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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FmDAY Dec. 1, 2017 VOLUME 103 ISSUE 48 Www.THECATALINAISLAN DER.CO M ~e k~ BRiEFS ............................................. Water level update The water elevation in the Middle Ranch Reservoir is 657.42 feet above sea level. This equates to a storage capacity of 726 acre- feet. Scuba diving forecast Scuba expert Wade McDonald is back with another scuba diving forecast for the weekend. See the update, page 3. Machado turf field celebration To celebrate the first anniversary of the artificial turf at Joe Macha- do Field, the city will be hosting a barbecue and field activities on Dec. 8. See the story, page 3. Shop Catalina on Dec. 2 The 24th annual Shop Catalina Night is Saturday, Dec. 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event kicks off with a Christmas tree lighting with the help of Santa. See the story, page 4, Island Museum receives challenge pledge The catalina Island Museum received two challenge pledges from anonymous donors recent- ly. One pledges to match every dollar up to $50,000 for every donation made during the month of December. See story page, 5. Santa's Mailbox arrives Every Island resident, young and old, has until Dec. 22 to drop off their letters to Santa at Santa's Mailbox located at the Atwater Arcade. See the story, page 6. First Lady Lancer home game The Lady Lancer basketball team will play its first game of the season today. They also have a game on Dec. 2. See the story, page 6. Islander Shot of the Week Sean McAIpin took a beauti- ful shot of the Island Casino recently. It was so good it's our shot of the week. See the photo, page 9. Artesian Market hits Avalon The unique talents of local artists were on display at an Artesian Market that took place on Nov. 21. The next market will take place on Feb. 27, 2018. See the story, page 10. Ryker Boutillier, 4, participated in the kids Gobble Wobble during the first Turkey Trot event in Two Harbors on Thanksgiving Day. Courtesy photo Inaugural event brought 30 residents out to Buffalo Park BY KRISTIN LEIGH METCALFE FOR THE ISLANDER Before feasting on turkey, mashed potatoes and all the tra- ditional fixings, 30 guests and residents took to Buffalo Park to participate in the first Two The 5K course began at Harbors 5K Turkey Trot and kids Buffalo Park, traveled out to Gobble Wobble on Thanksgiving Lower Ballast Point, looped back Day. to Wells Beach and finished at "Two Harbors is a paradise Buffalo Park. The fastest 5K for those who love the outdoors," time was scored by Jason Liguori said Leslie Boutillier, sales with a time of 24:25• Linsay and catering manager for Two Russo was the first female to Harbors. "We were thankful complete th6 5K course, in 28:19, to spend Thanksgiving on this and Beck Winters, 10, was the beautiful island, to get outside in youngest 5K participant, finish- nature, and to host this event for ing. at 33:34. Liguori,~ Russo and our visitors and residents?' Turkey Trot, Page,2 City to honor Harbor Patrol officer died in line of duty in 2014 winter storm BY CHARLES M. KELLY The city of Avalon will reveal a plaque to honor the memory of a Harbor Patrol officer who died in the line of duty in 2014 at a ceremony scheduled to be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec~ 7, at Step Beach. Tim Mitchell served as a mem- ber of the city of Avalon Fire Reserves and as a Harbor Patrol officer. Mitchell lost his life on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, defend- ing a boat that was ultimately destroyed by high seas caused by a nor'easter storm. Winds reached approximately 40 mph during the storm., At least six yachts were reportedly destroyed in Avalon Bay. A press release written by then-Harbor Master Brian Bray said, "(Mitchell) died as he tried to save the King Neptune, a boat upon which he had also served as a dive instructor here on Catalina Island for approximately the past 10 years. Nearly 40 years old, Tim was a native of New Zealand, but a recent United States citizen." Mitchell had joined the Avalon Harbor Patrol in May 2014. From the Archives • Chicago Sports Writ£,rs Doing Stunts Writers get kick from Catalina "Bucketfish" From the Catalina Islander, Wednesday, February 27, 1924 Editor's note: This article is initial cruise to the Seal Rock part of an ongoing series of fishing banks. This virile youth, reprints of historic Catalina until last week a total stranger to Islander articles• It has been Catalina, had been the victim of edited for space• a deep-dyed conspiracy cooked up by two ancient geezers, them- BY HAROLD JOHNSON, selves Charter Members of the CHICAGO EVENING AMERICAN National Society of Green Peas. The venerable blokes, en tour There was blood in his eye with Bill Killefer's bristling and rage in his heart when Cubs, had scarcely alighted in "Bucket Bill" Becker, the juve- Avalon, when they cast about for nile angler, returned from his Archives, Page 12 A boatload of passengers arrives to Catalina Island with the Hotel sometime during 1900-1915. Photo courtesy of Detroit Publishing Co. via Library of Congress. Metropole in the background• Photo taken