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SERVING VOLUME 97, ISSUE 10 CATALINA ~ ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 BR! EI FS ii..iii i.. i Kid Ventures hosts St. Pat's Dinner Catalina Kid Ventures is having its third annual St. Patrick's Day fundraiser dinner on Thursday, March 17. For more informa- tion, contact the City Recreation Department at (310) 510-0220 or Catalina Kid Ventures at (310) 510-1704. Artist Danny Peterson When Danny Petersen, 52, isn't putting Avalon's architecture and Catalina's landscape on canvass, he's giving bike and kayaking tours. "All of my paintings are about Catalina because I never leave the Island," he said. See story, page 6 Between Two Harbors All the water that exits homes and workplaces in Two Harbors ultimately ends up watering the trees behind the Banning House ,..,,, March 11, 2011 or getting sprayed on the road to prevent dust. Between the time the water leaves the sink and gets to the trees, however, the wastewater must first go through an intricate process of filtration, chemical treatment and reloca- tion. See story, page 4 Time Capsule 50 Years ago, in March 1961, the Avalon City Council passed Resolution #1121, "Imploring All Patriotic Americans to Awaken And Fight All Communistic Activities." The council planned to pass an ordinance that every business in Avalon must have their employees fingerprinted and approved by the FBI and state government before they can be employed. See story, page 3 Parenting Skills Classes CHOICES is hosting an eight-week session of parenting skills classes offered in Spanish for Latino- American parents of children ages 2 to 18. For more information, Rebecca Perez, top, with her assis- tants and students at Catalina Kid Ventures show their St. Patrick's Day spirit in their green garb. There will be a St. Patricks Day fundraising dinner on March 17 at the Cottage Restaurant. There will be live entertainment, a raffle, and a tradi- tonal Irish feast of corned beef and cabbage. Dinner seatings are 5:30 and 7 p.m. Dr if you prefer, take out is available, tickets are $12 adults and $8 or children. For more information, call (310) 510-1704. Piper Cameron BY DENNIS KAISER Catalina native Piper Cameron was a beautiful and strong young woman who left 'this world too soon. Yet her legacy lives on. Family and friends thisweek said they were touched by the fact that Foss Marine had named one of their boats after the energetic and affable Cameron. Her life .revolved around the ocean and its mighty waters that surround the Island she called home for most of her short life. It was a life that, according to her fa- ther Curt Cameron, sparkled with a string of accomplishments on and offthe water. They still resonate in the eyes of every friend she made along the way. He said many in the maritime field knew his daughter for her dedication to her chosen work. She made friends everywhere she went and could ferret information out of the experienced men of the sea in a way no one else could. "She could get them to tell her things they would never usually di- vulge to anyone else," he said with pride. Piper Cameron was 26 years old and only days away from her goal of becom- ing a full-fledged tugboat captain on Feb. 20, 2007, when she died following a tragic accident aboard the tug Emma Foss, which she was thrilled to be piloting for the first tinle. "It was really a freak accident," said her father, who said he was pleased at how the company has dealt with the accident and death of his daughter in the line of duty. Part of his daughter's legacy he said is seen in new safety practices that Foss marine has cham- pioned in her name and that some day may save Piper, Page 7 Catalina's facts, folklore and Fibs THIS WEEK: The "Imperial" Golfers BY JIM WATSON SOURCE OF 21 POT BALES FOUND ON ISLAND'S BACK SIDE IS UNKNOWN. SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES BRIEFLY DETAIN UNRELATED VESSEL BY CHRISTOPHER BLEHM The Avalon Sheriff's Station confirmed that the FBI removed 21 bales of marijuana from the back side of Catalina on Sunday. The source of the bales is officially un- known. Last year, a ponga boat carry- ing Mexican nationals and a large quantity of marijuana beached on the back side of the Island. About 4,000 pounds of marijua- na was seized in the major pot bust last year. It was the largest amount of the plant taken by authorities on Catalina at the time. On Wednesday, a vessel receiv- ing assistance on the backside was detained and the occupants ques- tioned by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The arrests created a stir in town as rumors of the marijuana bales were just heating up. However, no connection was found between the Sunday stash and the Wednesday watercraft, and the individuals were released. The incident was still being investigat- ed at the Islander's press time. Anyone with information may call the local Sheriff's station at: (310) 510-0174. call (310) 510-9294. See story, page 5 Bone density screening The Catalina Island Medical Centernow has a bone density scanner to screen patients for. osteoporosis. See story, page 2 Film Festival The Catalina Casino Theatre & Ballroom will be the venue for the inaugural Avalon International Film Festival on March 25-27, which will spotlight works from around the world created by both amateur and professional film- makers in categories ranging from short animations to international feature films and documentaries. See story, page 8 In the spirit of "It doesn't World War II. friend Conrad were given the task have- to be paranormal to be It's common knowledge of caddying for an unusual pair of mysterious," this week's .column around town that Lolo Saldanagolfers. will descend to more of an earthly has spent many years of his life "It just so happened these two plane compared tosome of my working in and promoting sports Japanese men came up and they previous columns. No UFOs or and recreation on the Island,had cameras and stuff like that Bigfeet this week. Instead we take from coaching baseball teams to and we got the job of caddying for you back to a possible episode writing sports columns in this very them," said Lolo. involving international espionage newspaper. The first thing that Lolo noticed and the Second World War. But what few people, know was the unusual way the gentlemen In many ways, these true about is Lolo's apparent brush were dressed. Even thoughit was a "history's my eries" are more with the world of covert military warm July day, they were wearing compelling than those of the more " surveillance while performing one black suits and ties--at the golf supernaturalvarietysimplybecause of his earliest endeavors in the course. they fall under the old clich6 "truth local sporting world as a caddy at After play got under way, "is stranger than fiction" and no era the Catalina Island Golf Course. another thing became obviotm to in world history is as-chock-full of It was on a summer's day in stranger-than-fiction truths than July of 1941 when Lolo and his History, Page 8 Lolo Saldana takes a swing at the Catalina Island Golf Couse. Was Lolo unwittingly involved in a bit of intematJonal espionage on the eve of the Second Woidd War?. W