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SERVING CATALINA  ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 FR,OAV November 23, 2012 VOLUME 98, ISSUE 47 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM BRJ[[S Ladies Christmas Brunch There will be a Catalina Ladies Christmas Brunch at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at The "M" Restaurant, 205 Crescent Ave. Admission is a $5 or more value canned food colleotion at the door. Breakfast will include eggs, potatoes, ham and cheeses, gallons of coffee, orange juice and water. For tickets, call Sue Cheek at (310) 510-9680 or see Judy I-libbs a't The Steamer Trunk on Wednesdays or Sundays. Library I:riends to meet The Friends of the Avalon Library will meet at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the library at 215 Sumner Ave. to review 2012 and elect new officers. Alumni basketball games This year's Alumni Basketball Games will take place at 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, for the Boys' Alumni, and at 4:30 p.m. for the Girls' Alumni game. Contact Steve Hall at (310) 422-8093 or Dave Hart at (310) 433-8387 For more information about either alumni game. See story, page 2 Reservoir at 673 acre feet As of Thursday, November 15, 2012, the Middle Ranch Reservoir Level was 673 acre feet. The reservoir is full at 1065 acre feet. Phase 1 rationing starts when the reservoir goes below 600 acre feet. Military romance returns to Island to plan a wedding A year after he proposed to his fianc6 on Catalina Island, Sgt. Steve Lewis and his sweetheart Brandi Tucker returned to the Island to explore wedding options on Catalina. Lewis came back to the Isle of Romance just 10 days after a year-long tour of duty in Afghanistan. See story, page 6 Men's golf tourney The Catalina Men's Golf Club hel.d its annual Member/Guest/ Ringer/Member Golf Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 17. See story, page 8 Nature's Notebook: Is it about too much rain? While it's true that rain is critical for all living things on Catalina, it's sometimes possible to have too much of a good thing. The problem isn't that Catalina gets too much water; it's that Catalina gets too much water too quickly. See story, page 7 AHS theater presents a farce LA County is closing Avalon's courthouse State debt and some other challenges lead to logistic problems for Islanders Don't let the name fool you. Expect a lot of laughs when the Avalon High School Theater Department's cast above presents "The Worst High School Play in the World." It's a story of revenge, honor and ... porcelain? Come see the comedi drama as Prince Ivanha comes to claim what is rightfully his after being raised as a squirrel - the throne of Saxsonia. The )lay will have three showings: Thursday, Nov, 29, Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday Dec. 1 (There will be no matinee performances.) Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for seniors and students. Shop At Home night on Dec. 1 CHAMBER EVENT BRINGS THE HOLIDAYS INTO FOCUS FOR THE LOCALCOMMUNITY BY DENNIS KAISER Here comes Santa Claus, walk- ing down the front street, headed to the Wrigley Stage... Yes folks, it's that time of year again. Get ready for the 19th An- nual Shop At Home event to kick- off the holiday season from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. The Chamber started the event The Shop At Home event is the 19 years ago. Island's traditional Chamber of "It was an idea brought to us by Commerce-sponsored festive eve- Katrina Await of Two's Company ning full of Avalon's unique small and Family Jewels of Catalina," town charm and camaraderie. It reminds the local folks that living (and shopping) on Catalina really can lead to... "A Wonderful Life." The Chamber designed the Shop At Home event as a one-night shopping extravaganza with stroll- ing carolers and prize drawings. said Wayne Griffin, president and CEO of the Catalina Island Cham- ber of Commerce & Visitors Bu- reau. "She had been to an event like it in another small town and thought it would be a good idea for. Avalon" Shop At Home, Page 11 BY JENNIFER LEONHARDI Los Angeles County Court offi- cials announced late last week that due to budgetary shortfalls of up to $85 million, they are forced to close 10 LA County community courthouses, including Avalon's. Courthouse on Sumner. These closures are reported to begin immediately with layoffs of some court employees, and be completed by June 30 of 2013 when all 10 courthouses will close their doors. This announcement comes on the heels of a similar order which saw 56 courtrooms county- wide close their doors in June of this year. This resulted in more than 350 LA County court employ- ees losing their jobs, judges seeing their case load double in some areas, and many more employees being moved from full-time work to part-time status. The Catalina Courthouse joins nine others throughout southern California who were named the next to have to close their doors. Although we are certainly not immune from large countywide decisions such as this, the impact will be felt perhaps no greater than here, on Catalina Island. The Avalon courthouse has existed for 50 years, operating on Courthouse, Page 4 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Wreck Of The Valiant BY JIM WATSON In past columns I've covered a number of shipwrecks around the Island ranging from 400-year-old Spanish galleons to the burning and sinking of the Ning PO in Cat Harbor .... !'':: !, :, Some of these wreeks:werit' down with a fortune in gold, gems, ivory and assorted artifacts and precious metals and have never been found. Most of these shipwrecks have occurred in remote parts of the Island, and as noted above it's a complete mystery as to where exactly they are. When a ship is floundering in a storm or being chased by pirates, as was the case with the Spanish merchant vessel San Sebastian in 1754, shipboard chroniclers are not keen. on taking the time to report their position, assuming they even know them- selves where they are. But closer to home is the Watson, Page 11 Going down: The Valient heads toward Davy Jones' Locker. Courtesy photo