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LLJUL ui- bJtLkJLlL.L2--J.ktuJJ..A AJULLILIItLL. ILLILL.L._: . [:JJA ILLIJIUkLLJJ:IIJaJ. I_JI[LilJLIBaJLLalIiLLL]IJtllJILLjLiJII] dJm ll JlillJt ,. =L i  _ , Homegrown musician tours with Pink Floyd Musician Marky I;ennon, cousin of the famous Lennon Sisters grew up on Catalina. He will return to his hometown to play witti the Venice Band on Labor Day Weekend. Lennon is a familiar face on the Island as he's been visiting his family home on Sumner Avenue since he was a youth. His family roots and memories are important to him as family has always been fundamental, especially when it comes to music. He and his brother Michael-- along with cousins Pat and Kipp Lennon--formed Venice Band in the late 1970s and gained quick suc- cess with their familial harmonies. They have worked, as individuals or as a group, with diverse art- ists like Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne. Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Brian Wilson, David Crosby, Cher. Don Henley, Phil Collins, Michael Jackson, Linda Rondstadt, Jeff Healey and Warren-Zevon, just to name a few. They've toured together. all over the country and built a huge following in Europe which did not go unnoticed by an0ther'talented musician and legend, Roger Waters. In 2010, Marky and the boys embarked on a new tour together-- only this time with Roger Waters in "The Wall"-:-now on its second tour arouod the world. It has been boasting sell-out performances in major arenas and just wrapped up a successful leg in California. On May 11, Pat Jamieson--local resi- dent and friend of Marky's--had the opportunity to see "The Wall" performed at AT&T Park-in San Francisco. "What a phenomenal show=--I had no idea what to expect, slid Jamieson. "It is impossible to put into words the amount of power and energy put into this spectacular performance by Roger Waters and his talented musicians and crew. Marky, Pat and Kipp Lennon's vocals are truly a major force and highlight of the performance?' ' When he's not traveling with Roger Waters or Venice Band, Marky's sure t) be found back in Avalon ... uriwinding from his trav- els and enjoying favorite childhood family memories. You can find him singing karaoke at E1 Galleon or sit- ting in with James Moody and Other Island musicians around town. For more information about Venice Band, visit www.venice- A "pink" evening: Pat Lennon, Kipp Lennon, Roger Waters, Marky Lennon, and Michael Lennon. Photo courtesy of the Venice Band. Letters to the Editor Keep birthday program going A couple of weeks ago I wrote a Letter To The Editor commend- ing Catalina Express on their free "On Your Birthday" cross channBl transportation! I also suggested that we turn Catalina into the "Birthday Island" and hoped that other businesses on the Island par- ticipate in this special promotion in their own ways. I especially pleaded that Catalina Express keep this program going forever! May 24 was my 65th birthday and I decided to do something special on this Medicare event. I came over to the Island from Long Beach on my birthday and I secured this special round trip ticket (some may not know it, but you don't have to return the same day to get round trip tickets. You can use the other part of the ticket Founded in 1913 by Ernest Wied/e Group Publisher Vince Bodiford Editor Dennis Kaiser Advertising Pat Jamieson Office Manager Jennifer Leonhardi Accouutiag Judy Murray 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 90704 I (310) 510-0500 FAX" (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 DEADLINES Calendar: Noon Monday News: 5 p.m. Monday Display Advertising: 2 p.m. Tuesday I Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday I Legal/Public Notices: 5 p.m. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS Send to One Year Subscrlotmn: Catalina .............................................. $39 Mainland ........................................... $48 Supecnl)tionsvia First Class Mail are available for $SO/year A Publication of CommunityMedla Corporation. CATALINA ISLANDER USPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C F.R. 3464 periodicals Dosttlge Paid aI Avalon. CA 90704 a/ld other additional offices. Adjudication Decree NO. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4. 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for AajsdieatJon: The Catalina Islander. PdbtiShed weekly at .61 Marilla Avenoe. #6 Avalon CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalin Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander No part may be reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher.This oublicatlon is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2012 and Title Registered CatednaJslander, Inc., All Rights Reserved.  PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER = PUB LISHERS ASSOCIATION within 30 days). I was amazed how special wearing that "birth- day badge" made me feel. I had so many people, Islanders and visitors alike, wishing me "Happy, Birthday" and then I was able to talk freely to so many on the boat who shared my birthday. It was like a "reunion?' When I arrived on Catalina, it seemed even more special than usual. The "Happy Birthdays" continued wherever I went. I went to Armstrong's for din- ner and I found two groups that I had met on the boat coming over also enjoying their dinner and one of them asked me to join them, being that I was eating alone! I then got into conversation with two of the other groups there, one party of six, and one of eight, and both groups t01d me that they ONLY came to Catalina that day, because one of their party had been given free passage. Doing some math, that means that 14 people came to Catalina with only two of these free, that mearts that Catalina Express gained 87.5 per- cent business while only loosing 12.5 percent. The people were also sharing with me all of the other "goodies" that they ot on the Island, not only the "birth- day person," but those with them. They definitely said that they plan on coming BACK! Please, Catalina Express, keep this program going from now on and thank you to the other businesses for joining this "band wagon." Looks like we will hope- fully soon be getting our economy back to where it was during our "hey day!" Let's hope! Chuck Liddell, Avalon Shooting ourselves in the foot, again Sometimes we're our own worst enemy. Last Saturday night, on what was otherwise an incident-free, fun-filled holiday weekend, a group of young local males decided it would be fun to beat up a visitor - because he was wearing a Hawaiian shirt and the locals thought he was trying to b.e an "Islander." The result of this decision was a visitor in USC MARCHING BAND "THE SPIRIT OF TROY" will lead Avalon's 4th of July Parade for the 23rd consecutive year. Come celebrate freedom with the USC Trojan Band leading the way .... [ .... !111 T{]II/ J,/IL  ...: :   . the hospital with serious injuries and the arrest of five locals, three of them charged with a felony offense. Boy, how proud the par- ents of these local boys mustbe! Being an Islander means we get to enjoy this beautiful and very spe- cial place evef'y day of the year! Be- ing an Islander means we are able to live a lifestyle others only dream about. Being an Islander means we have a responsibility to preserve and protect this special place for the future and so that others - our visi- tors - can enjoy it, too! Why don't our young people realize that the only reason they - and us - can live in this paradise is because visitors come here to vaca- tion and spend their hard-earned dollars in our community? When my kids were growing up on the island, Susie 'and 1 were all over them whenever we heard a nega- tive comment from them about visitors. They came to understand that without visitors, we could not earn a living, and without income we would have to leave the island. Come on, Islander adults. Our kids of all ages need to know that the kind of behavior we saw last Saturday night will simply not be tolerated in our community. I don't care about what the visi- tor might have or have not done that upset our local young people. There simply is NO reason that would justify what they did. The seriousn.ess of their actions war- rants the felony charges, and 1 hope the District Attorney follows through and prosecutes. If we permit this .kind of behav- ior again, we're all going to have to look for a new place to live. How special will. being an "Islander" be then? I .'realize that for most reading this, I'm preaching to the choir. So-help get the word out to your friends, relatives, children. and employees that this kind of behavior will not. be tolerated on Catalina Island. Help get the word out that being an Islander means welcoming and sharing our special place on earth with all who choose to visit it. . Wayne G. Griffin, President & CEO, Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce Happy birthday, Casino On Tuesday, May 29, the world famous Catalina Island Casino turned 83 years old! With that award-winning "face lift" that the Santa Catalina Island Resort Services did on her, she certainly docsn't, look her age! Help celebrate another year for this :grand lady by checking out the new digital movie projection and. sound system in the theatre and exploring her many secrets on her daily tours. Chuck Liddell, Avalon - > CATALINA COUPLES: PATTI AND KENNY ENGEL Please send us your favorite photo of yourself or of another local Catalina couple to be included in the Catalina Islander. They can be young or old: in special places, special occasions or just at home. Email your high resolution photo to .......................  .................................. - .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. .'-. ..................................... : .............. 2 i Friday, June 1, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER