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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 FniOAV December 26, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 52 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM a, BRJ[FS ........................................... Water Level update As of Thursday, Dec. 18, the water level in the Thompson Reservoir was at 279 acre feet. Maritime celebrates 30 The Maritime Institute is cel- ebrating more than 30 years of training professional mariners. A professional mobile team will be conducting Captains' Courses (6- pack/lO0 Ton) in Catalina, Jan. 19-30, 2015. For more information, call 888- 262-8020 or visit www.maritimeinstitute.com. Golf tourney winners The Catalina Island women's golf club completed its eclectic tour- nament last week and three win- ners were crowned. See story, page 2 Mysterious Island Travel with Jim Watson as he gets lost and found again in his final installment of a four part series about his trip to China. See story, page 2 On The Water Get Capt. John King's view on what Christmas should be all about and the number one item on his wish list in this week's col- umn titled "Christmas Wishes." See story, page 4 A letter of thanks The Avalon Library's Board of Friends takes a moment to reflect on the past year and offers thanks to everyone who has sup- ported them in 2014. See letter, page 4 Holiday Concert Led by a talented conductor, the Stanford Symphony orchestra performed during the Catalina Island Museum's annual Holiday concert. See story, page 8 Garden gets a new look Graphic design students of Avalon High School made custom- designed signs and adorned them throughout the Wrigley Memorial and Botanic Garden last week. See story, page 9 Mammograms to be offered On February 6 and 7, Inner Images, in cooperation with the Catalina Island Medical Center, will return to the Island and they will be offering digital mammo- grams at the Center. See story, page 11 run BE Avalon Sheriff's Station Youth Activities League made arrangements with MVP Baseball to bring a team of professional scouts and coaches to Avalon on Feb. 22. MVP Baseball is owned and operated by Harry Grumet who donated not only his time, but made the event possible by dedicating his team of professionals for the non-profit event. The kids received a lot of individualized and small group instruction from the coaches, some of whom had previously played baseball profes- sionally. The coaches seemed to enjoy the clinic as much as the kids did. Everyone just had a great time, said high school baseball coach Richard Hernandez. Although the deputies assigned to the Avalon Sheriff's Station made the connection with MVP Baseball, the majority of the event was coor- Home Run, Page 6 The Avalon High School Theater Department presented their Spring Musical "Once Upon A Mattress" In May. The show ran at from Friday May 30 to Sunday June 1. "The talented cast perfected this hysterical farce of the tale', The Princess and the Pea,'" said direc- tor Sean Brannock, who wrote the adaptation. Branock also runs the Kids At Play program in Avalon In "Mattress," an entire king- dom is unable to wed until a suit- Show 7"line, Page 13 June saw Rod Muller as the incoming Catalina Island Medical Center's chairman of the Avalon Medical Development Corporation Board of Trustees, Muller first visited Catalina Island 65 years ago as: a-young YMCA camper at Long Point. He "fell in love with the island then," never dreaming it someday would be his home. One of Muller's goals for CIMC is to work toward maintaining the financial stability the hospital has Muller, Page 13 - Part 1 - Januaryto June gg The Avalon Lions club held a fundraising dinner for the Catalina Kid Ventures Preschool on March 17. Also, the Lions club completed the installation of three new sun-rain shades, a new garden box and new toy shelves for the preschool this year. The sun-rain shades are wonderful to keep the little ones from get- ting sunburned and wetas they play outside. Each shade is 12 feet wide and 20 feet long on a steel frame bolted to the cement. The garden box is four feet wide and eight feet long. There is 64 cubic feet of special potting soil in the box for growing plants. As a part of the preschool learning experience the children plant, water, and care for garden vegetables and sunflowers. The Catalina Kid Venture Preschool is a nonprofit organization with Preschool, Page 6 It took four years tO get a limo cart permitted in Avalon and in 2014 they finally arrived on the Island. Avalon's golf cart "autoettes" have always fascinated new visi- tors and the new Hummer Limo Cart is a captivating addition. The owner of the Hummer is local hotelier Mark Malan. When exploring a golf cart limo, he went to talk with John Macktal, owner of local business Buffalo Motors. Limo Cart, Page 13 Catalina lost someone who was recalled by many as the friendli- est person to ever call the island home. Jeanne Sook Hill died on Monday, Jan. 20, after a decline following a stroke a few years ago. She was 90. Hill's daughter, Kathleen Hill Carlisle, described the outpouring of sadness over the loss of the open hearted Jeanne Hill, who owned and operated the Old Turner Inn bed and breakfast at 232" Catalina Hill, Page 15 3