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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week -" since 1914 FR:OAV June 6, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 23 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM ................... i ................................................................ BRIEFS Flying Fish Fest 'fabulous' Catalina Island's seventh annual Flying Fish Festival held over the weekend was a "fabulous" success, according to Donna Harris, Director of Marketing for the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. See story, page 11 Beatlemania to hit July 6 Catalina Island will be hit by a wave of Beatlemania on July 6th, when the Beatles' hit movie "A Hard Day's Night" will be- shown in the Avalon Casino. Commemorating the 50th anniver- sary of the movie's London pre- miere. See story, page 10 Annual Halibut fishing tournament in June The 26th Annual Just for the Halibut! Just for the Kids! Fishing tournament is scheduled for Sunday, June 8. The entry fee is $60 per angler. The fee includes t-shirts and a luncheon buffet. Sign up sheets are available at Abe's Liquor Store. For more infor- mation, call 310-510-0656. CHOICES Meets 'N Greets Avalon Sheriff's Department and Catalina CHOICES teamed up for a meet and greet with profession- al skateboarder Preston Pollard who was also a motivational speaker. See story, page 5 CIMC Foundation makes generous gift The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation recently pre- sented an $80,000 check to J. PaulDeMyer, president of the Avalon Medical Development Corporation for the enhancement project currently underway at the Medical Center. See story, page 2 On the Water Capt. John reflects on Catalina Island's famous flying fish. See story, page 4 Eagle chicks are poised to leave their nests Five bald eagle chicks are poised to leave their Catalina Island nests in the coming days, thanks to the continuing efforts of the Institute for Wildlife Studies and the Catalina Island Conservancy. See story, page 6- Sheriff's Log Three golf carts were reported stolen last week. A suspect was in an attempted golf cart theft the next day. See story, page 15 Participants in the Flying Fish Festival's Inaugural Fun Run on Sunday, June1, gather for;a group photo. The event was hosted by the Hermosa Hotel, the Catalina Island Boat House hotel, Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce, and, the Catalina Island Art association. Mindy Malan was instrumental in coordinating this event. As a runner and exercise enthusiast she was eager to be part of an event that would help instill the value of exercise in children. Her efforts were met with great success. See the full story on page 8 Photo by Natalie Graham Remembering city's Shirley, Davy She served more than 4 decades as Avalon's city clerk BY JIM WATSON Funeral services for Shirley S. Davy were held Wednesday morning at St: Catherine's Church. Interment followed at Avalon Cemetery accompanied by a rous- ing fly-by of the Catalina Flying Boats DC-3. Davy, a veri- table institution in Avalon polit- ical and civic life, passed away last week at the age of 88. For more than 43 years, Davy served as Shirley Davy Avalon's City Clerk and also served at one time in the" important role of film liaison for the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. She had a life-long love affair with Catalina, which she adored for its "small town" qualities and natural beauty. "I don't like this Island," she told the Catalina Islander in a 2008 interview. "I love it!" "Why would I want to live any- where else?" She was born Shirley Mae Safely on November 30, 1925, in Wichita, Kansas. She grew up Shirley Davy, Page 4 prepares for water rationing Water allotments arrive in mail as water level decreases BY CHARLES M. KELLY Avalon residents and busi- have begun receiving from Southern California telling them just how much water will be allotted to them when water rationing begins. The notices came with customers' regular bills. Anyone who applies for a variance on their water allotment may use 30 gallons a day while the applica- tion is being considered. Avalon will be subject to Stage 2 water rationing, which limits users to fixed amounts, when the Thompson Reservoir water level measures 300 acre feet or less. As of May 28, the Thompson Reservoir water level was 355 acre feet, a 3-acre foot decrease from May 22. In Stage 2 water rationing, everyone will have to reduce their water usage by 25 percent. The first offense will result in a written warning on the customer's bill. On the second offense, Edison will install a flow-restriction device that will be removed after three days and the customer has paid a $200 fee. On the third offense, Edison will re-install the water restriction device and leave it there until water rationing is over, Water Rationing, Page II MYSTERIOUS ISLAND ? Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This.Week: The Magellan Club Part 2 BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: This is the second in a two-part series. Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," avail- able at Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. Just exactly what is the Magellan Club and how does one become a mem- ber? If you were with me last week, I introduced the concept of this club--named after the intrep- id Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan and the overriding stipulation for becoming a mem- ber: namely, circumnavi- gating Catalina Island un- der your own power. This includes swimming, paddling a canoe, rowing a boat, paddling a surfboard, paddling a kayak (as I did several years ago). If you're just crazy enough, you can even swim around Catalina if you Watson, Page 9 It was in these tiny Catalina Wherry rowboats that members of the Magellan Club circumnavi- gated Catalina Island.