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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 t'R,=,v May 22, 2015 VOLUME 101, ISSUE 21 WWW.IHECATALINAISLANDER,COM W BRIEFS Ja00EMORIAL DAY4 VFW Services at 11 a.m, Monday, in Avalon Cemetery The Avalon VFW will hold the annual Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m., Monday, May 25, in Avalon Cemetery. The service will last about 20 minutes. Catalina Islander office to close for Memorial Day In obsevance of Memorial Day, the office of the Catalina Islander will be closed Monday, May 25. The office will reopen for regular business hours Tuesday, May 26. Anh.euser-Busch to upgrade Joe Machado Field Anheuser-Busch will install artifi- cial turf on Joe Machado Field, at a cost of about $500,000, as a "thank you" to Avalon for hosting the May 29-31 Whatever, USA event. The news came during a recent community meeting about organizers' plans for the event See story, page 2 On the Water Columnist John King reflects on the meaning and implications of the word "transparency," as there is a sea change of transparency going on in Avalon and on the mainland. See story, page 4 11th Annual Taste Around Avalon winners named The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce, sponsor of the 11th annual Taste Around of Avalon, recently announced the winners of this year's "Best Tastes." See story, page 4 Life on the Rural Side For a few hours in the afternoon on the third Monday of each month two or three wonderful staff members from Catalina Island Medical Center in Avalon provide for the medical needs of West End reside_nts. See story, page 6 Letter to the Editor A resident says Vons might stay, but Vons is now owned by a larger company. See story, page 7 Silent Film Benefit succeeds Last weekend's Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit drew a sellout audiance. See story, page 8 An Islander 'Gone but-not Forgotten' Tim Mitchell, an Avalon Harbor Patrol officer who died during the big storm of December 2014, . was among the law enforcement officers honored in Washington, D.C. as part of National Peace Officers Week Courtesy photo Avalon Harbor Patrol Officer honored in Washington, D.C. BY MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ "Gone but not Forgotten," that was the theme circulating through- out the National Peace Officers Week in Washington D.C. With the help of my friends and family I was fortunate enough to attend the remarkable ceremonies honoring fallen heroes from all over our country. Tim Mitchell was among one of those honored. Those in attendance included, our friend Callie Moreno, Tim's mother Sue, Tim's Aunt Ann, Harbor Master Brian Bray, and myself. The annual week-long event is thoughtfully designed to honor both the service of fallen offi- cers and the grieving process of impacted families, friends and co- workers. It gives survivors and those affected by the loss of a loved one much needed support and ser- vices. The night of the Candlelight Vigil, Callie and I were escorted into the ceremony by officers from all different regions who treated us with immeasurable compassion and respect. The Candlelight Vigil, held at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, was emotional and awe-inspiring. Tim's name has been carved and is located on the east wall of the Memorial. The Annual Peace Officer Memorial Service was held on Friday with keynote Speaker President Barack Obama. His words were touching and elo- quently acknowledged our loss. Following his speech, I was lucky enough to be able to meet him and exchange a few words. He gave me his condolences for losing someone that was so special and important to me. Memorial, Page 2 President Barack Obama gives Michelle Rodriguez his condolences for losing some- one close to her at a ceremony for fallen peace officers in Washington. Courtesy plhoto Avalon Harbor Patrol Assistant Tim Mitchell, above, was born in New Zealand but became an American citizen shortly before his death. After he died, the Avalon Harbor Department flew both the U.S. and New Zealand flags at half mast in his honor. File photo Edison seeks new water sources Plans to .increase water supply presented at meeting BY JESUS A. RUIZ As the thought of 50 percent water looms over the Island, Southern CaliforniaEdison has begun .drafting ideas to help alleviate the water needs going into the next stage of water reduc- tion. At this week's City Council meeting, Edison presented various short and long term solutions that would help offset the need to cut the Island's water usage in half. Though there is still not an official word on what Edison plans on moving forward, Jeff Lawrence, project manager with Edison, made it clear that the options being looked at could be implemented by Labor Day. "(Edison) is not in a posi- tion to make any promises," said Lawrence. "We've worked through various timeline and schedules. We could potentially have a contingent water line implemented by eight to 10 weeks," Lawrence said. Lawrence and the Edison team looked at Options that could pro- vide 200 acre feet of water a year, or 180,000 gallons of water a day, which would maintain stage two rationing. One of the viable options men- tioned included importing water through a barge or a bladder that could be moored at Pebbly Beach. Water, Page 11 Plans hatching for a falconry experience tour Show would last an hour and feature at least 10 birds BY CHARLES M. KELLY Plans are in the works to de- velop a "falconry experience tour" on Catalina Island. The tourist at- traction would be a partnership between the Santa Catalina Island Company and On the Wing fal- conry. Master falconer Rocky Post hopes the falconry experience will help pay for the local pest bird abatement program. Post said the planned falconry tour would shov people what fal- conry is, how it works and what is required for both the birds and the people who work with them. He said the show would last about an hour and would feature a lot of birds. According to Post, it will be lo- cated on the grassy area near the Zip Line Eco Tour. Falconry, Page 2 Master falconer Rocky Post of On the Wing falconry service with one of his birds: Post and the Santa Catalina Island Company are working on developing a falconry experience tour for Catalina Island visitors. On the Wing has provided Avalon with a pest bird abatement program, initially paid for by the city government, since2012. Courtesy photo