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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 FR,.AY October 10, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 41 Www.THECATALI NAISLAN DER.COM 00SI'00IDDCR BRi[FS .......................................... Air Show thrills Islanders and visitors In case you didn't notice, a CF-18 Hornet flew over Avalon a few times last Saturday as part of the Third Annual Scheyden Catalina Air Show. See story, page 9 Bob Butte services A celebration of the life of Bob Butte will be held at noon, Oct. 11, at the 'M,' followed by a 3 p.m. walk out to the Casino Dock Cafe. At 10 a.m., Oct. 19, a gath ering will be held in the water at :- Marina Del Rey harbor, followed by a reception at noon at the Pacific Mariners Yacht Club. See story, page 8 Water le;el update As of Wednesday, Oct. 1, the Thompson Reservoir water level measured 283 acre feet. The level was unchanged from the Sept. 26 measurement. Catalina is current- ly in Stage 2 water rationing. Catalina Island Foundation begins outreach An interview with Mike Rivkin about the fledgling Catalina Island Foundation. See story, page 2 Catalina joins the battle for St. JudemSecond Annual Last month, Islanders collected more than $15,000 for St. Jude Children's Hospital. See story, page 5 Museum holiday concert set The Catalina Island Museum's second annual Holiday Symphony Concert showcasing the acclaimed Stanford Symphony Orchestra will take place on December 12, 2014 at the his- toric Avalon Theater. See story, page 6 School carnival creates memorable night Avalon Schools celebrated 40 or more years of carnival excitement on Friday, Oct. 3. See story, page 7 Medical Center welcomes new vocational nurse Licensed vocational nurse Nicole Morales, 23, came to the Catalina Island Medical Center's Medical Group Office to begin her medical career less than three months ago. See story, page 10 Leroy the cat statue returned Public Works staff to decide on new place for Leroy's statue BY CHARLES M. KELLY Avalon Schools carries on its School Carnival tradition Avalon Schools-held its annual carnival that has been heldfor decades. Students had fun after dinner playing games. Seen from left are: Frankie Castro, Jenny Marquez, Yasmin Daza, David Leyva, and Curtis Sabicer from the Class of 2017. Photo by Carlos Martinez. For the full story and more photos, see page 7 Can you believe it? The King of Avalon was lost, but now has been found. Leroy the cat is back. That is, the statue of the cat who once owned the community of Avalon, has been found. Leroy was brought into the Tuesday, Oct. 7, council meeting in a cat carrier before being unveiled to the council. The audi- ence "awed" at the sight of the statue. City staff is looking lazzTrax I smooth culture home at poten- .- tial places Event continues to pump up Avalon's economic engine town an added post-summer sea- son economic boost as it contin- ues through this weekend and the next. According to JazzTrax's pro- BY DENNIS KAISER The 28th Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival kicked off on Thursday, bringing to Avalon a flow of music fans. Following on the heels of last weekend's Third Annual Scheyden Catalina Air Show, JazzTrax is expected to give the - motet, Art Good, there are some of the festival's enthusiasts who have been making the trip to Catalina for nearly three decades, helping to fill the town's hotels and keep restaurants and retails shops filled and busy. A key component of the festival is its smooth jazz signature that was carved out by Good's long- running JazzTrax radio show he started in 1985. Since he founded the festival on Catalina in 1987, many credit the island for being Leroy's life story was told in "Leroy the Catalina Cat" in 1975. JazzTrax, Page 12 to place the statue. In real life, Leroy-- sometimes known as "the King of Avalon"-- was the town's cat. He belonged to no one person, but managed to capture the heart of the entire community. Islander columnist/local histo- rian Chuck Liddell remembered the small town celebrity. "I knew Leroy as well as any- one else in the town did. He/she Leroy, Page 12 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: Catalina's Shining Beacon BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," available at Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. Catalina Island may be a figurative shining beacon to the world of romance, adventure and recration in general, but for decades the Island has provided a beacon that literally shines a path to the world's airlines that come to Southern California. I am, of course, referring to that bowling pin-shaped structure on the very tip top of Mt. Oriza- ba in the Island's interior. Though approaching ob- solescence in this day and age, the beacon has been putting out the welcome mat to approaching airlin- ers since its construction back in the 1950s. If you've never seen it, and you feel like you're due for a bit Watson, Page 15 The Catalina VORTAC is situated atop Mt. Orizaba in the Island's interior. The radio navigational beacon has been putting out the welcome mat for airliners approaching the West Coast for more than 50 years. (Photo courtesy Dundeel/