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SERVING CATALINA ~ ITS MAINLAND F~ENDS~" ....... every week . since 1914 v FRIOAY December 28, 2012 VOLUME 98, ISSUE 52 Www.THECATALINAISLANDER.COM Part 1 January -June ,D Scouts.Become Eagles Three Avalon scouts were recognized for achieving the Boy Scouts of America's highest rank, Eagle Scout, on Feb. 16. The three members of Troop 400 were among more than 224 scouts and supporters who attended the Long Beach Area Council Boy Scouts of America's Annual Scout Rec- ognition Dinner in Long Beach's The Grand event center. The council represents scouts in Avalon, Long Beach, Signal Hill, Lakewood and Bellflower. The council was founded in 1919. Islanders Colin Eubank, Devin Eubank, and Gabriel Saldana were among 56 scouts who were recognized at the dinner. Master of Ceremonies Paul Muehlebach welcomed 224 scouts and adult volunteers to the gala event. Long Beach BOy Scout Council President Jim Jeffery and Scout Execu- Eagle Scouts, Page 3 Catherine Hotel Purchased The Catalina Island Conservancy's offices had long been located somewhat off the beaten path at 125 Claressa Av- enue in Avalon. Some people only visited the Conservancy office because they happened to bump into it while strolling through town. According to Leslie Baer, the Conservancy's chief com- munications officer, it has also been a bit of a tight squeeze for the Conservancy's personnel and visitors. Baer said that is going to'change now that the Conser- vancy has purchased the aging Catherine Hotel. The sale was made official on Tuesday, March 20. The conservancy's plan is to renovate the building and relocate some of its op- erations to the hotel site. "We are planning a major renovation with significant im- provements of the property from stem to stern," Baer said. Catherine.Hotel, Page 3 Casino Theater is Digital Santa Catalina Resort Services recently announced that the Casino Building's Avalon Theatre will be receiving one of its most important upgrades ever. April 2012 marked a brand new era for this historic land- mark, as a state of the art digital projection system was in- stalled. Movies .will be shown in true 1080p high definition with digital surround sound. The initial step of this upgrade was started several years ago, when the theatre's sound sys- tem was enhanced. This second step involved the purchase of a new sound processor, which will provide the true surround sound ex- perience for locals and visitors alike. The new digital system will allow the Avalon Theatre the flexibility of showing several types of media from DVDs to 35mm film to computer Power- Point presentations. Corporate businesses will be able to utilize the Casino, Page 3 PEPPER ROCK BAND PLAYS AT DESCANSO On Saturday, June 16, Des- canso Beach Club hosted a concert by Pepper, a rock band with two members originally from Hawaii and one from Ca- lifornia. in par- tnership with KROQ presented the show as part of the KROQ ROQ N SURF series, a season of live music and summer themed events taking place throughout Southern California Memorial Pepper, Page 3 EXPRESS EXTENDS : FREE B'DAY TRIPS Catalina Express is extending its "Free Ride on Your Birthday" promotion starting May 1, 2012 to April 30, 2013. Catalina Express is celebrating its 30th Anniversary by giving a free pass to anyone who wants to go to Catalina on their birthday. To qualify you must pre-register online at or by calling 800-995-4386 for the 2012-2013 free pass. You will re- ceive an e-mail confirmation from which you will download and print Express, Page 3 DRUG ARRESTS ON LT. DOUG FETTEROLL SHARK ATTACKS A RISE NEAR ISLAND JOINS AVALON FORCE GIRL OFF CATALINA The U.S. Coast Guard intercept- For Lt. Douglas Fetteroll of the A- 15-year-old gift was paddle- ed two boats just northwest of Cata- Los Angeles County Sheriff's De- boarding about 200.yards off Cata- lina Island late at night on Tuesday, partment, coming to Catalina to lina Island on Sunday, May 6, when Jan. 10, which resulted in the sei- head up the Avalon Sheriff's Sta- a shark attacked her. zure of a tonof marijuana. A total tion is a dream come true.Her paddleboard suffered mul- of eight suspected smugglers were "I've always wanted to live clos- " tiple bites as the shark hit the board taken into custody as to the water," he said.again and again. The Los Angeles The incident was one of several Fetteroll grew up on the East County Fire Department reported drug smuggling incidents in the Coast in Boston, Mass., far enough that the girl was not harmed. San Pedro Channel. away from the Atlantic Ocean that It was not known if the girl was Unfortunately, Catalina Island his visits to it were mostly on youth a resident or tourist. Authorities did has experienced several drug traf- field trips. He moved to California not release her name because she is ticking incidents in recent years, and joined the LA County Sheriffs a minorl The Fire Department will Drug Trafficking, Page 3 Lt. Fetteroll, Page 3 Shark Attack, Page 4 ~E (~AT&UNA ISLANDER .............................. becember' 28'i 20i2 ix