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November 22, 2017 - 4:51am

Articles by For the Islander

The Lady Lancers Soccer Club gives back to the community on their day off - to say thanks for the support!

Kid Ventures and the Avalon High’s Lady Lancers Soccer team up on a wild and blustery-double red flag day (last weekend) to get things cleaned up for the kids of the community. Worthy of note … eight of these Lady Lancers once attended Kid Ventures anywhere from 13-17 years ago.

Coach Andrew would like to personally thank Director Carol Ann Burcombe for making it happen!

The “Mammovan” will be in Avalon to offer mammography at Catalina Island Medical Center’s Medical Group Office on Friday March 17 and Saturday March 18.

According to the American Cancer Society “one out of every eight women” will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.

Seymour Beek has a lifetime of Catalina Island memories. He first came to the Island at the age of 5 with his father, who owned the historic Balboa Island Ferry that transports vehicles and passengers between Newport Beach and the popular island getaway.

He remembers kids diving for coins tossed into Avalon Bay by passengers on the old steamboat.

Later this year, 62 middle-schoolers from Washington STEAM Magnet Academy will board a research vessel and make their way across the 26 miles to Catalina Island for a marine science learning weekend at the Mountain and Sea Adventure Camp on Catalina Island.  The students were the recipients of a $15,000 scholarship donated by the Women’s Sailing Association - Orange County (WSA-OC) with funds raised at their inaugural Ocean Awareness Challenge (OAC) event in September, 2016.  

The Santa Catali na Island Company today announced it will begin renovating Hotel Atwater in November 2017, with reopening scheduled for April 2019, in time for the 100th anniversary of the historic hotel’s grand opening on July 1, 1920.

A young Avalon boy got the chance to play ball with a major league baseball player recently thanks to the big heart of Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig.

Shortly after the Dodgers final game in late October, Puig made the trip to Catalina where he teamed up with Emiliano Sillas, son of Jose and Maria Sillas of Avalon.  Young Emiliano first noticed the Dodger player driving around town in a gold golf cart.

The City of Avalon hosted a Ribbon Cutting, or Ribbon Unwrapping, on Friday, Dec. 23, for the Avalon Fit Trail at Kid’s Park just in time for Christmas. About 30 people were on-hand for the celebration with festive music, healthy snacks and a 20 minute demonstration class to “get fit” prior to all the holiday goodies.

Weed whacking, road patching and trail building don’t sound like fun vacation activities.

But they are for Phillip Dukes, a high school teacher from Tucson who volunteers to spend his vacations performing these tasks and much more for the Catalina Island Conservancy.

Dukes has volunteered on the Island once or twice every year for the last four years, and he said there’s no better way to spend a holiday.

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A team of approximately 200 runners has been selected from across the U.S., and local teenager Tommy Oddone is one of them. Tommy has been invited to represent California on the Pacific Conference Cross Country team competing in Australia in the summer of 2017.

The Coast Guard assisted a vessel in distress approximately 23 miles off Catalina Island, Wednesday.
The Coast Guard received a call via VHF radio ch 16 at 10 p.m., Wednesday, from a 37-foot sailing vessel, with two individuals aboard, reporting that the vessel was disabled due to a broken sailing boom.
The Coast Guard launched the Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip, homeported in Oxnard, Calif., to assist. All passengers were instructed to put on lifejackets while units were en route.