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on Visitors were amazed at the underwater wonders BY'JEANNINE L. PEDERSEN Glassbottom boats are one of Catalina Island's earliest attrac- tions. Documented as early as 1899, Catalina may have been the very first place to offer a glassbot- Softball From page 2 For Chet's Hardware, Aimee Casillas, Rocky Sillas, Caitlin Lopez, Val Medina and Susie Budd all had two hits. Sheylka Moreno, Sarah Glahn and Lisa Cole con- tributed one hit each. For Straight Up Builders, Keani Hooikaika, Vicky Rogers and Mindy Malan all collected two hits. Nickey Kennedy, Marisa Morones, Callie Moreno, Marisela Rodriguez and Jennifer Smith all had one hit. The second game of the night was between Lins Ladies and Maggie's Blue Rose. Lins Ladies turned four walks and a base hit into four runs. Two walks, five base hits, doubles from Lupe Sanchez, Teri Alexander, Aliana Gonzales and Rachel McCormick added up to nine runs for Lins Ladies. Lins Ladies added two more in the third and four in the fourth. Maggies Blue Rose got on the board in the bottom of the fourth. With time expired, three walks and three base hits brought home five runs. The game ended with the score Maggies' Blue Rose 5, Lins Ladies 19. For Maggie's Blue Rose, Sara hall, Mirta Mora, Maria Reyes and Betty Tejeda col- lected one hit. For Lins Ladies, Rachel McCormick and Larina Cassidy were three for three. Lupe Sanchez was two for two. Tina Garcia, Lyndsey Salmeron, Teri Alexander, Aliana Gonzalez, Maria Morones, Eileen Torres- Zeller; Cyndee Mahan and Teresa Hernandez all contributed one hit. FREE SUMMER LUNCHES FOR CHILDREN AT AVALON SCHOOL ALMUERZOS DE VERANO GRATIS PARA LOS NINOS EN LA ESCUELA AVALON al in the Sky July 19th & Sept. 6th Make Reserva{Jofl Now! tom boat ride. (Although, Florida The Phoenix is seen in her glory above. At residents might argue with that right, Edgar Harrison was one of the divers statement.) The first glassbottom boats were rowboats with glass-paneled bottoms. The glassbottom boats were designed for optimal view- ing of and traveled to the best spots around Avalon to observe the spectacular marine gardens. Early passengers were amazed by the kelp forests and the abun- dance of fish in Catalina's Waters. They would also be entertained by glassbottom boat divers who would swim under the glass and point out interesting marine life. Edgar Harrison was one of the famous professional glassbottom boat divers on Catalina Island. He would dive for abalone shells, sea urchins and other marine life requested by enthusi- astic observers. Edgar and a few other glassbot- tom boat divers could stay under water for a very long time. Harrison's record dive was 3 minutes and 51 seconds. that delighted guests of the glass bottom boat adventures. Photos courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum Many people remember the glassbottom side-wheelers that were built to accommodate the increased number of visitors who wanted to enjoy the Island's incredible marine gardens. The side-wheelers were con- structed with viewing wells that gave visitors a more comfortable way to enjoy the Island's unique sea life. One of the most beloved glassbottom boats was the M. V. Phoenix. The Phoenix was added to the Santa Catalina Island Company fleet in 1931 and was considered to be one of the world's largest gl~issbottom boats and introduced thousands of visitors to Catalina's amazing undersea gardens for over 60 years. In 1995 the Phoenix was retired and purchased by the Balboa Fun Zone in Newport Harbor. Most recently the M.V. Phoenix was purchased by Rick Parker who had plans of taking her 450 miles to the coastal town of Martinez, north of San Francisco and con- verting her into a dockside Cajun restaurant. However, during her voyage north on June 11, 2006 the Phoenix sank in 500 feet of water off the coast of Malibu, California. Today, the glassbottom boats remain one of the Island's most popular tours and visitors have the option of viewing the sub- marine gardens by traditional glass-paneled bottomed boats or by descending below sea level for optimal viewing aboard one of the exciting semi-submersible tours. 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) // if/ July 11 through July 17 Shows Nightly at 7:30pm Rated PG- 13 Admission: Adult $15.00, Senior or Child $13.00 Matinee - Saturday & Wednesday 4:30pm Admission: Adult $10.00, Senior or Child $8.00 Every Tuesday $8.00 Admission For More Information Call 310-510-0179 THE CATALINA ISLANDE~ .................................................................................................................................................................................................................... Fridayl Juiy 1ii 201~4 i S