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Friday, September 1, 2006 The CATAUNA ISLANDER x Page 9 Blair Bla relied on music to putAlthough the Blairs still con- himself through college. Hesider Avalon their parttime home, Continued from page 1 became a navy dentist during as much a part of the community Word War II and served on the fabric as any "fulltime" residents. used to own a restaurant, she had a battleship USS New Jersey. After It helps that it is not uncommon stroke and can hardly talk. But the war he started his own practice for Frank Blair to purchase tickets when I play something for her by in Long Beach. to an Avalon event and then freely (Count) Bassie she sings all of the Catalina has been a part of pass them out to people passing by words. It's really something to see Blair's life since he was 8 years on the street. her do that. You can't put a value old when he visited the Island with "Well, we've worked hard and on it." his family, done well and we're not too Church Mouse cadre of volunteers she has come to refer to as her "extended fami- Continued from page I ly." community Bob and I take noth- ing for running the tournament. The only thing that comes off the top is the cost of the T-shirts, hats and dinner. "It's a cause and effect. Peo- ple like to know where the money they donate is going and they can see where the money we raise goes." Church Mouse is a family affair for the Buttes. Their two daughters help out with selling raffle tickets and related events such as the dinner inthe Casino Ballroom where one lucky bidder gets to push a pie into the face of the Avalon harbormaster. "i don't know how that got started but it now brings in about $1,000 a year;' Carol Butte said. Butte's daughter Maggi also videotaped the event this year. In addition to her immediate family, Butte said presenting the Church Mouse tournament takes a There were a total of 18 mar- lins released. The scores were as follows: First place: Dialed In - 2 fish Second place: Serenity - 2 fish Third place: Tunamas - 2 fish Fourth place: Reel Change - 2 fish Fifth place: Sea Dancer - 1 fish embarrassed to give some of it away;' he said, of such actions. Blair retired from dentistry about 10 years ago. His son Frank Blair Jr. took over the practice in Long Beach. In addition, the Blairs also have three other children: daugh- "We've had a wonderful life" ter Nancy, a dental hygienist; son Fa'ank Blair said. Peter, who owns a car garage in And so it continues. This Long Beach and son Bob, who has weekend Blair and his wife will worked in various boating-related head to the mainland for another positions on Catalina, including music engagement for Frank. for the Harbor Department and the "Music is such a euphoric Island Company. thing" he said. "It gets you going" The Blairs met when Frank While residents of Avalon was in the naval dentistry school admire the Blairs, the feelings in Bethesda, Maryland. seem to be mutual. "She was the girl next door" "We have been so fortunate to he said. live here in Avalon and enjoy When Frank shipped out they things like going fishing and hik- corresponded via letters. Ruth ing and all people who make this moved out to California and they such a special place" he said. got together again and ultimately "This is the only city on an Island married, nearby on the West Coast" imagine losing our home where our land fire crews, military and kids grew up and where our grand- inmate fire crews, helicopters', Continued from page 4 children are now growing up. SCICO crew, Airport-in-the-Sky I would like to extend my crew and all of the individuals This morning, as I am looking thanks to everyone who worked on who pitched in and did what need- outofJeff'sbackdooruptothehills the fire. Two Harbors (Isthmus) ed to be done. You are all the where the fire had burned. I realize fire crew, Baywatch, Conservancy greatest and I am so grateful to just how lucky we are that they were crews. Buffalo Springs Station each of you. able to hold the fire from coming Restaurant crew, Avalon and L.A. God bless all of you. down into the camp. I just can't County fire crews, all of the main- Jeannie Quesenberry Dr. Jim Thank you Dr. Denny! For all the wonderlui care you gave to our |amily member "Woody" We will miss him. Love the Thoricht Family FAMILY DENTISTRY Serving Catalina Island with a smile! 4301 ATLANTIC AVE LONG BEACH (562) 426-9308 Islanders- 15% discount with this adl Celebrate Labor Day Weekend While relaxing at The Landing Bar & Grill Saturday & Sunday Live Music with Gil Torres form 1-3pm Full Bar & Lunch menu featuring our unique cocktails. Enjoy the music & one of our microbrews (The largest selection on the Island) in the El Canto (The Enchanted) beer garden *Breakfast Served Friday-Saturday 8a.m.-11 a.m. 101 Marilla Ave in The beautiful El Encanto Marketplace For Reservations (310) 510-1474 Oelivery als0 available im.cBgum.m