor Don Knabe, Avalon School Principal Angelica Gonzalez, Wayne Herbst, Connie Jensen Assistant Superintendent of School Support Services LBUSD, Ken Putnam, Scott Acosta (son of the late Patti Acosta), Presi- dent of the Long Beach Children's Benefit League, Shirley Wiewel, President of the Children's Den- tal Foundation Board Josephine Fitzpatrick, as well as Children's Dental Foundation Board Mem- bers and guests, CDHC Develop- ment Director Barbara Lieber- man-Jones, Doug Jones, and CDHC Executive Director/Den- tal Director John L. Blake, DDS. For more information, call (562) 933-3141. Island Medical Center WOMEN GOLFERS PLAY IN SWEETHEARTS SCRAMBLE The Catalina Island Women's Golf Club sponsored the annual Sweethearts Scramble Tournament at the Catalina Island Golf Course on Sunday. First Place Team honors went to Abel Mesa's team, which included Trudy Saldana, Dave Lorenzen, and Phyllis Lorenzen. Tied for second place were Tom Jordahl's team, which included Dave Ashleigh, Marry Ashleigh, and Alison Osinski, and Ed Arnold's team which included Donna Harris, Helena Bayles, and Jerry Thissen. Tom Jordahl won the Men's division closest to Hole, and Lynne Woolley won the Women's division closest to the hole. Abel Mesa won the putting contest. Women golf- ers who are Island residents Or regular visitors are invited to join the Catalina Island Women's Golf Club. Play Days are scheduled for each Thursday morning. Call the Golf course (310-510-0530) for more information about regularly scheduled activities for local women golfers. PHOTOS TOP: First Place in the Sweethearts Scramble: (from left) Dave Lerenzen, Phyllis Lorenze, Trudy Saldana and Team Captain Abel Mesa CENTER: Tied for Second Place (from left) Dave Ashleigh, Marry Ashleigh, Team Captain Tom Jordaht and Alison Osinski BOTTOM: Tied for Second Place: (from left) Team Captain Ed Amold, Donna Hams, Helena Bayles and Jerry Thissen. Send usyour news and photos! Catalina Island Medical Center's state-of-the-art Siemens CT Scanner can provide the diagnostic image s needed for nearly all medical conditions. Simply let your physiciata l<now you would prefer to have your diagnostic imaging completed on the island. " Familiar places and familiar faces No appointment needed Scans available immediately on CD Images sent electronically to your physician Please call for more information. Monte Mellon, MD Tracey Norton, DO Laura Ulibarri, MD ' Diane Chamberlin, NP (310) 510-O7OO 100 Falls Canyon Road PO Box 1563, Avalon 90704 www.CIM ;rile CATAMNA ISLANDER ..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Friday/February 1:7i20i2 i 5