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Friday, October 14, 2005 Serving Catalina Island and its Mainland Friends every week since 1914 il L, ! i / I " By Dennis Kaiser Former Avalon Harbor Master JohD Ph ~ has a long and varied history with the Island of Catali- na. "I've been coming to Catalina all of my life, I was visiting every summer since I was born in 1939," said Phelps, who serves these days as Santa Catalina Island Company's executive vice president and general manager of Two Harbors Enterprises. Phelps' family ties to the Island go back to the turn of the 20th Century, when his grandfa- ther worked as a carpenter on Please see Phelps, page 6 Our cover was inspired from a vintage music sheet of "Catalina, Lovely Isle Of The Sea"; Lyric by Elizabeth B. Renton; Music by George Crozier J Conservancy Reports ': Avalon, October 7, 2 5- Joining the group for this A meeting of the Windward meeting were John Phelps, Ann Beaches Working Group Luchow and Scott Moyse of (WBWG) convened by the Two Harbors Enterprises Conservancy last year to tacHe (T.H.E.), and new Conservancy issues like the realignment of staff members Carlos de la Ben Weston Road, amenities at Rosa, Chief of Conservation and the Windward Beaches, and Education; and Alene Dean, beach management was held Executive Assistant. October 5, 2005. It is the sixth Progress on main issues time the group has convened, being dealt with by the WBWG Please see Conservancy, page 3 By Jeannine L. Pedersen Curator, Catalina Island Museum Continued from October 7, 2005 William Wrigley Jr. chose the abandoned site on the point for Sugarloaf Casino. This octagonal, steel framed, stud and stucco structure, with two wings for concessions, was completed in 1920 and could accommodate about 250 dancing couples. The building served a variety of functions during its brief life. Malcom Renton attended senior high school in its south wing (which previously boasted a Chi- nese Tea Room) until the new school building in Falls Canyon was completed. Caught up in the latest fad, he joined others for roller skating on the dance floor in 1926, an activity that resulted in broken bones among the young and old. An extensive planked deck surrounded the building and was : : :. fur- nished with benches. It was a favorite resting place between dances or while strolling the Avalon or the Hotel St. Catherine. A freight wharf constructed on the Avalon side of the point in 1921 subsequently handled the bulk of construction materials Vintage postcard of the first dance hell. Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum barged from the mainland to sup- ply the extensive building pro- gram D.M. Renton carried out for Mr. Wrigley. This area remained the receiv- ing point for the Island' s heavy Please see Island History, page 9 Harbor.Dept. 9 By Dennis Kaiser Avalon Harbor Master Brian Bray is planning to crank up the security at the Cabrillo Mole Ferry Terminal by February of next year. Bray announced this week that on Oct. 1, the federal government awarded Avalon a port security grant of $17%000. About $110,000 of the money will be used to buy high defini- tion surveillance equipment. The remaining approximately $60,000 will be used to buy hand-held explosive agent detec- Please see Harbor Grant, page 5 meets Please see page 6 This week lectured art: "Gabriel's" To see more eagles, log on to: http://www.visttcatakna, org/Eagles .ht m t