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VOLUME 98, SERVING CATALINA ISSUE .13 & ITS MAINLAND FRIENOS every week - since 1914 Fn,OAY March 30, 2012 .BRI[F S Catalina co-ed softball spring season The weather is warming up, and it's time to get back out on the softball diamond: Due to popu- lar demand, the Catalina Co-ed Softball spring season is going to happen again this season. League play begins April 5. That only gives a week to get regis- tered and turn in applications. The league fee is $40 per person. Submit applications and payment at 83 Sol Vista. Rubber Ducky Derby On April Fools Day, Sunday, the Avalon Harbor will once again be invaded by hundreds of little, artificial, yellow fowl. The annual Rubber Ducky Derby is a fund- raiser for Kids at Play Children's Theater Company. See story, page 6 Time Capsule: Catalina Rediscovered Beginning with this issue, the Catalina Islander's weekly "Time Capsule" column will periodi- cally feature a special "Catalina Rediscovered" segment covering Avalon's history, beginning with this one of 125 years ago. See story, page 3 AmeriCorps volunteers help conserve Island A team of 10 AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps mem- bers are on Catalina Island through May 11 to help the Catalina Island Conservancy. See story, page 7 Brush Painting in Avalon Retinal Delights performs custom- ized letter painting, a unique art form in which hand-painted letters are turned into any desired image within minutes. See story, page -5 Catalina Health Fair One of Catalinaisland's most popular events will fill the Casino Ballroom on Thursday, April 19. Each year, .Catalina Island Medical Center's Catalina Health Fair attracts nearly 10 percent of Avalon's population. See story, page 8 Summer library programs The Friends of the Avalon Library will hold three fundraising events at the Library at 215 Sumner Ave. The Bake Sale is at from 1i a.m. to 2 p.m TuesdaYl April 10. The Book Sale begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 14. Buy raffle tickets for the new library-themed quilt beginning Saturday, April 14. Space Balloon Launch A space balloon will be launched in Avalon and it is "hoped that it will be recovered in Orange County. See story, page 2 The Catalina Island Conservancy wrote a $10,000 check to the Avalon Lion's Club, which in tum gives $5,000 to the Avalon School and $2,000 to the PTA atTwo Harbors. From left are: Mel Dinkel, Conservancy's Chief Operating Officer; Christie Collins, Conservancy Distance Events Coordinator, Scott Dennis, Conservancy Director of Visitor and Volunteer Services; John Regalado, Avalon Uon's Club, and Angle Gonzalez, Principal of the Avalon and Two Harbors schools. - Photo b~/Bob Rhein I Y GIVING BACK TOTHE Harbors for operating four Aid great opportunity for them" COMMUNITY Stations. The Conservancy Vol- She said the students also gained unteer Department also received community service hours that goi BY BOB RHEIN $500 for running its famous aid towards their graduation require-! station at Mile 19 at the junction of ments. More than 60 students and The Catalina Island Conser- Airport and Middle Ranch Roads staff put in more than 250 volun- vancy Marathon, 10k and 5k runs - just prior to the downhill grade teer hours on race day. ] on Saturday, March 10, netted to the finish line in Avalon. Dinkel said that the Cata-" I $10,000 that was given back to the Regalado said it "was good tolina Island Conservancy Mara- community, which helped make be involved for the 26 miler" that thon was just the start of a new the event a suEcess, is now owned by the Conservancy. legacy of distance events on the In a brief ceremony on the Wrig- "I enjoy organizing all of the aid Island. "We are excited that this ley Stage on Tuesday, Mel Dinkel, stations, making sure all the volun- was the first of what we hope are the Conservancy's Chief Operating teers are in place, working with the years of distance events," he said. Officer, presented John Regalado of school and with the Conservancy" "These events allow us to give the Lion's Club that manages all of he said. "It is good to be back." back to the community important the Aid Stations for the Marathon, Angie Gonzalez, principal of the funds that allow different groups with a check for $10,000. Avalon School and the Little Red to continue their good works." From those funds, the Lion's School House, said it wasn't hard to This year's marathon had 444 rurt- Club donated $5,000 [o the Avalon get students to volunteer at the start ners registered, with 166 runners School for conducting 10 Aid Sta- and finish lines, and the various aid for the 10k and 124 for the 5k. tions, and $2,000 to the PTA at the stations. "The kids are dedicated to Fifty-three youngsters participated Little Red School House in Two their community" she said. "It is a See Marathon, page 2 GRAND OPENING EVENT WILL MARK THE START OF NEW ERA FOR SENIOR PROGRAMS Senior activities are moving to the Singing Waters Christian Cen- ter church on Monday, April 2.The church will host a Grand Opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate moving many of Avalon's senior activities to the oew senior facility at the church at 346 Catalina Ave. The event will feature a sing-along before lunch, followed by a Meals on Wheels lunch and Bingo until 2 p.m. There will also be a Scrabble competition from 2 to 3 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. "I have never lived anywhere that didn't have a schedule of events specifically for the senior community" said Theresa Cum- mings, who helped coordinate the relocation project Cummings, a two-year Island resident, has performed stand- up comedy at senior centers and taught seniors to develop life his- tory journals. Cummings recently spent time with a group of seniors at the Metropole, seeking input for the relocation. "I gathered informa- tion to see what they would enjoy having available,"'Cummings said. "Everything from line dancing, a computer 101 class, shuffle board and other activities were added to my list," Cummings said. The Meals on Wheels program is also moving to the new senior facility. "At the current location, we only have a few hours for our senior Seniors, Page 4 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: Fibs De-Fibulated, Part 1 BY JIM WATSON This is the last Mysterious Is- land column I'm ever going to write. April Fools. OK, so unless you're reading this on Sunday, it's not really April Fools' Day today. But the Cosmos has decreed that April Fools' Day 2012 would not fall on the same day that the Catalina Islander is published, so I guess I'll have to make do. Nevertheless, the age-old day of pranks, practical jokes and mis- chievous untruths has inspired me to submit to you, Dear Reader, a series of columns debunking many of those Island tales we have come to believe in as fact over the de- cades. Was the Holly Hill House really off limits to all women during its occupancy by Peter Gano? Was the Chimes Tower actually built where it was by Ada Wrigley to an- noy writer Zane Grey? Were Mr. Wrigley's remains really remo~,ed from the Wrigley Memorial in the opening months of World War II in anticipation of a possible invasion of the Island by the Japanese? We've all heard these stories over the years and while there are The Hotel St. Catherine in its glory days before the grains of truth to some of them, they are for the most part pure tic- tion. I admit that even I have tried coming up with a few ztngers of my own over the years. Like tell- ing people that the name "Avalon" comes from the French word for military occupied it during WWII. "abalone" or that White's Landing was originally named by the Native American Tongva upon seeing Ca- brillo and his men rowing to shore in the year 1542 ("Head for the hills! Whites landing!") But then I Watson, Page 9