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Medical Center welcomes new arrival in Nicole Morales, LVN NEW LICENSED VOCATIONAL NURSE PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN ASSISTING CIMC STAFF BY JUDY HIBBS There's a new licensed voca- tional nurse serving patients and working with the staff at CIMC'S Medical Group Office in Avalon. LVN Nicole Morales, 23 came to Catalina Island Medical Center to begin her medical career less than three months ago and she is already an important part of the team assisting residents and visitors. A 2012 graduate of Stanbridge College in Irvine, Nicole shows her skills and youthful enthusi- asm when greeting patients, tak- ing vital signs and prepping the patient before individuals are seen by a physician or Nurse Practitioner in the clinic. She can put small children at ease with her smile and assures adults with her professionalism. Nicole thrived in nursing after caring for her own Grandma who had dementia related to advancing Alzheimer's. "I felt so blessed to live such a healthy life style and taking care of her made me realize that I wanted to help others in need" After graduating from California High School in Whittier she entered a private nursing school for a full time one-year program. Like many other new graduates PETITE TO CURVY GIRL .LINGERIE COLLECTIONS LOCALLY CU ME" STERLING SILVER PENDANTS AND MURANO GLASS BEADS ROPA INTIMA PARA TOnO TIPO DE MUaiR COME SEE .US! LOCATED IN THE METROPOLE MARKETPLACE Shows Nightly at 7:30pm Rated R Admission: Adult $15.00, Senior or Child $13.00 Matinee - Saturday & Wednesday 4:30pm Admission: Adult $10.00, Senior or Child $8.00 Every Tuesday $8.00 Admission she then went job hunting. She found the Catalina Island Medical Center opening through the career placement office at her school. "I inquired, interviewed and was hired. Everyone has been so wel- coming and nice," she shared. Interestingly enough her Grandma also lived on Catalina when she was a young girl in her 20's. Nicole has met people who knew and remember her Grandma which she has found to be very encour- aging. Nicole loves to have a good time, go to the beach, and enjoys working out, and seeing movies, especially romantic comedies. Family and church are also big priorities for her. She attends Seacoast Grade Church in Cypress regularly and visits family and friends on the mainland often. "I'd like to eventually study to be an RN". Being in a new job, in a new town, and away from every- body I know "takes some getting used to", but "I love it here" she commented. She has a bright future with CIMC and the Medical Group Office. For information on medi- cal services provided at Catalina Island Medical Center, please call the hospital at (310) 510-0700 or the Medical Group Office at (310) 510-0096. There's a new licensed voca- tional nurse serving patients and working with the staff at CIMC'S Medical Group Office in Avalon. LVN Nicole Morales, 23 came to Catalina Island Medical Center to begin her medical career less than three months ago and she is already an important part of the team assisting residents and VISitors. A 2012 graduate of Stanbridge College in Irvine, Nicole shows her skills and youthful enthusiasm when greeting patients, taking vital signs and prepping the patient before individuals are seen by a physician or Nurse Practitioner in the clinic. She can put small children at ease with her smile and assures adults with her professionalism. Nicole thrived in nursing after caring for her own Grandma who had dementia related to advancing Alzheimer's. "I felt so blessed to live such a healthy life style and taking care of her made me real- ize that I wanted to help others in need" After graduating from California High School in Whittier she entered a private nursing school for a full time one-year program. Like many other new graduates she then went job hunt- ing. She found the Catalina Island Medical Center opening through the career placement office at her school. "I inquired, interviewed and was hired. Everyone has been so welcoming and nice," she shared. Interestingly enough her Grandma also lived on Catalina when she was a young girl in her 20's. Nicoke has met people who knew and remember her Grandma which she has found to be very encouraging. Nicole loves to have a good time, go to the beach, and enjoys working out, and seeing mov- ies, especially romantic comedies. Family and church are also big Hal Franks Brother could you spare 5 minutes for a dumb joke? If you ran into Hal Franks in town, you know he wouldn't let you go without telling you a joke. Hal loved to laugh and bring happiness to everyone he met. In 1926, John Halen Franks (Hal) was born on Man- hattan Island in the heart of New York City. At the age of 10 he moved to Los Angeles with his father, Ralph. After attending Webb in Claremont he graduated from Nicole Morales, LVN, holds a blood pressure cuff as she readies an exam room for the next Medical Group Office patient. Courtesy photo friends on the mainland often. "I'd like to eventually study to be an RN." Being in a new job, in a new town, and away from every- body I know "takes some getting used to", but "I love it here" she commented. She has a bright future with CIMC and the Medical Group Office. For information on medi- cal services provided at Catalina Island Medical Center, please call the hospital at (310) 510-0700 or the Medical Group Office at (310 510-0096. prl6Htidg"f6r 5t. "* "SIAL  ttetdg '  = ..... j Seacoast Grace Church iC:yptess.::: rover from regularly and visits family and Utah is found dead Polytechnic School in 1942. Hal attended Occidental college where he stud- ied biology. At the young age of 19, Hal enlisted in the US Army to bravely serve his country. He was stationed at the Aleutian Islands when he fought for our country in WWII. Upon his return, Hal took a job as a salesman for Gerber. One night, a friend convinced Hal to tag along on a blind double date. When he and his buddy arrived, Hal took one look at Betty and informed his friend they were switching dates. Betty and Hal were married soon after and raised 2 children, Susie and Robbie, in Glendora. Hal and Betty fell in love with Catalina and began spending summers sailing to the island with their kids in the late 1950s. In 1974, they purchased the Hen House. Later, they bought The Catalina Bronze Company and started Catalina Candy Co. They worked their businesses over the summer while living on their sail boat in Avalon Harbor. Susie was married and had Hal & Betty's first grandchild, Mikey. Hal and Betty loved Catalina so much that they decided to become locals in the early 80's. Along with their son and daughter-in-law in 1990, they estab- lished the girl store: Catalina Confetti. Hal always enjoyed greeting custom- ers, selling his fudge and telling a joke or two. Hal & Betty helped to raise 3 grandchildren on the island: Chrissy, Kasey and Jillian. He was involved in the Avalon community and was an elder of the Calvary Bible Church. Hal spent 24 years as a dedicated business partner at Catalina Confetti before retiring. He spent the rest of his days eating at favorite local restaurants and spending time with his family at home in the bright yellow house on the hill. Hal was a friendly and generous man who had a great sense of humor. He is survived by his wife, Betty, his son, Robert, his three granddaughters: Chrissy, Kasey and Jillian, and grand son-in-law Josiah. Celebration of life to be held at Avalon Community Church Saturday Octo- ber 18th, 2014 at 1:30 P.M. Donations in Hal's memory may be sent to Catalina Island Humane Society (CIHS) P.O. Box 1584, Avalon, Ca. 90704 BY JIM WATSON The body of a scuba diver from Utah was found last Thursday not far from where he went missing last week. Jared Royer, 40, of St. George died Monday, Sept. 29, while mak- ing a night dive without a dive buddy at a depth of more than 100 feet. "In a nutshell, he made a rapid ascent to the surface then sank back below," said David Carver of the L.A. County Sheriffs Department, whose divers found the victim. Royer's body was recovered just before noon Thursday, October 2, at a depth of 108 feet. "He pretty much had zero air in his tank," said Carver, adding that the circumstances under which Royer found himself in that situa- tion are still under investigation. Carver praised the actions of the charter boat that Royer was on--the Sand Dollar out of San Pedro--during the crisis. "The minute he came to the surface (the boat crew) knew there was some kind of problem. They launched their skiff, but there wasn't enough time." Although LASD divers recov- ered the body, Carver pointed out that rescue personnel from several agencies all contributed to the operation, including the Long Beach Police Department, Monterey County Sheriffs Department and Fresno County Sheriffs Department. For More Information Call 310-510-0179 10 ! Friday, October 10, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER