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A TEAM OF 10 AMERICORPS NATIONAL CIVILIAN COMMUNITY CORPS MEM- BERS ARE ON CATALINA ISLAND THROUGH MAY 11. The AmeriCorps team, residing just outside of the city of Avalon for their eight-week term, will .be serving with the Catalina Island Conservancy. AmeriCorps NCCC is a full- time, residential, national service program in which 1,200 young adults serve nationwide each year. During the# 10-month term, Corps members--all 18 to 24 years old- - work on teams of eight to 12 on projects that address critical needs related to natural and other disas- ters, infrastructure improvement, environmental stewardship and conservation, ehergy conservation, and urban and rural development. Members work on a series of dif- ferent projects, typically lasting six to eightweeks each, to mentor students, construct and rehabilitate low-income housing, respond to natural disasters, clean up streams, help communities develop emer- gency plans, and address countless other local needs. While on the Island, the Corps members will be working on sev- eral projects including invasive species removal, working with maintenance staff, and trail build- ing. The team will be staying in two small tents at the Laura Stein Volunteer camp. The team is hop- ing to live up to the goals of the conservancy, which are to pre- serve and restore the environment by working with community vol- unteers, incorporating sustainable practices into their everyday work, and making Avalon a "model eco- logical town." The team is excited to get to know the community, 'as well as to get to know the diverse ecology of the Island. "I'm excited to meet all of the locals and really get to know" the community we are living in. The Island is such a unique and diverse place and we are so lucky to serve here," said Corps member Grant Blair. Since its arrival on March 20, the team has been able to work with the Conservancy clearing three acres of tall grass for fire prevention, checked 23 fire hoses, and painted three firehouse boxes. The team has also removed inz vasive plants--already clearing over 4,000 fennel plants--built 105 feet of a sustainable trail and maintained 3/4 of a mile of preex, isting trail. "During oureight-week stay on the Island, we hope to learn more about the culture and history of the Island while simultaneously main- are invasive on the Island) taining and preserving the natural * 7.75 miles of roadways repaired beauty the Island has to offer" with asphalt Blair said. "We are so excited to get 4.5 miles of brush cleared to know more locals and continue 1,700 underbrush removed to acclimate to our surroundings. 1 mile of hiking trails main- We are most excited about our stay tained at the beautiful Laura Stein Volun- 1,320 feet of shoreline cleared teer Camp that the Conservancy 300 pounds of garbage removed has given us the opportunity to live from beach at for our eight-week stay." 112 native plants planted In exchange for their service, Corps Members receive $5,550 to From Early January to Early help pay for college, or to pay back March a team served the Island by existing student loans. Previous completing: work done on the Island by Ameri- 43,700 of exotic vegetation re- Corps NCCC teams this year: From moved early November to mid-December 63 feet of irrigation systems a team on the Island completed the following tasks: 2,500 harding grass removed over 12 acres 950 pounds of fennel removed (both the harding grass and fennel I lorrow on I 4-Term Mayor 2-Term Councilman i 40 Year Resident Property Omer Business Owner& Employer I It takes three votes to do these three thinos Initiate and independent audits City Departments, City Accounting, and Procedures. What are we doing with our money 1Transparency Matters. Create a sense urgency in the Council. Umit missed opportunitles Work Together, and GET THINGS DONE Recruit Professionals to help solve Avalon's issueL Resume and Experience Matters. PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT of the. Council of Avalon door is always open, let me know what you think I e-maih ralphmorrowOcatalinaisp.com Phone: 510-2138. I BIRTHDAYS - FRIDAY, MARCH 30 Jeffrey Tucker Travis Heinrich Thomas Crow Margie Wahl Christina Calise Renee Hubbard SATURDAY, MARCH 31 Jacob Vanderwiel Steven Gonzalez SUNDAY, APRIL 1 Nick Flores MONDAY, APRIL 2 Sean Brannock Michelle Savage-Krause Juan Carlos Martin TUESDAy, APRIL 3 Jesse Gordon Grant Amthor Ariana M Ward THURSDAY, APRIL 5 Dark Gable Tanya Beresov Bill Agresta Colleen Vitale Turini SATURDAY, MARCH 31 Robert & Mary Beth Hernandez TUESDAY, APRIL 3 Ted & Theresa McDowell THURSDAY, APRIL 5" " * Jimmy & Kim Felix created Seven water bars installed 48 checked dams built 6,000 pounds of underbrush re- moved " 1.5 acres of landscaping For more information about Ameri- Corps NCCC, visit the website at www.americorps.gov/nccc. RCH/tAADN ES S Available March 31st through April COME WATCH THE NCAA MARCH MADNESS COLLEGE BASKETBALL FINALS ON 4 LARGE FLAT SC EN TVS. D NK SPECIALS AVAILABLE. lrNE Ji'IrMJNA ~ Friday. March 310. 2012 7