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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FniOAY November 14, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 46 Www.THECATALI NAiSLANDER.COM 5 BRmEFS Water Level Update As of Thursday, Nov. 6, the Thompson Reservoir water level measured 277 acre feet. That was the same water level report- ed by Southern California Edison on Thursday, Oct. 30. Catalina Island is currently in Stage Two water rationing, that requires a 50 percent reduction in residential and commercial water use. Islander's lOOth anniversary The Catalina Island newspaper was recently the recipient of a new proclamation from the office of Supervisor Don Knabe. The proclamation was issued in obser- vance of the .newspaper's lOOth anniversary, which it is celebrat- ing this year. See story, page 2 Rural Health Day is Nov. 20 The National Organization of State Rural Offices has set aside November 20, to celebrate National Rural Health Day. This gives the Catalina Island Medical Center a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face and show- case the efforts of local health- care providers. See story, page 2 On the Water Capt. John King ponders the prob- lem of discouraging tourists from feeding birds and other wildlife. See story, page 4 Christmas Brunch on Dec. 6 The Catalina Ladies ladies will put on a fashion show at this year's Christmas Brunch on Saturday Dec. 6 at St. Catherine's Parish Hall. This year marks the lOth anniversary of the Christmas Brunch, an iconic Avalon tradition. See story, page 4 Library names winners Morgan Curiel, Lexi Smith and Kevin Rodriguez Jr. won the County of Los Angeles Public Library Bookmark Contest held by Avalon Library. Local judges selected winners from dozens of entries. See story, page 6 V-ball team wins first round The Avalon Lancers girls Volleyball defeated the Shalhevet Firehawks 3-0 scores of 25-9, 25-12, 25- 19 in there first round California Interscholastic Federation play- offs. See story, page 6 Internship prepares leaders For 11 years, the Catalina Island Conservan~y's Rose Ellen Gardner Internship has been helping train the next generation of Island lead- ers. See story, page 7 n The I~,landers b~arn ng above'l~rtic pated ifi the saturdtiy, Nov. ~ half-mar~a~hon,~ WhO'S'i; ;a~ of the larger,annual::" ~'Eco~Marathon': - " ~ event. Seen from left to right are: Mindy Malan, LUpe.Jimenez-SanChez, Candis Luithle, Brittani Brisacher and Sara Hall. Courtesy photo Nathaniel Breese, 17, is composing score, for Museum event BY GAlL FORNASIERE Seventeen-year-old Avalon High School senior Nathaniel Breese confidently performs a wide range of music on his saxo- phone and composes music, too. Last year, Nathaniel was one of five students chosen to compose an original score for the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and had the rare opportunity to hear his piece performed by the orchestra. This year, Nathaniel is already working on composing a new score for the Holiday Symphony Concert, but career this time building on the experi- ence and lessons learned from last year's remarkable experience. The Catalina Island Museum recently sat down with Nathaniel to learn more about his passion for music and his view on the Holiday Symphony Concert. Catalina Islander: What was your earliest exposure to music? Concert, Page 8 EB Report finds store project will hot harm the local environment BY TRAVIS PERKINS The City of Avalon will consid- er the findings of an initial study aimed at predicting environmental effects potentially caused by the proposed Vons Grocery Store (240 Sumner). This will be heard at the upcom- ing Planning Commission meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19, which will start at 6 p.m. The leading agency in this case will present findings that the store will not harm or effect the environment in accordance with the Environment Quality Act. It will prepare and submit a Draft Negative Declaration/Mitigated Negative Declaration for review. A negative declaration essential- ly means there would be no envi- ronmental impact from the project. A mitigated negative declaration means that steps to minimize the impact will be acceptable. Vons has served Avalon since 1987. The original store at 123 Metropole Ave. comprised one of two grocery stores on the. island, with the other being Fred and Sally's, but the Santa Catalina Island Company sold the lease for the latter in 1999. This allowed Vons to open a second store in the- form of a Vons Express, but this decision created controversy. With no other grocery store on Planning, Page 4 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: THE RETURN OF THE CLEMENTE MONSTER BY JIM WATSON as the "Clemente Monster," South- ern California's own version of the Editor's Note: Jim Watson is Loch Ness Monster. the author of "Mysterious Island: While there have been no re- Catalina," avail- cent sightings of this maritime able on Amazon, monster (that I know of any- Kindle and in stores way), I frequently come upon in Avalon. newspaper accounts of supposed sightings in the course of my re- From time to search. These stories are from time in this column, the distant past as well as the a legendary beast not-so distant past. has quite liter- Just such an account caught ally--reared its ugly head in the my eye recently while perusing the form of what's colloquially known Watson, Page 9 Yrem beq, bre ~he 19eo~ until "'~e ClemenLe Momt~r" ~Munded. Y~i~ artide fro~ ~he Los Angele~ Exzminer The Tuna Club's centennial history book tells the tale of a sighting of the "Clemente Monster," Southern California's version of the Loch Ness monster. (Photo credit The Tuna Club Foundation)