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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS F,,*AV NOV. 3, 2017 VOLUME 103, iSSUE 44 Www.THECATALINAISLAN DER.COM B R''l'''[" "F''$ ......................................... Townhall with congressman set for Nov. 18 A Town Hall meeting with Con- gressman Alan Lowenthal is slat- ed for Nov. 18 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Avalon School Auditorium~ If you have an issue you would like to be sure the congressman is prepared to address, you may submit it to Scuba Diving Forecast The marine forecast for this weekend: calm seas with light winds. See story, page 2 BIG DRAW event draws community support Baywatch Crews, Avalon seniors and Catalina Kid Ventures con- tributed to the recent BIG DRAW LA event at the Catalina Island Museum. See story, page 3 New advertising account manager joins Islander team Group Publisher Steven Remery recently announced the newest addition to the Catalina Islander team: Jennifer Hartinger, who has come onboard as our new advertising account manager. See story, page 4 Bill LiCausi Bill LiCausi, a 36-year resident of Avalon, passed away on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, at his home in Florida. Born in Washington, DC, William "Bill" was 69 when he died. See story, page 5 Roads to close for Saturday's triathlon and duathlon Some of Avalon's roads will be closed for the Catalina Island Triathlon and Duathlon on Satur- day, Nov. 4. For a map, see'page 5 Sheriff's Leg Saturday, Oct. 20, Avalon Sher- iff's deputies received a call of a motorist.driving recklessly on Pebbly Beach Road near Lover's Cove. Deputies stopped several golf carts in the area for driving over the speed limit. See story, page 10 Letter to the Editor A museum volunteer wants to say thank you. See story, page 11 I~i~tured above, having fun while the grownups raise money, are Emiliano Chavolla, Ziya Howtand, and A-va Bogard. Courtesy photos FOR THE ISLANDER Vons recent- ly provided a donation of pumpkins for the Catalina Kid Ventures' preschool's annual Fall Fest Pumpkin Patch fundrais- er event. Carol Burcombe, director CKV, thanked Vons for its support. Pictured left to right are Carol Burcombe, Catalina Kid Ventures Director; Rick McSaddin, Vons assistant manager; and Anni Marshall, mayor of Avalon. From the Archives Steamship Catalina made maiden cross-channel trip Monday From the Catalina Islander, Wednesday, July 2, 1924 Editor's note: This article ispart lar ferryship to fairyland" while the of an ongoing series of reprints of new steamship Catalina was cross- historic Catalina Islander articles, ing from Wilmington to Avalon It has been edited for space. Monday, on its maiden voyage. The slogan was adopted right then and BY ERNEST WINDLE there! Glistening in its coat of white Somebody said: "A million-dol- .4rch/ves, Page 6 BY DAVID N. YOUNG With visitor numbers show- ing strong year-over-year growth, the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Bureau, in coordination with the city of Avalon, are working hard to continu- ally improve the tourism effort. "The trend is exciting," said Chamber President and CEO Jim-Luttjohann in a brief interview this week. Already, tourism related revenue generates $11.4 million annually for the city of Avalon, yet officials are seeking to improve their outlook by hosting major tourism operators. Accordingly, the Chamber hosted two of the state's largest tourism promoters on the Island last week. VisitCalifornia, one of the state's largest and oldest promotion agen- cies, accepted an invitation by the Chamber to hold its fall board meet- ing on Island. The session was held at the Descanso Beach Club Oct. 25. In addition to its local tourism infrastructure, VisitCalifornia oper- ates 17 global offices and manages a promotional budget of more than $120 million. Catalina also hosted the National Tour Association last week. They are a group of more than 1,100 tour operators from around the country. The NTA is the leading business association for profession- als serving customers traveling to, from and within North America. The professionals were shown the best of the Island and reportedly received from host Gail Fornasiere "one of the best museum tours the group has ever experienced," the Chamber said in a statement. provide cross channel service to Catalina Island. William Wrigley Jr. bought the SS Catalina to Photo courtesy Library of Congress