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........................ I ....... , - - i 2111 -, - ],:- SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since /914 VOLUME 98, ISSUE 22 F.,oAY June 1, 2012 BRI[[S Airport to close.June 4-15 The Airport in the Sky will be shut down for general aviation service while work is performed on the runway June 4-15. During this time. Catalina Flying Boats will continue to provide daily service from the airport, as will the DC -3 Gifts & Grill. The Wildlands Express bus service and daily tours to the airport provided by Discovery Tours and Catalina Adventure Tours will als( con- tinue. Friends of the Library to hold book sale The big Friends of the library used book sale will be held from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, June 9, in the library courtyard at 215 Sumner Ave. The Friends of the Library will meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12. Locks Of Love fundraiser The 3rd ann ual Locks of Love fundraiser will be held on June 12 near the stage on Crescent. There games, face painting, and gooefies in addition to the hair donation booth. Island Museum participates in Blue Star program The Catalina Island Museum is one of 1,500 museums across America to offer freeadmission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day 2012. See story, page 8 Chelsea McCormick makes local home run history In last week's softball game, Straight Up Builders defeated Bravo's Landscaping by one point in the first game of the night. The second game of the. night was between The Sand Trap and The Lobster Trap with a score of Sand Trap 10 and Lobster Trap 15: The second game also saw Chelsea McCormick become the first female to hit a home run out of the park at Joe Machado Field. See story, page 6 Homegrown musician keeps his Island ties Musician Marky Lennon, cousin of the famous Lennon Sisters grew up on Catalina. He will return his hometown to play with the Venice Band on Labor Day Weekend. See story, page 2 Symposium dedicated to the British rock invasion The Catalina Island Museum will present a symposium on "The British nvasion Rocks America" on Saturday, June 30 at 4 p.m. in the theater of the Avalon Casino. It will feature-Avalon resident Spencer Davis as well as Mlcky Dolenz of The Monkees TV show ant rock band. See story, page 7 Students in Avalon High School Theater Department's "Bye Bye Birdie" in dress rehearsal on Wednesday: The show will be at 7 p.m., Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2 with a matinee performance at 2 I).m., Sunday, June 3. The 1960 Broadway musical comedy was inspired by Elvis Presley and his draft notice into the Army in 1957. The male lead playing the rock star haracter Conrad Birdie is Joseph Vickers. The original Broadway production was a Tony Award winning success; it spawried a sequel, a 1963 movie and a 1995 television production. ,.The cast is 63 members strong, tt wilt also be the final production for Mary Lou Eroen. Adinission is $8 foradul[s / $5 for students and seniors. Staffphoto Flying Fish Festival. kicks off BY DENNIS KAISER San Juan Capistrano has its sparrows, whose annual return is celebrated with a festival in the mainland city each year. Catalina Island residents say they have something even better_- the exotic flying fish that popu- late its waters each year. The unusual fish species is made of living gliders, able to take off into the wind and soar for up to 45 by larger fish. Flying fish are part of Catalina's allure and they are celebrated each year with the Island's Flying Fish Festival. The festival kicked off Thursday night, with the Taste Around of Avalon. A bevy of activi- ties are planned for the rest of the weekend. They include Flying Fish FESTIVAL Boat Tours aboard the Blanche W, seconds or several hundred yards a professional sand sculpture ere- on the lift from their outstretched ation, kayak races, a boat build- pectoral fins to escape being eaten " ing competition, live touch tanks, MYSTERIOUS ISLAN D Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This week: Where in the world is Juan Calrillo? BY JIM WATSON From our "Maritime Mysteries" department_comes this week's col- umn on an age-old, head-scratch- ing riddle that has dogged histori- ans for decades. I know that just this morning you, too, were won- dering, "Where in the world was Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo buried?" For those of you unfamiliar with him, Cabrillo is probably best described as the Christopher Columbus of California, having maneuvered himself into the his- tory books as supposedly the first European to explore the west coast of North America. I say "suppos- edly" because there are many tales in Native American lore regarding the visits of "bearded white men" to California before Cabrillo's voyage. Even Cabrillo encountered such tales on his voyage to California. But this is all stuff for a future column. Much of Cabrillo's life, to say nothing of his death, is shrouded in mystery. No one is sure where Watson, Page 9 kids Fishing Derby, Beach Bingo, activities for kids and a new addi- tion will be the Bubble Rollers, a fun-for-the-whole-family activity happening along the waterfront. For a schedule of activities, visit Flying fish have become part of Catalina's culture. Bony as they are, a crunchy flying fish is the meal of choice for any number of big game species. Catalina's majestic blue- fin tuna, which inspired the found- ing of Avalon's Tuna Club, used to be known as "Leaping Tuna? for their aerial acrobatics in chas- ing down a tasty flying fish meat. There are 14 known species of fly- ing fish, of which the California Flying Fish, page 5 CONSERVANCY CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER RESIGNS MEL DINKEL IS PURSUING NEW OPPORTUNITIES AFTER EIGHT YEARS WITH ISLAND CONSERVATION GROUP BY DENNIS KAISER Catalina Island Conservancy announced its chief operating offi- cer for the past eight years, Mel Dinkel, has resigned. Dinkel, whose job performance has been widely praised by col- leagues, local officials and fellow Island residents, said he plans to pursue other opportunities. He will continue to work with the Catalina Island Conservancy, whose mis- sion is to be a responsible steward of Catalina's lands through a bal- ance of conservation, education and recreation, through the end of June. "Mel was a significant asset to the Conservancy and the com- munity of Avalon," said Mayor Bob Kennedy. "He is going to be difficult to replace. Whoever does, even in the interim, is going to have some very large shoes to fill." According to Kennedy, during Dinkel's tenure, he was able to bring to the community a clear ufiderstanding of the Conservancy's mission and blend it with the inter- ests of-the local residents and the Island's visitors. "He also brought some of that leadership to municipal issues and was able to understand the city's role in local issues and contrib- ute Conservancy resources to help bring the community together," Kennedy said. "We are going to miss him." An avid humanitarian, Dinkel's colleagues said he "walked the walk," as he took a hands-on approach to a wide range of proj- ects, on Catalina and in' the world, Dinkel, Page 8 Was a 1937 monument to explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo put on the wrong island? Many historians think it belongs not on San Miguel Island, but on Catalina. I[ilI,":] IIIiI* ] t'r/ilillm