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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS F,DAY November 28, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 48 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM BRIEFS Water level update As of Wednesday, Nov. 26, the water level in the Thompson Reservoir measured 273 acre feet. CIMC schedule change There will be no evening Medical Group Office appointments on Monday, Dec. 1 and Tuesday, Dec. 2. Evening appointments on Monday and Tuesday resume Dec. 8, subject to availability. Clinic appointment hours are 8 a.m.- 6:30 p.m Monday and Tuesday; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m Wednesday through Friday. For more infor- mation call 310-510-0096. The emergency room at CIMC is open 24 hours daily. Patient access to records The Catalina Island Medical Center's portal will revolutionize patient access to their medical records. See story, page 2 Thanksgiving On the Water Catalina Islander columnist Capt. John King reflects on the things for which he is thankful. See story, page 4 Sheriff's Log For the second week in a row, there were no golf cart thefts reported to the Avalon Sheriff's Station. See story, page 5 Museum fundraising The Catalina Island Museum's Board of Directors launched the annual fundraising campaign by announcing that-they will match any contribution up to $30,000. See story, page 6 Mozart in Casino Theatre The Catalina Island Museum's Second Annual Holiday Symphony Concert will bring Mozart's music to the Casino Theatre on Friday, Dec. 12. See story, page 6 Flu shots available at CIMC The influenza vaccine will be avail- able at Catalina Island Medical Center in December. See story, page 8 Preventing fire In a guest column, Jon Council discusses the importance of fire prevention during the holiday sea- son. See story, page 12 Letter to the Editor The annual Senior Trip to the Banning House took place this year because of two volunteers. See story, page 13 Improvements have been in works for about eight years BY JESUS A. RUIZ Departing Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Wayne Griffin holds up one of the gifts he received at his retirement party. The woman looking over his shoulder is his wife Susie. Seated next to her is their daughter Jane Griffin. Wayne Griffin served 27 years as the head of the Chamber. Photo by Michael Bronfenbrenner An era ends as Numerous gifts were given to"We presented atist of things Wayne at the party along with the we would miss about Wayne" said the Chamber CEO new award named in his honor. Donna Harris, Avalon's director retires after 27 years Catalina's board of directors of marketing. "We also presented presented the Griffins with a spe- a list of things we wouldn't miss," BY JESUS A. RUIZ cial parting gift: a seven day cruise Harris said in a joking manner. to Alaska in the summer of 2015. Wayne began his career as An award for excellence and There was also numerous pre-President and CEO in 1988 and has outstanding community service sentations from Chamber execu- worked on improving Catalina's was established in honor of Wayne tives on various topics, tourism and commerce ever since. and Susie Griffin last Sunday Wayne has served as Catalina's Guests from as far as Texas at a party celebrating Wayne's chamber president and CEO for the poured into the restaurant to bid retirement as CEO of Catalina's last 27 years, and he announced Wayne farewell. Chamber of Commerce. earlier in the year that he would be "The event was a success and Over 100 people attended leaving by the end of November. we will all truly miss Wayne," Wayne's retirement party, which The party was an homage to said Harris. featured over 10 guest speakers his wonderful years as CEO of the His replacement is set to be Jim and numerous gift presentations, Chamber and gave those who've Luttjohann, who has 20 years of and was held at the M restaurant worked with him a chance to experience in organizational lead- on the Island. reflect on their time with Wayne. ership and marketing. Avalon's plans for a new fuel dock with a $2 million price tag is set to be more of an update to the current one, which hasn't had many improvements since it was built in the 1920s. "The current dock is failing," said Harbor Master Brian Bray about why an update is needed. "It's missing wood pilings in plac- es and in some places there is rot- ten wood pilings" Currently, the plan for the dock is awaiting approval by t/i JL oastal Commission. "We resubmitted the plans to" Coastal Commission last week," said Dennis Jaich, Avalon's interim public works director, who has overseen the project since last year. "It could be two to three months before the plans are approved." The improvements to Avalon's dock will be actualized using wood instead of concrete, which was ini- tially going to be used before being deemed too expensive. The budget for the project was burst open in 2011 when officials estimated that it would take $3 million to build the dock using concrete. With only $2 million in funds, the city opted to go with wood Dock, Page 15 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: THE CRUSOE CLUB BY JIM WATSON EDITOR'S NOTE: Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. In the first couple of years that I lived on Catalina Island after mov- ing here in 1995, I found myself from time to time in the position of having too little money to even buy a boat ticket off the Island. My predicament never lasted for long, of course. Sooner or lat- er, a paycheck or some other form of revenue would materialize and the cash account I kept at the Bank of Levi Strauss would right itself once again like a capsized sloop. In the meantime, stranded on the Island for a few days or even weeks, I would often use these times to venture into the hills or laze on the rocks at Pebbly Beach, staring yonder at a mainland that was temporarily out of pecuniary reach. I came to refer to this predica- Watson, Page 13 Artist N.C. Wyeth created this and other portraits of Robinson Crusoe to illustrate Daniel Defoe's novel of the same name about a man who lived for 28 years on an uninhabited Island.