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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every Week - since 1914 FRIDAY July 18, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 29 WwW.TH ECATALiNAISLAN DER.COM BRI[[S Remembering Beaties Pattie Boyd's life changed forever when she met George Harrison on the set of A Hard Day's Night. She discussed it during the Catalina Island Museum's 50th anniversary screening of"A Hard Day's Night. See story, page 6 Water level decreases another 3 acre feet As of Thursday, July 10, the Thompson Reservoir water level measured 327 acre feet, a 3-acre foot decrease from the Thursday, July 3 measurement. Southern California Edison has already set Aug. 11 as the date for strict water rationing to begin in Avalon. Community Watch Meeting A Catalina Community Watch meeting, which is open to the public, will be held Tuesday, July 22, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Founders' Room (above US Bank). Jack Dedrick Passes Residents of Catalina were sad- dened to hear of the passing of long-time Avalon resident Jack Dedrick on July 9. A Marine Corps veteran of World War II and former professional football player for the Los Angeles Rams, Dedrick was perhaps best known locally for his numerous murals located in various Avalon estab- lishments. On The Water A famous grandfather takes a fishing charter. Meanwhile, tuna are being caught just off Catalina Island's shores. See story, page 4 Art show to support new charity foundation The newly-formed Catalina Island Foundation will hold an art show and sale on Aug. 1 and 2 to raise money for the community. See story, page 4 Swimmer seeks a record A heroic young swimmer from New Jersey has her sights set on Catalina Island to help her become the youngest person to successful complete the "triple crown" of long-distance swim- ming. See story, page 5 Sheriff's Log Two San Diego cruise ship visitors reported their wedding rings sto- len from their room. See story, page 15 CIMC discusses coverage The C!MC is seeking expanded coverage for Avalon workers. See story page 15 Council narrows down its priorities Water and Pebbly Beach Road among city's priorities BY CHARLES M. KELLY IN SYNC: Celeste Alvaro, Alessandra Chavolla, Kayla Tejeda, and Chelsea Ramirez appear'in their fancy clothes for a summer evening in downtown Avalon with the folks from CHOICES for a Lip Sync contest and Movie on the Beach, Photo by Carlos Martinez Avalon players present 'Harvey' Avalon Community Theater ixenls ductions, so to, Avalon has its Director Sean Brannock and team offer up a classic BY DENNIS KAISER It's summertime and the living is easy - especially on Catalina Island. Just as towns across America are rolling out the garden variety of small town performances in the open air such as the many Shakespeare in the Park like pro- share of home grown talent and entertainment. From summer concerts at the Wrigley Stage to the CHOICES Lip Sync contests, the fun keeps chugging along. As the summer hits its high point Avalon Community Theater, under the direction of the island city's own Bard, Scan Brannock will roll out a production of the famous story of "Harvey." Get ready to attend the show, July 25 - July 27, as, one Harvey, Page 2 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND00 [ Water-related issues dominated the Tuesday, July 15, Avalon City Council goal-setting study session. One council member proposed making Pebbly Beach Road safer. The meeting began at 4:30 p.m. so the regular meeting could fol- low the study session. City Manager Ben Harvey said the last council study session had produced 25 goals to pursue. Harvey suggested that each coun- cil member choose his or her indi- vidual priority. The three-water-related goals that emerged from the discussion were: explore the creation of a water district; identify fresh water resources and explore water recla- mation. Water Council Member Joe Sampson said two reservoirs needed to be dredged. Sampson has proposed dredging reservoirs since taking office. As for pursing the water dis- trict, Harvey said staff could come back and present to the council the pros and cons of creating a sepa- rate government agency to control water or having the city take over Council, Page 11 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: Goosing BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," avail- able at Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. Before we get to the meat and potatoes of this week's column, I'd like to person- ally extend an invitation to you, Dear Reader, to attend a short lecture I will be giv- ing next month at the Western Mu- seum of Flight in Torrance. You see, in between writing for this newspaper and managing a small hotel and showing the movie twice a week in the his- toric Avalon Theatre, I managed to produce and direct an award-winning documentary on the sea- plane history of Catalina Island. In 2011, "Wings Across the Channel" won a Superior Filmmaking award from the Las Vegas Interna- tion- Watson, Page 8 The pranks and practical jokes of Catalina's seaplane pilots over the years were legendary. (Photo courtesy Catalina Island Museum)