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Year In Review From page 4 February Packy Offield Bone Marrow drive held for Packy Offield A bone marrow'_ donor, drive was held on the Island' Feb. 3 and 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the post office arcade. Finding a bone marrow donor would provide the best hope for a full recovery for Paxson Offield, who was battling leukemia. Offield, who is an integral part of Catalina Island, was diagnosed in December and had been receiving treatment in Portland, OR. Sherri Walker Cline helped organize the bone marrow donor drive and is a longtime friend of the Offield family. She had hoped to have a strong turnout at the two-day drive. "The extraordi- nary turnout is indicative of the high regard, love and respect that the community has for him," she said. According to Be The Match, for thousands of patients eith life-threatening diseases such as leukemia and lymphoma, a mar- row transplant from an unrelated donor is their best or only hope for a cure. Contact Gall Hodge at (310) 510-2000, ext. 1234, for more information. Cruise Ship Pier Option An option was added in Febru-~ ary to the Cruise Ship Pier Options presented to the city of Avalon in October 2011, according to a state- ment recently issued by Island En- terprises, Inc. The proposal: an alternative ship terminal with a landingstrip for aircraft. This option report- edly doubles the capacity for cruise ship docking, provides bet- ter staging areas for passengers, includes a small marina, would solve the landslide problem on Pebbly Beach Road and provides access for commercial airplanes, all at one nearby location without hindering the presently congested Cabrillo Mole. The plan has the advantage of creating enough land area to park two or more cruise ships, build a 4,500-foot long commercial air- port runway and a large, long dockside area for tour buses, taxis, and visitor serving facilities. New Children's Dental Clinic The new Avalon Children's Dental Health Clinic's grand open- ing was'held on Feb. 10. About 75 people turned out for the ceremo- nies and luncheon on the Avalon School's campus, where the clinic is housed in a modular building. The clinic is phrt of the Long Beach Children's Dental Health Clinic. For more information, call (562) 933-3141. loses its lease , Santa Catalina Island Resort Services anfiounced in late Feb- ruary that Armstrong's Seafood Restaurant & Market on Avalon's waterfront would close for a re- model on Oct. 3L At that time, a multi-million dollar renovation of the Terminal Building is sched- uled to begin. The new restaurant site will include both the existing Arm- strong's location as well as the adjacent Busy Bee restaurant site. Until then, Armstrong's, which had provided local residents and visitors with fresh seafood for many years, continued operations. An artists rendering of the latest Cruise Ship Pier option. Courtesty Photo President visits President Ali Abdullah Saleh of Yemen visited Catalina Island on Thursday, Feb. 16. Presi- dent Saleh's visit created a stir that day as tourists and Is- landers bathed in curiosity when he arrived in a chartered private 85-foot yacht flanked by two armed Coast Guard cruisers. President Saleh was surrounded by security from his country, the United States Se- cret Service, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Baby Nevaeh comes home Cristal Mulgado, Birthdate" Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m. Weight: 3 pounds 3 ounces. Length: 15-and-three- quarter inches. March Lane Garrett took over as the new harbor mas- ter at Catalina's Two Harbors in March. Garrett brings years of experience. As a young man he followed his dreams and went to Alaska to pursue a ca- reer in commercial fishing. He also spent a few years as a private yacht captain. Garrett and his wife live at Two Harbors. Liahna Nevaeh Hays spent her first month in " the NIC Unit. She came home to Avalon on-: Valentine's Day and had many friends and fam- ily who awaited her arrival. Her family says "thank you" to everyone for their prayers and many blessings. Liahna Nevaeh Hays' "par- ents: Mark Anthony Hays and Lady Lancers make history The Avalon Lady Lancers basketball team made history on Saturday, March 10 by being the only team to make it to the second round of the CIF State Champion- ship Playoffs. They qualified for the State Playoffs by making the final of the CIF Southern Section Championship. This qualified them as one of the best 32 teams 'in DIV 5A in the state of California. Eagle chicks hatch early The bald eagle-hatching season began in early March as two bald eagle chicks hatched from their shells and came into the world on the Channel Island of Santa Cruz. The chicks came a little earlier than usual in 2012. "Their; tim- ing was different this year," said Peter Sharpe, a biologist with the Institute for Wildlife Studies. gets new boat Afishinados Charters' newly consti'ucted boat Catallac re- cently hit the water for her splash test. She is being built to run pri- vate and open party tours out of Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island. Catallac is a 50-foot power catamaran that made the trip from her builder's plant in St. Croix USVI to Catalina during May. Capt. John, his daughter Kai- tlin King, and Adam Nelson of Avalon crewed the boat for the Year In Review, Page 6 Three Palms Arcade opens Back in the day, the Mardi Gras Arcade was the place to go. "My husband (Steve) and I used to go there when we hung out as kids," said Brenda Hoefs. The arcade closed in Septem- ber of 2010. However, the Hoeffs opened Three Palms Arcade "in April of 2011 with an eye on mak- ing it bigger and better than ever. The added space comes with more new attractions and a clean, modern look. The Hoefs had been opening portions of the business over the past few months. They planned for it to offer a more well-rounded experience than the former arcade. " '~ While it is still a great place Great for travelers and business people. The NEW power source for cameras, smart phones and tablets. Available installed for only $67 LECl C 310-510-9239 for a kid to be a kid, the new :look and features, in addition to adding food, is geared toward making it a place for the whole family. THE CATALINA ISLANDER "~ ........ Ring in the Year ia with ma~k: I~ DJ a~l Su~& T~pix Ike .mrm e rvcd fl n 5FM- upon l foffwdl from 9:30PM-IO:3OPM." December 28, 2012 5