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January 22, 2018 - 4:51am

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The Catalina Men’s Golf Club held its annual Member/Guest/Ringer/Member Golf Tournament on Saturday, Nov. 17.

In this Partner’s Best Ball Net Format, the members are encouraged to play with a partner who is not a Men’s Golf Club member. This year, there were nine guests: Mike Campbell, Ramiro Castro, Jose Chidos, Gerry Diiorio, Elias Garcia, Mike Hahn, Rick Kahn, Ricardo Leyva and Rudy Perez.

Matthew and Jaime LiCausi recently welcomed home newborn Aubrey Ann LiCausi, seen here with her big sisters Ayla and Ashlynn. Aubrey Ann was born Oct. 16, weighing 8 pounds and 20.5 inches long, at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach. Please send us your birth announcemen photo and information to be included in the Catalina Islander. Email your high resolution photo to

Tiger belongs to Marian Rubio, who rescued him a year and a half ago from a local home that could no longer take care of him.

Tiger is 3 years old and is  half Yorkshire and half cairn terrier. Tiger quickly became Marian’s best friend and has learned many commands (such as “sit,” “stay,” “go get it” and “come here”) very quickly.

Tiger’s favorite thing to do is run around outside and play with his toys.

By Wednesday of this week, some swing dancers were already warming up in their dungarees on the Wrigley Stage, putting on an impromptu show for residnets and visitors.

Organizers expect more than 400 swing dancers to attend the Catalina Swing Dance Festival this weekend from Friday, Nov. 9, to Sunday, Nov. 11.

Swing dancers from around the world will once again “cut a rug” all weekend in the beautiful Casino Ballroom on the island.

The City of Avalon said it would like to thank all our residents and visitors for their patience and understanding during the City’s Roadwork Repair Project.  

“We are aware of the inconvenience that it has brought to private citizens and business owners.” said a prepared satement. “Unfortunately, there have been a few streets that have been slurry sealed and barricaded to dry and then driven and/or walked through causing severe damage.  

Cookie is a 2-and-1/2-year-old German shephard owned by Margie Wahl. Margie and Adam drove to Rubidoux, CA to meet with a breeder and picked Cookie out of the group of puppies when she was just 5 weeks old.

She came home to the Island on Easter Sunday in 2010, and has been Margie’s best friend every day since.

Some of Cookie’s favorite things to do include swimming in the ocean, cruising around in the golf cart, and playing with kids.

A US Coast Guard helicopter transported an 8-year-old girl from Catalina to Long Beach Tuesday, Oct. 30.

The girl, whose name has been withheld, due the fact that she is a minor, wasa reported to have experienced seizures.

Unfortunately, heavy fog and poor visibility made it necessary for the Coast Guard to provide her with transportation to the mainland.

Bella is a 9-nine-year-old red merle Australian Shephard owned by David and Marina Gemilere. They have had her since she was a puppy when they adopted her from Frank and Nora Hernandez who lived out at Empire landing. They had Bella and her brother Moo while raising their own small children, which proved to be too much for that household so the Gemilere’s adopted Bella. She loves going for walks, swimming, taking rides in the car, and being pet by kids.Bella never forgets anyone who ever gives her a doggie treat.

Alison Wrigley Rusack and her husband Geoffrey, who planted Catalina’s first vineyard, are debuting their first release of wine from the vineyard. Their limited production of a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel are available at their Rusack Vineyards winery in the Santa Ynez Valley and through their wine club, Isla Wine Circle. Wrigley Rusack’s  great-grandfather, chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr., bought the Santa Catalina Island Company back in 1919.

The following are descriptions of the wines they are offering: