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m m Avalon deputies honor volunteers with barbecue dinner ed do not get convicted or even charged with crimes for which they have been arrested," said Fetteroll. The following is the Avalon Sheriff's Station sig- nificant incidents report for the week of April 13 to April 16. "It is important to note that no assump- tion of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the content of the information pro- vided in this report," Capt. I ug said Capt. Doug Felleroll Fetteroll, commander" of the Station. Station commander "Many people who get arrest- Volunteer appreciation dinner Deputies assigned to Avalon Station rec- ognized their strong cadre of Sheriff's Station volunteers by honoring them with a barbecue dinner. Special recognition was given to Arlene Blake who received the Sheriff's Department's Volunteer of the Year Award for Avalon Station at a recent cer- emony in the city of Industry. Congratulations Arlene and our thanks to all. April 13 to April 16 No significant incidents. April 17 Deputies assisted with a multi-agency response to an air- plane accident at the Airport in the Sky. The pilot and a passen- ger were seriously injured, but survived the accident. The cause of the accident is under investiga- tion. (Please see page 3.) April 18 A resident of Long Beach reported being the victim of a theft after a visitor to the island found her lost wallet, but removed her money from the wallet before it was turned in. April 19 The City of Avalon reported the bathrooms at the Cabrillo Mole had been vandalized in March. April 20 The Sheriff's Department and the Avalon School collabora- tively conducted a non-intrusive search of the middle and high School lockers using a narcotics detection canine. The search was done for the safety of all the students in an attempt to locate any and all types of drugs. No drugs were found. Deputies conducted a ran- dom, non-intrusive narcotics operation at the Cabrillo Mole using a narcotics detection canine. The dog alerted to the presence of a small quantity of Marijuana in the possession of one visitor to the island. Deputies determined the Marijuana was legally possessed for medical reasons. No other drugs were found at the location. The Sheriff's Department will continue to conduct random, non-intrusive narcotic detection operations at the above locations in an effort to enforce the laws of the State of California and for the safety of the community. m BY TINA KENNEDY FOR THE CATALINA ISLANDER Mother Nature stirred things up for the diving world last weekend. Conditions this side of Long Point are green. Water temperature 60 degrees, visibility 30 feet. Last week's creature has been identified as a pygmy sperm whale. Rare indeed. mmm Before the wind arrived, divers did see the return of Mr. Black. Yes, the Black Seabass are return- ing! Talk about turning your day around, when you are calmly div- ing, looking to the west and east, and ta-da!, a creature of 200-400 pounds is coming to check you out! Stealth position! This native fish of North Pacific Ocean has little known on its biol- ogy Or behavior. Some specimens have been known to exceed 7 feet, and estimated to be 75 years or older. The fish was once "big game" quarry for freedivers and scuba spearfishermen. In 1970 Department of Fish and Game made it illegal for taking and took action to protect them. When 1980 came around the fish was thought to be extinct. Fish were found speared and dete- riorating. As of 2004, with the results of enforced protection, the population size may be increasing. (no data can be found to support this.) This week I am typing my article from Marble Falls, Texas. I am nearly surrounded by fresh water, mostly LBJ Lake. We have had many rainstorms and run off waters. I have been on a hunt since arrival for polliwogs to share with my grandchildren with no such luck. On one of our outings, the neighbor down the street did share a view of his catch, a catfish. L(I'll take the burger.) Hopefully, Mother Nature lets me return tomorrow! Kids excuse. If you didn't have a glove From page I " or your glove was old, The Glove Doctor would either fix it or give dent of Avalon Kids Baseball, con- you a refurbished one, for free. tinuing the tradition and building The next members who were an endowment, so the youth in honored are three incredible phi- ~~~'s~s~wh~haVe given t'.tme ~~e up playing in the orgamzatlon, he sure our community youth pro- continues to share the passion and the love of game to the youth of Avalon now. Arnie Gonzales, the glove doc- tor. Arnie for over 30 years as a coach has shared his passion of baseball/softball with the youth of Avalon. If there is a bat and glove :involved, Arnie is there to teach. Arnie believes every kid should have the opportunity to play and the lack of equipment was not an grams are able to thrive on the Island. Bob and Carol Butte are avid boaters who loved the Island and raised their children in the sum- mer here. They wanted to be able to give back D this community that they loved o be a part of. So they cre- ated he Church Mouse Marlin Tourntment. For over 20 years through this tournament over a $1 million dollars has been raised, and 100 percent of proceeds went back into the community. Paxson "Packy" Offield grew up here on the Island, was a teacher on the Island, married an Island girl, and ran the Island Company--you can say fie was deeply connected. He was quiet about his philan- thropic endeavors on the Island. But if you were a recipient of his blessings it spoke louder than words. He helped fund CHOICES to give alternate choices to drugs and alcohol. He also was behind educa- tional endeavors through the Conservancy to get our youth to understand and enjoy the recre- ational resources of our Island. Catalina Performing Arts Foundation to provide the arts to our youth and community was another of Packy's interests. He also gave scholarships to our graduating seniors, and so many others but he would never tell you. Packy wanted to make sure our youth were well-rounded, ready to experience the world and he want- ed to give our youth an opportu- nity to better their lives. As a tribute to National Volunteer Week the City of Avalon will be honoring more community members in the future. Cofleelll THE CATALINA mSLANDER Friday, April 22, 2016 f 7