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Friday, June 30, 2006 The CATALINA ISLANDER P~e5 A person could write a great book from the stories flying around a table at The Harbor Reef last week. There were Bombards, McElroys, Pilchs, Phelps, Luchau, Adams all here to greet and reminisce with Pete Peterson. Seems Pete was visiting from Kauii for grandson Colin's wed- ding and what more fit- ting venue for a reunion than the Isthmus. It was a who's who from the mooring crew for Stile. When Pete agreed to bring his family over and run the mooring service for Doug, there were under 300 cans. There are now close to 800. It was wonderful to see them all again, none of whom looked a day older than when they retired. A true to life testimonial to island living. We are so fortunate our house is literally spitting distance from those moorings. Our front -view is boats. West Wight Potters Last week our picture was a flotilla of West Wight Potters, here for a rendezvous. These beautiful little sail boats are smaller than many of the tenders from Cherry Cove. Speaking of tenders, the comical scene of'these captains and their dinghies was l~riceless. Many of them no longer than a big shoe. Life at sea in miniature must he for a special breed of sailor. Strut your mutt The always colorful Yacht Dog Show was hilarious. Jeff Stress from The Log did a great job as MC. Iams Pet Foods was , extremely gener- ous as a sponsor, providing "atten- dees with lots of pet goodies. The stars of course, are the dogs and their handlers. There were pirate dogs, aloha dogs, bal- lerina dogs, and formal and casu- Steve Whittington al dogs, all with Columnist handlers in coor- dinating dress. Categories were best kisser, best dressed, best trick, best look-a-like and best overall. All the dogs were win- ners, but repeating on the winners podium again were Blitz, Bodie and Maurice, along with Willow, Riki, Roxie, Titan and Brewski. Jacklyn Fads retires Our community bid a fond farewell to one of our hardest workers Thursday, as Jacklyn Fails commenced her retirement. After many years of managing The Banning House, she and her companion Miles (from nowhere) MaClaren are starting a new chap- ter in their fives. Their eventual plans are to get an RV and tour the country. Look out ballroom dance floors from coast to coast, because this happy duo Will show up one day and bum up the floor. An addendum to Ms. Jack- lyns' departure is in order because she pulled off one more caper with her usual style. You see, love was in the air Thursday, literally, in one of John Moore's helicopters, our General Manager John Phelps, and his fine lady friend Linda Hedge surprised most everyone here (except Ms. Jacklyn and a few others in the "circle of truth,") by getting hitched while circling over the Isthmus. Jacklyn performed the cere- mony, then got on the Express. Talk about good style! Way to go Boss and Mrs. Boss. We all wish them the very best. There's a good lesson to he learned here. You never know when good will appear in your fife you have to stay alert to recog- nize it when it does and embrace it. Steve Whittington is a guest columnist covering for the regular Two Harbors columnist Doug Oudin. Who's who from the mooring crew, a reunion with Pete Peterson. Left to right: Rudy Pilch, Pete Peterson, Doug Bombard, Gerge McEIroy Dr. Jim FAMILY DENTISTRY Serving Catalina Island with a stalk! 4301 ATLANTIC AVE LONG BEACH (562) 426-9308 Islanders- 15% discount with this adl From Casual to Ele You're Welcome! 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. O- .1 iiiiii :::~:::::~:::'~i d '-"OPEN TO THE PU kl ,- $32.00 with Champagne ($16.95 children under 12)