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A unique group of individuals lives on Catalina Isl~md, though they have much in common with other small town residents. They are the men and women who have lived here since early childhood, curred. They had moved from Avalon in the spring of 2010 after Baker took early retirement from the city of Avalon Public Works Department following 13 years of service. Many will remember him attended Avalorl Schools together often driving the street sweeper, in and now work side by side or often addition to many other duties. see one another. People like Roger As captain of his own Galapa- Meadows, Marisa Cicconi, Steve gos and crew on many other boats, Bray, Maria Lopez, Mousy Brown, Frankie (to his friends) was a com- Olivia Hernandez, Jay Anderson, mercial fisherman off and on for Pastor Lopez, Whipper Upton and 28 years and this may be where John T/dsky, just to name a few. he developed his gruff and cranky Frank Baker, 57i was one of nature. He also worked in carpe'n- these special Islanders, until a try, construction, and trucking for tragic accident took his life on the many years, after getting his start evening of Sunday, Dec, 4. He had been lying under the back axle of his F350 pickup for hours, trying to adjust a stubborn parkingbrake, when the jack apparently slipped in the soft dirt and Frank was crushed by the truck's axle. His friend and camping neighbor, Ron Frazier, was helping, but was able to slip out just in time to avoid injury. Baker and his companion of nine years, Sue Perkins, had been prospecting for over two months at a gold camp near Cleveland, Georgia when the incident oc- with Trulove Ironworks in Garde- na. An active member oftheIsland Motorcycle Club, he had a passion for bikes and cars and great stories about racing and full moon rides out in the hills with buddies. Baker excelled in the Boy Scouts as a youngster and devel- oped a love of hunting, fishing and camping. He and older sister Dian wgre known to chum for sharks in a rowboat just outside the harbor. An experienced hunter, Baker was very familiar with the pigs and goats in the Island's interior, which he always considered his "back yard." Silver Canyon, Shark Har- bor, Ben Weston, Parson's Land- ing, Black Jack,.Little Harbor and the Isthmus were among his favor- ite places. Following retirement, Baker wanted to see more of the country, so fie and Sue became full-time RVers, travelling and sometimes working in Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Northern California, Oregon, Tex- as, Alaska, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and finally Georgia. The only son of the late Carl and Frances Baker, Baker is survived by sisters Dian (and Larry) Jones and Irene Overbeck, sons Andy (and Beth) Gilman, Carl Baker and Robert (and fianc6 Lorisa) Baker and their daughter Alana, Baker's first grandchild. Other survivors include aunt and uncle Gerie and. Jim Heron, Sue Perkins, ex-wife Peggy McInnis, several nieces and nephews and all those friends who are "family," as well his beloved canine companion Deeojie. Tentative plans are for a cele- bration of life, with his cremains to be scattered at sea per his instruc- tions, in April 2012. /, Former 10ngtime Island resident Frank Baker was killed recently 0nthe mainland when he was Crushed by a truck, mere will be a celebration of his life on Catalina in Apd12012. NEW YEAR'S AVAILABLE Reservations for the classic Nlew Year's Eve C, ala event are still avail0ble. Don your best party clothes and attend the 39th Annual New Year's Eve Gala at the grand Casino Ballroom on Catalina Is- Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle PubHSlmr Dan Teeken0ff I:ditor Dennis Kaiser Office Mmtagee Jennifer Leonhardi manager@cinews:us &ccounUng Judy Murray .idvi~rlisllnl~ DISPLAY I CLASSIFIEDS I OBITUARIES 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 90704 ] (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 DEADUNES Calendar: Noon Monday I News: 5 p.m. Monday Display Adver- tising: 2 p.m, Tuesday Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday Legal/Public Notices: 5 p,rn. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS Send to One Year SUbscription: Cstahna .............................................. $39 Mainland ............................................ $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mall are available lot $SO/year A Publication of CommunltyMedla Coq=omtlon. Executive Publisher Vince. Bodiford CATALINA SLANDER (UBPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C, F.R. 3464 periodicals Dc~tage paid at Avalon. CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree NO. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct, 4. 193,4 Exact Name of Newspaper as ShOWn in the Pet;tion for Ad.udication: The Catalina Islander Published weekly at 101 Manila AvenL~. #6 Avalon. CA 90704 The entire contents of The Catahna Islander are copy- righted ~) The Catalina Islahder. NO Dart may De reproeuceo n any fashion without written consent of the oubhsher. This 3ubhcatJon is prlntea almost entirely on recycled paper ~17 PROUD MEMBER OF THE CAUFORNIA NEJNSPAPER PUBUSHERS ASSOCIATION land on Saturday, Dec. 31. There's nothing like a dress-up event to celebrate the end of the year. Dance to the traditional big band sounds as well as music with Chicago and Motown beats in the historic Casino. Enjoy an elegant buffet dinner and dessert, cham- pagne, party favors, and a bottle of specially engraved wine and watch the balloons drop at midnight. Book your reservations now and make it a special overnight event on the Islandof Romance. Entertainment will be pro- vided by The Xceptional Music Company. The Xceptional Music Company has put together a band with a great horn section and ten musicians who have performed wish the S~premes,~ Temptations, Earth Wind and Fire, The Pointer Sisters, Ike Turner, Tower of Pow- er, the Whispers and many others. The band will include songs from the 1950s until now, bringing you A NEW CATALINA NOVEL "IT IS A ROLLER COASTE R RI DE COVERING 400 YEAtLS." -CHUCK LIDDELL CATALINA ISLAND H ISTORIAN Two WOMEN ACROSS OCEANS AND TIME: ONE HAUNTED BY A PAST SHE CAN'T LET GO, ONE HUNTED IN THE PAST WHERE LETTING GO IS THE ONLY CHOICE, THE MYSTERIOUS FORCE PULLING THEM TOGETHER LAY BENEATH THE OCEAN SURFACE, WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED. IN THIS CAPITAVATING DEBUT NOVI L BY LOCAL CHRIS BLEHM, TIME AND DIVINITY COLLIDE, ELUSIVE AS SEA FOAM IN MERCY'S HANDS. AVAILABLE LOCALLY AND "ON AMAZON & KINDLE WWW.ME RCYOFTHE E LEME NTS.COM the sounds of Motown and Chi- cago, with a few tunes from the 1920s and 1930s to honor the great traditions bfthe Casino Ballroom. Reservations for the 2011 New Year's Eve Dinner Dance are $175 per person. A limited number of private tables for two are available for an additional charge of $50 per couple. The Gala includes a buffet dinner, dancing, champagne split, one bottle of wine in a specially engraved bottle (#13 in a series), and party favors. A photographer will be onsite. A trio from the band will play during the dinner hour, and the full band will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Dinner reservations are avail- able for 7, 7:30, 8 and 8:30 p.m. Guests amving before their seat- ing time may wait in the Marine Bar on the Mez/anine level, where beverages will be served. The buf- fet dinner will be available until approximately 9:15 p.m. Coat and tie is required; black tie is op- tional. Reservations may be made ei- ther on-line through the Cham- ber's Web site at www.Catalina-, in person at the Chamber's Green Pier office or by phone by calling (310) 510-1520. All reservation requests must be accompanied with full payment and will be confirmed by letter. Payment may be in the form of cash, cheek, VISA, MasterCard, or American Express. The New Year's Eve Dinner Dance is organized by the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce Visitors Bureau. For more infor- mation, go .to www.CatalinaCh- 'Crazy' about movie I was in San Francisco recently and enjoyed the new movie "Like Crazy," a romantic comedy. It's a critic's pick of the LA Times and San Francisco Chronicle, and win- ner of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. Imagine my surprise when I file your fictitious business name statements here We do the work for you. Filing & Publishing for $86 Publishing only $45 $7 per name extra Catalina Islander 510.0500 classifi eds@localnew saw that scenes had been filmed in Avalon, featuring the Island as a romantic holiday destination. The film stars Felicity Jones as an exchange student from Britain and Anton Yelchin, as the Ameri- can she meets. They stroll along the waterfront, sit under the Via Casino arch, and glowingly talk about their visit to the Island. There's also a great clip of them enjoying dinner at Armstrong's. In a later sequence - to not give away the movie, I'll just say another couple comes to the Island - there are more excellent shots of the har- bor, the Casino and of this couple leaving Big Olaf's. The film cred- its als0 thanked the Hotel Metro- pole staff, naming Yell Montane among others. How wonderful that the film company had such a first-rate ex- perience at Avalon's outstanding businesses[ What great publicity for all. Mary Loibl, Avalon 2 i Friday, December 16, 2011 THE CATALINA ISLANDER