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k~r. Dive fundraiser held Divers descend into the water for the 14th annual Gold Star Dive fundraising event. A Los Angeles from the mainland who came to support the event, shows off her star. Photos by Jennifer Leonhadi Sheriff's Department deputy The 14thAnnual Gold Star Dive was held Saturday, July 21, at the Casino Point Underwater Park. The event, which was hosted by the Avalon Sheriff's Station, got off to a great s.tart and the divers hit the water at 11:30am. The non-profit Gold Star Dive began in1997. It was established to help support the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department youth programs and the Catalina Hyper- baric Chamber. It is held each year in July at the Casino Point Underwater Dive Park adjacent to the famous landmark Casino. This 2;'ear there were nearly 60 divers who participated in the late morning dive, which was ]~ollowed by an incredible tri-tip lunch and a drawing for great prizes. Each of the participating divers received a commemorative T-Shirt, a solid Choco- late Star and a "goodie" bag filled with great stuff. The raffle prizes donated by com- munity businesses were valued at over $10,000 and further helped raise funds for this great event. Altogether, nearly $8000 was raised for the Youth Athletic League and the Hyperbaric Chamber. Letters to the Editor are welcome and invited! Send us your letters to "the editor via emai/ed@, U.S. mail: 10I Marilla Ave Avalon CA. 90704 or fax (310) 510=2882. For verification only, we'll need your contact information, i.e name, addressand telephone number. No anonymous letters will be published. 2. file your fictitious business name statements here We do the work for you. Filing & Publishing for $8~- Publishing only $45 $7 per name extra Catalina Islander 510.0500 REPORTER WANTED The Catalina Islander is seeking a part-time on-Island reporter. Skills include news gathering, writing, editing and photography. Please email resume to Eagle Cam Addicts meet in Avalon Some bald eagles migrate. And ' in this case, so do their dedicated human fans. Soaring into Catalina from all points across the country, 30 members of the Facebook-based group Eagle Cam Addicts flocked to Avalon for their 2nd Annual ECA Catalina Lunch and Tour. The two-day event included a lunch at Mi Casita where guest speaker Institute for Wildlife Stud- ies biologist Steffani Jijon provided an overview of the Channel. Islands Bald Eagle Restoration Project. Participants also enjoyed an all- day tour of the interior provided by the Catalina Conservancy and driver Richie Ponce. This tour treated mem- bers to a live demonstration with IWS educational eagles Hydi and Pimu at Middle Ranch, a glimpse of Catalina's Island fox, Tachi, and a picnic lunch at Little Harbor. The highlight of the tour was the oppor- tunity to watch the Two Harbors bald eagles, K81 and K82, soar above the group of fans at Two Harbors. Among the group members at- tending the event were former NBC reporter Jennifer Bjorklund and her fianc6, NBC reporter Jona- than Lloyd. Local videographer John Talksy donated his services to document the group adventure. The ECA raised over $1,100 in support of the IWS and the Catali- na bald eagles through the Catalina event and plans are already under- way for another fly-in to Avalon for next year. The group address on Face- book is: https://www.facebook. com/groups/mosteen/. To watch bald eagles live from four Channel Islands eagle cams or learn more about restoration efforts, visit this site: tive nestchat allUstream.html. 6 1 Friday, July 27, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER