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winners annol Available Now! In Escrow! U.S. Marine Corps veteran Chris Hernandez and his daughter Ma.liori march with the Avalon VFW in the 4th of July Parade. Photo by Kristy Throndson FOR THE ISLANDER 3--"Uncle Sam/Twin Brother Fred" by Summer Love Cottage The 4th of July Parade Golf Cart/Float Winners were recently Moat Patriotic announced. The winners were: Most Creative 1--"Cyclone" by Catalina Island Company 2--"Avalon" by Catalina Kid Ventures 1---"First Responder Heros" by Kevin and Renee Macleod 2---"Living the Beach Life" by Catalina Island Medical Center 3--"Gilmore Cottage" by the Lone), family Best Theme 1---"Scoops" by Jerry Dunn & Family 2---"Green Family Vacation 1945 - 2018" by the Green Family 3--"Sunning at the Beach" by Margaret Warner Best in Show 1 - ' v on Mermaid" by the Nicols Family to sign Aunt Gertie, with my child- hood friend Paula Strother Thomas. She is one of the fun- niest women you'll ever meet! A doggone hoot for sure! Her book, "Potluck, Little Stories from a Big Table," is stuffed full of delightful tales about Paula, the Strother clan (seven children!) and her fas- cinating life. She'll be at the Avalon Library, 215 Sumner Ave on Catalina, Saturday, July 21, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to sign copies for everyone who'd love to have her book. It's a great read and I laughed so hard my cigar almost fell out of my mouth! Sheesh! Paula and I met in 1953 when my family moved to Seal Beach. I remember visiting the Strother home on many occasions and loving the warm, quaint atmo- sphere she grew up in. She talks about her sisters Kay and Cynthia becoming famous as the Bell Sisters in 1951. Their original song "Bermuda" sold nearly a million copies and they appeared in the movie "Those Redheads from Seattle" with Rhonda Fleming and Teresa Brewer, during their busy career. Seal Beach loved them! Paula and younger sister Alice bought the Seal Beach Pet Store and had the experi- ence of a lifetime, The python Aunt Gertie and Paula Strother Thomas (on right) named Monty broke out of his enclosure and nearly gave them a heart attack! They even had macaws that got loose, flew up a palm tree and had to be rescued by the Fire Department. Among her many hilarious adventures isthe time she spent with her best friend Yvonne De Armand. They were just like Lucy and Ethel from TV's "I Love Lucy." They even became cheerleaders at Huntington Beach High School in the '60s. Her husband Alan grew up on Catalina Island with a wild, adventurous spirit and a great sense of humor. Paula was 18' when she met him and later they got together in Avalon dur- ing several summers to work their way through college. They've now been married over 50 years! You may contact Paula at PaulaThomasPotluck@gmail. tom or call 714-321-2121. Karen Hadley, creator of Aunt Gertie, can be reached by surface mail at Karen Hadley, PO Box 34, Seal Beach, CA 90740, or emaU at Yodelon aol.com. FEATURED PROPERTIES /' 216 Whittley 4 Units = 2469 SF +/- Lot 3376 SF +/- Charming Victorian on the "Sunny Side of Town". Ocean & harbor views + large roof top deck. 3 units are short term rentals. Reduced to $1,675,000 28 Cabrillo 2 BD + Den, 3 baths On a corner lot overlooking the bluff. Super clean and ready for move in! In Escrow $799,000 Bahia Vista B41 1 BD, 1 1/2 BA 794SF +/- On the 3rd level. Ocean views, large deck with privacy walls. Vacation rental permit included. $440,000 Bahia Vista B36 2 BD,2 BA 1218 SF +/- Townhouse style. Furnished plus golf cart. Ocean and harbor view. 2 decks for entertaining or relmdng. CUP Included. $575,000 80 Sol Vista 2 BD, 2 BA 1176 SF +/- 2-story condo with open and bright floor plan. Private deck off living room perfect for entertaining. Rental permit and golf cart included. $560,000 I 11 Crescent $2,200,000 360 Clemente B43 $400,000 HC Villa 2-32 $499,000 64 Avalon Terrace $510,000 J 318 Descanso $574,000 HC Villa 2-37 $535,000 HC Villa 2-29 $530,000 27 Cabdllo $589,000 HC Villa 6-1 $699,000 HC Villa 13-43$1,000,000 IIW EMWMim IIIUIIWI Friday, JUly 13, 2018 ig