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SERVING CATALINA every week - since 1914 ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS FRIDAY October 26, 2.012 VOLUME 98, iSSUE 43 Www.THECATALINAiSLAN DER.COM BRI[[S Halloween Parade Don your favorite costume and join island school kids and resi- dents for the Annual Halloween Parade down Crescent Avenue at 4 p.m. Parade lines up at Old Ben Statue and ends at Via Casino. Original Ghost Tours of Catalina will host a Zombie Walk following the Kids' Halloween Parade, Meet at Old Ben at 4:30 p.m. Football player now inr Downey-rehab 'center Following a brief return to ICU, Dax McGregor'is in a rehabilita- tion hospital. The visiting high school quarterback who suffered a brain injury du'ring an Avalon game is out of ICU and has been moved to a rehabilitation facility, according to a family friend. See story, page 4 Catalina Kid Ventures pre- school sets open house The Catalina Kid Ventures pre- school will hold an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at its facilities at 400 Canyon Rd next to the Avalon City Hall and Fire Station. See story, page 7 Lerma Chavoya family to - hold fundraiser Oct. 29 A benefit will be held for the Lerma Chavoya family at noon, Monday, Oct. 29, at the People's Park. The money will support Damian Lerma Chavoya's on-going dialysis and ultimately a trans- plant. For more information, call Isreal at (310) 968-6315. Museum exhibit explores Wrigley as salesman When William Wrigley Jr. was 13, he challenged his father to let him become a traveling salesman for his father's soap business. The Catalina Island Museum's current exhibition "A Democratic Dream: William Wrigley Jr. and Catalina Island." See story, page 5 Living with Wildlife: Focus on Catalina's Deer In the first of a series, a Catalina Island Conservancy naturalist says that feeding deer is bad for both their sake and human safety. See story, page 2 Downtown tile fountain plumbing replaced Construction should be complete in about one week as the plumb- ing in the downtown fountain has been replaced with modern piping, according to the city. See story, page 7 Avalon High School junior girls take part in a free lunch sponsored by CHOICES on Thursday, during Red Ribbon Week, (left to right) Maddi Hobbs, Denise Hernandez, Nancy Vatverde, and Martina Machado. Photo by Jennifer Leonhardi FUNDING IS DOWN BUT LEAD- Times have changed and grow- fall-into drug abuse, teenage preg- ERS SAY ANTI-DRUG/ALCO- ing up in the party-town atmo- nancy and criminal activity. HOL PROGRAM ISNOT OUT sphere of Avalon is not as simple Ten years ago last August, a or necessarily as innocent as it handful of concerned Avalon par- BY DENNIS KAISER used.to be. There are new temp- ents-and community leaders de- tations for substance abuse, more cided to do everything they could You can still find longtime Ava- peer pressure to join in and use to break the cycle of rn'ore Avalon Ion residents from "an earlier era and abuse drugs and/or alcohol youth falling through the cracks. who,speak of the idyllic charm of and more media outlets that can Thus was born CHOICES, an growing up on the Island. make the allure of such behavior Avalon organization committed to Back then, excitement was seem glamorous to young people encouraging community involve- found by diving for coins thrown with impressionable minds, ment in helping Island youth make by visiting steamship passengers, Some of Avalon's youth remainresponsible decisions about alco- dancing to big band music in the unaffected by the scene and thrive hol, tobacco and other drugs. Casino Ballroom, hayrides to the academically and carve out a bright CHOICES quickly developed a interior, and a slow-paced lifestyle, future, either on or off the Island. cadre of Avalon community mem- with just a hint here and there of However, their numbers have ap- bers who got involved because ac- Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry parently dwindled in comparison cording to its brochure, "underage Finn like'mischief, to how many of Avalon youth that CHOICES, Page 6 FISH AND GAME SPOKES- MAN SAYS CATALINA A POACHING HOT SPOT AS SEASON GETS UNDERWAY BY CHARLES M. KELLY It's lobster season in Cali- fornia-and, unfortunately, lobster-poaching season. And Catalina is a hotspot for poachers. Andrew Hughan, a spokes- man for DFG, identified Cata- lina as one of the areas where poachers are actively taking lobsters during recent inter- views with the news media. "We probably write t0 tick- ets a month for various lobster violations in and around Cata- lina," Hughan said. "We have a patrol boat out there a lot," Hughan said. A Fish and Game patrol boat, the Thresher (as in thresh- er shark), visits the Island area three times a week as part of its regular patrol. Hughan has been on the Thresher when wardens have caught poachers in the act-- which is the only way they can get a conviction. That makes prosecution difficult. Hughan said that during lobster season, divers will take lobsters from licensed fish- ing traps. During the Off sea- son, divers will take lobsters straight from the ocean. Poaching, Page 8 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Ghosts of Catalina BY JIM WATSON With Halloween just around the corner, it should be no surprise to anyone that, for this issue, "Myste- rious Island" will turn to some of the Island's most legendary ghost stories in none other than the leg- endary Avalon Casino. Many of these storied revolve around the Mezzanine level be- tween the downstairs theater and the upstairs ballroom, specifically the area around the women's rest- room on the building's west side. Chuck Liddell recalled an epi- sode that occurred several years ago when his then 16-year-o!d nephew Arthur, a tour guide at the time, was playing "tail end Char- ley" on one of the day-time thurs. It was Arthur's job to follow be- hind the tour group to make sure no one l /gged too far behind or tried to hide someplace. As Arthur's tour was finishing with the group heading back down Watson, Page 9 The moon appears beyond the Casino building in th.is somewhat spooky photo illustration.