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VOLUME SERVING CATALINA 98, Issue 34 &:: ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week. - since 1914 F,*A, August 24, 2012 Bei[FS Summer concert brings music and art together The atmosphere at Machado Field last Friday, Aug. 17, was carnivalesque as and KROQ presented a sum- mer evening show with Donovan Frankenreiter and guest perform- ers. See story, page 7 Lady Lancer resident plays basketball in Brazil Catalina's Joanna Chavoya took advantage of an opportunity of a lifetime to play International Basketball in Brazil. She will play next year for the Avalon Lady Lancers. See story, page 6 KISL's Meet the Voice Every Sunday night from 6 to 7 p.m Glenn Robison brings KISL and Catalina back to the era of the Sugarloaf Casino. "Rapidly Rotating Records" not only shares the songs of the '20s and '30s but explores the artists that made them. See story, page 2 Museum curator talks about Wrigley Exhibition The Catalina Island Museum exhibition "A Democratic Dream: William Wrigley Jr. and Catalina Island'~ explores Wrigley's efforts to achieve his dream of making the Island a place where all class- es would mix with a democratic spirit. See story, page 4 Natalie Wood death cer- tificate amended The revised version of Natalie Wood's death certificate is now a public record. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office recently amended the death certificate, changing the classification of her death from "accidental" to "uncer- tain." See story, page 6 On the Water Fishing Catalina Island can be challenging. The absolute best time of year, month, season or day to fish is (drum roll please) when you can. See story, page 4 Brave's takes softball . league championship" It came down to the final league game to determine who would claim the title of League Champion. Bravo's Landscaping earned the title. Bravo's came into the final game with a half game lead on Straight Up Builders. See story, page 8 Rest in Peace Daniel David Lindsly always wanted to return to Catalina. See story, page 6 Feinstein's office visits The Catalina Island Museum recently wecomed Senator Finstes'. See story, page 9 SANTA CATALINA ISLAND COMPANY CEO RANDY HERREL had lunch with the Sunshine Kids at Descanso Beach Club on Aug. 16. LAW COULD GO INTO EFFECT IN LATE SEPTEMBER BY CHARLES M. KELLY Avalon just took another step toward reopening Pebbly Beach Road. But don't start planning a road trip just yet city officials ' have a few details to work out. The Avalon City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 21; passed on second (and final) reading an ordinance that will reopen Pebbly Beach Road. In California, the ordinance becomes law 30 days after passage. Mayor Bob Kennedy said the council still has 28 days (from Aug. 21) to change the ordinance if the insurance is not in place. Even af- ter the ordinance becomes law, the city will still have legal authority I to close Pebbly Beach Road when the threat of rockslides endangers The non-profit organization is'dedicated to children with cancer. In the back row, left, from the Island Company are Randy Herrell, his wife Carol and John Hardy. Established in 1982, the organization has provided positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients. The charity provides a variety of free programs for kids receiving treatments in hospitals across North America. The kids enjoyed breakfast at the Pancake Cottage, catalina Expedition's Undersea Expedition and Zip Line Eco Tour, water activities with Descanso Beach Ocean Sports and dinner at the Avalon Grille. A portion of the revenue generated from the Unlimited Catalina Packages at the Pavilion Hotel and Hotel Atwater goes to the organization. The Island Company will host an overnight trip for the Sunshine Kids this fall. Photo courtesy of the Island Company BB In BRUCE BELLAND TO PERFORM HIS CLASSIC "26 MILES (SANTA CATALINA)" SONG HE CO: WROTE WITH CLASSMATE GLEN LARSON BY DENNIS KAISER the poblic. Meanwhile, the city of Avalon still has to negotiate the cost of buy- ing Pebbly Beach Road from the Santa Catalina Island Company and get insurance to cover the roadway. The council began the legal pro- cess of reopening the road earlier this month in response to Coastal Commission demands that the pub- lic ofice again be allowed to use the road. This demand came despite the fact that the California Department of Finance would not allow the Avalon Community Improvement Agency to spend money on making the road safe for public use. "The California Coastal Com- m{ssion has asked that restrictions to access Pebbly Beach Road be Sitting on the sand with friends, he could see Cata- lina Island off in the distance, across the ocean, on the horizon. Someone lazily asked, "How far is it to that Island?" "About 26 miles," one of his buddies said. The seed was planted. Belland started strumming his uke and began humming the words that would be honed into the lyrics "26 Miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is a-waitin' for me. Santa Cata, lina, the Island of Romande. Romance, romance, romance " Belland continued working on the Belland song with schoolmate Glen Larson. The project really took shape, however, thanks to a talent show at their high school. According to Belland, the organizers of the talent show needed an act to fill in. Belland and Larson recruited two other classmates and performed in the show, which happened to be .attended by talent scouts for Capital Records. They were so impressed with the band who had hurriedly named themselves The Four Preps, that they signed them to a contract. Preps, Page 5 Wisdom and parents say, "stay in school, and study hard." Bruce Belland would probably agree with that advice. However, it was during a ditch day when he was in high school that he started writing a paen to Catalina Island. It would lead to the pop music success of the Doo-Wop band The Four Preps and the vacation destination being Bruce attached to the moniker "The island of Ro- mance," perhaps for all time. It's a story that could have rolled out of a Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland movie. Belland was a senior at Hollywood High School. He woke up one morning and decided to join friends who were taking a ditch day from school. Belland hitch-hiked to the beach to meet up with friends. He was Carrying his ukulele. "It was a way to impress the girls back then," he said. Council, Page 5 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: A Local Treasure Unearthed BY JIM WATSON fishing or Sharing news of a new birth in the village. Twelve hundred.years ago, mot- That bowl or mortar, to ley crews of Vikings were'raiding use the technical archaeological tiny villages along the coast of term--lay unmolested for more Ireland. A Chinese general named than a millennium until Pete Ed- Huang Chao was successfully war s and his crew at Fineline leading a revolt against the power- Construction found it only last ful Tang Dynasty and the Classic spring in the sandy soil beneath a Era of the great Mayan Empire be- house on Sumner Avenue. gan its long decline. The owner of the property, But on the Island that would Dale Kendall, had only recently one day be known as Santa Cata- purchased the lot and was ad- lina a group of Native American vised by his realtor Kelly Nelson Tongva was sitting around a beau- of Catalina Island Real Estate that tifully carved bowl, perhaps us- he might want to do some work on. ing it to store fish or grind acorns, the foundation. It was this advice They sat around this handcrafted that helped lead to the discovery. item, perhaps discussing the day's Dr. Wendy Teeter, a doctor of Native American Tongva bowl found last spring. Courtesy photo philosophy in anthro- pology from UCLA and currently curator of archaeology at that esteemed institution's Fowler Museum, told me that news of the find made it from Pete Edwards to Curator 11b John Borragina at the Catalina Island Museum and fi- nally to her. At the same time, Catalina Is- lander and Tongva scholar Cindy Alvitri was also getting phone calls about the find. "We were all getting phone calls from the Island from folks who had heard about it" said Teeter. "D~ile (Kendall) had it removed from the ground. Hewas very cau- tious with it" said Teeter. "There was an immediate understanding that this was significant. He knew not to wash it or remove the soil from inside so that way we could Watson, Page 9