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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 97, ISSUE 24 Fn,OAY June 17, 2011 . B'" R '" =!'" "'['' "F"S .......................................... Johnny and June Cash musi- cal show at the Ubrary The Avalon Library will host a musical show with Johnny Cash and June Carter impersonators Michael J and his partner Leticia" Blumette on Saturday, June 25 at 4 p.m. Musical summer nights Santa Catalina Island Company is offering music performances at the Casino Ballroom including godfather of the surf guitar, Dick Dale, while jazz musicians and other top performers entertain at The Catalina Country Club. See story, page 2. Straight Up BuiMers and Lobster Trap win thrillers Pebbly Beach Building Supply and Straight Up Builders faced off in defensive battle in the first-game of the night. Straight up finished the night with a 9-0 record for the season. See story, page 9. entering college It's not everyday that a lOth-grad- er is offered a merit scholarship to attend college early. Colin Eubank earned a place at Bard College at Simon's Rock; See story, page 6. Missing jet skier found A 60-year-old jet skier who was overdue was found tangled in a large clump of kelp near the sland by the U.S. Coast Guard and Baywatch lifeguards Monday, June 13. See story, page 5. The 6th Annual PTA Scholarship Drive The Sixth Annual PTA Scholarship Drive Golf Tournament was held on Sunday, June 5 at the Catalina Island Golf Course. Fifty golfers, some with little knowledge of the game and experienced golfers alike, gathered on t'hat sunny, Sunday afternoon for the big game. See story, page 3. CPR class is scheduled The city of Avalon will present a CPR class at 5 p.m., Tuesday, June 28 at the Avalon Fire Department. Certificate will be good for 2 years, $40 per student. For information, call (310) 510- 0203, ext. 335; On the Rock Things heated up quickly when Jack Caress took the podium at the last City Council meeting to ask for permits for the Marathon and Triathlon. Columnist Christopher Blehm looks at the battle over.the permits and con- cludes: "We're acting like a tiny version of the NFL, spoiled brats fighting over honor, ownership, and profit aplenty, and using the sweat of our community's children to do it." See story, page 5 Fourty-three students participated in the Avalon High School commencement exercisesheld in the Casino ]heater last night. See pages 6 and 7 for more photos on the.Avalon High School graduation B BY DENNIS KAISER Avalon loves a parade and es- pecially the one it holds on the Fourth of July. "It started as a small parade, but it has really grown over the past decade into a major event," said Tom Sutherland of the Avalon Ro- tary Club. "Tile main reason for its spurt in popularity", Sutherland said, "is due in large part to the USC Marching Band, which has been comirig to Catalina every year for more than 20 years thanks to the coordination between the band and the Avalon Rotary Clulr." Many people consider the "Trojan" band, under the direc- tion of Arthur C. Bartner, Phd. the best college marching band in the United States. It will perform as it has in the past in Avalon's annual golf cart parade and then for a half hour after the parade on the Wrig- ley Stage in the afternoon of July 4. It will perform in the Casino Ballroom later that evening. "It is a very busy day for the band," said Bartner, contacted this week. He said of the things he has enjoyed most about be- ing involved in the pa- rade, have been its pa- triotic theme and that it has connected the Island with many USC fans and alumni. "I know that a lot of USC people come over to Catalina on their boats for the event," he said. "It is a very unique parade with the golf carts and then there is the concert near the beach and the one at night where they play patriotic music like 'Stars and Stripes Forever' and the song 'Avalon.'" Tile USC Marching Band has performed on "Tile Tonight Show," the "2009 Grammy Awards," the "2009 Oscars," an episode of "House", "Scrubs", and last year on "American Idol". Tile band, which is the only marching band with a platinum record, has l en featured in many pop music recordings such as on Fleetwood Mac's album "Tusk." It has also been featured in movies including "For- rest Gump," in which it portrayed "the Alabama Band". Sutherland, said the band, which in addition to playing for the USC football games, has also performed at Lakers games, in Europe and Disneyland. "This band could play almost anywhere, but it keeps coming back to Avalon for the Fourth of July holiday," Sutherland said. "What we hear from the band is that of all the places they have been, their USC, Page 4 ORANGE TRANSMITTERS SEND SIGNALS ALLOWING SCIENTISTS TO TRACK YOUNG BIRDS BY CHARLES M. KELLY Tile Institute for Wildlife Stud- ies put orange tracking bands, on eight Catalina Island eagles last month. "This is the only time we.visit the nests," said Stephani Jijoa, an [WS biologist. Tile last Island bird was banded on Monday, May 30, Jijoa said. Eight birds from four of Catalina's seven nests received their bands. There was a ninth bird, from the Middle Ranch area, but it died. Two nests "failed" this year, mean- ing the eggs did not hatch. Two of the successful nests are located near Two Harbors. Tile process of banding the birds takes place every May. The baby eagles are not yet ready to fly. Their parents are always watching, then the scientists come. Jijoa said scientists approach the nests slowly to avoid spooking the birds. Tile birds are captured, exam- ined, blood samples are taken and the birds are fitted with transmit- ters. Birds "banded" on Catalina get orange tracking devices iden- tiffed with a different numbering system than birds from other Chan- nel Islands. Tile" banding begins when the Eagles, Page 9 Father's Day DAD'S HOMECOMING, PUBLISHED COURTESY OF PASO ROBLES MAGAZINE, PASO ROBLES, CALIFORNIA. BOB CHUTE, OWNER/PUB- I ISHER BY VAL POALILLO Tile Catalina Island Motorcycle Grand Prix held back in the 1950s was one of the most important mo- torcycle races in .the world at the time. For me, it has always been this legendary story about my dad, Ray Rust. When I was growing up there were always references to my dad's motorcycle racing days and his favorite times, racing on Cata- lina Island. My dad raced it twice, 1953 and 1954. Last fall, my dad, 83, tells me there is going to be a reunion of the Catalina Grand Prix riders in December after 52 years. I invited myself along and in early December 2010 we headed off on our Catalina Island adven- ture. The Catalina Express took us to Avalon and we settled in and made an agenda for our precious two days together. It was then I learned that my cousin Allen, a long time Homecoming, Page 9 Val Poatillo arid her father, Ray Rust, share a special moment on the Island during last year's Catalina Grand Prix.Rust rode in the 1953 and 54 Grand Prixs.