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Libraries to close on Good Friday

All of the state’s public libraries will be closed Friday in observance of the Good Friday holiday, and Sunday for Easter. Twenty-four public libraries will be open Saturday, including Hilo, Kailua-Kona, Kealakekua and Thelma Parker.

Ornament contest winners honored

The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation Mountain View Gym, in partnership with Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center, hosted a holiday ornament design and coloring contest in three categories: grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Soil carbon: Precious as jewels, stuff of life

It is commonly stated life on planet Earth is carbon-based, and much is made of this fact. As planetary scientists search the cosmos for signs of extraterrestrial life, it is always carbon-containing organic molecules they seek as a sign that life might exist on other worlds.

PISCES moon rover set to be showcased

Join Rob Kelso and Rodrigo Romo from the Pacific International Space Center for Exploration Systems (PISCES) at 7 p.m. Friday at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center for a talk about how a lunar rover and the Robotic Village will play a role in “living off the land,” a concept vital to Earth’s next chapter in space exploration.

Help identify this photo

Each Saturday, the Tribune-Herald is publishing a photo from the Lyman Museum’s John Howard Pierce Photography Collection. The museum is seeking help identifying the people and places in the photos, most of which are from the 1950s and ’60s. Those with information about the subjects in the photos can contact Miki Bulos at 935-5021 (once the message starts, press 5) or via email at . THIS PHOTO (NO. 168) was taken in May, but the museum is not sure of what year.

UH-Hilo alum wins fellowship

Louisa Shobhini Ponnampalam, Ph.D., a 2003 University of Hawaii at Hilo marine science graduate and research fellow at the Institute of Ocean and Earth Sciences at the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was awarded $150,000 to conduct a three-year study on dugongs, a large coastal marine mammal that resembles the manatee.