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Friday, November 29, 2002 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 5 Who would think ttmt the three most glorious days of the year would arrive in mid-November? Not many. Most would expect the finest weather to occur in August, or perhaps early September, but while there were several nice days in those months, they paled in comparison to the early part of this week. Island te~ hovered ih tile 80-90 degree range, seas were as flat and calm as a lake, winds were nearly nonexistent, and to top it all off, a beautiful full moon illuminated the night skies with a glow and charm that takes place only rarely. For those who were able to get out into the interior, not only were the days resplendent and the nights sublime, but from the high points on the Island, one could see for miles and miles. Gazing toward the mainland, the coastal ranges from Point Dume to Dana Point were visible. Homes and buildings on the Palos Verdes Peninsula could be identified, downtown Santa Monica, Los Angeles, and Long Beach could be seen. Behind those areas, all of the local motmtam ranges kxanlM in all their regal splendor. On the backside of the Island, all of the other Channel Islands were visible, appearing to float majestically on the surface of a sparkling azure mirror. Of course, perfection never lasts forever, and as the weekend approached, temperatures cooled, The Santa Catalina Island Woman's Club will hold their annual Christmas Party on Thursday, December 12 at the Channel House Restaurant. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:00 noon. The highlight of the afternoon will be a performance by "The Bell Duo" Advanced reservations are a must. Tickets are now on sale for $17 from Jeanie Shelton and Neva Jennings. Unwrapped children's Christmas gifts will be collected for the Sherrif's Christmas Toy Drive. Beautiful theme baskets will be raffled and the winning ticket for the Thomas Kincaid painting will be drawn. fog rolled in, and the magical glow of a full and luminous moon began to wane. Even so, the weekend turned pleasant, mild, and benign. As a result, a fair number of visitors turned out to enjoy Cata, charming allure and inviting hospitality, marine weather program on Catalina wea er preparedness, in addition to Among the estimated 75 boats to Island. In the forefront of new making the entire marine forecast v it West End coves were about half developments, Avalon ter program streamlined and more user a dozen from Port Royal Marina, Brian Bray has worked with friendly". Redondo Beach, a good-time gang McClung to develop a new VHFIrish wedding bells rang out over gathering at the Isthmus for an weather reporting channel for the calm waters of Catalina Harbor evening lobster feast supplied by one Avalon Harbor. This new broadcast for Irish lass Megan Flanagan from of the good'ol boys of the Marina. channel will streamline the current New Jersey, and groom Mark Lewis Catalina boaters and local Harbor reporting system and broaden the of Dana Point. The ceremony took and response agencies will soon scope and coverage of current place on the Ballast Point lookout, benefit from some improvements in marine broadcasts. Also in the plan where the bride was rowed ashore the realm of weather related is the establishment of a weather by her father, Mr. Flanagan. The big broadcasting and information. Tma reporting station at Two Harbors. wedding party included two days of McCung, Warning Coordination McClung has worked with Assistant celebration at the Banning House Meteorologist for the National Doug Millard to setup Lodge and the Harbor Reef Saloon. Weather Service, Los Angeles, was a computer generated program that newlyweds, liveaboard boaters on the Island this week'to the will allow the Isthmus Harbor currently residing in San Diego, development of a couple of Department to provide daily weather intend to return to the city by the bay significant changes in the NWS conditions for inclusion in local for the holidays, then depart on their marine broadcasts. If approval is honeymoon travels after tic first of given for this program, the system the year. Their honeymoon plans should be on-line by next spring. By begin with a cruise to the South designating Avalon as a broadcast Pacific aboard their boat, followed station and including Two Harbors by a slow and leisurely as a reporting station, McClung circumnavigation of the world. foresees "a big improvement in the Wow, good luck! realm of marine safety and severe Last Friday afternoon, St. Catherine of Alexandria's Catholic Church was filled with the sounds of mariachi players as worshippers commemorated the double anniversary of the first Mass on the island 400 years ago and the lOOth anniversary of the church in Avalon. Coming to celebrate the Jubilee Mass was Cardinal Roger Mahony, accompanied by an Impressive group of clerics. Shown in the photo are, from left to right, Monsignor John Barry, Monsignor Cyril Navin (a former pastor), Deacon Jack Gualco, Father Paul Slebenand, pastor, Bishop Sylvester Ryan, of Avalon, and present Bishop of Monterey, California, Cardinal Roger Mshony, Bishop Joe Sartoris, Monsignor Vincent McCabe, a former pastor, and the Very Reverend Stephen Watson. Following the Mass, during which many memories of former times in Avalon were given, the celebration continued at the Riviera Room for refreshment and socializing. photo by Marie Whittington cELE13RA't-E WI:I-I9 tlS Ax xlg CAT INA . 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