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YIR From page 6 the festival's theme, "I Love Cata- lina Island," Towler was invited to bring the heart to Catalina by Is- lander Publisher Dan Teckenoff. The colorful heart takes viewers from the depths of Avalon Harbor, through a kelp forest, and a school of colorful fish. On the surface, the viewer sees a sailboat cut- ting the waves as Avalon's iconic hills, Casino and Holly Hill House gleam against a blue sky and puffy clouds. JazzTrax eaters 25th year Smooth jazz festival recently named number one in America. Shortly before its 25th anniversary, the Catalina Island JazzTrax Fes- tival was named the number one smooth jazz festival in America. The honor was a welcome sur- prise for Art Good, the festival's founder who discussed it in be- tween finalizing plans for this year's concert series. "It's very significant to me that this is the 25th annual JazzTrax," said Good. He said having the festival last as long as it has makes him feel like a proud survivor. "Not a lot of festivals get this far and I un- derstand why," he said. "A million things can take a festival or any- thing down, whether it's divorce, the economy or mismanagement." Good said that even though ra- dio seems to be moving away from contemporary jazz, there is still a large audience and demographic for the genre that seeks out jazz festivals and cruises. Good said he is happy that his has remained one of the most popular. It started as a one-weekend event that went to three weekends in 1999 and has stayed that way since. Emergency fuel arrives at Airport in the Sky After over 10 years of intensive research and planning, the Los An- geles County Fire Department has finally established a fuel reserve at the Airport-in-the-Sky to be used for firefighting and emergency ser- vices on Catalina Island. A large jet fuel tank, known as a Heli-Tender, was recently placed at the facility to be used for refueling emergency aircraft. This will save valuable time previously spent traveling back to the mainland to refuel. Capt. Mike Lewis explained the importance of this reserve and the challenges that were faced to gain approval for its placement on the Island. "It has been a very long and arduous process," Lewis said. "I could not have accomplished it without the groundwork that was previously laid forth by both Rick Harp and Rich Warner over their many years of service on Catalina." Lewis said that when we have a major emergency on the Island, whether it is a fire or other emer- gency requiring helicopter assis- tance, the helicopters have mini- mal ability to service the Island before having to return to Rancho Palos Verdes to refuel. "This will help to substantially reduce dam- ages from emergencies needing such assistance." Approval from Regional Plan- ning limited its presence at the airport from May 1 through Octo- ber. Asked why it won't be here year round, Lewis said, "To have a permanent fuel source approved would take substantially longer and involve many more compli- cations. We're grateful to at least have it here for the height of fire season." Ground breaks on Avalon school dental facility The Long Beach Children's Dental Health Clinic marked its 79th anniversary this month with a groundbreaking ceremony in Ava- lon on Saturday, Sept. 10. The ceremony, held at Avalon Schools, announced the modular building that is to be installed on the campus that will facilitate and be the new home to Avalon Chil- dren's Dental Health Clinic. the ceremony City COuncilman Ralph Morrow was named an honoree by the founda- tion, for his dedication and support of the Children's Dental Health Clinic over the past 20 years. He acknowledged the incredible ser- vice that this program brings to the kids in Avalon, and was presented with a plaque to commemorate his years of dedication. Barbara Lieberman-Jones, the CDHC Development director for the project, confirmed the grand opening plans for February, and said it would coincide with Na- tional Give Kids A Smile Month. She went on to describe the amaz- ing contributions by another sup- porter of the foundation, Patty Ann McKinnon, who donated $1 mil- lion to the project. Avalon Schools is providing the space for the building and Long Beach Unified School Dis- trict is providing the utilities, but the Long Beach Children's Dental Clinic is funding the clinic itself. The dentists who work at the clinic are volunteers who, once or twice a month, take the boat to Catalina and donate their time to treat the Island's underserved children. Opah Fish Caught in .Channel Waters Eleven-year-old Joe Guion caught a 56-pound opah fish in channel waters off the coast of Catalina Sunday, Sept. 25. He and his father J.J. went to catch bait for the upcoming lobster season. They came across one of their rental boats with a bent rod and found a Humboldt squid on the line. Hum- boldt are known as jumbo Squid, so they quickly switched their plan and began fishing for squid. J.J. called their friend, Bob Marquez, to join them. When he arrived they started dropping lead iron sinkers and every drop pro- duced a 2-3 foot Humboldt squid. After a friend had caught three, he hooked onto something quite big. J.J, passed Joe over to Bob's boat to help him and Bob decided to pass the rod on to young Joe who fought about 25 minutes with the unknown prize. He then hopped back into J.J.'s boat for another 10 minutes of wrestling with the catch. They were all shocked and amazed to see this strange fish. "It was amazing," J.J. stated. "As it was coming out of the water, it was a bright orange color so at first it looked like a giant Garibaldi." As Noah Sherrill and Kellie Shelton are married in 2011. See story on pae 8 it came into the boat, the multiple colors were striking. It was irides- cent with bright red, orange and blue. Silver spots were all over it. Opah fish are not likely to be found up in Channel waters. In 1788, they were recorded to be located from the Grand Banks to Argentina and the West Atlantic. In 1904 it was reported that they only swam as far north as the 34th parallel to the South Antarctic Pole. This parallel crosses Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, Asia, and the Southern tip of California's Pacific Ocean. It is also rare for opah to be caught on a line since they swim from 50-500 feet under the ocean's surface. Opah, also called moon- fish, sunfish and kingfish, are a delicacy in Hawaii where they bring $12 per pound. Meza competes in golf finals Celeste Meza competed in the final round of the Moore League Golf Tournament on Oct. 19, as the only female golfer from Ava- lon in the Individual classifica- tion. Meza began the competition .... 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