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Do you know a soldier killed in Vietnam? Please kokua

Maui resident Janna Hoehn has been working for several years to help locate photos of fallen soldiers to augment the online website of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. She’s made great inroads, but is asking for kokua from Big Island residents to complete the mission. Two soldiers on the remaining list are from Hawaii Island. They are Steve F. Johnson, born in 1946 in Kailua-Kona, and Wolfgang T. Mohl, born in 1943 in Papaikou.

New faculty and staff at Parker School

Parker School officials announce new faculty and staff members for the 2014-2015 school year: Tina Doherty, Middle School head; Nicole Vedelli, athletic director; Hayley Blondin, Lower, Middle and Upper School Spanish teacher; Tani Cordova, assistant at Parker After-School University, Parker’s K-5 after-school program; Christina Culligan, Lower and Middle School art teacher, Upper School yearbook advisor, Upper School assistant debate coach; Heather Emmons, fourth-grade teacher; Matt Hamilton, Ph.D., Upper School physics teacher; Sarah Mares, Middle School math and science teacher; Seneca Ropp, Lower and Middle School physical education teacher; Amicheli Salyer,graphic artist and website specialist, and Julia O’Shaughnessy, Middle School English teacher.

Landscaping show scheduled

The Hawaii Island Landscape Association and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Cooperative Extension Service will host the fifth annual Landscape Management Conference and Trade Show on Oct. 16 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.

HVO, Civil Defense jointly track lava flow

The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) and Hawaii County Civil Defense (HCCD) are working closely together to gather and share information about the June 27th lava flow through daily helicopter overflights. Currently, Darryl Oliveira (HCCD administrator) flies early each morning to measure the flow’s advancement and direction and to assess fire and smoke conditions. These observations are compiled in a report available to the public later the same morning at http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-alerts/ .

Look to the garden for new meal ideas

If you are like me and many other people, the basic core of your meals is based on recurring themes. This is not to say that we automatically repeat similar type meals, as meal planning is based on many factors such as culture, diet, where you lived and mainly what you enjoy eating.

Hawaii Community College offers free workforce training

Hawaii Community College and the State of Hawaii Workforce Development Division continue to collaborate in offering free Individualized Career Achievement Network (iCAN) workshops in Waimea, Pahala and Hilo. Designed for anyone interested in improving reading, writing, math and workplace skills, the iCAN workshops are a fast-paced way for employees and job seekers to improve their employability skills.