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Margret Holguin (left) recently purchased Ghost Tours of Catalina from Mike fields and Cad Dunlop. Ghost tours is best known for its thriller entry, using avalon high school cheedeaders; in the 2009 4th of July Parade (top) GHOST TOURSTAKES TOUR- There are about four tour guides ommend bringing cameras on ttie ISTS TO ISLAND'S PARANOR- during the winter months and up ghost tours. People have caught MAL HOT SPOTS to six or more in the summertime, images of what looked like shad- "Each tour guide has their own ows of people and orbs." BY DENNIS KAISER spin they put on it," she said. "Be- Holguin said another reason she cause of that some folks who come purchased the ghost tour business Boo! Welcome to the spooky back will take the tour again with a is that she liked the way it has been side of Catalina. Growing up in different guide." run. "There are some cheesy tours, Avalon, Margaret Holguin was The tours run about an hour and but this one is done well," she said. aware at an early age of things 15 to 30 minutes. "We are going "Michael and Carl did a lot of re- that go bump in the night and the to change things up a bit and put search on the history of the town Island's'history with ghosts,some focus on the Chicago Cubs of Avalon, beginning with the In- "i've always been fascinated and places going toward the Coun- dians and the Wrigleys." with the paranormal," she said: try Club were people have seen The original owners of Ghost "I've actually had experiences things." Tours of Catalina said they are with ghosts everywhere I've gone Holguin said the city of Avalon glad someone like Holguin pur- in the United States and Halloween has been steeped over the years chased the business. is my favorite holiday and I always in a series' of paranormal activity "We couldn't be happier with do haunted houses." being reported. "I have not heard Margaret purchasing Ghost Tours She said she bnce visited her fa- of anyone seeing Marilyn Mon-and Icons of Avalon," Fields and ther in law'shome after he passed roe, but some people have said Dunlop said in a statement. "She will away. One evening the furniture in they've seen (the ghost of) Natalie take both to exciting new growth one room was rearranged, appar- Wood," she said. "My interest in levels. We wish her booming suc- ently not by a living human. "I've these stories had a lot to do with cess." She said the ghost tours com- never really been afraid of any- me purchasing the Ghost Tours of pliments the company's "Icons of thing I've experienced,,' she said. Catalina." Avalon." That's also a very nice tour In fact, Holguin's fascination Holguin said there is the spirit that winds up at CC Gallaghers and has become a business venture, of a little boy people have seen in includes a flight of wine. On Dec. 12, she purchased Ghost units of the condominium complex While the ghost tours usually Tours of Catalina from Michael where she lives. "We have heard start around 8 p.m., "Icons of Ava- Fields and Carl Dunlop, who start- him rtm around inside our condo lon begin around 4 p.m. Admission ed the tours about three years ago. but I've not seen him ... yet," she to the ghost tours is $15 for adults Holguin said she was excited this said. "I have been trying to trace and $12 for children 12 and under. week about taking over the tours down where he comes from." The tours run seven days a week. and she has jumped into the busi- According to Holguin, there For more information about ness with both feet. are many Avalon residents that Ghost Tours of Avalon, visit the Ghost Tours of Catalina is a have had paranormal experiences, website: www.ghosttoursofcata- walking tour through Avalon to "They are very credible people lina.com or call (888)633-8981 to specific spots where paranormal that tell such stones and it's not reserve a spot on one of the com- activity has been reported over the just because they had too many pany's historic walking tours or lo- years, cocktails," she said. "I highly rec- cal ghost tours. Linin Santa Catalina Island Company45 mph, at heights up to 300 feet has announced the start of iis new above the canyon floor. At night, Night Zip Line experience begin- the speed and height seem faster ning Dec. 1 6. than during the daylight. The debmwill be the first night "The Night Zip Line is an in- zip line eco tour in California, credible extension of our new building upon the extensive adveri- Expedition offerings, from scenic tours to off-road bi-fuel powered . ture offerings on Catalina Island accessible for all ages by Catalina H1 Hummers tours through Catali- Expeditions. na's back country to rock climbing Night Zip is a heart pounding walls," said Brandon von Guenth- adventure that begins by step- ner, director of sales for the Island ping off a platform high above the Company. ocean's edge and plunging into to- Catalina Expeditions are a tal darkness. It covers three-quar- unique way to experience the is- ters of a mile onfive separate zip land. Night Zip Line riders can fly lines, reaching speeds of nearly under the stars and moon, while Avalon Veteran's Memorial Park Purchase a Brick for the Memorial ~. ....... j ~ .......... Contact Dave Gardner (310) 510-1484 or write: Avalon Veterans of Foreign Wars P.O. Box 1672 Avalon, Ca 90704 high tech and sustainable solar lighting illuminates the platforms. At each station, guides will talk about the unique ecology- and bio-diversity of Catalina Island, its nocturnal wildlife, history and culture. The two-hour expedition de- parts from Descans0 Beach Club at dusk (check for specific times) and costs $99 weekdays and $109 weekends. For more information about the Night Zip Line Eco Tour, visit www.visitcatalinaisland.cora or call (800) 626-1496. SINGING WATERS CHRISTIANCENTER SERVING THE CHURCH, REACHING T'HE ISLAND 346 CATAUNA AVE BIRTHDAYS Friday, December 16 Curt Cameron Cooper Carneron Jorge Mora Frank Hemandez Steve Hoefs Mason Eubank Isaac Felix Sr Friday, December 16 Adam Rios Jose Tejeda Saturday, December 17 Luca Belsito Sunday, December 18 Manuel Hemandez Matt O'Connor Steve Hayes Mary Torkelson Borras Rory Saldana Monday, December 19 Mado Jimenez Rick Leon Rebeca Martin Lori Morrow, Adrian Castellanos Bobby Lenz Ruby Ponce Tuesday, December 20 Jessiea Garcia Marie Smith Wednesday, December 21 Kathy Mead Ashley Vlcan Jose Cuevas " Thursday, December 22 Maria Hernandez Luis Casillas Kam Hooikaika 4 :: Friday, December 16, 2011 THE CAT/MIJNA ISLANDER