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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FRIDAY September 19, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 38 Www.THECATALINAISLAN DER.COM s ............................................ Harbor Activity Report August brought the little com- munity of AValon a lot of visitors, fantastic weather, an abundance of fish and another supermoon on Aug. 10. There does not seem to be much doubt that El Nino has arrived. See page 2 Catalina Time Capsule Catalina's Historical researcher Chuck Liddell takes readers back in time as they visit the Catalina Island of the past. See page 3. National Museum Day As part of the Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day initia- tive, the Catalina Island Museum welcomed over 1,200 visitors dur- ing last year's National Museum Day celebration: On Saturday, Sept. 27, the Museum will once again open its doors free of charge. See page 5. On The Water Catalina Island is the birthplace for modern day sport fishing. The sportsman's ethic that we fish by today was written right here over 115 years ago. See page 4. Question and Answer Interview with writer of baseball story that became short film play- ing on Catalina. See page 7. Sweet Symphony Inaugural Holiday Symphony Concert remains a highly anticipated show set to move and entertain during month of December. See page 8. Commuters to the mainland Commuters from Catalina Island who travel to the mainland, land- ing in Long Beach on a daily basis to work a job or commit other business, will encounter a problem in regards to their normal public transportation route. See page 6 Conservancy Times From the tiny Catalina Island fox to one of the world's rarest but- terflies, Catalina Island is home to at least 60 plants and animals found nowhere else. Known as endemic species because they are found exclusively in one geographic area, their survival is essential to preserving the world's genetic diversity. See page 9 Pet of the Week Dog Pecos wears hats on Catalina Island as a fashion statement, which makes him a hit on the island. See page 2 Have a Pie In The Eye Brian Bray is pied by his 3 sons, Ethan, Ashton, and Slater, with assistance from Alex Carlson, as part of the Church Mouse Club fundraising dinner at the M Restaurant on Aug. 25. The pie was a tradi- tion that went on all through the years of the Church Mouse marlin tourna- ment fundrais- ers. The recent dinner event raised $11,400 for Avalon youth. win Event enters third year thanks to Scheyden's role STAFF REPORT The Third Annual Scheyden Catalina Air Show will fly into the area of Avalon Bay be on Saturday, Oct. 4. Since taking over the lead spon- sorship of the event, Scheyden Precision Eyewear - the market leader for premium lenses and frames engineered for aviation, fishing and golf, among other pur- suits - it's quickly becoming one of the region's most popular social outings' Feats of daring airplane acrobatics keep the Air Show alive. Courtesy photo The Catalina Airshow is thethe mission of sharing the magic only event of its kind in North and thrill of flying with spectators America held over beautifulyoung and old will be performanc- Pacific Ocean waters. Supporting Air Show, Page 10 Most come away with food for thought for Avalon's future BY TRAVlS PERKINS Members of the Avalon City Council attended the League of California Cities Expo Sept. 3-5 in Los Angeles and some said they gained perspective they may use at home. Avalon councilmember Joe Sampson, said he got a few new ideas. "It was quite enlightening," Sampson said. "I took a couple courses, and I want to thank the people of Avalon for sending me to this and picking up the tab ... I studied pretty hard, though." Sampson said he listened to the experiences and lessons learned of three cities familiar with droughts and water rationing. This included the city of Long Beach, which "featured a speaker who provided advice on how to deal with water rationing and dwindling water sup- plies. Additionally, Sampson said he studied housing, transportation, and learned how to get along with the community. He learned about the impact of skate parks, trash, and old benches. Sampson also met and talked with several mayors and even took a course on city managers, because City Council, Page 5 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: Legacy of the Bounty By Jim Watson EDITOR'S NOTE: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," available at Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. From marathons to art festivals to chili cookoffs, Catalina has a long string of venerable events that have filled out our calendars year and year out over the decades. Beginning this Wednesday, Is- landers and visitors alike will be treated to the fourth installment of one of the most successful and ino- vative of these events: the Cata- lina Film Festival It wasn't just our good looks that prompted festival founder Ron Truppa to choose Catalina as the venue for his film festival back in 2011. The historic role of Catalina as a unique and convenient loca- tion for Hollywood films over the decades also contributed to his de- cision. While big-name blockbusters such as Chinatown, MacArthur, Jaws, Pearl Harbor, The Aviator and Watson, Page 15 One of the original movie posters for MGM's "Mutiny on the Bounty," partially filmed at Catalina Island in the 1930s. (Artwork courtesy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) /