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SERVING CATALINA ~ ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since VOLUME 94, ISSUE 26 1914 i , FRIDAY June 30, 2008 ,L,7 NEWS BRIEFS On Our Cover The cover of this week's Catalina Islander was pro- duced by graphic designer/i I lust ra- tor, Kelly Calla- hart. When not at her day job at. the Conservancy, or working on her =real art," she enjoys creat, ing light, whimsical work that provides fun and relaxation. =It is a way to illustrate life and all the people that make island liv- ing so colorful." Hand drawn in Adobe Illustrator with the won: derful "pen tool." Boat A round Baywatch Avalon and County Fire Patrol 55 responded to a vessel aground off Toyon Bay. The vessel had been aground since last winter ar Lwas left as is. FOR MORE, SEE PAGE 2 Pets' Holiday Nerves It's normal and probably expec- d' r and other pets to get a little skittish when fireworks begin to explode in celebration of the United States Declaration of Independance. There are ways to keep your pet from a case of the jitters this firecracker season. SEE PAGE 3 Founding Fathers The United States' most illustri- ous founding fathers were on hand when they put their lives on the line and together they signed the Declaration of Inde- pendence. Many were certain that by doing so they had put themselves in a position to be hanged for what could only have been seen by their mother country of England as an act of treason. Find out from four Island residents which of the founding fathers they relateto the most. SEE PAGE 4 Sharp Dressed Dogs The always colorful Yacht DOg .Show featured a handful of corv tests and other fun at the event sponsored by lams Pet Foods. The Strut Your Mutt event was again a big hit -*I with the gu s / in Two Harbors. There were pirate dogs, aloha dogs, bal- lerina dogs, and formal and casu- al dogs, all with handlers in coordinating dress. SEE STORY ON PAGE S A woman covets / her head with makeshift pap$r hat and runs for c over / during a rainstorm that pelted thet Island on Tuesday with thunder, lightening and rain. The weather caused a handful of dingys to come loose. The storm took boaters and o ers by / surpdse and was described as short but intense. It was!part of a monsoon condition that brought a! combination of high winds and humidity all at once. Photo by Dan Teckenoff Bulldozer and brush crews prepare hills for fire season By Steve F. Escoto Each year in the month of June, bulldozers, graders and brash crews can be seen working in the hills surrounding Avalon. In what has become an annual tradi- Divide and Memorial Roads are tion, members from County Fire's all surveyed for the type of work Heavy Equipment Unit and Fire needed and then the crews are Suppression Camps spend a week assigned to the job. smoothing out the fire roads and Dozers can move medium to clearing brush and light grass from large rocks off the road, graders the fuel breaks, smooth out and rebuild the road About 20 to 25 personnelsurface and Camp CreWs use make the trip to work on the vari- chains saws, weed whips and other ous pieces of equipment, hand tools to clear the light grass Although hikers and bikers and brush from the roads. and some of the paid tours rou- The D8 Dozer also clears the tinely use these roads, their main light grass from the fuel breaks purpose is to provide fire engine that surround the city. When access into the hills in case of a cleared down to bare earth they brush fire. provide a break in the fuel bed, East End, Renton Mine, See, fetg 6 Administration seeks two full time physicians By Dennis Kaiser Dr. Michael Fraze is the latest in a line physicians to leave the Catalina Island Medical Center just as it seemed to be settling in. This week Fraze said that on July 20, be told the medical cen- ter's administration that he would no longer be available to continue as a locum tenens (Latin for tem- porary) physician at the facility. Fraze, who lives in Dana Point, had worked for about two years in the position that allows for the medical center's full time )hysician to have time off and still maintain a doctor's on call pres- ence 24 hours a day, seven days a week. "I have enjoyed the people of Avalon and working with the med- ical center's staff very much:" Fraze said. "I will miss everyone, but I will be back for visits" Fraze's resignation is another turn in what has been a revolving. door of physicians coming and going from the medical center. Last year, Dr. Trottier resigned and before him, Dr. Gleber moved on. That may change according to Bill Greene, the center CEO. The medical center has tradi- tionally been staffed by one physi- cian, provided by and who works under the federal govemment. Dr. See/:raze,/sage 7 ISLAND HISTORY celebrates Fourth of July through By Chuck Uddell of Sumner and Crescent, sold fire- works), water joisting/fencing, Catalina Island has celebrated from row boats, a concert the Fourth of July with various in the Greek Amphithe- tyl s of celebrations through the atre and a baseball game years. This week the Islander in the Wrigley field. takes a walk down those Memory The bay was outlined Lanes. in colored lights. There 1902 The "S.S. Hermosa was a reputed 6789 tickets I" steamship was stripped of her sold for the dance in the luxuries and buried in Avalon Bay, Casino. during the Fourth of July celebra- 1956 No mention tioa, to.make way for the "S.S. was made of any particular Hermosa II.:' ' celebration, but I remember 1931 The Fourth of July the fireworks going off at celebration was a three day cele- the Casino point and people bration, sponsored by the "Busi- were still able to buy and set nes Men's Association. It includ- off fireworks on the beaches. ed: fireworks, at the East end, 1981 JimmyDorsey's swimming, running, and sack Orchestra. under the direc- races. There was also a "one step" tion of Lee Castle. enter- dance race, on the boardwalk, tained 700 dancers at the from the Casino, to the Pleasure Casino Ballroom. Tickets Pier, row boat tug of wars. Person- went for $7.50/person. There was al fireworks on the beach ("Catali- a fireworks display, at the Mole, na Specialty Shoppe, on the corner but personal fireworks were not allovCed on the beach, or any other park of Avalon any longer. See Fourth, Page 4 Early 1900s I OStcard showing Avalon with fireworks going off at Sugarloaf. Courtesy Catallna Island Museum