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SERVING CATALINA  ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 98, ISSUE 15 F.m:Y April 13, 2012 BRIEFS .................................. Avalon Election results The winners of the Avalon elec- tion are apparently Mayor Bob Kennedy, Oley Olsen and Richard Hernandez. Kennedy was re-elect- ed mayor. City Treasurer Christy Lins ran unopposed and received more votes than any other candi- date for office. See story, page 6 No parking at Casino Point There will be no parking at Casino Point on Wednesday, April 18 and Thursday, April 19. Mercy Air will be landing its helicopter at Casino Point in conjunction with the annual Health Fair on Thursday and the Avalon Fire Department will be securing the area. According to the Santa Catalina Island Company, any vehicles or golf carts parked at Casino Point after 10 a.m. Wednesday morn- ing will be towed and the owners charged for towing fees. Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach this weekend The 38th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach brings the "roar back to the shore" this weekend with a full motorsports schedule, April 13 to 15. Six major races are headlined by the new turbocharged engines and sparkling new chassis of the IZOD IndyCar Series. Drivers will run on the historic 1.97-mile, 11-turn seaside street circuit. See story, page 6 Mainland boaters Jaunch efforts for Island youth A group of Marina Del Rey boat- ing enthusiasts have launched the Mariners Outreach Foundation. The Foundation's mission: to pro- vide Catalina Island's students with field trips to educational venues available only on the main- land. See story, page 4 Museum's new building to honor Ada Schreiner The Catalina Island Museum's Board of Trustees recently voted unanimously to name its future building after the late Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner. See story, page 8 Rotary receives grant The Rotary Club of Avalon has received a Rotary District grant to help low income residents with the cost of boat transportation for medical or social services that are not available on the Island. See story, page 7 Islander wins $250K Avalon resident Spencer Davis, who earned gold records with his Spencer Davis Group, recently purchased a California Black Scratcher at an Avalon Vons store that is a $250,000 winner. See story, page 8 Attendees at the April 19 Catalina Community Health Fair will be able to explore one of Mercy Air's helicopters. Courtesy photo Health Fair features new services This year, the Catalina Com- munity Health Fair will extend be- yond the Casino Ballroom. Mercy Air, which provides most of the med-evacs from the Island, will have one of the company's helicopters on site in theparking area adjacent to the Casino for the Thursday, April 19 event. "The community will be able to talk to the crew and see the inte- rior of the helicopter," said Dawn Sampson, the health fair's organiz- er. "This will be the first time Mer- cy Air has participated in this way and we think it will be a very in- teresting addition to our services." The Lions Club Mobile Screening Unit will also be parked outside of the building to screen participants for vision and heating issues. Once inside the Casino Ballroom those who attend will find dozens of services and screenings, including information about Mercy Air's new annual membership program, which will make med-evacs much more af- fordable for Island residents. Sponsored and organized by the Catalina Island Medical Center, the Community Health Fair of- fers a chance for the community to improve their health through a number of free and low-cost tiealth screenings and services. This year, Island will be offer- ing the PPD tuberculosis skin test for $15. "Patients will need to visit the medical center to have the nurse on.duty read the test between 48 and 72 hours later," said Nancy Matfis, CIMC's chief of patient care ser- vices. 'q'he reading is included in the fee" The medical center will also be offering a vaccine against diphthe- ria, tetanus and pertussis. Children up to the age of 11 years will re- ceive the D-TaP, which is $20. Chil- dren older than 11 and adults will receive the T-dap, which is $35. "There has been a lot of demand for this vaccine lately because of the resurgence of pertussis, which is also known as whooping cough" Mattis said. "Everyone should also be vaccinated against tetanus on a regular basis." CIMC's popular blood Jests will also be available this year, including complete blood counts, chemistry panels, lipid panels, thy- roid screening, prostate screening and hemoglobin A1C. Each of the six blood tests is $25. "Cash and See Health Fair, page 2 Sheriff's station commander-on medical leave SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS CONDUCTING INTERNAL INVESTIGATIONS BY CHARLES M. KELLY The Avalon city manager said the new Sheriff's Station com- mander will come to the Island in a week or two. However, a Los Angeles Sher- iff's Department spokesman said the command structure at the sta- tion has not changed. James Whit- more, an LASD spokesman, said there might be a temporary change because the station commander is currently on leave. Donahue is presently on medical leave, accord- ing to both news reports and City Manager Steve Hoefs. Last week, the mainland media began reporting that Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Capt. Jeff Donahue was being investigated for allegedly letting an inmate trustee out of the city jail to provide him with golf lessons. Whitmore said there were a cou- ple of Internal Affairs investigations on-going in Avalon. Whitmore said one of them was related to "allega- tions about golfing" Whitmore did not say what the other investigation was about. It apparently is unre- lated to Capt. Donahue. Whitmore said he could not say any more about the investigations because that would violate a state law called the Peace Officer's Bill of Rights. Sheriff, Page 6 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: Fibs De-Fibulated, Part 3 THIS IS THE THIRD PART OF A SERIES DURING "APRIL FOOLS' MONTH" DEBUNKING VARIOUS CATALINA ISLAND MYTHS. BY JIM WATSON If you read my recent series on Catalina Island during World War II, you'll recall that the early months of the war on the Island were nail-biting, to say the least, for the residents who stayed here. Tourism to the Island came to a complete halt and even travel to the Island for residents was severely restricted. Those who stayed on the Island endured years of air raid warnings and nightly blackouts for the duration of the war. Given this angst-filled environ- ment, it's not surprising that it gave birth to one of the Island's more prominent myths: that the body of William Wrigley Jr., interred at the Wrigley Memorial in upper Ava- lon Canyon in 1934, was removed during the opening months of the war in apprehension of a possible Japanese takeover of the Island. But although Mr. Wrigley's remains were eventually removed from Catalina to the mainland, the truth is that it didn't happen until long after the Japanese were con- sidered a threat to the Island. In fact, it didn't happen until Dec. 14, 1946, more than a year after the The Wrigley Memorial in upper Avalon Canyon. Courtesy photo end of the war. Our story begins with the death in 1932 of William Wrigley Jr., and Watson, Page 4