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YIR From page 7 on Monday, competing against 32 other top-ranked high school golfers from Long Beach schools. She made the final cuts in round one (down to 24 golfers) and then round two (down to 16 golfers), despite the fact that she is com- peting in the Division 1 League against much larger schools such as Wilson, Lakewood, Poly, and Millikan. Patti Engel, Athletic Director for Avalon Schools, said that this is the first time that a female golfer from Avalon has ever qualified to compete in the final round of the Moore League Tournament. It was quite evident that Meza ended up with a final 36-hole score of 192, earning her the position of 14th place. Man dies at Buccaneer Day The victim fell into the water as he was getting into his dinghy. He hit his head and went under A man died in Two Harbors on Saturday night, Oct. 1, apparently after hitting his head on a float while trying to board his dinghy, according to a Los Angeles Sher- iff's Department report. The man was identified as Patrick Cruit, 52, of Costa Mesa.. According to the report, Los Angeles Sheriff Bruce Strelow was on the Isthmus Pier late that night when he saw Coast Guard and Baywatch personnel running to help a man who had apparently fallen off one of the three dingy docks. At about 10:40 p.m., Cruit was on the northwest side of the dingy dock. Cruit tried to sit down on the edge of the float. His backside apparently missed the float and he fell into the water. Cruit hit his head on the float as he went into the water west of the dock, according to the Strelow report. A Baywatch paramedic dove under the dock and found Cruit unconscious and submerged at about10:43 p.m. Four Baywatch paramedics worked on him on the surface. He was pronounced dead at 11:13 p.m. Strelow and another deputy transported Cruit's body to Avalon Harbor by boat. Noah Sherrill and Kellie Shelton Tie the Knot Noah Sherrill's and Kellie Shelton's 10-year acquaintance re- suited in a marriage that most who knew them would have considered less than unlikely when they first met. Sherrill's quiet, reserved de- meanor is a stark contrast to Shel- ton's far more bold and gregarious nature, but somehow their differ- ences have become less extreme over the years. Both of them spent parts of their childhoods in Avalon, but at differ- ent times. SherriU lived there from the age of 2 until he was 14 while Shelton moved to Catalina in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. As a result, she had the opportunity to get to know many of the members of her future husband's family before later dat- ing him. The two met briefly for the first time at the Avalon High prom in 2001 and saw each other several times over the next decade. Sherrill inexplicably moved to Laramie, Wyoming immediately following his active duty tour in the Army. In March of last year, he met Shelton again at Kasey Sher- rill's 50th birthday party at The Lobster Trap in Avalon. The couple had only one date prior to Sherrill returning to Wyo- ming, but they maintained phone contact afterward. Eventually Sherrill moved back to Avalon without consulting Shelton. Sherdll proposed to her a cou- ple months later by reciting a poem he had written himself. They held the wedding on the Queen Mary in Long Beach on July 30. Jeep rolls over in Two Harbors area A driver leaving Two Harbors swerved to avoid striking a deer at about 9 p.m., Thursday night, Oct. 20. A Jeep Trooper, driven by Avalon resident Jennifer Boyd, went off the road and rolled twice as it went down the embankment. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, Deputy Burr Lyon of the Avalon Sheriff's Station said. Two of the five people in the Jeep were treated at the Catalina Medical Center. Lyon said members of West End Catalina Island Search and Rescue team were heading back to the Isthmus following a meeting when they saw a light of the vehicle that had gone down the embankment. The SAR crew members found five people--three men and two women--who had been in the Jeep. Lyon said that while the injuries were minor, two of the men had injuries that paramedics believed should be examined by physicians. Cloud cover that night was too poor to allow a helicopter flight, so the two men were taken by boat to the Catalina Island Medical Center. Museum's Celebrity Playground exhibition The Catalina Island Museum's exhibit "Celebrity Playground" will be on view through Jan. 29, 2012. Although Santa Catalina has been immortalized on the silver screen hundreds of times, it was also a popular playground for Hol- lywood's greatest stars. During the 1930s and 40s--the Island's heyday--its close proximity to Los Angeles allowed stars such as Charlie Chaplin, Humphrey Bog- art, Johnny Weissmuller and John Wayne to sail or cruise their boats in the open ocean and reach Ava- lon Harbor in only hours. Upon arriving they found some of the most magnificent waters in the world. Abundant with big game fish, the Island's rugged coastline is dotted with coves, perfect for fishing, swimming or simply re- laxing in the warm Island sun. The Island's unspoiled Interior, once stocked with exotic animals, was a hunter's paradise. Stars indulged in the Island nightlife freely and without re- straint, comfortable knowing that their anonymity on the Island-- unlike in Hollywood--would nev- er be compromised. Indeed, severe reprisal awaited any reporter who wrote of a star's nighttime high jinks. Christmas Open House at Mt. Ada is retired The Catalina Island Museum and The Inn on Mt. Ada have mu- tually agreed to retire the annual Christmas Open House at The Inn, an event that has helped to raise operating funds for the Museum over the last 25 years. "We are thrilled that we have been able to assist the Museum with their operating expenses over the past 25 years through the an- nual Open House" said Inn on Mt. Ada innkeeper Susie Griffin. "Un- fortunately, economic pressures are making it harder and harder to close the Inn for fundraising events. When we started, the demand for rooms in December wasn't that great. Fortunately for us, that has changed, and we've had to turn away guests in order to close The Inn for events like the annual Open House. We agree with the Museum that it is time to focus on other aspects of our busi- ness.', Stairway to nowhere In November, the Santa Is- land Company had a stairway unearthed behind the Descanso Beach Club BBQ area to see what it was possibly used for in the past and what it may be used for in the future. Though there were no con- clusions, it did lead to a trail that led to Chimes Tower Road. Theo- ries about the stairway and Euca- lyptus lined trail include a shortcut to the popular Zane Grey Pueblo at the time. Lolo Saldana said he remembered mariachi bands per- forming in the area up there for the visitors to the Catherine Hotel below. Some say there was a tea garden at the top. Storm rocks Avalon Catalina Island residents waited anxiously as a low pressure storm was approaching with foreboding forecasts in mid-November. Set to arrive the weekend of the annual Catalina Eco Marathon, weather reports were watched closely and shifted to becoming less severe just days before it ar- rived. However, in the end Avalon took the brunt of the storm rather than mainland California. The Catalina Island Conservan- cy reported 3.04 inches of rain at the Memorial and Botanical Gar- dens, Middle Ranch reported 1.86 inches and the Airport received 1.67 inches. Greg Potter, a boat captain for 40 years, was on his 45-foot boat Vikings Drom. "I've been through a lot of storms over all my years of boating, but this was the first time I could say I was actually seasick," he said. Residents and visitors awoke Saturday morning to see the re- sults. Up to 8-footsurges repeated- ly pounded over the shoreline wall splashing as high as 30 feet. Boats in the harbor were rolling out of control and spectators wondered if the vessels would hold up under the strain. Natalie Wood - fact, fiction or greed New information or publicity stunt as interest reignites in Nata- lie Wood's death? It happened right here in our own backyard, on Nov. 29, 1981. The yacht Splen- dour moored at the Isthmus. Natalie Wood, along with hus- band Robert Wagner, rising star Christopher Walken, and Captain Dennis Davern, partied at (Doug's) Harbor Reef Restaurant. The four YIR, Page 11 8 i Friday, December 30, 2011 THE CATALINA ISLANDER