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SERVING CATALINA ~: ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 94, ISSUE 35 'DAY September 1, 2006 . NEWS BR EFS Preschool Sign-ups Parents interested in enrolling children in PLAY Co-Op Preschool's 2006-07 school year, the second mandatory meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7, at the School (#4 Bird Park Rd.) Chil- dren 2 1/2 to 4 years old and potty trained are eligible. Call clirector Tina Kennedy at (:310) 510-1970 or coordinator Holly Machado at (310) 510-1908 Isthmus Crafts Fair In the Isthmus, on Saturday afternoon, the annual Arts and Crafts Fair took place, hosted by Two Harbors Enterprises. Numerous booths were setup in Isthmus Plaza for local and vis- iting artists to sell and display their creative works. Several residentartists participated, including; Paul Chvostal, who displayed and sold an impres- sive array of his talent-laden oil paintings. SEE STORY ON PAGE 5 Bid for Cessna Right Pilot Mike Sheehan, a Rotarian from the Magnolia Center Club of Riverside, will donate his services and plane (a six-pas- senger Cessna Skywagon) to the Auction on Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. at The Landing. The Cess- na will offer an intimate view of the Island's dra natic landscape from a height of about 1,000 feet to the winning bidder. Sheehan has been volunteering for the Catalina Island Conser- vancy for three years to help them in their efforts to restore the fox population. SEE STORY ON PAGE 7 Propeller Slices Hand Baywatch Isthmus was called to a private vessel in Emerald Bay for a 42-year-old womanwith lacerations to the hand after being run over and struck by the propeller of an inflatable dinghy. Wounds were dressed and band- aged. She was transferred to Baywatch Avalon for transport to Catalina Island Medical Cen- ter. SEE MORE REPORTS, PAGE 2 Crowds Expected Wayne G. Griffin, ACE president and CEO of The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce reports that Carnival Cruise Line's Car- nival Pride will make a special call to Avalon on Saturday. Carnival Pride will have a char- ter of approximately 1,900 pas- sengers on board. This means a possible spike upwards in the number of tourists visiting the city this weekend. From left to fight: Genie Shelton, Doug Shelton, Kasey Sherrill, Robert Sherrill, Nathan Uns, MarLy Saldana, Caleb Uns. On Mondaya 20.4-pound Dorado won the first daily side bet of $2250, caught by local resident, Doug Shelton, aboard the 40 foot spOrtfisher, Full Circle. ON Tesday Nathan Uns caught the winning fish, a Dorado of 20.6 pounds. PHOTO BY DAVES PREMIUM PHOTO Sixteenth annual marlin fishing tournament draws 450 anglers By Dennis Kaiser It was a sweet 16th year for the annual Church Mouse invita- tional marlin fishing tournament held during Aug. 28 and 29. About 450 anglers competed in the fishing contest that pits man against fish in which all of the creatures reeled in are released, she said. "A lot of people make The fisher folk and the fishes that private donations just because they participated helped the home- know us and what we do with the grown benefit raise about $73,000 money" for Avalon youth programs. Since its humble beginnings, Carol Butte, who runs the the Church Mouse tournament has tournament with her husband Bob, raised more than a half a million who founded the event, talked dollars for a wide variety of pro- about why she thinks this year's grams that benefit local kids. proceeds were around $8,000 "It not just sports but per- more than last year's, forming arts, all kinds of things for "We have a track record of the kids" Butte said. "One hun- giving back to the community and dred percent goes back into the all of the youth groups in town:' See Church Mouse, Page 9 I Not one to toot his own horn, ex-dentist delights with impromptu saxo- phone concerts blown over the canyon By Dennis Kaiser On any given day, if you stroll near the southside of the canyon walls overlooking Avalon Bay, you may hear the sounds of a sax- ophone wafting down the hillside. That's the good doctor, Frank Blair, blowing a friendly tune, immersed in his favorite muse and number one hobby -- music. At 88 years old, the retired dentist and his wife of 62 years, Ruth, are among the most beloved couples of Avalon, in part because of their generous philanthropy and affable nature. The Blairs have made many significant donations to a handful of Catalina charities and service clubs. Frank Blair seems to find special satisfaction, however, in being able to give to the local school's youth music programs. Dentistry may have been his liv- ing, but music has been his life. "Music opens up so many doors" he said. "One of the most wonderful experiences I have had is going up to the hospital here and playing for the patients. "There is one woman who See Blair, Page 9 ISLAND HISTORY By Jeannine Pedersen, Curator ers and artisans. The advertisement and distri- - Catalina Island Museum The first product line pro-bution of the product lines devel- duced by the plant included three oped by Catalina Clay Products Catalina Clay Products manu-different types of face brick, hol- brought a piece of Catalina Island factured beautiful and functional low tiles, patio tiles and pavers, in to homes across America. pottery and tile on Catalina Island drainage tiles and Mission style Retail stores and dis- between 1927 and 1937. roofing tiles. This line was integral plays were set up on the Initially beguntomanufactureto William Wrigley Jr.'s construc- Island in a number of building materials to supply the tion projects on the Island. places and on the main- many construction projects on the The building materials pro-land as well. The primary Island, Catalina Clay Products duced were employed in the con- mainland outlet was eventually launched a decorative struction of the Casino building, established on Olvera pottery and tile line that has Catalina's Bird Park and the Street inLosAngeles. become highly collectible. Country Club, to name a few, In The line of decora- After William Wrigley Jr. got 1928 a decorative product line was tire tile, art and dinner- his car stuck in mud near the introduced that included garden ware known as Aval- Island's current golf course in the pots, vases and tiles, onware filled the early 1920s, he charged his men to The decorative line proved shelves. look into the mud's clay-like qual- popular and Wrigley hired skilled A v a 1 o n w a r e ides and see if they might be able manufacturers and artisans to could also be pur- to use the clay to manufacture expand the line. chased in depart- bricks and building materials. By 1930, Catalina Clay Prod-ment stores across The Santa Catalina Island ucts launched tableware in three America. Catalina Company soon had a sophisticated designs, as well as Island souvenirs, Clay Products continued to production plant at Pebbly Beach a complete line of vases, candle- manufacture products until 1937 that employed hundreds of work- holders, lamps, and novelty items, when production costs increased and the venture was no longer profitable to the Santa Catalina Island Company. Several molds and the right to the Catalina name was sold to Gladding, McBean and Company, who continued to manufac- ture Catalina Pot- tery until 1942. Please visit the Catalina Island Museum during the month of Sep- tember for a special museum-wide exhi- bition featuring beautiful Catalina Pottery and Tile. The Museum is located on the ground floor of the Casino building and is open everyday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more informa- tion please call (310) 510-2414.