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Airport-in-the-Sky D00rector Paul Moritz retires BY THERESA C UM M I NGS soon after to take on the role of di-! such day I saw an aircraft on ap- Nearly 33 years since becoming director of the Island's Airport-in- the-Sky in October of 1978, Paul Moritz is retiring. His last day is June 1 and the Catalina Island Conservancy will be holding a re- tirement celebration in his honor o n Friday, June 3. Paul was born in New Jersey and grew up there and in the mid-west. In 1959 he moved to San Pedro and graduated High School there in 1962. He then served in the US Army Berlin Brigade from 1962- 1965. Afterwards, he Worked for TWA as a "bag masher" and was promoted to a cargo agent. In 1966, Moritz attended Har- bor College where he met his life long mate Kathy Vidovich. They married in 1967 and have two adult children, Donald and Katy. He attended Woodbury College while working for California's Golden West Airlines-out of Long Beach. He was the Director of Stations, monitoring their" 32 sta- tions located throughout the state of California. In 1972, he left Golden West and came to Avalon to start an air- line shuttle service with his part- ner, Darrell Mulvihill. They began with one bus, which led to three buses and two vans. Two years later, they sold the business and Moritz became the Station Manag- er of Air Catalina, the Amphibious Seaplane Service at Pebbly Beach. - He left the Island to assist with his father's family business in Chino in 1976, but returned to the Island Publisher Dan Teckenoff Editor Dennis Kaiser Office Manager Jennifer Leonhardi Accounting Becky Eck ADVERTISING DISPLAY CLASSIFIEDS LEGAL ADS Subscriptions Editorial Letters to the editor Obituaries 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 90704 I (310) 510-0500 I FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 (USPS 093140) Accemance under 39C. F.R. l 3464 perlodlca,s postage p .... Avalon, CA 90704 and other additiona offices. Adjudication Decree No. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct 4. 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marllla Avenue. #6 Avalon. CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander. No part may be reproduced in any fashion without written con- sent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled aaDer. PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION DEADUNES Calendar: Noon Monday [ News: 5 p,m. Monday Display Adver- tising: 2 p.m, Tuesday Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday Legal/Public Notices: 5 ).m, Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS One Year Subscription: Catalina .............................................. $39 Mainland ............................................ $48 Subscrihtions via First Class Mail are available for $80/year Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle rector at the Airport-in-the-Sky. : preach and noticed that his land- When he and wife Kathy moved ing gear wasn't down. I contacted up to the albert property housing him just in time for him to lower it in 1978, their son Donald was 61 and daughter Katy was 1 year old i and make a safe landing. He later brought me a large expensive bet- .* . . . 1 Living at the airport was quite an I tie of whiskey and thanked me for unusual experience, for their chil- preventing an accident. Pilots can dren. Where else in the world make mistakes like anyone else could a kid be called to help corral and you have to keep your eyes out buffalo off a runway? for them at all times." "There were definite challeng- Paul and Kathy Moritz are now es making it into town for schoolt preparing to vacate the property at athletics and other events, but we] the airport for the next director to always managed. Interior residents occupy. They plan to move to Fair- all experience this 'challenge andi view Terrace early this summer. adapt to it by sharing rides and car-. To many locals, Mofitz is known pooling," Moritz said, as a friend and avid golfer. He "My dad promised us a normal I loves the game and spends what- life even though we lived in the ever free time he has meeting up interior," said Moritz's daughter with friends at the CoUntry Club to Katy. "He provided that, as well as  play a round of golf. With a home a unique lifestyle, and for that I am in Fairview, away from the noise very thankfuL" of town, and walking distance to Since it is a private airport, the the Pro Shop, Moritz leaves the director is required to live on the airport position with optimism. property to oversee it 24 hours a "I'm looking forward to this new day. At any given poim in time, an, phase of life and being right next aircraft could land before or after to the golf course!" he said. operating hours and Moritz was "Looking back, my greatest responsible to handle it. If there is asset to being the airpoxa manager a medical emergency that required: aircraft to land at the airport in the  has been my fellow workers who have always supported my mana- gerial decisions and backed me up," he said. "I am proud Of them and thank them for their hard work. I also have a special appreciation to Rose Ellen Gardner and Doug Probst for giving me the oppor- tuniry to serve the community of Avalon, and a very special thanks to my family Kathy, Don and Katy for putting up with me for all these years." Paul Moritz seen here busy at work directing air traffic in the Airport-in-the-Sky tower. middle ofthenight, he was called Tuna Club Interns Selected to respond at the airport tower. In addition, the Director is responsi-. ble to provide support to the local+ and county fire departments from! The Tuna Club Foundation and the airport base. There are count- Wrigley Marine Science Center less scenarios that could take place! have chosen Islanders Monica Per- at the Airport-in-the-Sky, and the ez and Alberto Vega as the first two director has the responsibility to Tuna Club Fellowship interns. be vigilant at all times. Each will spend four weeks "Sometimes we have a lot of living and working at the world- aircraft arriving and departing famous Wrigley Marine Science at the same time and it can get Center facility in Two Harbors this pretty intense," Moritz said. "One summer. Help Fatherless Boys! ! SINGING WATERS For Jesus!!! ] CHRISTIANCENTER SERVING THE CHURCH, Camping. Fishing. Bicycles REACHIHGTHE ISLAND 346 CATALINA AVE Monica is the daughter of E1- vira and Ezequiel Perdz. She is currently a senior at the Avalon School and will be attending Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in the fall. Monica is an artist, involved in the Women's Forum, and a mem- ber of AVID. She played on her school's golf team and works at Stephanie's Cards and Gifts. She is interested in majoring in Art and Japanese. Alberto Vega is the oldest son of Laura and Alberto (Senior) Vega. He is completing his fresh- Pre-school Learning for Avalon Youth P.L.A.Y. Pre-school at Bird Park P.L.A.Y. Preschool is open to children between the ages of two and half and five years of age who are potty-trained. P.L.A.Y. Preschool is a parent co-operative pre-school where parents or their representatives donate 1:heir time in support of the school. This includes the annual auction fundraiser; two school cleanup days; and half a dozen classroom days that include assisting the teachers, providing the pre-school snack, and cleaning up the class room. P.L.A.Y. pre-school days begin at 9am and end at noon. Younger pre-school students attend classes on Tuesday nd Thursday. Older pre-school students attend classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. If you are interested in enrolling your child during the 2Oll-2012 school year you MUST attend amandatory meeting on Thursday May 26, 2011 at 7pro at the Bird Park Pre-School. Pre-school Learning for Avalon Youth P.L.A.Y. Pre-school at Bird Park ................................. l; ........... El Programa Preescolar P.L.A.Y. est6 abierto a los nifios entre los edades de dos y media y cinco arias que han sido ensefiados air al bafio. El Programa Preescolar P.L.A.Y es un programa en donde los padres o sus represeqantes |1 cooperan mediante la donacion de su tiempa para apoyar a la escuelct Esto incluye la subasta anual de recaudaci6n de fondos, dos dlas de limpieza en la escuela y seis das en el sal6n de Clases de Io cual incluye la aslstencia a los maestros, proveer los bocadillos preescolares, y la limpieza del sal6n de close. Los dias del Programa Preescolar P.L.A.Y comienzan a los 9 am y terminan al mediod;cc Los estudiantes m6s j6venes asisten a closes los Martes y Jueves. Los estudiantes mayores asisten a closes los Lunes, Mircoles y Viernes. Si usted est6 interesado en inscribir o su hijo durante el aria escolar 2011-2012 debe asistir a una reuni6n obligatoria el Jueves 26 de mayo 2Oll a las 7pm en el Bird Park Pre-School. man year at the College of Idaho and majoring in music. While in Avalon, he played lacrosse and soccer and has since remained ac- tive in both sports. Alberto has previously served as an intern for the Santa Catalina Island Conser- vancy and worked at Big Olaf's. Both students were selected in an islandrwide competition on the strength of their applications and essays. Upon successful completion of their month-long terms, each will receive a $1,000 stipend in appre- ciation of their efforts. Program coordinators Mike Rivkin of the Tuna Club Foundation and Dr. Karma Heidelburg of the Wrigley Marine Science Center expressed their mutual delight at the interest and enthusiasm shown b), many students in this new program. They encourage all those interested in a Similar world-class experience to watch out for 2012 application procedures next spring. 21 Friday, May 20, 2011 The CATAUNA ISLANDER