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SERVING CATALINA &ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS F,,DAY October 31, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 44 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM BRIEFS Water Level The Thompson Reservoir Level as of Thursday, Oct. 23, is 277 acre feet. Bison Study Scientists sludying breeding habits of the Island's iconic but non-native herd, which continue to attract the eyes of tourists. See page 2. On the Water Fishing captain John King tells story of why you always bring a fly- ing gaffe to another boat in need. See page 4. Sheriff's Log Missing golf cart found only one hour after reported stolen, lifted handicap placard, umbrellas and other items never found. See page 5. CERT Training Volunteers spend their weekend prepanng for a big natural disas- ter, which will require them to uti- lize their learned training in order to save lives on the island. See page 6. Oktoberfest a massive success First annual German festival earns an invitation to return next year by drawing roughly 400 people with quality entertainment, including drinking songs, amazing food, and a silent auction. See page 7. Historic inn The University of California signes a long-term lease with the Island Company to run the bed and breakfast lodging on Mt. Ada, where it will continue to function in the same fashion as it has for decades. The signing will become effective as of D6c. 1. See page 8. Swinging Performance A group of musical teenagers per- form impressive standards and familiar songs inside the Catalina Casino earlier this month as part of the 28th annual JazzTrax Festival, one of the island's most famous and popular annual festivi- ies. See page 9. Safety training Local columnists Jim Watson writes about children learning to be safe and knowlegeable when it comes to dealing with electricity. See page 11. Council discusses adjustments,-multiple Harbor repairs BY TRAVIS PERKINS The 2013 ensemble of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra before inspires youn departing from Avalon after last year's concert to return to Stanford University. Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum, classic symphony Classical music concert inspires local seventh-grader BY GAlL FORNASIERE AND CHARLES M. KELLY A local classic music concert changed a young boy's life last year. His morn is delighted, of course. Imagine your elementary school age son or daughter coming to you and asking for a piano or piano lessons instead of an Xbox. It happened immediately after last year's Catalina Island Museum Holiday Symphony Concert fea- Sol Phillips is a 7th grade student at Avalon School (Courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum) turing the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. Meet Sol Phillips, a seventh- grader at Avalon School. He attended the museum's Holiday Symphony Concert last December in the Avalon Casino Theatre. (Admittedly with a bit of a push from his mom, Angela Phillips.) He had heard classical music at home but had never experienced a live orchestral performance and wasn't sure what to expect. At the time, Sol had a budding interest in the piano and had even downloaded a piano app for his Kindle. As he pointed out, the full keyboard deesn't even fit on the screen, making it difficult to play, especially as a beginner. Inspiration, Page 8 The Avalon City Council attended a special budget meeting on Monday, Oct. 27 at City Hall in Avalon. The Council picked up where it left off at the previous meeting, during which it discussed adjustments to the overall capital improvement list and the one-time expenditures list. "I guess we just have to pray for a balanced the budget" Avalon Mayor Ann Marshall said, joking, at the beginning of the session. "Well, your prayers are not going to be answered," Mayor Pro Tem Oley Olson also joked. "That's right," City Manager Ben Harvey said. "They are not going to be answered" The session picked up with the CPI document, which changed wording from "water expense" to "water expertise," and set aside $40,000 for inspections. A seawall handrail also needs to be installed for $14,000, as well as the module bathroom casino ($50,000) and new museum stairs ($50,000). The later, for example, will be paid for out of the Harbor fund for $50,000. The Council als0 reviewed sev- eral inspections and repairs that deal with the infilstructure of the Budget, Page 9 This Week: TAHOE BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: This in a three-part series. Jim Watson is the au- thor of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. is the third The legends live on from the Wa'she'shu on down, of the big lake they. call Da'ow'ga. The Wa'she'shu (or Washoe) word for the breathtaking expanse of blue that we now call Lake Tahoe, simply translates to "the lake" and such a haunt- ingly beautiful and surreal feature of the landscape has spawned innumerable legends over the millennia. The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead in the form of legions of long-lost swim- mers and theoretical mob vic- Watson, Page 13 The "other" Emerald Bay in California. Photo by Jim Watson. le:"