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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 (": '\\; i i. .... FRIDAY July 4, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 27 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! BRIEFS Inside this issue: CATALINA 5LANDEP THINGS TO DO - PLACES TO SEE - STORIES TO TELL Calling All Artists Avalon Beautiful is holding a Logo Contest with a $100 prize for a new logo that captures the group's goal to make Avalon bet- ter through an array of projects. Email high resolution entries to or send to PO Box 1272 Avalon, CA 90704. The deadline is Sept. 1 Reservoir down 7 acre feet As of Thursday, July 3, the Thompson Reserveir water level measured 330 acre feet, 7-acre- foot decrease from the June 25 measurement. Men's Soccer League The Men's Soccer League starts July 8 and every Tuesday until SepL 9. Apply by July 5. It's a 10- game season with two rounds of playoffs. The fee will be $70. Sign up at City Hall or Pete's Car& CIMC wins Edison grant Southern California Edison has chosen the Catalina Island Medical Center fora $5,000 grant based on its Specialty Care.- See page A2 Veterans head the parade The Avalon City Council named Ioca veterans of World War II as the Grand Marshal of the Avalon Fourth of July Parade that will be held along Crescent Avenue today. See page A5 Meet 'Mother Goose' For more than a decade the Sikorsky VS-44, nicknamed the "Mother Goose," thundered over- head in the skies above Avalon. It had a history that was sometimes filled with excitement. See page A8 A members of the Mudbugs, left, shares the spotlight with Brute Belland, center, co-authdr of the song "26 Miles" (Santa Catalina) and Vern Altieri, right, of the Catalina All Stars at last year's third Catalina Island Music Festival outside the Casino Building on the Fourth of July. Today they will be back together to do it again. Photo courtesy of the Catlina Island Museum Bruce Belland to perform today Co-writer of "26 Miles" will perform at Museum Music Fest COURTESY OF THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM The Catalina Island Museum's Fourth of July Music Festival annually transforms Casino Point into one of the largest and most beautiful venues in Avalon with Catalina Island Museum live music, dancing, food and fire- works. The festival celebrates the diversity of the local music scene and the importance of musical entertainment to the visitor expe- rience. To add to the excitement, the museum recently announced that Bruce Belland of The Four Preps will make a special guest appearance. Over the years the island has been the inspiration for dozens of songs: One of the most popular is "26 Miles (Across the Sea)" by The Four Preps. Written in 1957 by Belland and high school pal Glen Larson, "26 Miles" was their first Music lest, Page A15 Water rationing to start Aug. 11 Council member calls for water to be barged to Island BY CHARLES M. KELLY Stage 2 water rationing will begin Aug. 11, representatives of Southern California Edison told the Avalon City Council Tuesday night, July 1. The utility company sent sev- eral representatives to Catalina to provide the council with an update on the fresh water situation. Meanwhile, Edison reps report- ed that a West End area well has failed to meet secondary drinking water standards and water is being trucked to that part of the Island. According to Council Member Joe Sampson, some water is being diverted from Avalon to the West End. Mandatory water rationing will require everyone on the Island to reduce their water use by 25 per- cent, based on the usage during the year prior to Stage 1 water rationing that began more than a year ago. In Avalon, Stage 2 water ration- ing becomes mandatory when the water level reaches 300 acre feet. As of Wednesday, June 25, the Thompson Reservoir water level measured 337 acre feet. Jeff Lawrence, Edison's local manager for Stage 2 water ration- Water, Page A15 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: CHARLIE PYLE'S FOURTH OF JULY BY JIM WATSON EDITOR'S NOTE: Jim Wat- son is the author of "Mys- terious Island: Catalina," available at Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. Charles E. Pyle was a 1st Engineer in the United States Merchant Marine. Hailing from Lodi, California, he had received training and had become an in- structor in his own right at the U.S. Maritime Service Training Station in Avalon right here on Catalina Island. These were the days when the world was at war and Catalina Island had become an enormous offshore training base for various branches of the military. At Descanso Beach, where visitors now zip line and drink margari- tas, there was a fully-functional Watson, Page X 0