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Articles by For the Islander

Pat Goslin, also known as the “Super Chief,” passed away at her home in Oceanside, California on July 29th, 2017.

She moved to the island in 1968, and soon married then Fire Captain Jack Goslin.

She was very involved in the community, and was on the infamous switch board operators with Pacific Bell. Then onto many of the retail stores in Avalon. She loved working especially at the Catalina Department store for Pat and Ralph Morrow.

Also known as “Patti Cakes”, owned and operated by Pat.

For the first time since 1918, a total eclipse will be visible across the entire United States. While only a partial eclipse will be visible from Catalina Island, the Catalina Island Museum will live stream the full and total eclipse on the museum’s lobby screen as it is filmed in real time by NASA Television.

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is the damnedest film,” said legendary film critic Roger Ebert when it was released in 2004. Both an homage to and parody of French diving pioneer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, The Life Aquatic is a comedic adventure full of quirky characters in search of what lurks beneath the ocean’s surface. This film is the final installment of the Catalina Island Museum’s summer film series: Movies at the Museum. The screening will take place in the museum’s outdoor amphitheater on Wednesday, August 23 at dusk.

The Catalina Island Conservancy’s Trailhead Visitor Center is the flagship project of the organization’s Imagine Catalina long-range strategic vision and master plan. Exposing the exciting story of Catalina’s natural history, the wildness and beauty of the Island, its educational programming and the important conservation work is critical to the mission of the Conservancy with the over 1 million annual visitors to the Island. Visitors will gain easier access to natural, educational and recreational options to fully enjoy the wonders of Catalina Island.

Two one-time-only special events will take place back-to-back next month on Catalina Island.   Scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9, is a live Falconry Experience that will offer a fascinating glimpse into the ancient world of falconry.  The program begins at 11 at Overlook Hall (209 East Whittley) and will be the only one of its kind offered this year.  

Bernie and Martin Curtin, owners of Catalina Island Inn, are pleased to welcome Mark Phelps as the hotel’s new General Manager.

“After almost 40 years, Martin and I are stepping back a bit from the day-to-day operations of the hotel,” Bernie Curtin said.

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The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau recently named the Catalina Island Medical Center the Harvey Cowell Business of the Year for 2017.

The Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation held its “BELLissimo!” fundraiser on Saturday, July 15, during which it formally announced the plans and fundraising goal for the restoration of the tower and its chimes.  

The event was held at Castillo del Mar, the beautiful home of Blanny Avalon Hagenah, drawing more than 70 community members and island visitors, whose love of the Chimes Tower and eagerness to help contributed a sense of excitement to the fun-filled evening.  

Capt. John Hocking is the newly assigned unit commander at Avalon Sheriff’s Station.  Capt. Hocking grew up in Southern Los Angeles County.  

He has been with the Sheriff’s Department for more than 28 years.

Hocking has worked a variety of assignments throughout his career on the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  He started working in the L.A. County jail system.  

Supervisor Janice Hahn on Tuesday, July 11, honored Avalon Fire Department Capt. John Meffert, who is credited with saving two individuals trapped in the wreckage of a June 30 plane crash on the 405 Freeway.  The City Council will reportedly honor Avalon Fire Department Capt. John Meffert at 6 p.m., July 18, in the council chambers at City Hall.