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VOLUME 97, SERVING CATALINA  ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS ISSUE 37 every week - since 1914 BRI[FS Cruise ship to visit The cruise Ship Celebrity Millennium will visit Avalon on Sunday, September 18. 53rd Festival of Art The 53rd Annual Festival of Art will begin on Front Street Friday, September 16 and run through Sunday, September 18. Friday Night Lights The Avalon High School Boys Football game scheduled for Friday, September 16 will be ver- sus Rolling Hills Prep. Kickoff is at 7pm at Joe Machado Field. Specials to Triathletes The 27th Annual Catalina Island Triathlon will be the only fall triathlon on Catalina Island. To celebrate the Catalina Island Triathlon on Nov. 5, the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and its members are providing triath- letes a variety of Island specials during the weekend of the event. See story, page 2. JazzTrax' 25th year This year marks the JazzTrax festival's 25th anniversary. The event was named the number one smooth jazz festival in America. The Islander recently spoke with JazzTrax founder Art Good. See story, page 3. Microbrew Fest The ninth annual Two Harbors Microbrew Festival will be held from 1-.4 p.m. Sept. 17 on Isthmus Beach. The event will raise money to benefit Avalon High School graduates. See story, page 5. Fund created for locals' higher education The Santa Catalina Island Fund for Higher Education is a program centered around post-high school life. The Fund's foundational goals are to have each participating stu- dent find "fit" colleges and locate funds to allow students to attend their choice college. See story,, page 2. Diver to make 30-mile SCUBA trip from Catalina Scott Cassell, an environmental activist will attempt to dive below the surface and travel 30 miles from Catalina to Los Angeles in less than 24_hours on Saturday, Sept. 17. See story, page 4. West End Cruising Club seeks charter members Boaters who "enjoy Two Harbors may now sign up as charter mem- bers of the new West End Cruising Club. The club, which launched on Aug. 1, features a host of exclu- sive savings complementary ser- vices and upgrades. See story, page 5. September 11th Memorials were held throughout Avalon this past Sunday, including a ceremony held at City of Avalon Fire Department. Seen here (Back row L to R): Steven Hoe, Dave Long, Mark Bray, Mike Krug, Ryan Keeline, Frank Minuto, Donald Moritz, Mitch Brown, Matt Kalier (Bottom Row L to R): Jessie McDonald, PhilUp Minuto, Mike Alegda and John Meffert. New teachers for Avalon Schools NINE JOIN THE STAFF TO FACE NEW SCHOOL YEAR BY CHRISTOPHER BLEHM This school year has seen sev- eral new faces enter the classrooms at Avalon Schools. Here is a brief introduction to our new teachers. Come and meet them at Back to School Night at 6 p.m. on Oct. 4. Mel Lazenby is our new spe- cial ed teacher. He was the Southern San Joaquin Valley in Bakersfield, got married very young, worked over 25 years for the US Postal Service before go- ing back to school to become a teacher. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Azusa Pacific Univer- sity, graduating summa cum laude, then went immediately into their master of arts/credential program and earned his master's degree in Former postal worker Mel Lazenby retires and goes back to school to become a teacher at Avalon Schools special education and mild/moder- ate credentials. Mel completed his student teaching at Twain Elementary in the Long Beach Unified School District and then went on to fill several long-term sub roles in the district. Ever since then, he has been working to get back into the district. The last two years he taught at Graves Middle School in the South Whittier School District. He resigned to pursue a placement in the LBUSD. "I am married to the most won- derfully supportive wife, Gayla, and she has already been over to the Island to meet some of our teachers and staff and to take an Inland Island Tour with me," he said. "Gayla works for Automat- ed Data Processing in La Palma, Calif. We live in Buena Park and my commute to Avalon School is about 3.5-4 hours round trip, but so worth it to work in such a great school with such an incred- ible staff. I am already hoping for many years at Avalon School." Eighth-grade teacher Alicia Pa- pale introduced herself with, "I am excited to be teaching ELA 8, ELD III, and serving as the Co-op Foods point person for the 2011-2012 school year. I grew up on the East Teachers, Page 6 Peek into Casino projection room RARE VINTAGE EQUIPMENT SETS FACILITY APART FROM MANY MODERN ONES BY JIM WATSON Just below the Casino's mez- zanine level, tucked away behind an otherwise unremarkable door within the zig-zagging confines of the building's East Wing, lies an integral but largely unknown part of the theater's operations. Unlike the vast majority of the- aters across America, the projec- tion room for the Avalon Theatre has remained virtually unchanged from the then-state-of-the-art room that the world came to see in May of 1929 with the grand opening of Mr. Wrigley's "Pleasure Palace." Much like the whole town of Avalon itself, the projection room (actually a five-room complex lo- Cated above the theater lobby) is es- sentially a living museum. It is not an intentional recreation of the past, nor is it a carefully-crafted attempt at portraying vintage technology from a 21st century point of view. Isolated from the various ad- vancements and oscillations in technology and taste over the past eight decades, the projec- Projectors, Page 9 Not much has changed within the vintage Projection Room in the Avalon Casino in the more than 80 years since the building opened. Kept largely in its'original state, the Projection Room, like much of Avalon itself, is a living museum. (Photo courtesy Catalina Island Museum).