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Page 4 "-The CATALINA iSLANDER Friday, March 12, 2004 ii II asked out and about in Catalina What's the luckiest thing that's ever happened to you? Alifmm ~ Fred Miller Shirley Williams John Williams from Visiting from Visiting from M~ PA M~ksl~rl~ PA Las V~,u, NV Las Vegas, NV "When I was 12 years"We won the 4-man "My husbandrecovering"Twenty-one years oldlwon$1OOforfmdingvolleyball tournament fromcancer" ago I met my wife in 'Where in the world was on live television on Amsterdam." Captain Crunch." ESPN." Report for Monday, March 1 Avalon man was assessed, treated through Sunday, March 7 with supplemen~ oxygen, an IV Monday, March 1 - 8:09 a.m. was established, an EKG was taken - Baywatch and Rescue 6 'wereand he was lransported to CIMC fbr called to a residence to assist a further evaluation. ma~ experiencing a bout of 8:06 p.m.- Baywatch Avalon, ~xnc~lrollable shaking. On Rescue 6 and Utility 55 respond- arrival, rescuers found the 64- ed to a restaurant in Avalon for a ?ca~:-~Id Avalon man lying in bed 53-year-old female complaining and appeared to be shivering. He of head pain, after a trip and fall. was assessed and found to have The Avalon woman was assessed. no heart or respiratory corn- treated and was released against plaints. His symptoms had begun medical advice at the scene. the previous day shortly after he Thursday, March 4 - 7:40 a.m. began taking a new medication. - Baywatch Avalon responded to The patient was taken to Catalina Torqua Springs where Baywatch Island Medical Center for evalua- Isthmus was already on scene tion by a physician, with a 30-foot sailboat aground Wedmsday, March 3- 2.~3 p.m. with no persons on board. A land - Baywatch Avalon and Rescue 6 search was initiated utilizing the respondedtoasm~etinAvalonf~ra Search and Rescue team. An 90-year-old male complaining of an underwater scuba search was ini- altered level of conseimmaess. The tiated by the Baywatch crews and the Los Angeles County Life- guard Dive Team was dispatched to the location aboard Baywatch Redondo to search the area in more detail. 3:35 p.m. - Baywatch Avalon and Rescue 6 respondcd to the Float 4 to meet Baywatch Isth- mus who found the patient, from the above call, hiding in the rocks. The patient was appre- hended and swam out to the Baywatch. Once into Avalon, the patient was assessed, treated with warming measures, an IV was established and he was transported to CIMC for further evaluation. Saturday, March 6 - 10:30 a.m. -- Baywatch Avalon and Rescue 6 responded to a store in Avalon for a 23-year-old female complaining of head pain, after losing con- sciousness from feeling weak and dizzy. The Avalon woman was assessed, treated with supplemen- tal oxygen, an IV was estab- lished, an EKG was taken, spinal motion restriction measures were initiated and she was transported to CIMC for further evaluation. ]mus by Jalen Flynn resulting in the game winning Two weeks after a rainout, run crossing the plate. The the Men's Softball League Sandtrap had one last chance played their two regularly but went down in the end by a scheduled games in near perfect final score of 17-16. "August' weather or, as Billy Tejeda led The Sandtrap "'Balls" Engel would say, "'It's with a 4-4 day at the plate with too hot to go to the beach" i homerun. Chad Quesenberry In the first game, The Sand- was 3-4 with 2 homeruns, trap faced Catalina Express. while Howard Fineman went Express has had The Sandtrap's 3-4 with his grand slam. For number all year, taking all three Catalina Express, Leon Padilla games against them in first half was a perfect 5-5 with an play but ~hat a game this inside the park homerun, Larry turned out to be! Hernandez went 2-3 and Isaac The Sandtrap came out Felix went2-4. strong with five runs in the The second scorcher of the first, only to see Express match afternoon had Catalina Flying the five in the bottom half. Boats taking on SCICo. Flying Sandtrap added five more in the Boats jumped out with an early second and four more in the 7-4 lead after two innings and third when Howard Fineman hit added to the scoreboard for an a grand slam homerun for a 11-6 lead by the fifth inning. commanding 14-5 lead. SCICo came back with four As they did during the first- runs in the sixth to cut the lead half championship game, to 11-10 but Flying Boats Express made a pitching change nailed three in the seventh and and things began to go their held on for a 14-10 victory. way. They rallied for five runs Chris Putnam led SCICo in the bottom of the fourth on going 3-4 at the plate, while Isaac Felix's first homerun of Juan Herrera went 2-3. Aaron the day. Express held Sandtrap "Beeker" Cushing was the hit- scoreless in the fifth and sixth ter going 4-5 with four runs. innings and tied the game at 15 John Flynn went 3-4 on the day in the bottom of the sixth on to raise his league leading bat- Felix's second homerun, ting average of a staggering The Sandtrap went ahead 16- .738. Marie Jimenez popped 15 when Chad Quesenberry one over the fence to help the doubled and Roberto Tejeda Jr. team to victory. singled. With two outs in the Top hitters include Josh bottom of the seventh, Larry Flynn 1738, Larry Hernandez Hernandez hit a routine fly ball .693, Roberto Tejeda Jr 659, to center field and, with the Jesse Denning .600, Jimmy center fielder coming in close, Felix I!I .592 and Chris Put- the ball floated over his head nam .592. Dar 8town is the editor and publisher of The Catalina Islander. Whiskey Island and the Irish Whiskey Island must have been one beck of a place. One must pic- ture that land as it was when the Irish first huddled together on it When Moses Cleaveland first came upon it, it was a delta and he had some difficulty finding the main channel to the river itseff. The fact that he had to come upriver three-quarters of a mile befme reaching ground solid enough to stand on gives one a clue as to its composition. One of the men in his company, in writing later about the founding father's trip upriver, revealed a nice touch of humor. "I could not help but reflect that history was repeating itself" he wrote, "Moses, film his namesake, was caught in the bullrushes" The land around the river's mouth and for a half-mile south of it was pure swamp. The only exception was a ridge that had been formed by the Guyahoga's current as it curved westward on its way to emptying in Lake Erie at a point just east of present day Edgewater Pat's. It would not be until 1827 that federal funding and engineering expertise allowed local citizens to dig a channel, creating the river's mouth as we now know it. The Irish, naturally, did the digging. Since that knoll was the only habitable land anywhere about, the Irish took possession of it and began erecting tarpaper shanties on it. The land the Irish settled on had been called Whiskey Island for years before they arrived but if it hadn't been, it would have had to have been renamed. The Irish who squatted there gave a new meaning to the island's name - they made it a real island of whiskey. In its heyday it boasted of having 13 saloons, a considerable achievement since it was only a mile at is longest point and a third of a mile across at its widest point. It was ti'om the first and for many years remained the wildest, bawdiest sec- tion of Cleveland. Whiskey Island wasn't actually an island, but rather a peninsula. Fur- thermore, it never was an island, not even when its first inhabitants, the "Irrinons" or Erie Indians, made a permanent camp there in the middle of the 17th Century. It is.amusing to note that the French called the Eries "The Cat People," while two centuries later, Irish dock workers would come to be known as "Iron Ore Terriers" or "The Dog People" Those two tribes, the Fxies and the Irish, would have had a rollick- ing good time had they the chance to meet, for both were of mercurial temperament, intemperate and amazingly stubborn, especially when it came to admitting the odds were against them. It is now difficult to imagine what a beehive of humanity Whiskey Island was from the 1830s to the turn of the century. All there is on it now are a number of grasshopper-like machines called Hulett Unload- ers, oil storage tanks, a few warehouses, the International Salt Compa- ny's large works, railroad yards and, of course, docks. The only traces of humanity left on the island are remnants of Riverbed Road and foot- ers from a number of houses and business establishments. Oh, what it was in the days of the early Irish settlers[ I've often thought about a trip to Whiskey Island just to get a taste of what the Irish must have felt then I woke up. And 1o and behold, I found myself on this Island with my dance card filled up by the likes of Mr. Jameson and Mr. Bushmill. Ahhh, welcome to my Whiskey Island. It's not Cleveland, it's Catalina. Thank you St. Patrick. No report submitted. To everyone who's Irish on St. Pat's Day, have a good one! The Catalina Islander recently made a visit to the Kona Coast with some long-time Islanders and some short-timers. Top row, left to right, Islander Rich Mead, long-time local Bob Sh , Jack McAleavy, permanent tourist Jim Rail, new resident Kelly Callaghan, and Islanders Lee Mead and Nora McAleavy.