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Daylight Savings Time Ends Daylight saving time ends Sunday, Nov. 6, and marks the 24th anniversary of the "Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery" pro- gram, which reminds Americans to change and test the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon mon- oxide detectors twice per year when they change their clocks. This habit can be lifesaving, fire- fighters say. Forum to provide informa- tion on breast cancer Catalina women will have an opportunity to learn more about breast cancer at a Monday, Nov. 7 forum sponsored by the Catalina Island Women's Forum and the Catalina Island Medica Center. See story, page 2. ,90 walk for breast cancer CUre The morning was brisk on Saturday, Oct. 29 and roughly 90 participants assembled for the fourth annual Walk for a Cure at the Vons Express parking lot, but they didn't seem to mind. Excitement. hope and emotion filled the air. See story, page 7. Catalina Island women's Golf Club Every year, on the final Thursday of October, there are some strange sights on the Catalina Island Golf Course. This year was no different. See story, page 2. Charming Swing Dance com- ing to the Island The next annual Catalina LJndy Heps onto the Island from Nov. 18-20. See story, page 6. Churchmouse distribution The Church Mouse Marlin Invitational distributed $61,000 to Ioca charities. For details, see chart on page 4. Zombies (top) Dr. Tracy Norton, Nurse Practitioner Diane Chamberlin and Dr. Laura Ulibarri take time out from their responsibilities at the Catalina Island Medical Center to join the Ghost Tours Zombie walk on Halloween. Unfortunately, Dr. Norton was on-call in the emergency morn when another zombie was injured in town and needed attention. Coast Guard memorial dedication BY JIM WATSON Echoes of a tragic night that took place near Catalina Island two years ago .resounded at the U.S. Coast Guard's Air Station Sacramento last Saturday when a statue was dedi- cated commemorating the deaths of seven Coast Guard members and two U.S. Marines killed in a mid-air collision on October 29, 2009. The air disaster was the result of a chain of events that were set in motion when Avalon resident David Jines disappeared in heavy seas after lending assistance to lo- cal boater Lisa Jones and her ves- sel the Vema Josephine. With the assistance of the Coast Guard cutter USCGC Ed- isto, Jones and her vessel eventu- ally made it back to safety. But it wasn't learned until more than 24 hours later that Jines, who had left for Avalon in his skiff after help- ing Jones secure her vessel near Church Rock, never arrived. The Edisto, along with a Coast Guard C- 130 based in Sacramento, both joined in the search for Jines. tits the C-130 A memorial at the U.S patrolled along Coast Guard's Air Station the leeward Sacramento was dedicated side Of San last Saturday to the nine ser- vice personnel who pa'rished Clemente Is- in the collision of a C-130 land searching and an AH-1 Super Cobra, for Jines" skiff, left, on October 29, 2009. it collided in The C-130 had been search- the dark with a ing for a local boater who Marine Corps disappeared in heavy seas. AH-I Super Cobra from Camp Pendleton flying in forma- tion with three other Cobras as part Dedication, Page 6 Museum's Celebrity Playground exhibition Relive Catalina Island's glory days in Celebrity Playground; an exhibition that presents the Cata- lina Island Museum's extensive archive of mate- rial related t 9 the many celebrities who played and worked on Hollywood's favorite Island. Although Santa Catalina has been immortal- ized on the silver screen hundreds of times, it was also a popular playground for Hollywood's great- est stars. During the 1930s and 40s--the Island's heyday--its close proximity to Los Angeles al- lowed stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bogart, Johnny Weissmuller and John Wayne to sail or cruise their boats in the open ocean and reach Avalon Harbor in only hours. Upon arriving they found some of the most magnificent waters in the world. Abundant with big-game fish, the Island's rugged coastline is dotted with coves, perfect for fishing, swim- ming or simply relaxing in the warm Island sun. The Island's unspoiled interior, once 'stocked with exotic animal s, was a hunter's paradise. The elegant Hotel St. Catherine on Descanso Beach with its tennis courts, terraces and swim- ming pools was a preferred spot for a romantic rendezvous. The Island's 18-hole golf course offered an attractive diversion, and in the spring .,,,.,,v November. 4, 2011 AVALON SETS SAIL FOR WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENTS For thousands of years, success- ful civifizations have been built upon dependable plumbing. With- out it societies could hardly get off the ground before disease and pes- tilence set in. As an Island community, Ava- lon is a microcosm of society's quest to provide good water quality and wastewater removal. The city's sewer system is aging and in need of repair. With that in mind, Avalon's leaders have embarked on a $5" mil- lion set of projects to improve the system by renovating and repairing the town's sewer collection system and its wastewater treatment plant. The city is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars and is taking steps toward making the improve- ments. For example; it will have a. video inventory made of Avalon's 11 miles of sewer mains. The city is planning to hire two engineering finns, one to deter- mine which mains need improve- ment and another to help manage the work. The city hired Environ Strate- gies of Irvine to manage and main- tain the sewer collection system, the treatment plant and the salt wa- ter system. Environ Strategies has many years of association with the Is- land. They have served in several capacities and studies regarding the salt water system, the landfill and the treatment plant. The company will replace Unit- ed Water, the city's former contrac- tor. The study will include ques- tions such as whether to renovate or replace pumps at the Catherine and Sewer, Page 9 Playground, Page5 Paulette Goddard and Charlie Chaplin in Avalon. Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum collection. - " ..... i:i-----JL]]__,]|llRil/llmli ||:,i ||ii! - - - - ,. " - -- il .... " "