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Music Fest From page A1 true hit and before long it took the country by storm. Dick Clark called it "the first surfer hit." The group was featured in LIFE Magazine and frequently appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and American Bandstand. Belland explains the story behind "26 Miles" like this: "On a sweltering August day in the late 50's, I cut my summer school .class at Hollywood High and headed for the beach with my buddies. "That afternoon, flaked out on the sand after a couple hours of surfing, one of the guys pointed out Catalina in the distance and speculated that it was 'around 26 miles' away. I picked up my uku- lele - which was a definite "chick magnet" in those days - and began to compose a song called "26 Miles (Across the Sea)." Bruce Belland "While it is true that I had never set foot on Catalina when I wrote about its charms, I knew them well. "For the first 10 years of my life, my family lived in Chicago and every April, while the Windy City was still shivering in the cold, I would see newsreel foot- age at the local movie house of my beloved Chicago Cubs in short sleeved shirts, happily engaged in spring training on a tropical island paradise called Catalina, where the sun shone brightly and exotic palm trees swayed in the background. "I promised myself that some day I would visit that magical place. Little did I know..." More than 10 million copies later, Belland was recently hon- ored with a certificate from the Broadcasting Industry saluting the one-millionth broadcast perfor- mance of the song. Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys cited the song as one of his high school favorites. A chapter in Jimmy Buffett's best- selling autobiography also bears the name of the influential song. When asked about his return to the Catalina Island Museum Fourth of July Music Festival, Belland said, "I've sung "26 Miles" thousands of times every- where from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall. But nothing's as much fun as singing it on July 4th while overlooking the harbor on Catalina with hundreds of sun- kissed, fun lovers singing along. It just doesn't get any better than that!" Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and find the best spot at Casino Point. View Avalon's spectacular fire- works from one of the best van- tage points on the island. This event will be one of the most memorable and exciting 4th of July celebrations ever! Today at Casino Point! 3 p.m. - Doors Open 4 p.m. - Fighting Chance 6 p.m. - Something 8 p.m. - Bruce Belland of The Four Preps Sings "26 Miles" 8:30 p.m. - Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco Band 9 p.m. - Avalon's Fireworks 9:15 p.m. - Mudbugs Cajun & Zydeco Band Resumes Tickets for this year's Fourth of July Music Festival are on sale now! Tickets are $8 for member of the museum and $10 for general admission. Please call 310-510- 2414, visit the museum in person, or go to the events page at www. to purchase your tickets! The Catalina Island Museum is Avalon's sole institution devoted to art, culture and history. The museum, its digital theater and store are located on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casino and are open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website: CatalinaMuseum. org. Water From page A1 ing, said it was necessary to set a date for water rationing in order to meet with the public notice requirements. Lawrence was one of several Edison representatives who updat- ed the council on the water situa- tion Tuesday. Lawrence said Edison cus- tomers would receive a reference guide on how to read their water meter. Lawrence said Edison had received several variance requests for larger drinking water allot- ments. He said they were being looked .... at. Edison's Ron Jensen said that following a complaint, Edison found that the water in the Howland well did not meet the state's secondary drinking water standards. He said sea water might have intruded into the well. Edison has issued an advisory to Edison customers. Another Edison rep- resentative said water was being trucked to the West End of the Island to serve kitchens in the four coves west of Two Harbors. Council Member Sampson said a lot of water was being sent from Avalon to the West End. Sampson said he thinks Edison should be barging in water to the Island. Later, Council Member Oley Olsen said if Edison barges over water, the ratepayers on the Island would have to pay for it. Council Member Richard Hernandez said he was concerned about the potential impact of water rationing enforcement on private water suppression systems opn the island. City Attorney Scott Campbell said state law specifically pro- tected the city from any liability in that situation. Sampson complained he had not received a document he requested two months ago listing all of the fresh water assets on the Island. Later, Sampson said he did not want a temporary solution that would have the council dis- cussing the water issue. Sampson has called for dredging existing wells and would like Edison to increase the output of the deesali- nation plant. Mayor Anni Marshall said she recently met with a group that is looking into water reclamation. "If it rains, it's not going to stop," Marshall said, referring to efforts to improve Avalon's water supply. City Manager Ben Harvey proposed that the council hold a study session on water. NEED HO VIE LOAN? 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