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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 F DAY July 25, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 30 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM BRi[FS Reservoir water level decreases 4 acre feet As of Thursday, July 17, the Thompson Reservoir measured 323 acre feet, a 4-acre-foot decrease from the Thursday, July 10, measurement of 327 acre feet. Avalon goes into Stage 2 water rationing Aug. 11. Harvey comes to the stage This weekend the stage will be alive with one of America's favor- ite cinematic classics. Harvey by Mary Chase will be performed by the Avalon Community Theater group. See story, page 7 Drought resistant garden of the Week to be featured In this drought of 2014 the Catalina Islander wants to encour- age water conservation. Email us a photo of your drought resistant garden and we will publish it in the paper. Send emails to editor@ Bald eagles thriving Bald eagles were nearly wiped out from their native habitat in the Channel Islands by the wide- spread use of DDT. However, just like the fox on Catalina Island the birds appear to be making stun- ning comebacks, news comes now of similar successes for the bald eagle. See story, page 15 Teen and Tween Art Workshops at'Avalon Ubrary Stand-alone art workshops for youth will be held from 10 a.m.- noon on Saturday, July 26, at the Avalon Library. Admission is free. Call the library at (310) 422-1406 to reserve a spot. On The Water Capt. John King takes nostalgic tour of the Isthmus Yacht Club that will be celebrating 150 years in August. See story, page 4 Softball season chugs along Friday nights under the lights continued as Bravo's Landscaping and Straight Up Builders are vic- torious. See story, page 2 A Hard Day's Night screening draws from afar Two friends from Virginia recently proved how far they would go to view A Hard Day's Night and meet Pattie Boyd, former wife of George Harrison. See story, page 10 Letter to the Editor A visitor thanks everyone who helped him when he suffered a heart attack here a year ago. See story, page 5 The Catalina Island Conservancy sp~psored the 2014.Summer year's Summer Naturalists are, fro~:i~; Tanya Camper, I ina Group to help fill funding void left by Church Mouse BY JIM WATSON Like communities everywhere, Avalon has a continuing need for funding for local community pro- grams such as scholarships, food programs for the elderly, youth groups, substance abuse pro- grams, as well as sports programs Naturalists, who help educate the public and support tourism on the Island. This Kaeli Flask& Bobby Pfeiffer and Hanna Mogensen. See Story, page 12 Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Conservancy D and programs for the arts to name a few. Unfortunately, local funding for such programs took a big hit in the last year with the departure from the scene of the Church Mouse Invitational, an annual fishing tournament that netted local civic programs and organizations mil- lions of dollars over the two-plus decades of its existence. Now, a new foundation has been formed to help fill in the monetary void left behind. Last June, a group of philanthropic, Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: Guadalcanal As Catalina Water Resources board issues 270-day emergency rule BY CHARLES M. KELLY 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. From our "Wartime Mysteries" department comes a little historical oddity concerning Catalina Island and a case of mis- taken identity that first came to my attention while researching my civic-minded Islanders and main- landers established the Catalina Island Foundation, a new chari- table initiative operating under the auspices of the San Diego Foundation formed with the inten- tion of providing much-needed funding to qualifying community. groups. "Without the Church Mouse a lot of these service groups quickly found themselves without fund- ing," said Mike Rivkin, one of five principals in the new organi- Foundation, Page 13 The state may mandate water conservation even as Avalon approaches Stage 2 water ration- ing. The California Water Resources Control Board recently approved a temporary emergency regula- tion requiring local communities throughout the state to conserve water. The regulation could be approved as soon as Aug. 1. Avalon begins water rationing on Aug. 11. "SCE is reviewing the California Water Resources Control Board's proposed emergency regulation to assess whether it applies to us," said Lauren Bartlett of Southern California Edison's Media Relations Team. The state's water board on Tuesday, July 15, approved an emergency regulation requiring providers throughout the state to conserve water. According to a statement issued by the water board, the emergency regulation will probably take effect around Aug. 1. According to the water board, the emergency regu- lation will remain in effect for 270 days unless it is extended because of the drought, which has now Water, Page 11 documentary Channel." During the Empire "Wings Across the early years of World War II in the Pacific The- atre, the island chain in the South Pacific known as the Solomons (the is- land of Guadalcanal in particular) was the scene of some of the first major confrontations between the armed forces of the United States and the of Japan. Watson, Page 13 Japanese soldiers during World War II mistook the tropical shores of the South Pacific island of Guadalcanal for Catalina. Photo courtesy of Geolocation