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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week — since 1914 CH'I‘HLIDH Avalon Lancer Football Team Ring Ceremony The Avalon Lancer Football Team Ring Ceremony is Monday, March 7 at 4:30 pm. in the high ,school gym. Please join the-community as they celebrate the accomplish— ments of our CIF Champion Team! Co-Ed Softball returns ‘ The Catalina Co—Ed Softball League is now accepting sign—ups from all men and women ages 18 and older and out of high school. The league will run on Thursday nights through May 26. See story, page 2 Only on Catalina Chuck Liddell reminds you to let others know how much they are loved. You might save a life. See story, page 3 Hospital welcomes new Social Services director Leticia Reed, licensed clinical social worker, is the new direc- tor of Social Services at Catalina Island Medical Center. See story, page 4 t! ClMC’ staff members posed at the 2016 Oscars Gala (Left to right) Clinic Manager Amy Mordaa; RN, Angie Jarman, RN, Santa Dominguez, RN, ' Dr Laura Ulibarri, Janet Seebert, RN, Marketing CoordinatorJudy Hibbs and Chief Patient Care‘Services Catherine Rhyne, RN. Courtesy photo Letter to the Editor A reader asks Avalon dog own- ers to take responsibility for their ~ pets. See story, page 4 ’ Basketball team ends season with semi- final home game PTA Update The next PTA meeting date is Tuesday, March 15. See story, page 4 , . . . . BY DAVID HARD Immigration officials speak at Avalon Library U.S. immigration officials recently advised Catalina residents seek- ing citizenship to be careful to avoid scammers and to be pre— pared for the citizenship test. See story, page 6 The Avalon Lady Lancers bas- ketball team had another success- ful year. Avalon won back-to—back Express League Championships going 15-1 over the two years. Sheriff’s Log The Internet can be a wonder— ful tool for children and adults. However, the Internet can also be dangerous. See story, page 8 This Week: OUT OF AFRICA Pet of the BY J1M WATSON > Week: Princess Princess is a recent visitor Editor’s Note: This eighth and final instalment in a series of columns de- tailing the author’s travels t0 Catalina to Africa. Jim Watson is See story, the author of ‘_‘Mysteri0us page 10 Island: Catalina,” avail- able on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. Princess to good things as well,” wrote Chaucer in the 14th Century. That “There is an end to everything, . The Lady Lancers finished ranked #2 in the Div 5A and made anoth- er deep run in the Championship tournament falling in the Semi Finals to rival Holy Martyrs. Ending the season ranked #2, Avalon received a first round bye in the tournament and met Santa Clarita Christian in the second round winning easily 49-28. In the Quarterfinals they faced the Eagles of Pilibos. Against a hostile crowd, Avalon stayed composed and enforced MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina’s facts, folklore andfibs phrase has, of course, been mod- ernized (some would say corrupt- ed) over the centuries to the simple phrase “All good things must come to an end.” No matter what cen— tury you’re in, it means the same thing: old ad- ventures are going by the ways and (hopefully) new ones are coming along to take their place. I had been on the road now for a week in Philadel— Watson, Page 15 two months: Lady Lancers make deep run A in playoffs their will, winning 48—32. Feeling confident and coming home for the Semifinals, Avalon would face an opponent they had beaten by 1 point two weeks ear- ‘lier, the Armens of Holy Martyrs. The Lady Lancers were off to a fast start, pressing, steal- ing and converting into a 15-10 lead. Then fouls started adding up and the Armens made over 80 percent of their freethrows, which led to a 32-25 halftime lead Lady Lancers, Page FRIDAY March 4, VOLUME 102, Issue 10 WWWJ'HECATALINAISLANDER-COM Visitors generate $11 mil ‘ Figures show tourism increased/city’s tax. fee income in 2015 BY CHARLES M. KELLY ‘ Avalon’s 2015 end—of—year report shows visitor-driven rev- enues increased by almost $11 million last year, a 9.7 percent increase over the previous year. The Chamber of Commerce report is based on city data, according to the Chamber president. The $11 million figure is based on combined totals from various taxes and fees. According to a summary of the data issued by the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce, only cruise ship wharf fees decreased and that decrease was just $2,2000 less than in 2014. “Generally, it’s good news,” said Robert Mescher, Avalon’s Finance director. The Chamber report is avail- able on the Chamber website. City financial information is available on Finance Department page of the * city’s website. Generally, visitor-driven rev- enues have been increasing since 2001, according to 3 Chamber spreadsheet. There were small decreases in 2007 and 2008. Revenue decreased 16.5 percent in 2009. But revenue has been going up since then. According to the Feb. 26 staff report to the City Council, “hotel occupancy rates were relatively flat.” However, according to the Tourism, Page