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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914  FRIOAY March 28, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 13 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM BRIEFS Art fair set for April 18-20 The Catalina Art Association will hold the 5th Annual Catalina Art Fair & Exhibition (CAFE), Fri-Sun, April 18-20, during Easter week- end. The Art Fair will feature local and visiting artists, music, enter- tainment, art demos and kids activities. Highlights include an Earth Day Celebration featuring the Catalina Conservancy and an Electric Smart Car Demo. AHS Athletes of the Week Baseball players Cristian Martinez and Selina Morones are the Athletes of the Week. See story on page 11. What's Happening? Check out the upcoming events happening around Catalina Island and Avalon in the coming weeks in the Islander Calendar. See story on page 2. Felony drug arrest A Hemet man was arrested on Catalina Island recently for felony drug possession. "The last (most recent) felony drug arrest was on March 12, 2014 - deputies arrested Alexander Schwartzer, M/37, from Hemet, for Possession of a Controlled Substance," said Capt. Doug Fetteroll, commander of the Avalon Sheriff's Station. Co-ed softball news Bravo's Landscaping and The Lobster Trap won last week's co: ed softball game. See story on page 5. Catalina pilot remembered He was a pilot, a politician, phi- lanthropist and Boy Scout. Hugh T. "Bud" Smith exemplified those roles in his home of Catalina Island. See story on page 6. Bald eagle restoration succeeding Love is in the air on Catalina Island, with the bald eagles that had disappeared from the Island for more than two decades con- tinuing their successful recovery during this year's mating season. - See story on page 7 Avalon youth field trip On a recent Saturday, ICES edu- cation gathered 30 kids and took them on a field trip to learn about the sea and our animals that are in the ocean thanks to the island company. ICES Education is an after school program. See story on page 8. Seen from left: Bud Smith's son Tom Smith, daughter Sheili Gardiner, Burney Ramming Avalon Lions Club president, Marie Smith Bud's Wife, and Denise Radde, Bud's daughter. They are standing around with the plaque at Airport in the Sky. Photo by RogerMeadows Lions dedicate plaque tO:L Bud Smith Memorial makes its debut at the Airport in the Sky BY BURNEY RAMMING Avalon Lions Club Members, family and friends of Bud Smith, dedicated the Avalon Lions Club Memorial Plaque to Bud Saturday March 22, 2014, at the Airport in the sky. The beautiful plaque is located on the right side of the walkway coming off the tarmac into the Conservancy exhibit area. The bronze plaque features a picture of Bud standing beside a DC-3 at Bus and Marie Smith. Islander file photo the Airport in the Sky with the following inscription: "Bud was born and raised on Catalina Island where he attended Avalon School. From 1943 to 1945 he served as a flight instructor in the US Army Air Corps. After the war, Bud began a 37- year career as a pilot for United Airlines. He flew a United DC-3 into the Airport in the Sky on-occa- sion. Bud kept a Cessna 182 at the airport in the Sky to commute to LAX. He was type rated in nine different aircraft, culminating his career as a Captain on a Boeing 747. Bud's love for Catalina and interest in politics led him to become involved in Avalon's City Bud Smith, Page 6 CIMC does not accept Avalon's insurance City's employees' physical therapy not covered on Island BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Catalina Island Medical Center does not accept Avalon city employees' insurance for physical therapy. City Manager Ben Harvey con- firmed this during the Tuesday, March 18, meeting of the Avalon Municipal Hospital Board of Trustees--which is the City Council under another name. Before the hospital board meet- ing adjourned to resume the City Council meeting, Trustee/Council Member Oley Olsen asked if it was true that the hospital did not accept city employees' insurance for physical therapy. Harvey said that, due to the hos- pital's contact with the ICA, yes. "If I'm not mistaken, we own the hospital," Olsen said. "That is a true statement," Harvey said. Olsen asked if the city could sit down with hospital officials and find out why Avalon could not get its employees covered. Harvey said he has been speak- ing with hospital CEO John Friel about the matter. "The bottom line is, the hospi- Hospital, Page 12 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: Vanished BY JIM WATSON (Editor's note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," avail- able at Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon.) I don't know about you, but one of the more disturb- ing activities one can partake in on the internet involves surfing the various websites out there dedicated to finding missing persons. From time to time in my Writing and filmmaking ventures I have the need to peruse these sites and they never fail to depress me. According to the FBI's National Crime Informa- tion Center, upwards of 700,000 people go miss- ing in the United States every year. Many of those people are eventually found safe and sound, but many aren't so lucky. Like any place near a major met- ropolitan area, Catalina has had its Watson, Page 15 Catalina Island's more perplexing missing persons cases include the mysterious disappear- ances of (from left to right) Earl Atkinson, John Brockbank and Scott Edward Hall.