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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week since 1914 one Cll'l‘lllrlllll Alyssa Carson, 20, seen on the right, was certified to go into space before she got her learner's permit to drive a car. Inspiring “a astronaiii, : trainee Alyssa Carson, to visit Catalina Island FOR THE CATALINA lSLANDER Astronaut trainee Alyssa Carson has always looked to the sky. Now 20, Alyssa knew she want— Led to go to Mars the» age of 3". She attended her first space camp when she was five and never looked back, only up. After a handful of years attend- ing every space training for kids that she could find, NASA invit- ed her at lZ-years—old to discuss future missions to Mars as part of the MER (Mars Exploration Rovers). A year later, she was giv- ing a TEDx talk in Greece. Not long after that, Carson became the: 'i‘imgest person ' to be accer to; the gious Advanced .PoSSUM space; Academy (the small “0” is part of its name), where she received the certification in applied astronau- tics, officially making her certi— fied to do a sub-orbital research flight and venture into the cos- mos. This has been the life of Alyssa Carson. She was certified to go into space before she had her FRIDAY August 06, VOLUME 107 ISSUE 32 WWW.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM Courtesy photo driving learner’spermit- She had a private pilot’s license before she was licensed to drive a car. Nearly two decades on, Carson is one of the best-known young space enthusiasts in the world. She has a massive social media following focused on the next American phase of space explo- ration. Carson knows what she wants and remains steely focused on Mars, Page Bierman Brothers make it to the big stage on Catalina After a decade of busking, the twins to play Wrigley Stage FOR THE CATALINA lSLANDER After a decade of Visiting and busking on Catalina Island, the Bierman Brothers return to Catalina Island Aug. 19, this time on the big Wrigley Stage, and they are excited. The identical twins, now 18, remember their jaunts on Catalina beginning at age 8. “Chad and I started going to Catalina around eight years old,” said Sean Bierman. Since then, the Bierman Brothers have Visited about four times a year with their family. The Long Beach natives say their family “loves Catalina” and accordingly, they have V'i d the x ‘K " island regularly while growing up. The Bierman Brothers began learning to play guitars in grade school and as they learned, they began to play music on the island as boys. They remember playing in small groups and to anyone willing to listen. Over the years, as their musical abilities grew, so did their audienc- es on Catalina Island. What began as busking by the beach and on street comers, quickly transformed into impromptu gigs at places like Pete’s Café or entertaining from the back of their parents’ boat (“The 6-pack O’Bier”). Earlier this summer, the Bierman boys caused a commotion when they gave a one-hour concert from the back of their parents’ new boat parked in Avalon Bay. “We had big crowds surround- ing us on paddleboards, kayaks and dinghies for a one-hour show Courtesy photo Brothers, page 5 Bierman Brothers will return to Catalina Island on Aug. 19. City Finance director cautiously optimistic Short term rental tax, visitor driven revenues expected to be higher than June 2019 ‘ BY CHARLES M. KELLY Avalon Finance Director Matthew Baker told the council he was cautiously optimistic about‘the city’s revenues on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Baker said information about June 2021 transient occupancy taxes (TOT) and visitor-driven revenues were still coming in. “So far, it looks like June is going to be a really strong month, fol- lowing up a record-setting month in May,” Baker said. “Cross channel wharfage is going to be up compared to pre- COVID June 2019 by about 10% and I expect TOT’s going to be up more than that,” Baker said. Revenues, Page 5 Avalon Harbor officer gets Medal of Valor This is first time honor has been given to someone from outside agency BY CHARLES M. KELLY Retired Harbor Patrol Officer William Flickinger awarded the Lifeguard Medal of Valor last weekend. This was the first time some- one from an outside agen- cy received the LA County Lifeguard Medal of Valor, according to Avalon Harbor Master Orne Carstarphen. City officials attended the awards banquet at the King Harbor Yacht Club in Redondo Beach last weekend. Harbor Master Carstarphen and Harbor Patrol Officer Curt Cameron accepted the award on Flickinger’s behalf. Flickinger was honored for saving Cameron’s life last year. Valor, Page 5