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AHS Interact Club builds character Pet of the Week: Princess Avalon High School In- teract Club" is a service club for our own community as well as abroad, fostering fel- lowship and goodwill in the: process. It helps to build character, social stability and manage-  ment capabilities. It is sponsored by our local Rotary Club with the motto "Service Above Self.', Rotary believes it provides a stepping stone for teenagers into the adult world. They meet twice a month at the school during lunch. They have and continue - to help with community and athletic events on the island and international projects as well. Most recently the Club has helped our community by volunteering their time and effort over the past two weekends with the Triathlon and the Eco marathon. Interact members who were involved in the Eco Marathon above from left: Venus Mesa, Christina G6mez, Diana and Clara Alvarez, Mariano Castillo Jimenez, Courtesy photo Our pet for this'week is Princess. She is a 9-year-old Chihuahua belonging to the family of Louie Lardas. Her official name is actual- ly "Pretty Pink Princess" (the name given by the then young daughters in the family), but she goes by Princess for short. Princess is a very loyal dog who loves her family and special friends that come to visit her. She is an ever-faithful companion who does not travel outdoors very often. She has actually been trained to use a litter box in her house that she has been learned is her "potty." Her favorite things to do are lay out in the sun, get treats, spin around in circles in the living room, and of course, cuddle while she sleepsl If you have a photo of your pet or a local favorite animal that you would like to be included in the Catalina Islander as Pet of the Week, send It to us. You can emall your high resolution photos along with a brief description of the animal to edltor@tbecatall- Time Capsule From page 3 was planning on mining appropri- ate rock on the Island and sending it back to England to be used as ballast for returning ships. Later that Spring, Harry G. Polley (b. 1867) took a long hike into the Interior and discovered an inland lake, enclosed by the sides of the three hills. He was amazed by it and called it "Echo Lake." A few months later, Charles Sumner renamed it "Sumner's Lake." " In June, Seaton Eddy (b. Sep- tember, 1844, Indiana), along with his sons, Nathaniel (September, 1876, Texas) and Lindsey, and con- tractor, John MacLean, completed the first framed "Catalina House," on the West side of Whittley Ave. and Crescent (location of "Hotel Villa Portofino"). This boarding house boasted seven bedrooms and a dining room that had a seating for thirty boarders. Getting ready for the start of the summer season, Conrad S. Miller opened a shooting gallery inn tent on the eastern waterfront. On June 13, Conrad was cleaning his 22 caliber Winchester rifle, which he supposed was unloaded. In turn- ing it around on the counter, the gun discharged, instantly kilting a 16-year-old girl, Laura E. Pock, who was in a rented tent behind the gallery. Avalon's first death. Tourism wasn't turning out to be what Shatto had hoped for. General Otis of the "Times," Cap- tain Osborne of the "Evening Ex- press," Messrs. Ayers and Lynch of the "Herald" and J. A.. Muir of the "Southern Pacific Railroad" all lent their best attempts to lure visitors to this "nearby Island par- adise." Professor and Mrs. Charles F. Holder of Pasadena were en- couraged to spend the summer in Avalon after Prof. Holder had been writing a number of Catalina fish stories in American, Canadi- an, and British magazines, under the pseudo-name of "Kelp,, Their diligence produced a :respectable. summer turnout. ; - The Banning Brothers imme- diately promised to get t!ae:'!Cler - mosa" on more runs, proxided the "Falcon" (launched, ca. 1886) and "Warrior" (launched, ca. 1887) for more demanded transportation. In ington Transportation Co.," which was started this year and provided transportation between Redondo Beach and Avalon, exclusive rights to land at the wharf. To stimulate the passenger count, the price of transportation to Avalon went from $3.00 to $2.60 on Saturdays and Sundays. Whenever the ships would come in, cannons and horns would go off and shouts of "What's the news from America?" came from those greeting the new arrivals. When the ships left, two boys, Hiram "Hime" Macy Staats and Newton "Newt" Leithead would dive in the water in hopes of some- one throwing them some coins, if they had any left. Thus, the first record of a long tradition of "coin diving" began. The "Hotel Metropole" was en- larged, with a new wing added on and tents erected outside. The din- ing room's capacity had gone from 60 to 200. The menu now included abalo- ne and venison. The price of room with meals was increased to $2.50/ day. Charles Sumner had taken over the management of the hotel for the English Syndicate and a new tennis court was added to_ the hotel grounds and connected with the "Pasadena Lawn Tennis Club." To accommodate the "bathers," a bathhouse was built on Crescent Avenue, between Sumner and Catalina. Six hundred people were reported to be staying on Catalina during the summer months. To keep people informed as to Catalina's activities, Charles Sumner also started publishing the first Island newspaper, "The Jewfish," from July to September 21. It .came out every Saturday. "Catalina Law" was humorously dictated in the newspaper, to let the visitor know what to expect on the Island. For example, no boiled shirts or plug hat's were to be allowed, nor gold canes with the exception of persons who hid "just landed." Men were told to forget their busi- ness problems when they shed stiff business clothes for loose, leisure- ly clothing in a balmy, carefree environment. Women found that by display- ing the "Garibaldi" sleeves and the "Madonna" short sleeves, they could escape sunburn and be beau- tiful. Bathing suites were of woven jersey cloth with some "exquisite embroidery?' Beach shoes were listed as "in- dispensable," suggesting white shoes with soles made of rope, when worn with black stockings, should look "quite pretty, if they fit well?' Fancy hats trimmed in flowers or seaweed-bright bandanas worn gypsy-fashion were the vogue. "The secret of success in Avalon is freedom from restraint." These notices "were not only listed in "The Jewfish" but also on the "sugarloaf" rock. NEED A HOME LOAN? DRE: 00698852 NMLS: 249784 CONTACT: BRYAN TAYLOR SPECIALIZING IN: Conventional, FHA and Government Loans Refinance, Rate Reduction and Cash Out Loans 2nd Home Financing, Investment Properties and Harp II Mortgages DIRECT: 562.756.5559 FAX: 562.920.7465 EMAIL: BTHomeLoans@aol,com "SERVICE IS MY COMMITMENT" ONS Saturday and Thursday slmws at 4-.3Q md ?:3epm No movie at 4:30pro Thanksgiving day Shows Nightly at 7:30 Rated PG-13 return, Shatt0 granted the "Wilm- THE CATALINA ISLANDER November 23, 2012 ; 5