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SERrING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 FR,OAV November 7, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 45 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM 00ISI00qDDCB BRI[[S Water Level Update As of Thursday, Oct. 30, the Thompson Reservoir water level measured 277 acre feet, the same measurement taken on Oct. 23. Catalina is currently in Stage Two water rationing, which requires residents and owners to reduce usage by 25 percent. Great American Smokeout The US Surgeon General has said, "Smoking cessation [stop- ping smoking] represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives." See story, page 2 Avalon Students Recycle Some Avalon elementary students have been sending used water bottles to the mainland for recy- cling to raise funds for a field trip. See story, page 2 Cigarette Butts Are Litter Our On The Water columnist reflects on a commonplace but seldom considered source of lit- ter: cigarette butts. See story, page 4 Sheriff's Log Two golf carts were stolen last week. Both were recovered.in a matter of hours. See story, page 4 Interact Club Cleans Up The Avalon Rotary's Interact youth service program helped clean up after recent storms. See story, page 5 Tenth Christmas Brunch Set Look forward to celebrating the Christmas season at the lOth Catalina Ladies Christmas Brunch on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 a.m. at St Catherine's Parish Hall. See story, page 6 Keep Island Wildlife Wild This week's Conservancy Times column advises the public against feeding wildlife. The animals can find their own food. See story, page 11 Halloween Parade A final look at the 2014 Halloween parade. Zombies, movie heroines, a frog and a nerd were on the scene last week. See story, page 8 Women's Golf Club The Catalina Women's Golf Club recently held the Avalon Big Break Tournament. See story, page 15 e CHOICES hosts Avalon Schools Red Ribbon Week celebration events Speakers include skateboarder Preston Pollard BY CARLOS MARTINEZ On Monday, Oct. 27, Avalon School started an awesome Red Ribbon Week by displaying posters and red ribbons all over the campus and in classrooms on the doors. Red Ribbon Week is part of a national program to-promote drug awareness and discourage drug use. "The National Family Partnership organized the first Nationwide Red Ribbon Campaign," according to the Red Ribbon Campaign wesb- site. "NFP provides drug aware- ness by sponsoring the annual National Rhonda Kalish Celebration. Since its beginning in 1985, the Red Ribbon has touched the lives of millio-ns of people around the world." Posirlg with McGruff the Crime Dog are Avalon Schools students Elida Casillas, Sophia De La Rosa, Kehila Hernamde, David Ramirez, Alyssa Fugueroa, Adirene Arellano, Sammy Carrasco, Kayden Rubio, and Alesandra Chavolla. McGruff andthe children were celebrat- . ing Red Ribbon Week at Avalon Schools. The purpose of the Red Ribbon campaign is to According to www.redribbon. org, children whose parents talk to them regularly about drugs are 42 percent less likely to use drugs. However, the website also said only a quarter of teens surveyed have reported having conversations with their parents about drugs. promote a drug free society. Courtesy photo Here in Avalon, there were lots of fun activities the whole week for all grades. Elementary school stu- dents got "Love Yourself: Be Drug Free" coloring books and a special dance lesson from Santa Dominguez to the song "Happy!" Middle School got to create there own bookmarks. The top three winners Evelyn Chavolla, Erin Feagle, and Shane Machado. Middle School and High School students signed a pledge Red Ribbon, Page 6 Avalon Lancers end season undefeated Final game against Pacific Lutheran ends with a 49-0 score BY MICHAEL FORCELLA The Avalon High football team won its final regular season game last Saturday, Nov. 1. It did this with a 49-0 win against Pacific Lutheran, which solidified, another league title and another unbeaten regular season with a record of 8-0. Saturday's game was windy and rainy, which caused some issues for the Lancers, but they adjust- ed well and gained their normal momentum. The Lancers offense started rolling early in the game, racking up 35 points by halftime. Running back Jose Carmen Silva became the offensive player of the game and led the team with 12 carries, 119 yards and three touchdowns. Fullback Jerod Long followed with two carries for 90 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Avalon's defense set a goal halfway through the season: deny- ing the collective opposition 100 points this season. It easily did this as well. The defense shut out all three of its last opponents and allowed 76 points this season. Linebacker Jerod Long had 16 tackles to earn defensive player of the game status. Linebacker Jose Lancers, Page 10 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND'. Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs THIS WEEK: LAND OF 1rilE GIANTS BY JIM WATSON Editor's Note: This is the third in a three-part series. Jim Watson is the author of "Mys- terious Island: Cata- lina," available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. Throughout the history of North America, tales abound of the discovery of the remains of abnormally large and even "giant" pre-historic humans. While ar- chaeologists shrug off such claims as pure fiction, Photoshop jobs, or perhaps the natural elongation of normal human skeletons as they settle over the course of centuries, this phenomenon has developed its own little cottage industry within the realm_of paranormal researchers. In 1895, a burial mound containing 20 skeletons "twice as large as those of present-day people" was discoverednearToledo, Watson, Page I0 Legend says that portals leading into the Hollow Earth-including one supposedly on Catalina Island-are guarded by a race of giants. (Artwork courtesy The Hollow Earth)