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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS VOLUME 97, ISSUE 39 every week - since 1914 BRI[FS Lancers Football Game sot for 7 p.m. on Sasturday The Avalon Lancers Football team will be squaring off against Windward this Saturday., Oct. 1. The kick-off time is at 7 p.m. at Joe Machado Field, where there will be BBQ hot dogs and snacks available for purchase. Stand Up Paddle Festival Catalina's first ever Stand Up . Paddle Festival will be held Friday through Sunday at Descanso Beach. The race courses are designed for paddlers of all ages and skill levels. Live demonstra- tions will also be held in Avalon Bay and along Front Street. Races begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. Buccaneer's Day The 22nd Annual Buccaneer's Day will be held this weekend, Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Don your best pirate attire and set sail for Two Harbors for a day of treasure hunts, cos- tume contests, great food, live music and a lot of fun. Jazz Trax begins Thursday The 25th annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival will begin its three-week schedule on Thursday, Oct. 6 and will run through Oct. 23. Each weekend line up will feature performances beginning on Thursday evenings "Unplugged Under the Stars" at Descanso Beach Club at 7 p.m. The-Casino Ballroom will hold Friday evening concerts at 7:30 p.m., and perfor- mances at noon and 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Back to School Night Avalon Middle and High School "Back to School Night" will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., TuesdaY, Oct. 4. All parents are encour- aged to attend without their chil- dren. See story, page 2 Hollywood Coming to Town? According to the Indiewire Playlist, Director Max Winkler (son of Henry) and actor/writer Jake Johnson sold a deal to "cre- ate and write a comedy centered around two brothers who reunite and decide to do the most ambi- tious thing of their lives: win the seat of mayor on Catalina Island." See story, page 5 Bison roundup scheduled Following the 2011 calving season, Catalina now has three more baby bison--as opposed to 29 in 2010--thanks to the Conservancy's new program of birth control for its bson herd. A roundup of bison is planned for later this year, to make certain all females get their annual shots. See story, page 6 00Sh00lnl)00B / ,,,,,, S=pt_=.---.-=l:::: 30, 2011 Last Sunday, 11 year old Joe Guion caught a 56 pound Opah fish while fishing with his father JJ. just off the coast of Catalina. Opah fish are a rare sighting for this region, and only one or two fish are reported to be caught every couple of years. See story, page 9. Vet gets belated Purple Heart RICHARD SALDANA LOSES HAND INVlETNAM AND GOES ON TO HIT 24 HOLE IN ONE SHOTS oN .AVALON LINKS explosion left his right hand dan- an oak leaf cluster for subsequent gling from his wrist and it was lat- injuries in battle. BY DENNIS KAISER The date was April 1, 1970. Richard Saldana was 24 years old, serving his country in Vietnam. Despite the date, what happened was no joke. It changed his life forever. A specialist fourth class, Sal- dana and other soldiers were sent to shake some Viet Cong out of their position. He was driving an armored personnel carrier when it was ambushed. A rocket.grenade hit the tank's ammunition can. The GROUND.BREAKS ON AVALON SCHOOL DENTAL FACILITY CEREMONY MARKS 79TH ANNIVERSARY OF LONG BEACH CHILDREN'S DENTAL CLINIC BY CHARLES M. KELLY AND IENNIFER LEONHARDI The Long Beach Children's Dental Health Clinic marked its 79th anniversary this month with a groundbrelking ceremony !n Ava- lon on Saturday, Sept. 10. The ceremony, held at Avalon Schools, announced the modular building that is to be installed on the campus that will facilitate and be the new home to Avalon Chil- dren's Dental Health Clinic. : "On behalf of the Children's Dental Foundation Board and the CDHC staff, we welcome you as we together celebrate the ground breaking of our new CDHC Avalon Clinic," wrote Dental Foundation President Josephine Fitzpatrick and Executive Director John L. Blake in the event program. et removed in a field hospital. The muscles in his left arm were also badly dam- aged. He nearly lost the ann, but doctors in Japan were able to save it. That was the end of the war for Saldana and the beginning of a long process of heal- ing that has never real- ly ended. He still feels pain and experiences trauma from the explosion that caused his injuries. In addition, Saldana never received a second purple heart, which would include "They said they had no proof that I had been hurt," r Saldana Said. "Yeah, they pushed it under the carpet." Family members and friends wrote letters for a long time but to-no avail. Meanwhile, Sal- dana struggled to get on with his life. Last week, 40 years after that fate, ful day in Vietnam, Sal- dana was notified that he has been awarded the second Purple Heart medal. "I'm glad I got it, that's all," Golfer, Page 8 Several local representatives from Catalina attended the event, includ- ing Mayor Bob Kennedy, Avalon Schools nursing staff, School Ad- ministrators, and representatives from The Santa Catalina Island Company. City Councilman Ralph Morrow said many people, mostly donors to the Long Beach Memorial Hospital, came from the mainland to attend the event as well, despite the bad weather on the mainland. During the ceremony Morrow was named an honoree by the foun- dation, for his dedication and sup- port of the Children's Dental Health Clinic over the past 20 years. He ac- School, Page 7 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This week: The Ghost Of Cricket Alley Editor's Note: In the com- ing weeks leading up to Halloween and Day of the Dead, this column will fea- ture stories from Catalina's rich folklore of ghost stories. BY JIM WATSON While many of Avalon's ghost stories are rooted in age-old tradi- tions handed down througl) the de- cades, not all of them are confined to the past. Such is the case with that little nook of a cranny we call Cricket Alley on Metropole Street that hous- es a number of small establishments, including our Radio Shack/Catalina Discount & Variety store. According to two of the former employees at that location, there was a period of about a year or two when they regularly saw the apparition of a "young man" pass- ing not only through the corridor that links all of the little shops in Cricket Alley, but. on at least one occasion within the store itself. mystery, Page 9 Those who frequent the shops in Cricket Alley on Metrepole Street in their daily errands may have some "ghost- ly" company. (Photo by Jim Watson)