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VOLU SERVING CATALINA ME 98, ISSUE 32 ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 FRIDAY August 10, 2012 4G BRI[FS 'Mysterious Island' is now a book by Jim Watson Local filmmaker and Catalina Islander columnist Jim Watson has announced the release of his new book "Mysterious Island: Catalina." The 120-page book is currently available for purchase in local Avalon stores as well as on Amazon And Amazon Kindle. See story, page 11 Tuna Club tour set The Tuna Club, the birthplace of sport fishing, offers tours of its clubhouse only once a year. This year's tour will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Only a maximum of 60 tickets will be sold. See story," page 10 Softball standings tighten Straight Up Builders defeated Bravo's Lanscaping, 12-6. Catalina Express decimated Glenmore Hotel, 27-8. See story, page 4 Hayes to wed Hutcherson Avalon residents Mike and Heidi Hayes recently announced the engagement of Caitlin Rose Hutcherson to their son, Nicholas Michael Hayes. See story, page 10 Film Society presents 'Home Run Showdown' The Catalina Film Society will screen "Home Run Showdown" at 3 p.m Saturday, Aug. 11 in the Hotel Metropole Conference Room, 205 Crescent Ave. See story, page 12 Harbor Report July 2012 The "Fourth Frenzy" started the weekend before the actual holiday, with many boats arriving early in order to increase their chances of securing a mooring. Unlike Previous Fourth of July holidays, Avalon enjoyed warm weather and clear skies. See story, page 3 KISL's Meet the Voice: Radio Free Catalina Steve Shawver, Mark and Gayle Tasca, Paul Thetreau and Jeff McKinion make up the core of the Radio Free Catalina gang. Saturday night from 9 p.m. to mid- night, RFC hits the local airwaves. See story, page 2 New Wrigley exhibit opens at Island Museum Synonymous with chewing gum and the Chicago Cubs, William Wrigley Jr. was one of the world's greatest businessmen. "A Democratic Dream: William Wrigley Jr. and Catalina Island" will tell the story of how his busi- ness empire changed the course of American history." See story, page 12 Three generations of the Riley clan gathers for its family reunion outside Armstrong's Seafood Restaurant and Fish market on what would have been their late patriarch and Iongtime Catalina resident George Riley's 99th birthday. See the full story on page 6. Courtesy photo I EVENT TURNS 22 THIS YEAR AND CONTINUES TO MAKE SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS TO CITY AND VlSlTORS event have risen since the event's humble beginnings. Over the years, the tournament has donated in ex- cess of $886,000 to Avalon youth groups. "It started simple," Butte said. "We didn't want BY DENNIS KAISER to compete with other fishing tournaments. We just wanted a simple brown bag lunch event with teams The 22nd Annual Church Mouse Marlin Invita- each throwing in a hundred bucks. We did not have a tional is set for Aug. 27 and 28. Competitive anglers bunch of rules except to go out and catch some fish." will be dropping their lines from boats off the Cata- The legend of the Church Mouse begins with lina coast, a bump in visitor counts zz" Bob Butte and some fellow angler to the Island will help boost Ava- friends, in a hilltop garage in Mar Ion's economy over that weekend Vista with a clear view of Catalina and someone will throw a pie in the Island. There they would gather in harbormaster's face. Yes, he'll be J the late afternoon and discuss fish- pied and someone will pay dearly ~ ing and other topics. One day they for the honor, found themselves lamenting the So what is the Church Mouse rising cost of local marlin fishing event? tournaments. "It's - a three-day party" said So they reasoned, why not start Carol Butte, who with her husband their own? And keep it simple. But Bob, family and friends has orga- who should run it? nized the fishing tournament since it began 22 years The Church Mouse and his well-organized wife, ago. of course, they decided. Bob Butte had earned the A party" and a lot of fun it may be, but it's one with nickname "Church Mouse" for his habit of leaving heart and a cause the children of Avalon. Last year, the group's gatherings early, so why not assign him for example, the Church Mouse event raised and do- the task when he wasn't there to object? nated $61,000 to programs for Avalon's youth. Over From all its tongue in cheek beginnings, the tour- the years, hundreds of thousands ofdollars have been nament morphed over the years into a highly--respect- raised for the cause. However, donations from the Churehmouse, Page 8 Council approves ordinance reopening Pebbly Beach Road COASTAL COMMISSION WANTS ROAD REOPENED WITHOUT ROCKSLIDE MITIGATION BY CHARLES M. KELLY The City Council took the first step toward restoring Pebbly Beach Road this week. The Avalon City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 7, approved the first reading of an ordinance that will remove restrictions on traveling on Pebbly Beach Road. The second reading will likely take place at the next council meeting and become law 30 days later, The council acted after the Cali- fornia Coastal Commission asked Avalon to 'reopen the road even though the California Department "of Finance will not allow the Avalon Counc~ Page 5 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Scientology-Catalina Island Connection BY JIM WATSON What with the split up of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in the tabloids these days, I thought it-might be a good time to visit a lit- tle-known connection between Catalina Island and the Church of Scientology, specifically its founder L. Ron Hubbard. As you know if you read the tabloids or sim- ply scan the magazine covers while waiting in line at Vons, Cruise and Holmes are in splits- ville ostensibly because ofthe former's alleged overzealous relationship with that arcane reli- gious outfit. But what many people don't know is that L. Ron Hubbard actually lived and worked on Catalina for a short time and it is said that he actually wrote the book Dianetics (the Scientologist's "bible," if you will) while living on the Island. Since Dianetics was the culmination of years of research and philosophical thought on the part of Hubbard, and since the book wasn't published until nearly four years after he left the Island. it probably wouldn't be fair to say he actually "wrote" the book while on Cata- Watson, Page 11