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August 23, 2002

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7 Friday, August 23, 2002 I nnl Serving Catalina and its Mainland Friends Every Week since 1914 I I I iJi This year's 12th annual "Friendly Marlin Tournament" is coming to Avalon Bay Aug. 26- 27. All boats will begin at 6:00 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 26 and finish at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27. The clock on top of the Avalon Harbor Office is the official time. All participants are required to complete a release and assumption of risk form which will be available at the captains' meeting this Sunday at the Landing Bar and Grill at 6:00 p.m. Over the last 1 1 years the Church Mouse Marlin Invitational has raised $240,000. This tournament is one of the largest and most popular non- profit events on the island. All proceeds benefit youth programs from Avalon to the Isthmus. C'rm~ Mou~ Marlin ~nds: have~ provided supplies for Avalon School and Avalon Christian School, books for the Avalon Library, senior scholarships, support for the Performing Arts Foundation, football, golf, track, basketball and baseball equipment, the kids fishing program, help with the playground at Two Harbors, and much, much more. Last year's event alone raised $49,000 for the youth of Catalina. The winners last year were Swansong 3rd place (159 lbs.) with Capt. Rex Cotter and Angler Steven Toland, Capt'n Jake 2nd place (177 lbs.) with Capt. Lou Medina and Angler Barrie Harnett, and Fire Hatt 1st place (199 lbs.) with Capt. Chuck Wilson and Angler Linda Wilson. which entitles you to three team members (including the captain), dinner tickets, hats or visors, tee shirts and pins. Each additional member is $75. Member packets with these items will be available on Saturday and Sunday before the tournament by the vessel "Oasis" at mooring 231 or on Monday at High Tide Traders. Additional tee shirts, tanks, visors and hats, will be for sale at the Landing, but they go fast! Ken Putnam will provide hors d' oeuvres during the first event of this year's tournament, the captains' meeting. It will take place at the Landing Bar and Grill on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. All team members are encouraged to attend and can enter in a chance to win the Captains' Meeting Entering this non-profit Raffle. On Monday, Aug. 26 at 6 toum~mefit costs $5OO~r boat the tournament will officially begin. Tournament control "Oasis" will be on II Board member Pat Marrow, scholarship recipient Margery Williams, board member Merrlea Reid and Mayor Ralph Morrow. and mainland careers. Proud parent Teri Misafiris has lucked out and managed to keep her daughter Margery relatively close. Margery is moving to Belmont Shore and will be attending Long Beach State. Margery Williams is this year's Sophie Tarbuck Scholarship winner. Those who had the pleasure of knowing Sophie Tarbuck know Last year's Church Mouse Tournament 1st place winners. Captain Chuck Wilson and Angler Linda Wilson. channel 71. Each team should great food. The perpetual trophy tune-in for fish updates and radio will be on display at the front prizes. On your way in with aentrance. Door prizes will be fish, call Carol on channel 71 so awarded and "lies will be told!" she can take your pict~ at the Make your dinner reservations by ' pier. At 6 p.m. come to Steve's calling 510-0333. Steakhouse for cold drinks and continued on page 6 Sure the weather is great, family reunions are being celebrated, and business is good, but this time of year is a very sad time of year for some island residents. Especially parents and those involved with the many youth programs which are here on the island. This is the time of year when so many of the young- adults you've watched grow-up leave the island to pursue college the love she had for children. Sophie was, to say the least, "very involved." She volunteered countless hours of community service with an emphasis on Catalina's youth. Sophie was known for so many contributions it's hard to name them all. You either knew her as the "bidding queen" of the preschool auction, honorary member of the Lions Club, or for her Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets. Sophie also bartended the annual Laughlin bus trip, sponsored the youth basketball program, and delivered food to the needy. The Sophie Tarbuck Scholarship Award was established in January 1999 during the time when Sophie was fighting brain cancer. Her last birthday was spent at the hospital where close to 200 people gathered to sing happy birthday to her. It ended with 15 minutes of clapping and not a single person who didn't shed a tear. Margery Williams has lived on the island her entire life and would like to become an elementary school teacher. She has been chosen by the 12 board members of the Sophie Tarbuck Scholarship Award for "being an extremely special student with lots of community involvement." Margery is very athletic, she played basketball and softball all four years in high school as well as cheerleading. She played a couple years of volleyball and also tried golf. Margery has been league MVP, team MVP, and an active coach for the Junior Fastpitch League. All while maintaining a 3.7 GPA throughout high school and serving on the Torqua yearbook staff. Teri knows her daughter is a great student and will do well in college, "I love you so much and you have made me so proud. You have become an exceptional young lady," said Margery's misty eyed mother. Octopus in Catalina waters on Channel 49 Aug. 26-30 Catalina Cable TV will be airing 30-minute video footage of octopus taken In Catalina waters. This video is part of a earlea called "Dive Dry with Dr. Bill," created by Dr. Bill Bushing. An upcoming segment will include the giant Black Sea Bass which are returning to Catalina waters. Tune-in to channel 49 at 10 s.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays Aug. 26-30.