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SERVING CATALINA & ITS " _ . " " . ~.,0., August 26, 2011 VOLUME 97, ISSUE 34 BRIEFS Free Concert on Wrigley stage Saturday Night There will be a free music and dance concert starting with a beer and wine garden at 6 p.m. See story, page 7 Classic Paddleboard Race The 36th Annual Catalina Classic Paddleboard Race wil be held Sunday, Aug. 28. The 32-mile race starts at 6 a.m. at the Isthmus on Catalina Island. Top finishers reach the Manhattan Beach pier just after 11 a.m. For more infor- mation, visit www.CatalinaClassic Preschool at Bird Park If you are interested in enrolling your child in the parent coopera- tive P.L.A.Y. preschool during the 2011-2012 School year, you MUST attend a mandatory meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday Sept. 7, at the Bird Park school. CHOICES' last summer Up Synch Contest CHOICES will host the last Lip Sync Contest of the summer at Wrigley Stage on Friday, Aug. 26. The event begins at 6pm, contestants are asked to arnve early with their music selection on CD or mp3. Participants will perform to their favorite song and will be rated on Lip Sync Ability, Showmanship and Crowd Response. This free event is open to all ages. Avalon Bay Water Quality Since 2004, the city of Avalon has millions of dollars on Bay Water Issues. The water used for testing is taken at "ankle depth," about 3 inches. The conditions exist- ing in 3 inches of water are most likely different than the conditions found in deeper water. See story, page 3' On the Rock Columnist Christopher Blehm looks at the conundrum of the 21st century: Union workers feel they are being treated unfairly. Simultaneously, the corporations insist that failing to adjust ben- efits would result n an unsustain- able future. This is how picket lines get drawn. See story, page 4 Firefighters'added to full-time service Assistant Fire Chief Mike Krug announced that Donald Moritz and Jesse McDonald have been added to the city of Avalon Fire Department as full-time personnel. See story, page 5 Koffeehouse Unplugged Koffeehouse Unplugged will pres- ent live musical entertainment on Thursday, Sept. 1 and Friday, Sept. 2. See story, page 8 The Cacozza sisters (from left) Vallie, Amelia and Mary honored the Islander witl~ an il r of their 80 years of life on Catalina Island. This is the first of a two-part series which starts on page 2. CHURCH MOUSE TOURNAMENT CELEB TES CATCH AND RELEASE EVENT HAS DONATED MORE THAN $825,000 TO AVALON YOUTH BY JENNIFER LEONHARDI church services. Butte would gather with friends in the garage of a Mar Vista home with a fine view of the Island. The group consisted of devoted fisher- The annual Church Mouse Mar- linInvitational Tournament, which raises money for Avalon youth, re- turns to Catalina for the 21st time on Aug= 29 and 30. Bob Butte, who often visited Catalina with his family and some of his friends, created the non- profit event in 1991. According to his wife Carol, the event's name comes from Butte, who had earned the nickname "Church Mouse" due to the way he would quietly pop into---and sometimes out of-- 21STYEAR men who would often discuss mar- lins tournaments' rising costs. One of them suggested they start one of their own and they ultimately decided the proceeds could benefit the youth of Avalon. Thus, the Church Mouse Invita- tional was born. Eighteen boats and 75 anglers participated'in the invitation only event's first year. It has grown to include more than 100 boats and 500 anglers. Since its inception, the tournament has donated more than $825,000 to Catalina youth groups. Over the past 20 years the tournament has raised funds for more than 40 indi- vidual youth-related organizations Churcll Mouse, Page 5 STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD FESTIVAL EVENT INCLUDES $15,000 PRIZE MONEY, FILMS, DEMOS, LIVE MUSIC AND PARTIES The Catalina SLIP (Stand-Up Paddleboard) Festival will be held here from Friday, Sept. 30 to Stm- day, Oct. 2. The weekend-long event, will include two days of races in the calm waters off Descanso Beach Club, demos, stand-up paddleboard filmsand entertainment. Organizers hope to make this event the world's premiere SUP festival. "This event gives us the oppor- tunity to showcase Catalina Island as a major SUP destination," said Brad Wilson, Santa Catalina Island Company's chief marketing officer. "Avalon is sheltered from the pre- vailing wind and swell, leaving flat water nearly year round. That, com- bined with Catalina's famous crys- tal clear water, makes for a unique southern California SUP destina- tion." The festival begins Friday, Sept. 30 in the, Avalon Theater with a Stand-up paddleboard and water- man film festival and kick off par- ties for the next two days of com- petition. On Saturday, the competition be- gins with the following schedule: (All Day) SUP board, paddle and gear demos on Front Street in Avalon Bay with the sports best brands and Expo on the lawn at the Descanso Beach Club. 9 a.m. 1 p.m.--The Elite RaGe features small heats of competitors paddling two laps each. Top racers Paddlers, Page 6 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This week: The Bufflo Question Where did the bison really come from? BY JIM WATSON If ever there was a mystery on catalina Is- land, a mystery that evades solution and yet involves afacet of life here that is ever-present and even iconic to our lifestyle, it is the ques- tion of just exactly how the buffalo got here. For decades, the prevailing wisdom--the folklore, if you will--has been that Catalina's American Bison were originally brought to the Island in 1924 for filming the Zane Grey classic "The Vanishing American;" a Famous Players- Lasky Corporation project released in 1925. The reference nearly always cited for this belief is an article that appeared in the Dec. 24, 1924, Catalina Islander. The article does indeed state that a herd of 14 buffalo were brought to the Island "in separate crates" and dropped off at the Isthmus where it was "quite possible" they would be used in an up-coming Lasky film. But there is no mention of the name of. the film. The mystery begins with the fact that the 1925 version of "The Vanishing American" does not contain any buffalo whatsoever and, on top of that, shows no terrain that even re- motely resembles Catalina. For the record, the Internet Movie Database does show Catalina as Mystery, Page 5