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Page 4 The CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, July 22, 2005 I I I III I II The The Catalina Islander welcomes letters of less considered original. than 500 words. Anonymous, third party or open The Catalina Islander reserves the right to edit letters will not be accepted. All letters must be signed letters Send letters to P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA and include printed name, address and phone90704, faxed to (310) 510-2882 or emailed to number of the author. Emailed letters will be catislander@catalina ISP.com I ] Mini golf threat Wednesday, July 14, 2004 my stomach settled in my feet as I watched three businessmen stand in front of the Miniature Golf course with what looked to be plans for something other than the golf course. They pointed here and there as if to verify that what they had on the paper in their hands would indeed be f ct. Whether or not they were from Vons or a vision- ing committee from somewhere doesn't matter. The fact.remains they were there, something most of us have dreaded. I should have written this letter then, but I didn't. Now it appears the miniature golf course is about to eliminated from Avalon. The lease between the Santa Catalina Island Company and the Miniature Golf course is about to be terminated and replaced with a Vons shopping center, etc. If you want to save this won- derful Miniature Golf course from being torn down and also to protest the proposed bii city inva- sion & keep the uniqueness of Avalon, immediately write or email the following: Santa Catalina Island Co. Avalon City Council Avalon Planning Commission Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce. ALl of these can be reached at the address: Avalon, CA 90704, or look them up on the intemet for email addresses. Thank you was always her favorite grand- daughter. When I arrived at my home in Sunset Beach, I discovered that my new husband of only one year had moved out while I was away. He had taken everything except my clothes and some of my per- sonal furniture. I didn't know what to do so I decided to go to Catalina Island to for your support[ So far you have clear my head. When I arrived on stalled the process. Keep up the the Island, I got in touch with a good work! No more Vons! Save friend who I had not seen in a few the Mini years. I spent five days hiking, S. Smyth resting and meeting the wonderful Avalon residents of Catalina Island. One day, I was reading the Memories of our Islander paper and discovered that there were many jobs listed, dear Uncle Frank and I was qualified to do many of them. Let me introduce myself to So, I went back to Sunset those of you who don't know me. Beach, packed a few more suit- My name is Loft Allen. I arrived cases, and headed back to the on Catalina Island in. March of Island to apply for them. 2003. One day, I was sitting at Pete's I had just gotten back from Plaza filling out an application. I Tucson, Arizona where I had heard the most beautiful tenor buried my dear grandmother, voice, singing "God.Bless Ameri- Wilma Lucille Weil. She was the ca," that I had ever heard. I got up sweetest lady I ever knew and I from my chair and followed that voice into the Barber Shop. That arrived, he directed them over to was the day I met "Uncle Frank." the lockers and proceeded to I was having a very painfulempty my belongings into the time that day. My right hand was taxi. swollen and throbbing. Somehow We drove up to 51 Banning Frank sensed that, because he and started carrying my stuff up directed me to sit right down in the stairs. I thought I was never his barber chair. He then put a going tostop climbing stairs! glove on that was a hand vibrator, But finally, we arrived at his and began to massage my aching apartment. He walked in, cleared hand while he sang me another out half his closet, half his dresser song. drawers and said, "Sorry for the I was so relieved from thismess, but if you'll clean it, you massage that tears began to roll can stay here for a little while. down my face because I was so But, on the weekends there's grateful, another friend who comes to the As the days went on, I would Island to do massages, so you'll stop by and say hello to Frank have to let her sleep in the little everyday. I craved the songs he bed and you'll have to take the sang, and I was very grateful for floor." I was very grateful and the friendship because I was very started cleaning. sad over my husband leaving me. Over the summer, we all The day before Motheg's Day, became very good friends. I got a 2003, I was sitting at my regular job bartending at first, and then spot atPete'sPlaza, was fortunate enough to be I was having a challenging day appointed to assist Shirley Davy because I had lost my room that I in the City Clerk's Office. was renting due to the fact that What I'd like to do is start a the landlord had a friend whom column entitled "Uncle Frank." I she wanted to rent to the room to, would like to invite everyone to instead of me. I was trying to fig- send.in letters of stories and ure out what to do when Frank memories of this beloved man came up to me and asked, who made such an impact on all "What's wrong?" of our lives. If it wasn't for Frank I looked at him and said, "Oh Saldana, I would never have been Frank, I don't know what to do. able to stay. I would have proba- My daughter is coming to the bly left with my daughter the next Island tomorrow for Mother's day. Thank you Frank for believ- day, and I don't want her to know ing in me and giving me a chance I'm homeless." to stay on this Island. Frank looked at me and said, Lori Allen "Follow me, where's your stuff?." Avalon I said, "They're right over there in the lockers." He went into the (Send your submissions to barber shop, called a taxi, and Memories of Uncle Frank said, "Let's go." When the taxi catislander@catlinalSP.com.) COCKTAIL CRUISE Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays Open Bar! Open Bar! $39per adult 21 & over * Open party Sportfishing 1/2 Day Limited Load Saturdays: $69, adults or $49, kids under 16 Private Sportfishing. on Shamrock I or Shamrock II 6 pack or groups up to 49 Please call for quote & availability Sundays at Two Harbors! 8-hour Land & Sea Adventure "Cheeseburger in Paradise" lunch & 45 min. walking tour included $89, adults or $59, kids under 16 Reservations required for all trips 310- (3474) or see us at the Bright Yellow Hut across from the basketball courts on Pebbly Beach Rd. Report for Monday, July 11 Rescue 6 to CIMC. patient was taken to CIMC for through Sunday. July 18 3:21 p.m. - Baywatch and evaluation. Monday, July 11 - 1:50 p.m. Rescue 6 were called to the Glen- 8:48 p.m. - Rescue 6 and Bay- - Baywatch Avalon responded to more hotel for a 21-year-old watch were called to assist a per- Descanso Beach for a 16-year-old female with a severe sunburn, son injured in a fall. The patient, male who dislocated his shoulder. The patient was transported to a 63-year-old man, injured b is Rescue 6 transported the patient CIMC. ribs when he tripped and fell to Catalina Island Medical Center Wednesday, July 13 '-- 6:15down the stairs in front of his for xrays, p.m. - Rescue 6 and Baywatch home. He was immobilized and Tuesday, July 12 - 12:57 p.m. were called to check on the wel- taken to CIMC for xrays. - Baywatch Avalon and Avalon fare of an elderly man. TheThursday, July 14- 9:50 a.m. Fire" responded to a 15-year-old patient, an 82-year-old male, was - Harbor Patrol, City and County female who fainted. The patient disoriented after suffering from fire units and Baywatch were was treated and transported by the flu for the past four days. The called to assist an Express boat I I m (ll[[I] .flOP (310) 510-0416 w,vw. buoysandl~ulls.com which suffered and engine room fire. The boat was escorted to Float 1 where it landed on its own power with the assistance of the Harbor Patrol. A number of passengers and crew members were exposed to and inhaled smoke. As Express crew unload- ed passengers from the boat, fire- fighters inspected the engine room to assure that the fire was contained and extinguished. At least seven people were treated for smoke inhalation and expo- sure, the most serious of which, a 24-year-old crewman of the Express, was taken to CIMC to be evaluated by a physician. 2:30 p.m. - Rescue 6 and Baywatch responded to a restau- rant for a report of a pe on hav- ing a stroke. The patient, a 77- year-old man, became disorient- ed while sitting down to have lunch. He was treated at the scene and taken to CIMC for fur- ther care. Saturday, July 16th 4:35 p.m. Baywatch Avalon and Rescue 6 responded to the home of a 56 year old female complaining of anxiety. The patient was assessed and trans- ported to Catalina Island Medical Center in Rescue 6 for further