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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS • -..... F.,DAY June 30, 2017 VOLUME 103, ISSUE 26 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM O ° Q .0 O o 9;: ° ,pO .O O. • ~° ~ O ,do Water level update According to Southern California Edison, as of Thursday, June 22, the water level at Middle Ranch Reservoir measured 724 acre feet• This was a 6 acre foot increase from the previous measurement• Edison usually issues a water level update on Fridays• Vons representatives invited to City Council meeting According to City Manager David Jinken's Management Update newsletter, staff will ask representa- tives of Vons to attend the July 17 City Council meeting to update the. public on when the Vons construc- tion project will start. Only on Catalina Chuck Liddell reflects on the way Avalon celebrates the Fourth of July. See story, page 3 On the Water During a recent evening cruise, a huge bottlenose dolphin suddenly jumped straight up in front of the Catallac. See story, page 4 Margaret Fine: 1929-2017 Margaret Fine (Rikalo), 87, passed away peacefully in her Pocatello Idaho home surrounded by her family on June 12, 201Z See story, page 6 Events such as First Fridays at the Museum offer a great opportunity to explore the museum's special exhibition Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum at night when the outdoor installations are dramatically illuminated• (Dale Chihuly, Mille Fiori, 2016, Catalina Island Museum, Avalon, California, installed 2017.) Couertesy photo • l 'First Fridays' at the Chihuly at the Catalina Island Southern California's sunshine Museum when its outdoor instal- and pop music scene. Taking museum offers all lations are dramatically illumi- influence from their roots, this that and move nated, young husband-and-wife team Each month First Fridays at the use their love for acoustic instru- Museum provides an opportunity ments to create a live performance GAlL FORNASIERE to enjoy the exhibition galleries, full of fun and folksy versions FOR THEISLANDER digital theater, open-air plazas of today's modern music, their and Museum Store. Live music favorite 1980s and '90s hits, and The Catalina Island Museum is at the forefront of the July a healthy dose of their own origi- invites you to Picnic, Pie and 7th event with a performance by nal music. This very unique pro- Bluegrass! Enjoy a bit of Professional Folk.- fessional band travels nationally Americana during First Fridays Born and raised in Virginia's performing for events and festi- at the Museum on Friday, July 7th -Blue Ridge Mountains,vals and will make their Catalina from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The evening Professional Folk is a pure reflec- Island debut during the upcoming features live music, a pie baking tion of what happens when you First Fridays at the Museum. contest and late night access to mix American folk music with the museum's special exhibition Picnic, Page 6 Heal the Bay 'Report Card' shows high marks for fourth year BY CHARLES M. KELLY Heal the Bay recently gave Avalon's beach an "A" for sum- mer dry weather water quality in the environmental group's annual "Beach Report Card." This was the fourth year in a row that Avalon received high marks for water quality. According to the Beach Report Card, Avalon was ranked No. 1 or No. 2 on the annual list of "Beach Bummers" from 2009 to 2013. But since 2014, Avalon has been getting good grades. This year, Heal the Bay also gave Avalon an "A plus" for year- round wet weather water quality. There was no grade provided for water quality during winter dry weather. According to a statement issued by Heal the Bay, the wet winter weather that relieved California's drought had a nega- tive impact on the state's beach water. "Heavy rainfall last win- ter created billions of gallons of polluted runoff, which poured into storm drains and out to the ocean. Nearly half of the 85 beaches that L.A. County moni- tored year-round last year earned F grades from Heal the Bay dur- ing wet weather," according to Heal the Beach That's in marked contrast to the summer reporting period (April to October 2016), when no beaches received failing marks. Cathy Rousso Sweeney: 1946-2017 Cathy Rousso Sweeney was born in Los Angeles to Jeanne and Stan Rousso, on June 27, 1946. See story, page 7 Mysterious Island goes to New Orleans Catalina's facts, folklore, and fibs Centennial birthday celebration on Catalina Victoria Marchant Mann celebrated her lOOth birthday last week with 140 family members and friends on Catalina Island• See story, page 9 All Things Scuba Shadows, white bellies, fear, fins, baby great white, are just a few words that have been spoken locally over the past few weeks. Yes, it is an ocean• Sharks have always been there• See story, page 11 This Week: THE CITY THAT CARE BY JIM WATSON Editor's note: This is the of a three-part series on the author's travels to New Orleans• Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," avail- able on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. first It goes by many names: the FORGOT, PART 1 Big Easy, the Jim Watson Crescent City, Columnist NOLA, even the City That Care Forgot. Most Northerners and assorted outsiders, however, refer to her as New Orleans; a city that stands out as one of the most unique travel desti- nations in America. Nowhere, in my humble Watson, Page 4 While sampling the wonderful cuisine of Photo by Jim Watson New Orleans, it is advisable to keep yourself off the menu.