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Tttlill)tt SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 97, ISSUE 31 S U00IL| "Before ,She Was Marilyn" opening reception Although a brief period that is " _ often ignored by historians, this candid and often disturbing exhibi- tion reveals the pivotal importance of this period in Marilyn'g life. Opening reception for this exhibit will be at the Catalina Island Museum Saturday, Aug. 6, 6 to.9 p.m. [Free movie on the beach CHOICES Will be sponsoring more free movies on the Beach. Friday night free movie: In conjunction with the opening of the Marilyn Monroe exhibition, the museum is sponsoring a Free showing of one_ of Marilyn Monroe's most popu- lar films "Some Like It Hot." The movies begin at approx. 8 p.m. on South Beach. "The Goonies" will be shown on Monday Aug. 8, Avalon's political district boundaries may shift If the latest draft of electoral boundaries are finalized on Monday, Aug. 15,Catalina Island and San Clemente Island will shift from the 27th Senatorial District of Alan Lowenthal to the new, predominately coastal, 26th Senatorial District presided over by Ted Lieu. See story, page 7. Leonhardi retin)s from Lockerroom Restaurant AI Leonhardi arrived for his final shift at The Lockerroom on Friday evening July 22 at 6 pm, It was a bittersweet moment for him, and an oddly quiet evening for the mid- dle of summer. See story, page 2. Gathering to Honor the late Dale Maeder Dale Maeder passed away unex- pectedly on Oct. 23, 2010 after suffering a cardiac arrest. A gath- ering is being planned in Avalon - on Sunday,. Aug. 14, to remember and honor Maeder, his music and his faith. See story, page 9. On Island Art opens for besi- ness and classes Kelly Callaghan-Skoff opened her studio this summer in the El Encanto Courtyard. On Island Art is now open'on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and takes reservations for pre- arranged classes on Friday nights. See story, page 6. Chamber of Commerce wel- comes new- officers The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce welcomed new officers and directors at the Chamber's Thursday, July 21 meeting. Catrina Await of Two's Company and Tiffany's of Catalina is chairman of the board. See story, page 3 , Approximately 200 people participated during the National Night Out hosted by the Avalon Sheriff's Station on Tuesday August 2. The event is a unique Cdme and Drug Prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. Over 50 kids were fingerprinted for their personal Operation Kid Print booklet. Materials on person- al safety, bullying and emer- gency preparedness were also handed out. The event was designed to heighten crime and d'rug prevention aware- ness and strengthen commu- nity spirit and police/commu- nity partnerships. A special tip of the hat to Blanny Hagenah who funded the McGruff Crime Fighting Dog costume. Seen in the photo here are: left to right (fop): Sebastian Aguallo, McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog, Kevin Peguere, and Vanessa Perez (bottom) Esmeralda .Hemandez, Klka Romo, and Andrea Aguallo. Marin:. Oldest Island native BY DENNIS KAISER At 91 Years old, John Marin, is thought to be the oldest living Ava- lon resident this summer who was born on Catalina. "In all our research, K'.,= John does seem to be the oldest of those born here," said Chuck Liddell, Cata- lina historian and also a lifelong Island resident. "He's a very friendly guy  :ii and loves to tell lais sto- ties.'" He has gathered many in his time, "I'm feeling great today," Matin said on Wednesday this week. It was a good day for him to re- member the Island's history, much of which Marin saw unfold fight before his eyes. Marin was born on March 30, 1920, to Mike "Flying Fish Mike" and' Mary Marinco- vich, who also tlad Marin,s siblings Nick, Vince, Mitch and Kay. His fatherwas a fisher- man who used to catchfly- ing fish with fellow sports- fishermen and use them as bait to catch marlin and swordfish. The family's home was built in, 1929 on Marilla Street, which was once known as Vinegar Hill. The story is told that during the '30s prohibition era some Islanders made moonshine while other made wine and smashed their grapes in their basements. When revenue agents found "their stills, they would break them open and let the moonshine run down the streets. When the moonshine fermented, it took on the smell of vinegar: "The Wrigley's helped build the house, and carried us' through the Depression telling our family to pay when you can," Matin said, adding that he still spends his sum- mer in the same family home. Marin, Page 8 . ,.,*w* August 5, 2011 MACHAD,O FIELD GETS S150K IN OTHER NEWS, COUNCIL RAISES AMBULANCE FEES BY CHARLES M.KELLY The Avalon City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 2, authorized staff to apply for a $150,000 grant to fur- ther improve Joe Machado Field. "The city was notified that Su- pervisor (Don)Knabe has assisted in securing $150,000"in grant funds from the Los Angeles County Re- gional Park and Open Space Dis- trict to use for park recreation, open space or improvement projects," wrote Administrative Analyst Au- dra McDonald'in her staff report to the council. Knabe notified Avalon of the grant ina July 14 letter to Mayor Robert Kennedy.. "The previous grant funds as- sisted in the current improvements, however additional site work in- cluded in the original bid had to be shelved due to the limits in fund- ing," McDonald wrote. "The city now has an opportunity with these additional grant funds to complete a majority of the work that remains." Pebbly Beach Road City Attorney Scott Campbell said the Pebbly Beach Road project is now before the California Coastal Commission. Campbell said staff hoped to receive approval for the project to re-open the road by September or October. If Avalon receives approv- Council, Page 7 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This week: The Wreck of K-111 BY-JIM WATSON From the dusty, formerly Top Secret files of Catalina's "wartime mysteries" comes one of the more tragic events to occur on the Island, along with the mystery that still surrounds it. As is often the case with military operations gone wrong, official ver- sions can curiously differ from the eye-- witness accounts of those who found themselves unfortunate participants. Such was the case with the wreck of U.S. Navy airship K-Ill in 1944; an event which claimed the lives of seven Navy airmen and remains to this day the worst aviation disaster in Catalina's history. For most Islander's living on the Is- land during the Second World War, the war years were at once both dark and yet at the same time filled with a spirit 'of camaraderie and shared sacrifice. Within weeks of the attack on Pearl Harbor, tourism to the was cut off completely, leaving most residents to fend for themselves and to quite lit- erally live off the land. The original memorial leaflet for the crew members of U.S. Navy airship K-111, which crashed into the hills above Avalon in October of 1944 killing a total of seven Others, including those who joined" crewmen. An interview in the 1990s with one of the survivors tells a different story of the crash from the official Navy version. Photo courtesy Catalina Island Museum Mystery, page 3