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SERVING CATALINA VOLUME 97, ISSU~ 50 BRI[[$ Poinsettia's sale for Kids at Play Travel costs Poinsettia plants are now avail- able in limited supply. Small plants $9.00 and .large plants $13.00. All proceeds benefit the Kids at Play organization helping to offset their travel costs. You can call (.310)429-3680 to order yours today, or stop by the final weekend of the Consignment sale at the Catherine Hotel Dec. 16- 18. The consignment sale also benefits the Kids at Play group and features thousands of items to choose from including clothing, household items, games and toys. The sale'will begin at noon on each day. Surf City Singers to perform on December 17 Mary Frances Conover is originally from Avalon, where she spent the first eight years of her life. She is now a performer with the Surf City Sir)gers, who will perform on Saturday, Dec. 17, on the Wrigley Stage. See story, page 7 Holiday Tour of Ughts "Catalina Kid Ventures" presents {he Tour of LigMg on December 18, 5:30-8:30 p.m., a bus full of fun, lights, singing, and warm Christmas spirit. Hot cocoa and tasty goodies will be available for your purchasing del!ght. Tickets are just $3. Tours wi|l,depart from the Wrigley Plaza Stage. If you would like to register your home to be included on the tour, please contact the recreationdeparb ment: (310) 510-0220 ext 231. Community Church Christmas dinner A special Christmas Dinner will be held at the Avalon Community Church on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m. A free traditional turkey dinner will be served to anyone in the community who would like to share in food, fun, and friendship. Santa will also be stopping by for a visit around 6:30 p.m. Next City Council Meeting will decide future of CKV Catalina Kid Ventures, the child care facility run by the City of Avalon, continues its struggle to meet their annual budget. The future of the program will be decided at the next City Council meeting on Tuesday, DeCember 20 at 7 p.m. Holiday Open House at the Catalina Island Museum The Museum is holding a Holiday Open House on Dec. 16 from 4 - 7 p.m. It will feature free admis- sion to the museum's current exhibition, discounts of 10% - 50% in the MuseUm Store and a spe- cial tasting provided by Steve's Steakhouse. See story, page 3 ...... : ..... i . A.-- ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS eve~ week - since 1914 / 1 % FRIDAY December 16, 2011 The Rotary sponsored Avalon High School Interact Club was at City Park raising funds for one of their Intemational Projects for clean water. Seen .mere from the left are Rotary representative Lourdes Thoricht, Ruby Gomez, Jordan Williams, Lupita Hemandez, Suzy Ponce, Jasmine Cardllo, Sadie Parson and Jamie Boyd. BY THERESA CUMMINGS run on Monday night this week. It to move forward in 2012, butdon't will officially be open to the public know if it will come through that Randy Herrel, CE() of the on Dec. 16. soon. Santa Catalina Island Company, "'We also added two Hummers Oescanso Beach Club, which took time out this week to address to create ~tn extreme experience in was renovated in the winter of 01nter t to ldander and the interior of the igland and they 2010. was subject to c01d and reflect on the success of 2011. have proved profitable as well." dreary weather that first summer, "Our main focus has been toThe Avalon rumor-mill has had resulting in discouraging numbers. create new visitor serving activities locals talking about plans to ex- However, the exceptional weather and venues that would bring more pand the Zip-Line and add a line "this summer drew visitors to the people to the Island. I've spoken for advanced Zip-Line enthusiasts. Island and Descanso proved its to other business owners and they -- Herrel confirmed that there actual- value and much more. have benefited it as well. We have ly are plans in the works to create "The Avalon Grille did better had a great year," Herrel said. an additional Zip-Line attraction, this year and Descanso was simply Many factors were involved in "We are hoping to have things in offthecharts,"Herrelsaid. achieving the success, he said. place by 2014," he said." "It would The Island Company also in- "One of the main attractions incorporate a variety of experi- stalled a rock-climbing wall at has been the Zil~-Line Eco Tour," ences in addition to some extreme Descanso last summer. Herrel said. "It has been a remark- zipping. In all our endeavors we "It's holding its own," he said. able contributor in drawing people are time restrained by Los Angeles "We really didn't have enough to the Island. We have had our County's Planning Commissiontime to advertise before it was in- Zipline Guides training to conduct- and we have to wait for approval stalled. We are confident it will do ni t zip tours and had out first dry before moving forward. We hope sac,, page o CHAMBER EXPECTS DECEMBER TOURISM TO BE DOWN FROM LAST YEAR BY CHARLES M. KELLY Tourism increased this year, according to Wayne Griffin, CEO of the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitor'-s Bureau. "It has been good," Griffin said. However, Griffin said the Chamber expects visitor numbers to be down in December. Griffin said that as "~ "of November, Catalina had seen 18 months in a row of increased cross-channel traffic. He said year- to-date traffic was up 17 percent. "We're not back to pre-recession numbers, but it's going in the right direction," Griffin said. While December's numbers are not yet available, Griffin said the Chamber expects December's tourist figures to be down from last year. He said there would be no catalina oran~l rlix $i~ year antl that the Island lost three weeks of cruise ship activity. Asked why tourism activity had been improving throughout the year, Griffin said the improvements made by the Santa Catalina Island Compa- ny in late 2010 were a factor in bring- ing tourists to the Island. He also said that over the past year, individuals who had jobs, whose homes were not "underwater," had decided to get on with their lives. "You know, when the recession hit, everyone retrenched," Griffin said. He said people stopped spending money. Now, however, people are willing to spend again---if more cautiously than before. Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Imperial Japanese Christmas, Part 1 BY, Jl M WATON minated for the four-year duration of the War and cross-channel travel Once again the yuletide holi- even for resident Islanders was se- days overtake the Island and once verely restricted. again carols are tolled on the On this, the 70th anniversary Chimes Tower. Decorations and of the start of the Second-World dazzling light displays once again War, "Mysterious Island" will line Front Street in a holiday tradi- begin a series of columns on war- tion that has existed in Avalon in . time mysteries revolving around one ~orm or another since Christ- the surprising amount of military masof1887, activity--both of friend and of But 70 years ago this month, foe--that took place around Cata- it was a very different Christmas lina and the waters of Southern that Catalina--along with the rest California. of the nation--was experiencing. I've already touched on some of Within two weeks of the Dec. 7,, these events in previous columns: 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, all the mysterious Japanese "golfers" tourist travel to the Island was ter- For whom Lolo Saldana caddied ! in August of 1941, as well as the war with a number of Axis powers, tragic crash ot" U.S. Navy airship for Catalina and the West Coast K-111 near Avalon-in October of the primary entity that generated 1944. sleepless nights for American While the Allied powers were at Mystery, Page 9