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Only on Catalina From page 1 Male Roommate Needed: I am looking for a roommate to share my three-room home with myself and one other person. Contact me: 24 HOUR SERVICE CALLS 'No,net file Casing Catalina Island has long been the location for over 500 movies and television productions. In fact, since 1909, when the very first movie was made here, there has been at least one show made on the Island EVERY YEAR, including 2017, without a gap! We have been used as the South Pacific, Caribbean, Mexico, Mediterranean, as well as our own Midwest, you name it, but rare- ly presented as "Catalina Island!" One such TV series decided to turn our "Casino" (Italian, for "place of gathering and entertainment") into a "Gambling Casino." "Airwolf" a popular show, about a "hot" pilot, Jan Michael Vincent (for those of you who remember one of my best friends, Valerie Rolich Scovel, he was her "heart throb," until she met him downtown during the shooting) and his co-pilot, Academy Award Winner, Ernest Borgnine (believe it or not, he was once married to Ethel Merman). They flew their atomic powered helicopter around the world to foil any attempts by bad men who tried to destroy "truth, justice, and the Americ m Way" (sorry, that was "Superman" but close). One epi- sode, which aired in 1984, entitled "Sins Of The Past," turned Avalon into a non-descript South American resort town which had been taken over by drug trafficers who par- took in assundry 6x;il and nefarious exploits. Our two "do gooders" were instructed by some bikini-clad locals to help get rid of them. The heli- copter hovered over the town until the "no goodnicks" were up in the Casino Ballroom gambling: They then flew around the building, shell- ing it with rifle fire, missies, bombs, and everything else imaginable! (I guess they were low on H-Bombs!). Needless to say, "shalom,'" "sayo- nara," "ciao," "au revoir," "adios" arrivederci," auf wiedersehen," and "ALOHA" to these bad guys, but also our beautiful Casino! It looked so REAL that I actually ran out of the house and looked at the build- ing to see if it was still standing! Of course it was only make believe, but it looked so real. Unfortunately, some of our 1937 era palm trees actually caught on fire and also some fire damage was done to the inside of the Ballroom itself. Needless to say, Billy Delbert, the Casino manager, had to revise his contracts for anyone desiring to lease the beautiful building, for whatever reason, to sign a "non- pyrotechnical" clause. Happily, the iconic 1929 Catalina symbol has not suffered any other indignities since! THURSDAY GATHERING 6:00PM Harbor master search to four candidates BY DAVID JINKENS FOR THE ISLANDER Shortly after the announced retirement of Harbor Master Brian Bray, the City of Avalon began its search for his replace- ment. The search yielded an ini- tial pool of more than 30 appli- cants, featuring Some of the most skilled, well rounded and impres- sive watermen in the world. The candidate resumes were reviewed and nine individu- als were selected for interviews in mid-July. Four finalists dis- tinguished themselves from the others. The remaining four can- didates will be interviewed, for a second time, later this month. As the search has been devel- oping, Assistant Harbor Master J.J. Poindexter has served the city as the Acting Harbormaster. A sincere thank you is extend- ed to JJ Poindexter and the entire Harbor Department for their cooperation and patience during this process. David dinkens is the city man- ager of Avalon. Conservancy helps City with landscaping BY DAVID JINKENS A team from the Catalina Island Conservancy worked diligently on Friday, Aug. 18 to remove invasive grass from City Hall Landscaping. The grass, known as Mexican Feathergrass, has recently been removed from other city landscaped areas as well. The Conservancy is working cooperatively with the city to replace the Mexican Feathergrass with other native species more appro- priate for landscaping in Avalon. New native species, grown at the local Ackerman Family Plant Nursery, are scheduled to be planted around the City Hall Campus in the late fall. 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