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30th harbor cleanup comes up high and THREAT OF RAIN REDUCER TURN OUT FOR EVENT. DIVERS HAUL 1.95 TONS OF TRASH BY BOB RHEIN On assignment for the Catalina Islander Despite dire weather warnings of a severe downpour and possi- bly even snow, Saturday, Feb. 26 dawned withblue sky and sunshine for the 30th Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup. "Out of the 345 who registered, we estimated that about 225 divers actually par: ticipated, '* said Jill B0ivin, dive coordinator: r Mayor Bo b Kermedy, owner of Catalina Scuba Luv Dive Shop, and one of the sponsors of the event, was philosophical about the low turnout because of the threat of rain. 'We love to see more visitors here, but we really do need the rain. I am glad to say that the Thompson Dam is spilling over!" he told the crowd during the awards ceremony on the Wrigley Stage, "Thanks for challenging the weather and com- ing out here to play with.us." An estimat t..95 tons of trash were hauled up by the enthusias- tic divers in the hour-and-a-half contest. In all, the dive grossed $21,758, up from last year's gross of $18,064. Some of the more unusual items brought up from the bottom of the Harbor included: appropriately, a deck brush in pretty good shape; an old-school AM/FM radio; a . fishing rod and reel; an eight-track cassette, unfortunately with label washed off, and a $5 bill. For the first time this year, reg- istered divers could set up their own donation page through First Giving on the Catalina Conser- vancy Divers' website. A total of $685 was raised. Of the six divers who set up v01' teer pages, Mark Navas, came in first with $391. To thank Navas for his hard Work, the Conservancy awarded him with a Jeep Eeo- Tour for himself and five guests. The others received a diving-bear plush toy. All proceeds benefit the Catali- na Conservancy Divers Bob Given Fund for Ocean Conservation es- tablished in the name of Dr. Robert Given and the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. Catalina Conservancy Divers is a support group of the catalina Island Conservancy. The Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber is a life support recompressions cham- ber on Catalina that serves thou- Salads of divers who frequent the Catalina waters. Also, this year, the Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup com- mittee chose to honor the Ameri- Co.rps Blue 2 team with the cov- eted "Golden Flipper Award" for service above and beyond the call of duty. This year, as almost every year, AmefiCorps volunteers help eddivers take bags, full of trash out of the water. They sort through the objects and rescue any sea crea- tures that were pulled up along with the trash. The AmeriCorps Blue 2 team spent the past two months working with the Conservancy to construct exclosures, out plant Catalina Is- land Mahogany, remove invasive plants, and spruce up Conservancy structures. Rod Roddenberry, son of Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, and Majel Barrett-Roddenberry completed his second Harbor Cleanup, surfacing with several tin cans rescued from the deep. Emerging from the bay, Rodden- berry looked at the amount of trash that had been hauled up. "We are making a difference," he said. Commenting on the sur- prisingly good weather, he said, "The diving gods came out and blessed us with amazing diving conditions today." The Roddenberry Dive Team, in partnership with the National As- sociation of Underwater Instruc- tors Green Diver Initiative and the Oahu Visitors Bureau, challenges scuba divers and aquatic enthusi- asts to collect trash from any water or !and based marine environment and photograph the results. On behalf of the Roddenberry Dive Team, Roddenberry present- ed diver Blair White of San Diego a special Trashy Diver Contest reward for hauling up portion of . a dinghy bow. This was White's ninth year with the Underwater Cleanup. More information about Roddenberry's Trashy Diver Con- test may be found at: www.rod- denberrydiveteam.com. Boivin said she wanted to thank the more than 60 sponsors who do- nated $42,978 in prizes and servic- es in support of the dive. PHOTOS AmeriCorps Blue 2 Volunteer Team, winners of the "Golden Ripper" Award for actions above and beyond the call of duty. Divers enter the water for the 30th Annual A complete list of all sponsors ; Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup. may be found at www.catalinac- onservancy.org > JO1N/VOLUN- Photos by Bob Rhein TEER > Catalina Conservancy Divers. The 31st Annual' Avalon Bay Underwater Cleanup will be held Feb. 25, 2012. 2 FOR 1 FISH N' .CHI.PS Local Halibut, Malted Beer Batter, House Tarter Sauce $18.00 Available March 4 - 11 SANTA CATALINA ISLAND COMPANY ACCOUNTIN6 CLERK/ ADMINISTRATOR (TWO FULL-TIME POSITIONS AND ONE PART-TIME POSITION) Each position is responsible for data entry and related accounting activities as well as providing support for vari- ous accounting functions. The positions offer the oppor- tunity for the right person(s) to take on additional respon- "sibilities as they learn the intricacies of the company. Successful candidates will: Possess excellent customer service skills Be detail-oriented, hard- workihg and adaptable Have quick and accurate data entry skills Be comfortable using any one or more of a variety of computer systems Have experience or understanding of one or more of the following: Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Food & Beverage Inventory Control Have demonstrated problem-solving skills related to accounting Applicants with computer or data entry experience and the desire to learn and grow are encouraged to apply. Experi- ence in any of the follow- ing systems a plus: SAGE/ Platinum, FoodTrak, Aloha, Microsoft Excel, RDP, Tix. com. Interested candidates should contact Jani Eisenhut at 310-510-2000 x-1250 or jobs@scico.com. iOATAuNA iSLAND|ii ....................................................................................................................................................................................... Friday, March 4, 201117