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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 F.,.:. October 25, 2013 VOLUME 99, iSSUE 43 Www.THECATALINA|SLANDER.COM BRIEFS Influenza vaccines will be available next month Catalina Island Medical Center's access to flu vaccines was delayed due to the government shut down, according to Maryrose Coughlin, manager of the Catalina Island Medical Group Office. "We hope to have an adequate supply for the general public," she said. Another rare oarfish is found on California coast After the recent oarflsh washed up off Catalina, beachgoers early Friday evening, Oct. 18, happened across a 13=and-a half-foot-long oarfish, on a beach in Oceanside Harbor. It was the second of the rarely seen creatures to be found in a matter of days. Final Church Mouse results and money distribution According to organizers, the 23rd and final Church Mouse Marlin Invitational Tournament raised $75,200 for Catalina. Auction bids were beyond organizers' expectations. See story, page 2 An Islander returns to cel- ebrate 82nd birthday Harry Hufford, an Avalon junior high student during World War II, celebrated his 82nd birthday in Avalon last weekend. See story, page 6 Duke of Catalina featured in new Museum exhibition For 42 years, Duke Fishman worked every summer as a life- guard on Avalon's beaches, and was well-known for strolling barefoot along the town's Front Street, wearing a skin-tight swim- suit and a Captain's cap. See story, page 4 Conservancy symposium to discuss its field projects The Catalina Island Conservancy's field projects will be discussed at a symposium beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at the Hyatt The Pike in Long Beach. For information, call (310) 510-2595. See story, page 7 Xela AID 2014 Volunteer/ Explore Trips meeting A Xela AID 2014 Volunteer/ Explore Trips Information Session will be held On Saturday, Nov. 2, in the Metropole Conference Room. Bring the gift of hope next summer and explore the Mayan culture and experience the beauty of Guatemala. The meeting will include information on four trips. For information, send email to: A Lancers Football Team's Homecoming today The Avalon High School Lancers Football Team's offense line up on the ball. The team takes on Liberty Christian Friday at 5 p.m. at Joe Machado Field for their homecoming game. The team took a week off last week from playing the sport of football and focused on the life les- sons of the game itself. Each year the team participates in a "Dinner and Etiquette Night" where the players ask a date to join them for a night like no other. The night is designed to teach the young men treat women and be respectful and polite. The 48 men and their dates enjoyed a great meal prepared by Chef Greg and his staff at the Seaport Inn Bistro. Lasting memories were made. Courtesy photo Air Show takes flight this weekend STAFF REPORT The skies above Avalon fill .with a variety of aerobatic and historic aircraft as part of the Second Annual Scheyden Catalina Air Show. Although scheduled events officially begin at l p.m. Saturday, informal fly-bys and pre-show rehearsals will be readily visible in the sky beginning Saturday morning. The show will also be simulcast by Catalina radio sta- tion KISL 88.7 FM, including the station's website at www.kislava- On a more down-to-earth level, Crescent Avenue and downtown Avalon will be the site of vendor The tiles of the Catalina Seaplane pictured here was created by Chris Reutinger. Find out more at: booths, Static aircraft displays and even a flight simulator. On Sunday, the aviation action continues at the Airport-in-the- Sky with more static displays and the arrivals and departures of numerous aircraft. The aerobatics portion of the event will feature nearly a dozen aerobatic performers, including an encore appearance by "Super Dave" Mathieson in his Team Air Show, Page 8 2030 is deadline for new hospital Project could take 10 years at. cost of $1 million per bed BY CHARLES M. KELLY The state government has given hospitals throughout California until 2030 to upgrade their facilities or build new hospitals to meet earthquake safety stan- dards, according to the CEO of the Catalina Island Medical Center. On Tuesday night, Oct. 15, Council Member Ralph Morrow made the need for a new hospital public. "It's been long known that the hospital needs to be replaced," said John Friel, head of the Medical Center. The mandate to upgrade California hospitals came years ago from the Office of StateWide Health Planning and Development. According to the report, "California's Seismic Safety Law," about 40 percent of the state's hos- pitals are at risk of collapse during a major earthquake. According to Friel, the Planning and Development agency origi- nally gave hospitals until 2013 to upgrade existing facilities or build new hospitals. However, state officials appar- ently realized that wasn't a real- istic goal, so according to Friel Hospital, Page 6 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Ghost In The DC-4 BY JIM WATSON With this issue, we have the strange convergence of three events: Halloween, Day of the Dead and the Catalina Air Show. So what better Mysterious Is- land column to present to you this week, Dear Reader, than the story of a haunted airliner, captained by a long-time Catalina seaplane pi- lot? Robert Hanley was one of Catalina's more colorful historical characters. He flew seaplanes here for a period of nearly 20 years, at one point even owning his own air- line, Catalina Channel Airline. But before his first gig on Cata- lina, Hanley was a DC-4 pilot fly- ing regularly scheduled air service around the nation. On one memorable night-flight from Chicago to Oakland with a full load of passengers, Hanley and his crew were enjoying the spec- tacular view as they flew their ship high above the snow-capped peaks of the Rockies. That snow was Watson, Page 8 New exhibit at Museum Two small girls view some marlin caught off Catalina in this vintage postcard courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum. The Museum's new exhibit Avalon: 100 Years of Bizarre, Fascinating and Colorful History showcases the events, individuals and stories that have shaped Catalina Island's only city. The exhibition is on dis- play through March 31, 2014. For the full story, see page 4