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Friday, May 8, 1998 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 3 Ji Library book sale Saturday Now is the time for all good bookworms to clean out their bookcase in preparation for the Avalon Library booksale this Sat- urday, sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Cleaning out your bookcase is something of a futile exercise, since the object of the sale is to replace your discards with differ- ent books from the sale tables. bring down your oldies, check out the home-baked goodies for sale, buy a coffee mug or bookbag with the Friends logo, designed by Dave Gibson, and browse among the books to your heart's content. Book sale hours are from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m with Friends members having first choice at 9 a.m. by CHRISTINE HOFFMANN The day was not like summer at all when I sat in the sand of the volleyball courts last weekend. Dark clouds were swimming above us, dropping fat raindrops in spite of the sun, which shone timidly through, and I searched the sky for non-existent rainbows. Oddly enough, to me it seemed "summery". Maybe the sensation arose from the fact that school cares had left my mind for the first time in months, or I could have just ~en so happy with my company that this mood (joy) felt remnant of summer. The city appears to be tearing my town apart, but they promise to put it back together again. Frankly, I love the promise of new places to sit, wander and ponder as the days grow long, When a school year approach- es its end, everything begins to speed up. Everyone starts rushing; kids to pull frantically finish pro- jects and cement relationships with classmates, teachers to teach and test on forgotten curriculum, and me also, in an attempt to absorb/document these unique high school emotions and memo- ries before it is all over. People begin to act strangely during those last few weeks, like compulsive gamblers who are already so deep in debt they do not care about gossip or grades anymore. You reach this inexplicable point at which visions of beach parties and lazy warm hours spent just "hanging out" are painted inside your eyelids. They come around, clear as hallucinations, every time you nod off in class. Rain that used to be moody and interesting inspires you to jump up and down screaming things like, "You do not belong here! [!" at the puddles. I know people who are going to Hawaii this summer. Even a friend who spends his time out at Campus by the Sea when things warm up, not to mention a math teacher who will most likely be surfing somewhere down south. But I am not jealous. Three long months of teasing tourists, playing in the water, and fulfilling simple dreams sounds pretty won- derful, and can happen here on my Island. The big Vacation is coming soon enough. by MARIE WHITTINGTON The charming Victorian cot- tage at 305 Catalina, choice of Avalon Beautiful and 7"he Catalina Islander for May, has provided a restful summer retreat for four generations of the Charles and Daisy Listen- walter tamily. Actually, the family history predates the house, according to Tim Morosco, present occupant, who-inherited it when his uncle Ward'Listenwalter died in 1985. Moroseo says his great grand- parents lived in one of the tents across from the present Island Market when they vacationed in Avalon in 1893. His grandmoth- er was 16 at the time. A few years later, after William Wrigley acquired the Island from the Banning Broth- ers, and began selling lots, the family bought the one at 305 for $1,168 and built their frame Victorian, with peaked roof and dormer windows. Over the years the exterior color had been changed to a pale seafoam green, but was restored to its original color, dark green with yellow trim, when Morosco and Shirley Meyer moved in to become full time occupants in 1985. They share their home with Aus- tralian Shepherd Max, cats Rags and Murphy, and canary Melvin, whose warbling trills can be heard by passersby. Shirley is keeper of the gar- den, arm from the looks of it, no flower is unwelcome. It is a ver- itable potpourri of colorful blooms. With an apricot tree The house of the month is at 305 Catalina Avenue. loaded with fruit as the focal early on there was a front porch, point, nasturtiums--yellow and later enclosed to become part of dark red--vie with a border of the living area. One day some- white and lavender alyssum, one sitting on the porch tossed periwinkle, gladiolus, English an apricot pit into the yard after daisy, lobelia, gazannia, mint, eating the fruit. Behold, a tree alstroemeria and a spectacular was the result. This volunteer eight-foot Cecil Brunner rose in lived for years, finally died and full bloom. A large tub contains was replaced by another apricot an orange tree, a~nd a ~ng~ng pist'has fern dascad[ng downl the present one. The tree has The apricot tree has a nice become something of a talisman story to its origin. It seems that for the family. Los Angeles County Sheriff Sherman Block recently presented a community volunteer from Avalon Sheriff's Station with a commemorative scroll in recogni- tion of her efforts, and reverence for human life, in saving the life of three-month-old Sara Lynn Troeger on Feb. 26, 1998. Carol Nielsen, a Community Volunteer at Avalon Sheriff's Sta- tion and Licensed Vocational Nurse at Avalon Hospital, was at home on the Isthmus on Santa Catalina Island when she heard her neighbor, Kathy Troeger, screaming for help. Upon running outside, Carol found Kathy hold- ing her three-month-old daughter, Sara Lynn, who had stopped breathing while being fed. Through Kathy's cries for help, she begged Carol to save her baby who had already begun to turn 215 Sumner 510-1050 Tuesday 1PM-7 PM Wednesday 1PM-7 PM Thursday 1PM-7 PM Friday 10AM--4 PM Saturday 10AM-4 PM Sun, Men Closed blue. Carol immediately dialed 9- Although the baby was once 1-1, took the baby and began res- again breathing, Carol continued cue breathing, to assist Sara Lynn until the As Kathy spoke to Sheriff's arrival of the paramedics and a station personnel who summoned medevac helicopter, which trans- paramedics, Carol attempted to ported her toLos Angeles Coun- clear the airway and revive the ty-Harbor UCLA Medical Center. baby. After spending several days at While directing Kathy to get a the hospital and receiving subse- syringe, Carol continued rescue quent follow-up treatments, Sara breathing and was able to clear Lynn returned home and is doing the baby's airway by sucking flu- fine. ids out with her own mouth. This Sara Lynn's doctors credited caused the baby to vomit and gur- Carol's calm and steady de- gle and begin breathing on her meaner, quick thinking and fast own. action with saving the baby's life. gRv " e era eaI] ISUZU for iiii i!i! i iili! i Dired Line (310) 816-2566 " (310) 816-2 FAX (310) 816-2585 567