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Bird .lb omont Yesterday, at the end of my run, I saw some cruise ship visitors feeding the sea gulls their french fries. It was an exciting activ- ity for this group. They were giggling and laugh- ing as the gulls yakked and yelled their familiar "mine! .... mine!" refrain. As the commotion grew more noticeable, the flock quickly grew larger. I am always amazed at how fast these birds can gather when there is something to eat. A woman from the group broke out her Go Pro Wand to expand the view of her selfie. A gull landed right on the wand and took a stab at the camera as if it might have been something ed- ible. This caused a roar of laugh- ter from among the group that had gathered. I had a moment of insanity and thought that I should tell this group that feeding the birds is a problem in this town. I thought they might want to know that we are actually paying a guy to come in and scare the birds out of our town. I thought about shar- ing information re- John King garding the cost of the program. I felt Columnist they should know that birds contributed to the pollution of our harbor, so much so that we cannot even wash bird poop off of our boats. Fortunately, I came to my sens- es and veered off the path of righ- teousness without saying a word and immediately came across a to feed the birds; don't chase the her tracks. The two little girls With Capt. John King deer, nosmoking on the beach!" I said "Yuk!" My wife said, "Ticks was happy to know that others in are nasty; they get in your hair town must have tried to clue this and suck your blood" The little "Do not feed the birds" sign. It woman in, but at the moment I was girls went running down the path became abundantly clear that our stunned by her response, screaming and shaking all of the 'Bird Abatement Program" is in "You mean to tell me that you imaginary bugs out of their hair. real trouble. Feeding the birds is encourage your little girls to chase The strategic elegance of Kar- just too much fun. We are going the fawns?" I asked incredulously, en's warning worked. We need to need a better strategy. "Are you nuts? Haven't you seen a similar strategy for feeding the Earlier in the year I had a run- what happens when Momma deer birds. Obviously, a few signs that in with a visitor at Descanso Beach turns to protect her kids? You and say "Do not feed the birds" is not regarding the deer. A woman and your kids could get seriously hurt." going to win the attention of visi- her two very young daughters were Her response was telling, "I don't tors who are thrilled by the bird chasing some of the young fawns need you or anybody else telling feeding frenzy that a few fries around and trying to catch them. I me what my kids and I can do." can generate. We need something am not sure what they were going I told her "It takes a village," with shock value; something that to do if they had succeeded. I sug- but I have to admit, I was flustered, communicates a clear message of gested to them that their sport was I tried reason, but it was useless. I the results of the activity. Here is more dangerous than they may told her that the deer are not ac- my suggestion: have realized. I could not believe customed to human food and that A Fed Bird is a Dead Bird the response, feeding them makes them less able I am sure you 'canimagine the Mom came out of her gourd, to fend for themselves; that deer graphic image that I would include "What is it about you people?" without fear of humans are easy as a backdrop to the sign. she yelled, "I come here with prey for hunters. None of my rea- my family every year. We drop soning had an impact. Then my Capt. John runs Afishinados thousands of dollars into your wife said, "Deer have ticks that Charters and can be reached at town and all you people can do is carry disease." That did it. 888-613-7770 orjohn@afishina- tell us what we can't do. Do not The woman kinda halted in Tenth Annual Catalina Ladies Christmas Brunch to include a fashion show Event will be held The ladies will put on a fashion show at this year's Catalina Ladies at St. Catherine's Christmas Brunch on Saturday Parish Hall Dec. 6 Dec. 6 at St. Catherine's Parish Hall. BY JUDY HIBBS This year's brunch is the 10th put on by the Catalina Ladies. The decade will be marked FISH & TOLIRTHE ISLE IN 'I want my bacon on Beae0nl' Support your new V0n's ALMUERZO DE VERANO GRATIS PARA LOS NII IOS de la escuela Avalon Escuela Avalon Habra ayuda del personal escolar que bahia Espafiol para Ilenar las aplicaciones del almuerzo, en la cafeteria./a escuela Avalon ayudar , a cumplir la solicitud de su estudi- ante el mi6rcoles, 27 de agosto del 2014, de 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. Es importante que todos los hogares Ilenen una solicitud. El por6entaje de aplicaciones aprobado para las escuela Ava- lon, se utilizarfi para calificar nuestra escuela para fondos y ayudar en la educaci6n de nuestros estudiantes". Meal Application Assistance Meal application packets will be mailed the first week of August. English and Spanish speaking staff will be at the Avalon School cafeteria Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm to assist parents in completing their student's application for free and reduced priced school meals. It is important that every household, with a student attending, complete an application. The percent of free and reduced-price meal applications approved for Avalon schools will be used to qualify the school for funds to help in the education of our students. with festive fun, music, delicious This brunch is an event to honor food and an inspirational mes- and delight women who want to sage. look forward to Christmas with It's a good thing when we excitement and confidence. reflect on Christmas and focus on Life may not be the party all that is positive, we dreamed of or hoped for but Expect to count the blessing while we're here we may as well that God tucks into this holiday "dance.,' season---join other Catalina ladies "And my God shall supply all on Saturday Dec. 6 at 9:30 a.m. at your needs according to His riches St. Catherine's Parish Hall for the in Christ Jesus." 10th Annual Christmas Brunch. --Phil. 4:19 Tickets are $5 and are available Advance tickets are required. from Sue Cheek at 310-510-9680, Get your's today. For more infor- or Judy Hibbs 310-510-1264 or at mation, contact Judy Hibbs judy- Steamer Trunk on Wednesdays and Thursdays. There are many very challeng- ing aspects to a time of fam- ily gatherings (or not gathering), many temperaments and opinions From page are all wrapped up in one celebra- tion. Women do a lot of the plan- ning, work and clean up. Lasik for eyelashes Call 714-546-2020 For a Saturday clinic appointment at CIMC, llb ORANGE COASI" e )e center Bureau, which voted to support the new store. Vons reportedly would not build on a property it did not the island, other than two Vons, own, so it purchased a building the government declared that Vons off Beacon Street from the Santa violated federal monopoly laws. Catalina Island Company. The government .decided theThe store will be approximately store could be closed if another 20,000 feet, which Brian Braatan, business decided to buy it.vice president, Vons Real Estate, The new store has gained sup- said will make it much small- port. Vons senior management er than "prototypical mainland recently met with the Board of stores," but "twice the size" of two Directors of the Catalina Island other Vons on Avalon. Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Free Shipping For Catalina Island Residents Web Ordering Available! Check in-store pickup For free shipping! The Vape Store For The Rest of Us! Everything you need! Beginners to Advanced Users Friendly Service, No Snobbery! 2139 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach Ca 90815 562-494-1442 4 i Friday, November 14, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER