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Page 4 ~ CATAUNA ISLANDFdl Friday, September 1, 2006 I I By Dennis Kaiser Twelve-year-old Donaid Miller caught his first marlin recently about three miles off Peb- bly Beach. Donald Miller was with his Doug Miller, who has worked with the local Sheriff's Depart- ment for about 21 years, on their 25-foot Grady fishing boat, aptly named "Miller Ttrae." By making the catch, young Miller continued a family tradition of fishing off Catalina and joining the Island's exclusive Tuna Club that goes back to the late 1800s. Donald's great grandfather, on his mother's side, Charles Wright, was a member of the prestigious club that has its stately headquar- ters along Avalon's front street overlooking the Bay. According to Doug Miller, who is also a Tuna Club member, ',People spend their whole life trying to catch a marlin" said his son caught the beautiful fish on 30-pound test Dacron line. "It was all done according to Tuna Club rules and on the correct tackle;' Doug Miller said. "He had to do it all by himself. I wasn't allowed to help. The only thing that I was allowed to do was to gaff the fish after he reeled it in." The Millers were in the boat trolling with lures- when the marlin made the strike. "We heard the line click and it started winding out. Then we saw the fish jump out of the water near the wake of the boat;' Doug Miller said. He said it took Donald about 45 minutes to reel in the fish. The fish weighed about 128 pounds. And Donald' weight is? "He weighs about 80 pounds soaking wet" said his bemused dad. "I am very proud of him for making this catch. People spend their whole life trying to catch a marlin. They are very rare and it's hard to catch them. I'm sure this is just the first of many for Donald" Doug Miller said that Donald, who is entering seventh grade at Avalon Schools, is involved in other sports such as baseball and basketball. "But, he just really loves going out fishing on the boat" Miller said. Donald Miller, 12, with his first marlin on the Avalon pier. PHOTO BY DAVE'S PREMIUM PHOTO to the Messy Casino top On Tuesday of this week my daughter and I took the boat from Newport to Avalon for an overnight stay in our house. While still quite a ways out at sea she asked me what was wrong with the Casino, and as I looked at it I was bewildered by the "snow cap" appearance of the entire top of the building. As we got closer I was aware that it was covered with birds and with guano. I was actually embarrassed for the people entering Avalon for the first time as this building has always been such a beautiful part of the gateway to Avalon and now AVALON HARBOR DEPARTMENT IS NOW DEVELOPING A HIRING LIST FOR THE FOLLOWING PART TIME POSITION: Harbor Patrol Officer - Part Time Must be able pass a background investigation and qualify for Peace :Officer training. Must be 18 years of age and have a valid California driver's license. Definition: Under general supervision, to assign boats to moorings; Assist the boating public in securing mooring; collect fees; Patrol harbor area by boat, foot and car; Explain and enforce harbor usage rules; Provide weather and sea condition information to the National Weather Service" and the general public; Respond to emergency situations; Work with other law enforcement agencies, fire, rescue, paramedics and others as required; Perform other job related duties as required. How to Apply: Applications may be obtained from the Finance Department at Avalon City Hall. All applications must be turned in by 4:00pro on September 22, 2006. It is important that all applications show education and experience relevant to the posItion. Incomplete applications will be rejected. The purpose of this recruitment is to establish an eligibility list for the position of Harbor Patrol Assistant. Selection Procedure Applications will be screened and those candidates possessing the most relevant experience will be invited to participate in an oral inter- view. - THIS POSITION REQUIRES YEAR ROUND AVAILABLILTY TO WORK 5 DAYS A WEEK IN THE SUMMER SEASON AND BE AVAILABLE FOR RELIEF WORK IN THE WINTER. City of Avalon is an equal opportunity employer Range 37 Step 1 $22.79 Step 5 $27.70 it looks disgusting. To add insult to injury, my daughter and I decided to drive our cart out to the Dock to have lunch, as we pulled up on the road lead- ing to the down ramp around the Casino we noticed a horrible stench. We paused to see if it was low tide then realized the smell must be coming from the roof of the Casino and decided we couldn't enjoy our meal with that stench in the air, and proceeded to turn around and head for the Sand trap! I am simply amazed that the community hasn't raised a huge "stink" about this whole issue! At least I don't remember reading anything about it in the local papers maybe I missed an issue? This jewel in the crown of our harbor is a disgrace! My mother and father met in Avalon, our house dates back to the late 1800s when my great grand father used to fish here, It has been a part of my life since I :iii : ::2 : :: : ::: CN.L MARIA ELENA FOR: A Q ATiON We are and have Family Owned Since 1879 "The Oldest Carpet Comljany ill Califonda" Carpeting Vinyl Floors I Ceramic Wood Floors the oldest carpet company in California owned a house in Avalon for over 100 years. Call 1-800-640-2606 Mon.-Ffi. 8 am-4:30 pm and make an appointment with John (4th generation), at our Long Beach showroom. Bring with you a diagram, with measurements in feet, for areas to be done. We wit[ figure the yardage. We make all arrangements for shipping to Avalon and from the barge to your job. We send over our installers to professionally install your selection. "~o Long/kach Showroom 5510 Brittort Drive " Lm~ Beach, Calif. 90815 mmon i w ww'bl esercawetone~ m 7th St, C~liK~ia I ,k~t~m,x~ #27"2823 kk~tll I k~ #114~ ": was born! Can't the City Council force some action to be taken? Doesn't anyone else care bout the stench and the general appear- ance of the building? I can't imag- ine anyone wanting to paint a pic- ture of this landmark right now!!! Please tell me what is going on so I can understand how his could have happened! Shelley Spurgeon McGuire Irvine Heated thanks I know that this letter is a bit over due, but it truly comes from the heart. As a former resident of Empire Landing, and I am sure that I am speaking for all of the current residents, my son Jeff and his family included, I just want to thank everyone and I do mean everyone who was involved in put- ting out the fire. I arrived on the Island Aug. 3, and although Jeff told me to be prepared for the sight of the burned areas, I guess I was not ready for just how big the fire was. It was very sadl See Letters, Page 9