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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 F.,oAY February 28, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 9 Www.THECATALINAIsLANDER.COM BRi[FS Candidates' Question Up until our March 21 edition, The Catalina Islander will offer each candidate an opportunity to answer one question per week. It will be posted in the Friday edi- tion of the paper and the answers will be due via email to editor@ by 5 p.m. the following Wednesday. Next week's question is: "What should be done to solve Avalon's water scarcity problem?" See this week's answers on page 6 Chamber CEO to retire Wayne Griffin, president & CEO of the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, announced his retirement on Thursday, Feb. 20. He will retire on Nov. 30. See story, page 8 'City Lights' to feature score by Charlie Chaplin Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit will be the first to feature a full 39-piece symphony orchestra, accompanying Charlie Chaplin's score for the film "City Lights." See story, page 11 School's Garden Party Celebrate the "first day of spring" with Avalon School's Garden Party fundraiser at the BlueWater Avalon Restaurant on Thursday March 20 from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are only $40. For more informa- tion call Michelle Bray at (310) 510-8920. The Babies Of 2013 It's time for the Islander's announcements of the babies born in 2013. It is seeking photos of the babies with one or both parents, full names of the par- ents and the baby and the baby's date of birth. Send to: editor@ There will also be a group photograph of the parents and the babies, with the time and location to be announced. CIMC offers free 'Obamacare' counseling Catalina Island Medical Center's Sandy Gutierrez is a certi- fied enrollment counselor with Covered California, the state component for what is commonly called "Obamacare." Gutierrez Weekday and evening appoint- ments are available. Please call (310) 510-0700. March 23 is the deadline for registration. Farewell to Neva Jennings She was a child star at the age of 3 and also sang opera Hollywood Bowl and Pasadena Civic lter. Clockwise from top left: Lulu watches, with owner Becky Williams and friends, as divers collect debris from the bottom of Avalon Harbor and placed them on a blue tarp as part of the 33rd annual underwater cleanup, supported by the Catalina Island Conservancy Divers support group. A tiny army man toy is held by diver Jordan Kasow, one of 479 volunteer divers that participated. Diver Jeff Reimer brought a tire up from the bottom of Avalon Harbor. Diver Jim Melrod said that bringing the solar panel up to shore was difficult because it acted like a kite underwa- ter. He added the panel to the growing pile of debris collected. Photos courtesy of the Catalina Island Conservancy. Divers collect tons of debris Annual underwater cleanup draws 479 diver participants STAFF REPORT In an annual demonstration of the need to protect Catalina Island's waters and marine life, 479 volunteer divers collected debris on Saturday from the bot- tom of Avalon Harbor as part of the 33rd annual underwater cleanup, supported by the Catalina Island Conservancy Divers sup- port group. The trash they collected from the ocean floor ranged from tires to cell phones, creating four large piles of debris that dotted the beaches in the midday sun. Among the oddest items the divers recov- ered were an algae covered chair, thermostat for an engine, plastic green army man and a rusted bar- becue. Some of the more valuable discoveries were an assortment of cell phones and glass bottles from the early 1900s. "As a marine biologist who dives the waters off Catalina, I appreciate the wonderful ser- vice that the Catalina Island Conservancy Divers support group and other divers from near and far perform for the good of Avalon Bay, " said Ann Muscat, president and CEO of the Catalina Island Conservancy. "The vast amount of Cleanup, Page 5 Island Co. agrees to dig new water well Mayor wants to fast track the permitting process for project BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Santa Catalina Island Company has agreed to dig a new water well. Work has not yet begun on the well. Mayor Bob Kennedy announced the news at last week's City Council meeting. Kennedy said that some people might or might not know that the Island Company had agreed to dig a new well that would serve the community's water needs for some time. He made the announce- ment shortly after City Manager Ben Harvey said that the mid-year budget review would take place in March. Kennedy said Harvey had writ- ten a letter to the president of Southern California Edison about the well project. The letter was mailed early last week. Marvin Jackmon, until recently the interim region public affairs manager for Edison, said on Wednesday, Feb. 26, that the news of the Island Company's support for a well reached the company just last week. He said the company was in the early stages of going down the path of getting permits to dig a new well. Water Well, Page 11 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This.Week: The Flying Flapper BY JIM WATSON EDITOR'S NOTE: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Cata- lina," available on Ama- zon, Kiridle and in stores all over Avalon. When it comes to fa- mous female aviation per- sonalities, the first name that pops into the modern mind is that of Amelia Earhart and her brave-- but ultimately tragic--attempt to circle the globe. Lesser known are other hero- ines of the sky like Harriet Quimby, the first American pilot--male or female--to successfully fly across the English Channel; Blanche Noyes and Louise Thad- den, who together set the world record for a flight be- tween New York and Los Angeles of 14 hours and 55 min- utes, and Helen Richey and Fran- ces Marsalis who set an endurance Watson, Page 9 Aviation pioneer Elinor Smith (right) set a world endurance record in the skies above Catalina Island in 1929. Smith earned her the nickname "The Rying Flapper of Freeport" after her hometown of Freeport, NY. Catalina Island came into the picture the following year when Smith and fellow woman pilot Bobbi Trout set the first offi- cial women's record for endurance with mid-air refueling. (Photo courtesy Boston Public Library)