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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FRIDAY April 7, 2017 VOLUME 103, ISSUE 14 Www.THECATALINAISLAN DER.COM BRIE[S Water level As of April 6 the water level at Middle Ranch Reservoir measured 604 acre feet. Pet of the ~ J Week e ~i~~ ~'~'~ 1 ~ ~ Meet Bailey, ~ i the Catalina Islander Pet of the Weekl See story, page 2 All Things Bailey Scuba Among the many regular visitors to the Casino Dive P ark are the black giant seabass. See story, page 2 Only on Catalina No, you did not hear a blow. See story, page 3 train whistle On the Water Capt. John King has added the title of "chaplain" to his resume. See story, page 4 Rest in Peace: Leslie Gordon Widely known and beloved Bay Area acitvist, and granddaughter of Catalina residents, Leslie Gordon died recently at the age of 55. See story, page 5 Leslie Gordon Conservancy Ball draws sell-out crowd The Catalina Island Conservancy and more than 500 guests celebrated "Taking Flight" at the 22nd Annual Conservancy Ball last weekend in the historic Avalon Casino Ballroom. See story, page 6 Around the Island The creators of the Chamber of Commerce website recently won a gold award for the site's design. See story, page 7 Straight Up Builders win softball league championship Last week's second softball game between Coyote Joe's and Straight Up Builders had the league championship on the line. See story, page 8 I I I Prime-Timers paint Casino with Island artist to take home BY DAN HUNCKE FOR THE ISLANDER The Prime-Timers, a group of Avalon seniors, pictured above, recently learned the painting process from Porschia Denning of Rain Dance Arts. Courtesy photo The Prime-Timers were on the move again and for the month of March it was an afternoon of painting a picture of the Catalina Casino, lunch and wine followed by desserts. With the best turn- out to date, 37 Avalon commu- nity seniors (and guests) were led by Porschia Denning from Rain Dance Arts as she coached the group through the painting Paint, page 7 Chamber Challen Islanders support Year for 2017) along with his wife Pat Stockhausen and their son TJ. efforts as yearly Mike, Pat, & TJ all understand how campaign continues critical it is for divers to have ready access to a chamber if the need BY KEN KURTIS arises. And they also realize that FOR THE ISLANDER chambers like ours, which ONLY treat diving accidents are becoming Catalina's hyperbaric chamber rarer and rarer. So they understand the need to keep our Chamber saves lives but is costlY. Every year people on the island come togeth- financially healthy. er to raise money, culminating in How about you? If you could "Chamber Day." give $5,000 that would be fan- We made it past $10,000. tastic but $1,000, $500, and $100 WAAAY past and are at $12,010!!! donations - or whatever you can This is thanks to a single donation, afford - all help. It's when we come It comes in the form of a together collectively with our dona- $5,000 Platinum-level donation to tions that our Chamber stays on a us from longtime family support- steady path. ers Michael Emmerman (who is So who's next??? Our next big also DAN's Rolex Diver of the benchmark is $15,000. Who will as goal tops help get is there??? CHAMBER CHALLENGE 2017 $12,010 total (Updated Bronze(S100-499) Sunday, April 2, at 3:30 p.m.). New Laurie Kasper donors are marked with a bullet Mike Faust point. Stephen Benavides Cindy Shaw & Patrick Smith Platinum ($5,000-9,999) Margaret Donat Michael Emmerman, Pat Dana Rodda Stockhausen, & TJ JJ Gibbons Markus Self Gold ($1,000-4,999) Michael Wynd Beach Cities Scuba John Delaney Other (less than $100) Cynthia Yonker (& EJ Gallo Debbie Rubin match) Jim Whyte Pacific Wilderness --Ken Kurtis, chairman, AndyPilmanis Chamber Day~Eve 2017 and the entire Chamber Day 2017 Silver ($500-999) Committeemwww.chamberday. In memory of Dr. Lee Somers orgB310.652.4990. Don Lake Mysterious Island Catalina's facts, folklore, and fibs This Week: THE MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF GUSTAVE CARLSTROM BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. The only reason I didn't name this week's column "The Mysterious DEATH of Gustave Carlstrom" is, quite sim- ply, because the body of this 45-year-old Swedish immigrant, shoemaker and early Avalon curio vendor, supposedly out in the hills, has to this day never been found. But back in the wild and wooly days of Avalon's early history, such discrep- ancies and the where- Withal to resolve them were not uncommon. The Island's interior was still considered something of a Watson, Page 10 Somewhere in the hills of Catalina lie the remains of Gustave Carlstrom who disappeared under mysterious circumstances in 1888. Courtesy photo t=