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Posted on: Monday, January 8, 2001

O'ahu briefs

Advertiser Staff and News Services


Two in canoes among rescued

With surf below 8 feet the last few days, lifeguards on the North Shore had a relatively quiet weekend.

Yesterday at Waimea Bay, several people were assisted to shore by lifeguards Matt Sack, Kerry Atwood and Johnny Angel after being swept off a shallow sandbar into deeper water. At Ehukai about four people were helped to shore after being caught in currents, said lifeguard Capt. Bodo Van Der Leeden.

The most serious incident of the weekend was off Police Beach at Puaena Point. Two women in single-person canoes were caught by waves around 4:30 p.m., with one woman losing her canoe, said Van Der Leeden. Luckily, a boat that was in the area came in and picked them up.


Volunteers recognized

WAIANAE — A group of volunteers working on conservation projects has been given federal recognition and now will be able to provide additional support for local projects, according to Waianae resident Cynthia Rezentes.

Rezentes said Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman last week officially named the Oahu group part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Resource Conservation and Development Program.

Rezentes has headed the program on Oahu without financing for years seeking grants for projects such as the Waianae green gateway project now in its final phase.

"We can now take over some of the work small community groups can’t do, helping them organize themselves and look for grants," she said.

Resource Conservation and Development groups nationwide are led by local councils composed of volunteers, civic leaders and elected officials.


Club to honor volunteer

The Rotary Club of Windward Oahu wants to recognize an outstanding volunteer and is seeking nominations.

The nominee must live, work or volunteer on the Windward side and can not be a Rotarian. The person sought will receive the club’s "Service Above Self" award at a dinner April 28.

To nominate someone, write a letter explaining what that person has done and why he or she should be selected. Mail the information to the Nomination Committee, P.O. Box 122, Kailua, HI 96734.

Be sure to sign the letter and include a telephone number, in case more information is necessary.

The deadline to submit nominations is Jan. 30. For more information, call Dudley Foster at 262-7176.

The award also is sponsored by the Windward Rotary Endowment Fund.

Free computer classes offered

Free computer classes will begin this month at Bellows Air Force Station, offering the public five sessions over five weeks.

Each session will build on the previous one, beginning with basic operations of a computer and Microsoft Windows 95.

Students will learn word processing, creating a presentation with PowerPoint and creating a database with Excel.

A session usually runs from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but that could change with enrollment.

The Waimanalo Construction Coalition is sponsoring the classes and is recruiting students. After students register, a firm date will be set.

The coalition assists unemployed and underemployed residents by coordinating training, education and construction projects.

Call Andrew Jamila at 259-7342.

Fire damages Kailua church

Vandals were being blamed for a small fire set Saturday evening inside St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church Kailua.

Church officials said oil from a wall-mounted candle lamp apparently was poured on Nativity scene straw before being set afire. The flames quickly spread to the church altar.

Before the fire could cause any more damage, it was discovered by a church worker who was coming to the church on North Kainalu Drive and saw smoke as she pulled into the church’s parking lot.

Because nothing was stolen, officials said they believe vandals set the fire.

Police were joined in the investigation by federal investigators because the fire involved a church.

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