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Islanders marvel at shuttles last flight On Friday, Sept. 21, the SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOR made its grand tour of the Southland, mounted piggyback on a specially adapted Boeing 747. Although the shuttle didn't make its way to Catalina, a small cadre of Avalon residents perched themselves at the summit to take their chances at a glimpse of the historic flight. At the summit with binoculars were Bob " "Cranton; Capt. Mike Lewis of the Los Angeles County Fire Department; Lenny Altherr, director of facilities for the Conservancy, and Chuck Wright, director of development for the Conservancy. Also on hand was Kathleen Hill-Carlisle with her Dobsonian 8-inch reflector celestial telescope. While those with binoculars were able to catch a glimpse of the Shuttle as.it cruised above the conversion layer, Hill-Carlisle had the best luck. "1 saw it when it was directly over the Queen Mary," she said. "It was huge!" . TOP RIGHT: Bob Cranton; Capt. Mike Lewis of the Los Angeles County Fire Department; Lenny Altherr, director of facilities for the Conservancy and Chuck Wright, director of development for the Conservancy strain their eyes through binoculars for a glimpse of the Space Shuttle at the Summit. BELOW:; Kathleen Hill-Carlisle got the best view with her Dobsonian 8-inch reflector celestial telescope. - Photos by Bob Rhein Islanders zero. in on college If yo u happened by the Landing this summer, you might have no- ticed a lot of serious looking kids stuffed into a cramped office. And now that summer has turned to fall, they're still in there. What's going on in there anyway? In fact, these kids are Islanders getting ready for college. They're spending their free time voluntarily learning how to take the SAT test, deciding which college will be best " for them, and working hard on their paths to adulthood. This past summer, some 18 youthful Islanders spent more than 50 hours apiece in a special SAT training course. The sessions were sponsored by the Santa Catalina Is- land Fund and led by Danny Rivkin, a seasonal Islander herself and now a junior at Bates College in Maine. A number of former SCIF stu- dents now in college also helped out. Islander Ali Marinelli (now at Bard at Simons Rock) made a spe- cial effort to assist the upcoming seniors with their college essays. Other aid was provided by Colin Eubank (also at Bard at Simon's Rock), Devin Eubank (College of Wooster), Leo Garcia (University .of New Mexico, Highlands), Mon- ica Perez (Coe College), Virdiana Vega and Elizabeth Silva (both at Ripon College), and Yadira Bastida and Reyna Virgen (both attending Cottey College). Aside from a tough curriculum, these sessions are not easy. Most participants hold down one or more seasonal jobs, many are non-na- tive speakers of Engl!sh, and aca- demic abilities vary widely. Still SCIF administrators said they were struck at the level of commitment made by the students and how hard they worked. Island Co. to host .23rd Buccaneer Days The Santa Catalina Island Company will host the 23rd an- nual Buccaneer Days celebration from Thursday, Oct. 4, to Sunday afternoon, Oct. 7, in Two Harbors. All pirates-at-heart are invited to don their best buccaneer cos- tumes and set sail for a weekend of great food, cold libations, live music, a treasure hunt for adults, costume contest and much more. The $20 cover charge provides access to four days of nearly non- stop entertainment on the beach of Two Harbors. This year's event will be filled with live music on all four days, as well  a DJ in between bands, so the music from "The Humble Hooligans," "Headshine" and a live band provided by "Xceptional Music" will provide non-stop en- tertainment. The Scallywag Food Booth opens Saturday at noon. Otherwise food is available at the Harbor Reef or the West End Gal- lery. All the music and dancing is centered in the Pirate Village which includes the Harbor Reef deck as well as the Plaza below, A "VIP" area known as the "Holdfast Hideaway" will be available daily and will include a clean, comfortable grass area with a private restroom and bartender. The cost is $30 a day for Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6. Sailor Jerry representatives will be in the "Holdfast Hideaway" as well. Boaters should arrive by Thurs- diy to secure a mooring for the weekend. Otherwise, cross-chan- nel transportation is available from San Pedro and Avalon on the Catalina Express or take a wild ride through Catalina's rugged in- terior on the Catalina Expeditions Safari Bus from Avalon for $32 per person ($26 for children) each way. Also check with "Afishina- dos" who will transport guests on their new boat, "Catallac." Classic Santa Catalina Island 209 East Whittley Ave, Avalon, CA 90704 Q ii ....... Legal Duplex with Conditional-Use Permit, Allowing Vacation Rental of Top Unit! $1,880,000 Designed in 1928 by Hans Wallner, 209 E. Whittley's previous use was religious, for generations. Today it is two units, beautifully renovated for the best in island living. Lower unit is residential, ground floor unit with one bedroom & spa-like bath featunng sunken, jet tub. Top unit was the congregation space, now a spectacular great room with endless ssibilities Features generous Pacific Ocean view patio, charming claw foot tub, refinished fir wood flooring, skylight & rear access to new )anoramic roof deck. A total of 2,801 square feet per tax records. SHOWING8 - By Appointment Only Don't miss thishistoric gem on Catalina Island. ! J!,! THE CATAUNA ISLANDER September 28, 2012 7