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i -Meal Appfication A~istance- - " Avalon School p.m. to assist parents in:completing their studer~+'s application for free and reduced .~ priced school meals. It isin~ortant that every household, with a The percent of free will be used tO qualify t~l for funds to help in the educa- las aplicaciones ayuclar~ a Cumplir la solk~itud de su estudiante el Mart~ 31de AgostO,r de 3-6 p.m. Es importante que todos lOs hogares ll~nen una solicitud. El porcentaje+de aplicaciones aprobado para las escuela Avalon, Se qtiiizar8 l~ara calificar nuestraescuela para rondos y ayudar en la educaciOn de nuestros estudiantes". - turdav, AuamR 11 Monday. Atmumt t3 Jacqudine Cmspo Veronica Padllla Lorenzo P=Bnpson Anna Clark Eddie Hemandez Luis Sanctmz Joey Hall Carman Findlay Ganj CulUson Dean Hill Brian VklaiUet Wedmmdav. Atmust t5 Sean Sterling Wayne Adam Fultz Tdfany Brannock Justin LaFieur " Pal k Dawson Nathan LaFieur ThumcLtv. Atmust 16 Marcie Stmbet Enck Bogenschutz Julie Minuto Ron Lowcier Colleen Hemandez Saturday, Auaust 11 lan &Terry Modson 5 >onsored by: Dessert Island 417 Crescent Ave Get a free Ice Cream Cone on your birthday! Suga rlobf (Pir3atos Now Avoilable!) Get one free Movie Rental on your birthday! Must shoW valid Identification / proof or birth date at eaoh location Offer valid between July 20, 2012 and July 19, 2013, From page 1 ed fishing contest and appreciated fundraising event "That first year we only had 18 boats," Carol Butte said. They didn't even have T-shirts. Just a few knick-knacks to remember the day. In fact, it was not until the tournamefit took 'on the mantle of being a charity event for the kids of Avalon that it really took off. It has grown to more than 100 boats and 500 anglers The change came about thanks in part to Bob Blair, the son of the late Dr. Frank Blair, the retired dentist and whimsical saxophon- ist who would entertain Avalon with his impromptu performances from his balcony, on the hill atop the city. Frank Blair was also one of Avalon's most notable philanthro- pists, who donated much of the wealth he accumu!ated during his life to local youth programs. Bob Blair suggested the marlin tournament proceeds go toward that same cause His father of- fered to match the first $10,000 it Contact the Islander (310) 510-0500 or raised. Although the Butte family does not live on Catalina, they had al- ways visited for a few weeks during August. They readily agreed to the idea for the Church Mouse's new mission. And the rest, of course, is history and a lot of money for the town they have come to love. The Buttes' dedication to the Church Mouse tournament be- came a family affair early in the game. "My daughters (Maggie and Kim) grew up helping out," Carol Butte said. "They have been sell- ing raffle tickets since they were five. They've really grown into it and understand the responsibility involved and all of their friends come out and help?' For all of the charity event's success, Butte said she is still amazed at all of the people who volunteer, donate money and the anglers who eagerly participate for the fun times and ultim.ately for whatthe event accomplishes for the kids of Avalon. Over the years, the activities related to. the Church Mouse have grown and retain some traditions that have become part of the charm of the event. In particular, is the raffle for the honor of throwing a pie in the harbormaster's face. "We are not sure what prompted us to to think that throwing a pie at the harbormaster made any sense, but it does raise a lot of money," Butte said Not all of the pied people have been harbormasters. The first to be pied was John Phelps, who was harbormaster for more than 25 years. When he retired, Avalon Mayor Bud Smith agreed to be pied. Now Harbormaster Brian Bray reguiady gets the pie in his eyes. Current Avalon Mayor Bob Ken-- , nedy has also been pied- ~+ "The rules of the Church Mouse tournament have changed. In 2004, the tournament went to an all-release contest. This move helped boost its do- nations base as well as participants who favor that style of fishing. Last year, after two years of no marlin being caught during the contest, it was opened up to the additional fish species of seabass, halibut and yellowtail. This year will find the Buttes once again doing their part for fishing and their adopted home away from home Carole Butte said she oversees a lot of the organiza- tion, while her husband Bob is the master at the microphone, keeping participants informed of activities and action. "We are a good team," Carol Butte said "The Church Mouse has come a long Way. It is the hard work, dedication and commitment of the teachers, group leaders, coaches, umps, v(~lunteers, direc- tors and all others involved to take it to the levels they have reached?' For more information on the Church Mouse Marlin Invitation- al, see the website: mouse org. We're going smoke free. As part of our commitment to the health of our community, Catalina Island Medical Center will be a non-smoking facility. Please refrain from smoking while on hospital property. : Before you go back,~ tI I (~10) ~10-0700 'l tO the mainland ' I 100 Falls Eanyon Road . PO Box 1563, Avalon 90704 take a little Catalina I Island Medical Center www. 1 with you, - -: i ' subs;ribe Today. A destination for patient-centeredexcellen;ceand health enrlchment. 8 ! Friday, August 10, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER