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It's Trash Talk Time from the Harbor Underwater Cleanup BY JILL A. BOIVlN FOR THE ISLANDER Trash was as follows Lover's Cove 830 pounds Step Beach- 1,380 pounds Casino Point-l,030 pounds Green Pier- 1,960 pounds Totals Metal- 1,690 pounds Trash and Recycle- 3,510 pounds Grand Total 5, 200 pounds Divers: 384 Non-Divers: 20 Volunteers: 90 Regrets: 17 Participants: 494 The Awards Clothing: for an Evening on the Town (with your Dog!) Strapless dress, beads, "love rock," sunglasses and a dog leash! Found by Keith Lauridsen and Robert Wilde at Casino Point Furniture/Household: a Nautical themed Lamp found by Phil and Danny at Green pier Oldest: for a bottle of Pepsi soda dated 1958 found by Aris Spano at Step Beach Perverted: A small plastic male member about 2-inches tall found by Jenny at Green Pier In Sporting Goods: A 4 foot by 2 foot stainless steel fuel tank from a boat. Just getting it to shore must have used a LOT of fuel! Found by The Three Magargees Pictured above, a sampling of the trash.collected from the botton of Avalon Harbor during the annual Underwater Cleanup. Courtesy photo (Bryan, Colin and Curtis) at Lovers Cove Most Valuable: A men's white gold and yellow gold wedding band, which it turns out was lost by another diver that morning! Found by Marcy Silver at Step Beach Worthless: A nextel Flip phone, and guess how many people still use one? found by Rex Hand Department of Fish and Wildlife: Two at once? A 5 foot long pvc pipe with a two-prong 10-inch long deer antler taped to it, found by Mike Mulligan and Keith Lauridsen at Casino Point Love Story: A valentine heart shaped letter in a bottle addressed to her deceased mother, much of it still readable, brought a collec- tive "awwww" from the audience. Found by Eric Busch Step Beach Vons Special Sea Sale: Grocery cart only! Found by Mark Smit Green Pier Cocktail Award (should go with the Evening on the Town?): Shot Glass, beer bottles, Tequila and Rum and other liquor bottles - Bar in a Bag, enough to open a Bar! Found by Gary Fetterman Most Spirited Dive Family: For Collecting a number of plas- tic toys, with the kids being totally ecstatic as the bags were emptied(Christmas in February?) Found by the Shapiro Family (Jerry, Alan and Andrew) Most Helpful:A group of three dive buddies that collected trash came in, dropped it off; went back out collected more and came back, and as they were landing a diver who did not have a buddy was not going to be able to get in the water, so one of the 3 buddies offered to go back in and buddy with the lone diver! Yeah dive TEAM The Whites at Step Beach The Ken Kurtis Silver- Tongued Devil B.S. Award: "The Radio Antenna" A tale as told to him by his grandfather -- who pre- vented the Japanese from invading the island of Catalina by swimming out to the sub; getting wounded in the process; grabbing the antenna off the sub; swimming back, (deep breath!) now has corroboration as grandson found the antenna -- you had to be there tO hear it! Todd McBride Step Beach Jon Hardy Award: To Karim Hamza For promoting safety and diving around Catalina and in a surprise act dedicating this years award to Dr. Bill Bushing known for Diving Dry with Dr. Bill Golden Flipper Award: To Cheryl and Lynn Russell. For always being helpful to compli- ment the event behind the scenes!! Thanks Many thanks to the Avalon High School Art Club, Julie Boekelheide sponsor, for the beau- tiful ceramic plaques that are given out as mementos of the days Trash awards. We treated the club to a pizza lunch for all their hard work. Many thanks to the Dive Masters at the 4 locations Green Pier- Bob Kennedy & Elaina Thompson Lover's Cove- Ron Moore & Chris Huff Casino Landing- Lorraine Sadler and Jeff Wolf Step Beach- Brett Bovard & Kim Eisner And all the 90 volunteers to help at these locations to manage the divers' registration and trash sorting. Here's a link to the web site to thank the many sponsors http:// sponsors/ The Micro Activist- Connor Berryhill connor@microactivist. org They just finished the Catalina Underwater Cleanup this past weekend and it was a blast (aside from the hypothermia, which seems to be a common theme the past few months). We found all kinds of debris that is now in recycle bins and will not be any danger to ocean critters. It was a fun weekend and so inspir- ing to see how many people came out to help the ocean and raise funds for the Catalina hyperbaric chamber. For a short video of the highlights, visit Save the date for next year Feb. 24, 2018. 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