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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FRIDAY April 22, 2016 VOLUME 102, ISSUE 17 Www.TH ECATALINAiSLANDER.COM 4p B R i[/:S ............................................ Acupucture, Chinese medicine, at Medical Center Julie Tibbetts, who has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Southern California accepted a full time position with Catalina Island Medical Center in September and is now expanding her practice to include acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. See story, page 2 Only on Catalina Sometimes you need to see a spe- cialist. Sometimes you need to get away. For whatever reason, some- times you have to leave paradise. See story, page 4 What makes a 'menu?' Wfiat makes a 'menu?' The Santa Catalina Island Company has seven food and beverage out- lets on Catalina Island between -its operations in Avalon and Two Harbors. See story, page 5 'Bang, Bang, You're Dead' A murderer is confronted by the ghosts of his victims, who want to know why he did it. Three perfor- mances of the stage play "Bang Bang, You!re Dead" will be per- formed at Tremont Hall on April 29--May 1 and show times are7 p.m.--there is no matinee. See story, page 5 Road reopens Via El Rancho Escondido will be opened this weekend. The road was closed in October to allow crews to evaluate the naturally occur- ring asbestos that had been found in certain areas within El Rancho Escondido. See story, page 6 Virgie's Snack Bar leads the softball pack this week Virgie's Snack Bar's co-ed softball league record to date is 4-1. See story, page 6 Sheriff's Log Los Angeles Sheriff's Department deputies at the Avalon Station recently honored volunteers with a barbecue dinner. See story, page 7 Paw Trails: Buckley's meet-up with his kin During a recent outing with his humans, Buckley met up with an Airedale. See story~ page 8 Desal plant could provide enough water until the rainy season BY CHARLES M. KELLY Mayor Anni Marshall, far left, poses local volunteers who have contributed to )laque located behind the honorees. Courtesy photo honorees for Avalon youth programs. Their names will be engraved in the large Supporters of youth programs honored by the City. of Avalon BY DAVID HART FOR THE ISLANDER In the spirit of National Volunteer week, the City of Avalon honored eight community mem- bers, past and present, who have given unselfishly to our youth of Avalon. Either by their time given, organizing, or philanthropically supporting youth programs. Joining Frank Saldana, Fern Whelan, and Robert Rockwell the founding fathers of Avalon on the wall are eight outstanding Kids Baseball aka Little League. community members, five repre- Which they started to so kids senting the longest running youth can learn to love the game, respect sports program in Avalon, and others, create team work and good three who loved the Island and all sportsmanship. its youth, that they raised and gave But what good are fathers with- financially to allow multiple youth out the mother to be there to add programs to come to fruition, con- comfort and relevance to: loss- tinue, and thrive on the Island. es, scraped knees and to have a The people that were honored hot plate of food ready after the were Lolo Saldana, Joseph "Lipe" game? That little league mother and Maui Hernandez, Brian was Maui Hernandez who was Dawes, Arnie Gonzales, Bob and always there and still there as a Carol Butte and Paxson "Packy" representative and example for all Offield. moms of Avalon youth. Lolo Saldana along with Lipe Brian Dawes the current presi- Hernandez over 50 years ago were Kids, Page 7 Water rationing wil! apparently not increase during the tourist sea- son. A representative of Southern California Edison told the Avalon City Council this week that the desalination plant is expected to provide the Island with enough drinking water until the rainy sea- son.. Jinl Luttjohann, CEO of the Catalina Chamber of Commerce, described this as "absolutely" good news. Catalina is currently in Stage 2 water rationing, which requires a 25 percent reduction in water use. According to Lawrence, April's water use is down almost 43 percent from the 2012 baseline. According to Jeff Lawrence, senior project manager for Edison, if Avalon continues to reduce water use by 40 percent, fresh water from the desalination plant will allow the community to stay out of Stage 3 rationing until the next rainy season. Lawrence said the second desalination unit went into service Wednesday, April 20. Councilman Oley Olsen confirmed that the sec- ond plant was operational. The second unit takes brine water from the first plant and con- verts it into drinking water. Based on past water use, Edison has determined that summertime water use exceeds the output of the desal plant eight to 10 days Water, Page 4 ne Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: THIS WEEK: THE FLYING DUTCHMAN, PART 2 BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: This is the first of a three-part series on the legend of the Flying Dutchman. Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," available on Amazon, Kindle and in l stores all over Avalon. Second in a three-part series. Some call them ghost ships, some call them phantom ships and others use the colloquia! expres- sion "Flying Dutchman." Whatever you want to call them, these :sea- borne apparitions or drifting, aban- doned hulks, have been a staple of maritime lore for centuries. One of the first such sightings mentioned in historical accounts involves none other than Christopher Columbus and this particular sight- ing happened on his fateful voyage of discovery to the Americas, no less. Columbus' trio of ships, whose names we all remember from Watson, Page 11 One of ffie most celebrated "ghost ships" in maritime history, the brigantine Mary Celeste, was found sailing the Atlantic without a soul on board. (Artwork courtesy Wikipedia Commons) i