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From page 1 has been fulfilling the time-hon- ored tradition of acting as the "Of- ficial Greeter" for Catalina Island, following in the footsteps of such greats as Duke Fishman and Cad "I was basically without a job." est questions that Chuck has hAiFiffy " He began toying with the idea asked over the past few months? of answering questions at the Mole Before I list any of them, let:": "for free" mostly on cruise ship me say that it's not my intention to Ma j an : Und on August x7 days in an effort to help impress make fun of anyone here, partictt r/ v At 1:50 AM, Shane Olswang, Carnival Cruise Lines manage- larly those who have a question- elque, : M/26, a resident of Lawndale, was ment of the gratitude and serious- able grasp on world geography: turried into station arrested for drunk in public. ness with which Islanders take the myself have a Bachelor's Degree in At 5:00 PM, Christopher Bailey. He primarily stands out at the Cabrillo Mole, Wrigley Stage or on the Green Pier (depending on whether or not there's a cruise ship in town) and fields questions from curious visitors, some rather humorous samples of which will follow later in this column. Stay tuned. Last Monday, Chuck was of- ficially asked his 10,000th question when Kiara and Deyon McE1- roy of Las Vegas, Nev., walked up to him and asked him the question' which starts off this column: "Where can we tent golf carts?" Chuck had been hop- ing to hit that 10,000 mark on Monday, but :Jim as his shift drew nearColumnist its end, he was still five questions short. "I actuallygot on my knees and" said 'Please, omebody ask me a question,'" said Chuck. But the questions weren't coming. Sure enough, the final five questions slowly began to trickle in until finally the money question from the McElroys. As a precau- tionary measure, Chuck had called friend Richard Huxtable to make his way out to the Mole to be on hand to take a picture, a superb ex- ample of which can be found with this column. So how does one get the job of company's commercial contribu- tions to the local economy. "I made a checklist of what would make the best greeter and I met every one of the criteria," said Chuck. The job of official greeter for Catalina had been open for quite "some time. "It's something we hadn't done in 39 years since the decommissioning of the S.S. Cata- lina" Chuck told me. "I personal- ly knew Duke Fishman and Carl Bailey" add- ing that as far back as at least 1914 the Island had official greeters, some- thing only a man who writes "Time Capsule" would know. Local businessman Bill Paige, seeing the value of the service to the community, offered to sponsor Chuck. Soon after Bill's contribu- tions, the Chamber of Co erce got into the act as well and made the position official. If you're like me, you probably think one of the most fascinating aspects of this story is that Chuck has actually been diligently keep- ing track of the number of ques- tions he has been asked. I saw with my own eyes his detailed notes taken daily. Each day is di- vided into 15-minute increments and hash marks tell the story of how many questions were asked during that 15-minute interval. Another fascinating aspect of Geography so it wouldn't be mete The following is the Avalon for me to criticize those globe~ Sheriff,s Station signif- challenged individuals amongst icant incidents report us. for the week of Aug. 13 Nevertheless, one has to won- to Aug. 19. der when it comes to the following "It is important to questions... :note that no assump- "Does the water go all the way i tion ?of criminal guilt a.round the Island?" or affiliation should be "Does everyone speak English drawn from the con- here as well as I do?" tent of the information "Where is the bank so I canprovided in this:report. Eymann, M/43, a resident of Phoenix, Arizona, was arrested for drunk in public. August 18 An Avalon resi-. dent was detained at the Cabrillo Mole as he was determined to be a dan- ger to himself. He was transported to the hospi- tal for observation. change my money to the local cur- rency?" "Do kayaks really go in the ocean?" "What time is it here compared to the United States?" "When do the buffalo come into town?" One gentleman informed Chuck, quite seriously, that he was aware that Islanders had a secret tunnel from the Island to the main- land. "He was as sure of it as I'm sitting here" said Chuck. Another visitor was upset that the people of Catalina Island re- ferred to themselves as "Islanders" rather than "Californians" I don't know where to go with that one. Another common geography- challenged question occurs when people ask him where "La Bufa- dora" is. "Near Ensenada," Chuck responds wryly, referring to the iconic blow-hole on the coast of Baja, Hopefully, this question these aren't the ship's naviga- tors who ask this question. For now, Chuck is happy in his role Man people who get arrested do not get con- victed or even charged withl crimes for which they have been arrested," said Capt. Doug Fetteroll, commander of the Station. Aqllmt 13 No significant incidents. Capt. Deeg Fetteroll August 19 Station commander * An Avalon resident reported personal prop- erty was stolen from a room at the County Club. An Avalon resident found a bag of Marijuana in the 300 block of Sumner Avenue and turned it into the Sheriff's Station. August 14 Traltie safety At 6:55 PM, Cameron Oxenham, M/23, a resident of Rolling Hills Estates, was arrested for drunk in public. An Avalon resident reported their bicycle was stolen from the 300 block of Clarissa Avenue. August lS At 10:00 PM, Jason Nelch, M/31, a resident of Dana Point, was arrested possession of cocaine. At 10:55 PM, Scott Mellinger, M/55, a resident of Lake Forest, was arrested for battery. an official greeter in the first place? Well, in Chuck's case, he used some good old-fashioned Islander resourcefulness and carved him- self a job where there was none. Due to health reasons, Chuck had to give up his job of many years as a Casino tour guide. "I wasn't able to do Casino tours anymore," he said. From page 2 from Long Beach and 22 from San Pedro - fall victim to trash dumped in the ocean or dropped on the floor. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, trash in the ocean kills more than 1 million seabirds and I00,000 marine mammals each year through ingestion and entanglement. Beach cleanup vol- unteers help to reduce the amount of dangerous pollutants that enter the ocean and ensure Catalina's beaches remain safe and trash free. Cleanup locations rotate throughout the year to keep all of the Island's windward beaches this, especially to Chuck, is how as greeter and plans to continue August 16 the nature of the questions asked fielding questions of all sorts from An Avalon resident reported sheds a curious light on the just thousands and thousands of more two concrete lions were stolen exactly how visitors--regardless visitors in the coming years. : from in front of her business on of where they are from in this old If the Conservancy ever lets Catalina Avenue word--perceive Catalina. "IS:. carve a Mt. Rushmore of Officiat landers should be aware that We Greeters for Catalina out in the live in a very exotic environment," said Chuck. So what are some of the wild- beautiful, but they include Little Harbor, Shark Harbor, Cottonwood Beach and Ben Weston Beach. Transportation is provided. Shuttles leave Avalon at 9 a.m, and return by 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Another volunteer possibility is greeting guests at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, the Avalon Canyon Nature Center or Conservancy House. Each location receives many guests who are looking to go on hikes or bike rides in the interior. This is a great way to meet the public and show them what our beautiful island has to offer. In September, you can join the fun by volunteering for the annual Catalina Film Festival. The festi- val is Sept. 24-28 and will high- hills somewhere, it will be sure to include Duke Fi hman, Carl Bai- ley and Chuck Liddell. light 75 feature and short-length domestic and international films, nightly parties, exclusive events and awards. We are looking for volunteers to help with theater operations, ushering, the box office, festi- val lounge, special events and the setup and breakdown of the event venues. Marathons and other events during the year offer addi- tional volunteer opportunities. If you're interested in volunteer- ing activities, please contact Lesly Lieberman at (310) 510-2595 ext. 112 or by email at llieberman@ catalinaconservancy.org. Alexa Johnson is the Catalina Island Conservancy's Outreach and Naturalist Training Specialist. For more information, please visit catalinaconservancy.org. There were three traffic acci- dents involving golf carts this week. Reminder to all adelts It is illegal to allow an unli- censed minor to operate a golf cart, not to mention it is extremely dangerous to the minor, other peo- pie in the golf cart and the general public. All golf cart owners are encouraged to follow the rules of the road (the same rules that apply on the mainland). Golf carts One golf cart was reported sto- len from Sumner Avenue. It was recovered by deputies approxi- mately fifteen minutes later. It had been taken without the own- er's permission and found within thirty yards of the"i ner's home. 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