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City Council names WWII vets Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal A proclamation of the City Council of the city of Avalon hon- oring World War II veterans as the 2014 Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal: WHEREAS, on December 7, 1941, the largest war of all time and the most defining event of the 20th Century began; and WHEREAS, Americans, de'voted to liberty and to this country courageously answered the nation's call to arms sum- marized by President Franklin D. Roosevelt by the words: "You bear with you the hope, the con- fidence, the gratitude and the prayers of your family, your fel- low-citizens and your President"; and WHEREAS, we still believe today that the blessings of liberty require constant vigilance and sacrifice; and WHEREAS, every man, woman and child in this great Nation owes a debt of gratitude to those who served their country so selflessly in an event that reshaped the world; and WHEREAS, these brave BillJones soldiers, sailor, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and airmen, were the beloved sons and daughters of our land; Now, therefore, we, the Avalon City Council do hereby recognize and name: World War II Veterans the 2014 Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal and extend to them our deepest appreciation for all of their dedication to their country and their fellow citizens. - Signed this 4th day of July, 2014. Bill Hill was brought to Catalina Island in 1919 at the age of 2 years old and has spent most of his 96 years of life in Avalon. Bill served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1943 to 1946, where he served in Texas for two years before being stationed in India. Bill Jones enlisted at the age of seventeen in the United States Navy and served from 1943 to 1947. Bill served as a sonar operator on a destroyer escort ship deployed to detect submarines in New Guinea, the Marshall Islands, the Philippines and the invasion of Formosa. Bill Meister enlisted at the age of seventeen in the United States Marine Corps and served from 1943 to 1946. Bill served under heavy combat manning the 75mm pack howitzer and 155mm howitzer at Tarawa Atoll, Saipan, Guam, and Iwo Jima. Doug Bombard enlisted in the United States Army Air Force and served from 1943 to 1945. Doug served as Flight Engineer on B17 transition bomber aircraft in Amarillo, Texas. Marie Whittington enlisted in the United States Army Signal Corps and served from 1941 to 1945. Marie was stationed in England and France, where she served as a radio operator trans- mitting four-letter code groups. George Dold served in the United States Navy from 1942 to 1946. George held the post of Flight Engineer aboard PB2Y3 four-engine seaplanes on patrol for enemy submarines across Midway, Eniwetok, and Saipan. Robert "Jerry" Huisken served in the United States Coast Guard and served from 1945 to 1946. Jerry. served in Alaska on Middleton and Kodiak Islands in a construction detachment, where he built electronic tracking sta- tions for ships at sea. Jack Linden enlisted in the United States Merchant Marines at the age of 16 years and served from 1942 to 1946, including his time in basic training on Catalina Island. Jack served aboard Liberty and Victory ships distributing sup- plies and delivering troops in war zones around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Aleutian Islands. Dick Kellogg enlisted in the United States Merchant Marines July 1, 1943 and boarded the SS Avalon for training on Catalina Island. Dick sailed on six tanker ships from 1943 to 1946 as an oiler, where he traveled through the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans and the Persian Gulf. Sam Rikalo was born and raised on Catalina Island. Sam served in the United States Air Force Air Transport Command and served from 1942 to 1945 in the 75th Infantry. Jim Burke served in the United States Army and served from 1943 to 1946. Jim served in the 102 Division Corp of Engineers, where he traveled across France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Holland building bridges and lay- ing mines. Roger Upton served in the United States Air Force and served from 1944 to 1948. Roger served at Kadena Air Strip in Okinawa, Japan in the 333 Bombardment Group. Letters to the Editor Water rationing must be equal for all impacted Recently, we received our water allocations from SCE for the upcoming Stage 2 Mandatory Water Rationing, along with complete instructions for apply- ing for a variance for our allot- ment. Southern California Edison also included the Fresh Water Rationing Plan as filed with the California PUC and other perti- nent information, which is most helpful. After reading over every- thing included in the packet, I find it difficult to understand why the Fresh Water Rationing Plan is not being followed or enforced by certain companies, businesses and individuals. I am particularly concerned about the following restrictions. "No customer shall use SCE supplied water for non-essential or unauthorized uses, including but not limited to: #4. Use of potable water washing buildings and structures, street cleaning, driveways, patios, parking lots, tennis courts, or other hard sur- faced areas, except in the case where health and safety are at risk. #8. Use of potable water for the filling or refilling of swim- ming pools, spas, hot tubs and decorative fountains." Please tell me that all of the areas I see washed down are not using fresh water. Please tell me that the pools around town and at Hamilton Cove are not being filled. Please tell me that the new spa will not be able to fill their pools. Saltwater pools use fresh water and add salt chemicals instead of chlorine. As a citizen of Avalon I am willing to make the necessary sac- rifices to comply with Stage 1 and Stage 2 water rationing. However, I am not willing to standby and watch the rules be applied to some but not all, without raising my concerns. It is unfortunate that the Tariffs are not demanding equal sacrifices for all, especially considering the huge inequities for residential and commercial busi- ness allotments. As we look ahead to other sources of fresh water for the island I must say that the cur- rent plan to drill a 400-foot bed- rock well, below the Thompson Reservoir, leaves me with many unanswered questions. First of all, SCE paid for the geological study for this proposed well; of course they did, they want to sell water. How do we know that information to be sound and true7 Secondly, how do we really FREE SUMMER LUNCHES FOR CHILDREN AT AVALON SCHOOL ALMUERZOS DE VERANO GRATIS PARA LOS NINOS EN LA ESCUELA AVALON We have your remodeling needs covered: Electrical, Plumbing, Flooring, Cabinets, Tile, Window Replacement, =ainting, Decking and Stairs. know what the long lasting envi- ronmental effects of draining the lower level aquifer in the bedrock will be? Third and most impor- tantly, assuming the proposed well gets through all of the permitting, and SCI pays the 2 million to drill it and SCI therefore gets their 50 percent of the intake to carry out their proposed building projects, how do we know, should the drought continue or another drought begin, that we won't be in more water trouble than we are now? Looking to the future, 2020 is not far off, how will our overloaded infrastructure handle all this? Leslie Warner Avalon i!! ' are r You invited to !i:  Sing ing Waters Christian Center for a healing service. Sunday July 6th 7:30pm 346 Catalina Avenue If you seek healing and wholeness for your body, or your fife, we would love to pray for you. "Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me" -Psalm 30.'2 NIV and touched him 'I am willing'He said 'Be healed'-Mark 1:41 No enrollment, No paperwork, No income qualifications OPEN TO THE PUBLIC 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. All children ages 2-18 are welcome. No infant meals will be available. Lunches served June 30th - August 1,2014 (closed July 4th) No necesita inscribirse, Ni Comprobar ingresos ABIERTO AL POBLICO de 10:30 a.m. a 11:00 a.m. Todos los nifios cuyas edades sean de 2 a 18 afios son elegibles. No habr& alimentos disponibles para beb6s Habr almuerzos disponibles del 30 de junio al 1 de agosto, 2014 (cerrado el 4 de julio) , AUTO, COMMERCIAL, HOMEOWNERS & LIFE INSURANCE 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 "Moved with compassion, Jesus reached out I iim 'I am wil ing' He said 'Be h ;aled'-Ma: I I i N s v R A N C E S E R V I C E S I JAMES 21 YEARS OF REVERSE I SMITH MORTGAGE EXCELLENCE 301-702-7153 dthompsonci@hotmail.com Serving Avalon since 1981 St. License #584619 THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, July 4, 2014 1 A5 I I I li; l l l l l l -- l l -- l il