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Catalina Radio Shack Benefits Locals and Visitors BY THIIM !NGS Since all merchandise on e Island has to be barged or flown over, many locals often travel to the mainland to save money on purchases. Fortunately, there is a Radio Shack here that provides mainland prices for electronic supplies. Julie Bovay moved to Catalina Island 10 years ago and opened Catalina Discount and Variety on Metropole Avenue. The store originally was a super saving variety store filled with products for $1.99. Over the first four years of opera- tion, Bovay found locals in dire need of electronic products. "At the time, electronics available on the Island were very limited," Bovay said. "People kept coming into the store in search of electronics so I was very aware of the need:' When considering contacting Radio Shack, an ad ap- peared in the CatalinaIslander newspaper seeking a franchi- see for an Island store. "I was surprised to see this ad just as I was preparing to call Radio Shack," Bovay said. There were many applicants interviewed by the Radio Shack franchise, but Bovay landed the contract. The store transitioned to Radio Shack six years ago. "I re- ceived some training from Radio Shack, but also worked on educating myself about electronics," She said. "Every year I attend an event held for store owners at their headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas. We learn about new products, new ser- vices and special savings available for our customers." She said part of Radio Shack's program is that if you or- der a certain amount of inventory, shipping is free."This en- ables us to pass mainland prices on to the locals," she said. Not only residents of the Island benefit. When visitors come to Catalina, it is quite common for them to forget some- thing at home. Items like phone chargers, camera chargers, camera memory cards, or even cell phones are commonly left behind. "Since we have all the major service providers, they can purchase a phone here so that their current service is uninterrupted," Bovay said. "It's also not uncommon for them to drop their phone or camera into the ocean, so we are very busy in the summertime?' With the entire world in a rapid technological revolution, access to electronic products has become critical. According to statistics, over 5 billion people worldwide use cell phones. The production of cellphones continues to remain vast and progressive. In addition to phones, additional electronic me- dia continues to broaden with the advent of iPods, iPads, MP3's and, tablet computers. These trends will keep Radio Shack an integral part of providing mainland-priced prod- ucts to both locals and visitors. Seen above, right, Julie Bovay standing in her Radio Shack outlet. Send us your news and photos! ed@cinews,us Eagle eggs hatch early Catalina chicks expected to arrive this month By Charles M. Kelly The bald eagle-hatching season began last week as two bald eagle chicks hatched from their shells and came into the world on - the Channel Island of Santa Cruz. The chicks came a little earlier than usual in 2012. "Their-tim- ing was different this year," said Peter Sharpe, a biologist with the Institute for Wildlife Studies. The eggs usually hatch from mid- March through the end of April. He said the Catalina Island bald eagle eggs could hatch this week- end. He also said eggs in the Two Harbors and West End nests are expected to hatch the weekend of March 24. If all the eagle eggs on Catalina hatch, Sharpe expectsat least 10 chicks ....... "That's just for,Gatalina," he IslandMedicalCenter Yacht Club Auxiliary bestows donations This past winter the Catalina Island Yacht Club Auxiliary made donations to several local organizations includ- ing the Catalina Island Women's Forum, Catalina Island Sheriff's Dept.-Youth to the Avalon Sheriff's station, AmandaCook for the Catalina Island Women's Forum and - Jessie McDonald and Michael Alegria for the Catalina Island Search & Rescue. Seen in the photo are Lynnette O'Bryan and Deputy Burr Lyon. Courtesy Photo Catalina Island Medical Center's state-of-the-art Siemens CT Scanner can provide the diagnostic images needed for nearly all medical conditions. Simply let your physician know you would prefer to have your diagnostic imaging completed on the island. Familiar places and familiar faces No appointment needed * Scans available immediately on CD Images sent electronically to your physician Please call for more information. Monte Mellon, MD Tracey Norton, DO Laura Ulibarri, MD Diane Chamberlin, NP (310) 510-O7OO 1oo Falls Canyon Road PO Box 1563, Avalon 90704 Eagles, Page 9 THE CATALINA ISLANDER ........................................................................................................... : ................................................................................................................................. Friday, Marcti 16,20121 is