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Stones From page 1 Dick was a boater and came to Catalina, first with his college buddies and for many years in his power and sailboats. He moved over from the mainland in the 1980s. He had retired from the dry cleaning business he ran in High- land Park. Years of being around the fumes and chemicals had tak- en their toll on his lungs and his body. "He's not one to sit around,, Dianne said. The first business he purchased was the Jiffy Wash Bathhouse and Laundry Mat--things he had used as a boater. He also took over the laundry mat at the Isthmus. Then Sargent's bookstore, which was located where Arm- strong's is now, went up for sale and Dick bought it with his first wife. "During this time, he was also building some houses on the Is- land and on the mainland, staying pretty busy," Dianne said. At some point the Coney Island West eatery be came available for sale. "He just said to me one day, 'Oh by the way, I bought Coney Island," she said. When Dick and his first wife parted, she took the bookstore and he kept the Coney Island. She re- named the bookstore Sugarloaf and rebuilt where it is now on Crescent Avenue and ran it until about a year ago. Dick also owned Carousel Ice Cream for short time with partners Gordon Miller and Bill Salisbury. "It wasn't making money and he said it needed to be a mom and pop store and he did not tiave the time to devote to it," Dianne said. In 1990, Dick took possession of the facility known as Buoy 205. "It started out as a little beer garden. It was an extension of the Channel House with a canvas roof and was only open in the summer- time," Diane said. Dick took the structure down to the floor and rebuilt it into what became The Blue Parrot. It was a seafood and Mexican faire restau- rant and bar with a tropical theme and live music overlooking Ava- lon Harbor. The entrance was over the Metropole Marketplace and it opened on Memorial Day, 1991. "That became our real focus and we were open seven days a week," Dianne said." "Dick comes from a musical family and what he really wanted was a jazz house with good food, reasonable prices and great music." Some high profile jazz artists did perform at the Blue Parrot, in- cluding Grover Washington, James Moody and Mindi Abair. "We were the after hours spot for people who attended Jazz- Trax," Diane said." Dick really loved it." The Stones also share a pas- sion for animals and have visited various wildlife sanctuaries and have helped get proper care for the Island's creatures. Dianne has served as the president of the Cata- lina Island Humane Society. They are also dedicated to help- ing the youth of Avalon. They are especially devoted to Avalon youth and have spent many dollars and hours on their various fundraisers and activities including the after prom party and CHOICES. They are also contributors to Senior Lunches and Avalon's Fourth of July Parade. They also enjoy golf and Di- anne is an avid tennis player and has served as president of the Catalina Racquet Club. The Stones have five children between them, 1,0 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Dianne said they are looking forward to the parade and the hon- or of being its grand marshals. "We certainly are in good com- pany," Dianne said of previous grand marshals, which have in- cluded Trieva Rae, Bruce Belland (who wrote "26 Miles Across The Sea"), and the late Harvey Cow- ell. "It is such an honor to be in- cluded with these people and we find it very humbling," Dianne said. Avalon's Use of Salt Water CATALINA CONCERTS PRESENTS The Original Cast /F.jfT0000lll p! ii1 Starring Joe Stefaneili Lennon BY THERESA CUMMINGS As an Island subject to extend- ed periods of drought, the need to use salt water has been a part of Catalina's history for centuries. It became a primary concern after the fire of 1915 in which at least half of the city was burned to ruins. According to Pastor Lopez, Avalon Public Works director, dur- ing this period, fire hoses were lo- cated in boxes throughout the city. The linen cotton fabric hoses were hand-drawn from the boxes when needed. However, when they were pulled from the boxes to fight this fire, it was discovered that mice had eaten holes through most of the hoses. Water shot out of these holes with great pressure creating havoc and firefighting efforts were diverted to a "bucket brigade" with every person available involved in the fight. The SS Hermosa finally made it over from the mainland to use its water pumps on board just in time to save the boat terminal. It was after this fire that utiliz- ing salt water became a focus in Avalon and a salt water pump was installed on Pebbly Beach Road just past Crescent Avenue. Two salt water reservoirs were built; one up by the cemetery near Falls Canyon and the other on Mr. Ada. Salt water could now be grav- ity fed for use during fires and in locations that had converted toilets to salt water. In 1965 the pump was disman- tled with the advent of newly dug wells at the south end of the beach in order to access salt water. Due to thick silt in the south end, it was a challenge to keep the filtration system flowing efficiently. Continuing to struggle with drought issues, in July of 1977 a city ordinance was issued requir- ing all homes and buildings in Avalon convert to using salt wa- ter for flushing toilets. Due to the highly corrosive nature of salt wa- ter, plastic pipes had to berun into buildings and homes for the salt water usage while copper pipes re- mained for fresh water needs. To develop a more effective means Of extracting salt water from the bay, plaStic pipes with a filtration design were run along the south shoreline by the volleyball Water, Page 9 City of Avalon empl)yee, Bob Tracy, utilizing salt water to wash down front street. 8 ; Friday, July 1,2011 The CATAUNA ISLANDER