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BY DENNIS KAISER Frank Hein has been a Catalina resident and director of Education for the Catalina Island Conservancy for the past "three years. He's also made a lot of friends and earned the respect of many Avalon citizens along the way. Recently, he announced he will leave his post this month to pursue other opportunities. Hein was recruited and hired by Carlos de la Rosa,' formerly Chief of Conservation and Education for the Conservancy. He came in as manager, and was promoted last year to Director. A wildlife biologist, Hein and his wife Terri Bassett, came to the Island from Washington State where he had served aS vice presi- dent of Exhibits for the Pacific Science Center. " 2 "Frank jumped in and~cared,'' said friend Randy Brannock. "He has been a great addition, to the community, and will be Sorely missed." Mary Stein, c0-owner of Descanso Beach Ocean Sports and Brannock's wife said: "He was a pretty good guitar player, too. Seriously though, we enjoyed making those perfect harmonies work. Our duo 'Frank n Stein' has been the highlight of my musical endeavors" Hein, Mary Stein, Carlos de la Rosa, Butch Azevedo and Kent Burns launched the Avalon band band "Front Street" and played locally, including many a Thursday night at the Nature Center and later at the St. Catherine Hotel, Casino Dock Cafe and others. "Frank is that uncommon person who is both scientist and creative," said his friend Ernesto Rodriguez. "His energy and vision is a loss to our cortimunity?' "Frank quickly became a val- ued member of the Avalon "com- munity," Branock said. "His inter- est in this place was evident in the Naturalist Training he launched and tailored to the needs of local businesses. He provided our team of guides a.nd staff with informa- tion we needed for our kayak tours, made learning and sharing stories that prove the uniqueness of our island easy and fun. We noticed a big difference in feed- back from our clients." According to Brannock, Hein, with his team members at the conservancy, 21 issues of the Island Naturalist newsletter that keeps local guides and naturalists informed. It is distributed each month to the more than 600 peo- ple who have been through his training program. Many other programs Hein launched by focused on improving the experience for Catalina visi- tors. He identified and promoted the Garden-to-Sky Hike, now the most hiked trail on Catalina. He also upgraded the Avalon Nature Center with a new video and light- ing system. The Mobile Nature, a traveling exhibit designed to reach all of Catalina, is another example of his work. Hein hired, trained and men- tored more than 24 summer natu- ralists and "REGIs," Avalon youth participating in the prestigious internship program named for Rose Ellen Gardner. "Frank is one of those rare individuals who has a very broad background in science, education, and exhibitry, and can translate science to any audience," said Carlos de la Rosa. "He has the knowledge and the passion it takes. The next organization he works with will be extremely for- tunate to have him." Hein said he was sad to leave his colleagues at the Conservancy. "My Catalina experience has been wonderful," he said. "When it comes my colleagues, I've never worked with a higher caliber of hardworking professionals. I feel lucky to call them friends. Catalina is an incredible place and will have a big place in my heart forever. Of cotrse, I'll be back. I think Front Street already has a few gigs lined up for the summer and I've got a couple of dozen other reasons to come back. Most the hos Frank Hein and his wife Terri Basset enjoy an eveing in Avalon. Courtesy photo CHOICES sets meeting for This is a cruciai time for Catalina CHOICE~ (Citizens Helping Our Island Children End Substance-abuse). The n0n-prof- it organization is'out of fund- ing. Original funding was from a single generous foundation. Contributions of funds, volunteer hours, streamlining of CHOICES programs and transference of some services to other agencies has allowed the program to con- tinue through 2012. A Strategic Planning Meeting has been scheduled for Saturday, March 9, 2013 to reach out to the community to provide long-term sustainability of this valuable pro- gram in support of island youth making good decisions about the use of alcohol and other drugs. The CHOICES program helps fill many gaps in its mission to pre- vent Island youth from using drugs, alcohol and tobacco. Beyond that, efforts include parenting classes and support, teen intervention, peer mediation, youth and fam- ily activities, community outreach programs, guidance and referrals to treatment sources/facilities and ongoing counseling The public is invited to the Strategic Planning Meeting CHOICES is holding that will determine the future of the CHOICES program in Avalon. Enjoy dinner at the Avalon G rille along with a feature film at the Avalon Theatre. "Receive one movie pass per entree pureha.~c~l from 5:00PM-6:00PM. Catalina Island Medical Center's Rehabilitative Care Program combines the professionalism and competence of a .fully-licensed acute care hospital with the care and support of your Catalina Island community. Rehabilitative care program for post orthopedic & reconstructive surgery and serious illness or injury. Therapeutic and rehabilitative services. Dedicated nurse liaison to arrange transportation from the mainland and ensure continuity of care. The comfort and support of friends and family. Ancillary services include state-of-the-art CT scanner and fully equipped laboratory. Call Nurse Liaison Santa Dominguez, RN, at (310) 510-0700 to learn more about how CIMC can meet your rehabilitative care needs. (31o) 51o-o7oo lOO Falls Canyon Road PO BOX 1563, Avalon 90704 Island MedicalCenter www.ClMedicalCenter.org THE CATALINA ISLANDER ................................................... FridayilViarcll 8,20"13 i 5