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December 29, 1955

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$.CJ. Co. At~ ~e Box B-Z VOLUME 41, NUMBER 52 Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California Price 10c Thursday, December 29, 1955 &lg Win Christmas Lions Club Holds The 1955 Christmas Decorations Contest and Carolling, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and held last Thursday evening was more interesting and enjoyable than ever before, in the opinions of most Av- alonians. While three bus loads of young people and grownups roamed the town, stopping occasionally to sing the familiar old Christmas carols, the contest judges inspected the several entries. Their decision, an- nounced at about 9 p.m in the eve- ning was as follows: Outdoor Division 1st Award, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Kirk, 150 Marttla. ' 2nd Award, Mr. and Mrs, Bert Scott, Jr 325 Lets I~mas. 3rd Award, Mr. and Mrs. Ken Butler, 338 Eucalyptus. Indoor Division 1st Award, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Hancock, 3071/~ Whittley. 2nd Award, Mr. and Mrs. Carl J6hnson, Jr 223 Marilla. 3rd Award, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Voci, 302 Sumner. Carollers and judges gathered at the Social Hall of the Community Church beginning at 7 p.m. At 7:30 the judges left on their rounds, while the three bus loads of Carol- lers departed to follow a route that took them, singing, into all parts of the town. Promptly at 8:30 all returned to the Social Hall where, in the mean- time, Mrs. Lou Carson and her Woman's Club committee of Mrs. Malcolm Renton and Mrs. Jack Davis had arranged tables for re- freshments of coffee, chocolate and doughnuts. These were delivered to the Social Hall by the ever cooper- ative Mr. and Mrs. Joe Arno, who (Continued on Page Two) Women Golfers Postpone Meeting Until Januarv 3 The regular monthly meeting of the Catalina Women's Golf Club scheduled for December 27 has been postponed to Tuesday noon, January 3. Final plans will be made to in- augarate a new twist in the monthly Scotch Foursome. This event which will take place Sunday, Janum'y 8, is to be played in costume. The local golfers are looking forward with interest (and great expectations?) to seeing what new personalii'cs fellow golfers will acquire for the accasion. The days play will be followed by a cocktail hour and buffet at the club house. WILL SEE OLD YEAR OUT WITH SONG Annual Christmas Party St. Catherine's Hotel was the set- ting of a lovely Christmas party on Wednesday night of last week when the Lion's club members and guests met for their annual Christmas party. More than 80 gathered for cocktails and the dinner which fol- lowed. Two lovely Christmas trees were placed between the dining room and terrace. The snack table was decorated with holly and tall red candles, in keepirtg with the holiday season. Cocktails and hors d' oeuvres, in- cluding chicken livers and bacon, cocktail sausages, shrimp and nu- merous cheese dips. At 7:30; Ronnie Clayton,-president of the club, invited Lions and their ladies into the spacious dining room where the table decor was similar to that of the snack table. Delicious steaks were served under the super- vision of Joe and Rose Arno, man- agers of the St. Catherine. Movies, which will be shown to Lions at a later date were taken by Tony Piacentini. Dancing followed the dinner. Lions voted that the party was one of the nicest they had ever attended. AND DANCE AND FLOWING CUP Goose Flies Medicine to Save Woman's Life Dick Probert, head of Avalon Air Transport Company, took off from Long Beach Airport Thursday, De- cember 22, with an emergency con- signment of medicine for Santa Catalina Hospital. With a O-O ceil- ing Probert plunged into the fog in one of his redoutable Grumman Gooses on the thii'ty-third emergen- cy flight his organization has under- taken in the two and one half years they have been serVing Avalon. AAT now has four of the Grumman amphibians and will purchase an- other soon, a~ording to Probert. Medicine ferried to Avalon under such dangerous conditions was he- parin. The stricken patient is Mrs. Dorothy Carr of 222 Descanso. Dr. Robert Staff, Mrs. Carr's physician, requested the drug which is given for relief in cases of blood clot. Special permission for the mercy flight was obtained from Civil Aero- nautics Administration. The emer- gency supply of the drug was ob- Long Beach Airport Thursday, De- (Continued on Page Two) APPROXIMATELY 225 PARENTS AND FRIENDS attended the an- nual Christmas pageant held in the school auditorium. The pageant, "Joy to The World, was directed by Miss Vera Bru and narrators were Don Callen anld Carol,n Newman. Five choirs ranging from second grade through high school sang during the pageant. Members of the cast are, from left to right, Jimmy Laurin, Jimmy Flit, Joe Murray (kneeling), Pete Fennie, Mark Koenlg, Sue Ochsner (seated), Gary Willlamson, Leonard Piacentlni and John Secret. As a fitting climax to a brilliant Christmas season on Catalina Island the big New Year's Eve dance and family gathering is all set for Satur- day night, December 31, at St. Cath- erine Hotel. Elaborate plans have been made to provide baby sitters for the very young childre~ so :that parents and young people of the community will be free to take part in the festivi- ties. Anyone interested in helping out with these plans to make this a real family event is asked to call Mrs. Chellberg at 621-W. To make certain of the proper atmosphere in which to see the old year out and the new year in there will be balloons, noisemakers, paper hats for all. Tickets may be pro- cured from any member of the flre or police departments. Proceeds will be used to finance the dance and to create a welfare fund for the Avalon police and fire departments. Numerous valuable prizes will be awarded and everyone in tl~e com- munity, regardless of age is invited to attend. The festivities will get underway at 9 o'clock with dance music to be furnished by Sherrell Dacey arid his "Moonglows." The big dining room and lobby of the St. Catherine will be aglow with holiday lights and decorated for the occassion, with Joe and Rose Arno, as usual, serving as gracious hosts. When the bells ring out heralding the advent of 1956 one of the gayest and most colorful holiday seasons in the history of Avalon will come to a close. For those who like a little New Year's Cheer in a sparkling cup the cocktail lounge of the St. Catherine will be open and the Marlin Club and the Waikiki have also announc- ed late New Year parties. An after midnight buffet and party is also planned at the Chi Chi. DRAG WITH SANTA Mr. and Mrs. Bib Falk seem zo have a drag with Santa Claus, es- pecially when it comes to strange and unusual gifts like Dennis (the menace) Davis requested this year. The good St. Nick came through with a pet grasshopper and a big black spider for the Jack A. Davis' hopeful. XMAS AT HOME Seaman Dorothy Smith returned to the San Diego Navy Base on Tuesday, after spending Christmas with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Smith. Dorothy has been a member of the WAVES for about three years.