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CHOICES offers peer programs Peer mediation and thiness, caring, fairness, and good sure no students slip through the mentoring are the focus for 28 students STAFF REPORT CHOICES (Citizens Helping Our Island Children End Substance-abuse) offers student peer mediation and mentoring on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at Avalon School. Twenty-eight high school students haveagreed to men- tor the 61 junior high schoolers who signed up for the sessions. CHOICES Continuing Care Specialist Rhonda Kalish stresses that "kindness is vital" as the program's theme. Kalish works to instill the chpracter qualities of respect, responsibility, trustwor- citizenship. Students are asked to work positively with others at school and at home. A CHOICES Peer Mediation Retreat on November 8-10 at Howland's Landing will provide time for team building, training, and some memorable camp adven- tures. By promoting and reinforc- ing character building activities CHOICES contributes to stron- ger more positive relationships at school and in the community. The Peer Mediation Team addresses issues of bullying, stress manage- ment, and learns facts about feel- ings and basic fears. Students in the program discover how to com- municate well with others - no put downs and no swearing. By practicing compassion and inclusiveness mentors will make cracks. The goal is to model life success skills - open-minded, honest, humble student leaders will develop caring behaviors. For more information about the Peer Mediation Team or stu- dent mentoring through CHOICES call 310-848-4381 or go to www. catalinachoices.org. The next Peer Mediation Team meeting is Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Ms. Huart's room at lunch. CHOICES is a 501(c)(3) non- profit organization providing pre- vention, intervention, and educa- tion services to youth and their families on Catalina Island to help them make responsible decisions about alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Tax deductible donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1492, Avalon, CA 90704 Final Church Mouse puts it past the $1 Million mark Event held in 2013 brings in $75,200 for Avalon youth STAFF REPORT The results for the 23rd and final Church Mouse Marlin Invitational tournament. The event, which has been organized and run by Bob and Carol Butte throughout its entire run, raised $75,200 for Catalina, putting the total over $1 million. Over the previous 22 years, the Church Mouse had raised more than $945,000 for the youth of Catalina helping support every- thing from preschool and class- room supplies to sports, music, arts programs and more. "The Donations were awe- some," Carol Butte said. "We made the million dollar mark. Auction bids were beyond our expectations." Congratulations went to the 2013 winners:lst Place-Marlin: Dialed Inn; 2nd Place-Marlin: Chaser; 3rd Place-Marlin: Southern Speed; 4th Place-Marlin: Cheers; 5th Place-Marlin: Kismet. "The Final Church Mouse Marlin Invitational Tournament is proud to announce that with the support of all our fisherman, the entire town of Avalon, and many generous mainland sponsors, we were able to donate $75,200," Butte said. "Again, this year, great success is largely due to Chuck Faith, Co-Organizer for bringing in many major new L supporters. Chris Spires our Tackle Czar, Church Mouse, Page 9 PET OF THE WEEK: Cowboy Meet Cowboy. His owner Rhonda Kalish, the Continuing Care Specialist for CHOICES program to help Avalon youth make good life decisions, decked Cowboy out in a red ribbon to celebrate the 28th National Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 23-31. Cowboy is a happy dog who likes to accompany Rhonda on some of her projects around town. Like her, he hopes Avalon kids make good choices. Do you have a pet you would like featured in the Islander's Pet of the Week feature? Send information and photo. by e-mail to editor@thecatali- naislander.com YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT FIXED... GO AHEAD AND BRING IT TO US! 0I?001I00100000 ISl,00l IID00B Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Publisher Vince Bodiford vince@thecatalinaislander.com Editor Dennis Kaiser editor@thecatalinaislander.com Advertising Jon Remy advertising@thecatalinaislander.com Office Aistmtt Kristy Throndson office@thecatalinaislander.com Accounting Judy Murray judy@localnewspapers.org Graphic Designer Christy Smith 635 CRESCENT AVENUE SUITE A AVALON, CA 90704 (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. 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NO part may be repro- duced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2013 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc., All Rights Reserved.  PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION Celebrate Halloween at the Avalon Grille with a costume contest, DJ and special food and beverage menu. Coast Sh 21 Friday, October 25, 2013 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER