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Flying Fish Festival is deemed a huge success BY JIM WATSON Catalina Island's seventh annual Flying Fish Festival held over the weekend was a "fabu- lous" success, according to Donna Harris, Director of Marketing for the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. The weekend was marked by numerous activities for young and old, from boat building contests to a live ukulele concert. The guests of honor, the California Flying Fish, did their part as well, putting on a spectac- ular show. "The flying fish made a fantastic appearance. The water seems to be warmer and they seem to be here earlier. Lots of people who went to see flying fish got to see lots of them," she said. New events this year included the ukulele workshop. Harris esti- mates about 30 people joined in on the event. She said the chamber had about 30 "loaner" ukuleles for those who wanted to participate in .the uke lessons. "We loaned all of them out," she said. On Saturday evening, Islanders and visitors were treated to a free concert at Wrigley Stage by master ukulele artist Taimane Gardner. Other new events included the "Flying Fish Fun Run," a one-mile run for kids, as well as a card- board boat-building contest. The boat-building contest fell into two categories: those that were "pre-built" and those that were built on site. The miniature vessels repre- sented a variety of imaginative designs and prizes were award- ed for Best in Show and Most Creative. There was also a prize for "Most Epic Shipwreck." Hilton Stemwedel's ukulele- shaped "26 Miles" boat won Most Creative in the pre-built catego- ry and Teri Alexander and Bob Shelley's "Silver Bullet," made entirely of empty Coors Light con- tainers, won Best in Show. Alas, "Silver Bullet" also won Most Epic Shipwreck. "Mello Madness," designed and built by the Mello family, won both Most Creative and Best in Show in the "built on site" category. The centerpiece of this weekend's Flying Fish Festival was an elaborate sand sculpture located for all to see on Front Street. (Photo by Donna Harris). The California Flying Fish, whose Latin name is--get ready for this--Cheilopogon pinnatibar- batus californicus, is the largest of all the species of flying fish. Like all flying fish, our local variety doesn't actually "fly" per se, but rather leaps from the water and glides through the air, usually in an effort to escape predators. Water Rationing From page 1 In late March, Mayor Anni Marshall volunteered to have a water restriction device installed in her home. "Most individual water allot- ments have been calculated from a baseline of past water use," the Edison letter said. "Please note that you are responsible for monitoring your water use to ensure that you do not exceed your allotment," the Edison letter said. Individuals and businesses will be able to apply for a variance. Until Edison makes a decision about variance applications, the individual customers will have a water allotment of 30 gallons of water per person per day. For businesses such as hotels, the allotment while a variance is being reviewed will be 30 gallons per occupant per day. Wayne Griffin, chairman and CEO of the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce, said that the last the Chamber had heard, water rationing would come some- time in the summer. In early May, the Islander quoted Hilda Delgado, Southern California Edison's Regional Public Affairs spokeswoman, as saying that the start date of Stage 2 water rationing as a moving target. At the time, Delgado said Stage 2 rationing would likely begin in mid-July. According to Delgado the Catalina Island desalination plant provides 85 to 90 percent of Avalon's drinking water during the winter and about 25 percent during the peak usage season of summer. According to Griffin, with exceptions such as the desalina- tion plant, Avalon has the same water resources now as it did 30 years ago. However, Griffin Said he did not want to get into the blame game. "I don't think it serves any purpose," Griffin said. "It's not going to produce any water." He said the Chamber was work- ing with Edison on a conservation education effort to get tourists to be careful of their water usage. Griffin said he was confident tourists would rise to the occa- sion. Griffin said that because of the state's drought, tourists would already be aware of the need to conserve water because they were already conserving it. Catalina Islander's Recreational Summary Friday Saturday Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny 71/60 ...... 72161 _._ Precip Chance:'t5% Precip Chance: "Other places are experiencing this, too," he said. "It's not just US." Griffin also said that weather forecasters were predicting an El Nino in the fall and winter that would bring rain back to the Island. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, E1 Nino is the warming of central and eastern pacific waters that takes place every two to five years and lasts about one year. According to the Climate Prediction Center, the chances are increasing for E1 Nino to take place this year. The center's May 8 report said there was a 65 percent chance of E1 Nino taking place during the summer. Tanning Index 10-2131415 Nml8191101 11+ I 0-2: Low, 3-5: Moderate, 6-7: High, 8-10: Very High, 11 +: Extreme Exposure Last Week's Ahnanac 5/26 5/27 5/28 5/29 5/30 5/31 6/1 To those countless Avalon friends who have shared their love and support re- garding the death of Jacqueline, as her mother, on behalf of myself and the entire Amoroso family, I wish to take this opportunity to thank you. Your prayers, hugs, and smiles have been the sustaining grace that has helped us get through this unspeakable crime. As many of you are aware, the details surrounding Jacqueline's death were greatly distorted and the ramifications have been far-reaching. Thanks to the courageous input of citizens....coupled with the irrefutable truth dis- covered in her autopsy....I feel confident that the truth about her demise and ultimate iustice will soon prevail. It is my hope that one day soon, when her young girls can return to their home, they will be able to grow up in Avalon knowing that their mother's legacy has been restored. A college fund has been established O n behalf of these3 young daughters, Lill)5 Donnylynn, and Devony, at U.$. Bank, Account #253 4660 2083. All con- tributions are greatly appreciated to help toward their education and future. The Funeral, Rosary, and Golf Toumament were all well-attended, which was so comforting to feel such warmth from our community during our time i of sadness. i To each of you who stopped to give a hug....and then you said, "I love ! you",....you will never realize how greatly the power of your love has carried me during this difficult time. I Thank you from the bottom of my heart,. I will always remember your kindness. L, _____ -- Mary Amoroso Date Ittgh Low No__q___ _r,r 71 55 70/58 0.00" 74 56 70/58 0.00" 70 55 70/58 0.00" 70 55 70/58 0.00" 76 58 70/58 0.00" 77 59 70/58 0.00" 74 57 70/58 0.00" Tides Thi Week Why did the Greeks and ' Romans erect temples at sites F where lightning struck? -spo aq oseadd Ol ldmon  m. sg p.n? oqz :Ia"s' - Severe thunderstorms with large hail and winds to 100 mph caused one million dollars damage around Norfolk, Va. A 42-foot fishing boat capsized near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, drowning 13 of the 27 people on board. Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Mostly Sunny Mostly Sunny Sunny Mostly Sunny Sunny 74 / 61 72 / 58 71 / 55  -74 / 56 75 / 59 Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 0% Precip Chance: 5% Precip Chance: 0% Today we will see mostly sunny skies with a [ Tilnes: This Vceekek I Peak Fishino Tilnes This Vceek high temperature of 71 , humidity of 78%. The 11 AM PM record high temperature for today is 82 set in Fri 1966. Expect mostly cloudy skies tonight with an Sat overnight low of 60 . The record low for tonight Sun is 42 set in 2007. Saturday, skies will be mostly Mon sunny with a high temperature of 72 , humidity of Tue 83%. Skies will be mostly cloudy Saturday night Wed with an overnight low of 61 . Expect mostly sunny Thu skies Sunday with a high temperature of 74 . Skies will remain mostly sunny Monday with a high temperature of 72 . Tuesday, skies will be sunny with a high temperature of 71 . 7:05-9:05 6:35-8:35 7:49-9:49 7:19-9:19 8:37-10:37 8:07-10:07 9:27-11:27 8:57-10:57 10:21-12:21 9:51-11:51 11:18-1:18 10:48-12:48 11:30-1:30 11:00-1:00 Avalon Catalina Harbor lx  Low tligh Low   Low ld Low Fri 4:17am 10:39am 5:43pm None Fri 4:22am 10:47am 5:48pm None Sat 5:43am 12:25am 6:17pm ll:27am Sat 5:48am 12:33am 6:22pm ll:35am Sun 6:53am l:12am 6:50pm 12:13pm Sun 6:58am l:20am 6:55pm 12:21pro Mon 7:50am l:53am 7:24pm 12:56pm Mon 7:55am 2:01am 7:29pm l:04pm Tue 8:40 am 2:32 am 8:00pm l:38pm Tue 8:45 am 2:40 am 8:05pm l:46pm Wed 9:26am 3:llam 8:39pm 2:20pro Wed 9:31am 3:19am 8:44pm 2:28pm Thu 10:llam 3:52am 9:19pm 3:03pm Thu 10:16am 4:00am 9:24pm, 3:llpm I).a.x Sum3 Sunset Moonse Mnset Full ''i Fri 5:43 a.m. 8:00 p.m. l:42p.m. 1:19 a.m. 6/12 \\;/  , Sat 5:43 a.m. 8:01 p.m. 2:38 p.m. 1:51 a.m. : 7// Sun 5:43 a.m. 8:01 p.m. 3:36 p.m. 2:26 a.m. Mon 5:43 a.m. 8:02 p.m. 4:36 p.m. 3:03 a.m. Last -/,r.(, Tue 5:43 a.m. 8:02 p.m. 5:39 p.m. 3:45 a.m. 6/19 1 Wed 5:43 a.m. 8:03 p.m. 6:42 p.m. 4:32 a.m. Thu 5:43 a.m. 8:03 p.m. 7:44 p.m. 5:25 a.m. New 6/27  First 7/5 800-830-7744 Catalinainfo.com - .......... . ........................  ...... - ........................................... ... .......................................... -.. ... ............................. 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