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Leslie Grange prepares some data in her office'at Island Toy Store & More. Photo by Dennis Kaiser Toy ~tore coordinator) at the city to see how From page 1 we can get more involved with the community and help serve their boys and girls like extended to her needs." career as a schoolteacher, special- The Granges' are animal lov- izing in students from kindergar- ers as seen in their store mascot ten through sixth-grade, and family pet, their playful pug "I really like working with dog Django-:--named after Django kids," she said, adding that there Reinhardt, the pioneering virtuoso are not a lot of available teach- jazz guitarist and composer. ing jobs these days. She is doing "We are also going to be bring- some substitute work for Avalon ing in a line of pet products," Schools, but the toy store is also Grange said. "We are really excit- helping her follow her passion, ed about that?' "We opened on Nov. 1," Leslie Other new lines of products the Grange said. "We were not aiming Granges are adding to the toy store to start near the holiday season. It include CDs and video games. just worked out that way. We have "The video games are really a already added many new items big hit," she said. and redecorated the store?' With the new adventure of get- Indeed, they have, according ting into the toy store business, the to customers who frequented the Granges will add some new faces shop at 233 Sumner Ave., before to this weekend's Shop At Home the Granges took it over. It has a event, in which they will be par- new, more kid-friendly flavor and ticipating. They are also planning a more dazzling array of toys and to offer party supplies and start a other products, preferred customer program. ,We've been bringing in a lot "We are also going to start a of hands-on, educational products birthday registry," she said. and scientific kits," she said, "We Meanwhile; their new business are also working with the schools venture is a family affair for the and Jennifer Lavelle (recreation Granges', who purchased a house on Sumner Avenue in 1999. Since then, they have lived part time on the Island and over town. The Granges have two sons, Tyler, 14, a~nd Jesse, 9. When the boys are not busy with their Junior Lifegamrd activities on the main- land, they" can be found helping out at? the toy store. "When is Jesse coming back?" one boy asked Leslie Grange on Wednesday afternoon, attesting to her sons' popularity with Avalon kids. "He'll be here soon," she assured him. Although her husband's day job is on the mainland, running a cus- toms products promotional busi- ness, Michael Grange can often be found on weekend evenings playing music with other Avalon musicians in the local pub circuit: "He has two .CDs out," his wife exclaims proudly. Leslie Grange said the family is excited about their new business venture and plan to be in it for the long term. "It's a nice idea to think we could sort of retire in Avalon, run- ning a toy store," she said. m . comin Creative children's book author and TV weatherman will delight kids and par- ents at library BY CHARLES M. KELLY Author Kevin Janison, creator of the Deputy Dorkface series, will visit the school library on Monday, Dec. 3. Janison will perform three pre- sentations for grades K-5. Janison, an award-winning meteorologist and TV weathercaster in Las Ve- gas, has Published three children's books about character education featuring Deputy Dorkface--a well-meaning but imperfect cham- pion of justice and good character. In his first adventure, "Deputy Dorkface": How Stinkville Got Cleaned Up," published in 2007, the lawman became convinced the local water supply was contami- nated and banned its use. Even- tually, the children of Stinkville took matters into their own hands to promote personal hygiene. Deputy Dorkface struck again in 2008 as the top law enforce- ment officer in Sugaropolis, where he outlawed dessert in response to the childrens' unhealthy diets. Of course, the children revolted. In Dorkface's latest adventure, 2011's "How Mannerland Got Its Manners Back," it is the adults who turn to him in desperation to teach their suddenly thoughtless children basic manners. Janison visits more thaa 110 schools a year, where enthusiastic Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windte Group Publisher Vince Bodiford vince@t hecatalinaislander.com Editor Dennis Kaiser ed it or@t hec at al i nai sl ander.c om Advertising Pat Jamieson adver, tising@t hecat alinaislander.com Office Manager Jennifer Leonhardi manager@thecatalinaislander.com Accounting Judy Murray j udy@localnewspapers.org 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 90704 I (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. 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NO part may be reproduced in any fashion withodY written consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2012 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc., All Rights Reserved. ~ PROUD MEMBER OF THE CAMFORN1A NEWSPAPER ~=~ PUBL~HERS ASSOCIATION Author and TV Weather Forecaster Kevin Janison. Courtesy photo (screaming) children listen to both the Dorkface stories and Janison's description of how a book comes to be created, illustrated, edited .and published. Janison, a native Californian, attended Fairfax High School and California State University North- ridge, according to the website deputydorkfacebooks.com. "He has held the National Weather Association Seal of Ap- proval since 1985. The Janison family moved to Las Vegas in 1994 and joined the News 3 team in 2007. Prior to southern Nevada, he worked in Reno, Madison, Wisconsin; Evansville, Indiana; Jackson, Missippi, and New York City," the website said. "Kevin has been responsible for building the Neighborhood Weather Network, which placed weather stations and provided cur- riculum in meteorology in over 100 schools throughout the re- gion," the web sites said. His weather broadcasts have earned various honors, including three Emmys. 2 i Friday, November 30, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER