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March 9, 2012

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Thank you Avalon, thank you Catalina Islaml * I don't like to say goodbye. Ever. Those words always sound very final tO me. I rather say, "See you later" or "Hasta pronto" and go with that. Claudia and I would like to say today: "See you later, Avalon. We will come back, like most people that lived here do." Catalina Island has been our home for six and a half years, time that has gone by very fast. I still re- member, as if it just happened, our first night at Middle Ranch, sleep- ing on an inflatable mattress inside an empty and cold house. We were woken up by a herd of bison in the front yard, one.big male shaking the house with his energetic but paused rubbing. Our cats were piled on the windowsill, watching, making little squeaky noises, looking back at us as if saying "Do you see that! What are those things?" We stood on the porch, fascinated by the sight and sounds of the bison, the birds, the wind on the trees, and the soft pastel colors of a sunrise over the hills. We marveled at the 'Septem- ber colors peeking here and there in the vegetation in a subdued, al- most mocking version of fall that said "This place is different. Wait and see" Over the years, we have ex- plored, photographed, discovered and enjoyed the subtle nature of this unique Island, one of a kind in its natural richness, its complex history and especially its people. We have consumed ravenously ev- ery book, paper article and manu- script we could get our hands on, and have .interrogated the people that have lived here all their lives. Every drive out of Middle Ranch, hitting the Airport Road at the Jun&ion, gave us a catch-your- breath image, always different, always incredibly beautiful, from the cotton-candy clouds stretching over the ocean to the mainland, to the spectacular reflections of the sunrise over the channel. We have tracked the position of the rising and setting sun through its yearly cycle, until we've been able to predict with accuracy where it will be at any given time. We have never stopped marvel- ing at the multitude of stars and constellations visible at night in the Middle Ranch sky, the colors of planets and stars, the exhilarat- ing sight of comets and shooting stars, the brightness of a moon you can literally read in its glow, the stunning sunsets, and the mar- velous and humbling sight of the Milky Way in full splendor. I have photographed thousands of plants and animals, insects and flowers, weather patterns and archaeologi- cal treasures, building a photo col- lection perhaps worthy of a book letters, Page 6 Master From page 1 as a private yacht captain, boating into the waters of various ports in Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama. He said he hopes to bring all of his experience to the job as harbor master. His new em- ployer, Santa Catalina Island Re- sort Services (formerly called the Santa Catalina Island Company) was buoyant when it recently an- nounced its hiring of Garrett. "Lane brings a strong custom- er service background, excellent boating skills and a management style that fits our Two Harbors ap- proach" said Phillip Winter, vice president of Visitor Operations and 'Marketing. "We expect that our boating guests will be thrilled with his outgoing personality." "Joining the Santa Catalina Island Resort Services crew and dedicating my skills to the organi- zation and the customers it serves is a dream come true" said Garrett. "I have a profound appreciation for the geography, geology, marine life and water sports that surround Santa Catalina Island." Garrett and his wife will live at Two Harbors. According to Santa Catalina Island Resort Service, Garrett will oversee daily harbor operations of Two Harbors, ensure the safety of incoming vessels and monitor the delicate environmental balance between the port's commercial op- erations and the local marine life. "In addition, his proven success in tuming Crowley Fish Lake Fish Camp from a bare-bones marina to a full-service destination resort will be an asset to SCIRS's goal of growing Two Harbor's tourism base and im- proving the visitor experience." Garret ,said he is confidant he will be effective both on the water and in his role in public relations and managing the facilities at Two Harbors. Lions and Ladders: Behind the ladders and posts of the swing set, Avalon Uons Club members are brushing on a protective coat of high quality acrylic stain. LIONS CLUB SERVES AT HAYPRESS PARK Members of the Avalon Lions Club tended to the swing set at Haypress Park recently, giving it some much needed repairs and a new coat of paint. There were several boards that were replaced in the swinging bridge and new slide steps were installed as well. Another interesting item that needed to be repaired was the "buf- falo hole" in the white rock tube. A buffalo hole, you say? Yes, at least that is what' the Avalon Lions Club members were told, that a big old buffalo stepped on the rock pipe on his way to the swing set. Have you ever seen a buffalo swinging on the swings at Hay- press? What about one who stops to scratch his back on the posts that support the play structure? The next time you are at Hay- press, take a look for buffalo hair on the comer posts of the swing set. You may be surprised at what you find. This is just one of many activi- ties that The Avalon Lions Club participates in every year in a con- tinued effort to support the youth of our community. The Liofis members hope that Island kids, both young and old, will enjoy the newly repaired and freshly painted Haypress play area. Just watch out for that buffalo with an itch. Dear Avalon Residents, Please be advised that this Saturday, March lOth, is the Catalina Island Conservancy Marathon, 1OK, and 5K. Roads will NOT be shut down, but the main street leading to your property may be a part of either the Marathon, 1OK, or 5K course. This means that the roads will be used by runners during the morning hours. This event will bring over several hundred people for the weekend and the proceeds will benefit the Avalon Schools, Avalon Lions Club and several other island charities. Sorry for any inconvenience and thank you for supporting the Catalina Island Conservancy. For more information including maps, times, etc. please visit Thank you for understanding. Sincerely, The race's schedule is as follows: Marathon- start time 7:00am, (Two Harbors) estimated finish time 3:00 pm on Sumner. 5K-start time 8:15am,(5K starts on Sumner and Crescent Ave.) 10K- start time 8:20am,, (10K starts on Sumner and Crescent Ave) estimated finish time 10:00 am. Roads included in the 5K/10K course: Sumner Ave ( the entire street) Crescent Ave (north of Sumner Ave) Casino Way (the entire street) Marilla Ave (from Casino Way to Vieudelou Ave) Country Club Dr. (the entire street) Avalon Canyon Rd (the entire street) Tremont St (between Eucalyptus and Sumner Ave) 909.399.3553 CATALINA lS LAND CON SERVANCY THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, March 9, 2012 : 5