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BY THERESA CUMMINGS It appears the temporary relo- cation of the Avalon Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store to a spot behind the library has not harmed business. The common reaction of people walking into the new location of the thrift store, behind the library, is "Wow, this is great!" This response has been met with great relief by the princi- pals of the non-profit Avalon Hospital Auxiliary. Initially, some Auxiliary members were apprehensive about the location because it is off the main flow of traffic within the city. "This has been an incred- ible experience," said Auxiliary President Trecia Edwards. "The Island Company not only reno- vated the space for us, but moved our large stock of inventory on January 21st, without charge." She continued, "The entire pro- cess has encouraged us tremen- dously." As word spread about the new location, more people are coming to the store. "At first I was concerned since not many people were coming in, but it has been a gradual increase over the last several weeks and is steadily increasing," Edwards said. In fact, quite a few cruise ship customers have visited the store. When one couple was asked how they found the new location, they replied that they always visited the thrift store when they took the cruise and they followed the signs directing them to the new location. On the days the store is open, a sign is placed on Metropole Avenue. It was created by Claudia Canby and donated to the thrift store to direct potential customers to the shop. "This was a tremendous gift to us, since it is important to let the public know when the store is open," Edwards said. "We are currently placing fliers around town so locals and visitors know where we are and when we are open." Signs at the old location direct visitors to the new location. As with any new location, the thrift shop faced various chal- lenges. The Animal Shelter, which is next door, now accepts donations for the thrift shop. The area can become congested. The donation area should be processed daily to prevent con- gestion and that work is currently being handled by Edwards and volunteer Gayle Tasca, who over- sees processing donations. Ultimately, the entire operation comes down to volunteers. "We always are in need of vol- unteers and the reason we are only open for three hours on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday is due to a lack of staff," Tasca said. "The more hours we are open, the more our organization can provide funds needed to pur- chase equipment for our hospital," Edwards said. Anyone who would be inter- ested in volunteering should stop by the Avalon Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store during hours of oper- Avalon Hospital Auxiliary A banner sign in Avalon beckons patrons to the hospital auxiliary thrift shop's new location. Photo by Theresa Cummings ation. Current hours are Tuesday Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to 1 p.m. STAFF REPORT The first weekend of the month Avalon Harbor served as the fin- ish and then the start the next day for two sailboat races spon- sored by Shoreline Yacht Club and Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. Valentine's Weekend we had 11 boats visit from Horizon Yacht Club. That holiday weekend had warm, sunny weather and the har- bor was busy. After the weekend the National Weather Service issued a Small Craft Advisory that became a gale warning and caused the cancel- lation of the last boat on Feb. 19. Only one boat ran the follow- ing day with winds exceeding 36 m.p.h. Weather and attendance were good this year for the 32nd Annual Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup held on Saturday, Feb. 23. The event is very popular with divers as it was sold-out in October of 2012. This year, for the first time, divers were allowed in Lover's Cove. The Cove is normally available to snorkelers only. Due to a forecast of Northeast winds to arrive late on Feb. 23, the patrol prepared the harbor by moving all boats moored west of the pier down toward the Casino and removing all floats from the pier. The northeast wind began around 5 a.m. on Feb. 24 and by 9:30 there were 4- to 5- foot swells coming into the harbor. Fortunately by noon the wind had subsided. On Feb. 19 several patrolman participated in practicing heli- copter rescue operations with the Coast Guard. On Feb. 23, seven patrolmen traveled to Two Harbors for an all day training in First Aid and CPR. The training becomes invaluable as our Patrolmen are usually first responders for rredi- cal issues in the harbor and are called to assist in many incients close by such as on Feb. 15 when Patrol assisted in treating two trauma patients at the Metropole Hotel. February 2013 stats are as follows: People aboard boats--l,580 Vessels Moored--395 Vessels Anchored--2 Lost/Found Reports--0/1 Accident Reports--0 Average Temp, High--62 Average Temp, Low--50 Average Sea Temp--58 Rain--0.91 Moorings Sold/trans- ferred-2Citations Issued--0 Discharges--0 Cruise Ship Passengers: Inspiration (four weeks)-- 9,595 Total Cruise Ship--9,595 CALL TODAY AND LET DEWEY PEST CONTROL TAKE CARE OF YOUR PEST CONTROL NEEDS! PEST CONTROL Since 1929 MEET THOUSANDS OF BUSINESS PEOPLE ALL IN ONE NIGHT! On behalf of the Machado family we would like to thank our friends, supporters, and the entire community of Avalon for all your outpouring of love and support through this difficult. time. With your generosity and acts of kindness that you all have shown our family, you have comforted our heavy hearts in a way that will never be forgotten. A very special thank you to the Santa Catalina Island Company and their amazing crew for the use of the theatre and ballroom. We could not have had all of our friends and family in one room without the use of your space. We would also like to send our gratitude and our appreciation to Kathleen and Tim Bombard, Ed and Joanna Arnold and crew from the M restaurant for opening there doors and allowing us to continue to celebrate Keenan's life with our family and friends two nights in a row. You all have worked so hard and went above and beyond the call of duty to honor and celebrate Keenan's life! Again, our family thanks all of you from the bottom of our hearts and we are so proud to call this special town of Avalon home! We remain to remember his smile and his kind soul! Love, Keenan's Family * I IIBITOH BOOTH 8PACZ AVAIIJE ** PERSON (lio che(s w credit cards at the door.) , oc n .T CmT . /tJ/t , COSTA MnA, CA 92526 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER Friday, March 8, 2013 i 7 I I