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Museum's new building to honor Ada Blanche. The Catalina Island Museum announced recently that its Board of Trustees had voted unanimously to name its future building after the late Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner. Known simply as "Blanny" to her family and many friends in the Avalon community, Schreiner was a member of the Catalina Island Board of Trustees before her death in December of 2010. She was the granddaughter of William Wrigley Jr. and the daughter of Philip K. Wrigley, a lead- ing member of the museum and greatly responsible for its founding in. 1953. Steve Schreiner, who is the son of Ms. Schreiner and the current chair of the museum's Capital Campaign stated: "Mom, who rarely if ever sought attention for herself, would be truly honored to have the new Catalina Island Museum building named after her. Catalina Island was her favorite place on the planet, and she remained involved in the mu- seum as a board member until her passing?' "Blanny was a steadfast supporter of the Catalina Island Museum" said Dr. Michael De Marsche, executive director Of the museum. "She possessed an indomitable spirit. Her generosity extended over a period of many years, often pro- viding critical support that sustained museum operations. Her dream was the construction of a building that could pro- vide a permanent home to the museum and be sustainable. We're reaching those goals quickly, and it would have been impossible without Blanny. Naming the building after her not only honors her memory but will always remind us of the enormous debt we owe this remarkable woman?' The museum has rented its present facility in the Ava- Ion Casino since it's founding, and, according to De Marsche, plans for the museum's first permanent home are progressing steadily. .5 "Architectural plans for the new : building have been -: " approved by the city" said De Marsche. "We are about to so- licit cbnstruction bids during the coming weeks. It's quite pos- sible that construc- -- tion on the building ............ : ........ il._:j ....... will begin before this summer." f Designed by the architectural firm of Marengo Morton Architects of La Jol- la, the construction of the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building will expand the present museum's space by over 8,000 square feet. It is the most significant building project on Santa Catalina since William Wrigley Jr. built the Avalon Casino in 1929. Exhibition space will more than double with spaces dedi- cated to plein air painting, Catalina Island history and spe- An artist rendering of the new Catalina Island Musuern. cial exhibitions traveling to the museum from around the world. Amenities in the new building will include a spacious entrance lobby and visitor center, a digital theater, an atrium and sculpture garden, an expansive museum store, rooftop gardens, and a vault area dedicated to staff offices, storage and research. The museum is currently engaged in the quiet phase of a capital campaign that has raised over $6 million of the $9 million needed to construct the museum's new building. If re in the hospital, wouldn't Catalina Island Medical Center's Rehabilitative Care Program combines the pmfesskmalism and Competence of a fully acute cave hospital with the care and 'of your Catalina Island community. -  care program for post o a}mpedic & tzahcfive sursery and serious illness or iniury.  and tive service ,.  mnse liaison to arrange transportalion from lhe mainland and ensure continuity of ore. * 11he mmiod and suppot of friends and family. o Andllary senses include statef4he-art CT scmer and fully equipped laboratory. Call Nurse LiaisonSanta Dominguez, RN, at (310) 5104T3[10 to learn more about how CIMC can meet your rehabilitative care need& 01o) 51o-o7oo lOO Fails C...anyon Road PO BOX 156  AYalon 90704 IslandMC4ter ww..OMedicaCenter.org Avalon's Spencer Davis hits it big in lottery MUSIC "LEGEND WINS QUARTER MILLION DOLLAR IN CALIFORNIA BLACK SCRATCHER BY DENNIS KAISER Avalon resident Spencer Davis earned gold records with his Spen- cer Davis Group in the golden age of classic rock. He has been a working musician since before the days of the "British Invasion?' He was a contemporary and hung out with the Beatles and the Stones and earned the respect of other rock royalty and the music industry. Now he has something else to smile about. After dozens, perhaps hun- dreds of times Davis purchased scratcher lottery tickets, lady luck has smiled down on him in a big way. He recently purchased a Cali- fornia Black Scratcher at the Vons across from the Marlin Club that is a $250,000 winner. "I noticed that California was doing a big ad campaign for the black scratchers," Davis said. "I thought that if they are spending that much money there were tickets out there with significant value." Davis said he bought the ticket and noticed from the bar code that it was a winner. At first he scratched his head when it appeared he had won a quarter million dollars. "I couldn't believe it," he said. "I thought something was wrong, so I showed it to my 'scratcher consultant' and he said that it was definitely $250,000 1 had won." Of course the winnings have to be reported to the government and they can charge him up to 25 per- cent in withholding taxes, which would be about $62,000. Davis said he plans to get some tax relief by investing some of the money in his portfolio and possibly writ- ihg off some business expenses for things such as recording equip- ment. He said he can also write off money he has spent over the years on lottery tickets that did not pay- off. He has an old record box full of them. "That will help offset some of the tax," he said, somewhat wryly. Davis has won his share of win- ning tickets, but usually only $5 or $10 here and there, but nothing of such magnitude as his recent big score. In the meantime, he said he will continue to purchase lottery tickets for the fun of it and also to see if lady luck's lotto lightening will strike twice. Since his win, friends such as fellow Avalon musician and some- time band-mate Veto Altieri has nicked him "Scratcher Davis?' Davis said what he is not going to do is fritter away the money. "I'm definitely not going to be like some 20 something guy and stand outside the Marlin Club and brag about it to impress women," he said. "That is a good way for the money to be gone before you know it." Davis said he was lucky to have purchased his winning ticket, but that his advice to others is that you have to play consistently in order to win. "People who play once or twice pay for the guy who wins," he said. This week, that guy is him. S iFiidayi,Piil ]t3,20t2 ............................................................................................................................................................................................. T"= CATAU"AiSL"".