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SERVING CATALINA & ITs'MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS F.,OAY December 14, 2012 VOLUME 98, ISSUE 49 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM BRIEFS Lancers come away with 2nd place trophy The Avalon Boys Basketbal[team came away with the second place trophy in their annual trip to Huntington Beach to play in the Liberty Christian Beach Bash Tournament. See story, page 9 Hundreds visit opening of World War II exhibition In honor of Pearl Harbor Day, Friday, Dec. 7, the Catalina Island Museum debuted its lat- est special exhibition highlighting the critical role Catalina Island played in the defense of our nation during World War I1. See story, page 8 Restaurant owner to retire The owner of three Catalina res- taurants told her employees on Saturday, Dec. 8, that she plans to retire and will close the restau- rants on Oct, 31, 2013. See story, page 4 Breakfast with Santa Breakfast with Santa will be Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9-11 a.m., at Antonio's Cabaret. The coast is $5 a child, which includes a child's breakfast. Adults get in free and can order from the breakfast menu at regu- lar price. All proceeds benefit Catalina Kid Ventures. Free Christmas dinner Cornerstone TeenCenter will host a free Community Christmas dio- ner from 5:30-8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16. Aero Club Social Fly-In The Catalina Island Conservancy Aero Club Social Fly-In will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; Dec. 15. For reserva- tions on the shuttle, call (310) 510-0143. Meet pilots from all over Southern California and view historical planes on display. Beach Cleanup Saturday Volunteers clean a windward beach on the second Saturday of every month. Participants get a free trip ~Lo Ben Weston Beach, Cottonwood Beach, Little Harbor or Shark Harbor. Call Volunteer Coordinator Cindy Lazaris at (310) 510-2595, ext. 109, to make reservations. Holly Hill restoration The restoration of the historic Holly Hill House began in July 2011 and has continued since then. Some people are now ask- ing why the restoration is taking so long. See story, page 5 : Randall Herrel, Island Company CEO, top right, meets with local Boy Scouts accepting food and toy donations at its annual Christmas Party in the Casino Ballroom on Dec. 6. The Scouts will distribute the food to the local food bank and the toys to Island organizations for local distribu- tion through the Avalon Fire Department. Courtesy photo in BY DENNIS KAISER ' r ~~~ ,~ I diving, but separated through age :%:;, and generations, but we shared Catalina lost a friend, a living a common bond that transcends .legend and pioneer of scuba div- - ~i~ i~ [!5~ ~ .years and we enjoyed sharing ing on Monday when Cap Perkins I stories over the past few years," died. According to his caregiver, ~ Council said. "He led a very inter- AvalonresidentLilStone, Perkins, ~~~~t estingandadventurefilledlife. I 86, passed away after a short ill- ~ ~,/~j:~ ~ ....... ~ will wish him Godspeed and will ness. - :-; miss him. He was a unique and vi- Perkins' life story was docu- ~% brant Avalon personality. Our little mented earlier this year by Avalon town will be even smaller without resident and fellow world-class Scuba legend Cap Perkins him." scuba diver Jon Council. Perkins, who was raised in Up- "He and I became distant friends due to our connections in Cap Perkins, page 6 Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Honored Dead, Part 2 In honor Of the 71st anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack BY JIM WATSON As I began writing this col- umn-the secolad in this series--it struck me as tragic that, for a town the size of Avalon, it would take a few separate columns to cover the Island's World War II dead. Elev- en Islanders are officially listed as casualties of that war, fought so long ago, and last week I covered as best I could the stories of six of them. This week, I continue with some of the remaining five. The Machado family has a long and honorable history on Catalina Island going back nearly a century. The Machados have long been in- volved in local Civic and business affairs and especially--as evi- denced by the popular Joe Macha- do Memorial Field--local sporting activities. Frank D. Machado But the Machado family gave perhaps its greatest sacrifice to the Island and to the nation in 1944 when they lost brother, son and Watson, page 11 City will apply for grant funding to buy the electronic buses to replace currently deteriorating trolleys BY CHARLES M. KELLY Last week, the Avalon City Council gave plarming staff per- mission to apply for a grant to buy electronic buses that would replace the city's trolleys. A~calofl staff is preparing the request for $900,000 to buy the electronic: vehicles. The Ebuses cost about $300,000, according to a Tuesday, Dec. 4, staff report. Avalon would be required to match 20 percent of the funds. "The size and age of the current trolleys are a source of concern and it has been requdsted previ- ously that staff search for fund- ing opportunities to replace the trolleys," wrote Audra McDonald, grant administrator for Avalon's Planning Department. McDonald's report said money from current Local Transportation Funds that Avalon receives could be used toward matching the grant money. In October, Mayor Pro Tern Michael Ponce, Chief Administrative Officer Charlie Wagner and Grant Administrator Audra McDonald visited the Ebus, E-bus, page 7