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BCATALIHA T00ME CAPSULE [] DiLkense#O1394874  lug 15, 2014 REAL ESTA" Ventures, Avalon's only preschool spared, the cupola was severely 10 YEARS AGO According to the Catalina Is- land Conservancy website, a 2004 study found that the Island can sup- port a bison population of 150 to 200 animals. Bison are not native to Catalina. Fourteen were origi- nally brought over to the Island for a film. It is generally accepted that bison were brought over for the filming of "The Vanishing American?' However, that expla- nation for the bisons' presence on Catalina has been questioned by Mysterious Island columnist Jim Watson. However they got to the Island, they are part of Island life. The Conservancy has transported bison to other parts of the coun- try. The Conservancy is currently using contraceptives to keep the population under control. On Aug. 25, 2012, a bison in- jured a 9-year-old boy at the Little Harbor campsite. According Les- lie Baer, spokeswoman for the Catalina Island Conservancy an unconfirmed report suggests other individuals may have frightened the animal and the boy got in the way. Lt. Doug Fetteroll, commander of the Los Angeles County Sher- iff's Department station in Avalon, confirmed the boy's age and the location of the incident. Baer said it was her understand- ing that the boy was going to be fine. The Fire Department's Pub- lic Information Office did confirm that they received the call about the bison incident at 6 p.m., Sat- urday. Baer said the Conservancy was investigating the attack. Conser- vancy rangers are interviewing witnesses. She said she expected the interviews to be completed the following week. She said there was an uncon- firmed report that the bison was spooked by other people at the scene, but she also said she hadn't seen reports of the witness ac- counts. "Bison don't seek out people and attack them," Baer said. However, she also said there are inherent dangers in visiting wild- lands. She said the Conservancy wants people to avoid interactions with bison, deer," rattlesnakes or even squirrels. She said there were 150 bison currently on the Island, down from 600 at their peak. 75 YEARS AGO 50 YEARS AGO 100 YEARS AGO 25 YEARS AGO Catalina Kid Ventures has been operating since 1989. It is open from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday all year round. Anni Marshall, the current Avalon mayor and former Ava- lon Community Services director, started the preschool, and headed up a taskforce to oversee the pre- school's change from a city opera- tion to a non-profit. Ultimately, the for fulltime students, on notice that it must have a plan to become generally self-sufficient by June or it may have to close it down. According to Sean Brannock, the current Community Services director, who oversees the pre- school, the city had been subsi- dizing the preschool at the rate of about $130,000 a year. Most of that money pays for the program's staff. Brannock said that although Catalina Kid Ventures is afford- able by childcare industry stan- dards, many parents in Avalon who might need childcare couldn't afford it due to the high cost of liv- ing on the Island. "We are trying to keep our tu- ition low because we want to be able to fill the pre-school," Bran- nock said. "Our folks are depen- dent on childcare so they can work. Some are working two or three jobs just so they can live on the Island. However, the preschool is necessary for working parents to have an opportunity to put their kids into a safe environment. The first five years of a child's life are really important." Some parents who carinot af- ford the cost of their children's preschool may qualify for substan- tial assistance through government agencies such as the Children's Home Society of California. Brannock said that by form- ing an official non-profit, its board of directors would have access to grants, donations and other fund- ing sources that would not be available if it were privatized. For more information on Cata- lina Kid Ventures, call (310) 510- 1704. The Children Home Society has an office at 330 Golden Shore # 20 in Long Beach. For more in- formation, call (562) 256-7400 or visit www.chs-ca.org. The Holly Hill House caught fire in 1964. The process of building a home on an Island in the late 1800s was a remarkable undertaking to say the least. Peter Gano is best known on Catalina as the man with the vi- sion and dedication to build the Holy Hill House. Yet it was his brilliance as an engineer that en- abled him to achieve such a formi- dable task amidst insurmountable obstacles. In 1961, after 40 years of occu- pancy, the Giddings sold the home known as to a company started by John, Martin, and Martha Smith, and the Richard Land Company. It was called the Holly Hill Devel- opment Company. Although they wanted to retain the house, their main intention in its purchase was to build condominiums along the waterfront below. Once excavation began, the house became unstable and efforts to reinforce the hill were costly. In addition, a fire started on the roof burned. By the end of their venture, the cost to reinforce the hill, repair the home and the cost associated with the remainder of the planned reno- vations forced the company to sell the property. The Holly Hill House was pur- chased on Aug. 25, 1971 by Vic- tor Kreis who had been visiting the Island since he was a child. He began a restoration process that took a total of seven years and a large monetary investment. His immediate attention was given to repairing the burned-out cupola which was completed in 1972. At the pinnacle of the red cone roof Kreis added an authentic bronze weather vane featuring Mercury, Gano's faithful horse, which dated from 1790. He continued the resto- ration work throughout his owner- ship which ended upon his passing in June of 2010. The fifth owners, Mark and Karen Engman, are currently in the process of additional restora- tion. The hairs from Gano's horse, Mercury, which were used to strengthen the mortar, have been uncovered in the walls. Karen Engman told the Islander, "I'm collecting the horse hairs and plan to place them in an apothecary jar to display in the house in honor of Mercury." During a Merchants League bowling game in 1939 Best Market stepped into first place in the fast- est bowling league ever to be orga- nized in Avalon. Gathering 2,471 pins, the Market boys out hit the Hines Grocery quintet by 44 pins, to win two games and totals. A1 Bombard set the pace for the Speed Boat crew with a 501 count for dean victory over Gallagher!s Plumbing outfit. Catalina Hardware boys turned in the high series of the evening to win two games and totals over tile Country Club five, who were set back to a tie for second place with Catalina hardware. Larry Paper turned in 539 for the winners and Roy Wallace gave the old average a boost when he hit 546 for the club five. In 1914, A.A. Carraher re- signed as president of the Board of Trustees of the City of Avalon. The resignation was unanimously accepted by the Board. Trustee Merkley was then elected presi- dent pro tem. Meanwhile, albacore was reported to be scarce and the canneries were reported as paying $50 a ton for them. Also on the Island that year, A Lasky Feature Company was in Avalon produc- ing a comedy-drama entitled "Nell of the Notions." To contact Chuck Liddell, e- mail him at chuckliddeU.cata+ lina @ gmail.cora. 124 Hiewotim AveHe Triplex 1,919, SF+/-, lot size 2,058 SF+/-, o studio uparlmenl, a 1BR/I.hBA unit, and o 2BL/IBA unit. Offered at $639,000 206 E. 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