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Avalon welcomes two newest LASD deputies Deputies Jeff Flotree, Miguel "Mike" Orellana and Ltr Doug Fetteroll. " PhOto by Jennifer Leonhardi Shows Night at 7:30 l00.red For More 310-$10-0179 Deputies say their outlook is to focus on the youth of Avalon BY JENNIFER LEONHARDI The Los Angeles Sheriffs Department Avalon Station has two new deputies, Miguel Orellana and Jeff Flotree. They come with 40 years of combined service and an outlook focusing on Avalon's youth. Deputy Miguel "Mike" Orellana transferred to the Island from the East LA Station, where he spent the last 22 years. Born in Mexico City, Mexico, he and his family moved to the Los Angeles area in 1970. Orellana served in the Marine Corp and attended college before deciding on a career as a law enforcement officer. His career thus far has included 5-and-a- half years at the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles, 12 years at the East LA Station, and man years erving a the Youth Athletic League director. Deputy Jeff Flotree transferred from the Norwalk station where he was stationed for 12 years both on patrol and as the YAL coordi- nator after spending six years as a deputy at the Men's Central Jail in Los Angeles. He grew up in the Southern California area and also served in the Marine Corps after graduating from what he calls the "Sdhool of Hard Knocks." His pas- sion however, much like Orellana, has always been in working with young people. Although they were transferred to the Island at the same time in October of this year, they came from different stations. They have, however, enjoyed working together in the past along with fellow Deputy Terry Harris, who also transferred to the Avalon Station from East LA in just the Wllli/I. IldlrB 00jmmz POnce Lop. S.o00 Dessert-island - 4  7 Cretcent Awt Get free ice Cream Cone on your btrthdoyl Sulr00doafVldeo Get one free Movie Rental on your blrthdlwl past year. "It was really a fluke that we were able to get these officers here, but we are very fortunate to have them," said Lt. Doug Fetteroll. "They work very well together and their skills and priorities compliment each other nicely. Our community will cer- tainly benefit by having them serve and be a part of it." Deputy Flotree has assumed the role of school resource deputy, and has enjoyed working closely with kids throughout his career. "I look-forward to trying to make a difference in the lives of these kids by being a positive role model for them," he said, "helping them learn to make the right deci- sions and hopefully giving them something to aspire to once they graduate." He will assist Deputy Orellana with the local Community Emergency Response Team as well as the YAL group, bringing to the table many of the critical qualities needed to run a suc- cessful program, not to mention an athletic background including numerous amateur and semi-pro boxing mateh ups. These two programs and their related duties, which were man- aged by Deputy Burt Lyon for many years, are a critical part of the connection between the community and the Sheriff's Department. Deputy Lyon has been out on medical leave for several weeks and had already made plans to retire in the first half of 2013. Deputy Orellana has already enjoyed being-a part of some of the local youth activities in town, and even played the ever- important role of "Santa" during a visit to the Catalina Kid Ventures Christmas program on Wednesday of this week. Asked what he looks forward to most about working here in Avalon, Orellana said, "The community, being a part of it and helping to build bridges and long term relationships with the Hispanic community and the youth here in Avalon." Harbor Activity Report November In the beginning of November, the forecast predicted rising tem- peratures and by Sunday, Nov. 4, the high temperature was 81 and 83 on Monday, Nov. 5. The harbor looked like summer with sunbath- ers on the beach and swimmers in the water. On Oct. 4 the harbor patrol had the privilege of escorting Capt. Travis Martin of the U.S. Marine Corps out of the harbor to begin a nearly 40-mile, 10-hour paddle to Dana Point. Martin and his com- pany recently returnedfrom their latest deployment in Afghanistan. He returned whole and healthy, but some under his command were not so fortunate. His goal was to raise $50,000 and awareness of wounded and fallen warriors with this fundraiser benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. Residents and visitors enjoyed the view of the Octopus, Paul Allen's 414-foot mega yacht in front of the harbor for a few days the second week of the month. Hurricane Cove Yacht Club visited the third weekend with nine boats. 6 i Friday, December 21, 2012 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER