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(00flTflLiptI 00SLt]D]) SErvrNc CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS / every week - since.1914 VOLUME 9T, IssoE 26 ,..A. Jui 1' 2011 BRle[S .................................. SCE REDUCES Cuisine & RECnnjerty :::2G0:de E M ISSl 0 N S I Cuisine and Recreation Guide insert in this issue of the newspaper. A NEW ENERGY STORAGE This is your cam- SYSTEM WILL BE TESTED ON prehensive guide CATALINA ISLAND. to the Island experience! BY CHARLES M. KELLY Entertainment in. Avalon for the Fourth of July "S&C Electric Company, a Chi- For those of you who haven't coda-based energy- cmpany, an- decided how to .spend nounced Monday, June 27 a storage Independence Day Weekend, the project that could help Southem Islander has a list of Fourth of July entertainment activities including California Edison reduce their a special concert by Dick Dale. greenhouse gas emissions. See story, page 2. Edison recently awarded S&C a contract to furnish a Smart Grid On the Rock SMS TM Storage Management Sys- Christopher Blehm argues that tem--which is today, abattery---on a local businessman went too the Island. The Smart Grid SMS is far in his criticisms of Planning a fast-responding automatic con- Commission members who denied troller that uses built-in intelligence his request for a variance and the to control charging and discharging City Council members who voted to uphold that decision. See of sodium-sulfur batteries. "Everybody's talking about story, page 4. h ': " the Smart Grid. But not everyone ing band will once again be participating in the 4th of July parade beginningat l:00pm on Monday July 4th. In additior they will also agrees about its meaning. Or its Book signing set for be performing at Wrigley Stage immediately following the parade and in the Casino Ballroom later that evening, benefits," according to the S&C Saturday Pattie Boyd, former wife of rock - Web site. "Many so-called "Smart superstars George Harrison and Grid technologies" haven't been Stones parade grand marshals Eric Clapton, will make a rare per- proven in the field. Or they require sonal appearatce at the Catalina extensive engineering by the end Island Museum on Saturday, July BY DENNIS KAISER The Stones metin 1986 through Dianne had grown up in Minneso- user, to the point these technolo- 2, from 7 to 9 p.m., to sign her Dianne's sister, who was married ta and moved out form Michigan dies aren't practical to implement new book. "Wonderful Tonight, Dick and Diarme Stone will to one of Dick's best friends with to the sunny west coast in 1983 o or maintain." George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and share the duties as grand marshals whom he had attended school, teach school. However, they soon Ben Harvey, Edison's regional Me." See story, page 2. of Avalon's Fourth of July Parade. "He had known Dick found they had a lot in manager for Local Public Affairs, RelayRides to promote car- "It is such an honor, especially forever and then he hap- common--their birth- said the Smart Grid SMS would sharing on Catalina for Dick," said Dianne Stone..She pened to come to their days, for example, which improve the quality of power deliv- RelayRides, a neighbor-to-neighbor explained that her husband, who house one day wheri I are both on Aug. 12. ered to Catalina electricity custom- carsharing service, is in talks with is 79 and has owned and operated stopped over," she said. "The thing is we get ers. "It's necessary to reduce diesel Avalon officials to bring its ride- numerous businesses on the Island, "I had heard stories along so well because we emissions," he said. share4or-pay business to Catalina is suffering from Alzheimer's dis- about him and Lil (his understand each other, so Harvey said the battery would Island. RelayRides would allow ease. " first wife) for years, but we ao t gnt, she said. also reduce the number of outages Island car owners to make money "This is a nice recognition of they had split up by the "One of the things he used on the Island. from their vehicles by letting their neighbors pay to use the cars him," she said. "I don't know how time we m&." to say is ttiat "she fills in He said the battery could accom- when the vehicles would other- aware he will be, but he knows he Dick grew up on the California my voids.' But the truth is that he modate the addition of renewable wise sit idle. See story, page 5. will be saying 'hello' to a lot of mainland in Eagle Rock, which is fills in mine." sources of energy such as wind and people." between Glendale and Pasadena. Stones, Page 8 SCE, Page 2 Avalon's Use of Salt Water As an sland subject to extended MYSTERIOUS ISLAND periods of drought, the need,to Catalina s facts, folklore and fibs use salt water has been a part of This week: Catllina's "Nessie" "Mystery of Waters, Catalina's history for centuries, never slumbering Sea!'-- James Montgomery George Famsw0rth It became a primary concern claimed one 0fthe after the fire of 1915 in which at BY JIM WATSON around Catalina at one time were earliest sightings least half of the city was burned the location of a number of sight- of the "Clemente to ruins. A salt water pump was Monster" near the installed on Pebbly Beach Road- Ask the average person on the ings of our very own sea monster, offshore reef whicll just past Crescent Avenue. See street to name a few of the most The sightings occurred many bears his name. story, page 8. legendary, elusive and mythical years ago and all of the principals (Photo courtesy beasts in the history of humanity involved have long since passed richard and Marjorie Avalon women's softball and far and away the survey Would from this early plane. But the " Buffum/Michael regi'dhration begins say "Bigfoot" and "the Loch Ness number of sightings and the dis- Farrior) The Avalon Women's Softball Monster." tinction and prestige of those in- League summer seaso.n is sched- No other cryptids have cap- valved make for a fascinating bit uled to open Thursday, June 7. tured the world's imagine, at least of local lore. The Avalon Women's Softball in Western cultures, to a greater Named not for the town of San League wil be played on Thursday extent than these two big lugs. Clemente, but for the Island of the mghts, with two games at 6 and 7:30 p.m. respectively. We've already covered our sup- same name, the Clemente Monster See story, page 3. posed Cfftalina Bigfoot sighting in a previous column, but the waters Mysterious, Page 9