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January 22, 2018 - 4:51am

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One of our photographers recently captured this unusual sighting of two night herons nuzzling each other on a wire over the garden of the Buena Vista Hotel.

Photos by Laurel Sanchez

Trudy Saldana has been married to her husband Joe for 50 years.  They came to Catalina as newlyweds.

Trudy and Joe raised their family on Catalina.

Forty years ago Trudy worked as part of the group seeking to start the first preschool on the Island.

They have owned and operated Coyote Joe’s restaurant for 33 years.

Trudy cares about everyone receiving equal access to quality health care and effective medical treatment on the Island.

Betty Franks, born Margaret Elizabeth May, was born to Cecil May and Margaret Hinckle in October 1925.  When she was 8 years old, doctors told her parents she would not live past the age of 10.  On the morning of June 21, 2015 Betty passed away at the age of 89.

From ages 8 to 13 Betty lived with her Grandmother in Tujunga, California.  She later moved back to Los Angeles, with her parents and brother, and attended Glendale High School.

Last week Island Spa Catalina opened its doors to Avalon residents and visitors with its Second Annual Community Open House and Appreciation Evening.

Held initially in 2014, the Open House is designed to welcome the community and invite everyone to experience the spa with complimentary mini-treatments such as neck and shoulder massages, facials, make up refreshers, and Sun on the Run spray tanning.

Men’s treatments including classic facials were also available.

Paul DeMyer, the Avalon Medical Development Corporation Board’s Past President (pictured on left) and Ross Turner AMDC Board member were honored with commemorative plaques at the conclusion of their terms of service.  New AMDC Board members Catrina Awalt, Michael Ponce, Judy Grear and Trudy Saldana join incumbent members Lisa Moss, Bea Van Every and Conrado Vega in serving the interests of Catalina Island Medical Center.

This Fourth of July, the City of Avalon will celebrate American music as its theme. Marshall Brown has been named the grand marshal.
Brown will be in the Fourth of July parade playing with the Black Jack Band.  
If you see Brown on the street, you might think Santa resides here, with his long white beard and jovial smile, he could be mistaken for ole Saint Nick.  
However, those who know Brown know him as the bugler for VFW Memorial Day Services, for 50 years prior as the owner of the famous Chi Chi Club and more.


The community of Avalon was saddened to learn this week that Paxson Offield passed away on Sunday, June 14, due to complications from leukemia.  He recently chose to return to his home in Michigan, and passed away there, with his wife and family by his side.

Residents and visitors may have seen a new bus driving around town, or parked in the Tour Plaza lot—thought we’d add some clarity to that!