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VOLUME SERVING CATALINA 98, Issue 36 ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 FI~|.Ay September 7, 2012 BRmEFS ......................................... Catalina Outrigger Channel Crossing this weekend The Catalina Channel Crossing, U.S. Championship Outrigger Canoe Race, will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9. See story, page 7 Cadman Memorial Sept. 15 The Jonathan Michael Cadman memorial will be held at the Bird Park on Sept. 15 from noon-lO p.m. The public is welcome. Honoring two veterans Two of Avalon's recently deceased veterans will be honored at 3 p.m: Sunday, Sept. 16, at "Club Pete" at Pebbly Beach. Michael L. Kennedy and Steven G. Shawver, both veterans and members of Veterans .of Foreign Wars Avalon Post 4682, passed away last month. Information: Call Tom Campbell at (310) 808-7848. Film Society to show 'Mariachi Gringo' An advance screening of "Mariachi Gringo" will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, in the Hotel Metropole Conference Room at 205 Crescent Ave. Suggested donation: $10. For more informa- tion. visit the Film Society web- site www' New Museum exhibition draws weekend crowds A crowd gathered outside the Catalina Island Museum Friday night, Aug. 31, waiting to be the first to see the exhibition about the life of William Wrigley Jr. and his unique vision for Santa Catalina Island. See story, page 5 Adult Basketball League registation to start Registration for the Fall Adult Basketball League will be held in the gym on Sunday, Sept. 9 between 2 and 5 p.m. Games will be played on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 8 to 9 p.m. and on Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m. For more information, call Steve Hall at (310) 422-8093. Kids at Play mark 20 years Tuesday," Sept. 1t, Kids at Play will begin its 20th season_with a brand new lO-week session" Students ages 7 through eighth- grade will meet at'the first class at Tremont Hall from 3:30 - 5 p.m. There will be a brief parent meet- ing to follow at 5 p.m. See page 6 Bravos Landscaping Tournament Champions It was a close game, but "when it was ove~ the softball champi- ons had earned the title. Bravo's Landscaping defeated Straight Up Builders by a score of 22-18, respectively. See story, page 6 2012-2013 Teachers at Avalon~School include: Tanaya Arteaga - K8 RSP Teacher Juli Killpack - 2nd/3rd, Tina Newhard - 5th Lisa Oliver - 4th/5th, Hilda Rodriguez: 4th, A bert Gal o.- MS/HS Math, J~mmy Guadagno - HS ELD, MSTHS drama, Devt Mason - HS Science. Kersten Scanlon - Speech. Other New Facu ty: Debra But er - nstructional Aide, Dagny Collie~- Counselor's Clerk. • m all TWO PARAMEDICS WERE ed last week, the boy was injured Gencarella told the Islander he at first several people saw the WITNESSES TO ATTACK THAT Saturday evening, Aug. 25, at the has kept in touch with the boy's bison. They kept what he called LEFT 9-YEAR-OLD BOY GORED• Little Harbor campsite, father, a good distance from the bison, By all accounts, the boy wasIn a Wednesday, Sept. 5, inter- forming a semi-circle on one side BY CHARLES M. KELLY thrown several feet when the bison view, Stockdale said Gencarella of the animal. Then an adult with attacked, last spoke with the boy's family a cell phone started taking pic- The 9-year-01d boy who was Fortunatly for the boy, Mat-three days earlier. Stockdale said tures of some kids with the bison. gored by a Catalina bison is ap- thew Gencarella, an off-duty Los that as far as they knew, the boy When the animal snorted and parently doing better. According Angeles Fire Department para- was still in the hospital but was ea- turned toward them, the children to two off-duty medics who were medic, and Zach Stockdale, aget to get out. ran away ladghing. Stockdale present when the boy was attacked, former Army Ranger with medi- "It definitely could have been said the kids were 6 feet from the he is still in the hospital but is ex- cal training, were both camping worse" Gencarella said. bison when it snorted. pected to recover, in the area and witnessed the-at- According to Stockdale, the In related news, Leslie Baer, tack. Gencarella and Stockdale The incident man with the cell phone then told spokeswoman for the Catalina Is- did not know one another before Neither StOckdale nor Gen- the kids to approach the animal land Conservancy, said there were the attack, but the two former carella wanted to blame anyone slowly.• It was apparently at this no plans at this time to change the Army Special Forces men found for the accident. According to point that the bison decided to policy that allows bison free range out they had a lot in common and Gencarella, the animal apparently_ leave. The 9-year-old victim was, throughout most of the Island. have stayed- in contact with one wanted to leave, unfortunately, in the bison's path. As the Catalina Islander report- another since. Stockdale, however, said that Bison, Page 4 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The ill-fated 'Around The Island' race of 1928 BY JIM WATSON girl, the clerk or the artisan or the boy scout" for the off-season win- Over the dozen or so decades ter months, Mr. Wrigley first set that have passed since the town of up the local economy -to provide Avalon first hung out its shingle non-tourism oriented jobs for lo- as a tourist-resort, many valiant cal residents• Otir legacy of min'- efforts have been made by those ing and quarrying, and our iconic charged with attracting visitors Catalina tile manufactured at the to the Island's shores to make the long-defunct Catalina Clay Prod- town a year-round destination, ucts division at Pebbly Beach were No •greater effort was expended the direct result of these efforts. to achieve those ends than those During the 1920s, however, el- instituted by William Wrigley Jr., forts to attract visitors during those in the years following his purchase quiet, melancholy days of winter of the Santa Catalina Island Com- began in earnest. Events such as the pany, and therefore 99 percent of .Wrigley Ocean Marathon, hunting the Island, in 1919. of wild goat, deer and boar as well Before expanding on his at-as an intensive marketing program tempts to attract the "tired shop were launched. t.opt.-L ~1˘ st,~xcs: ~to.,~-i,tr Whippets Thri.l( i -]- S " tn [ elt'est , l)°! t Magazine cover at left touts'the The ill-fated 'Around The Island' race of 1928. During the 1920s, William Wrigley made efforts to attract visitors during those quiet, mel- ancholy days of winter began m - earnest. The race of one of them. Courtesy photo. One such attempt wasthe Mott Outboard Motor Sweepstakes "Around the Island" race on Jan. 15, 1928. The event was named for the master of ceremonies Major Lawrence Mott of KFWO radio. Despite being smack in the mid- dle of winter, the month of Janu- ary on the Island often features a lovely string of days or even weeks Watson, Page 9